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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:

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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)

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The Islamist Phoenix — On Sale Now! http://www.sevenstories.com/news/the-islamist-phoenix-on-sale-now/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/the-islamist-phoenix-on-sale-now/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:36:08 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8946 Loretta02

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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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.  The event was jointly sponsored by SSP, the NYSEC, and AlterNet.  Watch video of the event here.

And don’t miss this excerpt from Phoenix at AlterNet!

Lastly, if you missed Loretta’s radio appearance in this afternoon’s Leonard Lopate Show, you can listen online here.

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Voices of a People’s History — Coast to Coast! http://www.sevenstories.com/news/voices-of-a-peoples-history-coast-to-coast/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/voices-of-a-peoples-history-coast-to-coast/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:49:10 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8943 Hello, friends!  We’re delighted to report that last Friday’s celebration of Voices of a People’s History of the United States in Los Angeles was a rousing success.  You can take our word for it, or check out this lovely coverage we got in The Progressive.

And New York, you’re next!  This Friday evening, please join Anthony Arnove, Viggo Mortensen, Wallace Shawn, Aasif Mandvi, Jeff Zinn, and others for a not-to-be-missed celebration at the New School.  While this event is sold out, you can get yourself on the wait list by visiting our EventBrite site.  And if you can’t join us to celebrate in person, you can live-stream the entire evening here.

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Hello, friends!  We’re delighted to report that last Friday’s celebration of Voices of a People’s History of the United States in Los Angeles was a rousing success.  You can take our word for it, or check out this lovely coverage we got in The Progressive.

And New York, you’re next!  This Friday evening, please join Anthony Arnove, Viggo Mortensen, Wallace Shawn, Aasif Mandvi, Jeff Zinn, and others for a not-to-be-missed celebration at the New School.  While this event is sold out, you can get yourself on the wait list by visiting our EventBrite site.  And if you can’t join us to celebrate in person, you can live-stream the entire evening here.

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A flip-through of The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature http://www.sevenstories.com/blog-2/a-flip-through-of-the-graphic-canon-of-childrens-literature/ http://www.sevenstories.com/blog-2/a-flip-through-of-the-graphic-canon-of-childrens-literature/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:58:57 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8940 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!

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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!

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A Note to Professors and Teachers http://www.sevenstories.com/news/a-note-to-professors-and-teachers/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/a-note-to-professors-and-teachers/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:13:07 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8927 Dear Professors,

Well, here we are.  Another turn of the wheel.  The Beaujolais nouveau is out.  That is, Seven Stories’ new academic catalog is making its way into college mailboxes across the country.  (If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here.)  We think it’s beautiful, by the way, and hope you do, too.

Exam copies of all our titles are available free of charge.  Please just send us a request on school letterhead by email at academic@sevenstories.com, by fax at (212) 226-1411, or by mail at 140 Watts Street, NY, NY 10013.  Additionally, we have classroom guides for many of our books available at no charge to educators — please ask us about them.

If you have any questions to ask, feedback to offer, or conspiracies to hatch, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Ian Dreiblatt, who handles our academic marketing, at ian@sevenstories.com.

Thanks and Good Wishes,

The Seven Stories Academic Team

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Dear Professors,

Well, here we are.  Another turn of the wheel.  The Beaujolais nouveau is out.  That is, Seven Stories’ new academic catalog is making its way into college mailboxes across the country.  (If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here.)  We think it’s beautiful, by the way, and hope you do, too.

Exam copies of all our titles are available free of charge.  Please just send us a request on school letterhead by email at academic@sevenstories.com, by fax at (212) 226-1411, or by mail at 140 Watts Street, NY, NY 10013.  Additionally, we have classroom guides for many of our books available at no charge to educators — please ask us about them.

If you have any questions to ask, feedback to offer, or conspiracies to hatch, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Ian Dreiblatt, who handles our academic marketing, at ian@sevenstories.com.

Thanks and Good Wishes,

The Seven Stories Academic Team

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New York City, join us this Sunday! http://www.sevenstories.com/news/new-york-city-join-us-this-sunday/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/new-york-city-join-us-this-sunday/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:11:48 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8912 7S-Reading Night ad draft large

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Art Shay’s MY FLORENCE: A 70-year love story http://www.sevenstories.com/blog-2/art-shays-my-florence-a-70-year-love-story/ http://www.sevenstories.com/blog-2/art-shays-my-florence-a-70-year-love-story/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:09:14 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8908 “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

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“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

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Jared Diamond has a few things to say! http://www.sevenstories.com/blog-2/jared-diamond-has-a-few-things-to-say/ http://www.sevenstories.com/blog-2/jared-diamond-has-a-few-things-to-say/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:11:05 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8904 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.

 

01. WHAT IS THE CENTRAL PREMISE FOR THE THIRD CHIMPANZEE? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

02. HOW DID WRITING THIS BOOK CHANGE YOUR LIFE? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

03. WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT EVOLUTION? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

04. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THOSE WHO DENY THE EXISTENCE OF EVOLUTION? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

06. WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM PEOPLE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM OURSELVES? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

07. WHAT CAN WE LEARN ABOUT SEXUALITY FROM READING THE THIRD CHIMPANZEE? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

08. ARE HUMANS NATURALLY MONOGAMOUS? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

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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.

 

01. WHAT IS THE CENTRAL PREMISE FOR THE THIRD CHIMPANZEE? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

02. HOW DID WRITING THIS BOOK CHANGE YOUR LIFE? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

03. WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT EVOLUTION? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

04. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THOSE WHO DENY THE EXISTENCE OF EVOLUTION? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

06. WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM PEOPLE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM OURSELVES? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

07. WHAT CAN WE LEARN ABOUT SEXUALITY FROM READING THE THIRD CHIMPANZEE? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

08. ARE HUMANS NATURALLY MONOGAMOUS? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

09. WHAT DOES THE READER NEED TO DO? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

10. IS THE FUTURE BRIGHT? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

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Introduction to Loretta Napoleoni’s THE ISLAMIST PHOENIX http://www.sevenstories.com/news/introduction-to-loretta-napoleonis-the-islamist-phoenix/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/introduction-to-loretta-napoleonis-the-islamist-phoenix/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 20:55:18 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8891 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.

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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. “Caliphate” is the name given to an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader known as a caliph, or successor to the Prophet Muhammad – the most famous being the Ottoman Caliphate (or Empire), which began in 1453 and lasted until the dissolution of the Caliphate and expulsion of the last caliph, Abdulmecid, at the hands of Kemal Ataturk in 1924.

Many believe that the Islamic State, like al-Qaeda before it, wants to turn back the clock, and indeed in Western media Syrian and Iraqi refugees describe its rule in their countries as a sort of carbon copy of the Taliban regime. Posters forbid smoking and the use of cameras. Women are not allowed to travel without a male relative, must be covered up, and cannot wear trousers in public. The Islamic State seems also engaged in a sort of religious cleansing through proselytism: people must either join its creed, radical Salafism; flee; or face execution.

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Paradoxically, to deem the IS essentially backward would be mistaken. Indeed, during the last few years the belief that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group’s leader and the new Caliph, is a clone of Mullah Omar may well have led Western intelligence to undervalue him and his organization’s strength. While the world of the Taliban was limited to Koranic schools and knowledge based upon the writings of the Prophet, globalization and modern technology have been the cradle of the Islamic State.

What distinguishes the Islamic State from all other armed groups that predate it, including those active during the Cold War, and what accounts for its enormous successes, is its modernity and pragmatism. So far its leadership has understood the limitations that contemporary powers face in a globalized and multipolar world – for example, the inability to reach an agreement for foreign intervention in Syria, as happened in Libya and Iraq. Against this backdrop the Islamic State’s leadership has successfully exploited the Syrian conflict, the most recent version of the traditional war by proxy, to its own advantage almost unobserved, drawing funds from a variety of people: Kuwaitis, Qataris, Saudis, who, seeking a regime change in Syria, have been willing to bankroll several armed groups. However, instead of fighting the sponsors’ war by proxy, the Islamic State has used their money to establish its own territorial strongholds in financially strategic regions, for example in the rich oilfields of Eastern Syria. No previous Middle Eastern armed organization has been able to promote itself as the region’s new ruler with the money of its rich Gulf sponsors.

In sharp contrast with the Taliban’s rhetoric and despite the barbarous treatment of the enemy, the Islamic State is spreading a positive and powerful political message in the Muslim world: the return of the Caliphate associated with happier and richer times for Muslims. This message comes at a time of great destabilization in the Middle East, while Syria and Iraq are ablaze, Libya is on the verge of another tribal conflict, Egypt is restive, and Israel has been once again at war with Gaza.  Hence, the rebirth of the Caliphate and of its Caliph, al-Baghdadi, appears to many Sunnis not as yet another armed group but somehow as a political entity that is rising from the ashes of decades of war and destruction.

The fact that this Islamist Phoenix materialized on the first day of Ramadan 2014, the holy month of fasting and prayer, should be regarded as a powerful omen of the challenge that the Islamic State poses to the legitimacy of all the 57 countries that follow the Islamic faith. As clearly stated by its spokesman, Abu Mohamed al-Adnani: “the legality of all emirates, groups, states and organizations becomes null by the expansion of the Caliph’s authority and the arrival of his troops to their areas.” This is a challenge posed by a new political organization that, while claiming to trace its legitimacy all the way back to 7th-8th century Arabia and the first territorial manifestations of Islam, comprises a contemporary state and commands a modern army.  As such it should not be underestimated, especially if the Islamic State consolidates its territorial conquests.

That the threat is real, and that it is particularly felt by those who share a border with Syria and Iraq, are facts: in July, 2014 the black and golden flag of the Islamic State appeared in Jordanian villages, and in August thousands of IS militants streamed into Lebanon from Syria and took Arsal. Even former sponsors fear the military power of the Caliphate: at the beginning of July, al-Arabiya broadcast that Saudi Arabia had deployed 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq after Iraqi soldiers withdrew from the area.

Under the religious veneer and the terrorist tactics, therefore, lays a political and military machine fully engaged in nation-building, seeking consensus after territorial conquest. Residents of the enclaves controlled by the Caliphate affirm that its arrival coincided with improvements in the day-to-day running of their villages, from fixing holes in the roads to organizing soup kitchens for those who had lost their homes to the daylong availability of electricty.

_76526461_iraq_syria_isis_caliphate_25.07.14_624mapWhile territorially the Islamic State’s master plan is to recreate the ancient Caliphate of Baghdad — an entity that the Mongols destroyed in 1261 and that stretched from the Iraqi capital all the way into modern Israel — its political goal seems to be the shaping of a twenty-first century incarnation. In his first speech as Caliph, al-Baghdadi pledged to return to Muslims the “dignity, might, rights, and leadership” of the past, and at the same time called for doctors, engineers, judges, and experts in Islamic jurisprudence to join him. As he spoke, a team of translators across the world worked almost in real time to release the text of his speech on jihadist websites, facebook and twitter accounts in several languages including English, French, and German.

The Islamic State wants to be for Muslims what Israel is for Jews, a state in their ancient land that they have reclaimed in modern times, a religious and powerful state that protects them wherever they are, something to be proud of. This is a potent message for the disenfranchised Muslim youth who live in the political vacuum created by disturbing factors, such as the corruption and inefficacy of the Free Syrian and Iraqi Army, the Maliki government’s refusal to integrate Sunnis into the fabric of political life, the absence of proper socio-economic infrastructures destroyed during the war, and a high rate of unemployment. It is a powerful message also for those living abroad, the disenfranchised Muslim youth of Europe. No other armed organization has shown such insight and political intuition into the domestic politics of the Middle East and Muslim immigrants’ frustration all over the world, and no other armed organization has adapted to contingent factors, such as the provision of basic socio-economic infrastructures in the territory it controls to succeed at nation-building.

Its leadership has also studied the tactical and structural mistakes of past armed groups as well as their successes, and has put these lessons into a modern context. Like the European armed organizations of the 1960s and 1970s, the Islamic State understands the power of propaganda, of fear at home and abroad, and has been skilfully used social media to propagate sleek videos and images of its barbarous actions. Fear is a much more powerful weapon of conquest than religious lectures, something that al-Qaeda has never understood. Equally, the Islamic State knows that the 24-hour media seeks ever more brutal images, because in a world overloaded with information, extreme violence sells the news: thus the plentiful supply of photos and videos of brutal punishments and tortures uploaded in formats that can be easily watched on mobile phones. Shockingly, in a voyeuristic society, sadism, when appealingly packaged, becomes a major attraction.

The Islamic State has closely analysed the propaganda machine that the US and UK administration employed to justify the preventive strike in Iraq in 2003, in particular the creation of the myth of al Zarqawi which US Secretary of State Colin Powell used on in his speech to the UN Security Council on February 5, 2003 to justify the invasion of Iraq. Thanks to an extensive and highly professional use of social media, the Islamic State has propagated equally false mythologies to proselytize, recruit, and raise funds across the Muslim world.

Crucial for the successes of this strategy have been the secrecy and mythology carefully woven around the Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Bagdhadi. Again, in a world overloaded with information, mystery plays a major role in stimulating the collective imagination. The less people know, the more they want to know, and the more they imagine. Give people a few clips and they will complete the picture as they like it. Islam is premised on a certain nostalgia rooted in the return of the Prophet, while the West still fears Islam. Hence the IS is leading Muslims to believe that the Prophet has returned wearing the clothes of al-Baghdadi and at the same time it terrorizes Westerners with shockingly barbarous killings. Modern advertising has constructed a trillion-dollar industry atop these simple concepts. Now the Islamic State propaganda machine is using them to manufacture the myth of al-Baghdadi and his new Caliphate. What’s surprising is our surprise.

Finally, unlike al-Qaeda, the Islamic State is showing pragmatism. It seems to understand that, in the twenty-first century, new nations cannot be built and held together with terror and violence alone. To blossom, they require popular consensus. Hence the IS uses violence and Sharia law together with propaganda distributed over social media and a variety of popular social programmes aimed at improving the living conditions of the Sunni population trapped inside the Caliphate.

If this strategy succeeds, the world will be forced to turn a new leaf in the history of terrorism and nation-building, because the Islamic State will have provided a workable solution to the dilemma of terrorism. This, in a nutshell, is the true challenge that any armed organization poses to the modern state: whether to consider acts of terrorism as a threat to national security or to law and order. This dilemma springs from the ambiguous nature of terrorism: it has military aims – for example, among the goals of the Islamic State are freeing the territories of the old Caliphate of Baghdad from the tyrannical rule of the Shiites and the annexation of Jordan and Israel to recreate its ancient borders – but it employs criminal and barbarous methods like suicide bombings, the crucifixion of its opponents, and the beheading of hostages. Terrorism, therefore, could be defined as a crime with the aims of war. This ambiguity has allowed states to deny members of armed organizations the status of soldiers and enemies, relegating them to the ranks of outlaws even while using armies against them.

If the Islamic State succeeds in building a modern state, one that the world will not be able to ignore, using terrorism to gain territorial control and social and political reforms to secure internal popular consensus, it will prove what all armed organizations have affirmed: that they are not terrorists but enemies engaged in an asymmetrical war to overthrow illegitimate, tyrannical, and corrupted regimes. No matter how barbarous their actions are or have been, their status as threats to national security, as warriors, will be beyond doubt.

As the Islamic State’s war of conquest progresses, it is becoming clear that since 9/11 the business of Islamist terrorism has been getting stronger instead of weaker — to the extent that now it has morphed into a state — by simply keeping abreast with a fast-changing world in which propaganda and technology play an increasingly vital role. The same cannot be said for the forces engaged in stopping it from spreading.

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Events to celebrate the 10th Anniversary Edition of Voices of a People’s History of the United States http://www.sevenstories.com/events/8885/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/8885/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:07:41 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8885 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

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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. Tishman Auditorium
63 Fifth Avenue (between 13th and 14th Streets)
New York NY 10003
Trains to 14th Street
Featuring actor Viggo Mortensen, singer-songwriters Allison Moorer and Teddy Thompson, actor and playwright Wallace Shawn, poet Staceyann Chin, actors Christina Kirk, Susie Pourfar, and Brian Jones and other special guests to be announced. Narrated by Anthony Arnove.
Tickets (free but confirmation required):
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Project Censored: Pillars of Journalistic Courage http://www.sevenstories.com/news/project-censored-pillars-of-journalistic-courage/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/project-censored-pillars-of-journalistic-courage/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:31:39 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8878 Do you know how Seven Stories Press got its name?  The seven “stories” are seven authors, those whose work lies at the core of our identity as a press, perennially informing our unique publishing mission.  They’re seven authors we continue to read, publish, treasure, and marvel at.  Here’s who they are:

1) Octavia Butler
2) Nelson Algren
3) Annie Ernaux
4) Gary Null
5) Charley Rosen
6) Vassilis Vassilikos
7) Project Censored

 

If you know these names, you know we’ve chosen our affiliations carefully, and been lucky to work with writers of ramifying imagination, inspiring commitment, and impressive stature.  But for all of this, there’s only one name on this list that’s turned out a hotly-anticipated book each of the past twenty years.

People of earth, meet Project Censored.

Founded in 1976 at Sonoma State University, Project Censored is a journalistic initiative that monitors which stories the American news media runs with, and which it kills.  

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Do you know how Seven Stories Press got its name?  The seven “stories” are seven authors, those whose work lies at the core of our identity as a press, perennially informing our unique publishing mission.  They’re seven authors we continue to read, publish, treasure, and marvel at.  Here’s who they are:

1) Octavia Butler
2) Nelson Algren
3) Annie Ernaux
4) Gary Null
5) Charley Rosen
6) Vassilis Vassilikos
7) Project Censored

 

If you know these names, you know we’ve chosen our affiliations carefully, and been lucky to work with writers of ramifying imagination, inspiring commitment, and impressive stature.  But for all of this, there’s only one name on this list that’s turned out a hotly-anticipated book each of the past twenty years.

People of earth, meet Project Censored.

Founded in 1976 at Sonoma State University, Project Censored is a journalistic initiative that monitors which stories the American news media runs with, and which it kills.  Since 1994, Seven Stories has proudly published Censored, an annual anthology of vital stories that the mainstream media overlooks or suppresses, as well as crucial statistical and editorial analysis of why.

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Project Censored has been praised by luminaries including Walter Cronkite (“one of the organizations that we should listen to,”) Amy Goodman (“helping to build the media democracy movement,”) I.F. Stone (“one of the most significant media research projects in the country,”) and Mark Crispin Miller (“not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets [that labor to report the truth], but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts.”)

We’re all tremendously excited for Censored 2015, the next installment in the series, forthcoming on October 7, which features an introduction by Ralph Nader and illustrations by Khalil Bendib.

We’re also tremendously excited by the news that, at this year’s Whistleblower Summit in DC, Project Censored will be honored with a Pillar Award for New Media and Journalism.  The Pillar is a major award given annually to persons of conscience, conviction, and achievement who stand up for what’s right and what’s true in the face of corporate and political intimidation.

The awards ceremony will be part of the summit’s Civil Rights Day on Thursday, July 31.  It’s open to the public — if you’re in or near DC, please RSVP here.

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Release party for the second edition of Luis J. Rodriguez’s HEARTS AND HANDS http://www.sevenstories.com/events/release-party-for-the-second-edition-of-luis-j-rodriguezs-hearts-and-hands/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/release-party-for-the-second-edition-of-luis-j-rodriguezs-hearts-and-hands/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:53:24 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8873 Calling all Angelinos!

Saturday, July 26, 5-9pm

At Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

13197 Gladstone Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342

Rodriquez Hearts high res for Liz

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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Calling all Angelinos!

Saturday, July 26, 5-9pm

At Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

13197 Gladstone Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342

Rodriquez Hearts high res for Liz

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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What’s next? http://www.sevenstories.com/news/whats-next/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/whats-next/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:40:54 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8847 Listen, we all know it’s true: summer can bum you out.  TV goes to reruns, it’s too hot to perform almost any of the duties of human existence, and, worst of all, the whole publishing industry slows to a crawl, with few new books emerging to meet the sun.  Well, we feel your pain, and we’d like to help.  Here are the next four books Seven Stories will be publishing, beginning in late August.  Think of them as a dip in the pool for your mind (and try to keep patient).

The Disunited StatesDISUNITED STATES
by Vladimir Pozner
translated by Alison L. Strayer
August 26, 2014
 

In 1936, the Russian-French novelist and screenwriter Vladimir Pozner traveled to the United States, a nation on its knees in the midst of the Great Depression, and wrote luminously, incisively, of what he found there.  Think Alexis de Tocqueville meets James Agee, with just a twist of Faulkner.  

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Listen, we all know it’s true: summer can bum you out.  TV goes to reruns, it’s too hot to perform almost any of the duties of human existence, and, worst of all, the whole publishing industry slows to a crawl, with few new books emerging to meet the sun.  Well, we feel your pain, and we’d like to help.  Here are the next four books Seven Stories will be publishing, beginning in late August.  Think of them as a dip in the pool for your mind (and try to keep patient).

The Disunited StatesDISUNITED STATES
by Vladimir Pozner
translated by Alison L. Strayer
August 26, 2014
 

In 1936, the Russian-French novelist and screenwriter Vladimir Pozner traveled to the United States, a nation on its knees in the midst of the Great Depression, and wrote luminously, incisively, of what he found there.  Think Alexis de Tocqueville meets James Agee, with just a twist of Faulkner.  As early reviews have already declared, Pozner explores America with an outsider’s freshness and curiosity, and he writes with the urbane elegance of a great prose stylist. The America he discovered was a nation of extremes, a place of great pluralism and yet venomous racism, a peace-loving people shot through with gun nuts, a land where nightmares of urban blight and Dust Bowl collapse drifted westward, like the setting sun, into the dreamland of Hollywood.  He met workers and bosses, strikers and scabs, gangsters and cops, and his writing about them is by turns mordant and tender, lyrical in its outrage, exalted in its populism.

Moments Politiques

Moments Politiques
by Jacques Rancière
translated by Mary Foster
August 26, 2014
 

How do we define politics?  What is our role in the unfolding of the political?  Moments Politiques finds Jacques Rancière, the legendary French social and aesthetic theorist, addressing these questions in some of the plainest, most direct language he has ever employed.  Reflecting on such events as the Parisian uprisings of May, 1968 and theSeptember 11 attacks, and on contemporaries including Michel Foucault, Guy Debord, and Roland Barthes, Rancière asks fundamental questions about democracy, equality, and history.  Moments Politiques is a wonderful resource for newcomers to Rancière’s work, to whom it will provide an excellent introduction to such key concepts as dissensus, political performance, and Rancière’s special definition of “police.”  It is also indispensable to scholars of his thought, filling in small gaps in Rancière’s thinking on such subjects as race, military intervention, and the Situationist International.

Dark Alliance
by Gary Webb
new edition September 2, 2014

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In August 1996, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb stunned the world with a series of articles in the San Jose Mercury News reporting the results of his year-longinvestigation into the roots of the crack cocaine epidemic in America, specifically in Los Angeles. The series, titled Dark Alliance, revealed that for the better part of a decade, a Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to Los Angeles street gangs and funneled millions in profits to the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras. Gary Webb pushed his investigation even further in his book Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion. Drawing from a huge range of sources, Webb demonstrated how our government had knowingly allowed massive amounts of drugs and money to change hands at the expense of our communities.  The Seven Stories blog has recently hosted some writing by editor Dan Simon on the repercussions Webb faced personally.  With Jeremy Renner playing Webb in Kill the Messenger, a movie hitting theaters this fall  that dramatizes Webb’s life and work and is largely based on Dark Alliance, we can expect a lot of talk about his incredibly hard work and the remarkable dividends it paid.  But it’ll all be a little sad, since Gary — who committed suicide in 2004 — was a guy who knew how to speak for himself.

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The Family Hightower
by Brian Francis Slattery
September 9, 2014
 

The literary breakout of a respected genre writer, The Family Hightower describes the entwined fates of two men named after the grandfather they share: Peter Henry Hightower, self-made crime boss of Cleveland.  One of them, who goes by Peter, grows up in Africa and ends up a journalist in Granada.  The other, Petey, becomes a petty  criminal,  first  in  Cleveland, Ohio,  and  then  in  Kiev, Ukraine.  In  1995,  when Petey  runs  afoul  of  his  associates  and goes into hiding, thugs bent on revenge track down the wrong cousin, and the Peter in Granada finds himself on the run. He bounces from one family member to the next, piecing together a illicit family history into which he has never been initiated — one that spans continents and generations, and that ultimately becomes a lesson in just how long and dark a shadow family can cast.

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Consensus and the Supreme Court http://www.sevenstories.com/blog-2/consensus-and-the-supreme-court/ http://www.sevenstories.com/blog-2/consensus-and-the-supreme-court/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:00:44 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8831 “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.

Thurgood Marshall, hero of Brown v. Board of Ed

Thurgood Marshall, hero of Brown v. Board of Ed

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“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.

Thurgood Marshall, hero of Brown v. Board of Ed

Thurgood Marshall, hero of Brown v. Board of Ed

Problem is, this example stacks the deck.  The issue before the court in Brown — whether the “separate but equal” system of racial segregation that had emerged in the aftermath of slavery was constitutional — is one on which reasonable minds cannot disagree.  Just as few Americans today would countenance arguments in favor of the institution of slavery, even passingly, the sane among us cannot conceive of racial segregation — vicious, hateful, and profoundly corrosive of democratic ideals — in positive terms.

While there may be legal issues in today’s national consciousness that can be described in similarly stark terms (the right of LGBT folks to marry comes to mind), they’re few and far between.  In fact, the entire focus of our legal system is adversarial — it’s designed to benefit from impassioned disagreement.  One of the first lessons lawyers are taught is that vigorous advocacy, far from a vice of overzealous practitioners, is at the core of their professional responsibilities.  Our legal system is open to many kinds of critique, including critiques of this way of structuring the judicial process around (hopefully, productive) disagreement, but such critiques, whatever their validity, cannot change the fact that, as currently constituted, that system derives most of its legitimacy from a balance between opposing interpretations of laws and events.

So what does it mean for a court to decide a complicated case unanimously?  In her book Silencing Political Dissent, civil rights lawyer Nancy Chang tells the story of Charles Schenck and the Espionage Act of 1917:

“The worldwide political unrest of the World War I era brought forth a fresh assault on the First Amendment.  The Espionage Act of 1917 made it a crime to ‘willfully utter, print, write, or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language’ about the United States, or to ’cause or attempt to cause, or incite or attempt to incite, insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States.’  In 1919, the Supreme Court upheld the conviction under the Espionage Act of socialist Charles Schenck, who had printed and distributed pamphlets urging opposition to the draft.  The Court’s unanimous opinion, authored by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, flatly rejected Schenck’s argument that his speech was protected under the First Amendment.  Instead, the Court held that government may restrict speech when it presents a ‘clear and present danger’ of ‘bring[ing] about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent.’  The Court went on to declare that ‘[w]hen a nation is at war many things that might be said in time of peace are such a hindrance to its effort that their utterance will not be endured so long as men fight.’

