Author Archives: Jonathan

When It Comes to Grief and Loss

Sometimes the thing you least want to do becomes the very thing that touches other people most. I never wanted to write The Widowers Notebook, a book that chronicles my wife, Joy’s sudden death. I resisted writing it, then resisted publishing it. I told myself Read more…

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On the Road – Views from The Widower’s Notebook Tour

Still on the road and meeting such great audiences for The Widower’s Notebook. Please check out the latest pics from my travels.

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Pop Matters – Compassionately Explores How Men Are Allowed to Grieve

  It’s a tough balancing act when an artist enters the realm of grief, especially when it’s a true story. Suppose that the real lesson of life is that it’s a logically sequenced collection of losses: innocence, money, possessions, or (in the case of this Read more…

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The New Yorker: Briefly Noted

“The Widower’s Notebook, by Jonathan Santlofer (Penguin). In this memoir, a novelist and artist contends with the sudden death of his wife. Santlofer adds new insights to the familiar genre of the grief memoir by exploring the ways in which men are expected to handle Read more…

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The Moth: Becoming an Artist with Jonathan Santlofer and Bob Khosravi

  In this week’s episode, two stories of artists breaking through and perfecting their craft. Jonathan Santlofer’s tragedy has unexpected benefits. Bob Khosravi’s wit and a war of words bridges a cultural divide. Listen to full podcast here

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Lit Hub: On Men and Grief: Dispatches from my Book Tour

A hand goes up from the back of the room. It is an unexpected full house in a southern bookstore where I have been invited to talk about my memoir, The Widower’s Notebook. The man, late middle age, salt and pepper hair, says, “My best Read more…

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Vasari 21 Radio: Interview with Jonathan Santlofer

When his wife of four decades died suddenly five years ago, Jonathan Santlofer entered a landscape all of us will face sooner or later: the terrain of wrenching and heartbreaking loss. In his memoir published last month by Penguin Books, the artist-turned-novelist describes the days, Read more…

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TK Podcast: Interview with Jonathan Santlofer and Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

The grief over the sudden death of his wife Joy compelled novelist Jonathan Santlofer to begin writing, and those scribbled thoughts and memories became his beautiful memoir, THE WIDOWER’S NOTEBOOK. He and James discuss losing the first person you want to share stories with, not Read more…

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WAMC Public Radio: Interview with Jonathan Santlofer

Jonathan Santlofer is a writer and artist. His debut novel, “The Death Artist,” was an international bestseller, translated into seventeen languages, and is currently in development for screen adaptation. His fourth novel, “Anatomy of Fear,” won the Nero Award for best novel of 2009. His Read more…

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Signature Reads: The Language of Grief

I measure every Grief I meet With narrow, probing, eyes – I wonder if It weighs like Mine – Or has an Easier size.” Emily Dickinson, #561 The English word “grief” is derived from the Old French verb “grever,” which means “to burden.” Implicit in Read more…

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