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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 Science, The Strategy, The Leadership for an Actual Revlution and a Radically New Society on the Road to Real Liberation -- A major new work by Bob Avakian

The print edition of this book has not yet arrived, but the book is available on-line in its entirety  This week's on-line edition of Revolution Newspaper features an excerpt of the book, "Foolish Victims of Deceit and Self-Deceit."  

 

Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection -- Edited by Hope Nicholson, Alternate History Comics (Canada) $19.00

"This collection brings together dozens of creators from all over North America to contribute comic book stories showcasing the rich heritage and identity of Indiigenous storytelling.

"From tradition stories to exciting new visions of the future, this collection presents some of the finest comic book and graphic novel work from across the continent..an incredible collection that will amaze, intrigue and entertain!" [From the cover]

King of the Worlds: The Lost Years of Dylan Green -- M. Thomas Gammarino Chin Music, $24.50 (on sale for $20.00)

"Dylan Greenyear's story is so full of humanity that the otherworldly dimensions, alien charaters and alternate histories become a well-made container for the breadth and scope of our most keen longings.  Effortlessly original, sharply drawn, comically wise, King of the Worlds launches the reader across the cosmos on a hilariously tormented and seriously fun adventure."  A.A. Attanasio, author of Radix and The Last Legends of Earth

Tom Gammarino recently read at Revolution Books (as well as at UH, at M.I.A., and currently at venues in the Northwest).  Tom's restless creativity is a joy to be around, and that is what comes through in this novel that throws everything into the mix - religion, morality, space travel, technology and so much more.  

Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States -- By Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock
Beacon Press; $19.00

"A vivid account of how the law in the United States has historically treated LGBT people as criminals and, startlingly, the degree to which formal decriminalization of gay sex has failed to remove the criminal taint from queer sexuality and expression." - Lesbian/Gay Law Notes

"Tracing stories from the streets to the bench to behind prison bars, they prove that the policing of sex and gender both bolsters and reinforces racial and gender inequalities." [from the cover decription]

 

Hell is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement
Edited by Jean Casella, James Ridgeway, and Sarah Shourd

The New Press; hardback; list $25.95; sale price $20.00

"An extraordinary collection of testimonials from men and women who have endured solitary confinement and, unlike many others, survived...Hell is a Very Small Place probes the darkest corners of a prison system where, all to often, the urge to punish has prevailed over law, morality and human decency".  David C. Faith, Director, ACLU National Prison Project

"A devastating look in the mirror for a society that has hidden the depths of its cruelty behind concrete and steel.  Hell is a Very Small Place puts us face-to-face with the smells, the sounds, and the profound despair of solitary confinement and is a call to moral outrage, repentance, and action."  Rev. Laura Markle Downton, National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Memory Cards: Thomas Traherne Series
by Susan M. Schultz?Talisman House, $16.95 {Sale price: $15.00)

"As each poem by Susan M. Schultz begins with a line from Thomas Traherne's 'Centuries of Medications,' the strenghts of her poems honor their source, offering a fresh reason for Trahene's meditations remaining relevant as centuries unfold.  Schultz's poems are prose poems like Traherene's paragraphs but are located in her and our (as readers) time. Sadly, this means referencing the homeless, 'Kabul,' the Walmart worker's low wages and even 'Trump.'  Fortunately, Schultz keeps our attention, even on topics that one might wish to bypass." Eileen Tabios 

Susan will be reading from this collection later in the summer.  Get your copy now so you can request that your favorites be read.   

