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Published February 26, 2008
2007 was a banner year for progressive books, but two stand out as true groundbreakers: Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine and Jeremy Scahill's Blackwater, published by Nation Books. They are co-winners in AlterNet's 10 Best Books of 2007 contest.

Visit AlterNet list of Best Progressives Books of 2007, which include short summaries of the top 10 books and a list of "honorable mention" titles, with links to all.

By Don Hazen, AlterNet
Posted January 31, 2008
Published February 08, 2008
Pick from four books of poetry published by Calyx Press and add a box of handmade Bursts's Chocolates to send to your sweetie for Valentine's Day and get a 20% discount on the books. Order by February 8 to assure delivery by February 14. Titles for 20% discount include: Idleness is the Root of all Love by Christa Reinig; Femme's Dictionary by Carol Guess; The White Junk of Love, Again by Sybil James; The Country of Women by Sandra Kohler. Nothing says love like poetry and chocolate! (Okay, well, maybe beer and poetry...)
Published February 01, 2008
Lines of Velocity
Words That Move From WriteGirl

WriteGirl Publications

"The 6th Anthology is a wondrous and diverse collection - stories, poems, songs, musings, rants and essays - showcasing the unique and eclectic female voices of new and accomplished writers from WriteGirl. These girls and women speak freely and share openly on everything from the intensity of a teenager's bad day to the exhilaration of finding love in urban Los Angeles. Touching on both personal and universal themes in response to the many worlds they live in, the WriteGirls invite you to spend some time exploring their words that move! Includes writing experiments from monthly workshops of the WriteGirl season."

WriteGirl is a nonprofit organization for high school girls centered on the craft of creative writing and empowerment through self-expression. Through one-on-one mentoring and monthly workshops, girls are given techniques, insights and hot tips for great writing in all genres from professional women writers.
Published January 11, 2008
Imagination in Action
Edited by Carol Malyon
The Mercury Press

"This book is a collection of essays and articles by Canadian painters and sculptors, musicians and composers, poets and novelists and journalists. Teachers, choreographers, actors, book-store owners, cooks, farmers, needle-workers... Trying to understand the world and our place in it; to bring order out of chaos; to figure out who we are, where we are, what we are doing here. Sometimes trying to communicate with others. Who are you? What are you doing? Here’s what I’ve been creating. This is my version of the world. Is it the same as yours? Creative folks discuss what they do, and why, and how they do it. Apparently there’s not one correct way. Forget those how-to books. Find your own method. You too can be creative."
Published January 04, 2008
Northland Poster Collective online gallery and catalog store featuring the art of social justice, the tools of grassroots union organizing and labor activism, and the craft of union workers: Posters, Labor Books, Buttons, Bumper Stickers, Calendars, Note Cards, Iraq Note Cards, Holiday Cards, T-Shirts, Baby Clothes, Vietnam Era Originals, Vintage Poster Sets, Mugs, Mouse Pads, Coasters, Postcards, CDs, Cloth Hangings, Decals, Sweatshirts, Books & Videos, Hats, Signs. Featuring Immigrants Rights, Political Campaigns, Anti-WalMart, Iraq Art Project.
Published October 28, 2007
The greatest humanitarian challenge we face today is that of providing shelter. Currently one in seven people lives in a slum or refugee camp, and more than three billion people — nearly half the world's population — do not have access to clean water or adequate sanitation. The physical design of our homes, neighborhoods, and communities shapes every aspect of our lives. Yet too often architects are desperately needed in the places where they can least be afforded.

Edited by Architecture for Humanity, Design Like You Give a Damn is a compendium of innovative projects from around the world that demonstrate the power of design to improve lives. This first book to bring the best of humanitarian architecture and design to the printed page offers a history of the movement toward socially conscious design and showcases more than 80 contemporary solutions to such urgent needs as basic shelter, health care, education, and access to clean water, energy, and sanitation.

Design Like You Give a Damn is an indispensable resource for designers and humanitarian organizations charged with rebuilding after disaster and engaged in the search for sustainable development. It is also a call to action to anyone committed to building a better world.
Published October 27, 2007
From NPR: "In honor of what would have been Gramatky's 100th birthday, Penguin Putnam is reissuing a restored version of Little Toot, reviving the rich colors that were diminished in subsequent editions. The book also features full-color manuscript sketches, and reintroduces parts of the book's original bindings. Scott Simon and Daniel Pinkwater preview [audio online] the newly released version of the children's classic."
Published October 18, 2007
Akashic Books Noir Series
After the stunning success of the summer '04 award-winning bestseller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books launched a groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book. Numerous regional readings are scheduled for new releases, so check your area for events. So far in the series, either done, just released or soon to be (check their website for details):

Havana Noir
Bronx Noir
Baltimore Noir
Brooklyn Noir 2
Brooklyn Noir 3
Chicago Noir
DC Noir
DC Noir 2: The Classics
Dublin Noir
London Noir
Los Angeles Noir
Manhattan Noir
Miami Noir
New Orleans Noir
San Francisco Noir
San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics
Twin Cities Noir
Wall Street Noir
Detroit Noir
Queens Noir
Las Vegas Noir
Toronto Noir
Trinidad Noir
Delhi Noir (India)
Istanbul Noir (Turkey)
Lagos Noir (Nigeria)
Manhattan Noir 2:
Mexico City Noir
Moscow Noir (Russia)
Paris Noir (France)
Rome Noir (Italy)
Published October 04, 2007
Tupelo Press has announced the publication of Dorset Prize winner Davis McCombs's Dismal Rock. In addition to the paperback publication, signed, numbered, limited hardcover edition of 100 are available for $100. The purchase of the special hardcover edition supports the Tupelo Press National Poetry in the Schools initiative, bringing the literary arts alive to students in elementary schools across the country.
Published October 03, 2007
From The Inkwell Bookstore Blog, Tuesday, October 2, 2007:

We Sell 'Banned Books'
(but only after the ban is over)
(and only if it's politically correct to do so)


"Banned Book Week is the book industry's annual celebration of their own self-satisfaction and self-importance. Bookstores everywhere (including us) hang signs in their windows and around their stores boasting that THEY. SELL. BANNED. BOOKS. They get a write up in the local paper, place little white cards around their store and (inevitably) blog about it, and for what? To make themselves feel progressive and important. But of all the books that they are so 'bravely' selling, how many have been considered 'dangerous' in the past ten years? How many have been banned in a marginally enlightened society in the past twenty years? None. Ooh...you sell Uncle Tom's Cabin and Huck Finn. How cutting edge! That really sticks it to The Man. Are you serious? I bet you Bill O'Reilly wouldn't even say anything bad about freakin' Huck Finn. But how many copies of the Anarchist's Cookbook does your store have on hand? Or Mein Kampf? Or..."[Read the rest.]
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