• So we hear people like Minecraft…

    July 10, 2015

    Minecraft_2nd_paperoverboard_mech_draft_B-1_1024x1024In 2013, we were delighted to publish Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything.  The results were pretty huge: the book was praised as “a celebration of the power of imagination and creativity,” its authors were cheered for their detailed portrait of a game designer who was “more like a musician or a painter,” and tens of thousands of copies flew off shelves — sometimes faster than we could print ‘em.

    We got the message: people really like Minecraft!  So when we heard, late in 2014, that Microsoft was looking to buy Minecraft’s parent company, Mojang, for upwards of two billion-with-a-b dollars, we decided it was time to update our book.  The new second edition of Minecraft is shaping up to be just as big of a deal — already Wired magazine has published an excerpt, and fans have been clamoring for copies of the expanded edition since well before its release.

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  • Vive le Ralph!

    June 11, 2015

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    In a recent column in Salon, Bill Curry wrote:

    “Though a private citizen, [Ralph] Nader [has] shepherded more bills through Congress than all but a handful of American presidents.  If that sounds like an outsize claim, try refuting it.  His signature wins [have] included landmark laws on auto, food, consumer product and workplace safety; clean air and water; freedom of information, and consumer, citizen, worker and shareholder rights.  In a century only Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson passed more major legislation.”

    Since the publication, half a century ago, of Ralph’s landmark Unsafe at any Speed (by which he initiated the consumer movement, in Curry’s words, “as just one guy banging away at a typewriter”), he has been perhaps America’s foremost voice of conscience and public sobriety, a champion of working- and middle-class Americans, and the unofficial First Citizen of our republic.

    When things get serious, Ralph’s who you want around.  

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  • Seeing Motherhood from Many Angles

    May 11, 2015

    Happy Mother’s Day, y’all!

    As we take time out to celebrate all the roles that mothers and motherhood play in our lives, Seven Stories is proud to feature a sale on ten of our back list titles, each one considering motherhood, childbirth, and women’s health from a different perspective.  Order any of these titles through Sunday, May 17th, and get 65% off!  Just enter the discount code MOTHERSDAY as you check out.

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    Birth Matters by Ina May Gaskin
    From a peerless midwife and childbirth educator, one of the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s Top 6 books of 2011
     
     

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    Joyous Childbirth Changes the World by Tadashi Yoshimura
    Dr. Tadashi Yoshimura is an obstetrician whose clinic in Okazaki has become legendary for accepting high-risk patients and achieving stunningly positive outcomes
     

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    In the Spirit of Homebirth by Bronwyn Preece
    The voices of women, men, and children, along with midwives and doulas, are gathered here by the Canadian artist and earthBODYment pioneer Bronwyn Preece
     

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    Generation Roe by Sarah Erdreich
    A look inside the future of the pro-choice movement by a leading women’s health advocate
     

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    In Our Control by Laura Eldridge
    A complete guide to contraceptive choices for women
     

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    The Postpartum Effect by Arlene M Huysman
    Drawing on decades of clinical experience, a leading psychologist specializing in mood disorders offers a close look at postpartum depression, which affects more than 400,000 Americans each year
     

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    Voices of the Women’s Health Movement (Volumes 1 & 2) by Barbara Seaman with Laura Eldridge
    The more than two hundred contributors to this two-volume compilation, the capstone of Barbara Seaman’s decades-long work at the forefront of advocacy for women’s health, include Jennifer Baumgardner, Angela Davis, Barbara Ehrenreich, Germaine Greer, Shulamith Firestone, Erica Jong, Molly Haskell, Shere Hite, Susie Orbach, Judith Rossner, Gloria Steinem, Sojourner Truth, Naomi Wolf, and many others.

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  • Carl Jensen: 1926-2015

    April 27, 2015

    carlIt is with extreme sadness that we note the passing on April 23rd of Dr. Carl Jensen, media critic, beloved professor, and founder, in 1976, of Project Censored.  He was eighty-five.

    Carl Jensen was born in Brooklyn, NY.  He served in Air Force intelligence during the Korean War, and later worked in advertising during its Mad Men-era heyday.  In the late sixties, realizing that his current occupation did not match his intellectual and humanitarian ambitions, he went back to school an earned his PhD in sociology from UC Santa Barbara.

     

    In the mid-seventies, observing the increasing stranglehold corporate interests had on US news media, Carl saw the need for an independent organization capable of monitoring the news and exposing the corporate bias reflected in how events were — or weren’t — portrayed there.  He envisioned a project that would track the most crucial developments in national and international affairs, while simultaneously interrogating the mainstream media’s frequent failures to report it. 