“The Schenck decision is perhaps best known for the Court’s pronouncement that an individual who falsely shouts ‘fire’ in a crowded theater is not protected by the First Amendment.  Historian Howard Zinn has suggested that Schenck’s act was more akin to someone ‘shouting, not falsely, but truly, to people about to buy tickets and enter a theater, that there was a fire raging inside.’  Zinn questions whether the war itself ‘was a “clear and present danger,” indeed, more clear and present and more dangerous to life than any argument against it.’”

Charles Schenck, Philadelphia Secretary of the Socialist Party of America

Charles Schenck, Philadelphia Secretary of the Socialist Party of America

Part of what Zinn’s commentary elucidates is the obscurity intrinsic to the notion that Katyal touts of “justices rising above their differences and interpreting the law without partisanship.”  Far from a cut-and-dry case of protecting the national interest, the unanimity of the Schenck court arguably served as a smokescreen that concealed just how open to debate the facts of Schenck really were.  Holmes draws on the metaphor of shouting “fire” in a crowded theater to make his decision seem a forgone conclusion; Zinn points out that this metaphor is specious.  It is arguable that Katyal does something similar, drawing on the unanimity of a case decided within the bounds of a piercing moral clarity to argue about a legal landscape in which such clarity is profoundly rare.

In his forthcoming book Moments Politiques, the philosopher Jacques Rancière describes the meaning of consensus.  It is not, he writes, “the romantic absurdity of responsible partners together discussing facts and solutions to objective problems, but the immediate identification of the subject who fears.  Political consensus does not usually emerge from ‘reasonable’ opinion.  It arises from unreasonable passion.  Primarily, people experience consensus not among, but rather against, each other.  To participate in consensus is to feel together what we cannot feel.”

Chief Justice Rehnquist, bearing the cockamamie stripes he had added to his judicial robes

Chief Justice Rehnquist, displaying the cockamamie stripes he had added to his judicial robes

In his op-ed, Katyal also tells the story that “one of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist’s final public acts was to express exasperation at the fractured court.  In 2005, on the final day of his final term, a frail Rehnquist described his last majority opinion by first outlining the views, then the three concurrences filed, and then the three dissents filed, and joking, ‘I didn’t know we had that many people on our court.’”  The story might seem a little less adorable if we consider that the decision Rehnquist was presenting permitted the state of Texas to display a 6-foot mock-up of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of its Capital building.  What if Rehnquist had instead quipped, “I didn’t we had any concern for the separation of church and state?”  This was an important, divisive issue — one on which a diversity of opinion should have been celebrated, not snickered at.  (Personally, I’m put in mind of the memorable couplet civil rights lawyer par excellence and occasional sonneteer William Kunstler composed about Rehnquist: “The thought that such a man could lead the Court / Might well have made the Framers self-abort.”)

The question of who gets heard in the courtroom, of whose stories get told, is ultimately of profound importance.  Unanimity may be pleasant, but it doesn’t increase the number of narratives we hear and navigate the political world by, and a lawyer of Katyal’s stature should know this.  When it comes to interpreting our laws, the livelier the debate, the better.

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Guadalupe Nettel is onto something… http://www.sevenstories.com/news/guadalupe-nettel-is-onto-something/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/guadalupe-nettel-is-onto-something/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:57:59 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8823 Nettel Guadalupe_Lisbeth Salas1

Opening up today’s New York Times, we were delighted to see Carmela Ciuraru’s write-up of Natural Histories, the slim collection of short fiction that marks the U.S. debut of Mexican literary superstar Guadalupe Nettel, as well as ace translator J.T. Lichtenstein.  Check it out:

NATURAL HISTORIES
By Guadalupe Nettel, translated by J. T. Lichtenstein
125 pages. Seven Stories. $18.95.

Perhaps Guadalupe Nettel is onto something: Publish a slim collection of five flawless stories, rather than a larger, more uneven batch. An award-winning Mexican writer, Ms. Nettel creates marvelous parallels between the sorrows and follies of her human characters and the creatures they live with — whether as pets or pests. In the first story, a Paris lawyer becomes fixated on her Siamese fighting fish, a male-female pair, determined to preserve their harmonious existence as her marriage continues “its gradual course toward putrefaction.” In “War in the Trash Cans,” following a bizarre plan of attack in response to a cockroach infestation, a young girl spots one more in the corner of her room.

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Opening up today’s New York Times, we were delighted to see Carmela Ciuraru’s write-up of Natural Histories, the slim collection of short fiction that marks the U.S. debut of Mexican literary superstar Guadalupe Nettel, as well as ace translator J.T. Lichtenstein.  Check it out:

NATURAL HISTORIES
By Guadalupe Nettel, translated by J. T. Lichtenstein
125 pages. Seven Stories. $18.95.

Perhaps Guadalupe Nettel is onto something: Publish a slim collection of five flawless stories, rather than a larger, more uneven batch. An award-winning Mexican writer, Ms. Nettel creates marvelous parallels between the sorrows and follies of her human characters and the creatures they live with — whether as pets or pests. In the first story, a Paris lawyer becomes fixated on her Siamese fighting fish, a male-female pair, determined to preserve their harmonious existence as her marriage continues “its gradual course toward putrefaction.” In “War in the Trash Cans,” following a bizarre plan of attack in response to a cockroach infestation, a young girl spots one more in the corner of her room. Yet she finds an odd sense of companionship with this “orphaned cockroach, probably frightened, who didn’t know which way to turn.” Throughout, Ms. Nettel offers her keen attention and sympathy to any living thing struggling to get by.

Yes yes y’all!Nettel Cover

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The Tragedy of Gary Webb* http://www.sevenstories.com/blog-2/the-tragedy-of-gary-webb/ http://www.sevenstories.com/blog-2/the-tragedy-of-gary-webb/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:58:07 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8818 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.

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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.

Shortly thereafter, Dan Simon — Gary’s editor for Dark Alliance, and Seven Stories’ founder — wrote the following moving consideration of Gary’s brilliant journalism, and the deep tragedy it worked in his personal life.  Originally published in The Progressive, what follows is both a moving tribute to a departed friend and a resounding call for the courageous seeking of truth.

The Tragedy of Gary Webb

by Dan Simon

I began working as Gary Webb’s editor on “Dark Alliance”, the book, in July 1997, almost a year after his newspaper series of the same name broke so controversially in the San Jose Mercury News. As recently as one year earlier Gary Webb had been one of the nation’s top investigative reporters. His awards included a Pulitzer in 1990 as part of a team, and at least four other major prizes for his solo work. But by the time I met him, he’d already begun the spectacular fall that ended with his suicide several weeks ago, barely seven years later, at the age of forty-nine.

What would turn out to be the biggest story of his life ran as a three-day series beginning on August 18, 1996. Here’s how it started: “For the better part of a decade, a Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerilla army run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, a Mercury News investigation has found.”

The “Dark Alliance” story documented a network of collusion in the 1980s that joined together the crack cocaine explosion, the Contras, and the CIA. But it might have vanished without a trace had the paper not chosen this story to create a splash for its website, complete with graphics and links to original source documents. It became, arguably, the first big Internet news story, with as many as 1.3 million hits on a single day. Talk radio picked it up off the Internet, and citizens’ groups and media watchdogs soon followed. The CIA launched its own internal investigation. Gary’s star had never shone more brightly.

The mainstream print media was ominously silent until October and November 1996, when The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times all finally picked up the story. But instead of launching their own investigations into whether the CIA had shielded drug traffickers, these papers went after Gary’s reporting, although they “could not find a single significant factual error,” as Gary’s then-editor at The Mercury News, Jerry Ceppos, would write in an internal memo. But after that, the series was described frequently as “discredited.” Soon the story and Gary himself were spoiled goods. Gary’s editor switched sides and penned an apologia distancing the paper from the series. Gary was forced out of his job, even though the body of evidence supporting Gary’s account was actually growing.

Two years later, the CIA’s internal investigation would prove to be a vindication of Gary’s work. So would another internal investigation conducted by the Justice Department. Gary took solace in the historical significance of these findings, but shamelessly the mainstream press barely covered them, whereas the attacks on Gary had been page-one news.

With characteristic irony and faith in the facts, Gary faulted himself only for not being able to fathom initially the depths of the CIA’s complicity. Writing in 2002 for a book called Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press, Gary said: “When the CIA and Justice Department finished their internal investigations two years later, the classified documents that were released showed . . . the CIA’s knowledge and involvement had been far greater than I’d ever imagined. The drug ring was even bigger than I had portrayed. . . . And agents and officials of the DEA had protected the traffickers from arrest, something I’d not been allowed to print.”

Gary had loved writing the “Dark Alliance” book, and together we relished presenting finished copies to the very same newspapers of record that had allowed themselves to be used as tools against Gary. The book was reviewed with high praise in two out of the three, and it was a strong seller.

The alternative media, to its credit, honored Gary. But the community of his peers in corporate journalism never again embraced him. He could never quite get over their betrayal. When you are an investigative reporter armed with the truth, the gun often fires backwards.

Gary once wrote about the “Dark Alliance” series, “It wasn’t so much a conspiracy that I had outlined as it was a chain reaction.” The same can be said of what happened to Gary.

Now when I reread the opening sentence of the “Dark Alliance” series, I realize Gary had found the big story, the one about the betrayal of a people by its own government. A monumental sadness remains.

 

 

*Now a major motion picture

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Fresh snow http://www.sevenstories.com/news/fresh-snow/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/fresh-snow/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:37:52 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8812 Every Seven Stories book is unique, like a snowflake.  That might sound escapist, given the swelter that’s settled over New York City this week, but it’s true.  Here are a few exciting recent titles you can hole up with in your igloo:

Swados_MyDepressionElizabeth Swados‘s My Depression: A Picture Book

I’m a pariah in my own mind.  Something slimy and scaly feels like it’s growing inside me.  I’m a grade B 1950s horror movie!

Poet, writer, and doyenne of New York’s avant-garde theater world, Elizabeth Swados takes us on a soul-searching tour of emotional turmoil through a series of drawings and captions.  Whip-smart, candid, and gloriously warped, My Depression is a uniquely deep exploration of a disorder that afflicts more than 300 million people worldwide.

 

Don’t miss the HBO Films animated feature My Depression, starring Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, and Fred Armisen!

Rodriquez Hearts high res for Liz

Luis J. Rodriguez’s Hearts and Hands

Horses are being whispered to while our children are being shouted down.  

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Every Seven Stories book is unique, like a snowflake.  That might sound escapist, given the swelter that’s settled over New York City this week, but it’s true.  Here are a few exciting recent titles you can hole up with in your igloo:

Swados_MyDepressionElizabeth Swados‘s My Depression: A Picture Book

I’m a pariah in my own mind.  Something slimy and scaly feels like it’s growing inside me.  I’m a grade B 1950s horror movie!

Poet, writer, and doyenne of New York’s avant-garde theater world, Elizabeth Swados takes us on a soul-searching tour of emotional turmoil through a series of drawings and captions.  Whip-smart, candid, and gloriously warped, My Depression is a uniquely deep exploration of a disorder that afflicts more than 300 million people worldwide.

 

Don’t miss the HBO Films animated feature My Depression, starring Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, and Fred Armisen!

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Luis J. Rodriguez’s Hearts and Hands

Horses are being whispered to while our children are being shouted down.  Is there another way?  Not numbness.  Not no.  And not letting go.  But an affirmation: Show me the way, give me the tools, help me with the signs and images, stand by my existence with all its pains and glories so that I can know what it is to be truly alive, to have clarity and purpose, and to thoroughly and genuinely belong.

Organizer, poet, memoirist, former Justice Party candidate for Vice President, and current Green Party candidate for Governor of California Luis J. Rodriguez weaves stories of his own troubled youth together with social insight, verse, and field reportage from today’s urban anti-violence movement into what Entertainment Weekly has called a “beautifully written and politically astute account” of our youth under fire.  Now in an expanded second edition, Hearts & Hands is crucial reading for anyone seeking to understand the tension between violence and community that pulls at our cities.

And Californians, don’t forget to vote Green this November!

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Maxine Kumin’s Lizzie!, a Triangle Square book for young readers

Sometimes I still cry in secret, and a lot of it is about how good my mom was to me.  How the accident was my own fault for being in such a hurry to show off and now I would have to pay for it the rest of my life.  And even though I say I don’t care about not having a father, I sometimes cry about that too.

One of the last books to be written by Pulizter Prize-winning former Poet Laureate Maxine Kumin, Lizzie! is a book that many of us have been waiting for — a soaring adventure whose unforgettable hero — the smart, plucky, wheelchair-bound, and etymology-obsessed title character — is defined not by what she lacks but by the extraordinary qualities she possesses.  A book that, as Julia Alvarez has written, “overturns all our expectations about disability, gender, who gets to solve the mysteries and experience the adventures,” Lizzie! is an instant classic for all kids — including the ones that live on in us through adulthood.

And keep your eyes peeled for our reprints of the children’s books on which Maxine collaborated with her close friend Anne Sexton — reprints forthcoming from Seven Stories!

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Brian Francis Slattery at Porter Square Books, September 29th, 2014 http://www.sevenstories.com/events/brian-francis-slattery-at-porter-square-books-september-29th-2014/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/brian-francis-slattery-at-porter-square-books-september-29th-2014/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:39:41 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8798 MEET BRIAN FRANCIS SLATTERY

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014, 7PM

PORTER SQUARE BOOKS, CAMBRIDGE, MA

 

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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MEET BRIAN FRANCIS SLATTERY

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014, 7PM

PORTER SQUARE BOOKS, CAMBRIDGE, MA

 

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. He bounces from one family member to the next, piecing together his cousin’s involvement in international crime while learning the truth about his family’s complicated history. Along the way the original Peter Henry Hightower’s story is revealed, until it catches up with that of his children, revealing how Peter and Petey have been living in their grandfather’s shadow all along.

The Family Hightower takes a look at capitalism and organized crime in the 20th century, the legend of the self-made man, and what money can do to people. Like Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex, The Family Hightower stretches across both generations and continents, bearing the weight of family secrets and the inevitable personal toll they take on loved ones despite our best intentions.

Novelist, musician and editor Brian Francis Slattery is the author of three previous novels. Spaceman Blues (2007) was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award. Liberation (2008) was named by Amazon’s editors the best science-fiction book of 2008. Lost Everything (2012) won the 2012 Philip K. Dick Award. He was previously a senior editor of the Journal of International Affairs and an editor and co-founder of the New Haven Review. He lives with his wife and young son in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Some good news in a Cruel World http://www.sevenstories.com/news/some-good-news-in-a-cruel-world/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/some-good-news-in-a-cruel-world/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:55:49 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8790 Lammy

Both translated fiction and LGBTQ writing are lamentably underrepresented in today’s literary landscape.  So it was major news when, one June 2nd, the Lambda Literary Foundation awarded this year’s prize for Gay General Fiction to Luis Negrón’s Mundo Cruel, translated from the Spanish by Suzanne Jill Levine.  It was a tremendous victory for a book that’s played the underdog from the start.

In a new article at Publishers Weekly, Clare Swanson tells the book’s improbable story — a son who leaves Puerto Rico for New York to pursue a career in publishing, the book his mother gives him, and one sincere pitch at an editorial meeting come together to produce a major literary event.  Read it all here.

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Both translated fiction and LGBTQ writing are lamentably underrepresented in today’s literary landscape.  So it was major news when, one June 2nd, the Lambda Literary Foundation awarded this year’s prize for Gay General Fiction to Luis Negrón’s Mundo Cruel, translated from the Spanish by Suzanne Jill Levine.  It was a tremendous victory for a book that’s played the underdog from the start.

In a new article at Publishers Weekly, Clare Swanson tells the book’s improbable story — a son who leaves Puerto Rico for New York to pursue a career in publishing, the book his mother gives him, and one sincere pitch at an editorial meeting come together to produce a major literary event.  Read it all here.

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AND THE LAMMY GOES TO…. http://www.sevenstories.com/news/and-the-lammy-goes-to/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/and-the-lammy-goes-to/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:43:37 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8769 We’re absolutely exultant to announce that Luis Negrón’s Mundo Cruel, translated by Suzanne Jill Levine, has won this year’s Lambda Literary Award for Gay General Fiction!

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Check out the Washington Post‘s coverage here!

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We’re absolutely exultant to announce that Luis Negrón’s Mundo Cruel, translated by Suzanne Jill Levine, has won this year’s Lambda Literary Award for Gay General Fiction!

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Check out the Washington Post‘s coverage here!

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Behind the Book with Dan Wakefield http://www.sevenstories.com/news/behind-the-book-with-dan-wakefield/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/behind-the-book-with-dan-wakefield/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:10:29 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8759 Dan Wakefield discusses If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?the inspiration behind the title, and Kurt’s speeches.

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Watch the official “Kill the Messenger” Trailer http://www.sevenstories.com/news/watch-the-official-kill-the-messenger-trailer/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/watch-the-official-kill-the-messenger-trailer/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 19:35:50 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8752 Director Michael Cuesta brings to life Gary Webb’s exceptional work. Check out the film trailer and its inspiration, Dark Alliance.

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Director Michael Cuesta brings to life Gary Webb’s exceptional work. Check out the film trailer and its inspiration, Dark Alliance.

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Dan Wakefield and Nanette Vonnegut Discuss Kurt Vonnegut’s Artwork and “If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?” http://www.sevenstories.com/events/dan-wakefield-and-nanette-vonnegut-on-kurt-vonneguts-artwork/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/dan-wakefield-and-nanette-vonnegut-on-kurt-vonneguts-artwork/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 14:03:49 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8646 May 16th @ 7PMVonnegut_IfThisIsn_tNice_large
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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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. Perhaps most importantly, he inspires the young people in the audience to go out into the world and make a difference.

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Check out the new book trailer for The Walls of Delhi! http://www.sevenstories.com/news/check-out-the-new-book-trailer-for-the-walls-of-delhi/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/check-out-the-new-book-trailer-for-the-walls-of-delhi/#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 19:46:57 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8743

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Reading at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library http://www.sevenstories.com/events/nanette-vonnegut-discusses-her-fathers-artwork/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/nanette-vonnegut-discusses-her-fathers-artwork/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 17:22:19 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8523 May 9thVonnegut_IfThisIsn_tNice_large
Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

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. 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. Perhaps most importantly, he inspires the young people in the audience to go out into the world and make a difference.

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Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

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. 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. Perhaps most importantly, he inspires the young people in the audience to go out into the world and make a difference.

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“If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?” Debuts at #10 on the Barnes & Noble College Bestseller List http://www.sevenstories.com/news/if-this-isnt-nice-what-is-debuts-at-10-on-the-barnes-noble-college-bestseller-list/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/if-this-isnt-nice-what-is-debuts-at-10-on-the-barnes-noble-college-bestseller-list/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 18:30:50 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8737 Dan Wakefield’s collection of Vonnegut’s tongue-in-cheek advice for graduates debuts at #10 on the Barnes & Noble College National Campus Bestseller List in the category of Hardcover Nonfiction!

Don’t forget: Dan Wakefield and Nanette Vonnegut will be speaking at the Barnes and Noble on the Upper West Side on May 16th at 7PM. Dan will discuss Vonnegut’s graduation speeches from If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Nanette Vonnegut will talk about her father’s playful felt-tip illustrations, which adorn the covers of many Kurt Vonnegut works.

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Dan Wakefield’s collection of Vonnegut’s tongue-in-cheek advice for graduates debuts at #10 on the Barnes & Noble College National Campus Bestseller List in the category of Hardcover Nonfiction!

Don’t forget: Dan Wakefield and Nanette Vonnegut will be speaking at the Barnes and Noble on the Upper West Side on May 16th at 7PM. Dan will discuss Vonnegut’s graduation speeches from If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Nanette Vonnegut will talk about her father’s playful felt-tip illustrations, which adorn the covers of many Kurt Vonnegut works.

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Cory Silverberg at Word Bookstore Event http://www.sevenstories.com/events/cory-silverberg-at-word-bookstore-event/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/cory-silverberg-at-word-bookstore-event/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 20:28:12 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8619 Final Cover.indd

Thursday, May 1st @ 6 PM
Co-sponsored by LLF and Riverdale Avenue Books
Word Bookstore (Greenpoint)
126 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY 11222

Cory Silverberg will be reading from What Makes a Baby at Word Bookstore in Brooklyn on May 1st at 6PM.

Silverberg is a Canadian sex educator and writer with a penchant for open, inclusive, and accessible conversations about sex and sexuality. What Makes a Baby is a book for every kind of family and every kind of kid. It is a 21st-century children’s picture book about where babies come from that reflects the reality of our modern time by being inclusive of all kinds of kids, adults, and families, however they came to be.

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Thursday, May 1st @ 6 PM
Co-sponsored by LLF and Riverdale Avenue Books
Word Bookstore (Greenpoint)
126 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY 11222

Cory Silverberg will be reading from What Makes a Baby at Word Bookstore in Brooklyn on May 1st at 6PM.

Silverberg is a Canadian sex educator and writer with a penchant for open, inclusive, and accessible conversations about sex and sexuality. What Makes a Baby is a book for every kind of family and every kind of kid. It is a 21st-century children’s picture book about where babies come from that reflects the reality of our modern time by being inclusive of all kinds of kids, adults, and families, however they came to be.

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New Releases — May http://www.sevenstories.com/news/new-releases-may/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/new-releases-may/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 20:17:59 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8693 9781609805531

Hearts and Hands, Second Edition

Empowered by his experiences as a peacemaker with gangs in Los Angeles and Chicago, Luis Rodriguez offers a unique book of change. He makes concrete suggestions, shows how we can create nonviolent opportunities for youth today, and redirects kids into productive and satisfying lives. And he warns that we sacrifice community values for material gain when we incarcerate or marginalize people already on the edge of society. His interest in dissolving gang influence on black and latino kids is personal as well as societal; his son, to whom he dedicates Hearts and Hands, is currently serving a prison sentence for gang-related activity. With anecdotes, interviews, and time-tested guidelines, Hearts and Hands makes a powerful argument for building and supporting community life.

 

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The Walls of Delhi: Three Stories

A sweeper discovers a cache of black money and escapes to see the Taj Mahal with his underage mistress; an untouchable races to reclaim his life stolen by an upper-caste identity thief; a slum baby’s head gets bigger and bigger as he gets smarter and smarter, while his family tries to find a cure.

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Hearts and Hands, Second Edition

Empowered by his experiences as a peacemaker with gangs in Los Angeles and Chicago, Luis Rodriguez offers a unique book of change. He makes concrete suggestions, shows how we can create nonviolent opportunities for youth today, and redirects kids into productive and satisfying lives. And he warns that we sacrifice community values for material gain when we incarcerate or marginalize people already on the edge of society. His interest in dissolving gang influence on black and latino kids is personal as well as societal; his son, to whom he dedicates Hearts and Hands, is currently serving a prison sentence for gang-related activity. With anecdotes, interviews, and time-tested guidelines, Hearts and Hands makes a powerful argument for building and supporting community life.

 

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The Walls of Delhi: Three Stories

A sweeper discovers a cache of black money and escapes to see the Taj Mahal with his underage mistress; an untouchable races to reclaim his life stolen by an upper-caste identity thief; a slum baby’s head gets bigger and bigger as he gets smarter and smarter, while his family tries to find a cure.

One of India’s most original and audacious writers, Uday Prakash, weaves three stinging and comic tales of living and surviving in today’s globalized India. In these stories, Prakash portrays realities about caste and class with an authenticity rarely seen in English-language fiction about South Asia.
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Paul Robeson, Jr. (1927–2014) http://www.sevenstories.com/news/paul-robeson-jr-1927-2014/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/paul-robeson-jr-1927-2014/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:03:36 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8724 We mourn the loss of Paul Robeson, Jr., a brilliant thinker and writer always ready to say the things that weren’t being said that needed to be said, very much his father’s son and his own man.

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We mourn the loss of Paul Robeson, Jr., a brilliant thinker and writer always ready to say the things that weren’t being said that needed to be said, very much his father’s son and his own man.

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Cory Silverberg Reading at Leslie-Lohman Museum http://www.sevenstories.com/events/cory-silverberg-reading-at-leslie-lohman-museum/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/cory-silverberg-reading-at-leslie-lohman-museum/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:16:53 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8616 Final Cover.indd

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 6 PM
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster St., New York, NY 10013

Cory Silverberg will be reading from What Makes a Baby at the Leslie-Lohman Museum on April 29th at 6PM.

Silverberg is a Canadian sex educator and writer with a penchant for open, inclusive, and accessible conversations about sex and sexuality. What Makes a Baby is a book for every kind of family and every kind of kid. It is a 21st-century children’s picture book about where babies come from that reflects the reality of our modern time by being inclusive of all kinds of kids, adults, and families, however they came to be.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 6 PM
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster St., New York, NY 10013

Cory Silverberg will be reading from What Makes a Baby at the Leslie-Lohman Museum on April 29th at 6PM.

Silverberg is a Canadian sex educator and writer with a penchant for open, inclusive, and accessible conversations about sex and sexuality. What Makes a Baby is a book for every kind of family and every kind of kid. It is a 21st-century children’s picture book about where babies come from that reflects the reality of our modern time by being inclusive of all kinds of kids, adults, and families, however they came to be.

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“The Walls of Delhi” Book Reading & Discussion at U. Chicago http://www.sevenstories.com/events/walls-of-delhi-book-reading-discussion-at-u-chicago/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/walls-of-delhi-book-reading-discussion-at-u-chicago/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:54:12 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8539 April 29, 20149781609805289_large
University of Chicago
915 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

One of India’s most original and audacious writers Uday Prakash will speak at the University of Chicago on April 29th.

Translated by Jason Grunebaum, The Walls of Delhi is an intricately  woven book, composed of three stinging and comic tales of living and surviving in today’s globalized India: a sweeper discovers a cache of black money and escapes to see the Taj Mahal with his underage mistress; an untouchable races to reclaim his life stolen by an upper-caste identity thief; a slum baby’s head gets bigger and bigger as he gets smarter and smarter, while his family tries to find a cure.

In these stories, Prakash portrays the realities about caste and class with an authenticity rarely seen in English-language fiction about South Asia. Told in a compelling, vivid, and thoroughly modern voice, sharply political but free of heavy handedness, Prakash’s words leave an imprint on the mind and heart long after the final page is turned.

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University of Chicago
915 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

One of India’s most original and audacious writers Uday Prakash will speak at the University of Chicago on April 29th.

Translated by Jason Grunebaum, The Walls of Delhi is an intricately  woven book, composed of three stinging and comic tales of living and surviving in today’s globalized India: a sweeper discovers a cache of black money and escapes to see the Taj Mahal with his underage mistress; an untouchable races to reclaim his life stolen by an upper-caste identity thief; a slum baby’s head gets bigger and bigger as he gets smarter and smarter, while his family tries to find a cure.

In these stories, Prakash portrays the realities about caste and class with an authenticity rarely seen in English-language fiction about South Asia. Told in a compelling, vivid, and thoroughly modern voice, sharply political but free of heavy handedness, Prakash’s words leave an imprint on the mind and heart long after the final page is turned.

