Listen, Yankee is informed by the author’s unique history—not only as an observer of Cuba’s complex and intricate past, but also as a revolutionary leader of student movements in the US, one whose efforts to mobilize political change in the US mirrored a simultaneous radical transformation in Cuba.
“This books is much more than an account of the politics of the current thaw: it is a memoir and a meditation, a thoughtful reflection on the inter-American struggles of activists, intellectuals and politicians for a more just world.” — Greg Grandin, author of The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World.
Thursday, March 26th/ ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
7pm, Reading and book signing.
Mario Marazzitti is a man who moves mountains. As a member of Italy’s parliament and leader of Rome’s Community of Sant’Egidio, he has succeeded in lobbying for an end to capital punishment in countries like Chile, Gabon, and Uzbekistan. Now, he has set his sites on another: the United States, where he intends to see it outlawed by 2025. The clock is ticking: ten prisoners have been executed in the US this year alone.
In his new book, 13 Ways of Looking at the Death Penalty, Marazziti approaches the challenge with love in his heart and an astonishing range of tested approaches in his activist toolkit. He has been responsible for the Community of Sant’Egidio gathering more than three million signatures on an anti-death penalty petition, and is currently the architect of the state-by-state plan that will end capital punishment in the most powerful nation on earth.
Along with his friend and collaborator, Reinventing Bach author Paul Elie, Mario will be touring the United States to spread his message, and share some of the activist methods that have proven so remarkably successful in the global struggle at whose forefront he stands.
April 7, 2015, 7PM, Barnes and Noble, Union Square, New York City
The one and only RALPH NADER will be appearing at the Union Square Barnes and Noble on Tuesday, April 7th, to sign and read from his new Seven Stories title Return to Sender: Unanswered Letters to the President, 2001-2015!
For the past forty-five years, Ralph has challenged corporations, government agencies, and institutions to be more accountable to the public. In 1965, Unsafe at Any Speed changed the face of the automobile industry and made him a household name. His lobbying and writing on the food industry insured that the food we buy is required to pass strict guidelines before reaching the consumer. One of his greatest achievements was the 1974 amendment to the Freedom of Information Act that increased public access to government documents. Ralph has co-founded numerous public interest groups including Public Citizen, Critical Mass, Commercial Alert, and the Center for Study of Responsive Law.
In The Spirit of Homebirth: Modern Women, an Ancient Choice, edited by Bronwyn Preece, weaves together intimate stories of birth and community written by mothers, partners, doulas, midwives and children from the rocky shores, remote towns and cities of British Columbia, Canada.
Bronwyn’s collection of prose, poetry, photography and illustrations contributes to a renewed understanding of, and confidence in, women’s natural abilities to birth, creating transformative options for individuals and communities worldwide.
Today we celebrate the official publication of the book, and this Saturday, March 21st Mothering Touch in Victoria, BC is hosting a book launch and reading of the collection.
“This is a richly grassroots book that is honestly hard to find anymore…It has a quietness about it that I appreciate, and my hope is that it will mentor and inspire more communities looking to reclaim their traditional practices around birth and
ancestral connections.” — Marinah Velenzuela Farrell, President of the Midwives Alliance of North America
Saturday, March 21st
7pm-10pm at Mothering Touch
975 Fort St, Victoria
British Columbia V8S 5J2
Described as “one of those brave writers who go their own way and challenge readers to follow” by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. From Jan. 15th – Jan. 30th Barry Gifford will be giving a series of readings and Q&As for his newest novel, and the final installation of the Wild at Heart series, The Up-Down, available for sale here.
Thursday, January 15th/ SAN FRANCISCO
7pm The Poetry Room at City Lights Books, San Francisco, CA—Book launch, Q&A and book signing.
Sunday, January 25th/ AUSTIN
6:15 pm Alamo Drafthouse, Austin, TX—Screening of Wild at Heart, followed by author Q&A, book sales and signing.
Tuesday January 27th/ NEW ORLEANS
6 pm-7:30pm Garden District Book Shop, New Orleans, LA—Reading, Q&A, book signing.
Wednesday, January 28th/ JACKSON
5pm Lemuria Books, Jackson, MS—Reading, Q&A, book signing.
Thursday, January 29th/ OXFORD
5pm Square Books, Oxford, MS—Reading, Q&A, book signing.
Events to celebrate the 10th Anniversary Edition of Voices of a People’s History of the United States
People of New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles!
Please join us for these events to celebrate the release of the tenth annivarsy edition of
November 13, 2014, 7:30 PMLos Angeles, CAVoices of a People’s History of the United States book launch and readingThe Japanese American Cultural and Community Center Aratani/Japan America Theatre244 S San Pedro StLos Angeles CA 90012Featuring actors Josh Brolin, Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Christina Kirk, and other performers to be announced. Narrated by Anthony Arnove.Ticket details coming soon.
November 15, 2015San Francisco, CAPanel on teeaching and performing Voices of a People’s History of the United States at The Howard Zinn Bookfairwith Anthony Arnove and Brenda CoughlinMission High School3750 18th StSan Francisco CA 94114
November 21, 2014, 7 PMVoices of a People’s History of the United States book launch and readingThe New School’s John L.
Calling all Angelinos!
Saturday, July 26, 5-9pm
13197 Gladstone Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342
Please join Luis J. Rodriguez for a celebration and reading of Hearts and Hands to mark the release of its expanded second edition!
There will be live art by Rah Azul, creator of the book’s wonderful cover, and a Silent Art Auction, with proceeds going to support Tia Chucha’s.
MEET BRIAN FRANCIS SLATTERY
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014, 7PM
PORTER SQUARE BOOKS, CAMBRIDGE, MA
“There will be blood, Brian Slattery promises early on, and man, does he deliver. Expertly paced and beautifully detailed, The Family Hightower is a Ukrainian-American Godfather—a time-traveling, globetrotting crime saga spanning the last century, spiriting the reader from Morocco to Zimbabwe to Romania and always back home to strangely exotic Cleveland. Completely satisfying and completely brilliant.”
—Stewart O’Nan, author of A Prayer for the Dying and Last Night at the Lobster
In 1968 two boys are born into a large family, both named for their grandfather, Peter Henry Hightower. One boy—Peter—grows up in Africa and ends up a journalist in Granada. The other—Petey—becomes a minor criminal, first in Cleveland and then in Kiev. In 1995, Petey runs afoul of his associates and disappears. But the criminals, bent on revenge, track down the wrong cousin, and the Peter in Granada finds himself on the run.
Dan Wakefield and Nanette Vonnegut Discuss Kurt Vonnegut’s Artwork and “If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?”
May 16th @ 7PM
Barnes and Noble, Upper West Side
Kurt Vonnegut was among the few grandmasters of twentieth-century American letters, one without whom the very term American literature would not mean what it does today. Vonnegut was also a gifted graphic artist and many of his novels include his felt-tip pen sketches. Please join Dan Wakefield and Vonnegut’s daughter Nanette, as they discuss Vonnegut’s artwork and written works.
After the publication of his novel Slaughterhouse-Five brought him worldwide acclaim in 1969, Kurt Vonnegut became one of America’s most popular graduation speakers. If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? is a selection of Kurt Vonnegut’s best graduation speeches, edited and introduced by Dan Wakefield. Amid the sarcasm and wit that are typical of his writing, Vonnegut also conveys in these speeches something of the seriousness and the momentousness of life too. He tells stories and jokes, invokes the figures who inspire him the most–Jesus, Eugene Debs, Bertrand Russell, Jazz historian Albert Murray, and Vonnegut’s friend Joseph Heller among many others.