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Book Page Review – The Widower’s Notebook

“…heart-rending, poignant memoir…Santlofer’s honesty, his focus on the moments that remind him of Joy and their life together, and his beautifully crafted, tender prose make for heartbreaking yet page-turning reading.”—Bookpage  One late morning in August, Jonathan Santlofer discovers his wife, Joy, in their living room, Read more…

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Events for the Widower’s Notebook

Event Time Place Link Jonathan Santlofer in conversation with Joyce Carol Oates Wednesday July 11 7:30 pm 92ND STREET Y 1395 Lexington Avenue@92nd St. New York, NY 10128 more info Jonathan Santlofer with Sarah Weinman Wednesday July 18 7:00 pm MCNALLY JACKSON 52 Prince St, Read more…

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92Y – Jonathan Santlofer in Conversation with Joyce Carol Oates

Explore the power of love, the pain of loss and the experience of moving forward with writer Joyce Carol Oates and writer and artist Jonathan Santlofer, as they discuss their work and the art of the memoir. After losing his wife, tragically and unexpectedly, Santlofer Read more…

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The Art of The Widower’s Notebook

After my wife, Joy’s, sudden death I hid all of the photographs – it was too painful for me to have them around, particularly to come upon them unexpectedly. I needed to be prepared, in control, and drawing provided that. … Continue reading

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Praise for The Widower’s Notebook

“The Widower’s Notebook is a searing rendition of the complex relationship between men and grief—an intense despair that is too often starved for words. This chronicle of devastation is itself devastating, a deeply powerful and unflinchingly honest report of how painfully and strangely life continues Read more…

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Backstage at Symphony Space

Backstage at Symphony Space before the “It Occurs to Me That I Am America” event in front of a packed audience on a rainy winter night in NYC. Amazing evening!

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The Library Journal Reviews The Widower’s Notebook

Nero Award winner whose debut novel, The Death Artist, was an international best seller and an artist whose works grace major collections (e.g., the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Santlofer writes about the shock of his wife’s sudden, unexpected death and his inability to admit his Read more…

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Brooklyn Eagle Interview – Jonathan Santlofer ‘It Occurs to Me That I am America’

Santlofer grew up wanting to be an artist, went to art school, undergrad and graduate, and spent the first half of his adult life as a fairly successful painter. When a gallery fire destroyed nearly ten years of his artwork, he became a writer. His Read more…

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The 504 TV Show Interview Tom Piazza and Jonathan Santlofer

Tom Piazza and Jonathan Santlofer join us to talk about their new book “It Occurs To Me I Am America…”

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Joyce Carol Oates and Jonathan Santlofer at the San Francisco Public Library

Jonathan Santlofer and Joyce Carol Oates in conversation at the San Francisco Public Library celebrating the new anthology “It Occurs to Me That I Am America,” featuring the work of 35 celebrated authors, is published in support of the American Civil Liberties Union on the one Read more…

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