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Books for activists, revolutionaries, future scientists, and change-makers of all ages.
With works by Innosanto Nagaraby Innosanto Nagaraand by Innosanto Nagara Illustrated by Innosanto Nagara.
“How can we produce a sense of belonging to communities in struggle that is not evaporated by the onslaught of our everyday routines? How do we build movements capable of generating the power to compel governments and corporations to curtail their violence?”
Angela Y. Davis, Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture

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With works by Robin Martyby Huey Newtonand by Aric McBay.
"My way of seeing is only one of millions of different Black ways of seeing, for there are as many such ways as there are Black people. However, all of these outlooks are similar in the sense that they are connected in varying degrees to the threads of a common culture that leads a majority of us to feel a special kinship for each other. Consequently, we have a tendency to act together in our common interest while seeing, feeling, and thinking independently." —from Paul Robeson, Jr.'s "A Black Way of Seeing"
We want bread, but we want roses and speculative fiction, too!
With works by Octavia Butlerby Octavia Butlerand by Octavia Butler.
For over half a century, Noam Chomsky has been exposing the ways in which elites act according to the vile maxim: "All for ourselves and nothing for anyone else."
With works by Noam Chomskyby Noam Chomsky and Robert McChesneyand by Noam Chomsky.
Translation is a political endeavor that breaks down the artifice of borders. Here's a collection of some of our favorite works in translation.
With works by Tatamkhulu Afrikaby Ezequiel Adamovskyand by Seba al-Herz.
The Robert Graves Project brings back fourteen titles from the polymathic, eccentric genius of Robert Graves.
"I swear it to you on my common woman's head, the common woman is as common as a loaf of bread...and will rise." —Judy Grahn

Featuring works from authors of political non-fiction and memoir, like Angela Davis, Alice Walker, Shere Hite, Rebecca Chalker, Arundhati Roy, Cathy Wilkerson, Bernadine Dohrn, and so many more.
With works by Anna Anthropyby Kate Bornsteinand by Paola Caridi.
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With works by Gary Indianaby Gary Indianaand by Abdellah Taïa Translated by Emma Ramadan.
Our collected graphic offerings.
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“In our dreams we have seen another world, an honest world, a world decidedly more fair than the one in which we now live. We saw that in this world there was no need for armies; peace, justice and liberty were so common that no one talked about them as far-off concepts, but as things such as bread, birds, air, water, like book and voice.” ― Subcomandante Marcos, Our Word Is Our Weapon
A collection of some of our favorite children's books from around the world.
With works by Aharon Appelfeldby Aharon Appelfeldand by Eymard Toledo.
Some select favorites from the staff of Seven Stories Press

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Also, make sure to check out our entire backlist here (Hot Tip: You can arrange the books by publication date, author, title, or even browse by subject.)
“What most of us must be involved in--whether we teach or write, make films, write films, direct films, play music, act, whatever we do--has to not only make people feel good and inspired and at one with other people around them, but also has to educate a new generation to do this very modest thing: change the world.” ― Howard Zinn, Artists in Times of War and Other Essays
With works by Howard Zinnby Anthony Arnove and Howard Zinnand by Gayle Olson-Raymer.
Maybe the true purpose of my life is for my body, my sensations and my thoughts to become writing, in other words, something intelligible and universal, causing my existence to merge into the lives and heads of other people.” ― Annie Ernaux, Happening
With works by Annie Ernaux Translated by Alison L. Strayerby Annie Ernaux Translated by Alison L. Strayerand by Annie Ernaux.
"A certain ruthlessness and a sense of alienation from society is as essential to creative writing as it is to armed robbery.” ― Nelson Algren, Nonconformity
With works by Nelson Algrenby Nelson Algrenand by Nelson Algren.
Short and small enough to stick in your pocket, these books feature work by some of our favorite social justice advocates, artists, activists, and dissidents of our time, including Noam Chomsky, Angela Y. Davis, Howard Zinn, Arundhati Roy, Ralph Nader, Alice Walker, the Zapatistas, and more.
With works by Arundhati Royby The Zapatistasand by Angela Davis.
“How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?” ―Howard Zinn

Download a free copy of Terrorism and War by Howard Zinn.
With works by Howard Zinnby Howard Zinnand by Howard Zinn.
Some of our favorite works of literature from writers like Annie Ernaux, Assia Djebar, Kate Braverman, Octavia Butler, and more.
With works by Seba al-Herzby Kate Bravermanand by Kate Braverman.
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Besides being one of the few grandmasters of American literature, Kurt Vonnegut was a close friend of Seven Stories Press from our very beginnings until his death in 2007. His words seem to speak to every historical moment, especially this one.
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“You are worthy and capable of finding a way to live your life just the way you really are. And there are plenty of good people in the world who believe that a life like yours needs to be lived.”
―Kate Bornstein, Hello Cruel World

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With works by Kate Bravermanby Annie Ernauxand by Mark Vonnegut and Kurt Vonnegut.
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With works by Annie Ernaux Translated by Alison L. Strayerby Robert Perišić Translated by Ellen Elias-Bursaćand by Davide Reviati Translated by Jamie Richards.
“Conventional wisdom would have one believe that it is insane to resist this, the mightiest of empires, but what history really shows is that today's empire is tomorrow's ashes; that nothing lasts forever, and that to not resist is to acquiesce in your own oppression. The greatest form of sanity that anyone can exercise is to resist that force that is trying to repress, oppress, and fight down the human spirit.”
―Mumia Abu-Jamal
With works by Rebecca Stefoff and Bruce Watsonby Huey Newtonand by Angela Davis.