Join Janis on HBO's "Getting On" series!
Janis guests with Rita Moreno and Laurie Metcalf in the final episode, along with stars Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, and Niecy Nash.
Janis & Jean Smart co-narrate a book!
The long awaited audio book Patience & Sarah is slated for release September 15. Listen to excerpts at Entertainment Weekly.
Stars audiobook on CD finally available here!
Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian is now available in our online store as a CD audio book. Featuring original short stories by 30 top SF writers, including one by Janis, with her singing the prologue to each and narrating many.
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Patience and Sarah is a meticulously researched historical novel, originally self-published by the author, Isabel Miller, in 1969. This classic of GLBT literature garnered so much attention that the American Library Association created its first Stonewall Award specifically for it in 1971. Narrated by Janis and Emmy Award-winning actress Jean Smart, each performs as one of the characters in this dual point-of-view love story about two young women whose romantic bond does not sit well with the puritanical New England farming community in which they live. Their narration brings new life into this beautiful and inspiring novel that is just as relevant today as it was decades ago.
"I came across Patience and Sarah while in 1972, and it opened a world to me," said Ian. "It was the first time I’d read a love story starring two women that had a happy ending. And it was beautifully written! The story isn’t just about a gay couple – it’s about any couple who fall in love and have to defend their choice. It’s about women’s rights, religion, the works. It’s Romeo and Juliet without the death scene. The timing is right, politically and socially, for this gorgeous book to make its way back into the limelight."
Directed by Stefan Rudnicki, who also directed Janis’ Grammy-winning autobiography Society’s Child, the creation of this audio book was truly a labor of love on everyone’s part. The entire project was initially funded by Janis and her wife; everyone worked for lower than their normal fees because of it.
Said Ms. Smart, "The book is well written; charming, erotic and sweet. I wish more Hollywood writers and directors would read this, and see that it’s possible to be erotic without ‘showing all’!!"
In addition to being an inspiring love story, the audiobook for Patience and Sarah is an ideal listen for young adult audiences. It is a story that shows how irrelevant race, religion, and gender are to love, and that loving, and being loved, are what keep us human and sane.
Read an article about Patience and Sarah in the Boston Globe.
Patience & Sara is ON SALE right now in the Shopping Mall.
Who Really Cares is finally available as an eBook. You can purchase the Kindle version from Amazon or the Nook version from Barnes & Noble. You can also purchase the paperback version in the Shopping Mall.
Says Janis: I can never decide whether to be proud or embarrassed by this book; proud, because the poetry's not bad for a 15-year-old, and the introduction is stellar. Embarrassed, because I was 15 years old. But enough people like it to keep it in print, so there you go. The perfect gift for a literate adolescent, written by a literate adolescent, with enough angst and humor to make fun reading for anyone. And at this price, why not buy two?
Includes a new poem and 10 previously unpublished poems ("rejected" by the publisher of the original book) and a new introduction and afterword written by Janis.
A cool side note: Johnny Cash kept a copy of the original version in his home library!