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Upcoming Events

25

February 2024

Sunday

Yoga + Writing Retreat to El Cuyo, Mexico

see retreat page for details!

all day

12

April 2024

Friday

Northampton, MA: Book/Author Talk A SMOKE AND A SONG w/Sherry Sidoti + Celia Jeffries

A Smoke and a Song Book Talk (In-Studio)

  • Friday, April 12, 2024

  • 7:00 PM  8:00 PM

  • Sanctuary150 Main StreetNorthampton, MA, 01060United States (map)

Join us in this candid “behind the book” conversation of Sidoti’s A Smoke and a Song, moderated by local author and writing teacher Celia Jeffries. We’ll explore the writing process, risks and rewards of sharing our stories, and the healing potential of embodied writing. Bring your memoir writing and publishing questions!

Sherry Sidoti is a yoga teacher, writing teacher, and award-winning author. Her debut memoir, A Smoke and a Song, earned the Gold Medal for Inspirational Memoir of 2023 with the Living Now Book Awards and the 2023 Reader’s Favorite Five Gold Star Memoir. Sherry lives on Martha’s Vineyard.

Celia Jeffries is a writer, editor, and memoir writing teacher. Her debut novel, Blue Desert, was a finalist for both the Sarton Historical Fiction award and the IPNE Literary Fiction award, and was the February 2023 Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society.

7:00pm

13

April 2024

Saturday

Sanctuary, Northampton, MA: Our Way Home: A Writing and Somatic Healing Experience with Yoga Teacher + Award-Winning Author Sherry Sidoti


Is healing found in “letting go” as the spiritual teachings insist, or is it found by digging our heals deeper into the earth and holding on to our humanness?

Join Sherry Sidoti, yoga teacher and author of the memoir A Smoke and a Song, to explore movement, meditation, and memoir writing as muse for meaning-making and healing.

The two-hour workshop includes a thirty- minute accessible movement and contemplation practice, a writing prompt and time for free writing, group sharing (optional) and Q & A.

No writing or yoga experience necessary–just a willingness to show up authentically and an openness to discover what wants to find you in the process.

Themes we explore:

  • Cellular memory and the stories homed in our bodies

  • Transgenerational inheritance and dharma

  • The complexity of memory/What is truth?

Movement and contemplation practices we explore:

  • Gentle yoga practice

  • Five Sense Awareness

  • Inner and Outer Resourcing

Saturday, April 13th, 12-2pm (in-studio)

Sliding-scale workshop pricing: $40-50.*

Sanctuary150 Main StreetNorthampton, MA, 01060United States (map)

12:00pm

2

May 2024

Thursday

Boulder Bookstore: Moving On Doesn't Mean Letting Go Book event w/Gina Moffa

stay tuned for more details soon!

7:00pm

Register

26

June 2024

Wednesday

Wellfleet Public Library

Author Reading + Talk at The Wellfleet Public Library

Book Signing

7:00pm

29

November 2023

Wednesday

PAST EVENT: Eric Firestone Gallery Present: Elise Asher The Vintage Years: Poetry + Writings Evening

Join Sherry Sidoti, Marie Howe, Mark Doty, and Veronica Redel for an evening of inspired writings to honor the late poet + painter Elise Asher. Each author will share their favoite of Asher's poems plus read some of their own writing. This is in conjunction with the exhibition: Elise Asher: The Vintage Years at Eric Firestone Gallery. 

40 GREAT JONES STREET
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10012

6:00-8:00pm

8

November 2023

Wednesday

PAST EVENT: Los Angeles Book Event at Riverbank LA

Art of Circling  Andrea Bendewald invites you to a Los Angeles book celebration for Sherry at Riverbank . Please stop by for a hug, pick up a book and get it signed, stay for a glass of wine by Hi-Lo Liquor, bites by Sorella Collective, and the Q + A moderated by the fabulous Sharon Leal

RSVP: hi@theartofcircling.com

6:00-8:00pm

13

December 2023

Wednesday

PAST EVENT: Martha’s Vineyard as Muse for Memoir at the MV Museum

Unlock the power of memoir writing at the Museum and dive into the role of Martha’s Vineyard as a muse for memoirists. Our stories hold immense value, and even if you think you don’t have one, you do, you may just need a little help with the first steps. Join Island authors Sherry Sidoti, Nancy Slonim Aronie, and Bill Eville as they invite you into the world of personal storytelling.

Their recent memoirs have captivated readers and won accolades. Sherry’s A Smoke and A Song has earned the esteemed Gold Medal for Inspirational Memoir of 2023. Bill’s Washed Ashore explores the search for meaning in everyday existence, a journey familiar to many. Nancy Slonim Aronie, founder of the Chilmark Writing Workshop, presents Memoir as Medicine, a guide to writing stories that heal and inspire. Learn why and how to craft personal narratives that heal, liberate, inspire, and entertain. Join us for an enriching evening, connect with our community, and support the Museum’s mission.

