Updates on By Heart’s Success!

April 5th, 2010

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Janice Sapigao @ 2:06 pm

Our newest title, By Heart by Judith Tannenbaum and Spoon Jackson, has been garnering great reviews! By Heart is one of seven books featured on the Midwest Book Review’s Poetry Shelf:

“Finding a talent and nurturing is the goal of any teacher. “By Heart: Poetry, Prison, and Two Lives” tells the story of Judith Tannenbaum, a woman who taught poetry and literature in a San Quentin prison where she met Spoon Jackson, a man with a unique poetic talent that Judith did not want to waste. She tells their story and the two of them reflect on life, poetry, and the challenges an artist can face under the prison system. Intriguing and a fascinating read, “By Heart” is a worthwhile addition to any literary studies or memoir collection.”

By Heart is also wonderfully summarized and featured on the Grantsmakers in the Arts website. New Village author Arlene Goldbard recently published a beautiful review of By Heart on her personal website, http://arlenegoldbard.com. Arlene writes:

Some books enter through the eyes, making their way straight to the forebrain. Some touch the reader’s heart. I’m writing today about a book you will want to read because it wraps itself around both mind and spirit, drawing the lucky reader into the Great Conversation, that exchange marked by the search for truth beyond categories and the willingness to be revealed…”

Full review

Author Spoon Jackson recently had an op-ed article posted in The Union, the newspaper that serves Grass Valley and Nevada County, California. The article is about the importance and rehabilitative significance of arts programs in prison facilities. Feel free to read and comment on the article, “Other Voices: Killing Arts Programs in State Prisons Will Hurt Rehab Efforts.”Judith Tannenbaum is currently scheduled for book readings in California and in Colorado. She will also be doing several radio shows to promote the new book. A list of upcoming readings is shown below. Please visit our events page for more information.

Sunday April 11, 2010: 4 PM Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA

Wednesday April 14, 2010:  7:30 PM Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th Street, Denver, CO

Saturday April 24, 2010: 7 PM Broad Street Cafe, 426 Broad Street, Nevada City (preceded by dinner and followed by a Diane Patterson concert)

Monday May 10, 2010: 7:30 PM Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Avenue, Capitola, CA

Thursday May 13, 2010: 7 PM Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood, Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Santa Monica, CA

Wednesday August 4, 2010: 6 PM Sacramento Poetry Center @ Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA

If you can’t make it to one of Judith’s bookstore events, you do not have to miss the opportunity to hear her read live! Judith was featured this Monday, April 12th on the radio program Booktown, speaking about By Heart.

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