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.
December 2, 2013
WHAT MORE IS THERE TO LEARN ABOUT NELSON MANDELA?
By Danny Schechter
Nelson Mandela is back in the news—happily, not because of his medical condition but thanks to the release of the new epic movie, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom starring Idris Elba and Naomi Harris. On Christmas day, it opens nationwide on 2000 screens with a majority of reviews very positive.
At the same time, no one movie can hope to tell the full story of a life that has spanned 95 years. Hollywood-style story-telling inevitably telescopes history, compresses characters, and seek to entertain more than inform
Some of the critics make this point, A few find it too rushed, others too long, or well on missing context, and insufficient history, as does Simon Abrams on Roger Ebert.com: ”The prison guard insists that Nelson and his wife should not talk about politics, and “Long Walk to Freedom’s creators honor that request.
November 26, 2013
In his latest column, Ralph Nader, legendary consumer advocate, activist and author of Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns, has written a succinct yet powerful letter to America about its new health care system. In the piece, which was published by Common Dreams, Nader enumerates the twenty-one ways in which Canada’s health care system effectively trounces Obamacare.
In Canada, coverage is not tied to a job or dependent on your income – rich and poor are in the same system, the best guaranty of quality.
In Canada, the government negotiates drug prices so they are more affordable.
Want to know #1? You can read the entire column here.
November 11, 2013
Today would have been Kurt Vonnegut’s 91st birthday. In honor of the late, great writer we would like to share our favorite quotes from his book A Man Without a Country.
“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable.”
“I wanted all things to seem to make some sense,
So we could all be happy, yes, instead of tense.
And I made up lies, so
they all fit nice,
and I made this sad world a paradise”
“Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
“A saint is a person who behaves decently in a shockingly indecent society.”
“No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious and charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful.”
“Do you realize that all great literature is all about what a bummer it is to be a human being?
November 5, 2013
Seven Stories Press spent the weekend in Orlando at Minecon 2013. What an experience! There were 7,500 diehard Minecraft fans of all ages, all full of frantic energy and all eager to check out the first book on the history of the game and Notch’s childhood and his gaming inspirations. The authors, Swedish journalists Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson, signed copies of the book and answered questions from fans all weekend. We heard many cries of “I hate reading but I’ll read this book!” and parents claiming, “this is a book I can actually get my kid to read.” We’re thrilled to have reached so many dedicated fans this weekend and we can’t wait for Minecon 2014!
Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything is on sale today and if you order from our website you’ll receive a copy signed by the authors.
October 29, 2013
What Makes a Baby? – Teacher Approved!
Jennifer Johnston of The Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has recently reviewed Seven Stories’ book, What Makes a Baby, in the ETFO Voice.
Addressing the complicated topic of “Where do babies come from?” with true, clear, and simple language, the ETFO is especially excited that the book allows room for families to address the specific circumstances of their situation–be it adoption, surrogacy, sperm or egg donation, fertility treatments, or natural conception.
“At its heart, What Makes A Baby will leave any child, parent or teacher feeling that the most important thing about human reproduction is that someone, somewhere was waiting for us to come into the world.” –Jennifer Johnston, ETFO Voice
For more information on What Makes a Baby
October 21, 2013
This week marks the one year anniversary of the publication of Laurie Rubin’s awe-inspiring memoir, Do You Dream of Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight.
Laurie Rubin looks back on her life as an international opera singer who happens to be blind. From her loneliness and isolation as a middle school student to her experiences skiing, Rubin offers her young readers a life-story rich in detail and inspiration drawn from everyday challenges. Beginning with her childhood in California, Rubin tells the story of her life and the amazing experiences that led her to a career as an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano.
Laurie shared her insights to writing, performing, and creating her memoir and music with Seven Stories Press and her readers:
What advice do you have for young people who want to write, sing, or pursue their creative talents?
I would tell them to go for it! Many people stop themselves from going after the things they want to do because they believe they’re pipe dreams.
October 16, 2013
Whether you’re reading for pleasure or for class now that the school year has started, The Guardian has you covered with it’s list of the top 10 science and tech books for October. We’re excited that Seven Stories’ book Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything is #3 on the list.
If you, like us, enjoy combining the joy of reading with the pursuit of knowledge, you should check these out.
Top 10 science and tech books for October via The Guardian
October 16, 2013
This week marks the one year anniversary of Triangle Square Books for Young Readers! To celebrate, we will be sharing exclusive content with our readers and fans including interviews, videos, graphics and more!
To kick off our anniversary celebration, we would like to share a note from Rebecca, to our young readers and fans:
Whatever you’re reading, I have one thing to say to you, and that is, “Keep reading!”
These days, books have to compete for our time. We are surrounded by the Internet, television, movies, and videogames. But as the huge success of the Harry Potter has shown, there is still magic in the way we can lose ourselves in the world of a book. A story can make you laugh or cry, carry you to a different time or place or into someone else’s life.
October 9, 2013
Today marks what would have been John Lennon’s 73rd birthday!
This inspirational singer and peace-loving leader brought so much positive energy to New York when he moved here in 1971. His love affair with New York was well recorded and the openness with which he approached the city and its 70s radical subculture is something I always enjoy reading about.
This December we’re publishing THE WALRUS AND THE ELEPHANTS: JOHN LENNON’S YEARS OF REVOLUTION, by journalist Jim Mitchell, that looks closely at Lennon’s first years in New York, when he embraced the city and transformed from a young pop icon into a revolutionary figure speaking out for social causes and against the Vietnam War.
Told by a cast of friends and fellow travelers who saw the man behind the Beatle, The Walrus and the Elephants portrays the legendary Greenwich Village, the heart of Manhattan’s counterculture of the 1970s, as a gritty and colorful center of music, art, and radical politics.