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  • Danny Schechter, Prince of the American Left

    March 20, 2015

    Danny SchechterDanny Schechter was a prince of the American Left, someone who always showed up, who kept pace with the beat of change and could be counted on to see that the values of social justice were represented in the media, whether at WBCN-FM in Boston where as “Danny Schechter the News Dissector” he got his start, or at CNN where he was a producer, or at ABC where as a producer for 20/20 he won two National News Emmys. Perhaps his greatest journalistic achievement was South Africa Now, a weekly television news magazine about South Africa at a most critical moment in its history, which ran on public television in the US and in more than thirty foreign countries from 1988-91. When Nelson Mandela toured the US after his release from prison, Danny was the only American documentary filmmaker Mandela trusted to travel with him and to film the tour.

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  • What we’re reading this Valentine’s

    February 14, 2015

    My Florence is photographer Art Shay’s heartbreaking love song to his tender, fierce, infinitely beloved late wife.  Grab a kleenex and watch this:

    Then pick up a copy to slip in with some chocolates for the one you love.

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  • Assia Djebar: 1936-2015

    February 7, 2015

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    It is with extreme sadness that we mourn the great Assia Djebar, who passed away this week at the age of seventy-eight.

    An admired and beloved author, translator, and filmmaker, Djebar was born Fatima-Zohra Imalayen on June 30, 1936, in the Algerian town of Cherchell.  Her novels and poems boldly face the challenges and struggles she knew as a feminist living under patriarchy and an intellectual living under colonialism and its aftermath.  Djebar’s writing, marked by a regal unwillingness to compromise in the face of ethical, linguistic, and narrative complexities, has attracted devoted followers around the world, and received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Venice International Critics’ Prize, the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the Yourcenar Prize,  the Frankfurt Peace Prize, and a knighthood in France’s Legion of Honor.  She was the first Algerian woman to be admitted to France’s prestigious École Normale Supérieure, and the first writer from the Maghreb to be admitted to the Académie Française.

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  • Sunday Times feature on Charley Rosen, the world’s foremost basketball novelist

    January 18, 2015

    “Tolstoy said that happy families are all the same and unhappy families are the most interesting,” Rosen said recently, loosely adapting the beginning of “Anna Karenina.” “Winning teams can be interesting, but they’re very rarely funny and very rarely tragic. And guys on winning teams don’t usually complain, even if they’re the 12th man.”

    Read the whole article here!

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  • New year, new books, new worlds

    January 9, 2015

    Happy new year!  This January, days have been dark in more ways than one, with an act of shocking brutality marring our celebrations at the start of 2015.  It’s a moment to renew our commitment to struggle, to invigorate our consciences, and to cast the light of imagination into the world more brightly than ever.  We’re pleased to have several books forthcoming that do exactly that.

     

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    January 13, 2015

    In this searing conclusion to the Sailor and Lula series that has made him a cult literary icon, Barry Gifford takes us on a cross-country vision quest led by Pace Roscoe Ripley, Sailor and Lula’s son, in pursuit of the up-down, a mysterious fifth direction that forms the axis of all thought and imagination.  In the hilarious yet brooding neo-noir tradition of Gifford’s best work, The Up-Down is a capstone that brings us back to beginnings, a conclusion that leaves us precisely where started, and a lyrical meditation on a world that is, as Gifford has famously written, “wild at heart and weird on top.”

     

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    by Hilary Klein
    February 24, 2015

    February 9 of this year will mark the twentieth anniversary of the Mexican army’s notorious sweep through Chiapas in violation of the ceasefire it had reached with the Zapatista movement the previous January — an infamous date in the history of the movement.  

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  • The Islamist Phoenix — On Sale Now!

    December 2, 2014

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    Congrats to Seven Stories author Loretta Napoleoni on the release of The Islamist Phoenix, an uncompromising look at ISIS that gives us the news behind the news.

    Chelsea Manning calls it “a great entry point for those in want of a more solid understanding of the history and social complexities involved in the rise of the Islamic State” that “explores how this iteration of Islamism does not form from a vacuum, but almost inevitably, and sometimes knowingly, from the circumstances and conditions of the West’s recent involvement in the Middle East.”

    Journalist John Pilger praises it for “replac[ing] hysteria with illuminating and often wise analysis.”

    Chris Hedges calls it “a vital contribution to our understanding of what is happening in the Middle East” that “refuses to become trapped in the easy and fatuous clichés peddled in the West about resistance and radical Islam,” “exposes the folly of empire,” and “forces us to see ourselves as others see us.”

    On the evening of Tuesday, December 2nd, Chris and Loretta appeared together at the New York Society for Ethical Culture  in a discussion moderated by Ted Rall, and featuring never-before-seen video from VICE Media journalist Jean-René Augé-Napoli, who presented it in person with Rocco Castoro, executive producer of VICE’s Ground Zero: Syria.  

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