Preregistration encouraged.

The authors’ books will be available for purchase, thanks to Bunch of Grapes.

MVM Members: $15; Non-Members: $20.

5:30-7pm

26

October 2023

Tuesday

PAST EVENT: Edgartown Library Book Club

A Smoke and a Song has been chosen as the Edgartown Library's Book of the month!

Contact: lsherman@clamsnet.org

Sherry will stop by 10/26/23 at 4pm for Q + A

4:00pm

Register

16

January 2024

Tuesday

PAST EVENT: Author Talk @ Vineyard Haven Public Library

In Person and Online Book Talk and Q + A: A Smoke and a Song with Sherry Sidoti at the Vineyard Haven Public Library. Moderated by Island author Julia Spiro.


About Julia: Julia Spiro is a writer living on Martha’s Vineyard. She has written two bestselling novels, SOMEONE ELSE’S SECRET (Lake Union, 2020) and FULL (Lake Union, 2022). Her forthcoming novel, SUCH A GOOD MOM, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2025.


zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89458949250

5:30pm

28

January 2024

Sunday

PAST EVENT: Our Way Home: Somatic Healing + Writing Workshop + Book Event in Ojai California

@Light & Space Studio - Ojai, California

2-4pm

Is healing found in “letting go” as the spiritual teachings insist, or is it found by digging our heals deeper into the earth and holding on to our humanness?

Join Sherry Sidoti, yoga teacher and author of the memoir A Smoke and a Song, to explore meditation, and memoir writing as muse for meaning making and healing.

The two-hour workshop includes contemplation practices, a writing prompt and time for free writing, group sharing (optional) and Q & A about memoir writing processes and practices.

No writing or yoga experience necessary- just a willingness to show up authentically and an openness to discover what wants to find you in the process.


5-6pm

Author Chat + Book Signing in conversation with Jen Pastiloff

free and open to the public

A Smoke and a Song is Sherry’s story of her quest to make meaning from the memories homed in her body. Told with tenacity, tenderness, and wry humor, Sherry stumbles towards self-actualization, spiritual awakening—and, despite it all, love. This is a story steeped in art and spirituality that explores the complexities of transgenerational maternal bonds, attachment, loss, and leaning into our wounds to find the wisdom.

Books available for purchase and signing.


2-4pm, 5-6pm

10-12

November 2023

Friday

PAST EVENT: Art of Circling, Yoga + Writing Retreat with Andrea Bendewald

Andrea + Sherry join forces again to bring you a soul-affirming three day retreat to Miracle Manor in Desert Hot Springs. Re-Imagining the Heroine's Journey. The Power in Our Stories. Circling, Yoga, + Writing.

for more information contact hi@theartofcircling.com

9am-8pm

Register

28

October 2023

Saturday

PAST EVENT: Soul Tree Colorado

Sherry returns to Lafayette Colorado to offer a two-part event at Soul Tree Yoga


2:00-4:00pm Writing Our Way Home: a storytelling and somatic healing experience with yoga teacher + author Sherry Sidoti


4:30-6:00pm Author Chat & Book Signing/Community Event 


Open to the public. Book Sales by The Read Queen Bookstore


1280 Centaur Village Dr. #7 Lafayette, CO 303.665.8134

2:00pm MT

21

August 2023

Monday

PAST EVENT: Islanders Write @ Featherstone

"Take Five: Meditation as Muse for Inspired Writing"


Oh, to be in “the zone,” filled with spontaneous inspiration, riding the sweet spot of creative flow! But equal to the elation that comes with writing come the roadblocks— overthinking, stress, dullness, mental restlessness, to name a few. Creativity is too easily hijacked by the mind-stuff.

The mystics have practiced meditation, mindfulness, and movement for centuries to harness the mind and merge with the “Divine Creator Within,” and so can we. Sometimes we just need to take five. Join yoga teacher and author Sherry Sidoti in this 90-minute workshop to learn how meditation can serve as muse for inspired writing.


Through three five-minute exercises we will explore how marrying meditation and writing can:

·  Nourish the writing experience as writers

·  Enliven the writing/storytelling itself

·  Bring focus and clarity to the editing process


Workshop includes conversation, gentle seated movement, contemplation, and writing.

Open to all—no prior meditation practice necessary. Bring something to write on/with, any writing pieces you may be working on, and an open mind


August 21, 9-10:30am

Islanders Write @ Featherstone

free and open to all


Book Sales by Edgartown Books

9-10:30am

5

August 2023

Saturday

PAST EVENT: On the Porch Book Signing @ Edgartown Books

Sherry Sidoti will be "On the Porch" at Edgartown Books for a meet + greet and book signing for her newly released memoir: A Smoke and a Song 


Saturday August 5, 2023

11am-1pm 


This event is in conjunction with Islanders Write Event @Featherstone on 8/20-21

free and open to the public

2-4:00pm EST

Register

15

August 2023

Tuesday

PAST EVENT: Salte MV presents: Book Launch Blessing + Celebration for Sherry Sidoti

Sherry Sidoti’s A Smoke and a Song Book Launch Blessing & Celebration!