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LA Times says, “Kurt Vonnegut may be dead, but he still gives good advice to graduates” http://www.sevenstories.com/news/la-times-says-kurt-vonnegut-may-be-dead-but-he-still-gives-good-advice-to-graduates/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/la-times-says-kurt-vonnegut-may-be-dead-but-he-still-gives-good-advice-to-graduates/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:17:01 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8721 In David Ulin’s review of IF THIS ISN’T NICE, WHAT IS? in today’s Los Angeles Times, he writes, “the speeches in ‘If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?’ neither sugarcoat nor browbeat. ‘What other advice can I give you?’ [Vonnegut] asks one set of graduates. ‘Eat lots of bran to provide necessary bulk in your diet. The only advice my father ever gave me was this: ‘Never stick anything in your ear.’ … Don’t murder anybody — even though New York State does not use the death penalty. … That’s about it.’”

Read the whole review here.

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In David Ulin’s review of IF THIS ISN’T NICE, WHAT IS? in today’s Los Angeles Times, he writes, “the speeches in ‘If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?’ neither sugarcoat nor browbeat. ‘What other advice can I give you?’ [Vonnegut] asks one set of graduates. ‘Eat lots of bran to provide necessary bulk in your diet. The only advice my father ever gave me was this: ‘Never stick anything in your ear.’ … Don’t murder anybody — even though New York State does not use the death penalty. … That’s about it.’”

Read the whole review here.

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Uday Prakash to Speak at Northwestern University http://www.sevenstories.com/events/uday-prakash-to-speak-at-northwestern-university/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/uday-prakash-to-speak-at-northwestern-university/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:35:08 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8533 April 28th @ 4pm9781609805289_large
Leopold Room in Harris Hall
on Northwestern’s Evanston campus

One of India’s most original and audacious writers Uday Prakash will speak at Northwestern University on April 28th.

Translated by Jason Grunebaum, The Walls of Delhi is an intricately  woven book, composed of three stinging and comic tales of living and surviving in today’s globalized India: a sweeper discovers a cache of black money and escapes to see the Taj Mahal with his underage mistress; an untouchable races to reclaim his life stolen by an upper-caste identity thief; a slum baby’s head gets bigger and bigger as he gets smarter and smarter, while his family tries to find a cure.

In these stories, Prakash portrays the realities about caste and class with an authenticity rarely seen in English-language fiction about South Asia. Told in a compelling, vivid, and thoroughly modern voice, sharply political but free of heavy handedness, Prakash’s words leave an imprint on the mind and heart long after the final page is turned.

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Leopold Room in Harris Hall
on Northwestern’s Evanston campus

One of India’s most original and audacious writers Uday Prakash will speak at Northwestern University on April 28th.

Translated by Jason Grunebaum, The Walls of Delhi is an intricately  woven book, composed of three stinging and comic tales of living and surviving in today’s globalized India: a sweeper discovers a cache of black money and escapes to see the Taj Mahal with his underage mistress; an untouchable races to reclaim his life stolen by an upper-caste identity thief; a slum baby’s head gets bigger and bigger as he gets smarter and smarter, while his family tries to find a cure.

In these stories, Prakash portrays the realities about caste and class with an authenticity rarely seen in English-language fiction about South Asia. Told in a compelling, vivid, and thoroughly modern voice, sharply political but free of heavy handedness, Prakash’s words leave an imprint on the mind and heart long after the final page is turned.

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Announcing the Kurt Vonnegut/ Graduation Window Display Contest http://www.sevenstories.com/news/announcing-the-kurt-vonnegut-graduation-window-display-contest/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/announcing-the-kurt-vonnegut-graduation-window-display-contest/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:55:47 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8641

Win a signed, original printed piece of art by Kurt Vonnegut!

In celebration of the April 8th release of If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, Dan Wakefield’s collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s tongue-in-cheek words of advice for graduates, Seven Stories is holding a window display contest for independent bookstores!

UntitledHere is your chance to create a special window featuring If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, rounded out with other Seven Stories’ Vonnegut titles as well as Vonnegut backlists from his other publishers. We also have some downloadable images for your use (see info below). The best window display will be awarded a piece of original, signed Vonnegut art. Two runners-up will each receive 5 copies of the book each, signed by Dan Wakefield.

The contest will run May 1st-May 15th. Photos of the displays must be submitted by email to publicity@sevenstories.com by May 20th. Winners will be selected by Seven Stories Press staff and will be announced at BEA in the Seven Stories Press booth, posted on Seven Stories Press social media, and announced by press release.

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Win a signed, original printed piece of art by Kurt Vonnegut!

In celebration of the April 8th release of If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, Dan Wakefield’s collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s tongue-in-cheek words of advice for graduates, Seven Stories is holding a window display contest for independent bookstores!

UntitledHere is your chance to create a special window featuring If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, rounded out with other Seven Stories’ Vonnegut titles as well as Vonnegut backlists from his other publishers. We also have some downloadable images for your use (see info below). The best window display will be awarded a piece of original, signed Vonnegut art. Two runners-up will each receive 5 copies of the book each, signed by Dan Wakefield.

The contest will run May 1st-May 15th. Photos of the displays must be submitted by email to publicity@sevenstories.com by May 20th. Winners will be selected by Seven Stories Press staff and will be announced at BEA in the Seven Stories Press booth, posted on Seven Stories Press social media, and announced by press release.

SEVEN STORIES PRESS TITLES:
If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young, the collected graduation speeches of Kurt Vonnegut, selected and edited by Dan Wakefield 978-16098-0591-3
A Man without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut 978-15832-2713-8
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian by Kurt Vonnegut 978-16098-0073-4
Like Shaking Hands with God by Kurt Vonnegut and Lee Stringer 978-16098-0074-1
Eden Express, the memoir by Kurt’s son Mark Vonnegut 978-15832-2543-1
Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Novels by Gregory Sumner 978-16098-0430-5

Downloadable images to reproduce for your window: Photos of Kurt Vonnegut (12), with Mark Vonnegut (1), and with Lee Stringer (12). Vonnegut’s artwork from the book’s interior is available upon request.

Email heather@sevenstories.com with any questions or for downloadable images from If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?

 

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“Hurricane” Carter, Subject of Nelson Algren’s “The Devil’s Stocking”, Dies at 76 http://www.sevenstories.com/news/hurricane-carter-subject-of-nelson-algrens-the-devils-stocking-dies-at-76/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/hurricane-carter-subject-of-nelson-algrens-the-devils-stocking-dies-at-76/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:14:13 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8698 Carterboxing1

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, a star prizefighter who spent 19 years in prison on a wrongful murder conviction, died at his home in Toronto last Sunday. He was 76.

Initially commissioned to write a magazine article on the boxer, Nelson Algren became so inspired by Carter’s fight against injustice that his research grew into a novel. The Devil’s Stocking chronicles a battle for truth and human dignity, which gives way to a larger story of life and death decisions amid the shadowy world of low-purse fighters, cops, con artists, and bar girls.

Carter’s life story also inspired Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “Hurricane” as well as the 1999 film The Hurricane, in which Denzel Washington portrayed Carter.

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Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, a star prizefighter who spent 19 years in prison on a wrongful murder conviction, died at his home in Toronto last Sunday. He was 76.

Initially commissioned to write a magazine article on the boxer, Nelson Algren became so inspired by Carter’s fight against injustice that his research grew into a novel. The Devil’s Stocking chronicles a battle for truth and human dignity, which gives way to a larger story of life and death decisions amid the shadowy world of low-purse fighters, cops, con artists, and bar girls.

Carter’s life story also inspired Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “Hurricane” as well as the 1999 film The Hurricane, in which Denzel Washington portrayed Carter.

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“The Walrus and the Elephants” Book Reading & Discussion http://www.sevenstories.com/events/the-walrus-and-the-elephants-book-reading-discussion/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/the-walrus-and-the-elephants-book-reading-discussion/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:37:10 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8409 April 18th @ 7pm

WalrusandtheElephants_CoverLargeVisible Voice Books
1023 Kenilworth
Cleveland, OH 44113

Join author and journalist James Mitchell to celebrate his newest book, Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution, at Visible Voice Books in Cleveland, Ohio.

Based entirely on new interviews and research, The Walrus and the Elephants is the first book about John Lennon to show how his emergence as a solo artist, his embrace of radical politics and feminism, and his love affair with New York City coincided. From controversial television appearances, to benefit concerts, to his new, post-Beatlemania band The Elephant’s Memory, Walrus and the Elephants is Lennon’s story told by a cast of close friends and fellow activists who lived the gritty and colorful lives in legendary Greenwich Village.

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April 18th @ 7pm

WalrusandtheElephants_CoverLargeVisible Voice Books
1023 Kenilworth
Cleveland, OH 44113

Join author and journalist James Mitchell to celebrate his newest book, Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution, at Visible Voice Books in Cleveland, Ohio.

Based entirely on new interviews and research, The Walrus and the Elephants is the first book about John Lennon to show how his emergence as a solo artist, his embrace of radical politics and feminism, and his love affair with New York City coincided. From controversial television appearances, to benefit concerts, to his new, post-Beatlemania band The Elephant’s Memory, Walrus and the Elephants is Lennon’s story told by a cast of close friends and fellow activists who lived the gritty and colorful lives in legendary Greenwich Village.

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Dan Wakefield Discusses Vonnegut’s “Lasting Charm” in Biographile http://www.sevenstories.com/news/dan-wakefield-discusses-vonneguts-lasting-charm-in-biographile/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/dan-wakefield-discusses-vonneguts-lasting-charm-in-biographile/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:44:41 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8686

The Lasting Charm of Kurt Vonnegut on New Generations of Readers


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Editor’s NoteAuthor and fellow hoosier Dan Wakefield was a longtime friend of Kurt Vonnegut. He edited and introduced Kurt Vonnegut: Letters, as well as the newly released If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, a collection of quirky, insightful and refreshing commencement speeches Vonnegut has delivered over the years. Dan joins us to reflect on the amazing staying power of Vonnegut’s prose and the lasting appeal of his grouchy charm to new generations of readers. 

Kurt Vonnegut’s humor, honesty, and fresh ways of seeing things have always made him a favorite of young people. I remember back in the late sixties, before Slaughterhouse Five made him rich and famous, college students were carrying around dog-eared copies of Cat’s Cradle, a novel in which he playfully invents a fictitious new religion, foresees a way the world could end, and introduces new words that strike a chord of satiric truth (a “Granfalloon” is a proud and meaningless association of people; examples cited are The Communist Party, The Daughters of the American Revolution, and General Electric.)

Few writers are able — or willing — to take on the most serious issues (e.g.

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The Lasting Charm of Kurt Vonnegut on New Generations of Readers


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Kurt Vonnegut - Lasting Appeal of Vonnegut on New Generations of Readers

Editor’s NoteAuthor and fellow hoosier Dan Wakefield was a longtime friend of Kurt Vonnegut. He edited and introduced Kurt Vonnegut: Letters, as well as the newly released If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, a collection of quirky, insightful and refreshing commencement speeches Vonnegut has delivered over the years. Dan joins us to reflect on the amazing staying power of Vonnegut’s prose and the lasting appeal of his grouchy charm to new generations of readers. 

Kurt Vonnegut’s humor, honesty, and fresh ways of seeing things have always made him a favorite of young people. I remember back in the late sixties, before Slaughterhouse Five made him rich and famous, college students were carrying around dog-eared copies of Cat’s Cradle, a novel in which he playfully invents a fictitious new religion, foresees a way the world could end, and introduces new words that strike a chord of satiric truth (a “Granfalloon” is a proud and meaningless association of people; examples cited are The Communist Party, The Daughters of the American Revolution, and General Electric.)

Few writers are able — or willing — to take on the most serious issues (e.g. the end of the world) and write about them with humor as well as insight. Puzzling over the “big issues” is part of a young person’s coming of age, and young people not only find in Vonnegut a humorous and satirical approach that they find congenial, they also discover a refusal to shirk from the dark side of human nature. Memorializing the death of children killed in war inCat’s Cradle, Vonnegut’s orator says “…we might best spend the day despising what killed them; which is to say, the stupidity and viciousness of all mankind.”

As young people come of age they are discovering that, as Vonnegut says, the truth is often shocking “because we hear it so seldom.” Vonnegut is a truth-teller, the one who points out the elephant in the room, the one who speaks the unspeakable, expressing the thought that we may be too timid to say ourselves. When Kurt and I and our publisher, Sam Lawrence, were invited to visit one of the first communes, back in the late sixties, the young man who founded it explained that he and his friends were learning to “live off the land” because “we want to be the last people on earth.” Vonnegut asked him, “Isn’t that kind of a stuck-up kind of thing to want to be?” Just as in his writing, Vonnegut in his daily life could not help asking the impertinent questions, the ones that make us think.

Vonnegut is sometimes mislabeled as a “Counter-Culture” figure, and though he was a hero to the hippies, he was in fact a critic of much of their world. He satirized Maharishi Mahesh Yoga, guru to The Beatles and a covey of movie stars, in an article called “Yes, We Have No Nirvanas.” When Zen meditation became a fad, Vonnegut pointed out that Western culture also has a technique for slowing the heart-rate and clearing the mind — it’s called “reading short stories.” He labeled that practice “Buddhist catnaps.” He wrote that he once smoked a joint with Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead “to be sociable,” but he didn’t get anything out of it and never tried again.

Vonnegut’s stories and books don’t seem to age as those of other authors do. His short story “Harrison Bergeron,” first published in the 1950s, is taught in many high schools today and is a favorite of students. It takes place in a time in the future when the government requires that everyone be equal, and weights and handicaps are placed on talented people to eliminate their advantages. But Harrison Bergeron rebels, strips off his weights, and shows the world what it can be like to be free and express yourself fully. Little wonder he is a hero to new generations.

Vonnegut was a popular graduation speaker from the 1970s until a few years before his death in 2007. His talks, like his novels, stories and essays, were full of humor (“whoever named near-beer was a poor judge of distance”), practical advice (“Eat lots of bran. . .Never stick anything in your ear”), and appreciation (“How many of you have had a teacher at any stage of your education from the first grade until this day in May who made you happier to be alive, prouder to be alive, than you had previously believed possible?”) After that last question, he asked everyone in the audience to turn to the person next to them and say the name of that teacher. That is Vonnegut in action, prompting others to recall particular people who have enhanced their life, to stop and savor the memory, and in that moment ask yourself “If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?”

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Jared Diamond Featured on the Daily Beast http://www.sevenstories.com/news/jared-diamond-featured-on-the-daily-beast/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/jared-diamond-featured-on-the-daily-beast/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:39:59 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8682 Jared Diamond Talks About His New Book for Young Readers

William O’Connor

 

The author of Guns, Germs, and Steel is out with an adaptation for young people of The Third Chimpanzee. He also has some strong words for his critics.

It turns out the incident of the chimp who tore off his owner’s friend’s face was more family feud than disgruntled pet.

Much like the humans he documents who came to rule Earth, Jared Diamond is out with a new book sure to increase his rule in the classroom. Most students known Diamond from the PBS documentary based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Guns, Germs, and Steel.Now, Diamond is out with a new edition of his popular book The Third Chimpanzee, this time adapted “for young people” by Seven Stories Press and Rebecca Stefoff. The book, for those who missed the original, discusses how and why humans evolved differently than did chimpanzees, who differ from us in DNA by only 2 percent.

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Jared Diamond Talks About His New Book for Young Readers

William O’Connor

 

The author of Guns, Germs, and Steel is out with an adaptation for young people of The Third Chimpanzee. He also has some strong words for his critics.

It turns out the incident of the chimp who tore off his owner’s friend’s face was more family feud than disgruntled pet.

Much like the humans he documents who came to rule Earth, Jared Diamond is out with a new book sure to increase his rule in the classroom. Most students known Diamond from the PBS documentary based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Guns, Germs, and Steel.Now, Diamond is out with a new edition of his popular book The Third Chimpanzee, this time adapted “for young people” by Seven Stories Press and Rebecca Stefoff. The book, for those who missed the original, discusses how and why humans evolved differently than did chimpanzees, who differ from us in DNA by only 2 percent.

“I found that high school classes and even middle school classes would come to my lectures,” Diamond said in an interview with The Daily Beast, when asked why he wrote the book. “But sometimes they would get read chapter by chapter because they were slow-going.” So when he was approached by Seven Stories Press with the idea for the current edition, “it appealed to me.”

As a consumer of his past works, I can attest to the veracity of Diamond’s claim that “the style is not much simpler than the style of my original books, so it’s not dumbed down.” The text has been shortened and condensed in some places, while in others it has been expanded to define terms in more detail than in the original books. “The physical layout,” confessed Diamond, “is much more appealing than my books because there’s more space on the page,” as well as photos, graphs, and illustrations.

The book is also a plea from a generation that had its time in the sun to do better to save the earth. The second half of the book focuses on the negative impact of human’s evolution—genocide, ecological destruction, and nuclear weapons. Anybody familiar with Diamond is aware of his environmental work. That was also a major impetus for the new edition.

“I’ve children of my own, so I’m concerned about the world they’re going to end up in, whether it’s going to be a world worth living in or not,” he explained.

The book is an investment in the future. “It’s young people who will be affected by the state of the world, who will also be the ones who eventually make the decisions that determine the state of the world,” declared Diamond.

‘I’m in the position of the average reader initially. I was learning as I went, and I was having to explain it to myself.’

Diamond, 76, grew up in Boston, and within seconds it’s apparent that years in Los Angeles haven’t dulled the accent. And he’s professor-ly from head to toe. Only the way his eyes light up when talking about New Guinea convinces you that he really has an Indiana Jones side to him.

Diamond also didn’t exactly set out to be in many ways the Michael Lewis of evolution and anthropology.

“Initially, my technical training, my Ph.D., was on sodium transport in the gall bladder, and my job at UCLA medical school was to do gall bladder research and teach medical students about gall bladders,” chuckles Diamond.

What drove him was his lifelong love of bird watching, which began at age seven, and took him to New Guinea. The rest, they say, is history. Bird watching triggered his lifelong pursuits of evolution and biogeography, as well as conservation.

But Diamond’s background in many ways is a godsend for the reader. “I’m in the position of the average reader initially,” confided Diamond, “I was learning as I went, and I was having to explain it to myself.”  All of his books come out of that process and are the result of “explaining things to other people in the way I’ve explained to myself.”

Beyond the generally enlightening narrative and eye-opening hypothesis about how and why we are the way we are now (for Diamond it was the development of language), part of the joy of reading his books has always been the neat little aperçus he drops in. In the case of this text, it’s tidbits like how the difference in size between males and females is related to the size of the harem. For southern elephant seals, in which the male is three tons and the female is seven hundred pounds, a male has an average of 48 females in his harem.

Or how leaf-cutter ants cultivate a specific type of fungus so precious it is carried by the queen when she starts a new colony.

And there’s the jaw-dropping anecdote that the highest recorded number of offspring for a human male is 888—by Emperor Ismail the Bloodthirsty of Morocco; for a female the high is 69, by a 19th century Russian woman who had multiple triplets.

But don’t miss the section on the most magnificent of all, the bowerbirds, who build and decorate complex huts to seduce the females.

Diamond, due in large part to his success, has his critics, some of whom are quite vocal and passionate. Some take particular issue withGuns, Germs, and Steel, and Diamond’s theories of how agricultural developments led to white Europeans on Native American lands instead of the other way around (it certainly did not help when Mitt Romney cited him). His response, however, is simple.

“When you say pushback, in my opinion, that’s much too flattering. There’s not a serious competing theory,” he sighs.

“The few people in the area who object, there are some vocal people, one hears a slogan, ‘environmental determinism’,” chided Diamond. “But those who use that slogan never spell out what they think accounts for the pattern of the last 13,000 years.”

The new book may say “for young people” on the cover, but don’t let that put you off if you’re not so young any longer. Anyone not looking to wade through the sometimes dense pages of Guns, Germs, and Steel or the original Third Chimpanzee is welcome here. This edition is definitely a digestible and informative dip into our past.

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The Nation Publishes an Excerpt from “If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?” http://www.sevenstories.com/news/the-nation-publishes-an-excerpt-from-if-this-isnt-nice-what-is/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/the-nation-publishes-an-excerpt-from-if-this-isnt-nice-what-is/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:35:02 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8678 The Nation
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Why You Can’t Stop Me From Speaking Ill of Thomas Jefferson

Kurt Vonnegut | March 26, 2014

Kurt Vonnegut was the celebrated author of novels like Cat’s CradleMother Night and Slaughterhouse-Five. This article was adapted from a speech he made in Indianapolis to the Indiana Civil Liberties Union (now the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana) on September 16, 2000. It appears in the collection If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Advice to the Young, edited by Dan Wakefield, to be published by Seven Stories Press on April 8.

There is something you are entitled to know about me—something I’m not proud to confess. This is it: I was born into a society as segregated as Biloxi, Mississippi, except for the drinking fountains and the buses. And I am the product of a lily-white public high school in Indianapolis. Shortridge had a faculty worthy of a university.

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Why You Can’t Stop Me From Speaking Ill of Thomas Jefferson

Kurt Vonnegut | March 26, 2014

Kurt Vonnegut was the celebrated author of novels like Cat’s CradleMother Night and Slaughterhouse-Five. This article was adapted from a speech he made in Indianapolis to the Indiana Civil Liberties Union (now the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana) on September 16, 2000. It appears in the collection If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Advice to the Young, edited by Dan Wakefield, to be published by Seven Stories Press on April 8.

There is something you are entitled to know about me—something I’m not proud to confess. This is it: I was born into a society as segregated as Biloxi, Mississippi, except for the drinking fountains and the buses. And I am the product of a lily-white public high school in Indianapolis. Shortridge had a faculty worthy of a university. Our teachers there, again lily-white, weren’t just teachers. They were their subjects. Our chemistry teachers were first and foremost chemists. Our physics teachers were first and foremost physicists. Our teacher of ancient history, Minnie Lloyd, should have been wearing medals for all she did at the Battle of Thermopylae. Our English teachers were very commonly serious writers. One of mine, the late Marguerite Young, went on to write the definitive biography of Indiana’s own Eugene Victor Debs, the middle-class labor leader and socialist candidate for president of the United States, who died in 1926, when I was 4. Millions voted for Debs when he ran for president.

I never met Debs, but I was old enough after World War II to have lunch in this city with another middle-class Indiana labor leader. He was Powers Hapgood. Although he was a Harvard graduate and from a well-to-do family of businesspeople, Powers Hapgood worked as a coal miner to get close, both spiritually and physically, to those he wished to help to help themselves. He then became an officer in the CIO here in Indianapolis.

Not long after our lunch, there was some kind of dust-up on a picket line, and he landed in court as a witness. The judge—Judge Claycomb, in fact the father of my Shortridge classmate Moon Claycomb—knew of Hapgood’s history, and interrupted the proceedings to ask why such a privileged person would spend his life as he had. And Powers Hapgood replied: “Why, the Sermon on the Mount, sir.” And if I am asked why anybody should support their local and national Civil Liberties Unions, I will say that it takes a powerful private organization to compel those who govern us to not violate the crystal-clear laws in the Bill of Rights, just as we would not want them to drive when drunk or park by a fireplug. Given the humane and fair and merciful intent of the Bill of Rights, what I would actually be saying, though subliminally, is: “The Sermon on the Mount, sir or madam.”

If you don’t know what the Sermon on the Mount is, ask your kid’s computer. If you don’t know what the laws in the Bill of Rights are, look ‘em up, look ‘em up. And yes, I know about the Second Amendment, and I’m for it. It doesn’t say people who disagree with a president should shoot him, which is what John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald did. It says in effect that civilians interested in playing with man-killing devices and live ammunition can best serve the rest of us in the National Guard, as long as they don’t shoot unarmed college students. Four unarmed students at Kent State University were shot and killed by Ohio National Guardsmen on May 4, 1970, while protesting against the invasion of Cambodia.

To come back to my lily-white high school: it had such a stunning faculty because the Great Depression was going on, so teaching was a plum job for some of the smartest men in town. But even before the stock market crash of 1929, when I was 7, it had great teachers because teaching high school was virtually the only way brilliant and informed women could make effective use of their warmth and intellectual enthusiasm and giftedness. Most of my best teachers were women and, holy smokes, were they ever bright. So why were women barred then from so many jobs they now hold with distinction? Because of what was then believed to be a law of nature, a natural law.

Why were there no African-Americans in my high school? African-Americans had their own high school, of course. It was called Crispus Attucks. And because of the peculiar name of our black high school, people of all colors in Indianapolis were unusual Americans for knowing who Crispus Attucks was. He was an African-American freeman, not a slave, who stopped a British bullet at the Boston Massacre in 1770, only six years before our nation became a beacon of liberty for the whole wide world. In one book of mine, I nicknamed Crispus Attucks High School “Innocent Bystander High.”

Again: Why were there no African-Americans in Shortridge High School? Because of what was then believed to be a law of nature, a natural law. Nature had obviously color-coded people for a reason. Otherwise, what the hell were all these different colors for? And why was Thomas Jefferson, possibly the most beloved of our founding fathers after George Washington, able to write “all men are created equal,” while meaning only white males—not women, God knows—and while owning slaves? Because of what was then believed to be a law of nature. Jefferson’s slaves were mortgaged, by the way. What a shame that you can no longer take the cleaning lady, along with the saxophone, down to the hock shop if you’re short on cash. Those were sure the good old days.

In quite a few ways, though, it was still the good old days for white males when I was growing up. I could still feel superior, even in the view of law enforcement agencies, to half my own race and 100 percent of all the others. That was comforting! Not only that, but I could get away with all kinds of crap because I was from a good family. But that’s another story.

In our all-white sandlot football games—“Jeffersonian games,” you might call them—the ad hoc captain of the side preparing to kick off would call out, “Are you ready, Crispus Attucks?” And the captain of the receivers would inevitably reply, “We are ready, Ladywood.” Ladywood was the name of a Catholic girls’ school in Indianapolis. Come to think of it, that “Ladywood” business had an anti-Catholic ring to it. Come to think of it, we were not only male and white, but also Protestant. So that “Ladywood” insult was a kind of twofer.

If I have offended some of you by speaking ill of Thomas Jefferson, tough titty for you. I can say anything I please, short of shouting “Fire!” if there is no fire, because I am a citizen of the United States of America. Your government does not exist, and should not exist, in order to keep you or anybody else—no matter what color, no matter what race, no matter what religion—from getting your damn fool feelings hurt. If you found an official powerful enough and dumb enough to actually shut me up about Thomas Jefferson, the two of you would be hauled into court, and the Indiana Civil Liberties Union would make you both feel like something the cat drug in.

Which brings us to St. Thomas Aquinas, a great Italian theologian and philosopher who 700 years ago perceived a hierarchy of laws that human beings should obey. At the top were God’s laws, from the Old and New Testaments, of course. Below them were natural laws, the ways nature—obviously, to both St. Thomas and Jefferson—expected things to go. Lowest of all were man’s laws. If you think of laws arranged in that order in a deck of cards, God’s laws would be the aces, nature’s law would be the kings, and ACLU lawyers, attempting to secure the civil rights of the deuces and treys and even unpopular tens and jacks in our society, would have nothing but pipsqueak queens to play. I once heard a man dismiss the Bill of Rights as “nothing but a bunch of amendments.” Chicken feed, when compared with God and nature.

