• 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:

    NATURAL HISTORIES
    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

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    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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  • AND THE LAMMY GOES TO….

    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!

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    Check out the Washington Post‘s coverage here!

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  • Behind the Book with Dan Wakefield

    June 2, 2014

    Dan Wakefield discusses If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?the inspiration behind the title, and Kurt’s speeches.

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  • Watch the official “Kill the Messenger” Trailer

    June 2, 2014

    Director Michael Cuesta brings to life Gary Webb’s exceptional work. Check out the film trailer and its inspiration, Dark Alliance.

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  • Check out the new book trailer for The Walls of Delhi!

    May 12, 2014

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