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Congratulations are in order!

Some big news this morning from the American Library Association!

Screen_Shot_2015-05-05_at_3.01.59_PM_1024x1024ADAM & THOMAS is a Batchelder Honor Book!
Congratulations to author Aharon Appelfeld, illustrator Philippe Dumas, and translator Jeffrey M. Green!

The Batchelder award honors outstanding children’s books translated from foreign languages and subsequent published in the United States.

 

 

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SEX IS A FUNNY WORD is a Stonewall Honor Book!
Congratulations to authors Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth!

The Stonewall Award is given to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.

 

You can find more information about the ALA’s awards here.

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Liz Swados: 1951-2016

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Seven Stories Press joins with New York City and the world in mourning our friend and author Liz Swados, who passed away yesterday at the age of 64.  Liz was a beacon of New York’s downtown culture, an artist of rare generosity with a genius for making us feel the connections between hardship and resilience, beauty and truth, one person and another.

Born in Buffalo, New York in 1951, Liz began making a name for herself in the New York theater before she had even finished her undergraduate studies at Bennington College. Greater exposure came in 1978, with the smash success of Runaways, a theater piece Liz wrote and directed.  It was based on conversations she’d had with teenage runaways — some of whom went on to star in the show — and its success exceeded all expectations: after a successful run at New York’s Public Theater, it was nominated for five Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and an Obie (which, for her direction, Liz won).

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Thanksgiving with Howard Zinn

No reason to mince words: Thanksgiving is a weird holiday, one that celebrates a deplorable, genocidal history, yet is also, for many of us, a treasured chance to spend some down-time with those we love, and even, for some, an opportunity to check in and contemplate the actual gratitude for what we have, coexisting with the anger over the state of things that drives us to make change.  In short, like much of American life, it’s complicated.

In the interest of fostering a critical approach to that kind of complexity, and, as they say, in the spirit of the season, we wanted to share this excerpt from the classic Voices of People’s History of the United States, beginning with an explanatory note by authors Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove:

On the three hundred fiftieth anniversary of the Pilgrims’ landing on Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts officials planned a celebration, and asked Wamsutta (Frank B.) James to deliver a speech.

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