Heather Jacks Wins 'Book of the Year' Award

Heather Jacks Wins 'Book of the Year' Award

SAN FRANCISCO, July 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ After nearly four years in the making and a successful crowdfunding campaign to independently publish her first book, Heather Jacks has plenty to celebrate after taking home her first award in the performing arts and media category from the prominent trade review journal, The ForeWord Reviews.

"When I won the award, I was bouncing about and squealing like a little girl!" exclaimed Jacks. "Publishing has evolved and changed so dramatically. It was extremely validating to be so successful as a 100% independent effort, outside the realm of 'big publishing'. It's a whole new paradigm in publishing."

This captivating 200-page hardback is a limited-edition and features stunning black and white photos coupled with 35 intriguing interviews with some of New York City's most talented street performersall masters in the art of busking.

"I was moved by their storiesstories which represented the entire globe and the entirety of the human experience," stated Jacks. "Some had been to jail, had been pimps, had played at Carnegie Hall, been educated in the finest institutions, had traveled the world or had never ventured beyond their island. I realized that we don't live in a small world but a large room."

Jacks' inspiration for the book stems from her childhood growing up on 'Indian land' in southern Oregon.

"The seventies were an interesting time for Indianswho had not yet become Native Americans," explained Jacks. "We had no running water, electricity or indoor plumbing. The Vietnam War had ended, the Cold War continued, Nixon was president, Chief Joseph and Leonard Peltzier were our heroes."

According to Jacks, this time period was also a time of great change and assimilation and one that attracted war dodgers, musicians, traveling bandwagons of performers, gypsies, outcasts, innovators and rebels onto the reservation.