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    from Bob Avakian

     "No more generations of our youth, here and all around the world, whose life is over, whose fate has been sealed, who have been condemned to an early death or a life of misery and brutality, whom the system has destined for oppression and oblivion even before they are born. I say no more of that."

    Bob Avakian
    Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
    BAsics 1:13

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    The Microbial World

    Sunday, June 27, 3:00 pm.   Talk by Margaret McFall-Ngai on the microbial world.

    Margaret McFall-Ngai was one of the key presenters at an Anthropocene Conference in Santa Cruz last year.  The 2-day conference brought together leading scientists and thinkers in the humanities to discuss the "art of living on a damaged planet."  The opening talks were by Donna Haraway and Margaret McFall Ngai.

    In a blog about the conference Deborah Rose Bird wrote:

    "Margaret McFall-Ngai gave a fantastically engaging presentation on microbiology. In the past six years or so, she said, microbiology has been undergoing a revolution. To take an example that is up-close and personal, it is now possible to say that a human being is 90% microbes. This is such a strange thought: that the being one thinks of as one’s self is only 10% one’s self. The rest are other creatures who live with us, and who in some sense are us. It is difficult to know in what sense an individual is an individual: we are all chimeras, we are plural and symbiotic, we are animals in a bacterial world. It follows that all the damage and all the impacts that are altering the microbial world have the capacity to include us (humans) in the on-going devastation. It may be that we are changing the microbiotic world in such a dramatic way that it will collapse. If so, we’ll all go together because we all are together far more intimately than could possibly have been suspected until recently."

    Margaret McFall-Ngai has agreed to give the talk she gave at the Anthropocene Conference at Revolution Books on the 27th.  Save the date, and more info will come later.


    Vessel: Past Land, Past Law, Past Permission

    July 1, 7pm:   Film showing of "Vessel:  Past Land, Past Law, Past Permission"

    July 1st will be a day of national protests against new restrictions on abortion in Kansas, Tennessee, and elsewhere.  This documentary takes you on board as Women on Waves take to the high seas to bring women the knowledge and tools to help them exercise this “most basic right” to control when and if they have children.  Place to be announced.


    Revolutionary 4th picnic

    Saturday, July 4, 11am-1pm

    Revolutionary 4th picnic at Old Stadium Park.

    Details to be announced.


    New Books in Store

    Check out some of our new titles. New books are arriving regularly but we have limited numbers of each so if you want to reserve one, please give us a call at 944-3106.


    Recent Arrivals

    These are some of our recent arrivals.  Because inventories of each are limited we suggest you call the store to place your copy on hold if you can't come in soon. 

    American Kundiman (Poetry), by Patrick Rosal.  "The kundiman is a traditional Filipino love song that became a coded expression of love of country during the Spanish colonial period....The child of immigrants, Rosal explores ideas of heritage and belonging in the eclectic verse that is his trademark" [From the book jacket].

     " Rosal is a second generation Filipino whose heritage is a rich part of his work, but he is also an all-American urban kid...[with]the boastful beat of hip-hop...

    [Time Out New York review]. 

    Rosal will be reading from his book at UH-Manoa on Thursday, Jan 29 at 3pm and at Kapiolani Community College on Tuesday, Jan 27 at 12:15pm


    This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, by Naomi Klein. Climate change, Klein argues, is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms, and droughts.  Confronting it is no longer abouut changing the lightbulbs.  It's about changing the world -- before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe. [from the book jacket].  Discounted 20% as long as our supply lasts. 

    Naomi Klein will speak at the UN-Manoa Campus Center Ballroom on Thursday, February 26, at 6pm-7:30pm.  No tickets; no admission, so come early if you expect to get a seat. 


    An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United Statesby Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.  

    " Dunbar-Ortiz's assessment and conclusions are necessary tools for all indigenous peoples seeking to address and remedy the legacy of US colonial domination that continues to subvert indigenous human rights in today's global world." [review by Mililani Trask].

    "An Indigenous Peoples' History pulls up the paving stones and lays bare the deep history of the United States, from the corn to the reservations.  If the United is a "crime science" as she calls it then Dunbar-Ortiz is its forensic scientist.  A sobering look at a grave history."  [review by Vijay Prashad]

    20% discount as long as current supplies last.


    The Battle for Justice in Palestine by Ali Abunimah

    "This is the book to read to understand the present bizarre and ongoing complexity of the Palestine/Israel tragedy.  And though it is filled with grim reality of this long and deadly, ugly and dehumanizing conflict, it also offers hope: that as more people awaken to the shocking reality of what has for decades been going on, we can bring understanding and restitution to the Palestian people [review by Alice Walker]


    Nowhere People, by Daniel Hahn. [fiction]  "Through sudden shifts in the characters' lives, this novel takes in the whole story: telling of love, loss and family, it spans the worlds of Sao Paulo's rich kids and dispossessed Guarani Indians along Brazil's highways.  One man escapes into an immigrant squatter's life in London, while another's performance activism leads to unexpected fame on YouTube. 

    Written from the gut, Nowhere People is a raw and passionate classic in the making, about our need for a home. [from the book jacket]


    Ebony & Ivy,: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities, by Craig Steven Wilder.  "...delivers an incendiary exploration of the intertwined histories of slavery, race, and higher educaiton in America.  Looking at many of America's most revered institutions, he shows how the slave economy and the university grew up together, each nurturing the other.  Money from the purchase and sale of human beings built the campuses and stocked the libraries, while slaves waited on faculty and students.  Indeed our leading universities were not only dependent on enslavement, but became breeding grounds for the racist ideas that sustained it."  [from the book jacket]

    The author appeared at Revolution Books NYC to speak about his book and research.  The video is available on the Revolution Books NYC website.  Click "videos" in the upper left hand corner to explore. 


    Black Prophetic Fire by Cornel West, in Dialogue with and Edited by Christa Buschendorf.  "Are we witnessing the death of Black prophetic fire in our time?... The fundamental shift from a we-consciousness to an I-consciousness reflected not only a growing sense of Black collective defeat but also a Black embrace of the seductive myth of individualism in American culutre...American society is ruled by big money, and American culture is a way of life obsessed with money...The deep hope shot through this dialogue is that Black prophetic fire never dies; that the Black prophetic tradition forever fourishes, and that a new wave of young brothers and sisters of all colors see and feel that it is a beautiful thing to be on fire for justice. [from the book jacket]

    On the Run, by Alice Goffman.  "On the Run" is the best treatment I know of the wretched underside of neoliberal capitalist America.  Despite the social misery and fragmented relations, she gives us a subtle analysis and poignant portrait of our fellow citizens who struggle to preserve their sanity and dignity. [review by Cornel West]