A note of welcome to educators:
It’s been a strange, trying year. From political coups to police violence to debates over free speech in our universities, the events of today demand an engaged, thorough understanding of the world we live in—not hot takes and misinformation. In our opinion, then, there’s never been a better time to be publishing imaginative, politically engaged voices. Now more than ever, students are eager for new perspectives on topics that once seemed uncontroversial, for independent voices to smash the idols of received wisdom.
No one better exemplifies this spirit of dogged independence than Noam Chomsky. Requiem for the American Dream (March, 2017), his first book devoted entirely to the subject of income inequality, provides a deeply learned, searing historical explanation of how the 99% have been disenfranchised by the ultra-rich. As the U.S. general election draws nigh, Greg Palast’s The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (October, 2016) tells the story of how Big Data and Congress have colluded to purge millions of minority voters from the books. Staying on the theme of the United States’ ills, Joel Berg’s America, We Need to Talk (February, 2017) gives an in-depth guide to how American citizens can quit using politicians as scapegoats and take responsibility for their nation’s direction. Betsy Hartmann’s The America Syndrome (March, 2017) makes the provocative case that apocalyptic thinking has always shaped the American ethos—and that an obsession with the end times has proved more harmful than any other supposed threat. And to round out our red-white-and-blue theme, there’s Linh Dinh’s Postcards from the End of America (January, 2017), a glorious new take on de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America for our newly ravaged nation.
At Seven Stories, we believe that the imaginative and the analytical are two sides of the same coin. Just as our nonfiction titles are works of inspiration, our fiction titles are engaged with the world. To see what we mean, one need look no further than Ralph Nader’s Animal Envy (November, 2016), a modern-day political fantasy from one of our country’s greatest public advocates. Or Martin Duberman’s Jews Queers Germans (March, 2017), a work of historical fiction that imagines the influential, mostly gay milieu around Kaiser Wilhelm at the turn of the 20th Century. Or the award-winning The Boer War (May, 2017), by Martin Bossenbroek, which intertwines the lives of a young Winston Churchill, a dutch diplomat, and an Afrikaans general, to give us a Rashomon tale of the birth of Apartheid. Finally, we’re thrilled to be publishing a new boxed set of Octavia Butler’s The Parable of the Sower and The Parable of the Talents (November, 2016)—two great novels from the brilliant mind who permanently altered the course of speculative fiction.
This is just a sample of what you'll find upcoming from Seven Stories, and we couldn't be more pleased to be sharing our list with educators from around the world. We may publish the abovementioned titles, but it's you who bring them to life—by engaging with these books and passing them on, by modifying them and encriching them with your own perspectives. And for that we thank you.
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Exam & Desk Copies, Syllabi
We’re always happy to provide free desk and exam copies, and are interested to hear about your experiences bringing them into the classroom.
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Send us a sample syllabus that uses a Seven Stories book, and we'll send you a complimentary copy of any other title from our list.
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