December 12, 2013
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.
December 12, 2013
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.
December 11, 2013
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.
December 10, 2013
We 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.
December 3, 2013
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.
December 2, 2013
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.
November 26, 2013
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.
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.
In Canada, the government negotiates drug prices so they are more affordable.
Want to know #1? You can read the entire column here.
November 11, 2013
Today 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.
November 5, 2013
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.
October 29, 2013
What 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.