And indeed, the unambiguous laws in the Bill of Rights might as well have been chicken feed, or even chicken droppings, so cruelly spotty was their enforcement until the start of the lifetimes of people my age—people born in 1922. Only two years before we were born were female citizens allowed to vote and run for office. My Lord! And for many years after that—until long after the end of World War II, for heaven’s sake—African-American citizens of both sexes were in many parts of the country, this beacon of liberty, discouraged from voting by a combination of technicalities and sheer terror. Don’t forget: nobody had ever been punished for lynching one. “Nature, red in tooth and claw.”

Who were and are the bleeding hearts who fought, and fight, to make our governments—local, state and federal—behave justly and mercifully and respectfully toward all its citizens, no matter how socially and politically powerless and unpopular they may be? I have an old and once-despised name for them, which may surprise you: they are abolitionists. We are abolitionists. Abolition of what? Of human slavery. Such passions for human rights as we have derive their strength from inherited guilt about the unspeakably hideous crime on which so much of the early and even present wealth of the whole of this “one nation, under God,” is based—the labor of kidnapped persons, of slaves.

And “Nature, red in tooth and claw” is a quote from Tennyson’s poem “In Memoriam A.H.H.,” and refers to predatory animals baring their teeth and claws, stained with the blood of the prey they killed. We tonight are also atoning as best we can for the murder of brothers by brothers, so to speak, in our Civil War. “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord: / He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.”

What did “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and all that have to do with our present enthusiasm for women’s rights? Not that much, really. Women just got lucky this time.

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My Depression Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival http://www.sevenstories.com/events/my-depression-premiere-at-the-tribeca-film-festival/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/my-depression-premiere-at-the-tribeca-film-festival/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:23:46 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8600 The HBO Documentary film My Depression: The Up and Down and Up of It, directed and written by David Wachtenheim, Robert Marianetti, and Elizabeth Swados, has been chosen to premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The film is slotted for its world premiere in the New York Shorts program among three other short “documentaries relatable to anyone who calls this city home.”

Read more about the Shorts program here: www.tribecafilm.com/stories/tribeca-film-festival-shorts-program-2014

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My Depression Screenings at Tribeca:
4/17/2014 @ 5:30 PM (AMC Loews Village 7)
4/20/2014 @ 4:00 PM (AMC Loews Village 7)
4/24/2014 @ 9:00 PM (AMC Loews Village 7)

Click here to view a sneak peek from My Depression.

Based on Elizabeth Swados’ picture book of the same name, My Depression is a 30 minute animated, musical, and humorous short film that documents a woman’s journey through the roller-coaster ride of depression . The film stars Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, and Fred Armisen.

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The HBO Documentary film My Depression: The Up and Down and Up of It, directed and written by David Wachtenheim, Robert Marianetti, and Elizabeth Swados, has been chosen to premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The film is slotted for its world premiere in the New York Shorts program among three other short “documentaries relatable to anyone who calls this city home.”

Read more about the Shorts program here: www.tribecafilm.com/stories/tribeca-film-festival-shorts-program-2014

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My Depression Screenings at Tribeca:
4/17/2014 @ 5:30 PM (AMC Loews Village 7)
4/20/2014 @ 4:00 PM (AMC Loews Village 7)
4/24/2014 @ 9:00 PM (AMC Loews Village 7)

Click here to view a sneak peek from My Depression.

Based on Elizabeth Swados’ picture book of the same name, My Depression is a 30 minute animated, musical, and humorous short film that documents a woman’s journey through the roller-coaster ride of depression . The film stars Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, and Fred Armisen.

Follow My Depression on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/My-Depression/295730517241855

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Select Vonnegut Titles 50% Off Through May 1st http://www.sevenstories.com/news/select-vonnegut-titles-50-off-through-may-1st/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/select-vonnegut-titles-50-off-through-may-1st/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:20:54 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8659 If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to fill in your Kurt Vonnegut book collection, now’s the time to strike while the iron’s hot. Between now and May 1, Seven Stories Press is offering the following titles at 50% off of their list price. Just click on each book’s cover to purchase the book (both hardcover and paperbacks are on sale). Happy reading!

A Man Without a Country

A Man Without a Country

Eden Express

Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity

Like Shaking Hands With God

Like Shaking Hands With God

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

Unstuck in Time

Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Novels

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If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to fill in your Kurt Vonnegut book collection, now’s the time to strike while the iron’s hot. Between now and May 1, Seven Stories Press is offering the following titles at 50% off of their list price. Just click on each book’s cover to purchase the book (both hardcover and paperbacks are on sale). Happy reading!

A Man Without a Country

A Man Without a Country

Eden Express

Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity

Like Shaking Hands With God

Like Shaking Hands With God

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

Unstuck in Time

Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Novels

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Jared Diamond Discusses his Latest Book at the Seattle Town Hall http://www.sevenstories.com/events/jared-diamond-discusses-his-latest-book-at-the-seattle-town-hall/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/jared-diamond-discusses-his-latest-book-at-the-seattle-town-hall/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:19:51 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8420 April 10th @ 7:30pm
University of Washington’s Kane Hall, Room 130

Join Pulitzer-winning author Jared Diamond author at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall on April 10th as he celebrates his newest book, The Third Chimpanzee.

Third-Chimp-book-jacket-200x300As Diamond’s first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction, The Third Chimpanzee is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for a better survival.

At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons–all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial tipping point. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species immutable destiny? Or is there hope for our species’ future if we change?

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April 10th @ 7:30pm
University of Washington’s Kane Hall, Room 130

Join Pulitzer-winning author Jared Diamond author at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall on April 10th as he celebrates his newest book, The Third Chimpanzee.

Third-Chimp-book-jacket-200x300As Diamond’s first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction, The Third Chimpanzee is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for a better survival.

At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons–all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial tipping point. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species immutable destiny? Or is there hope for our species’ future if we change?

With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, Diamond intended his book to improve the world that today’s young people will inherit. Triangle Square’s The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is for them and the future they’ll help build.

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“The Third Chimpanzee” Book Reading & Discussion http://www.sevenstories.com/events/the-third-chimpanzee-book-reading-discussion-2/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/the-third-chimpanzee-book-reading-discussion-2/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:15:18 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8418 April 9th @ 7pm
Commonwealth Club of California at Los Altos High School
Eagle Theatre, Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos

Join author Pulitzer-winning author Jared Diamond author at the Commonwealth Club of California on April 9th as he celebrates his newest book, The Third ChimpanzeeThird-Chimp-book-jacket-200x300. As Diamond’s first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction, The Third Chimpanzee is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for a better survival.

At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons–all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial tipping point. Where did these traits come from?

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April 9th @ 7pm
Commonwealth Club of California at Los Altos High School
Eagle Theatre, Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos

Join author Pulitzer-winning author Jared Diamond author at the Commonwealth Club of California on April 9th as he celebrates his newest book, The Third ChimpanzeeThird-Chimp-book-jacket-200x300. As Diamond’s first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction, The Third Chimpanzee is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for a better survival.

At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons–all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial tipping point. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species immutable destiny? Or is there hope for our species’ future if we change?

With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, Diamond intended his book to improve the world that today’s young people will inherit. Triangle Square’s The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is for them and the future they’ll help build.

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Cory Silverberg Book Signing at Portland’s Reading Frenzy http://www.sevenstories.com/events/cory-silverberg-book-signing-at-portlands-reading-frenzy/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/cory-silverberg-book-signing-at-portlands-reading-frenzy/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 18:28:01 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8542 April 5th @ 6:30pmFinal Cover.indd
Reading Frenzy
3
628 N. Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

Cory Silverberg will be at Reading Frenzy in Portland on April 5th to discuss and sign copies of his latest book, What Makes a Baby.

Silverberg is a Canadian sex educator and writer with a penchant for open, inclusive, and accessible conversations about sex and sexuality. What Makes a Baby is a book for every kind of family and every kind of kid. It is a 21st-century children’s picture book about where babies come from that reflects the reality of our modern time by being inclusive of all kinds of kids, adults, and families, however they came to be.

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April 5th @ 6:30pmFinal Cover.indd
Reading Frenzy
3
628 N. Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

Cory Silverberg will be at Reading Frenzy in Portland on April 5th to discuss and sign copies of his latest book, What Makes a Baby.

Silverberg is a Canadian sex educator and writer with a penchant for open, inclusive, and accessible conversations about sex and sexuality. What Makes a Baby is a book for every kind of family and every kind of kid. It is a 21st-century children’s picture book about where babies come from that reflects the reality of our modern time by being inclusive of all kinds of kids, adults, and families, however they came to be.

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Pulitzer-winning Author Jared Diamond Discusses New Book at 92nd St. Y http://www.sevenstories.com/events/pulitzer-winning-author-jared-diamond-discusses-new-book-at-92nd-st-y/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/pulitzer-winning-author-jared-diamond-discusses-new-book-at-92nd-st-y/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:08:27 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8416 April 4th @ 8pm
92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Auditorium

Join author Pulitzer-winning author Jared Diamond author at the 92nd St. Y on April 4th at 8pm as he celebrates his newest book, The Third ChimpanzeeThird-Chimp-book-jacket-200x300. As Diamond’s first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction, The Third Chimpanzee is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for a better survival.

At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons–all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial tipping point. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species immutable destiny? Or is there hope for our species’ future if we change?

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April 4th @ 8pm
92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Auditorium

Join author Pulitzer-winning author Jared Diamond author at the 92nd St. Y on April 4th at 8pm as he celebrates his newest book, The Third ChimpanzeeThird-Chimp-book-jacket-200x300. As Diamond’s first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction, The Third Chimpanzee is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for a better survival.

At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons–all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial tipping point. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species immutable destiny? Or is there hope for our species’ future if we change?

With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, Diamond intended his book to improve the world that today’s young people will inherit. Triangle Square’s The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is for them and the future they’ll help build.

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“The Third Chimpanzee” Book Reading & Discussion http://www.sevenstories.com/events/the-third-chimpanzee-book-reading-discussion/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/the-third-chimpanzee-book-reading-discussion/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:47:54 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8413 April 3rd @ 6:30pm
Porter Square Books
First Parish Church in Harvard Square

Join author Jared Diamond author at Porter Square Books on April 3rd as he celebrates his newest book, The Third ChimpanzeeThird-Chimp-book-jacket-200x300. As Diamond’s first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction, The Third Chimpanzee is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for a better survival.

At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons–all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial tipping point. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species immutable destiny? Or is there hope for our species’ future if we change?

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April 3rd @ 6:30pm
Porter Square Books
First Parish Church in Harvard Square

Join author Jared Diamond author at Porter Square Books on April 3rd as he celebrates his newest book, The Third ChimpanzeeThird-Chimp-book-jacket-200x300. As Diamond’s first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction, The Third Chimpanzee is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for a better survival.

At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons–all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and invention have led us to a crucial tipping point. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species immutable destiny? Or is there hope for our species’ future if we change?

With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, Diamond intended his book to improve the world that today’s young people will inherit. Triangle Square’s The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is for them and the future they’ll help build.

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Pulitzer-winning Author Jared Diamond on Tour http://www.sevenstories.com/news/pulitzer-winning-author-jared-diamond-on-tour/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/pulitzer-winning-author-jared-diamond-on-tour/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:05:33 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8500 Join Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond as he discusses his first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction. The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful plea for a better survival.

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With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, Diamond intended his book to improve the world that today’s young people will inherit. Triangle Square’s The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is for them and the future they’ll help build.

Professor Diamond’s scheduled appearances:
Boston (4/3 @ 6:30PM) – Porter Square Books at First Parish Church in Harvard Square
New York (4/4 @ 8PM) – 92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Auditorium
San Francisco (4/9 @ 7PM) – Los Altos High School, Eagle Theatre
Seattle (4/10 @ 7:30PM) -University of Washington’s Kane Hall, Room 130
Los Angeles (4/13) – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

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Join Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond as he discusses his first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction. The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful plea for a better survival.

Third-Chimp-book-jacket-200x300

With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, Diamond intended his book to improve the world that today’s young people will inherit. Triangle Square’s The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is for them and the future they’ll help build.

Professor Diamond’s scheduled appearances:
Boston (4/3 @ 6:30PM) – Porter Square Books at First Parish Church in Harvard Square
New York (4/4 @ 8PM) – 92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Auditorium
San Francisco (4/9 @ 7PM) – Los Altos High School, Eagle Theatre
Seattle (4/10 @ 7:30PM) -University of Washington’s Kane Hall, Room 130
Los Angeles (4/13) – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

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Publishers Weekly Preview for “If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? http://www.sevenstories.com/news/publishers-weekly-preview-for-if-this-isnt-nice-what-is/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/publishers-weekly-preview-for-if-this-isnt-nice-what-is/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:00:54 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8634 Vonnegut’s Advice to the Young Coming to Print

By Clare Swanson | Apr 01, 2014

In January 2013, Donald Farber, the literary executor of Kurt Vonnegut’s estate, asked Vonnegut’s long time friend, the author Dan Wakefield, to come from Indianapolis to New York City to sift through cardboard boxes full of the late writer’s belongings. Among the stack of papers, which included rejected short stories from the 1950s, were speeches from the many commencement addresses Vonnegut delivered in his lifetime.

Wakefield compiled and edited the speeches, and wrote an introduction, for an e-book called If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? published by RosettaBooks last April. Now, a year later, Seven Stories will be releasing the book in hardcover on April 8, just ahead of graduation season, updated with illustrations from Vonnegut’s journals.

“He always responded to those invitations [from universities], and always liked speaking to young people, to college graduates and reminding them what they accomplished,” said Wakefield, who also edited and introduced Kurt Vonnegut Letters, released in 2012 by Delacorte.

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Vonnegut’s Advice to the Young Coming to Print

By Clare Swanson | Apr 01, 2014

In January 2013, Donald Farber, the literary executor of Kurt Vonnegut’s estate, asked Vonnegut’s long time friend, the author Dan Wakefield, to come from Indianapolis to New York City to sift through cardboard boxes full of the late writer’s belongings. Among the stack of papers, which included rejected short stories from the 1950s, were speeches from the many commencement addresses Vonnegut delivered in his lifetime.

Wakefield compiled and edited the speeches, and wrote an introduction, for an e-book called If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? published by RosettaBooks last April. Now, a year later, Seven Stories will be releasing the book in hardcover on April 8, just ahead of graduation season, updated with illustrations from Vonnegut’s journals.

“He always responded to those invitations [from universities], and always liked speaking to young people, to college graduates and reminding them what they accomplished,” said Wakefield, who also edited and introduced Kurt Vonnegut Letters, released in 2012 by Delacorte.

Vonnegut and Wakefield are “kindred spirits,” according to Seven Stories publisher Dan Simon. “There are a lot of people after the fact that have something to do with Kurt, and I think Dan [Wakefield] is the best of the bunch.”

“Seven Stories had a complete free hand with the blessing of Kurt’s estate,” Simon continued. They turned to the Lilly Library at Indiana University Bloomington, which houses a collection of Vonnegut’s manuscripts and memorabilia, to see what art was available to illustrate the work. Eventually, the publisher re-purposed art found in notebooks Vonnegut filled out while writing his 1973 novel, Breakfast of Champions.

If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?a nod to a family anecdote Vonnegut often referenced, consists of nine speeches, seven of which were delivered at university commencements. Wakefield also incorporated a speech Vonnegut gave at the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana in 2000 entitled “Why You Can’t Stop Me From Speaking Ill of Thomas Jefferson,” and one delivered when he received the Carl Sandburg Award in 2001 called, “Don’t Despair If You Never Went to College!” The latter is a significant inclusion, as Vonnegut himself wasn’t able to complete his college degree at Cornell, withdrawing in 1943 to join the army in World War II. (He was given an honorary degree by the University of Chicago in 1971).

“This is a side of Kurt that we’re introducing for the first time,” said Simon. “Different from the Kurt of novels, plays, and short stories. The Kurt of the speeches is ‘particular,’ very intimate, very tender, and a little bit sad. I believe that comes from the fact that, here he is speaking to college graduates and college students, and [he] never graduated. His experience was crowded by the war, and crowded by his mother’s suicide.”

Despite the fact the Vonnegut created a newly-minted talk for each engagement, “there’s a few things that run through all of them,” said Wakefield. “He always asked the class to turn to the person next to them and tell them the name of one teacher that made them feel better about themselves, or more interested in life, or more anxious to learn. And one of the themes of his talks [was] always mercy.” Although he wasn’t a Christian, Vonnegut “probably quotes the from the Sermon on the Mount more than anything,” added Wakefield.

Naturally, the inherent value of writing is another unifying theme of Vonnegut’s speeches. “He talks about how people everywhere need art, because everybody is hungry for a message, which is, you are not alone,” said Wakefield. “That there are other people who think and feel the same things that you do.”

While some of the talks in the collection were given as recent as 2004, others are older, from 35 years ago. Still, both Wakefield and Simon touched on the the evergreen interest in Vonnegut’s thoughts and writings. In his introduction, Wakefield writes that a professor at the University of Massachusetts told him that, “It’s hard to get students to read Updike and Bellow anymore, but they still love Vonnegut.”

“His words don’t get old,” added Simon. “I don’t know that there’s another writer whose words don’t get old like Kurt’s don’t get old.”

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Triangle Square New Releases – April http://www.sevenstories.com/triangle-square-news/triangle-square-new-releases-april/ http://www.sevenstories.com/triangle-square-news/triangle-square-new-releases-april/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:18:28 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8588 Diamond_ThirdChimp

 

The Third Chimpanzee for Young People

Jared Diamond’s first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for a better survival.

With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, Diamond intended his book to improve the world that today’s young people will inherit. Triangle Square’s The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is for them and the future they’ll help build.

 

Lizzie Cover

 

Lizzie!

In Lizzie! Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Maxine Kumin brings a disabled heroine to life in this exciting adventure of black markets, screeching monkeys, Florida in the summertime, and the bonds of true friendship.

America, meet Lizzie Peterlinz, age 11. Paralyzed below the waist after slipping off a diving board two years ago, Lizzie does not let her wheelchair get in the way of her curiosity. She and her single mother are starting life over in a small town in Florida, where Lizzie’s hunger for knowledge and adventure lead her to some unlikely friends.

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The Third Chimpanzee for Young People

Jared Diamond’s first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for a better survival.

With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, Diamond intended his book to improve the world that today’s young people will inherit. Triangle Square’s The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is for them and the future they’ll help build.

 

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Lizzie!

In Lizzie! Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Maxine Kumin brings a disabled heroine to life in this exciting adventure of black markets, screeching monkeys, Florida in the summertime, and the bonds of true friendship.

America, meet Lizzie Peterlinz, age 11. Paralyzed below the waist after slipping off a diving board two years ago, Lizzie does not let her wheelchair get in the way of her curiosity. She and her single mother are starting life over in a small town in Florida, where Lizzie’s hunger for knowledge and adventure lead her to some unlikely friends.

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If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?

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. 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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The Third Chimpanzee for Young People

Jared Diamond’s first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for a better survival.

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If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?

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. 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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The Third Chimpanzee for Young People

Jared Diamond’s first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for a better survival.

With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, Diamond intended his book to improve the world that today’s young people will inherit. Triangle Square’s The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is for them and the future they’ll help build.

 

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My Depression

A poignant look at one woman’s fight for herself, told in expressively scrawled drawings and commentary. In My Depression author Elizabeth Swados takes us on an intimate journey through her long-time struggle with depression that is by turns tender, funny, and uplifting, and will resonate with everyone affected by depression and those who love them. Through the author’s charming and frenzied drawings, readers get a unique look into the experience of severe depression, from the black cloud forming in the horizon, to the strained relationships, the side effects of anti-depressants, and the difficulty getting out of bed and functioning. For the many people who suffer from depression, this is a reminder that they are not alone and that their experiences are legitimate and deserve to be part of mainstream awareness. This is an engaging and uplifting story of an illness that has been stigmatized for too long.

 

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Relatively Indolent but Relentless

Tender, tough, funny, and unbearably beautiful: 35 hand-drawn days in the life of not just any cancer victim–Matt Freedman, artist, dog lover, husband, American hero.

 From October 3 to November 28, 2012, Matt Freedman underwent radiation and chemotherapy at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, for treatment of Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, a rare cancer that had spread from his tongue to his neck to his lungs by the time it was discovered. This is the journal he kept during that time, his 35-day course of treatment.

 

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Shadow of Arms

International superstar and beloved house author Hwang Sok-Yong returns to the Seven Stories’ spring list with themes that pierce our shared US-Korean history. A novel based on the author’s experience in Korea’s military corps fighting America’s war in Vietnam, Shadow of Arms reveals the regional economic motivations for the conflict within the larger Cold War.

 

 

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Lizzie!

In Lizzie! Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Maxine Kumin brings a disabled heroine to life in this exciting adventure of black markets, screeching monkeys, Florida in the summertime, and the bonds of true friendship.

America, meet Lizzie Peterlinz, age 11. Paralyzed below the waist after slipping off a diving board two years ago, Lizzie does not let her wheelchair get in the way of her curiosity. She and her single mother are starting life over in a small town in Florida, where Lizzie’s hunger for knowledge and adventure lead her to some unlikely friends.

 

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Joyous Childbirth Changes the World

The story of how a Japanese obstetrician fell in love with natural childbirth, abandoned his forceps, and developed a clinic now known for achieving some of the best birth outcomes in the world.

“No matter how science has progressed, childbirth, in essence, has remained unchanged from ancient times…[it] is the last natural process left to us,” writes internationally lauded obstetrician Dr. Tadashi Yoshimura, “The fact that it has remained unchanged means that there is truth in it.” The truth and power of birth is the subject of Joyous Childbirth Changes the World, Dr. Yoshimura’s first book published in the United States.

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Danny Schechter Discusses Madiba A to Z at Bluestockings Bookstore http://www.sevenstories.com/events/8400/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/8400/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:52:00 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8400 MadibaA-Z_Cover

March 19, 2014
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St. New York, NY 10002

Danny Schechter has made six documentaries about Nelson Mandela and has been a supporter of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa since the 60s. Join him as he discusses Mandela’s extraordinary contributions to his people, his world wide iconic presence, and the suffering still taking place in South Africa today.

A completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela, Madiba A to Z draws on Danny Schechter’s forty-year relationship with Madiba. Danny collaborated closely with the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris which released everywhere on Christmas Day. Each chapter of this unique portrait corresponds to a letter of the alphabet, and the letters cover major and minor, unexpected and fascinating themes in Mandela’s life and his impact on others, including Athlete, Bully, Comrade, Forgiveness, Indigenous, Jailed, Militant, and President.

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March 19, 2014
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St. New York, NY 10002

Danny Schechter has made six documentaries about Nelson Mandela and has been a supporter of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa since the 60s. Join him as he discusses Mandela’s extraordinary contributions to his people, his world wide iconic presence, and the suffering still taking place in South Africa today.

A completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela, Madiba A to Z draws on Danny Schechter’s forty-year relationship with Madiba. Danny collaborated closely with the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris which released everywhere on Christmas Day. Each chapter of this unique portrait corresponds to a letter of the alphabet, and the letters cover major and minor, unexpected and fascinating themes in Mandela’s life and his impact on others, including Athlete, Bully, Comrade, Forgiveness, Indigenous, Jailed, Militant, and President.

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Barry Gifford Speaks at Columbia College Story Week 2014 http://www.sevenstories.com/events/barry-gifford-speaks-at-columbia-college-story-week-2014/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/barry-gifford-speaks-at-columbia-college-story-week-2014/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:15:27 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8406 Tuesday, March 18 @ 2pm

Columbia College Chicago
Film Row Cinema
1104 South Wabash Avenue

Co-sponsored by  Department of  Cinema Arts & Sciences

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Barry Gifford will speak at Columbia College Story Week 2014 on Tuesday, March 18th at 2pm to discuss his newest story collection, The Roy Stories, among several other of his many accomplished works.

Spanning time and space—the Southern and Midwestern United States from the 1940s through the early 1960s—The Roy Stories chronicle the personal history of Gifford from Chicago to the deep south, reminiscent of Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories. Emotional, exploratory, and brimming with photographic realism.

BARRY GIFFORD, called “a master of the short story” by the New York Times Book Review, is the author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages.

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Tuesday, March 18 @ 2pm

Columbia College Chicago
Film Row Cinema
1104 South Wabash Avenue

Co-sponsored by  Department of  Cinema Arts & Sciences

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Barry Gifford will speak at Columbia College Story Week 2014 on Tuesday, March 18th at 2pm to discuss his newest story collection, The Roy Stories, among several other of his many accomplished works.

Spanning time and space—the Southern and Midwestern United States from the 1940s through the early 1960s—The Roy Stories chronicle the personal history of Gifford from Chicago to the deep south, reminiscent of Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories. Emotional, exploratory, and brimming with photographic realism.

BARRY GIFFORD, called “a master of the short story” by the New York Times Book Review, is the author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages.

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Midwives: A Global Perspective — An Evening with Ina May Gaskin, Sandra Lopez, and Barbara Katz Rothman at Macaulay Honors College (CUNY) http://www.sevenstories.com/events/midwives-a-global-perspective-an-evening-with-ina-may-gaskin-sandra-lopez-and-barbara-katz-rothman-at-macaulay-honors-college-cuny/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/midwives-a-global-perspective-an-evening-with-ina-may-gaskin-sandra-lopez-and-barbara-katz-rothman-at-macaulay-honors-college-cuny/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:00:42 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8495  

At: Macaulay Honors College

35 West 67th Street (btw Columbus and Central Park West)

6-9pm

As midwives gain increased visibility and acceptance, and with the popularity of films like The Business of Being Born, more and more expectant parents are turning to the midwifery model, which values the experience of women and humanizes the birth process.

“Midwives teach women how to listen to themselves,” says event organizer Gargi Padki ’15, Macaulay Honors College at City College and Kenan Scholar.  “Being a midwife is a way to help women take back control of their bodies and give them courage to be mothers.  This conversation is designed to share liberating ideas and skills that are often neglected in cultures of instant gratification.”

The panel will bring together scholars and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds to examine the current state of the midwife movement and to look forward.

The panel includes:

Ina May Gaskin is the founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee. 

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At: Macaulay Honors College

35 West 67th Street (btw Columbus and Central Park West)

6-9pm

As midwives gain increased visibility and acceptance, and with the popularity of films like The Business of Being Born, more and more expectant parents are turning to the midwifery model, which values the experience of women and humanizes the birth process.

“Midwives teach women how to listen to themselves,” says event organizer Gargi Padki ’15, Macaulay Honors College at City College and Kenan Scholar.  “Being a midwife is a way to help women take back control of their bodies and give them courage to be mothers.  This conversation is designed to share liberating ideas and skills that are often neglected in cultures of instant gratification.”

The panel will bring together scholars and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds to examine the current state of the midwife movement and to look forward.

The panel includes:

Ina May Gaskin is the founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee.  She served as President of Midwives’ Alliance of North America from 1996 to 2002, and lectures around the world to audiences of doctors, midwives and expectant parents.  She is the author of several books including the modern classics Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.

