Acoustic Harvest New York Tour

Acoustic Harvest is an evening with classical Spanish guitarist Jacqueline Henry-Ross and poet, author, and Stony Point Center writer-in-residence Paul W. Jacob.  This combination of musical stylings and locational vignettes will take the audience on a journey through the autumnal landscape of North America.

The New York state tour schedule is as follows:

Friday October 27th at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Penn Yan

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Saturday October 28th at The Cellar at Damiani

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Wednesday November 1st at Bell-Ans Center for Creative Arts

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Thursday November 2nd at the Stony Point Center

https://stonypointcenter.org/book-a-room/upcoming-events/event/143-acoustic-harvest-benefit-concert

Friday November 3rd at Our Lady of Atonement Chapel at Graymoor

https://www.atonementfriars.org/event/acoustic-harvest/

Paul W. Jacob to read and speak at Sacred Farming event at Rollins College

Title of Event: Toxic Farming or Sacred Farming: Listening to the Land
When: Wednesday May 10th at 7 P.M.
Where: The Faculty Club on the campus of Rollins College
Who: Dale Finley Slongwhite and Paul W. Jacob
Cost: Free
Other: Various Books and "Earth Story Posters" will be for sale at the event

Link: http://www.nomadicdevotionbooks.com/sacredfarming/


Dale Finley Slongwhite is the author of Fed Up: The High Costs of Cheap Food (University of Florida Press), which takes an in-depth look at the history of toxic farming methods used in central Florida, and the land and people these poisonous methods affected.

Paul W. Jacob is an author, RCLL Instructor, and Organic Farmworker who will be doing a talk and showing a visual presentation on "Sacred Farming and Listening to the Land."  He has helped to create and has worked on several biodynamic and organic farms in the United States, Canada, Europe and New Zealand.

 

For more info and to view the official poster for this event click here: http://www.nomadicdevotionbooks.com/sacredfarming/

Acoustic Harvest Concert at Rollins College

Nomadic Devotion Books invite you to attend Acoustic Harvest, an evening with classical guitarist Jacqueline Henry-Ross and poet, author, and RCLL instructor, Paul W. Jacob (Jake).  The performance will take place on Thursday November 3rd at 7 P.M. at the Bush Auditorium on the campus of Rollins College.  Paul W. Jacob's new book, Nomadic Devotion, will premiere the night of the performance.

Jacqueline Henry-Ross is a classical guitarist who lives in Northern California. She started to play the guitar at the age of nine and studied intensely under the tutelage of David Grimes, ultimately graduating with a Bachelors of Music Degree from California State University at Fullerton. Her most profound musical memories include having taken Master Classes with the world renowned classical guitarist Maestro Andrés Segovia.  In addition, she and her twin sister Patricia Turner were chosen to perform for him as a duo at a benefit concert in his honor at the “Coconut Grove” in Los Angeles along with the Brazilian guitarist, Larindo Almeida. As a duo, Jacqueline and her sister have had opportunities to perform throughout Oregon, California and Mexico. Jacqueline has also performed live on the famous Hispanic television show Sábado Gigante.

 

Paul W. Jacob is a writer, poet, teacher, and contemplative guide.  He facilitates spiritual retreats at centers of consciousness across the United States.  Jacob was also the Co-Founder and Publishing Director of the culturally influential Modern Nomad magazine.  He has had numerous spiritual essays, travel narratives, and poems published in literary journals and cultural magazines.  He also collaborated with the late great jazz pianist Eddie Higgins on the poetry and jazz album, Miami Session.  Jacob has been a featured guest on several regional NPR programs and college radio shows, where he talks about the poetics of place, contemplative living, and transformational travel.  His new book, Nomadic Devotion: A Contemplative Inquiry into the Poetics of Place, takes the deep study of locality, and through its contemplative poetic lens, creatively renders how our environment has a transformational effect upon our lives.

