February 24, 2014
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.
February 24, 2014
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.
February 11, 2014
February 10, 2014
Maxine Kumin in The New Yorker
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.
February 10, 2014
The New York Times remembered poet and children’s book author Maxine Kumin. Her young adult novel, Lizzie!, comes out next month.
February 7, 2014Today 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!.You can read the obit in the San Francisco Chronicle here.
January 21, 2014
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.
January 2, 2014
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
$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.
December 19, 2013
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.
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.