MBB: Richard Shaw will be discussing and signing his new book: Naked As A Jailbird

Market Block Books welcomes author Richard Shaw for a book signing of his new book Naked as a Jailbird: A Raw Narrative of Life Behind Bars, a unique account of the lives of the incarcerated. Shaw dares readers to view this terrible environment through the portals of a journal kept by a middle class, inexperienced priest who wandered almost accidentally into the chaos, and who spent his first decade moving from initial shock into something worse—an acceptance of the chaos as normal.

Based on a journal Shaw kept in the 1970s, Naked as a Jailbird shares the emotional turmoil of those trapped behind bars, including himself.

Fr. Richard Shaw, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Albany, was a full-time teacher when he first volunteered at Rensselaer County Jail. He gradually shifted the main focus of his responsibilities from teaching to jail ministry, eventually adding Albany and Schenectady county jails to his care. After completing a doctorate at the University at Albany’s School of Criminal Justice, he entered into chaplaincy with the New York State Department of Corrections, serving first at the Summit Shock Incarceration Facility, then at Coxsackie and Greene correctional facilities. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s he also taught sociology and criminology courses at Maria College and Siena College. In 2008, the SUNY Albany School of Criminal Justice named Shaw as a recipient the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award and asked him to give that year’s commencement address to the graduates.

Shaw is the author of several books, including "Naked as a Jailbird: A Raw Narrative of Life Behind Bars," which was published last fall by The Troy Book Markers. It's based on a journal he kept in the 1970s and gives a firsthand tour of the jailhouse tiers. He was called "a kissing cousin to Attila the Hun" by Albany machine politicians who were confronted by his faith and dedication to ministering to his flock behind bars in county jails in Albany and Rensselaer counties.

Richard Shaw

Event date: 
Friday, May 30, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
290 River Street
12180 Troy
Naked as a Jailbird: A Raw Narrative of Life Behind Bars Cover Image
ISBN: 9781614681861
Availability: SPECIAL ORDER
Published: The Troy Book Makers - October 9th, 2013

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