Sandra Lopez is the Director of Manos Abiertas, a holistic healthcare environment for women in Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala.  Trained as an auxiliary nurse, she is dedicated to providing comprehensive health care services for the country’s most vulnerable populations, including low-income and indigenous women.

Barbara Katz Rothman is a Professor of Sociology at CUNY, and on the faculties of Public Health, Women’s Studies and Disability Studies. Her books include: In Labor: The Tentative PregnancyRecreating Motherhood, and The Encyclopedia of Childrearing.  She is past president of two national sociological professional associations, Sociologists for Women in Society and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

The panel discussion will take place at Macaulay Honors College, and we invite the audience to join us after the program for continued conversation and refreshments.

This event is free and open to the public, but is currently at capacity. Join wait list: http://macaulay.cuny.edu/community/rsvp/event-registration/?ee=366

 

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New Releases – March http://www.sevenstories.com/news/new-releases-march-titles/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/new-releases-march-titles/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:17:06 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8482 Overpowered: The Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF)and What You Can Do about It

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Cell phones have become ubiquitous fixtures of 21st century life–suctioned to our ears and stuck in our pockets. Yet, we’ve all heard whispers that these essential little devices give you brain cancer. Could it be true? Overpowered brings readers, in accessible and fascinating prose, through the science, indicating biological effects resulting from low, non-thermal levels of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation (levels considered safe by regulatory agencies). Radiation that comes not only from cell phones, but many other devices we use in our homes and offices every day.

It is generally accepted that there should be a limit on exposure of the public to EMF. However, industry pushes the envelope. Dr. Blank advises applying the precautionary principle when it comes to demonstrably hazardous EMF–and teaches us how we can take steps in our daily lives to reduce exposures. In this incredibly timely book, he arms us with the information we need to keep ourselves and our families safe.

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Overpowered: The Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF)and What You Can Do about It

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Cell phones have become ubiquitous fixtures of 21st century life–suctioned to our ears and stuck in our pockets. Yet, we’ve all heard whispers that these essential little devices give you brain cancer. Could it be true? Overpowered brings readers, in accessible and fascinating prose, through the science, indicating biological effects resulting from low, non-thermal levels of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation (levels considered safe by regulatory agencies). Radiation that comes not only from cell phones, but many other devices we use in our homes and offices every day.

It is generally accepted that there should be a limit on exposure of the public to EMF. However, industry pushes the envelope. Dr. Blank advises applying the precautionary principle when it comes to demonstrably hazardous EMF–and teaches us how we can take steps in our daily lives to reduce exposures. In this incredibly timely book, he arms us with the information we need to keep ourselves and our families safe.

 

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Sammy Wong, All-American

A basketball novel about a shy, big man and his triumphs and troubles on and off the court. Sammy Wong, All-American tells the tale of a very talented Asian basketball player’s rise and stumble in the all-American sport of basketball–among the most international of team sports, yet one where until very recently Asians were completely unrepresented. The novel unwinds in spectacular fashion. On his high school, college, and professional teams, Sammy isn’t given much of a chance. Then when he does get into games, he turns out to be the kind of player who can turn a losing team into a winning one. Wong’s career turns on chance opportunities and unexpected twists as much as on talent, persistence and hard work. There are great scenes describing pivotal plays on the hardwood floor as only Charley Rosen can. Like all Rosen’s novels, this is about more than basketball. Sammy Wong, All-American is a book about identity in multi-ethnic American culture and the cost of innocence in the modern world. A sports novel that delivers on multiple levels, Sammy Wong will delight basketball fans and fiction readers alike.

 

Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil

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From the celebrated author of the cult classic, Cunt: A Declaration of Independence comes a searing picture of our history, and the cultural narratives that prevent us from realizing true freedom and community.

In an updated second edition of her widely anticipated follow-up to Cunt, controversial feminist author Inga Muscio asserts that the history we learn in school and that is perpetuated in all areas of life in the US, is, in fact, a marketing brand developed by powerful people to maintain gross inequities. With Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil, it’s Muscio’s turn to take Americans on a tour through our history, from Columbus to today. Whose country is this? Has democracy ever really existed? With her trademark ability to deconstruct reality and expose truths that allow us to see our culture and ourselves more clearly, Muscio delves deep to answer these fundamental questions. Including chapters such as “God Told Me To Kill You” and “Postage Stamp Redemptions,” Muscio offers new perspectives on histories that will shock even the most ardent alternative history buff.

 

Ma, I’m Gettin Meself a New Mammy

The second of four volumes–all bestsellers in Ireland–of Martha Long’s wrenching memoir of a 1950s Dublin childhood. Ma, I’m Gettin Meself a New Mammy covers Martha’s early teenage years, living away from her abusive stepfather, lonely in a teeming convent school.

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After numerous arrests for shoplifting, Martha is sent to the convent where, the judge rules, she is to get an education. Martha is relieved to be out of the clutches of her horrible drunken stepfather, Jackser, and her feckless mother, Sally, but anxious about what awaits. Her days in the convent are steady, predictable, safe–everything that her life had not been prior to being sent away. But as she says, “You can have a full belly, but your heart can be very empty.” Put to back-breaking work by the nuns, and treated cruelly by the other children–they’ve marked her as a “street kid”–Martha works hard, keeps to herself, and steals away when she can with a cherished book. But Martha pines for simple affection, keeping after the Sisters day after day with the hope of an arm laid across her shoulders or a tender look. When her siblings arrive at the convent–taken from their mother by the courts–Martha is thrilled to again be with family and care for the babies. But then Sally and Jackser arrive to take the children home and beg Martha to return and help care for the kids. Martha makes a wrenching decision to stay behind, knowing with an unnatural foresight for such a young girl that they will all drag her down and possibly out forever. She must find her own way. She is thirteen.

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Peter Plate Awarded Howard Zinn Bookfair Lifetime Achievement 2014 http://www.sevenstories.com/news/peter-plate-awarded-howard-zinn-bookfair-lifetime-achievement-2014/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/peter-plate-awarded-howard-zinn-bookfair-lifetime-achievement-2014/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:22:42 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8471 This year the Howard Zinn Bookfair awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to “three great Bay Area literary treasures.” Among them was Seven Stories’ very own Peter Plate.

Named a Literary Laureate of San Francisco in 2004,  Plate taught himself to write fiction during eight years spent squatting in abandoned buildings. He is the author of many novels, beginning with Black Wheel of Anger (1990) and continuing through his seven neo-noir “psychic histories” of San Francisco, where he still lives and writes today.

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This year the Howard Zinn Bookfair awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to “three great Bay Area literary treasures.” Among them was Seven Stories’ very own Peter Plate.

Named a Literary Laureate of San Francisco in 2004,  Plate taught himself to write fiction during eight years spent squatting in abandoned buildings. He is the author of many novels, beginning with Black Wheel of Anger (1990) and continuing through his seven neo-noir “psychic histories” of San Francisco, where he still lives and writes today.

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Ralph Nader Shakes Up the System http://www.sevenstories.com/news/ralph-nader-shakes-up-the-system/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/ralph-nader-shakes-up-the-system/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:00:37 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8467 Ralph Nader, who ran for president as the Green Party’s nominee in 1996 and 2000 and as an independent in 2004 and 2008, is out with a new memo outlining 20 “modestly enlightened rich people” (a.k.a. MERPs) who could run for president and shake up the two-party system.

Among Nader’s candidates are Oprah Winfrey, Steve Case, Bill Gates and Ted Turner. Read today’s Washington Post to find out more.

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Ralph Nader, who ran for president as the Green Party’s nominee in 1996 and 2000 and as an independent in 2004 and 2008, is out with a new memo outlining 20 “modestly enlightened rich people” (a.k.a. MERPs) who could run for president and shake up the two-party system.

Among Nader’s candidates are Oprah Winfrey, Steve Case, Bill Gates and Ted Turner. Read today’s Washington Post to find out more.

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Project Censored Filmmakers Host 3 Screenings http://www.sevenstories.com/events/project-censored-filmmakers-host-3-screenings/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/project-censored-filmmakers-host-3-screenings/#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:50:18 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8439

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Sunday, February 23: 7:00-9:00pm
Chaplin Theatre at Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038

Monday, February 24: 7:00-9:00pm
Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center
170 E. 6th Street, Pomona College, Claremont 91711

Tuesday, February 25: 6:00-7:30pm
Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall
University of San Diego, San Diego, CA 92110

Every year since 1976, Project Censored, our nation’s oldest news-monitoring group–a university-wide project at Sonoma State University founded by Carl Jensen, directed for many years by Peter Phillips, and now under the leadership of Mickey Huff–has produced a Top-25 list of underreported news stories and a book, Censored, dedicated to the stories that ought to be top features on the nightly news, but that are missing because of media bias and self-censorship.

Project Censored The Movie: Ending the Reign of Junk Food News takes an in-depth look at what is wrong with today’s US news media and highlights the work of media democracy organization Project Censored and its 37-year mission to promote media literacy education as an antidote to top-down, managed news propaganda and censorship. 

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Sunday, February 23: 7:00-9:00pm
Chaplin Theatre at Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038

Monday, February 24: 7:00-9:00pm
Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center
170 E. 6th Street, Pomona College, Claremont 91711

Tuesday, February 25: 6:00-7:30pm
Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall
University of San Diego, San Diego, CA 92110

Every year since 1976, Project Censored, our nation’s oldest news-monitoring group–a university-wide project at Sonoma State University founded by Carl Jensen, directed for many years by Peter Phillips, and now under the leadership of Mickey Huff–has produced a Top-25 list of underreported news stories and a book, Censored, dedicated to the stories that ought to be top features on the nightly news, but that are missing because of media bias and self-censorship.

Project Censored The Movie: Ending the Reign of Junk Food News takes an in-depth look at what is wrong with today’s US news media and highlights the work of media democracy organization Project Censored and its 37-year mission to promote media literacy education as an antidote to top-down, managed news propaganda and censorship.  After each screening, the filmmakers, Christopher Oscar and Doug Hecker, and Prof. Andy Lee Roth, associate director of Project Censored, will lead a question-and-answer discussion. View the movie’s trailer here: https://vimeo.com/62818779.

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Climate Change Exhibit at Tufts University Art Gallery http://www.sevenstories.com/news/climate-change-exhibit-at-tufts-university-art-gallery/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/climate-change-exhibit-at-tufts-university-art-gallery/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:08:26 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8369 Gorgeous art and photography by Subhankar Banerjee, author of Arctic Voices, and others is on display through the spring at Tufts University’s Art Gallery. The Boston Globe covers the exhibit here.

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Gorgeous art and photography by Subhankar Banerjee, author of Arctic Voices, and others is on display through the spring at Tufts University’s Art Gallery. The Boston Globe covers the exhibit here.

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http://www.sevenstories.com/news/8362/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/8362/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:13:03 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8362 Maxine Kumin in The New Yorker

 

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BY PAUL MULDOON. Like the horses she raised on her farm in New Hampshire, Maxine Kumin was a thoroughbred. She belonged to the line in American poetry that may be traced back through Robert Frost to Mistress Bradstreet. Her poems—some thirty of which were first published in The New Yorker—have the virtue of being meticulously observed and of dealing plainly with the things of the world. Though often quiet, her poems are not without their quirky aspects, as in “At a Private Showing in 1982,” a piece that appeared in the magazine:

This loving attention to the details:
faces by Bosch and Bruegel,
the mélange of torture tools,
the carpentry of the stake,
the Catherine wheel,
the bars, spires, gibbets, pikes—
I confess my heart sank
when they brought out the second reel . . .

Maxine Kumin’s is a voice—humane, humorous—that will be sadly missed.

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Maxine Kumin in The New Yorker

 

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BY PAUL MULDOON. Like the horses she raised on her farm in New Hampshire, Maxine Kumin was a thoroughbred. She belonged to the line in American poetry that may be traced back through Robert Frost to Mistress Bradstreet. Her poems—some thirty of which were first published in The New Yorker—have the virtue of being meticulously observed and of dealing plainly with the things of the world. Though often quiet, her poems are not without their quirky aspects, as in “At a Private Showing in 1982,” a piece that appeared in the magazine:

This loving attention to the details:
faces by Bosch and Bruegel,
the mélange of torture tools,
the carpentry of the stake,
the Catherine wheel,
the bars, spires, gibbets, pikes—
I confess my heart sank
when they brought out the second reel . . .

Maxine Kumin’s is a voice—humane, humorous—that will be sadly missed.

Click here to hear Kumin read from one of her poems on the New Yorker site.

 

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The New York Times remembers Maxine Kumin (1925-2014) http://www.sevenstories.com/news/the-new-york-times-remembers-maxine-kumin-1925-2014/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/the-new-york-times-remembers-maxine-kumin-1925-2014/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:32:07 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8358 The New York TimesLizzie Cover remembered poet and children’s book author Maxine Kumin. Her young adult novel, Lizzie!, comes out next month.

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Today we mourn the loss of one of America’s fiercest, and kindest, literary lions.
In March Seven Stories will publish Max’s first YA novel, Lizzie!Lizzie Cover.
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“The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution” Book Reading & Discussion http://www.sevenstories.com/events/the-walrus-and-the-elephants-john-lennons-years-of-revolution-book-reading-discussion/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/the-walrus-and-the-elephants-john-lennons-years-of-revolution-book-reading-discussion/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:00:16 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8226 WalrusandtheElephants_CoverLargeThursday, January 30th @ 7pm
Ann Arbor District Library
343 S 5th Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Join author and journalist James Mitchell to celebrate his newest book, Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution, at the Ann Arbor District Library on Thursday, January 30th. A reading and discussion on John Lennon’s special relationship with Ann Arbor will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

The opening chapter of the book takes place in Ann Arbor and focuses on the historic benefit concert that Lennon headlined that was held for poet-activist John Sinclair to challenge his ten year prison sentence for possessing two joints.

Based entirely on new interviews and research, The Walrus and the Elephants is the first book about John Lennon to show how his emergence as a solo artist, his embrace of radical politics and feminism, and his love affair with New York City coincided.

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Ann Arbor District Library
343 S 5th Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Join author and journalist James Mitchell to celebrate his newest book, Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution, at the Ann Arbor District Library on Thursday, January 30th. A reading and discussion on John Lennon’s special relationship with Ann Arbor will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

The opening chapter of the book takes place in Ann Arbor and focuses on the historic benefit concert that Lennon headlined that was held for poet-activist John Sinclair to challenge his ten year prison sentence for possessing two joints.

Based entirely on new interviews and research, The Walrus and the Elephants is the first book about John Lennon to show how his emergence as a solo artist, his embrace of radical politics and feminism, and his love affair with New York City coincided. From controversial television appearances, to benefit concerts, to his new, post-Beatlemania band The Elephant’s Memory, Walrus and the Elephants is Lennon’s story told by a cast of close friends and fellow activists who lived the gritty and colorful lives in legendary Greenwich Village.

JAMES A. MITCHELL is the author of But for the Grace: Profiles in Peace from a Nation at War (Mansion Field, 2009), the story of an orphanage in Sri Lanka’s war-torn northeast; rock biography It Was All Right: Mitch Ryder’s Life in Music (Wayne State University Press, 2008); and tales from a rural newspaper, Applegate: Freedom of the Press in a Small Town (2002, University Press of America). A reporter and editor for more than twenty years, his writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, The Humanist, and Starlog.

“James Mitchell carefully and lovingly has reconstructed an inspiring and poignant chapter both in John Lennon’s odyssey and in the tangled flow of the American anti-war and other protest movements of the late nineteen sixties and early seventies. The Walrus and The Elephants is an indispensable window into an amazing time in American history and the history of rock and roll.”

Danny Goldberg, author of Bumping Into Geniuses

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Tribute to Nelson Mandela and His Legacy http://www.sevenstories.com/events/tribute-to-nelson-mandela-and-his-legacy/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/tribute-to-nelson-mandela-and-his-legacy/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 05:00:21 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8326 MandelaWednesday. January 29, 2014, at 6:30pm
New York City Bar Association
42 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036

The New York City Bar’s Committee on African Affairs is hosting a tribute to Nelson Mandela and a discussion of his legacy, with a presentation by Advocate Tembile Joyini, Legal Advisor to the Mission of South Africa to the United Nations.

A hero has passed. Nelson Mandela was the father of South African democracy, which he created by leading the struggle for justice with fortitude and a commitment to equal rights for all. During his presidency, the South African Constitution, one of the most progressive documents of its kind, was adopted, as were other laws protecting fundamental rights.

This program seeks to both honor Madiba’s accomplishments, and also reflect on the legacy of his achievements now that his successors govern. Experts on economics, business and human rights will join the discussion to consider how Mandela’s hopes for a “Rainbow Nation” have been realized.

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MandelaWednesday. January 29, 2014, at 6:30pm
New York City Bar Association
42 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036

The New York City Bar’s Committee on African Affairs is hosting a tribute to Nelson Mandela and a discussion of his legacy, with a presentation by Advocate Tembile Joyini, Legal Advisor to the Mission of South Africa to the United Nations.

A hero has passed. Nelson Mandela was the father of South African democracy, which he created by leading the struggle for justice with fortitude and a commitment to equal rights for all. During his presidency, the South African Constitution, one of the most progressive documents of its kind, was adopted, as were other laws protecting fundamental rights.

This program seeks to both honor Madiba’s accomplishments, and also reflect on the legacy of his achievements now that his successors govern. Experts on economics, business and human rights will join the discussion to consider how Mandela’s hopes for a “Rainbow Nation” have been realized.

Speakers:

Ngisana Mngomezulu, Esq., participant in the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice’s South African Legal Fellows program

Vincent Mai, businessman and philanthropist

Danny Schechter, filmmaker and author

Liesl Gernholtz, Human Rights Watch’s director of the Women’s Rights Division.

Moderator: Elizabeth Barad, Esq., International Law and Gender Consultant

Co-sponsored by: Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, Alexander Papachristou, Executive Director, and the Committee on International Human Rights, Elisabeth Wickeri, Chair.

The program is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP to elizabethbarad@gmail.com 

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Local Author Night at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids featuring Jim Mitchell, author of The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution http://www.sevenstories.com/events/local-author-night-at-schuler-books-in-grand-rapids-featuring-jim-mitchell-author-of-the-walrus-and-the-elephants-john-lennons-years-of-revolution/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/local-author-night-at-schuler-books-in-grand-rapids-featuring-jim-mitchell-author-of-the-walrus-and-the-elephants-john-lennons-years-of-revolution/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:00:16 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8274 WalrusandtheElephants_CoverLarge

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at 7pm
Schuler Books & Music
3165 Alpine Ave
Walker, MI 49544

Join us for a discussion and book signing featuring local authors Jim Mitchell, Reagan Chesnut, Victor Fleming, Julie McNamara, Pete Wurdock and Heather Robinson.

Author and journalist Jim Mitchell will discuss his recently released The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution. Jim will be speaking about John Lennon’s early years of social activism, his music with the progressive New York band Elephant’s Memory, and Lennon’s special relationship with Ann Arbor. The opening chapter of The Walrus and the Elephants takes place in Ann Arbor and focuses on the historic benefit concert that Lennon headlined that was held for poet-activist John Sinclair to challenge his ten year prison sentence for possessing two joints of pot.

Based entirely on new interviews and research, The Walrus and the Elephants is the first book about John Lennon to show how his emergence as a solo artist, his embrace of radical politics and feminism, and his love affair with New York City coincided.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at 7pm
Schuler Books & Music
3165 Alpine Ave
Walker, MI 49544

Join us for a discussion and book signing featuring local authors Jim Mitchell, Reagan Chesnut, Victor Fleming, Julie McNamara, Pete Wurdock and Heather Robinson.

Author and journalist Jim Mitchell will discuss his recently released The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution. Jim will be speaking about John Lennon’s early years of social activism, his music with the progressive New York band Elephant’s Memory, and Lennon’s special relationship with Ann Arbor. The opening chapter of The Walrus and the Elephants takes place in Ann Arbor and focuses on the historic benefit concert that Lennon headlined that was held for poet-activist John Sinclair to challenge his ten year prison sentence for possessing two joints of pot.

Based entirely on new interviews and research, The Walrus and the Elephants is the first book about John Lennon to show how his emergence as a solo artist, his embrace of radical politics and feminism, and his love affair with New York City coincided. From controversial television appearances, to benefit concerts, to his new, post-Beatlemania band Elephant’s Memory, Walrus and the Elephants is Lennon’s story told by a cast of close friends and fellow activists who lived the gritty and colorful lives in legendary Greenwich Village.

JAMES A. MITCHELL is the author of But for the Grace: Profiles in Peace from a Nation at War (Mansion Field, 2009), the story of an orphanage in Sri Lanka’s war-torn northeast; rock biography It Was All Right: Mitch Ryder’s Life in Music (Wayne State University Press, 2008); and tales from a rural newspaper, Applegate: Freedom of the Press in a Small Town (2002, University Press of America). A reporter and editor for more than twenty years, his writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, The Humanist, and Starlog.

“James Mitchell carefully and lovingly has reconstructed an inspiring and poignant chapter both in John Lennon’s odyssey and in the tangled flow of the American anti-war and other protest movements of the late nineteen sixties and early seventies. The Walrus and The Elephants is an indispensable window into an amazing time in American history and the history of rock and roll.” —Danny Goldberg, author of Bumping Into Geniuses

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Friday, January 24th at 7pm
University Book Store
4326 University Way, N.E.
Seattle, Washington 98105

Join bestselling Irish author Martha Long, whose seven ‘Ma’ books about her extraordinary survival of the poverty-ridden streets of Dublin in the 60s have caused a sensation in Ireland and the UK. Martha will be speaking about her first book and the strength it took to tell her story, at her very first American book reading at University Book Store on Friday, January 24th at 7pm.

 Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes is Martha’s heartbreaking story of a little girl faced with the difficult task of surviving in a world set against her. Born to a teenage mother in the slums of Dublin, Martha quickly learned to use her mischievousness, courage and wit to get her through the most desperate situations, never giving up hope that a better life existed for her. She rarely went to school, spent days going shop to shop stealing butter, begged for food and clothes from the convent, and did all she could to steer clear of her stepfather, Jackser (“that bandy ‘aul bastard”).

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Friday, January 24th at 7pm
University Book Store
4326 University Way, N.E.
Seattle, Washington 98105

Join bestselling Irish author Martha Long, whose seven ‘Ma’ books about her extraordinary survival of the poverty-ridden streets of Dublin in the 60s have caused a sensation in Ireland and the UK. Martha will be speaking about her first book and the strength it took to tell her story, at her very first American book reading at University Book Store on Friday, January 24th at 7pm.

 Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes is Martha’s heartbreaking story of a little girl faced with the difficult task of surviving in a world set against her. Born to a teenage mother in the slums of Dublin, Martha quickly learned to use her mischievousness, courage and wit to get her through the most desperate situations, never giving up hope that a better life existed for her. She rarely went to school, spent days going shop to shop stealing butter, begged for food and clothes from the convent, and did all she could to steer clear of her stepfather, Jackser (“that bandy ‘aul bastard”).

Martha’s early years are recounted in the colloquial language of mid-century Ireland, and she recreates that lost era in which the Catholic Church loomed large, horses pulled carts through the cobbled streets of the slums, and a penny candy could brighten the darkest day. Virtually uneducated, Martha Long is natural-born storyteller. One can’t help but cheer on this mischievous, quick-witted, and persistent little girl who has captured hearts across Europe.

“This is a searing account of childhood survival.  No more haunting memoir has been published this year.” –Counterpunch

“Long’s story is a gritty, grueling, and heartbreaking testament to one girl’s unbreakable spirit.” –Publishers Weekly

 “Beautifully written and packed with detail.” –The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Minecraft Spotlights http://www.sevenstories.com/news/minecraft-spotlights/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/minecraft-spotlights/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:53:29 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8342 Minecraft Weekly News: World Editing Snapshot, New Skins & ‘Spirited Away’

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.

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Saturday, January 18th at 5PM
Barnes & Noble Sugarhouse
1104 East 2100 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Danny Schechter has made six documentaries about Nelson Mandela and has been a supporter of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa since the 60s. Join him as he discusses Mandela’s extraordinary contributions to his people, his world wide iconic presence, and the suffering still taking place in South Africa today.

A completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela, Madiba A to Z draws on Danny Schechter’s forty-year relationship with Madiba. Danny collaborated closely with the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris which released everywhere on Christmas Day. Each chapter of this unique portrait corresponds to a letter of the alphabet, and the letters cover major and minor, unexpected and fascinating themes in Mandela’s life and his impact on others, including Athlete, Bully, Comrade, Forgiveness, Indigenous, Jailed, Militant, and President.

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Saturday, January 18th at 5PM
Barnes & Noble Sugarhouse
1104 East 2100 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Danny Schechter has made six documentaries about Nelson Mandela and has been a supporter of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa since the 60s. Join him as he discusses Mandela’s extraordinary contributions to his people, his world wide iconic presence, and the suffering still taking place in South Africa today.

A completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela, Madiba A to Z draws on Danny Schechter’s forty-year relationship with Madiba. Danny collaborated closely with the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris which released everywhere on Christmas Day. Each chapter of this unique portrait corresponds to a letter of the alphabet, and the letters cover major and minor, unexpected and fascinating themes in Mandela’s life and his impact on others, including Athlete, Bully, Comrade, Forgiveness, Indigenous, Jailed, Militant, and President.

The book quotes liberally from Mandela himself, his ex-wives and other family members, global leaders, Mandela’s cellmates and guards on Robben Island, the team behind Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, former president F. W. de Klerk, members of the South African Police, and his comrades including his successor Thabo Mbeki. Madiba A to Z reveals sides of Nelson Mandela that are not often discussed and angles of the anti-apartheid movement that most choose to brush under the table.

DANNY SCHECHTER is an American journalist and a documentary filmmaker who made six non-fiction films with Mandela and who was asked personally by the filmmakers of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom to make a three-hour television documentary about the making of the forthcoming film. Having worked both in public television and for CNN and ABC News, Schechter has also been part of the anti-apartheid movement globally as an activist, earning him the confidence of many anti-apartheid leaders.

“Storytelling that is unique, refreshing and revealing.” —Bill Moyers

 

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Barry Gifford and Peter Maravelis discuss Gifford’s new story collection THE ROY STORIES at the Mechanics’ Institute in San Francisco http://www.sevenstories.com/events/barry-gifford-and-peter-maravelis-discuss-giffords-new-story-collection-the-roy-stories-at-the-mechanics-institute-in-san-francisco/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/barry-gifford-and-peter-maravelis-discuss-giffords-new-story-collection-the-roy-stories-at-the-mechanics-institute-in-san-francisco/#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:00:01 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8242 Gifford_RoyStories

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 at 6pm
the Mechanics’ Institute
57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA  94104
www.milibrary.org/events

Co-sponsored by  City Lights Bookstore.

Barry Gifford will be at The Mechanics’ Institute on Wednesday, January 15th at 7pm to discuss his newest story collection, The Roy Stories, with Peter Maravelis, events coordinator at City Lights Bookstore. These long-time friends will discuss the inspiration behind Barry’s stories followed by an audience Q&A and signing.

