“By Heart: Poetry, Prison and Two Lives”

We are thrilled that By Heart, a two-person memoir written by Judith Tannenbaum and Spoon Jackson will be out this April.   Congratulations, Judith and Spoon, on what is sure to be a powerful and beautiful work!

Learn about the authors here: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/oakland-judith-tannenbaum-discusses-and-signs-heart

Watch the book trailer by Michel Wenzer here:


Here are a couple of reviews:

“A boy with no one to listen becomes a man in prison for life and discovers his mind can be free. A woman enters prison to teach and becomes his first listener. And so begins a twenty-five year friendship between two gifted writers and poets. The result is By Heart — a book that will anger you, give you hope, and break your heart.” Gloria Steinem

“A portrait of prison and of the pursuit of art. An amazing combo, a compelling read. . . years later, acting in [Waiting for] Godot on Broadway, I see how much the San Quentin production has meant to my view of the play.” –Bill Irwin, TONY winning actor, appeared in the Broadway revival of Waiting for Godot

“This is a book about poetry, about struggle, about freedom and incarceration, and most of all about heart. It is a wonderful read.” -devorah major, San Francisco Poet Laureate 2002-2005

See more reviews and order the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Poetry-Prison-Two-Lives/dp/0981559352/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_4

Bookstore readings:

Thursday April 8, 2010 7 PM Diesel, a Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland, CA

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

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

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