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.
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.