The Sustainability of Nomadic Devotion Books

Many small and indie presses either go out of business in their first couple of years or totally switch to POD (Print-on-Demand) models in order to save money, but we here at Nomadic Devotion Books are thriving due to the fact that we publish very select books and music and then get behind those publications wholeheartedly by arranging tours, readings, and performances for our authors and musicians.  We truly believe in quality over quantity, and that's why our first book and CD, the Blue Collar Nomad Literary Soundtrack Project, has sold so well.

Our next book, Nomadic Devotion: A Contemplative Inquiry into the Poetics of Place will be released in the beginning of 2017.

Moreover, our books are still printed in the USA on recycled paper with plant-based inks in respectable print runs, as we believe in our books and our authors.

"Miami Session" limited edition Jazz & Poetry CD release

During the winter/spring tourist season of 1999, at the age of 24, Paul W. Jacob was working as a bartender at the Van Dyke Jazz Club in South Beach, Miami.  The house pianist was Eddie Higgins.  Jacob had taken to writing jazz poems on cocktail napkins behind the bar.  One night, during his break, Eddie asked him what he was doing back there behind the bar besides mixing cocktails; Jacob told him that he was writing poems.  Eddie asked to see them, and Jacob handed him a stack of short square napkins inscribed with words.  The pianist took them and walked away.

The next day Jacob got a call from the general manager of the Van Dyke saying that Eddie wanted to speak with him, and would he mind if he gave the pianist his phone number.  Jacob said sure.  A little while later Eddie called to tell him that he was recording at his home studio. However, after he was done with his own project, Eddie offered to dedicate an hour of studio time to record Jacob reading his poems while Eddie accompanied him on piano.  Jacob ran out of his apartment, took three buses, and eventually arrived at the studio. 

This recording, Miami Session, is the product of their unrehearsed, one-take, jazz and poetry collaboration, with all of its raw imperfections and beatific precisions. It is being released in this very limited edition as homage to that moment in time, when two artists, Eddie, a world renowned jazz pianist, and Jacob, a young writer coming into his own voice, collaborated together in the midst of palm trees and enduring pastel sunsets.

*To purchase this artistic collaboration click on the SHOP button above.

Nomadic Devotion Books are sustainably printed in the U.S.A.

 

Nomadic Devotion Books is conscious of both what we publish and how we publish it.  We have created an enviro-friendly grassroots business model that includes offset printing our books in the U.S.A. on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with non-toxic plant-based inks and animal free glue.  

Nomadic Devotion Books  does not utilize print-on-demand publishing, because a book publisher who utilizes this method is not responsible to the author for printing any more copies then are directly ordered through websites.  Thus, sometimes an author will sign away the rights to their work to a publisher for what amounts to 40-50 copies of their book being printed with no additional distribution to brick and mortar bookstores.  In addition, print-on-demand books, due to the technology used to create them, are usually of a poorer quality.  

We find it hard to believe that the majority of corporate and independent publishers still do not use recycled paper and plant-based inks; many also print their books in China and India where workers endure unhealthy conditions and low pay.  Other publishers say that it costs too much money to sustainably produce a book here in the United States, but Nomadic Devotion Books would rather spend a bit more money to have our books produced consciously and sustainably in the U.S.A..

That is our promise to you, our patrons.

Blue Collar Nomad reading in downtown Gainesville, FL

Jake Kaida, a former resident of Gainesville, will read at the Headquarters Branch Library in downtown Gainesville on Saturday October 17th at 11 A.M.  Attendees will be treated to a lively reading of various travel essays from Blue Collar Nomad and a discussion about nomadic living.  Books and CD's will be available for purchase.  Also, interested parties should check out the feature article on Jake Kaida in The Independent Florida Alligator, the University of Florida's newspaper that serves around 50,000 students.

Blue Collar Nomad Northeast Tour Summer 2015

We are currently putting together a Northeast Tour for Jake Kaida to share his book, Blue Collar Nomad: The Literary Reflections of a Grassroots Pilgrim, with readers in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey this summer.  Stay tuned for a complete listing of dates and locations on our Blog and under our Events page.

