StoryCorps book tour, featuring “Listening is an Act of Love” author Dave Isay, will be at Andersons Bookshop in Downtown Naperville on Monday, November 19th at 7:00 PM
As a filmmaker, composer and songwriter, I’ve learned much about the powerful art of storytelling. While artists engage in creative expression as a medium to tell stories, ordinary people quite often have the most extraordinary stories to tell.
While the recording of oral history is not necessarily a new practice, those who listen to National Public Radio already know that StoryCorps is taking oral history to a new level in collecting and preserving recordings of ordinary people sharing their extraordinary life stories.
StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. It is a project of Sound Portraits Productions in partnership with the Library of Congress, NPR, and public radio stations nationwide. They have traveled across the country, visiting 100 towns and cities in 46 states – nearly 15,000 interviews in all. It is the largest oral history project of its kind. Interviews recorded are added to the StoryCorps Archive, housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
In an email conversation with Marisa Karplus, of StoryCorps, she shared with me the words of one StoryCorps listener, who said, “You have to hear these stories for yourself as they will change your life. They’ll make you a kinder person. They’ll make you appreciative of the little sweet moments in life in a way that you couldn’t before hearing the stories.”
To learn more about StoryCorps, visit www.storycorps.net
To learn more about the book “Listening is an Act of Love”, visit http://www.storycorps.net/book
To listen to the stories online, visit http://www.storycorps.net/listen/
To everyone at StoryCorps, keep moving forward with this important project and I hope to see you on Monday night. SM