 Spanning time and space—the Southern and Midwestern United States from the 1940s through the early 1960s—The Roy Stories chronicle the personal history of Gifford from Chicago to the deep south, reminiscent of Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories. Emotional, exploratory, and brimming with photographic realism.

BARRY GIFFORD, called “a master of the short story” by the New York Times Book Review, is the author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages.

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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 at 6pm
the Mechanics’ Institute
57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA  94104
www.milibrary.org/events

Co-sponsored by  City Lights Bookstore.

Barry Gifford will be at The Mechanics’ Institute on Wednesday, January 15th at 7pm to discuss his newest story collection, The Roy Stories, with Peter Maravelis, events coordinator at City Lights Bookstore. These long-time friends will discuss the inspiration behind Barry’s stories followed by an audience Q&A and signing.

 Spanning time and space—the Southern and Midwestern United States from the 1940s through the early 1960s—The Roy Stories chronicle the personal history of Gifford from Chicago to the deep south, reminiscent of Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories. Emotional, exploratory, and brimming with photographic realism.

BARRY GIFFORD, called “a master of the short story” by the New York Times Book Review, is the author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages. Beginning his literary career as a poet, Gifford’s most recent prose works include Sailor & Lula: The Complete NovelsSad Stories of the Death of Kings, and Memories from a Sinking Ship.

PETER MARAVELIS is a native San Franciscan with a life-long involvement in the art and literary scenes. He programs the events calendar at City Lights Bookstore and is editor of both San Francisco Noir and San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics published by Akashic Books.

The Mechanics’ Institute Library and Chess Room is an historic membership library, cultural event center, and chess club located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California at 57 Post Street. Founded in 1854 to serve the vocational needs of out-of-work gold miners, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker who needs a quiet place to plug in a laptop and do research.

“Like Hemingway, Saroyan, Kerouac, and Salinger…Gifford has a style. He is a great comic realist who…has seized the still-live vein of that American realism which began with Mark Twain.”—Andrei Codrescu, NPR

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Danny Schechter speaking on Nelson Mandela’s legacy at Cornelia Street Cafe in New York http://www.sevenstories.com/news/danny-schechter-speaking-on-nelson-mandelas-legacy-at-cornelia-street-cafe-in-new-york/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/danny-schechter-speaking-on-nelson-mandelas-legacy-at-cornelia-street-cafe-in-new-york/#comments Thu, 02 Jan 2014 19:05:40 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8301 MadibaA-Z_Cover

Please join Danny Schechter, journalist, filmmaker, and long-time activist in the anti-apartheid movement, as he discusses Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy

Tuesday, January 7th at 6pm
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY 10014
www.corneliastreetcafe.com

$8 cover charge includes a free drink

Nelson Mandela inspired the world and his recent death triggered a global celebration of his values and achievements. Join News Dissector Danny Schechter, author of Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela for a book reading/signing and discussion at this Greenwich Villages Cultural Landmark.

Madiba A to Z was commissioned by the producers of the movie Mandela Long Walk To Freedom starring Idris Elba because they recognized that no one movie can tell the whole story. Each chapter of this unique portrait corresponds to a letter of the alphabet, and the letters cover major and minor, unexpected and fascinating themes in Mandela’s life and his impact on others: Athlete, Bully, Comrade, Forgiveness, Indigenous, Jailed, Militant, and President, to name a few.

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Please join Danny Schechter, journalist, filmmaker, and long-time activist in the anti-apartheid movement, as he discusses Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy

Tuesday, January 7th at 6pm
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY 10014
www.corneliastreetcafe.com

$8 cover charge includes a free drink

Nelson Mandela inspired the world and his recent death triggered a global celebration of his values and achievements. Join News Dissector Danny Schechter, author of Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela for a book reading/signing and discussion at this Greenwich Villages Cultural Landmark.

Madiba A to Z was commissioned by the producers of the movie Mandela Long Walk To Freedom starring Idris Elba because they recognized that no one movie can tell the whole story. Each chapter of this unique portrait corresponds to a letter of the alphabet, and the letters cover major and minor, unexpected and fascinating themes in Mandela’s life and his impact on others: Athlete, Bully, Comrade, Forgiveness, Indigenous, Jailed, Militant, and President, to name a few. The book quotes liberally from Mandela himself, his ex-wives and other family members, global leaders, Mandela’s cellmates and guards on Robben Island, the team behind Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, former president F. W. de Klerk, members of the South African Police, and his comrades including his successor Thabo Mbeki.

DANNY SCHECHTER is an American journalist and a documentary filmmaker who made six non-fiction films with Mandela and who was asked personally by the filmmakers of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom to make a three-hour television documentary about the making of the forthcoming film. He produced the South Africa Now TV series and has also been part of the anti-apartheid movement globally as an activist, earning him the confidence of many anti-apartheid leaders.

Madiba A to Z is published in the US by Seven Stories Press and in South Africa by Jacana Media. For more on the visit the website http://madibabook.com

“Here is story-telling that is unique, refreshing, and revealing, and the Nelson Mandela who emerges—more nuanced than I ever understood and even more admirable—is someone you will want to know. You will be both surprised by Mandela’s profoundly complex personality and grateful for Danny Schechter’s creative journalism.” —Bill Moyers

“Danny Schechter’s life-long involvement with the freedom movement in South Africa is very well known and respected. He knows Nelson Mandela’s story deeply and his new book features insights and stories we haven’t heard before.” —Reverend Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights Leader and President of Rainbow PUSH

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Author hired to write sequel to Larsson series – Eva Gabrielsson’s reaction http://www.sevenstories.com/news/author-hired-to-write-sequel-to-larsson-series-eva-gabrielssons-reaction/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/author-hired-to-write-sequel-to-larsson-series-eva-gabrielssons-reaction/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:28:47 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8279 Gabrielsson_ThereAreThings_web

The Swedish publisher of the best-selling “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy said Tuesday it has hired an author to write a sequel to the series by Stieg Larsson, who died in 2004, reports the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Larsson’s longtime partner, Eva Gabrielsson, who has been in a legal dispute with Erland and Joakim over the rights to the trilogy, told daily newspaper Aftonbladet that she finds it “tasteless” to try to make more money out of something that is already so successful. “I guess I think it’s greedy. It’s already a multimillion industry,” she was quoted as saying. Gabrielsson and Larsson never married, for serious reasons of safety, as Larsson was a target of right-wing hate groups, which he worked for years exposing and speaking out against. When Larsson passed away suddenly without a will, Gabrielsson was left without the rights to his work or to any of the profits of a project which she contributed hugely to.

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The Swedish publisher of the best-selling “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy said Tuesday it has hired an author to write a sequel to the series by Stieg Larsson, who died in 2004, reports the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Larsson’s longtime partner, Eva Gabrielsson, who has been in a legal dispute with Erland and Joakim over the rights to the trilogy, told daily newspaper Aftonbladet that she finds it “tasteless” to try to make more money out of something that is already so successful. “I guess I think it’s greedy. It’s already a multimillion industry,” she was quoted as saying. Gabrielsson and Larsson never married, for serious reasons of safety, as Larsson was a target of right-wing hate groups, which he worked for years exposing and speaking out against. When Larsson passed away suddenly without a will, Gabrielsson was left without the rights to his work or to any of the profits of a project which she contributed hugely to.

For more on Eva Gabrielsson’s story of her relationship with her life partner Stieg Larsson check out ”There Are Things I Want You to Know” About Stieg Larsson and Me

Here is the real inside story—not the one about the Stieg Larsson phenomenon, but rather the love story of a man and a woman whose lives came to be guided by politics and love, coffee and activism, writing and friendship. Only one person in the world knows that story well enough to tell it with authority.

Eva Gabrielsson and Stieg Larsson shared everything, starting when they were both eighteen until his untimely death thirty-two years later at the age of fifty. In “There Are Things I Want You to Know” About Stieg Larsson and Me, Eva Gabrielsson accepts the daunting challenge of telling the story of their shared life steeped in love and sharpened in the struggle for justice and human rights.

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Beverly Gologorsky & Jessica Stilling reading from their new novels at Word Up Community Book Shop on January 28th http://www.sevenstories.com/events/beverly-gologorsky-jessica-stilling-reading-from-their-new-novels-at-word-up-community-book-shop-on-january-28th/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/beverly-gologorsky-jessica-stilling-reading-from-their-new-novels-at-word-up-community-book-shop-on-january-28th/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:00:05 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8281 stop_here_large_copy_0.thumbnail

December 19th at 7pm
Word Up Community Book Shop
2113 Amsterdam Ave,
New York, NY 10032
www.wordupbooks.wordpress.com

Jessica Stilling & Beverly Gologorsky will both be reading from their new novels.

Peter Pan meets The Lovely Bones in Jessica Stilling’s beautifully rendered and emotionally devastating debut novel about where children go when they die. Betwixt and Between follows three intertwining narratives: that of Preston Tumbler, a ten-year-old boy who is poisoned by a neighbor and wakes up in Neverland, where he finds himself—along with a group of other deceased children—under the watchful eye of Peter Pan; Preston’s mother, Claire, in the real world, as she deals with the loss of her son; and a family in Victorian London as they wait for their little girl to awake from a coma, a family whose neighbor happens to be Peter Pan author JM Barrie.

Jessica Stilling received her MFA from City College and her BA from The New School.

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December 19th at 7pm
Word Up Community Book Shop
2113 Amsterdam Ave,
New York, NY 10032
www.wordupbooks.wordpress.com

Jessica Stilling & Beverly Gologorsky will both be reading from their new novels.

Peter Pan meets The Lovely Bones in Jessica Stilling’s beautifully rendered and emotionally devastating debut novel about where children go when they die. Betwixt and Between follows three intertwining narratives: that of Preston Tumbler, a ten-year-old boy who is poisoned by a neighbor and wakes up in Neverland, where he finds himself—along with a group of other deceased children—under the watchful eye of Peter Pan; Preston’s mother, Claire, in the real world, as she deals with the loss of her son; and a family in Victorian London as they wait for their little girl to awake from a coma, a family whose neighbor happens to be Peter Pan author JM Barrie.

Jessica Stilling received her MFA from City College and her BA from The New School. She has been published in numerous literary journals including Wasafiri, Conclave and The Warwick Review. She has taught righting at SUNY Old Westbury, The City University of New York and The New School. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Ava, Mila, and Rosalyn all work at Murray’s Diner in Long Island. They are friends and coworkers struggling to hold their disordered lives together. While Ava privately grieves the loss of her husband in the first Iraq War, Mila struggles to dissuade her seventeen-year-old daughter from enlisting in the second. Rosalyn works as an escort by night until love and illness conspire to disrupt the tenuous balance she’d found and the past she’d kept at a safe distance. The promise of a new relationship with a coworker soon begins to restore Ava’s faith in her own ability to feel, and Mila learns through wrenching loss that children must learn from their own mistakes. But ultimately it is love–for one another and for their wayward families–that sustains them through the pain and uncertainty of a world with no easy answers. With tender, unadorned prose and a supremely human sympathy for the triumphs and defeats of everyday life, in this long-awaited second novel Beverly Gologorsky delivers a moving and incisive story about loss, friendship, and healing in the shadow of a seemingly endless war.

“Unflinching, piercing, Gologorsky looks straight into the face of class in this country, capturing the reverberations across generations of who really fights our wars, who really serves our coffee, who really gets up in the dark to wipe the diners’ counter clean.” –Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitteridge

Face Out is the weekly literary event series at Word Up. Do you wish to host or be featured in a book or poetry reading? Do you want to do a book release party or signing event? E-mail events@wordupbooks.com to discuss possibilities!

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Ralph Nader pens scathing letter to the Dollar General CEO http://www.sevenstories.com/news/ralph-nader-pens-scathing-letter-to-the-dollar-general-ceo/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/ralph-nader-pens-scathing-letter-to-the-dollar-general-ceo/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:53:21 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8262 Nader_ToldYouSo_150dpi_large2

Longtime consumer advocate and author of Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns, Ralph Nader, sent a vitriolic letter to Richard Dreilling on Monday, reproaching the chief executive of Dollar General for his “shameful” treatment of his employees. In the note, Nader exposes Dreilling’s grossly disproportionate salary (reputedly $22.5 million in 2012) to that of the company’s store associates and cashiers  - many of whom earn, on average, less than $8 per hour.

You can find out exactly what Nader had to say to Dreilling in his letter, here.

Read more about Nader’s call for a wage increase for Dollar General employees in the Huffington Post.

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Longtime consumer advocate and author of Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns, Ralph Nader, sent a vitriolic letter to Richard Dreilling on Monday, reproaching the chief executive of Dollar General for his “shameful” treatment of his employees. In the note, Nader exposes Dreilling’s grossly disproportionate salary (reputedly $22.5 million in 2012) to that of the company’s store associates and cashiers  - many of whom earn, on average, less than $8 per hour.

You can find out exactly what Nader had to say to Dreilling in his letter, here.

Read more about Nader’s call for a wage increase for Dollar General employees in the Huffington Post.

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Sam Pizzigati considers what makes one society more ‘fun’ than another http://www.sevenstories.com/news/sam-pizzigati-considers-what-makes-one-society-more-fun-than-another/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/sam-pizzigati-considers-what-makes-one-society-more-fun-than-another/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:55:58 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8265 Pizzigati_RichDontAlwaysWin300dpi

In an article published on Moyers & Company, veteran labor journalist and author of The Rich Don’t Always Win, Sam Pizzigati discusses a recent study by World Bank economist, Branko Milanovic. This insightful and refreshing study, Pizzigati tells us, has unveiled “a new yardstick for human progress” – one that measures the “funness” of a society. Using this “cross-national international index,” Milanovic compiled a list of ten fundamental factors that keep the good times rolling. These factors range from the obvious to the jaw-dropping.

Do you want to find out what makes a society “fun” to live in? Read Sam’s article here to learn more about this fascinating and potentially groundbreaking study.

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In an article published on Moyers & Company, veteran labor journalist and author of The Rich Don’t Always Win, Sam Pizzigati discusses a recent study by World Bank economist, Branko Milanovic. This insightful and refreshing study, Pizzigati tells us, has unveiled “a new yardstick for human progress” – one that measures the “funness” of a society. Using this “cross-national international index,” Milanovic compiled a list of ten fundamental factors that keep the good times rolling. These factors range from the obvious to the jaw-dropping.

Do you want to find out what makes a society “fun” to live in? Read Sam’s article here to learn more about this fascinating and potentially groundbreaking study.

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Behind the Book Reading Series: An Evening with Beverly Gologorsky & Laura Hemphill http://www.sevenstories.com/events/behind-the-book-reading-series-an-evening-with-beverly-gologorsky-laura-hemphill/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/behind-the-book-reading-series-an-evening-with-beverly-gologorsky-laura-hemphill/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:00:25 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8249 Thursday, December 12 at 7pm
Behind the Book Reading Series
KGB Bar
85 E 4th St.
New York, NY 10003
www.kgbbar.com

Beverly Gologorsky, author of the new novel Stop Here, and Laura Hemphill, author of Buying In, will be reading and discussing their work KGB Bar on Thursday, December 12 at 7pm.

Beverly Gologorsky’s long-awaited, just-published second novel, Stop Here, through “luminous prose and remarkable insight into human nature,” explores the lives of working-class women and their families through the lens of war, destruction, loss, and economic struggle.  Elizabeth Strout has praised its “unflinching, piercing . . . [look] straight into the face of class in this country, capturing the reverberations across generations of who really fights our wars, who really serves our coffee, who really gets up in the dark to wipe the diners’ counter clean.”  Beverly’s acclaimed debut novel, The Things We Do to Make it Home, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Los Angeles Times Best Fiction selection, and a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great Writers Award.  

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Thursday, December 12 at 7pm
Behind the Book Reading Series
KGB Bar
85 E 4th St.
New York, NY 10003
www.kgbbar.com

Beverly Gologorsky, author of the new novel Stop Here, and Laura Hemphill, author of Buying In, will be reading and discussing their work KGB Bar on Thursday, December 12 at 7pm.

Beverly Gologorsky’s long-awaited, just-published second novel, Stop Here, through “luminous prose and remarkable insight into human nature,” explores the lives of working-class women and their families through the lens of war, destruction, loss, and economic struggle.  Elizabeth Strout has praised its “unflinching, piercing . . . [look] straight into the face of class in this country, capturing the reverberations across generations of who really fights our wars, who really serves our coffee, who really gets up in the dark to wipe the diners’ counter clean.”  Beverly’s acclaimed debut novel, The Things We Do to Make it Home, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Los Angeles Times Best Fiction selection, and a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great Writers Award.  Her work has appeared in anthologies and magazines, including the New York Times, Newsweek, The Nation, and the LA Times.

Laura Hemphill’s “gripping and thought-provoking” debut novel, Buying In, set in Manhattan’s investment banks in the months just before the financial crash, is one of the rare novels to tackle Wall Street from the perspective of women.  Buying In has been praised by Teddy Wayne as “an absorbing and affecting study of high finance and the toll it takes on one’s non-capitalistic identity, with much to say about gender in the workplace,” while Joanna Smith Rakoff has noted its “insider’s clear-eyed take on the subprime lending crisis [and] chilling look at the lives of women in banking.”  Laura spent seven years on Wall Street, at Lehman Brothers, Credit Suisse, and hedge fund Dune Capital before leaving the financial sector to write Buying In. Her writing has appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek and the New Yorker.

About Behind the Book

Founded in 2003, Behind the Book is a small NYC literacy nonprofit that gets kids excited about reading by connecting them with contemporary writers and illustrators who reflect their experiences, communities, and backgrounds. For more information, please see www.behindthebook.org

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The life and legacy of Nelson Mandela http://www.sevenstories.com/news/the-life-and-legacy-of-nelson-mandela/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/the-life-and-legacy-of-nelson-mandela/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:18:05 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8241 We are greatly saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela. His courage, his brilliance, and his never-ending fight for freedom for the people of South African will live on in the memory of everyone who’s lives he touched.

Journalist and filmmaker Danny Schechter has known Mandela for forty years, both as a fellow activist in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, and as a documentarian who has made six films about Mandela’s life. Danny’s new book, Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela, reveals anecdotes from Mandela’s life and legacy, as well as the many problems still facing South Africa today.

Check out Danny speaking on Democracy Now: “Filmmaker Danny Schechter: The Anti-Apartheid Movement Behind Mandela Can’t Be Forgotten” and on RT America.

You can also read his reaction to Mandela’s death on Al Jazeera, “Remembering Mandela: On media, politics and death” and hear an interview on WBUR’s Here and Now, “The Music Of Liberation: Steven Van Zandt And Danny Schechter On ‘Sun City’”

Madiba A to Z reveals sides of Nelson Mandela that are not often discussed and angles of the anti-apartheid movement that most choose to brush under the table in order to focus on the happy-ending version of the story.

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We are greatly saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela. His courage, his brilliance, and his never-ending fight for freedom for the people of South African will live on in the memory of everyone who’s lives he touched.

Journalist and filmmaker Danny Schechter has known Mandela for forty years, both as a fellow activist in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, and as a documentarian who has made six films about Mandela’s life. Danny’s new book, Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela, reveals anecdotes from Mandela’s life and legacy, as well as the many problems still facing South Africa today.

Check out Danny speaking on Democracy Now: “Filmmaker Danny Schechter: The Anti-Apartheid Movement Behind Mandela Can’t Be Forgotten” and on RT America.

You can also read his reaction to Mandela’s death on Al Jazeera, “Remembering Mandela: On media, politics and death” and hear an interview on WBUR’s Here and Now, “The Music Of Liberation: Steven Van Zandt And Danny Schechter On ‘Sun City’”

Madiba A to Z reveals sides of Nelson Mandela that are not often discussed and angles of the anti-apartheid movement that most choose to brush under the table in order to focus on the happy-ending version of the story. As Schechter reports in the book, according to Mandela’s successor as president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, “the fundamental problems of South Africa, poverty, inequality, have remained unchanged since 1994.” This is partly because, as Schechter writes, “six months before the 1994 elections, when South Africa was being governed jointly by the ANC and the National Party under a Transitional Executive Council (TEC), there were secret negotiations about the economic future.” There are many rarely spoken of revelations in Madiba A to Z, a book about Mandela’s brilliance, his courage, his tremendous impact in saving his country and its people of all races, but one that also shows how far South Africa still has to go.

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Reading and discussion with Jim Mitchell to celebrate the release of ‘The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution’ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/reading-and-discussion-with-jim-mitchell-to-celebrate-the-release-of-the-walrus-and-the-elephants-john-lennons-years-of-revolution/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/reading-and-discussion-with-jim-mitchell-to-celebrate-the-release-of-the-walrus-and-the-elephants-john-lennons-years-of-revolution/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:43:22 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8204 WalrusandtheElephants_CoverLarge

Tuesday, December 10th @ 7pm
Barnes and Noble
Huron Village
3235 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Join author and journalist James Mitchell to celebrate the release of The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution at Barnes and Noble in Huron Village on Tuesday, December 10th at 7 pm. A reading and discussion on John Lennon’s special relationship with Ann Arbor will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

The opening chapter of the book takes place in Ann Arbor and focuses on the historic benefit concert that Lennon headlined that was held for poet-activist John Sinclair to challenge his ten year prison sentence for possessing two joints.

 Based entirely on new interviews and research, The Walrus and the Elephants is the first book about John Lennon to show how his emergence as a solo artist, his embrace of radical politics and feminism, and his love affair with New York City coincided.

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Tuesday, December 10th @ 7pm
Barnes and Noble
Huron Village
3235 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Join author and journalist James Mitchell to celebrate the release of The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution at Barnes and Noble in Huron Village on Tuesday, December 10th at 7 pm. A reading and discussion on John Lennon’s special relationship with Ann Arbor will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

The opening chapter of the book takes place in Ann Arbor and focuses on the historic benefit concert that Lennon headlined that was held for poet-activist John Sinclair to challenge his ten year prison sentence for possessing two joints.

 Based entirely on new interviews and research, The Walrus and the Elephants is the first book about John Lennon to show how his emergence as a solo artist, his embrace of radical politics and feminism, and his love affair with New York City coincided. From controversial television appearances, to benefit concerts, to his new, post-Beatlemania band The Elephant’s Memory,Walrus and the Elephants is Lennon’s story told by a cast of close friends and fellow activists who lived the gritty and colorful lives in legendary Greenwich Village.

 JAMES A. MITCHELL is the author of But for the Grace: Profiles in Peace from a Nation at War (Mansion Field, 2009), the story of an orphanage in Sri Lanka’s war-torn northeast; rock biography It Was All Right: Mitch Ryder’s Life in Music (Wayne State University Press, 2008); and tales from a rural newspaper, Applegate: Freedom of the Press in a Small Town (2002, University Press of America). A reporter and editor for more than twenty years, his writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, The Humanist, and Starlog

“James Mitchell carefully and lovingly has reconstructed an inspiring and poignant chapter both in John Lennon’s odyssey and in the tangled flow of the American anti-war and other protest movements of the late nineteen sixties and early seventies. The Walrus and The Elephants is an indispensable window into an amazing time in American history and the history of rock and roll.”

—Danny Goldberg, author of Bumping Into Geniuses

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Woods is a Brooklyn-based writer and artist, and recipient of the 2009 Jerome Foundation Award for emerging writers. Her debut collection of short stories, Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind, was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Debut Fiction. If you would like to see Woods’ latest work by Seven Stories Press, check out The Albino Albumavailable now.

Congratulations again, Chavisa!

 

 

]]> Author Chavis WoodsWe are proud to announce that the 2013 Cobalt Writing prize for fiction has been awarded to Chavisa Woods for her piece, “Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country.” The short story will be published in Cobalt Vol. 2 in January 2014.

Woods is a Brooklyn-based writer and artist, and recipient of the 2009 Jerome Foundation Award for emerging writers. Her debut collection of short stories, Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind, was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Debut Fiction. If you would like to see Woods’ latest work by Seven Stories Press, check out The Albino Albumavailable now.

Congratulations again, Chavisa!

 

 

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Beverly Gologorsky reading at Brookline Booksmith http://www.sevenstories.com/events/beverly-gologorsky-reading-at-brookline-booksmith/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/beverly-gologorsky-reading-at-brookline-booksmith/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:00:56 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8233 stop_here_large_copy_0.thumbnail

Tuesday, December 10 at 7pm
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard St.
Brookline MA 02446
www.brooklinebooksmith.com

Beverly Gologorsky, author of the new novel Stop Here, will be reading and discussing her work at Brookline Booksmith on Tuesday, December 10th at 7pm.

Stop Here (Seven Stories Press, November 19) is Beverly Gologorsky’s long-awaited second novel that, like her acclaimed first novel The Things We Do to Make it Home, explores the lives of working-class women and their families through the lens of war, destruction, loss, and economic struggle. With honest and vivid language, Gologorsky weaves each woman’s story together to form a complete picture of the tragedies and triumphs of four friends and coworkers on the home front of a seemingly endless war.

Beverly Gologorsky is the author of the acclaimed novel The Things We Do to Make it Home, named a Notable Book by the New York Times, Best Fiction by Los Angeles Times, and a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great Writers Award.

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Tuesday, December 10 at 7pm
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard St.
Brookline MA 02446
www.brooklinebooksmith.com

Beverly Gologorsky, author of the new novel Stop Here, will be reading and discussing her work at Brookline Booksmith on Tuesday, December 10th at 7pm.

Stop Here (Seven Stories Press, November 19) is Beverly Gologorsky’s long-awaited second novel that, like her acclaimed first novel The Things We Do to Make it Home, explores the lives of working-class women and their families through the lens of war, destruction, loss, and economic struggle. With honest and vivid language, Gologorsky weaves each woman’s story together to form a complete picture of the tragedies and triumphs of four friends and coworkers on the home front of a seemingly endless war.

Beverly Gologorsky is the author of the acclaimed novel The Things We Do to Make it Home, named a Notable Book by the New York Times, Best Fiction by Los Angeles Times, and a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great Writers Award. Her work has appeared in anthologies and magazines, including the New York Times, Newsweek, The Nation, and the LA Times. Former editor of two political journals, Viet-Report and Leviathan, noted for her historical contribution to Feminists Who Changed America, Gologorsky has contributed essays to Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from all Sides and The Friend Who Got Away: Twenty Women’s True-Life Tales of Friendships that Blew Up, Burned Out or Faded Away, among others.  

“Unflinching, piercing, Gologorsky looks straight into the face of class in this country, capturing the reverberations across generations of who really fights our wars, who really serves our coffee, who really gets up in the dark to wipe the diners’ counter clean.  This book is filled with an array of characters whose bravery is unsung, women who persevere with a dignity unseen by many, until Gologorsky pulls the curtain back and allows us in.”Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitteridge

“[Gologorsky] treats each singular story line with insight, compassion, and no sentimentality.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

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Beverly Gologorsky and Elizabeth Strout reading at The Strand http://www.sevenstories.com/events/beverly-gologorsky-in-conversation-with-elizabeth-strout-at-the-strand-bookstore/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/beverly-gologorsky-in-conversation-with-elizabeth-strout-at-the-strand-bookstore/#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:00:59 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8183 stop_here_large_copy_0.thumbnailWednesday, December 4th at 7:00pm
The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Beverly Gologorsky, author of Stop Here, and Pulitzer-winning writer Elizabeth Strout, author of The Burgess Boys, read and discuss their latest works of fiction at The Strand Bookstore on Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00pm.

