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.
June 27, 2014
“Yet, there are those who have a different sense
Of what a lawyer’s role in life should be…”
– William Kunstler, To Leonard Boudin
On the op-ed page of today’s New York Times, the respected lawyer (and Deputy Solicitor General) Neal Katyal offers some resounding praise for the tide of unanimity that has recently washed over the Supreme Court. Arguing that unanimous decisions “signal that the justices can rise above their differences and interpret the law without partisanship,” the article approvingly notes that this judicial season has seen more 9-0 decisions than any in the past 75 years, and proceeds to rank past Chief Justices by the frequency with which their courts achieved consensus. Katyal uses 1954′s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education as a benchmark, citing the moral clarity its unanimity conferred.
Problem is, this example stacks the deck.
June 23, 2014
The late, great Gary Webb may be on his way to becoming one of the very few household names among American investigative journalists. The heavy lifting will likely be done by Kill the Messenger, a major motion picture bound for theaters this October, in which Webb is played with characteristic gravitas and handsomeness by Jeremy Renner. The movie, based largely on Webb’s Dark Alliance — which Seven Stories will be releasing in an expanded new edition this fall – looks appropriately thrilling:
As interest Gary’s work experiences a much-deserved resurgence, though, it may be worth remembering that accolades and encomia were hardly what greeted the book on its initial release. Quite the contrary, actually — the stories that would become Dark Alliance made Gary the target of serious animus from the America’s political right and security apparatus. (One figure of crossover relevance to the two, Lt. Col. Oliver North, memorably derided the reportage as “absolute garbage” — a beautiful feather in Webb’s rabble-rouser cap.) The pressures that mounted as Gary came under increasingly fierce attack culminated, agonizingly, in his suicide, of which 2014 marks the tenth anniversary.
June 19, 2014
This guy is missed.
January 21, 2014
Toby & David of Minecraft Spotlights take a look at some new mods and our book Minecraft: the Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game That Changed Everything.
October 22, 2013
We have all heard the expression, “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but what about a books title? Book titles can intrigue, inspire, and inform a reader about a book with just a few simple words. As for Laurie Rubin’s book, Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight, the title is an important part to the story and reading experience as a whole.
Here, Laurie shares some inside information about choosing her book, and song, titles:
Book titles are incredibly important. They capture in a nutshell what a reader is about to get themselves into, what world they will be in for the next several hours, days, weeks, months whenever they pick up a given book. I chose the title, “Do You Dream in Color?” because it was the question people have asked me from time to time. I think it’s such an interesting question for people to ask because I think of dreams as something you are living, not something you’re watching through a television screen.