June 18, 2013
Told you so.
Some might deem it celebratory to utter this phrase, as if one is boasting about their own clever foresight. But when it comes to serious matters — matters that affect millions of people, their jobs, their health, and their livelihoods, there is no satisfaction in being right about predicting bad conditions. It’s much better to predict good news. But as it now stands in our country, many problems that emerged years ago have developed into sheer catastrophes, despite the many warnings of forward-thinking experts, scholars and observers.
Disturbingly, those of us who saw the warning signs and called attention to the storm clouds on the horizon are routinely ignored or even chastised, while the blatant war mongers, the misleaders, the defrauders and the corporate apologists are given ample TV/radio time and space on op-ed pages to promote their wrongheaded views. What kind of nation prosecutes whistleblowers for telling the truth, while the perpetrators of blatant, criminal actions by governments and corporations continue to walk free and enjoy the fruits of their shameful actions?
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June 6, 2013We are so excited about Reinhard Hennig’s great review for Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point! Edited by photographer, writer, and activist Subhankar Banerjee’s Arctic Voices is a compelling collection of essays regarding threats to our Earth’s arctic.“…the diverse texts gathered in Arctic Voices…give a multifaceted insight into a region whose ecosystems have already during the past century undergone substantial change through pollution, resource exploitation and military use.”“The volume’s most outstanding feature is that it shows the Arctic not as a sublime wilderness devoid of human beings, but as a region in which people have been living for a long time, and in which contemporary developments
threaten not only nature, but in a great measure also indigenous cultures.”Check out the full review here: http://www.ecozona.eu/ index.php/journal/article/ view/342/685Arctic Voices will be published in paperback this August, with a new introduction by Dr. James Hansen.
June 4, 2013
The anticipation is building for the June 25th release of Volume 3 of The Graphic Canon, the massive collection of classic and modern world literature adapted by artists and illustrators.
Want an inside look at how these brilliant artists adapted our most beloved modern classics?
Join us tomorrow, June 4th at 7:30pm at the Irish Arts Center for a panel discussion and reception to celebrate the soon-to-be-released Graphic Canon Vol 3.
June 4th, 7:30pm
Irish Arts Center
553 W 51st St New York, NY 10019
Seven Stories publisher Dan Simon and editor Veronica Liu will introduce the event and thank editor Russ Kick (unfortunately not present) for his vision.
Karen Green, graphic novel librarian at Columbia University and walking encyclopedia of graphic novels, will be moderating a panel discussion with the incredible artists Peter Kuper (adapted Franz Kafka’s ”The Top” and “Give It Up!”), Robert Berry (adapted Ulysses by James Joyce), Annie Mok (adapted ”Araby” from Dubliners by James Joyce), Lauren Weinstein (adapted ”The Dreaming of the Bones” by W.B.
May 28, 2013
Wise words from Seven Stories publisher Dan Simon:
The most important person I know is Ralph Nader because he always makes a lot of sense. Ralph is one of the very few living Americans who has saved countless lives, done so again and again. Seatbelts. The whole idea of consumer protection. Ralph reminds us that we can make real change, and shows us how. Today we release his new book, Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns. In the tradition of I.F. Stone, Ralph Nader has taken up and transformed what used to be called the newspaper column (but today since most newspaper columns aren’t read in newspapers we had to drop the n-word) into a weekly literary and political call to action. The book is big and bold, full of great ideas and, like its author, funny, honest, and brash all at once.
May 17, 2013
Subhankar Banerjee, a leading international voice on issues of arctic conservation, indigenous human rights, resource development and climate change, recently shared some important updates about the future of drilling in the Arctic and President Obama’s recent endorsement of it:I wrote a letter to the editor as a follow up to the generous review “In the Beautiful,Threatened North” by Ian Frazier in The New York Review of Books of the anthology, Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point that I edited. My letter, “Can Shell Be Stopped?” has just been published in the New York Review.After the June 6 issue (with my letter) went to the printer a few significant things happened that relate to the letter that I’ll mention here briefly.On May 10, the White House published a 13-page document, “National Strategy for the Arctic Region.” It opens with a one-page introduction by President Obama.
