Eye to the Sky: Storytelling on the Edge of Magic (Hardcover)

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Eye to the Sky: Storytelling on the Edge of Magic (Hardcover)


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Nobody knows how to tell a story like Bobby Norfolk, and here he tells his own life story. Norfolk grew up in hardscrabble neighborhoods of Saint Louis, Missouri, during the 1950s and 60s, sometimes walking to elementary school from an apartment his parents could not afford to heat. Lifting himself up by force of will and God-given talent, Norfolk defeated a childhood stutter to become a high school dramatist and later an exceptional college student. The path was never easy—and often frightening. With men of color being killed all-too-frequently in America, Norfolk sought a personal identity based upon talent and hard work, but also upon where safety and justice might be found. He tells these stories—some heartwarming or humorous, some frightful and treacherous—honestly, with a graceful mindfulness that all would do well to emulate.

The winner of three regional Emmys for his 1990s TV program, Gator Tales, that cemented his reputation in the St. Louis market, Bobby Norfolk has become one of the leading presences on the storytelling festival circuit in the USA, and has performed in the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Ghana. A recipient of the National Storytelling Network (USA) Circle of Excellence award, Norfolk lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife and fellow storyteller, Sherry.
Product Details ISBN: 9781624910463
ISBN-10: 1624910467
Publisher: Parkhurst Brothers Publishers Inc
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2016
Pages: 192
Language: English
“An inspiring, beautifully-told testimony of a storyteller's quest for identity, healing, joy, and fulfillment. Masterfully written and engaging, Bobby Norfolk’s affirmation of life will delight a wide range of readers.”
— Thomas Saxon, social worker and storyteller, New York City

"An inherently absorbing and engaging read, Eye to the Sky: Storytelling on the Edge of Magic is exceptionally well written and presented from beginning to end. Eye to the Sky is very highly recommended for both community and academic library American Biography, Black Studies collections, personal reading lists." 
— Helen Dumont

“Great tumult, race riots, protests, and the shocking murders of the Kennedys, and Martin Luther King, Jr, shook the USA during Bobby Norfolk’s early years, providing pungent fodder for this introspective memoir.  With charming anecdotes, thoughtful, probing, heartwarming memories, and occasional lapses into genuine goofiness, Norfolk’s life story is honestly told—a rollicking good read!”
— Doug Elliott, storyteller and naturalist, North Carolina

“The urgency of the 60s, anecdote upon anecdote of aunties, parents and community--all swirling around the story of the author as a growing boy, young man, then adult whose imagination, courage and mindfulness carved a winding path toward success in the world and peace in the heart. This book is about love.”

— Jane Stenson, storyteller, educator, and author, Wisconsin