The Feminist Utopia Project:  Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly Better Future?edited by Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff The Feminist Press. $15.95

"Our great hope is that this anthology is not only that you, the reader, will finish the last page with some new insights but also that the pieces within this book will make you hungry.  We hope that they will nourish but not sate, providing you with comfort, companionship, and leasure, but also anger at how far we are from thiese visions.  We hope this book will ignite your feminist imaginations to help you dream bigger and weirder and inspire our movements to greater collective ambitions.  There's a lot more dreaming to do.  Let's dig in." [a message from the editors]

America's Addiction to Terrorism
Henry A. Giroux
Monthly Review Press:

"In the United States today, the term "terrorism' conjures up images of dangerous, outside threats.  Harder to see but all the more pervasive is the terrorism perpetuated by the United States itself, whether through military force overseas or woven into the very fabric of society at home.  Giroux turns the conventional wisdom on terrorism upside down, demonstrating how fear and lawlessness have become organizing principles of life in the United States, and violence an acceptable form of social mediation.  Against this grim picture Giroux posits a politics of hope and a commitment to accurate - and radical - historical memory."  [from the book cover]

Threat: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel
edited by Abeer Baker and Anat Matar
Pluto Press, list  $36.00; on sale for $30.00

"This is a timely and urgent volume that brings to the fore the systematic injustices endemic to the Israeli emprisonment of Palestinians.  The volume not only provides extensive documentation that establishes the particular violence of the legal apparatus as it contains and disciplines arrested Palestinians, but it offers a detailed description of the widespread deviation from accepted standards of justice and procedural law.  At stake throughout is the criminalization of political protest, and this olume offers extensive evidence and analysis to resist this violent use of law."  Professor Judity Butler, University of California –Berkeley

 SPECIAL SALE:  MAPS!

Five Pacific Islands in the Solomon Islands have disappeared because of climate change.  Six more inhabited islands have lost much of their land mass, forcing inhabitants to flee.  They are our Pacific neighbors, but can you point to the Solomons on a map?  Large island nations like the Northern Marianas or The Marshalls?   Revolution Books has large (32"x47") Pacific maps that identify each Pacific nation on sale for only $3. We also have large laminated Peters Projection maps and South/North projections for only $15 while supplies last.  We don't have a lot of space to display them so ask a staffer to see them. The next time someone says they're from Vanuatu,Tinian, Pohnpei, or Majuro, you'll actually know where that is! 

 

 

 

 