May 16, 2013
Fighting hunger means more than donating cans to a food drive, says Joel Berg, an expert on hunger and food security, and the head of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. Hunger is a larger societal problem, and people need to change the way they think about it before they can begin to fight it.
Berg, the author of All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America? (Seven Stories Press, 2008), writes in an article in the New York Nonprofit Press that volunteering once a year on the holidays is not enough to fight hunger either. With hopes of connecting people with ways they can fight food insecurity, Berg and NYCCAH have launched the Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service initiative. People interested in the new program can go to HungerVolunteer.org, where they will find downloadable toolkits for service work, as well as ways to match their own skills, interests, resources, and time availability.
What Makes a Baby: “A story about where we’re from tells us where we are—and where we should be going”
May 7, 2013
What Makes a Baby, on sale May 21st, written by sexuality educator Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth, offers answers to every child’s question about how they came to be— however it is they came to be!
In a recent review by Noah Berlatsky in The Atlantic, Silverberg is praised for “includ[ing] all children, regardless of whether they have a mommy and daddy who had sex, or adopted them, or whether they have two mommies, or two daddies, or (as Silverberg mentioned in the guide) a trans daddy who gave birth to them, or any of a myriad of other possibilities. The book, then, tries not to impose one truth, but rather to open up possibilities and conversations.”
To read the full review, go to The Atlantic online. This truly inclusive explanation of the birds and the bees is available in stores in two weeks!
May 7, 2013
Parecomic: Michael Albert and the Story of Participatory Economics is on sale today!
Sean Michael Wilson and Carl Thompson, the creative team behind the progressive comic strip “Green Benches,” have united once more to bring us Parecomic—the story of political and economic revolutionary Michael Albert and his ideas for an alternative to capitalism.Noam Chomsky, in his first ever introduction for a graphic novel, calls the book and its message “a vital stimulus for the activist engagement that contemporary society desperately needs if urgent problems are to be confronted seriously and constructively.”
Michael Albert has spent years developing an alternative economic vision, called “participatory economics,” and Parecomic outlines the principles of Albert’s ideas in a dynamic and accessible fashion, with appearances from Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, and the ghost of Karl Marx. Albert has traveled around the globe for more than thirty years to investigate working conditions, political movements, and alternative systems of management and compensation.
May 6, 2013
On May 04, 2013, about 45 South Floridians rallied at Walmart Super Center in Davie to express solidarity with workers in Bangladesh. The death toll of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Savar, Bangladesh currently stands at 547.
The protesters chanted, “Walmart profits come in coffins!” “When human rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!” and “Hey Walmart, what do you say, how many workers have you killed today?”
Walmart makes $15.4 billion annual profit by maintaining exploitative and dangerous working conditions around the globe. In the last 6 months, at least 659 Bangladeshi workers have been killed making clothing for them and other retail brands. In the U.S., Walmart store employees and
warehouse workers suffer low wages, long hours, no benefits, and no union organization.
April 22, 2013
Celebrate Earth Day with two recently released books focused on preserving and protecting our environment: The Story of the Blue Planet and Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point
We’re celebrating Earth Day with two recently released books which advocate for the preservation of the environment: the children’s book The Story of the Blue Planet by Icelandic author Andri Snaer Magnason and a collection of essays about the dangers facing the people, the animals, and the land of the Arctic, Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, edited by photographer, writer and activist Subhankar Banerjee.
The children’s book The Story of the Blue Planet (November 27, 2012 with the paperback coming out November 26, 2013) by Andri Snaer Magnason, has just won a Green Earth Book Award honorable mention during the Salisbury University Read Green Literature Festival on April 5, 2013. The literature award, sponsored by the environmental nonprofit The Nature Generation, is given to authors and illustrators whose books best inspire young readers to appreciate and care for the environment.
Says Magnason about the inspiration behind the story, “Mythology and fairy tales were written before we knew we were living on a planet.
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