June 2009 News
June 30, 2009
The world is about to be talking about Ralph Nader again: consumer advocate, author, election reformer, Presidential candidate, and now—with the September 23rd release of “Only the Super-rich Can Save Us”—writer of the imagination. And more than anything else, the world wants an answer to its questions about Ralph Nader’s first fictionalized book:
- Why is it that only the super-rich can save us?
- Just how do they plan to save us?
- Who are these super-rich individuals, anyway?
- What are the forces who’ll stand against them?
To illuminate the answers to these and other questions—and for a full-on look into the imaginative visions of Ralph Nader—we’re pleased to announce the initial dates on Ralph Nader’s nationwide book tour in support of “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us”:
September 22nd: Joseph Fox Bookstore, Philadelphia PA
September 22nd: Bookends, Ridgewood NJ
September 23rd: Barnes and Noble @ Union Square, New York City
September 26th: Baltimore Book Festival
September 28th: International House, Chicago IL
September 30th: First Universalist Church, Minneapolis MN
October 1st: Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver CO
October 2nd: Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena CA
October 4th: Powell’s Books, Portland OR
October 18th: 92nd Street Y, New York City
More dates to follow—for more details on each event, and for the most up-to-date list of Ralph Nader “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us”-related events, keep watching this space—and get ready for the release of the book this September 23rd.
June 23, 2009
From CNBC’s “Bullish on Books” blog, here’s John Talbott’s response to Obama’s financial reform plan: the ten reforms that we really need to end this financial crisis—and to prevent the criminal activity that caused the crisis in the first place.
June 23, 2009
Given Aung San Suu Kyi’s recent trial, the seemingly-inevitable illegal extension of her house arrest (which has been going on intermittently since 1989), and the possibility of her spending yet another term as a political prisoner in Insein Prison, it’s important not to forget that despite the Burmese government’s ability to keep Daw Suu Kyi physically under lock and key, her voice and her political ideas are still at large, still at work in the world. From David Calleja of the Foreign Policy Journal in his review of Daw Suu Kyi’s book, The Voice of Hope:
In the process of unravelling Daw Suu Kyi’s deepest thoughts, [interviewer Alan] Clements uncovers a defiant individual that will not be intimidated by weaponry in the hands of authority, while uncovering the keys to life; love for humanity, education and an open heart. . . . The appeal of the dialogue is that Daw Suu Kyi’s answers to some of Clements’ lengthy questions and points are presented plainly and with fervour as if addressing a crowd of tens of thousands of her supporters. There is no place for political spin within these pages, which enhances the readability.
. . . Alan Clements has presented us a manual for life that crudely tells that the developed and most powerful leaders on the planet to stop waiting idly by for a miracle to occur without hard work. This book is the catapult that will launch individuals into taking immediate action.
June 19, 2009
[Gifford] knows famous writers who “hate to write, but I’ve never thought of writing as a job. I still kind of sneak up on it, and it’s always kind of amazing to me to think I was able to do this.”
June 16, 2009
Camelia Entekhabifard, author of Camelia: Save Yourself by Telling the Truth, has just written an op-ed piece for the New York Times on the next generation of Iranians—and what they’ll be willing to do to secure their inalienable rights. Take a look.
June 16, 2009
For those who missed it: John Talbott’s June 3rd appearance at the midtown Barnes and Noble in New York City will be airing on C-SPAN’s BookTv on Sunday, June 21st at 2pm and on Monday, June 22nd at 1am (both ET.) For a full listing of upcoming airdates, visit C-SPAN’s site here.
June 12, 2009
Noam Chomsky—international icon of left thought and Seven Stories author—will appear tonight with Amy Goodman at the Riverside Church in Manhattan, just south of Washington Square. The topic will be “Crisis and Hope: Theirs and Ours.”
For more information on the event, you can visit the Brecht Forum website or the Riverside Church’s site. We’ll see you there, somewhere among the massive crowds of activists and concerned citizens which you can always expect at a Noam Chomsky talk—we hope you’re one of them.
June 11, 2009
. . . Editors Brooke Horvath and Dan Simon, of Seven Stories Press, are like the racetrack “stoopers” Algren wrote about in the story “Stoopers and Shoeboard Gazers.” Just as stoopers walk around the track, looking for winning tickets thrown out by mistake, Horvath and Simon have combed through Algren’s old papers, hoping to find unpublished gems. What they find, instead, is a written record that Algren’s talent persisted long after his desire to use it burned out.
For more from the article—and for some of our thoughts on it—take a look at the rest of this post.
June 9, 2009
June 2, 2009
Before American steel mills went silent, Lowry Graham’s dad labored in one for four decades. A high school graduate, he was more educated than most of his co-workers. He liked his job, became a foreman and was proud of it.
It was a dirty, backbreaking and sometimes lethal occupation. At the start of World War II, steel workers had to go on strike to demand, among other concessions, a ten-minute lunch break and a room to shower and change at the end of the day.
Lowry went to college and became a nurse, but his goal was to have more control over his life than his father did. To gain time, he was willing to make less money. “I wanted to be able to do laundry in the afternoon if I felt like it,” he told me. In the 80′s, Lowry bought cheap properties just beyond Center City, on a block considered iffy, if not suicidal. Neighbors tagged him the “pizza man,” as in, “Pizza man, can you give me some money for a slice?”