January 18, 2015
“Tolstoy said that happy families are all the same and unhappy families are the most interesting,” Rosen said recently, loosely adapting the beginning of “Anna Karenina.” “Winning teams can be interesting, but they’re very rarely funny and very rarely tragic. And guys on winning teams don’t usually complain, even if they’re the 12th man.”
January 9, 2015
Happy new year! This January, days have been dark in more ways than one, with an act of shocking brutality marring our celebrations at the start of 2015. It’s a moment to renew our commitment to struggle, to invigorate our consciences, and to cast the light of imagination into the world more brightly than ever. We’re pleased to have several books forthcoming that do exactly that.
In this searing conclusion to the Sailor and Lula series that has made him a cult literary icon, Barry Gifford takes us on a cross-country vision quest led by Pace Roscoe Ripley, Sailor and Lula’s son, in pursuit of the up-down, a mysterious fifth direction that forms the axis of all thought and imagination. In the hilarious yet brooding neo-noir tradition of Gifford’s best work, The Up-Down is a capstone that brings us back to beginnings, a conclusion that leaves us precisely where started, and a lyrical meditation on a world that is, as Gifford has famously written, “wild at heart and weird on top.”
February 9 of this year will mark the twentieth anniversary of the Mexican army’s notorious sweep through Chiapas in violation of the ceasefire it had reached with the Zapatista movement the previous January — an infamous date in the history of the movement.
December 2, 2014
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.
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.
October 21, 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
Thanks and Good Wishes,
The Seven Stories Academic Team
October 16, 2014
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.
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.
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 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.
June 26, 2014
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.