Stop Here is Beverly Gologorsky’s long-awaited second novel which, like her acclaimed first novel, The Things We Do to Make it Home, explores the lives of working-class women (struggling to make ends meet at a roadside diner in Long Island) through the lens of war, destruction, loss, and economic struggle. In simple and striking prose, Gologorsky weaves each woman’s story together to form a complete picture of the tragedies and triumphs of four ordinary friends and coworkers against the backdrop of a nation at war.

Beverly Gologorsky is the author of the acclaimed novel The Things We Do To Make It Home named a Notable Book by the New York Times, Best Fiction by Los Angeles Times, and a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great Writers Award.Her work has appeared in anthologies and magazines, including the New York Times, Newsweek, The Nation, and the LA Times.

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stop_here_large_copy_0.thumbnailWednesday, December 4th at 7:00pm
The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Beverly Gologorsky, author of Stop Here, and Pulitzer-winning writer Elizabeth Strout, author of The Burgess Boys, read and discuss their latest works of fiction at The Strand Bookstore on Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00pm.

Stop Here is Beverly Gologorsky’s long-awaited second novel which, like her acclaimed first novel, The Things We Do to Make it Home, explores the lives of working-class women (struggling to make ends meet at a roadside diner in Long Island) through the lens of war, destruction, loss, and economic struggle. In simple and striking prose, Gologorsky weaves each woman’s story together to form a complete picture of the tragedies and triumphs of four ordinary friends and coworkers against the backdrop of a nation at war.

Beverly Gologorsky is the author of the acclaimed novel The Things We Do To Make It Home named a Notable Book by the New York Times, Best Fiction by Los Angeles Times, and a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great Writers Award.Her work has appeared in anthologies and magazines, including the New York Times, Newsweek, The Nation, and the LA Times. Former editor of two political journals, Viet-Report and Leviathan, noted for her historical contribution to Feminists Who Changed America, Gologorsky has contributed essays to Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from all Sides and The Friend Who Got Away: Twenty Women’s True-Life Tales of Friendships that Blew Up, Burned Out or Faded Away, among others.

Elizabeth Strout is the author of The Burgess Boys, the New York Times bestseller Olive Kitteridge, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; the national bestseller Abide with Me; and Amy and Isabelle, winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in London.

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John Lennon’s politics and social activism is honored in new book http://www.sevenstories.com/news/john-lennons-politics-and-social-activism-is-honored-in-new-book/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/john-lennons-politics-and-social-activism-is-honored-in-new-book/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 19:44:32 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8237 WalrusandtheElephants_CoverLarge

The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution by journalist James Mitchell is on sale today. In this unique look at John Lennon’s early years in New York and his budding social activism, we can see another side of the legendary musician, one that embraced feminism, passionately spoke out against the Vietnam War, and cared deeply about the social causes of the day.

When John Lennon moved to New York City in late 1971 he left behind a life of luxury, pop superstardom, and a need to repress his anti-war sentiments and political opinions. As he and Yoko Ono settled into their new lives in Greenwich Village, they embraced the vibrant subculture, the hippie radicals, the street musicians, and the many political and social causes that were energizing the people of New York and America.

In The Walrus and the Elephants Mitchell takes us behind the scenes into the most fascinating and underreported era of Lennon’s life, offering a front-row seat to his transformation from apolitical pop icon to revolutionary social activist.

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The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution by journalist James Mitchell is on sale today. In this unique look at John Lennon’s early years in New York and his budding social activism, we can see another side of the legendary musician, one that embraced feminism, passionately spoke out against the Vietnam War, and cared deeply about the social causes of the day.

When John Lennon moved to New York City in late 1971 he left behind a life of luxury, pop superstardom, and a need to repress his anti-war sentiments and political opinions. As he and Yoko Ono settled into their new lives in Greenwich Village, they embraced the vibrant subculture, the hippie radicals, the street musicians, and the many political and social causes that were energizing the people of New York and America.

In The Walrus and the Elephants Mitchell takes us behind the scenes into the most fascinating and underreported era of Lennon’s life, offering a front-row seat to his transformation from apolitical pop icon to revolutionary social activist.

Featuring exclusive interviews with activists including Gloria Steinem, congressional black caucus cofounder Ron Dellums, ‘Chicago Seven’ veteran Rennie Davis, counterculture icon Paul Krassner, and poet-activist John Sinclair, The Walrus and the Elephants is the first book about John Lennon to show how his emergence as a solo artist, his embrace of radical politics and feminism, and his love affair with New York City coincided. Through new research and in-depth interviews with those who witnessed Lennon’s transformation firsthand, Mitchell reveals the thoughtful, generous, and politically engaged side of one of the world’s most legendary artists.

If you are in New York, don’t miss the 33rd Annual John Lennon Tribute concert at Symphony Space this Friday, December 6th at 8pm, with performances by Betty LaVette, Steve Earle and many more! Seven Stories will be there selling copies of The Walrus and the Elephants.

“James Mitchell carefully and lovingly has reconstructed an inspiring and poignant chapter both in John Lennon’s odyssey and in the tangled flow of the American anti-war and other protest movements of the late nineteen sixties and early seventies. The Walrus and The Elephants is an indispensable window into an amazing time in American history and the history of rock and roll.” —Danny Goldberg, author of Bumping Into Geniuses

“This book serves as a backstage pass to the missing link between Lennon’s music and his activism, ranging from decriminalization of marijuana to termination of undeclared war—both ends of that spectrum fueled by the government’s misuse of power without compassion—revealing how the Nixon administration tried to silence him.” —Paul Krassner, author of Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counterculture

“Lennon is one of the most documented individuals in modern culture, yet never before has this early New York period of his history been examined with greater depth and clarity.”–Lee Ranaldo, co-founder of Sonic Youth

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Madiba A to Z Release Party with Danny Schechter http://www.sevenstories.com/events/madiba-a-to-z-release-party-with-danny-schechter/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/madiba-a-to-z-release-party-with-danny-schechter/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 23:00:20 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8185 MadibaA-Z_Cover

Madiba A to Z Release Party
Monday, December 2nd  6pm-9pm
Thoughtworks
99 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor 
New York, NY 10016 

Anant Singh, Producer, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Dan Simon, Publisher, Seven Stories Press
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
Neville Roy Singham, CEO, Thoughtworks
Donna Katzin,  CEO, Shared Interest
Tsidi Le Loka, Star of Lion King
Omoyele Sowore, CEO, Sahara Media

Invite you to celebrate the publication of Danny Schechter’s

Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela

A clip of Danny Schechter’s 1990 film Mandela in America will be shown and Tsidi Le Loka will perform. A book signing will follow. Light refreshments will be served

RSVP to Madiba.AtoZ@gmail.com

A completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela, Madiba A to Z draws on Danny Schechter’s forty-year relationship with Madiba, as he is known in his native South Africa. Each chapter of this unique portrait corresponds to a letter of the alphabet, and the letters cover unexpected and fascinating themes in Mandela’s life and his impact on others: Athlete, Bully, Comrade, Forgiveness, Indigenous, Jailed, Militant, and President, to name a few.

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Madiba A to Z Release Party
Monday, December 2nd  6pm-9pm
Thoughtworks
99 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor 
New York, NY 10016 

Anant Singh, Producer, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Dan Simon, Publisher, Seven Stories Press
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
Neville Roy Singham, CEO, Thoughtworks
Donna Katzin,  CEO, Shared Interest
Tsidi Le Loka, Star of Lion King
Omoyele Sowore, CEO, Sahara Media

Invite you to celebrate the publication of Danny Schechter’s

Madiba A to Z: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela

A clip of Danny Schechter’s 1990 film Mandela in America will be shown and Tsidi Le Loka will perform. A book signing will follow. Light refreshments will be served

RSVP to Madiba.AtoZ@gmail.com

A completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela, Madiba A to Z draws on Danny Schechter’s forty-year relationship with Madiba, as he is known in his native South Africa. Each chapter of this unique portrait corresponds to a letter of the alphabet, and the letters cover unexpected and fascinating themes in Mandela’s life and his impact on others: Athlete, Bully, Comrade, Forgiveness, Indigenous, Jailed, Militant, and President, to name a few.

“Storytelling that is unique, refreshing and revealing.” —Bill Moyers

 

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What More is There to Learn About Nelson Mandela? http://www.sevenstories.com/news/what-more-is-there-to-learn-about-nelson-mandela/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/what-more-is-there-to-learn-about-nelson-mandela/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:56:16 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8230 MadibaA-Z_Cover

WHAT MORE IS THERE TO LEARN ABOUT NELSON MANDELA?

By Danny Schechter

Nelson Mandela is back in the news—happily, not because of his medical condition but thanks to the release of the new epic movie, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom starring Idris Elba and Naomi Harris. On Christmas day, it opens nationwide on 2000 screens with a majority of reviews very positive.

At the same time, no one movie can hope to tell the full story of a life that has spanned 95 years.  Hollywood-style story-telling inevitably telescopes history, compresses characters, and seek to entertain more than inform

Some of the critics make this point, A few  find it too rushed, others too long, or well on missing context, and insufficient history, as does Simon Abrams on Roger Ebert.com: ”The prison guard insists that Nelson and his wife should not talk about politics, and “Long Walk to Freedom’s creators honor that request.

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WHAT MORE IS THERE TO LEARN ABOUT NELSON MANDELA?

By Danny Schechter

Nelson Mandela is back in the news—happily, not because of his medical condition but thanks to the release of the new epic movie, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom starring Idris Elba and Naomi Harris. On Christmas day, it opens nationwide on 2000 screens with a majority of reviews very positive.

At the same time, no one movie can hope to tell the full story of a life that has spanned 95 years.  Hollywood-style story-telling inevitably telescopes history, compresses characters, and seek to entertain more than inform

Some of the critics make this point, A few  find it too rushed, others too long, or well on missing context, and insufficient history, as does Simon Abrams on Roger Ebert.com: ”The prison guard insists that Nelson and his wife should not talk about politics, and “Long Walk to Freedom’s creators honor that request. Instead, they talk about how they feel about politics. So the raised tone of Winnie’s voice is more important than the content of her words.”

Critical debates aside, many can agree with the LA Times’ conclusion: “This may be a familiar story, but it is one worth experiencing again and again. “ And, that’s why the AP added, “This is the perfect time for youngsters (or their elders) who don’t know enough about the man to go learn about him.”

And that’s also precisely why the film’s producers asked me to draw on many of the interviews I did for a companion documentary series on the making and meaning of Long Walk to Freedom for a book that can tell some of  the rest of the story about “the many faces of Nelson Mandela.” It’s called Madiba A to Z  (Seven Stories Press) and is out here, and in South Africa.

To supplement Mandela’s own autobiography and the many biographies about them, I look at what insiders know but many in the adoring public do not. Quite a few who know him well are loving but critical (and self-critical), most deeply aware of the limits of the changes in South Africa almost twenty years after the end of apartheid and the coming of democracy.

I spoke to many key players and insiders including two former presidents, DeKlerk and Mbeki and Deputy President Motlanthe, his prison comrades and fellow ANC activists including Archbishop Tutu, as well as thoughtful writers like Nadine Gordimer and Njabullo Ndebele.

Here are some highlights from a book that features intimate stories on 26 aspects of Mandela’s life and times.

  • The key finding is how many of the “stalwarts” of the struggle including Mandela himself are privately disappointed with the “progress” that’s been made and have “regrets” with the ANC’s many failures in a way we haven’t seen before.
  • Thabo Mbeki tells me that the problems of South Africa have not changed very much from 1994 because of the greed of the white business community and its failure to invest in job creation
  • Madiba A to Z reveals that there were secret economic negotiations alongside the televisied political talks that allowed the World Bank and global business leaders, especially Americans to limit what South Africa could do to regulate business and fight poverty. This is what led to the neo-liberal policies South Africa was pressured to adopt.
  • •The armed struggle fought by the ANC’s guerilla army Umkhonto we Size was aided by the Vietnamese army after the defeat of the U.S. led war. The Cuban defeat of South African military forces in Angola helped spur the transition.
  • While Mandela deserves credit for engineering a peaceful political settlement it was external pressure including economic and cultural sanctions demanded by a global anti-apartheid movement that brought decisive pressure on political leaders to negotiate. His law partner, Oliver Tambo’s role as ANC leader was probably more decisive when Mandela was behind bars.
  • While Mandela was hailed by a cheering world for his iconic role, he was often personally miserable because of the break-up of his marriage and the internal battles inside the ANC.

These are just a few of the disclosures in a book dealing with Mandela as villager, bully, boxer, prisoner, Lover and womanizer, peacemaker and legend, Throughout his political struggles, he rejected the idea that he was a “savior” and always embraced collective leadership even as the Media lionized him and treated him as a celebrity.

What emerges is a portrait of a man, and a troubled nation as well as the texture of a struggle that, despite many gains,  is still fighting for true freedom. After his release from prison, Mandela was told, “Well now you’re free.” And he said: “No, we’re freed to be free.”

More news about the book and its author, including a selection, can be found at Madibabook.com

News dissector Danny Schechter directed six documentaries about Nelson Mandela. He blogs at Newsdissector.net and edits Mediachannel.org, Comments to dissector@mediachannel.org.

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Ralph Nader outlines 21 ways the Canadian health care system is better than Obamacare http://www.sevenstories.com/news/ralph-nader-outlines-21-ways-the-canadian-health-care-system-is-better-than-obamacare/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/ralph-nader-outlines-21-ways-the-canadian-health-care-system-is-better-than-obamacare/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:19:04 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8211 Nader_ToldYouSo_150dpi_large2

In his latest column, Ralph Nader, legendary consumer advocate, activist and author of Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns, has written a succinct yet powerful letter to America about its new health care system. In the piece, which was published by Common Dreams, Nader enumerates the twenty-one ways in which Canada’s health care system effectively trounces Obamacare.

Number 19:
In Canada, coverage is not tied to a job or dependent on your income – rich and poor are in the same system, the best guaranty of quality.

Number 10:
In Canada, the government negotiates drug prices so they are more affordable.

Want to know #1? You can read the entire column here.

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In his latest column, Ralph Nader, legendary consumer advocate, activist and author of Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns, has written a succinct yet powerful letter to America about its new health care system. In the piece, which was published by Common Dreams, Nader enumerates the twenty-one ways in which Canada’s health care system effectively trounces Obamacare.

Number 19:
In Canada, coverage is not tied to a job or dependent on your income – rich and poor are in the same system, the best guaranty of quality.

Number 10:
In Canada, the government negotiates drug prices so they are more affordable.

Want to know #1? You can read the entire column here.

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Barry Gifford discusses his latest story collection THE ROY STORIES at the SF Elk Lodge http://www.sevenstories.com/events/barry-gifford-discusses-his-latest-story-collection-the-roy-stories-at-the-sf-elk-lodge/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/barry-gifford-discusses-his-latest-story-collection-the-roy-stories-at-the-sf-elk-lodge/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:00:14 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8195 Monday November 25th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
San Francisco Elks Lodge
450 Post Street – 3rd Floor (Kensington Park Hotel)
San Francisco, CA 94102

Please join Green Apple Books, and The San Francisco Elks, in welcoming author Barry Gifford to the next round of ‘Cocktails and Conversation at The Lodge’ on Monday November 25th from 7pm – 8:30pm when we celebrate the release of his recent collection of short fiction, The Roy Stories.

Barry Gifford is the multiple award-winning author of more than 50 works of fiction, poetry and essays, as well as numerous screenplays. His novel Wild at Heart was adapted as a hugely successful film for David Lynch. Barry has also been the subject of two film documentaries, the Los Angeles Times calls him “a master” and Jonathan Lethem says, “Barry Gifford invented his own American vernacular—William Faulkner by way of B-movie film noir and Sun Records rockabilly.” His current collection, The Roy Stories, is a 40-year chronicle of his personal history from the late 1940s through the early 1960s —think Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories with a dollop of pulp and a gram of grit.

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Monday November 25th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
San Francisco Elks Lodge
450 Post Street – 3rd Floor (Kensington Park Hotel)
San Francisco, CA 94102

Please join Green Apple Books, and The San Francisco Elks, in welcoming author Barry Gifford to the next round of ‘Cocktails and Conversation at The Lodge’ on Monday November 25th from 7pm – 8:30pm when we celebrate the release of his recent collection of short fiction, The Roy Stories.

Barry Gifford is the multiple award-winning author of more than 50 works of fiction, poetry and essays, as well as numerous screenplays. His novel Wild at Heart was adapted as a hugely successful film for David Lynch. Barry has also been the subject of two film documentaries, the Los Angeles Times calls him “a master” and Jonathan Lethem says, “Barry Gifford invented his own American vernacular—William Faulkner by way of B-movie film noir and Sun Records rockabilly.” His current collection, The Roy Stories, is a 40-year chronicle of his personal history from the late 1940s through the early 1960s —think Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories with a dollop of pulp and a gram of grit.

The historic San Francisco Elk’s Lodge on Union Square in downtown San Francisco is a private club and has been one of the city’s best-kept secrets since 1925.

This free event is open to members of the general public, and is certain to be not only a wonderful evening, but also a rare chance to spend quality time with a living legend in swanky digs!

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Beverly Gologorsky Reading with Victoria Redel at The Center for Fiction http://www.sevenstories.com/events/beverly-gologorsky-reading-with-victoria-redel-at-the-center-for-fiction/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/beverly-gologorsky-reading-with-victoria-redel-at-the-center-for-fiction/#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:09 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=7707 Thursday, November 21st at 7:00pm Gologorsky_StopHere
The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017

 

Beverly Gologorsky, author of Stop Here, will be joined in conversation with Victoria Redel, author of Make Me Do Things, at The Center for Fiction on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00pm to read and discuss their latest works of fiction.

Stop Here tells the stories of the hard-working employees of a roadside diner in Long Island who struggle to make ends meet, deal with the aftermath of the first Iraq war and the family destruction of the second Iraq war, and find meaning in the crumbling façades that mask their lives’ disorder. Told with honest and vivid language, this novel in stories captures the everyday struggles, tragedies, and triumphs of the working class family of Long Island.

Beverly Gologorsky is the author of the acclaimed novel The Things We Do to Make it Home, named a Notable Book by the New York Times, Best Fiction by Los Angeles Times, and a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great Writers Award.

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The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017

 

Beverly Gologorsky, author of Stop Here, will be joined in conversation with Victoria Redel, author of Make Me Do Things, at The Center for Fiction on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00pm to read and discuss their latest works of fiction.

Stop Here tells the stories of the hard-working employees of a roadside diner in Long Island who struggle to make ends meet, deal with the aftermath of the first Iraq war and the family destruction of the second Iraq war, and find meaning in the crumbling façades that mask their lives’ disorder. Told with honest and vivid language, this novel in stories captures the everyday struggles, tragedies, and triumphs of the working class family of Long Island.

Beverly Gologorsky is the author of the acclaimed novel The Things We Do to Make it Home, named a Notable Book by the New York Times, Best Fiction by Los Angeles Times, and a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great Writers Award. Her work has appeared in anthologies and magazines, including the New York Times, Newsweek, The Nation, and the LA Times. Former editor of two political journals, Viet-Report and Leviathan, noted for her historical contribution to Feminists Who Changed America, Gologorsky has contributed essays to Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from all Sides and The Friend Who Got Away: Twenty Women’s True-Life Tales of Friendships that Blew Up, Burned Out or Faded Away, among others.

Victoria Redel is the author of three books of poetry and four books of fiction. Woman Without Umbrella, her recent collection of poetry was published in 2012 and a new collection of stories, Make Me Do Things, is forthcoming in fall 2013. Her novel The Border of Truth (Counterpoint 2007) weaves the situation of refugees and a daughter’s awakening to the history and secrets of her father’s survival and loss. Loverboy (2001, Graywolf /2002, Harcourt), was awarded the 2001 S. Mariella Gable Novel Award and the 2002 Forward Silver Fiction Prize and was chosen in 2001 as a Los Angeles Times Best Book. Loverboy was adapted for a feature film directed by Kevin Bacon. Swoon (2003, University of Chicago Press), was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award.

Beverly Gologorsky and Victoria Redel will be available for Q & A and book signings after the event. For more information, visit the Center for Fiction event page.

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Reading and discussion with renowned author Barry Gifford to celebrate the release of THE ROY STORIES http://www.sevenstories.com/events/reading-and-discussion-with-renowned-author-barry-gifford-to-celebrate-the-release-of-the-roy-stories/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/reading-and-discussion-with-renowned-author-barry-gifford-to-celebrate-the-release-of-the-roy-stories/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:26:31 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8199 Gifford_RoyStories

Thursday, November 21st @ 7:00pm
City Lights Books
261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
www.citylights.com

Barry Gifford will be at City Lights Books on Thursday, November 21st at 7pm to discuss his newest story collection, The Roy Stories, and his first full-length novel Landscape With Traveler, in print for the first time in fifteen years.

Barry will be joined by novelist, singer & songwriter, Willy Vlautin.

Spanning time and space—the Southern and Midwestern United States from the 1940s through the early 1960s—The Roy Stories chronicle the personal history of Gifford from Chicago to the deep south, reminiscent of Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories. Emotional, exploratory, and brimming with photographic realism.

Landscape with Traveler, written as the protagonist’s diary, recounts the deep friendship between a middle-aged gay man and a young straight man through vignette-like entries, all the while tracing a history of America from the 1930s through 1970s.

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Thursday, November 21st @ 7:00pm
City Lights Books
261 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
www.citylights.com

Barry Gifford will be at City Lights Books on Thursday, November 21st at 7pm to discuss his newest story collection, The Roy Stories, and his first full-length novel Landscape With Traveler, in print for the first time in fifteen years.

Barry will be joined by novelist, singer & songwriter, Willy Vlautin.

Spanning time and space—the Southern and Midwestern United States from the 1940s through the early 1960s—The Roy Stories chronicle the personal history of Gifford from Chicago to the deep south, reminiscent of Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories. Emotional, exploratory, and brimming with photographic realism.

Landscape with Traveler, written as the protagonist’s diary, recounts the deep friendship between a middle-aged gay man and a young straight man through vignette-like entries, all the while tracing a history of America from the 1930s through 1970s.

 Barry Gifford, called “a master of the short story” by the New York Times Book Review, is the author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages. Beginning his literary career as a poet, Gifford’s most recent prose works include Sailor & Lula: The Complete NovelsSad Stories of the Death of Kings, and Memories from a Sinking Ship. 

 “Like Hemingway, Saroyan, Kerouac, and Salinger…Gifford has a style. He is a great comic realist who…has seized the still-live vein of that American realism which began with Mark Twain.”—Andrei Codrescu, National Public Radio

“Gifford cuts right through the heart of what makes a good novel readable and entertaining. . . . The way Barry Gifford does it, it’s high art.”—Elmore Leonard

“Barry Gifford was, is, and always shall be an American Original. His work evokes so many sensibilities, from the Beats to noir to social realism to post modernism to cinematic, both stirring up ghosts and invoking the future.”—Richard Price, author of Lush Life and Clockers

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Happy Birthday Kurt Vonnegut! Top Ten Quotes from “A Man Without a Country” http://www.sevenstories.com/news/happy-birthday-kurt-vonnegut-top-ten-quotes-from-a-man-without-a-country/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/happy-birthday-kurt-vonnegut-top-ten-quotes-from-a-man-without-a-country/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 23:30:28 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8168 Vonnegut_by_Jill_Krementz_5x7_300dpiToday would have been Kurt Vonnegut’s 91st birthday. In honor of the late, great writer we would like to share our favorite quotes from his book A Man Without a Country.

“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable.”

“I wanted all things to seem to make some sense,
So we could all be happy, yes, instead of tense.
And I made up lies, so
they all fit nice,
and I made this sad world a paradise”

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“Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” 

“A saint is a person who behaves decently in a shockingly indecent society.” 

“No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious and charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.” 

“Do you realize that all great literature is all about what a bummer it is to be a human being?

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Vonnegut_by_Jill_Krementz_5x7_300dpiToday would have been Kurt Vonnegut’s 91st birthday. In honor of the late, great writer we would like to share our favorite quotes from his book A Man Without a Country.

“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable.”

“I wanted all things to seem to make some sense,
So we could all be happy, yes, instead of tense.
And I made up lies, so
they all fit nice,
and I made this sad world a paradise”

vonnegut

“Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” 

“A saint is a person who behaves decently in a shockingly indecent society.” 

“No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious and charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.” 

“Do you realize that all great literature is all about what a bummer it is to be a human being? Isn’t it such a relief to have somebody say that?” 

“Humor is a way of holding off how awful life can be, to protect yourself.” 

Kurt Vonnegut, 2002

“So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.” 

“And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’” 

And our personal favorite…

“Only in books do we learn what’s really going on.”

For more life advice from the inimitable Kurt Vonnegut, we hope you will read A Man Without a Country.

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Minecraft: Book Discussion and Author Q & A at Word Up http://www.sevenstories.com/events/minecraft-book-discussion-and-author-q-a-at-word-up/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/minecraft-book-discussion-and-author-q-a-at-word-up/#comments Sun, 10 Nov 2013 00:00:22 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8127 Saturday, November 9th @ 7pm Minecraft 7S cover only
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10032
 

Word Up hosts Swedish journalists Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson to talk about their experiences with gaming icon “Notch” and the state of the gaming industry in Sweden. For kids, teens, adults, and anyone with a love for Minecraft and indie gaming!

Minecraft is played by more than 30 million people of all ages around the world and revolutionized the indie gaming industry. The Swedish creator of this cultural phenomenon, known as “Notch,” has become an icon and a multi-millionaire in a few short years. Kids and adults have embraced the game for its simple, unique design and its endless possibilities for creative innovation.

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything (November 5, 2013), is based on Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg’s exclusive interviews with Notch, his family and friends, and big players in the gaming community.

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Saturday, November 9th @ 7pm Minecraft 7S cover only
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10032
 

Word Up hosts Swedish journalists Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson to talk about their experiences with gaming icon “Notch” and the state of the gaming industry in Sweden. For kids, teens, adults, and anyone with a love for Minecraft and indie gaming!

Minecraft is played by more than 30 million people of all ages around the world and revolutionized the indie gaming industry. The Swedish creator of this cultural phenomenon, known as “Notch,” has become an icon and a multi-millionaire in a few short years. Kids and adults have embraced the game for its simple, unique design and its endless possibilities for creative innovation.

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything (November 5, 2013), is based on Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg’s exclusive interviews with Notch, his family and friends, and big players in the gaming community. Here is a story of unlikely success, fast money, and the power of digital technology to rattle an empire.

LINUS LARSSON and DANIEL GOLDBERG are freelance journalists who write for several Swedish newspapers. They have been published in the Washington Post and American Computer World among other papers, and quoted by BBC News, the New York Times, and the Sydney Morning Herald. Their first book, Swedish Hackers, was published in 2011 in Sweden.

