July 10, 2015
In 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.
May 18, 2015
In a decision that Bill McKibben has called catastrophic climate-change denial, the Obama administration has tentatively approved Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill exploration wells in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea this summer.
Seven Stories author and activist Subhankar Banarjee appeared on Democracy Now! last week to discuss the science and consequences of the plan.
Click here to read the author’s recent piece in TomDispatch, called “To Drill or Not to Drill, That is the Question.”
Subhankar Banarjee is the author of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, a book of photojournalism including first person narratives by more than 30 prominent activists, writers and researchers.
April 30, 2015
Last night, the legendary Tom Hayden — revolutionary student leader, former California state assemblymember and senator, and author of more than twenty books — appeared at Barnes & Noble Union Square in New York City. In conversation with the inimitable Juan González, Tom talked about the past and future of US-Cuba relations, his conversations with Cuban revolutionary and statesman Ricardo Alarcón, and, of course, his new book, the already critically acclaimed Listen, Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters.
After a night’s sleep, Tom was off this morning to the studios of Democracy Now!, where he again talked with Juan González and Amy Goodman, not only about Cuba, but also the situation in Baltimore, the Chicago 8 trial, and much more. You can watch the first and second segments of their conversation on the Democracy Now! site, as well as read an excerpt from Listen, Yankee!.
And here are some photos of last night’s Barnes & Noble event!
January 22, 2015What does the Rage Against the Machine guitarist and Nightwatchman read to his children at bedtime? A is for Activist!
January 9, 2015
Wednesday’s horrifying attack on the Parisian offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo appears to have been conducted with the sang-froid and calculation that distinguishes mafia organizations. We are now light years away from the failed attacks of do-it -yourself terrorists in the early 2000s, or of the Taliban’s army of beggars, light years even from the suicide bombing of the Atocha train station in Madrid. It is possible that the high professionalism of contemporary jihadists will allow them not only to survive their heinous actions, but to repeat them. As the financial model of Islamic terrorism, realized to a new extreme in the rise of the Islamic State, the first terror organization to become an armed state, has mutated, so too have the tactics of terrorist attacks in the West. In fact, the two phenomena go hand in hand.
In ISIS, we now face a new system of terror that has perfected some tactics of the past – for example, the compartmentalization so beloved by the Red Brigades and ETA – as well as developed new ones, including so-called ‘mini-attacks’ – armed surgical interventions, such as this week’s in Paris, often steeped in symbolism, and often filmed by passersby and disseminated across traditional and social media.
December 4, 2014
On December 2, 2014, to mark the release of The Islamist Phoenix, the new book on ISIS from international terror expert Loretta Napoleoni, Seven Stories, AlterNet, and the New York Society for Ethical Culture partnered to host a conversation between Napoleoni and Chris Hedges, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times Middle East Bureau Chief and author of War is a Force that Gives us Meaning. It was moderated by the journalist and cartoonist Ted Rall, author of The Book of Obama and After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan. In case you couldn’t be there, here’s how it looked:
(Video courtesy of Leigha Cohen Video Productions)
November 10, 2014
We’re pretty excited about the latest addition to our acclaimed Graphic Canon, the brand-new Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature! In this video, series editor Russ Kick offers a (very) quick tour of what’s in the new one:
But to see it up close, you’ve got to buy the book!
October 8, 2014
“Florence Shay was a force to be reckoned with, a marvelous, witty, beautiful and well-read lady whose husband Art loved her very much and took some pictures of her that pierce my heart: there she is, glorious Florence. I miss her (and her book shop, too). Art Shay’s photographs bring us into their family, so immediately and warmly that it is a little shocking and quite wonderful.” — Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife
In stores this Valentine’s Day!
September 10, 2014
Recently, the great Jared Diamond was kind enough to sit down with a Seven Stories camera crew and answer a few questions with regard to The Third Chimpanzee for Young People, his first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction.
September 8, 2014
The following is the introduction to The Islamist Phoenix, a study of ISIS by Loretta Napoleoni, one of the world’s leading experts on money laundering and the financing of terror. Islamist Phoenix will be available as an ebook in early November, and as a trade paperback on December 2nd.
For the first time since World War One, an armed organization is redesigning the map of the Middle East drawn by the French and the British. Waging a war of conquest, the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (al Sham), or ISIS, is erasing the borders that the Sykes-Picot Accord established in 1916. The region where the black and golden flag of IS flies already stretches from the Mediterranean shores of Syria well into the heart of Iraq, the Sunni tribal area. It is bigger than the United Kingdom or Texas and, since the end of June 2014, is known as the Islamic Caliphate.