Loom Press announces the book launch of The Artist and the Orchard: A Memoir by Linda Hoffman.
Artist Linda Hoffman saved an orchard and reshaped her life at Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard, Massachusetts. When she moved to the farm she didn’t know anything about apple-growing. More than twenty years later, the farm is one of the few organic pick-your-own orchards in New England, as well as a hub for a thriving community of visual artists, writers, and spiritual seekers. Hoffman, the mother of three children, a Zen practitioner, and a breast cancer survivor, has now written about her extraordinary journey in The Artist and the Orchard: A Memoir.
Hoffman will read excerpts from the memoir and speak about her process of writing. She will be joined by friends of the farm—acoustic musicians and plein air poets. Join us for this exciting literary and musical afternoon. The event is also supported by the Maynard Public Library where Hoffman will be offering a reading early next year.
What writers are saying about this book:
The Artist and the Orchard is a story about the gifts and demands of re-invigorating an apple orchard in central Massachusetts, but it is also much more than that. Linda Hoffman has written a meditation on change and continuity, a spiritual inquiry, and a celebration of both independence and community. Above all, The Artist and the Orchard is a plea for place, and an argument for just how essential a sense of it is to the human spirit. This is a clear, complex, and beautiful book.
—Jane Brox, author of Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives.
A beautiful book about finding one’s way in the world, The Artist and the Orchard is saturated with love for children and partners, creatures and trees—indeed for the very earth itself—but in particular for one old apple orchard lovingly brought back to life.
—Christina Thompson, editor, Harvard Review and author of Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia.
The Artist defies formula. Linda Hoffman relies on intuition, creativity, and ultimately courage to accomplish a perspective that is as profound as it is original. In her memoir, The Artist and the Orchard, she introduces us to a world where the human soul is intertwined with the landscape, placed like sculptures among the trees. Such a grand vision can only be seen incrementally, but as I followed Hoffman I began to arrive at its magnificence: We are found in Nature! And I can’t think of a better message for our times.
—Andy Brennan, author of Uncultivated: Wild Apples, Real Cider, and the Complicated Art of Making a Living.