Tuesday August 15, 4:00-6:00pm

Salte MV

6 South Water St. Edgartown


invocation + moderation w/Anita Kopacz

Lomar Farms Pop-up

Music w/DJ Dern


free and open to the public

4-6:00pm EST

Register

19

August 2023

Saturday

PAST EVENT: Author's Talk with Sherry Sidoti at Edgartown Public Library

"Behind the Book" A Smoke and a Song

Join author Sherry Sidoti in this informal chat to learn the nitty-gritty "behind the scenes” of writing and publishing her memoir, including:


what inspired her to write

fun facts about A Smoke and a Song

the publishing journey

what she has learned in the process


chat and Q + A moderated by author Paul Samuel Dolman

Edgartown Public Library

August 19 10:30am-noon

free and open to the public


Book Sales by Edgartown Books

10:30am-Noon EST

Register

8

September 2023

Friday

PAST EVENT: Book Talk with Sherry Sidoti at the Oak Bluffs Public Library

Book Talk with Sherry Sidoti: A Smoke And A Song


Memory is not a neatly sequenced timeline of events, and neither is a memoir. Memory is complex and it is fallible. What we remember will always be deeply personal, subject to the complexities of who we are and the lens we look through. What is memory and what is “truth”? What do we chose to tell, what do we leave out, and why? How do weigh the risks with the rewards of telling our stories? These conundrums are enough to paralyze any memoirist from writing and publishing their book! Join Sherry Sidoti in this informal chat where will discuss how she approaches this inquiry. Perhaps it is in the fallibility of memory itself, that therein lies the writing craft.


September 8, 2023

5:30-6:30pm

Oak Bluffs Public Library

free and open to the public


Book sales by Bunch of Grapes Bookstore

5:30-6:30pm EST

Register

21

September 2023

Thursday

PAST EVENT: Author's Talk with Sherry Sidoti at the West Tisbury Public Library

"Artistic Motivation"

Join author Sherry Sidoti in this informal chat and Q & A about her newly released memoir A Smoke and a Song moderated by Mathea Morais, author of There Your Are and director of Literary Arts at Featherstone, including:


Contextualizing our stories

Artistic influences in our lives

Island Inspiration in our writing

The publishing journey

and more!


West Tisbury Public Library

September 21, 2023

4:30-5:30pm

free and open to all


Book sales by Bunch of Grapes Bookstore

4:30-5:30pm EST

Register

4

October 2023

Wednesday

PAST EVENT: Author's Talk + Q & A with Sherry Sidoti at the Martha's Vineyard Museum

"All Things Memoir"

Join Sherry Sidoti in this author's talk and Q & A session with author and memoir writing teacher Nancy Slonim Aronie. 


The two memoirists will chat about Sidoti's new book and all things memoir, including: 

the inspiration behind A Smoke and a Song, what motivates us to share our stories, weighing the risks and rewards of writing memoir, writing as a healing practice, Martha's Vineyard as Memoir Muse, and more. 

Come with all your memoir writing questions!


October 4, 2023

4:00-5:00pm

MV Museum

links for tickets below


Book sales by Bunch of Grapes Bookstore


A Smoke and a Song is a winning book! Sherry Sidoti’s prose is absolutely gorgeous—lyrical and tender, moody and insightful, mystical and relatable. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. A memoir told with such nuanced self-awareness; you’ll find yourself needing to put the book down at moments just to pause, take in her reflections, and make meaning of your own story through hers.”

Nancy Slonim Aronie, author of Writing from the Heart and Memoir as Medicine

4-5:00pm EST

12

October 2023

Thursday

PAST EVENT: Women's Week! She Writes Panel & Reading with Sherry, Antonia Deignan and Melissa Giberson

Womencrafts, Provincetown, MA

11:00am EST

Register

18

October 2023

Wednesday

PAST EVENT: Faraway Hotels Martha's Vineyard Book Club

A Smoke and a Song has been chosen for the October Book Club.

contact Rebecca.johnson@farawayhotels.com

Sherry will stop by 10/18/23 at 6:30pm for Q + A

5:30pm

Register

Retreats

Podcasts & Interviews

Every practice is a celebration of life itself.

Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.

- Mary Oliver

I believe in the uplifting quality of camaraderie, friendship and group activity, bringing a sense of community through global retreats, speaking engagements, readings, and special gatherings. As we foster a sense of oneness in smaller circles, through conversation and connectedness, we are empowered to take what we share and ripple outward to co-create a more loving world.

I believe in the uplifting quality of camaraderie, friendship and group activity, bringing a sense of community through global retreats, speaking engagements, readings, and special gatherings. As we foster a sense of oneness in smaller circles, through conversation and connectedness, we are empowered to take what we share and ripple outward to co-create a more loving world.

Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. - Mary Oliver
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