Posts tagged “books”
September 26, 2013
September 22-28, 2013 is Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. As always, the OIF has released a list of this past year’s most challenged books. They are:
1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey. Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group.
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.
3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group.
4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group.
6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit.
7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.
August 7, 2013
Seven Stories Press recently received a letter from a man named Luis Rodriguez who is incarcerated
in a prison in Pennsylvania. Mr. Rodriguez had requested a copy of Howard Zinn’s Terrorism and War, and Terrorism: Theirs and Ours and wrote back, voicing his experience behind bars and how these two books fit into his daily life as a prisoner:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As a Muslim American in prison for the first time in my life I [have] been through a lot of official oppression and discrimination for not only being Spanish but also a Muslim, and all this that many people don’t care about in society. I am only 30 years of age. I was a bright child like a star in the sky. My goal was to become a lawyer, to have a good wife and children, a house, and car. But life didn’t turn out that way.
June 17, 2013
UPDATE: The Tale of An Phuc House won Best Documentary!
The Tale of An Phuc House, a powerful documentary about Vietnamese Agent Orange victims, has been nominated for Best Documentary at the New York City International Film Festival (June 13-20).
“The Tale of An Phuc House is a powerful glimpse into the everyday lives of twenty disabled children – third generation victims of the Agent Orange warfare that occurred during the Vietnam War (1963-1973). An inspirational video tale about pride, dignity and love; a story of a man who dedicates his life to the well-being of his adopted family; a story of twenty exceptional young adults, whose disabilities brought them together under one roof; a story about ordinary people living extraordinary lives despite their unfortunate physical conditions.”–thetaleofanphuchouse.com
The documentary will be screened at the Producer’s Club Theater at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 17. Produced by Canada’s Babel Entertainment in association with Vietnam’s Crea-TV, and directed by Ivan Tankushev, it competes with four other documentaries for the coveted title.
Tags: Agent Orange, books, documentary, film, fred wilcox, New York City International Film Festival, scorched earth, seven stories press, The Tale of An Phuc House, Vietnam War, waiting for an army to die
January 28, 2011"By far the best panel I attended to day was entitled, 'Indie Bookstores Still Count: What We Can Do For Publishers, and What Publishers Can Do For Us.' . . . Andy Laties, of the Eric Carl Museum Bookshop, advocates working with publishers, with book buyers, and also with a non profit as part of his business model for successful indie bookstore."
January 21, 2011"Linh Dinh has written some of the most influential and widely-taught books of poetry and prose poetry, and his novel debut is equally groundbreaking. Love Like Hate paints an intimate picture of Vietnam before and after the Fall of Saigon. . . . Dinh proves the age-old mantra that poets often write better prose than prose-writers." - The Hydra Magazine
January 21, 2011"The style of narration is exquisite, so vulnerable and rambling at points and concise at others . . . He [Harstad] describes with fervor the in-the-moment scenery that you make faces and places come alive in your head while you read instantaneously."
January 19, 2011"Though it’s fiction, the book can serve as a handbook for activists to get their issues out to a wider public using fun and spectacle. . . . Fewer boring technical explanations. Less apocalyptic fear. More fun and hope. It might just be crazy enough to work." - Eric Curren at TransitionVoice.com
January 19, 2011On The Radio Ecoshock Show, Alex Smith talks about the philosophy and influence of Derrick Jensen's works. Go here to read more about what Smith has to say, then pick up a copy of Jensen's Endgame, Volume 1 and decide for yourself!