• The Islamist Phoenix — On Sale Now!

    December 2, 2014


    Congrats to Seven Stories author Loretta Napoleoni on the release of The Islamist Phoenix, an uncompromising look at ISIS that gives us the news behind the news.

    Chelsea Manning calls it “a great entry point for those in want of a more solid understanding of the history and social complexities involved in the rise of the Islamic State” that “explores how this iteration of Islamism does not form from a vacuum, but almost inevitably, and sometimes knowingly, from the circumstances and conditions of the West’s recent involvement in the Middle East.”

    Journalist John Pilger praises it for “replac[ing] hysteria with illuminating and often wise analysis.”

    Chris Hedges calls it “a vital contribution to our understanding of what is happening in the Middle East” that “refuses to become trapped in the easy and fatuous clichés peddled in the West about resistance and radical Islam,” “exposes the folly of empire,” and “forces us to see ourselves as others see us.”

    On the evening of Tuesday, December 2nd, Chris and Loretta appeared together at the New York Society for Ethical Culture  in a discussion moderated by Ted Rall, and featuring never-before-seen video from VICE Media journalist Jean-René Augé-Napoli, who presented it in person with Rocco Castoro, executive producer of VICE’s Ground Zero: Syria.  

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  • Voices of a People’s History — Coast to Coast!

    November 18, 2014

    Hello, friends!  We’re delighted to report that last Friday’s celebration of Voices of a People’s History of the United States in Los Angeles was a rousing success.  You can take our word for it, or check out this lovely coverage we got in The Progressive.

    And New York, you’re next!  This Friday evening, please join Anthony Arnove, Viggo Mortensen, Wallace Shawn, Aasif Mandvi, Jeff Zinn, and others for a not-to-be-missed celebration at the New School.  While this event is sold out, you can get yourself on the wait list by visiting our EventBrite site.  And if you can’t join us to celebrate in person, you can live-stream the entire evening here.


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  • A Note to Professors and Teachers

    October 21, 2014

    Dear Professors,

    Well, here we are.  Another turn of the wheel.  The Beaujolais nouveau is out.  That is, Seven Stories’ new academic catalog is making its way into college mailboxes across the country.  (If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here.)  We think it’s beautiful, by the way, and hope you do, too.

    Exam copies of all our titles are available free of charge.  Please just send us a request on school letterhead by email at academic@sevenstories.com, by fax at (212) 226-1411, or by mail at 140 Watts Street, NY, NY 10013.  Additionally, we have classroom guides for many of our books available at no charge to educators — please ask us about them.

    If you have any questions to ask, feedback to offer, or conspiracies to hatch, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Ian Dreiblatt, who handles our academic marketing, at ian@sevenstories.com.

    Thanks and Good Wishes,

    The Seven Stories Academic Team

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  • New York City, join us this Sunday!

    October 16, 2014

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  • Introduction to Loretta Napoleoni’s THE ISLAMIST PHOENIX

    September 8, 2014

    The following is the introduction to The Islamist Phoenix, a study of ISIS by Loretta Napoleoni, one of the world’s leading experts on money laundering and the financing of terror.  Islamist Phoenix will be available as an ebook in early November, and as a trade paperback on December 2nd.

    For the first time since World War One, an armed organization is redesigning the map of the Middle East drawn by the French and the British. Waging a war of conquest, the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (al Sham), or ISIS, is erasing the borders that the Sykes-Picot Accord established in 1916. The region where the black and golden flag of IS flies already stretches from the Mediterranean shores of Syria well into the heart of Iraq, the Sunni tribal area. It is bigger than the United Kingdom or Texas and, since the end of June 2014, is known as the Islamic Caliphate.

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  • Project Censored: Pillars of Journalistic Courage

    July 29, 2014

    Do you know how Seven Stories Press got its name?  The seven “stories” are seven authors, those whose work lies at the core of our identity as a press, perennially informing our unique publishing mission.  They’re seven authors we continue to read, publish, treasure, and marvel at.  Here’s who they are:

    1) Octavia Butler
    2) Nelson Algren
    3) Annie Ernaux
    4) Gary Null
    5) Charley Rosen
    6) Vassilis Vassilikos
    7) Project Censored


    If you know these names, you know we’ve chosen our affiliations carefully, and been lucky to work with writers of ramifying imagination, inspiring commitment, and impressive stature.  But for all of this, there’s only one name on this list that’s turned out a hotly-anticipated book each of the past twenty years.

    People of earth, meet Project Censored.

    Founded in 1976 at Sonoma State University, Project Censored is a journalistic initiative that monitors which stories the American news media runs with, and which it kills.  

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  • What’s next?

    July 10, 2014

    Listen, we all know it’s true: summer can bum you out.  TV goes to reruns, it’s too hot to perform almost any of the duties of human existence, and, worst of all, the whole publishing industry slows to a crawl, with few new books emerging to meet the sun.  Well, we feel your pain, and we’d like to help.  Here are the next four books Seven Stories will be publishing, beginning in late August.  Think of them as a dip in the pool for your mind (and try to keep patient).

    The Disunited StatesDISUNITED STATES
    by Vladimir Pozner
    translated by Alison L. Strayer
    August 26, 2014

    In 1936, the Russian-French novelist and screenwriter Vladimir Pozner traveled to the United States, a nation on its knees in the midst of the Great Depression, and wrote luminously, incisively, of what he found there.  Think Alexis de Tocqueville meets James Agee, with just a twist of Faulkner.  

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  • Guadalupe Nettel is onto something…

    June 26, 2014

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    Opening up today’s New York Times, we were delighted to see Carmela Ciuraru’s write-up of Natural Histories, the slim collection of short fiction that marks the U.S. debut of Mexican literary superstar Guadalupe Nettel, as well as ace translator J.T. Lichtenstein.  Check it out:

    By Guadalupe Nettel, translated by J. T. Lichtenstein
    125 pages. Seven Stories. $18.95.

    Perhaps Guadalupe Nettel is onto something: Publish a slim collection of five flawless stories, rather than a larger, more uneven batch. An award-winning Mexican writer, Ms. Nettel creates marvelous parallels between the sorrows and follies of her human characters and the creatures they live with — whether as pets or pests. In the first story, a Paris lawyer becomes fixated on her Siamese fighting fish, a male-female pair, determined to preserve their harmonious existence as her marriage continues “its gradual course toward putrefaction.” In “War in the Trash Cans,” following a bizarre plan of attack in response to a cockroach infestation, a young girl spots one more in the corner of her room.

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  • Fresh snow

    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:

    Swados_MyDepressionElizabeth 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!

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    Luis J. Rodriguez’s Hearts and Hands

    Horses are being whispered to while our children are being shouted down.  

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  • Some good news in a Cruel World

    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.

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