Blue Collar Nomad West Coast Tour video

Nomadic Devotion Books assistant editor and social media conductor, Michael C. Winters, designed this engaging pictorial compendium with excerpts from Jake Kaida's book, "Blue Collar Nomad," and set to music from Matthew Tavis Johnson's "Blue Collar Nomad Soundtrack," in order to commemorate the Blue Collar Nomad West Coast tour.   

Click on the link below to watch and listen now.

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The Blue Collar Nomad West Coast Tour is Underway

As of this morning, the Blue Collar Nomad West Coast Tour is underway!  It begins in San Francisco, California, then makes its way up through Southern, Central and Northern Oregon, and ending in Seattle, Washington. The official Blue Collar Nomad  books are printed, and the official Wandering CD's are completed. These works of art will be available for purchase at the event locations or here online.

Stay tuned to the Nomadic Devotion Books Facebook page to keep up with the various readings and their locations throughout the next week two weeks. You can also refer to the tour schedule on our website for dates, times and locations.

In addition to the various live readings with piano music, both Jake Kaida and Matthew Tavis Johnson will be interviewed by a few regional NPR stations on the West Coast, including: Ashland, Oregon's 90.1 FM Jefferson Exchange Show (Oct. 13 @ 9:00 a.m.), Eugene's KLCC 89.7 FM Interview with Host Eric Alan (Oct. 14 @ 2:40 p.m.), and a personal interview with Jake Kaida on Point Reyes' 90.5 FM The Vicarious Traveler (Nov. 1 @ 9:00 a.m.) in California.

Hope to see you all at the readings; and make sure to tune in to hear what our artists have to share about their unique collaboration and the inspiration behind their artistic endeavor!

The Story of Nomadic Devotion Books

The story of Nomadic Devotion Books began a long time ago, when Paul W. Jacob was in undergraduate school and he created an alternative media publication named Phage.  This sparked a deep interest in independent publishing within him.  He later attended graduate school on the West Coast, where his thesis delved into the consciousness of place.  From there, Jacob traveled throughout Europe and the United States on assignment for the global club-culture magazine Revolution, writing about music subcultures and the places where they flourished.  During his travels, he decided that a magazine was needed to inspire conscious travel while looking deeply into the transformational aspects of location.  Thus, the groundbreaking Modern Nomad magazine was born and published from 2001-2004.  From 2004-2010, Jacob traveled throughout North America, Europe, and New Zealand working as a natural chef and writer-in-residence at various retreat centers.

In 2009, Jacob completed work on his book, Conscious Cocktails: A Journey into Organic Mixology.  He quickly acquired a well-known literary agent in Manhattan, who brought him an offer for the book from a respected publisher on the West Coast.  However, with the economy spiraling downward, the West Coast press eventually made a financial decision to only publish three of the many titles that it had offered to publish.  Thus, Conscious Cocktails was not published at that time.  A couple of years later, the author was offered another contract with a sizable advance from a publisher in Toronto but was asked to cut the spirituality out of the book to make it more mainstream.  The author denied the publisher's request and once again the book was not published.  Then, in 2013, Jacob was sent another contract from a publisher in the Northeast.  However, after receiving the contract with the agreed upon publication date, the publisher later called the author to request that they move back publication one year.  The author denied this request and once again the book went unpublished.  Thus the book, Conscious Cocktails, which was ready for publication in 2009, has continued to sit unpublished due to several other publishers' inabilities to follow through with their offers and contracts.

In 2014, Jacob and his wife, Jessica, decided to found Nomadic Devotion Books, in order to create a grassroots business model that exists outside of the trendy materialistic mainstream publishing pattern.  Jessica's graduate studies are in linguistics, and she currently teaches second language acquisition at the college level. Thus they both have a vital interest in developing deep and clear communication in order to evolve human consciousness.  They also have talented friends and colleagues, who will bring their various skills and gifts to this burgeoning creative endeavor. 

As Modern Nomad magazine revolutionized the way readers comprehended travel and place, and many of the restaurants and retreat centers where Jacob worked transformed the way people thought about organic and sustainable food sources, so Nomadic Devotion Books will alter people's socially conditioned views of the world by inspiring transformational wonder within them one carefully selected book or musical composition at a time.