April 15, 2014
If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to fill in your Kurt Vonnegut book collection, now’s the time to strike while the iron’s hot. Between now and May 1, Seven Stories Press is offering the following titles at 50% off of their list price. Just click on each book’s cover to purchase the book (both hardcover and paperbacks are on sale). Happy reading!
April 10, 2014
Win a signed, original printed piece of art by Kurt Vonnegut!
In celebration of the April 8th release of If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, Dan Wakefield’s collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s tongue-in-cheek words of advice for graduates, Seven Stories is holding a window display contest for independent bookstores!
Here is your chance to create a special window featuring If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, rounded out with other Seven Stories’ Vonnegut titles as well as Vonnegut backlists from his other publishers. We also have some downloadable images for your use (see info below). The best window display will be awarded a piece of original, signed Vonnegut art. Two runners-up will each receive 5 copies of the book each, signed by Dan Wakefield.
The contest will run May 1st-May 15th. Photos of the displays must be submitted by email to email@example.com by May 20th. Winners will be selected by Seven Stories Press staff and will be announced at BEA in the Seven Stories Press booth, posted on Seven Stories Press social media, and announced by press release.
April 3, 2014
Join Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond as he discusses his first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction. The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful plea for a better survival.
With fascinating facts and his unparalleled readability, Diamond intended his book to improve the world that today’s young people will inherit. Triangle Square’s The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is for them and the future they’ll help build.
Professor Diamond’s scheduled appearances:
Boston (4/3 @ 6:30PM) – Porter Square Books at First Parish Church in Harvard Square
New York (4/4 @ 8PM) – 92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Auditorium
San Francisco (4/9 @ 7PM) – Los Altos High School, Eagle Theatre
Seattle (4/10 @ 7:30PM) -University of Washington’s Kane Hall, Room 130
Los Angeles (4/13) – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
April 1, 2014
By Clare Swanson | Apr 01, 2014
In January 2013, Donald Farber, the literary executor of Kurt Vonnegut’s estate, asked Vonnegut’s long time friend, the author Dan Wakefield, to come from Indianapolis to New York City to sift through cardboard boxes full of the late writer’s belongings. Among the stack of papers, which included rejected short stories from the 1950s, were speeches from the many commencement addresses Vonnegut delivered in his lifetime.
Wakefield compiled and edited the speeches, and wrote an introduction, for an e-book called If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? published by RosettaBooks last April. Now, a year later, Seven Stories will be releasing the book in hardcover on April 8, just ahead of graduation season, updated with illustrations from Vonnegut’s journals.
“He always responded to those invitations [from universities], and always liked speaking to young people, to college graduates and reminding them what they accomplished,” said Wakefield, who also edited and introduced Kurt Vonnegut Letters, released in 2012 by Delacorte.
April 1, 2014
If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?
Kurt Vonnegut was among the few grandmasters of twentieth-century American letters, one without whom the very term American literature would not mean what it does today. After the publication of his novel Slaughterhouse-Five brought him worldwide acclaim in 1969, Kurt Vonnegut became one of America’s most popular graduation speakers.
If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? is a selection of Kurt Vonnegut’s best graduation speeches, edited and introduced by Dan Wakefield. Amid the sarcasm and wit that are typical of his writing, Vonnegut also conveys in these speeches something of the seriousness and the momentousness of life too. He tells stories and jokes, invokes the figures who inspire him the most–Jesus, Eugene Debs, Bertrand Russell, Jazz historian Albert Murray, and Vonnegut’s friend Joseph Heller among many others.
The Third Chimpanzee for Young People
Jared Diamond’s first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction is both an explosive indictment of human nature and a hopeful case for a better survival.
March 10, 2014
Overpowered: The Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF)and What You Can Do about It
Cell phones have become ubiquitous fixtures of 21st century life–suctioned to our ears and stuck in our pockets. Yet, we’ve all heard whispers that these essential little devices give you brain cancer. Could it be true? Overpowered brings readers, in accessible and fascinating prose, through the science, indicating biological effects resulting from low, non-thermal levels of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation (levels considered safe by regulatory agencies). Radiation that comes not only from cell phones, but many other devices we use in our homes and offices every day.
It is generally accepted that there should be a limit on exposure of the public to EMF. However, industry pushes the envelope. Dr. Blank advises applying the precautionary principle when it comes to demonstrably hazardous EMF–and teaches us how we can take steps in our daily lives to reduce exposures. In this incredibly timely book, he arms us with the information we need to keep ourselves and our families safe.
February 24, 2014
This year the Howard Zinn Bookfair awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to “three great Bay Area literary treasures.” Among them was Seven Stories’ very own Peter Plate.
Named a Literary Laureate of San Francisco in 2004, Plate taught himself to write fiction during eight years spent squatting in abandoned buildings. He is the author of many novels, beginning with Black Wheel of Anger (1990) and continuing through his seven neo-noir “psychic histories” of San Francisco, where he still lives and writes today.
February 24, 2014
Ralph Nader, who ran for president as the Green Party’s nominee in 1996 and 2000 and as an independent in 2004 and 2008, is out with a new memo outlining 20 “modestly enlightened rich people” (a.k.a. MERPs) who could run for president and shake up the two-party system.
Among Nader’s candidates are Oprah Winfrey, Steve Case, Bill Gates and Ted Turner. Read today’s Washington Post to find out more.
February 11, 2014
February 10, 2014
Maxine Kumin in The New Yorker
BY PAUL MULDOON. Like the horses she raised on her farm in New Hampshire, Maxine Kumin was a thoroughbred. She belonged to the line in American poetry that may be traced back through Robert Frost to Mistress Bradstreet. Her poems—some thirty of which were first published in The New Yorker—have the virtue of being meticulously observed and of dealing plainly with the things of the world. Though often quiet, her poems are not without their quirky aspects, as in “At a Private Showing in 1982,” a piece that appeared in the magazine:
This loving attention to the details:
faces by Bosch and Bruegel,
the mélange of torture tools,
the carpentry of the stake,
the Catherine wheel,
the bars, spires, gibbets, pikes—
I confess my heart sank
when they brought out the second reel . . .
Maxine Kumin’s is a voice—humane, humorous—that will be sadly missed.