June 20, 2014
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:
Elizabeth 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!
Luis J. Rodriguez’s Hearts and Hands
Horses are being whispered to while our children are being shouted down.
June 19, 2014
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.
June 3, 2014
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!
Check out the Washington Post‘s coverage here!
June 2, 2014
Dan Wakefield discusses If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, the inspiration behind the title, and Kurt’s speeches.
June 2, 2014
Director Michael Cuesta brings to life Gary Webb’s exceptional work. Check out the film trailer and its inspiration, Dark Alliance.
May 12, 2014
May 2, 2014
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.
May 1, 2014
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.
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.
April 30, 2014
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.
April 28, 2014
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.