• Tom Hayden, Listen, Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters Tour

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    Tom Hayden, author of the famed Port Huron Statement and a leader in student, antiwar, and civil rights protests in the 1960s, is on tour with his newest book  Listen, Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters.

    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.

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    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.

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  • Ralph Nader comes to Union Square!

    April 7, 2015, 7PM, Barnes and Noble, Union Square, New York City

    33 East 17th Street, New York, NY

    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.

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  • Book Launch for In The Spirit of Homebirth: Modern Women, an Ancient Choice, by Bronwyn Preece

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    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.


    If you would like to RSVP for the event please do so on Facebook, and if you would like to buy the book please click here.

    “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

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  • Barry Gifford, The Up-Down Tour


    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.

    Tickets $10.25

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    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.

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  • New York City, join us this Sunday!

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  • 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

    Voices of a People’s History of the United States

    November 13, 2014, 7:30 PM

    Los Angeles, CA
    Voices of a People’s History of the United States book launch and reading
    The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center Aratani/Japan America Theatre
    244 S San Pedro St
    Los Angeles CA 90012
    Featuring 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, 2015

    San Francisco, CA
    Panel on teeaching and performing Voices of a People’s History of the United States at The Howard Zinn Bookfair
    with Anthony Arnove and Brenda Coughlin
    Mission High School
    3750 18th St
    San Francisco CA 94114

    November 21, 2014, 7 PM

    Voices of a People’s History of the United States book launch and reading
    The New School’s John L.

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  • Release party for the second edition of Luis J. Rodriguez’s HEARTS AND HANDS

    Calling all Angelinos!

    Saturday, July 26, 5-9pm

    At Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

    13197 Gladstone Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342

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    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.

    ¡Nos vemos!




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  • Brian Francis Slattery at Porter Square Books, September 29th, 2014


    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014, 7PM



    The Family Hightower

    “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.

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  • Dan Wakefield and Nanette Vonnegut Discuss Kurt Vonnegut’s Artwork and “If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?”

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    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.

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