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Seven Stories Press celebrates the release of The Graphic Canon Boxed Set with the Society of Illustrators http://www.sevenstories.com/events/seven-stories-press-celebrates-the-release-of-the-graphic-canon-boxed-set-with-the-society-of-illustrators/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/seven-stories-press-celebrates-the-release-of-the-graphic-canon-boxed-set-with-the-society-of-illustrators/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 23:30:23 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=7724 Friday, November 8, 6:30pm-8:30pmgcv1-3
Part of Illustration Week starting November 4th
The Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065
 

Co-sponsored by Publishers Weekly and Togather. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

Please join Seven Stories Press as we celebrate important figures in the comics art community as well as local contributing artists of The Graphic Canon.

Seven Stories would like to recognize the enthusiasm and support of Karen Green, graphic novel librarian at Columbia University, Calvin Reid, senior news editor at Publishers Weekly, and Steven Heller, the co-chair of the MFA Design program at the School of Visual Arts and the author or editor of over 140 books on design and popular visual culture.

THE GRAPHIC CANON is a one-of-a-kind, three-volume anthology of classic and contemporary world literature re-interpreted by comics artists and illustrators edited by Russ Kick. Praised by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Beast, Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus, and a slew of comics and literary magazines, The Graphic Canon is a truly unique collection that showcases over 200 works of literature and adapted by over 150 artists.

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Friday, November 8, 6:30pm-8:30pmgcv1-3
Part of Illustration Week starting November 4th
The Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065
 

Co-sponsored by Publishers Weekly and Togather. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

Please join Seven Stories Press as we celebrate important figures in the comics art community as well as local contributing artists of The Graphic Canon.

Seven Stories would like to recognize the enthusiasm and support of Karen Green, graphic novel librarian at Columbia University, Calvin Reid, senior news editor at Publishers Weekly, and Steven Heller, the co-chair of the MFA Design program at the School of Visual Arts and the author or editor of over 140 books on design and popular visual culture.

THE GRAPHIC CANON is a one-of-a-kind, three-volume anthology of classic and contemporary world literature re-interpreted by comics artists and illustrators edited by Russ Kick. Praised by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Beast, Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus, and a slew of comics and literary magazines, The Graphic Canon is a truly unique collection that showcases over 200 works of literature and adapted by over 150 artists.

The Graphic Canon Boxed Set (Oct. 1, 2013) includes Vol. 1: From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons, Vol. 2: From “Kubla Khan” to the Brontë Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray and Vol. 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest as well as a collector’s poster and slipcase.

For more information see: http://thegraphiccanon.wordpress.com

 

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Minecraft Youth Event at the Bronx Library http://www.sevenstories.com/events/minecraft-youth-event-at-the-bronx-library/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/minecraft-youth-event-at-the-bronx-library/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:30:40 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8131 Friday, November 8th at 5:30pm Minecraft 7S cover only
Bronx Library Center
310 E Kingsbridge Rd 
Bronx, NY 10458

 

The Bronx Library Center hosts Swedish journalists Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson to talk about their experiences with gaming icon “Notch” and the state of the gaming industry in Sweden. For kids, teens, adults, and anyone with a love for Minecraft and indie gaming!

Minecraft is played by more than 30 million people of all ages around the world and revolutionized the indie gaming industry. The Swedish creator of this cultural phenomenon, known as “Notch,” has become an icon and a multi-millionaire in a few short years. Kids and adults have embraced the game for its simple, unique design and its endless possibilities for creative innovation.

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything (November 5, 2013), is based on Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg’s exclusive interviews with Notch, his family and friends, and big players in the gaming community.

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Friday, November 8th at 5:30pm Minecraft 7S cover only
Bronx Library Center
310 E Kingsbridge Rd 
Bronx, NY 10458

 

The Bronx Library Center hosts Swedish journalists Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson to talk about their experiences with gaming icon “Notch” and the state of the gaming industry in Sweden. For kids, teens, adults, and anyone with a love for Minecraft and indie gaming!

Minecraft is played by more than 30 million people of all ages around the world and revolutionized the indie gaming industry. The Swedish creator of this cultural phenomenon, known as “Notch,” has become an icon and a multi-millionaire in a few short years. Kids and adults have embraced the game for its simple, unique design and its endless possibilities for creative innovation.

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything (November 5, 2013), is based on Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg’s exclusive interviews with Notch, his family and friends, and big players in the gaming community. Here is a story of unlikely success, fast money, and the power of digital technology to rattle an empire.

LINUS LARSSON and DANIEL GOLDBERG are freelance journalists who write for several Swedish newspapers. They have been published in the Washington Post and American Computer World among other papers, and quoted by BBC News, the New York Times, and the Sydney Morning Herald. Their first book, Swedish Hackers, was published in 2011 in Sweden.

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Seven Stories Press celebrates the release of The Graphic Canon Boxed Set with local contributing artists David Lasky, Colleen Frakes, Megan Kelso, Jeremy Eaton, Stan Shaw, and Roberta Gregory http://www.sevenstories.com/events/seven-stories-press-celebrates-the-release-of-the-graphic-canon-boxed-set-with-local-contributing-artists-david-lasky-colleen-frakes-megan-kelso-jeremy-eaton-stan-shaw-and-roberta-gregory/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/seven-stories-press-celebrates-the-release-of-the-graphic-canon-boxed-set-with-local-contributing-artists-david-lasky-colleen-frakes-megan-kelso-jeremy-eaton-stan-shaw-and-roberta-gregory/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 00:00:57 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8121 November 7th at 7pm GCBoxSet
The Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Join local artists David Lasky, Colleen Frakes, Megan Kelso, Jeremy Eaton, Stan Shaw, and Roberta Gregory as they discuss their artistic careers and their contributions to the Graphic Canon anthology at the Seattle Public Library on November 7th at 7pm.

THE GRAPHIC CANON is a one-of-a-kind, three-volume anthology of classic and contemporary world literature re-interpreted by comics artists and illustrators and edited by Russ Kick. Praised by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Beast, Library Journal, BooklistKirkus, and a slew of comics and literary magazines, The Graphic Canon is a truly unique collection that showcases over 200 works of literature adapted by over 150 artists.

The Graphic Canon Boxed Set (Nov. 5, 2013) includes Vol. 1: From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons, Vol.

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November 7th at 7pm GCBoxSet
The Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Join local artists David Lasky, Colleen Frakes, Megan Kelso, Jeremy Eaton, Stan Shaw, and Roberta Gregory as they discuss their artistic careers and their contributions to the Graphic Canon anthology at the Seattle Public Library on November 7th at 7pm.

THE GRAPHIC CANON is a one-of-a-kind, three-volume anthology of classic and contemporary world literature re-interpreted by comics artists and illustrators and edited by Russ Kick. Praised by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Beast, Library Journal, BooklistKirkus, and a slew of comics and literary magazines, The Graphic Canon is a truly unique collection that showcases over 200 works of literature adapted by over 150 artists.

The Graphic Canon Boxed Set (Nov. 5, 2013) includes Vol. 1: From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons, Vol. 2: From ‘Kubla Khan’ to the Brontë Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray and Vol. 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest as well as a special edition poster of Dame Darcy’s Alice in Wonderful and a collector’s slipcase.

For more information see: www.thegraphiccanon.wordpress.com

Seattle artist DAVID LASKY has been writing and drawing comics for over 20 years. His earliest success was a nine-page mini adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses. In the 90s he was known for the solo comic ‘Boom Boom,’ and then collaborated with Greg Stump on the Harvey-nominated ‘Urban Hipster.’ His stories have appeared in countless anthologies over the years, including Kramers Ergot and Best American Comics. With writer Frank Young, he co-created two graphic novels: Oregon Trail: Road to Destiny and The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song (Eisner Award winner in 2013). He has been a graphic novel instructor at Richard Hugo House and various other venues in the Seattle area.

COLLEEN FRAKES grew up on the ocean, but left home for funny book school. She was a member of the inaugural class of the Center for Cartoon Studies, and was awarded a Xeric Grant in publish her book Tragic Relief in the fall of 2007. In 2009, her second graphic novel, Woman King, won the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. Her most recent book, Island Brat, was published with help from Koyama Press. More at www.tragicrelief.com.

JEREMY EATON is an alternative cartoonist and illustrator whose work has been published in more than a dozen comics and paperback collections by the likes of Fantagraphics Books, Chronicle Books, Kitchen Sink Press, and Black Eye Comics, major titles being A Sleepyhead Tale, The Island of Dr. Moral, and A World of Trouble. More at www.jeremyeatonart.com.

A native of Seattle, WA, MEGAN KELSO first came to comics fans’ attention with her Xeric Award-winning mini-comic Girlhero. Two collections of short stories followed: Queen of the Black Black (Highwater, 1998) and The Squirrel Mother (Fantagraphics, 2006). In 2007 the New York Times asked Megan to create a strip for their Sunday Magazine. The resulting story, Watergate Sue, ran weekly for six months, in a slot previously occupied by Chris Ware, Seth, and Jaime Hernandez. In 2010, Fantagraphics published Megan’s double-Ignatz Award-winning Artichoke Tales. Megan is currently at work on a children’s book and a new collection of short stories. More at www.girlhero.com.

ROBERTA GREGORY has been creating her unique comics since the 1970s with appearances in “undergrounds” like Wimmens’ Comix and her own title, Dynamite Damsels, through the 1990s with forty issues (and many collections) of her Fantagraphics solo title, Naughty Bits. Her notorious Bitchy Bitch character, translated into several languages, has been a weekly strip, three live theater productions, and an animated series on cable television. Roberta was also responsible for the Winging It graphic novel, Sheila and the Unicorn, and Artistic Licentiousness, among other works. Her most recent book is a collection of her travel comics, Follow Your Art, and she is currently working on a “Bitchy” graphic novel, True Cat Toons, and Mother Mountain, a series of four prose novels (with a graphic novel). More at www.robertagregory.com.

STAN SHAW is known as a comic book artist. This is only partially true, due to the fact that he has to buy groceries once in a while. Most of his time is spent on editorial illustration, advertising, animation, and storyboards, with a client list that includes the Village Voice, Esquire, Slate, Starbucks, the Seattle Mariners, Nintendo, Rhino Records, Microsoft, REI, BET, DC Comics, Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro, Lucas Film Licensing, MAD, and the Washington Post Sunday Magazine. His work has appeared in How, Communication Arts, Print, and Covers and Jackets by Steven Heller. He can be reached at drawstanley@harbornet.com or drawstanley.com.

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Minecraft Interactive Discussion and Game Play with Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson at the NYU Game Center http://www.sevenstories.com/events/minecraft-interactive-discussion-and-game-play-with-daniel-goldberg-and-linus-larsson-authors-of-minecraft-the-unlikely-tale-of-markus-notch-persson-and-the-game-that-changed-every/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/minecraft-interactive-discussion-and-game-play-with-daniel-goldberg-and-linus-larsson-authors-of-minecraft-the-unlikely-tale-of-markus-notch-persson-and-the-game-that-changed-every/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 00:00:50 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=7857 Thursday, November 7th @ 7pmMinecraft 7S cover only
NYU Game Center
New York University MAGNET
2 Metrotech Center, 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
 
Come by the Open Library from 5-7 pm to play Minecraft with the authors in a Minecraft library take-over!

Join Swedish authors Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg for this one-of-a-kind interactive event celebrating the launch of Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything. Hosted by the NYU Game Center, this event will include a reading, discussion and Minecraft gaming.

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything (November 5, 2013) is a Cinderella story for the Internet age. It is the story of unlikely success, fast money, and the power of digital technology to rattle an empire. It is about creation, exclusion, and that feeling of not fitting in. But above all it is the story of the fine line between seeming misfit and creative madman, and the birth of a tech visionary.

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Thursday, November 7th @ 7pmMinecraft 7S cover only
NYU Game Center
New York University MAGNET
2 Metrotech Center, 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
 
Come by the Open Library from 5-7 pm to play Minecraft with the authors in a Minecraft library take-over!

Join Swedish authors Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg for this one-of-a-kind interactive event celebrating the launch of Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything. Hosted by the NYU Game Center, this event will include a reading, discussion and Minecraft gaming.

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything (November 5, 2013) is a Cinderella story for the Internet age. It is the story of unlikely success, fast money, and the power of digital technology to rattle an empire. It is about creation, exclusion, and that feeling of not fitting in. But above all it is the story of the fine line between seeming misfit and creative madman, and the birth of a tech visionary.

This in-depth look at the international phenomenon and its creator, an unknown computer programmer turned multi-millionaire pop culture icon, tells the human story behind the pixelated blocks. It includes a full-color photo insert of Minecraft creations that the community has nominated as the best representations of what can be built in the game. Fans and gaming enthusiasts of all ages will find this book, available for the first time in English, to be an informative and personal rags-to-riches story that will awe and inspire.

Both authors will be at the NYU Game Center to discuss the book, answer questions, and engage in a hands-on Minecraft gaming experience.

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Book Discussion with the authors of Minecraft at B&N Northgate Mall http://www.sevenstories.com/events/book-discussion-with-the-authors-of-minecraft-at-bn-northgate-mall/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/book-discussion-with-the-authors-of-minecraft-at-bn-northgate-mall/#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2013 00:00:46 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=7965 Wednesday, November 6th at 7pm Minecraft 7S cover only
Barnes & Noble, Northgate Mall
401 NE Northgate Way #1100
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 417-2967
FREE EVENT

Swedish journalists and authors of the first book on Minecraft, Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson will discuss how Minecraft became an international sensation and the story behind its iconic creator at Barnes & Noble Northgate Mall on Wednesday, November 6th at 7pm.

Minecraft is played by more than 30 million people of all ages around the world and revolutionized the indie gaming industry. The Swedish creator of this cultural phenomenon, known as ‘Notch,’ has become an icon and a multi-millionaire in a few short years. Kids and adults have embraced the game for its simple, unique design and its endless possibilities for creative innovation.

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything (November 5, 2013), is based on Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg’s exclusive interviews with Notch, his family and friends, and big players in the gaming community.

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Wednesday, November 6th at 7pm Minecraft 7S cover only
Barnes & Noble, Northgate Mall
401 NE Northgate Way #1100
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 417-2967
FREE EVENT

Swedish journalists and authors of the first book on Minecraft, Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson will discuss how Minecraft became an international sensation and the story behind its iconic creator at Barnes & Noble Northgate Mall on Wednesday, November 6th at 7pm.

Minecraft is played by more than 30 million people of all ages around the world and revolutionized the indie gaming industry. The Swedish creator of this cultural phenomenon, known as ‘Notch,’ has become an icon and a multi-millionaire in a few short years. Kids and adults have embraced the game for its simple, unique design and its endless possibilities for creative innovation.

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything (November 5, 2013), is based on Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg’s exclusive interviews with Notch, his family and friends, and big players in the gaming community. Here is a story of unlikely success, fast money, and the power of digital technology to rattle an empire.

Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg are freelance journalists who write for several Swedish newspapers. They have covered the Scandinavian tech industry for several years. Their first book, Swedish Hackers, was published in 2011 in Sweden.

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Minecraft the book reveals Notch’s inspiration behind his cult game – on sale TODAY! http://www.sevenstories.com/news/minecraft-the-book-reveals-notchs-inspiration-behind-his-cult-game-on-sale-today/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/minecraft-the-book-reveals-notchs-inspiration-behind-his-cult-game-on-sale-today/#comments Wed, 06 Nov 2013 01:35:59 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8160 Minecon4

Seven Stories Press spent the weekend in Orlando at Minecon 2013. What an experience! There were 7,500 diehard Minecraft fans of all ages, all full of frantic energy and all eager to check out the first book on the history of the game and Notch’s childhood and his gaming inspirations. The authors, Swedish journalists Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson, signed copies of the book and answered questions from fans all weekend. We heard many cries of “I hate reading but I’ll read this book!” and parents claiming, “this is a book I can actually get my kid to read.” We’re thrilled to have reached so many dedicated fans this weekend and we can’t wait for Minecon 2014!

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything is on sale today and if you order from our website you’ll receive a copy signed by the authors.

For a sneak peek and more info, check out this excerpt in Wired and this wonderful review in Salon: “Minecraft is indeed an unlikely tale.

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Seven Stories Press spent the weekend in Orlando at Minecon 2013. What an experience! There were 7,500 diehard Minecraft fans of all ages, all full of frantic energy and all eager to check out the first book on the history of the game and Notch’s childhood and his gaming inspirations. The authors, Swedish journalists Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson, signed copies of the book and answered questions from fans all weekend. We heard many cries of “I hate reading but I’ll read this book!” and parents claiming, “this is a book I can actually get my kid to read.” We’re thrilled to have reached so many dedicated fans this weekend and we can’t wait for Minecon 2014!

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything is on sale today and if you order from our website you’ll receive a copy signed by the authors.

For a sneak peek and more info, check out this excerpt in Wired and this wonderful review in Salon: “Minecraft is indeed an unlikely tale. That’s what makes it so great, and that’s why this little book will make a terrific holiday gift for the gamer in your life.”

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Book Discussion with the authors of Minecraft at the University of Washington HUB Game Room http://www.sevenstories.com/events/book-discussion-with-the-authors-of-minecraft-the-unlikely-tale-of-markus-notch-persson-and-the-game-that-changed-everything-2/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/book-discussion-with-the-authors-of-minecraft-the-unlikely-tale-of-markus-notch-persson-and-the-game-that-changed-everything-2/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:00:36 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=7961 Tuesday, November 5th at 6pm Minecraft 7S cover only
University of Washington HUB Game Room
4001 E Stevens Way Ne
Seattle, WA 98195 
FREE EVENT

Minecraft LAN party begins at 2pm with interactive game play, food, candy, and soda for the players. Swedish journalists Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson discuss their new book Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything at 6pm at the HUB Game Room at University of Washington.

Minecraft is played by more than 30 million people of all ages around the world and revolutionized the indie gaming industry. The Swedish creator of this cultural phenomenon, known in the gaming community as ‘Notch,’ has become an icon and a multi-millionaire in a few short years. Kids and adults have embraced the game for its simple, unique design and its endless possibilities for creative innovation. Now you can read the very first English-language book about the creator of this revolutionary game.

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Tuesday, November 5th at 6pm Minecraft 7S cover only
University of Washington HUB Game Room
4001 E Stevens Way Ne
Seattle, WA 98195 
FREE EVENT

Minecraft LAN party begins at 2pm with interactive game play, food, candy, and soda for the players. Swedish journalists Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson discuss their new book Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything at 6pm at the HUB Game Room at University of Washington.

Minecraft is played by more than 30 million people of all ages around the world and revolutionized the indie gaming industry. The Swedish creator of this cultural phenomenon, known in the gaming community as ‘Notch,’ has become an icon and a multi-millionaire in a few short years. Kids and adults have embraced the game for its simple, unique design and its endless possibilities for creative innovation. Now you can read the very first English-language book about the creator of this revolutionary game.

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything (November 5, 2013), is based on Swedish journalists Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg’s exclusive interviews with Notch, his family and friends, and big players in the gaming community. His is a story of unlikely success, fast money, and the power of digital technology to rattle an empire.

Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg are freelance journalists who write for several Swedish newspapers. They have covered the Scandinavian tech industry for several years. Their first book, Swedish Hackers, was published in 2011 in Sweden.

Books available for sale from University Bookstore.

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Book Discussion with the authors of: Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything http://www.sevenstories.com/events/book-discussion-with-the-authors-of-minecraft-the-unlikely-tale-of-markus-notch-persson-and-the-game-that-changed-everything/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/book-discussion-with-the-authors-of-minecraft-the-unlikely-tale-of-markus-notch-persson-and-the-game-that-changed-everything/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 00:00:21 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=7958 Monday, November 4th at 7pmMinecraft 7S cover only
Bellevue Library, Meeting Room 1
1111 110th Avenue NE
Bellevue WA 98004
425.450.1765
FREE EVENT

 

Minecraft is played by more than 30 million people of all ages around the world and revolutionized the indie gaming industry. The Swedish creator of this cultural phenomenon, known in the gaming community as ‘Notch,’ has become an icon and a multi-millionaire in a few short years. Kids and adults have embraced the game for its simple, unique design and its endless possibilities for creative innovation. Now you can read the very first English-language book about the creator of this revolutionary game.

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything (November 5, 2013), is based on Swedish journalists Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg’s exclusive interviews with Notch, his family and friends, and big players in the gaming community. His is a story of unlikely success, fast money, and the power of digital technology to rattle an empire.

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Monday, November 4th at 7pmMinecraft 7S cover only
Bellevue Library, Meeting Room 1
1111 110th Avenue NE
Bellevue WA 98004
425.450.1765
FREE EVENT

 

Minecraft is played by more than 30 million people of all ages around the world and revolutionized the indie gaming industry. The Swedish creator of this cultural phenomenon, known in the gaming community as ‘Notch,’ has become an icon and a multi-millionaire in a few short years. Kids and adults have embraced the game for its simple, unique design and its endless possibilities for creative innovation. Now you can read the very first English-language book about the creator of this revolutionary game.

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything (November 5, 2013), is based on Swedish journalists Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg’s exclusive interviews with Notch, his family and friends, and big players in the gaming community. His is a story of unlikely success, fast money, and the power of digital technology to rattle an empire.

Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg are freelance journalists who write for several Swedish newspapers. They have covered the Scandinavian tech industry for several years. Their first book, Swedish Hackers, was published in 2011 in Sweden.

 

 

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ETFO Voice Reviews “What Makes a Baby” http://www.sevenstories.com/news/etfo-voice-reviews-what-makes-a-baby/ http://www.sevenstories.com/news/etfo-voice-reviews-what-makes-a-baby/#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:09:42 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8146 What Makes a Baby Cory SilverbergWhat Makes a Baby? – Teacher Approved!

Jennifer Johnston of The Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has recently reviewed Seven Stories’ book, What Makes a Baby, in the ETFO Voice.

Addressing the complicated topic of “Where do babies come from?” with true, clear, and simple language, the ETFO is especially excited that the book allows room for families to address the specific circumstances of their situation–be it adoption, surrogacy, sperm or egg donation, fertility treatments, or natural conception.

“At its heart, What Makes A Baby will leave any child, parent or teacher feeling that the most important thing about human reproduction is that someone, somewhere was waiting for us to come into the world.” –Jennifer Johnston, ETFO Voice

For more information on What Makes a Baby 

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What Makes a Baby Cory SilverbergWhat Makes a Baby? – Teacher Approved!

Jennifer Johnston of The Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has recently reviewed Seven Stories’ book, What Makes a Baby, in the ETFO Voice.

Addressing the complicated topic of “Where do babies come from?” with true, clear, and simple language, the ETFO is especially excited that the book allows room for families to address the specific circumstances of their situation–be it adoption, surrogacy, sperm or egg donation, fertility treatments, or natural conception.

“At its heart, What Makes A Baby will leave any child, parent or teacher feeling that the most important thing about human reproduction is that someone, somewhere was waiting for us to come into the world.” –Jennifer Johnston, ETFO Voice

For more information on What Makes a Baby 

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Celebrating a Year with Cory Silverberg and “What Makes a Baby” http://www.sevenstories.com/triangle-square-news/celebrating-a-year-with-cory-silverberg-and-what-makes-a-baby/ http://www.sevenstories.com/triangle-square-news/celebrating-a-year-with-cory-silverberg-and-what-makes-a-baby/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:25:26 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=8142 “This is a story about how babies are made. The first thing you need to know is that you can’t make a baby out of nothing. You have to start with something.”

And so Cory Silverberg’s colorful and informative picture book on reproduction begins. What Makes a Baby is a book for every kind of family and every kind of kid. It explains how a sperm and an egg come together “in a special dance” to create something special and unique: a child. Whether that child comes from a sperm donor, adoption, or the old fashioned way, Cory’s book helps parents navigate through a tricky conversation and while leaving room for discussion and inclusion of each individual child’s story.

This week, we are celebrating Triangle Square’s anniversary with Cory and What Makes a Baby, so check back for author interviews and more!

Want to hear more about the book? Check out the book trailer here: What Makes a Baby.

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“This is a story about how babies are made. The first thing you need to know is that you can’t make a baby out of nothing. You have to start with something.”

And so Cory Silverberg’s colorful and informative picture book on reproduction begins. What Makes a Baby is a book for every kind of family and every kind of kid. It explains how a sperm and an egg come together “in a special dance” to create something special and unique: a child. Whether that child comes from a sperm donor, adoption, or the old fashioned way, Cory’s book helps parents navigate through a tricky conversation and while leaving room for discussion and inclusion of each individual child’s story.

This week, we are celebrating Triangle Square’s anniversary with Cory and What Makes a Baby, so check back for author interviews and more!

Want to hear more about the book? Check out the book trailer here: What Makes a Baby.

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Ben Dickson, Hunt Emerson, and John Spelling at Falmouth Comic Art Show http://www.sevenstories.com/events/7829/ http://www.sevenstories.com/events/7829/#comments Sun, 27 Oct 2013 14:30:00 +0000 Seven Stories Press http://www.sevenstories.com/?p=7829 October 27th, 2013
Falmouth Comic Art Show
Poly Arts Cenrte, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

Fight the Power! author Ben Dickson and illustrators Hunt Emerson  and John Spelling will be attending the Falmouth Comic Art Show in Cornwall today, October 27th. Author Sean Michael Wilson will be video-chatting in! For more details, check out the festival website here.

Fight the Power! is a new kind of history book: a graphic narrative that explains how ordinary people have fought against oppression across time. Authors Sean Michael Wilson and Benjamin Dickson team up with illustrators Hunt Emerson, John Spelling, and Adam Pasion to show how this process has been played out again and again throughout history–and has slowly but surely led to hard-won rights for the people along the way. Focusing on the English-speaking nations, Wilson and Dickson chronicle the struggles of the Luddites and Swing Riots in the early 1800s, through the Irish Rebellions that lasted through 1922; from the suffragettes in 1918 to Rosa Parks and the bus boycott of the mid-1950s; from the trial of Nelson Mandela to the Occupy movement that has only just begun.

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October 27th, 2013
Falmouth Comic Art Show
Poly Arts Cenrte, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

Fight the Power! author Ben Dickson and illustrators Hunt Emerson  and John Spelling will be attending the Falmouth Comic Art Show in Cornwall today, October 27th. Author Sean Michael Wilson will be video-chatting in! For more details, check out the festival website here.

Fight the Power! is a new kind of history book: a graphic narrative that explains how ordinary people have fought against oppression across time. Authors Sean Michael Wilson and Benjamin Dickson team up with illustrators Hunt Emerson, John Spelling, and Adam Pasion to show how this process has been played out again and again throughout history–and has slowly but surely led to hard-won rights for the people along the way. Focusing on the English-speaking nations, Wilson and Dickson chronicle the struggles of the Luddites and Swing Riots in the early 1800s, through the Irish Rebellions that lasted through 1922; from the suffragettes in 1918 to Rosa Parks and the bus boycott of the mid-1950s; from the trial of Nelson Mandela to the Occupy movement that has only just begun.

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