Meet Singer-Songwriter Jewel at Wentz Hall During this Special Anderson’s Bookshop Event
Celebrated for her poetry, voice, songwriting and performances, Jewel is a worldwide success. And now, with this moving memoir, she’s an author too! Meet Jewel when she comes to Naperville for an Anderson’s Bookshop event at Wentz Hall, on the campus of North Central College, on Tuesday, September 29 at 7 pm. And not only will Jewel be discussing her beautiful memoir, Never Broken, but she has agreed to perform! A booksigning opportunity will follow Jewel’s talk. This program, sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshops, takes place at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are required and available with the purchase of the author’s new book at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., in downtown Naperville, (630) 355-2665.
ABOUT THE BOOK: New York Times bestselling poet and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jewel explores her unconventional upbringing and extraordinary life in an inspirational memoir that covers her childhood to fame, marriage, and motherhood. When Jewel’s first album, Pieces of You, topped the charts in 1995, her emotional voice and vulnerable performance were groundbreaking. Drawing comparisons to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, a singer-songwriter of her kind had not emerged in decades. Now, with more than thirty million albums sold worldwide, Jewel tells the story of her life, and the lessons learned from her experience and her music.
Living on a homestead in Alaska, Jewel learned to yodel at age five, and joined her parents’ entertainment act, working in hotels, honky-tonks, and biker bars. Behind a strong-willed family life with an emphasis on music and artistic talent, however, there was also instability, abuse, and trauma. At age fifteen, she moved out and tasked herself with a mission: to see if she could avoid being the kind of statistic that her past indicated for her future. Soon after, she was accepted to the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and there she began writing her own songs as a means of expressing herself and documenting her journey to find happiness. Jewel was eighteen and homeless in San Diego when a radio DJ aired a bootleg version of one of her songs and it was requested into the top-ten countdown, something unheard-of for an unsigned artist. By the time she was twenty-one, her debut had gone multiplatinum.
There is much more to Jewel’s story, though, one complicated by family legacies, by crippling fear and insecurity, and by the extraordinary circumstances in which she managed to flourish and find happiness despite these obstacles. Along her road of self-discovery, learning to redirect her fate, Jewel has become an iconic singer and songwriter. In Never Broken she reflects on how she survived, and how writing songs, poetry, and prose has saved her life many times over. She writes lyrically about the natural wonders of Alaska, about pain and loss, about the healing power of motherhood, and about discovering her own identity years after the entire world had discovered the beauty of her songs.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jewel is an American singer, songwriter, poet, actress, philanthropist, and mother. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and has sold more than thirty million albums worldwide. She is the founder of Project Clean Water, and author of the New York Times bestseller A Night Without Armor: Poems as well as two books for children. Raised in Homer, Alaska, Jewel currently lives in Tennessee and Colorado with her son.
ABOUT ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOPS: Sponsoring this upcoming program is Anderson’s Bookshops, specializing in book sales, author events, booksignings, and building a sense of community, learning and fun. The store has been helping Naperville readers for six generations. Based in downtown Naperville, the store has grown with the community. A second location is in downtown Downers Grove, at 5112 Main Street (630) 963-2665 and Anderson’s Bookshops is now open in La Grange at 26 S. La Grange Rd. (708) 582-6353. A gift shop, Anderson’s Two-Doors East, at 111 W. Jefferson Ave., operates in Naperville. Key to Anderson’s success has been special author events, like the September 29 program with Jewel at Wentz Hall on the campus of North Central College. To keep updated about other Anderson’s events, please visit www.andersonsbookshop.com.