The Beast Side - Living (and Dying) While Black in America
Hot Books
$21.95 list ($18.00 while supplies last)
D. Watkins read at Revolution Books at Wednesday evening, April 6, at 7pm!  Don't miss this talented young writer who gives voice to a whole range of hard truths about life for Black people in Inner City Baltimore,   D. Watkins captures the rage, pain, and hard choices faced by young Black youth in America today. 
“Firing off dispatches from that part of the America we left behind, D. Watkins is making a definitive argument for so many men and women ruthlessly marginalized by a society that fails to measure itself on any humane terms. This is a Baltimore voice in angry service of other unheard Baltimore voices, and The Beast Side is, by extension, a blunt, eloquent argument for the forgotten in our cities. He has arrived, and by the sound of things, he is here to hold us all to account.” —David Simon, author of The Corner and creator of HBO’sThe Wire
Writing on the Wall -
Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Foreward by Cornel West?Edited by Johanna Fernandez?City Lights Press $17.95
"When you listen to Mumia Abu-Jamal you hear the echoes of David Walker, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Paul Robeson, and the sisters and brothers who kept the faith with struggle, who kept the faith with resistance."  [Manning Marable]
"Revolutionary love, revolutionary memory, and revolutinary analysis are at work in every pae written by Mumia Abu-Jamal... Black Man old-school jazz man freedom fighter, revoutionary -- his presence, his voice, his words are the writing on the wall." [Cornel West]
An Indigenous People's History of the United States
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Beacon Press; $16.00
Now in Paperback!
“Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States is a fiercely honest, unwavering, and unprecedented statement, one which has never been attempted by any other historian or intellectual. The presentation of facts and arguments is clear and direct, unadorned by needless and pointless rhetoric, and there is an organic feel of intellectual solidity that provides weight and trust. It is truly an Indigenous peoples’ voice that gives Dunbar-Ortiz’sbook direction, purpose, and trustworthy intention. Without doubt, this crucially important book is required reading for everyone in the Americas!”  —Simon J. Ortiz, Regents Professor of English and American Indian Studies, Arizona State University
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 globalized world.”  —Mililani B. Trask
The Taxidermist's Cut
By Rajiv Mohabir
Four Way Books; $15.95
RAJIV MOHABIR is the winner of the 2015 AWP Intro Journal Award and the Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry, and has received multiple fellowships. He is currently pursuing a PhD in English from the University of Hawaii.  He will read from this volume of poetry at Revolution Books on April 24, 2016, along with Tom Gammarino and David Odhiambo.  Following is an excerpt from the book description:
"The Taxidermist’s Cut is a collection that centers the pressures of being a queer brown youth awakening sexually in a racist, anti-immigrant matrix. As an Indo-Caribbean, the queer-countried speaker is illegible as an “Indian” as well as an “American.” Haunted by his migration narrative, the speaker tries to make himself fit into his environment by sloughing off his skin and stretching new ones over his body. At stake here is surviving a palimpsest of violence: violences enacted upon the speaker and violences the speaker enacts upon himself through cutting..."
Blackass
A. Igoni Barrett
Graywolf Press; $16.00
“Barrett’s writing is alive: the images, the characters, their movements, their mannerisms?everything?so visual, I felt as if I were walking the same streets as Furo, navigating Lagos alongside him. But don’t let the Lagos setting fool you. This novel is full of universal sociocultural truths that extend far beyond its Nigerian setting. The best thing about it? The lightheartedness of the writing; the captivating sense of humor. But Blackass is also a serious book, the best kind of serious: Honest and unflinching, it is a political satire that invites us to rethink the way our world works.”?Chinelo Okparanta, author of Happiness, Like Water
“A. Igoni Barrett’s stunning debut novel, Blackass, provokes laughter, tears, guilt, and rage as it plumbs the depths of racist and sexist attitudes. . . . Barrett’s fresh and irreverent voice demands to be heard?not only via his creative first novel, Blackass, but, one hopes, again and again, as this exciting young author spins new tales to awaken the conscience through biting social commentary made palatable by humor.”?Foreword Reviews
Gaza Unsilenced
Refaat Alareer
Just World Books; $20.99
"During Israel’s lengthy 2014 assault on Gaza, voices worldwide rose in stunned protest. Using numerous creative means, Palestinians and their allies bore witness to the Israeli attacks—and to the siege that has strangled Gaza ever since. Gaza Unsilenced foregrounds the words and images with which Gaza Palestinians recorded the pain, losses, and dislocations of the attacks, the continuing punishment of the siege, and their community’s resilience and dignity.??"The book includes original contributions from the editors themselves along with essays, reportage, images, and poetry from Gaza and elsewhere. Contributors include: Ali Abunimah, Ramzi Baroud, Diana Buttu, Belal Dabour, Chris Hedges, Rashid Khalidi, and Eman Mohammed." [From the book description]
Habitations, Collected Poems
?Sam Hamill
Sky Horse Press, $25 list ($20 while supplies last)
Several days after Sam Hamill read from this collection at the store last week, one of our customers said: "I'm not really into poetry, but I was curious.  Now there are phrases - lines of poetry - that are so beautiful that they'll stay in my head for the rest of my life."    In addition to the book, we still have a few copies of poetry CD's accompanied by Christopher Yohmei Blasdel on shakuhachi. 
"My copy of Habitation arrived a couple of weeks ago, and I haven't been able to stop reading. A few poems at a time, though, because Hamill's lines are so exquisite that I reread a few lines over and over--and over and over, memorizing. There is wisdom in these 604 pages, something sorely needed in our rapid-fire, superficial culture." [Wendy Baker]
Green Island
by Shawna Yang Ryan
Knopf Press
List $26.95 ($20 on sale while supplies list)
This will be our Fiction Book Club selection for April and will be discussed on Sunday, April 17, at 1pm. 
Water Knife
by Paolo Bacigalupi
If you're a sci-fi fan, the paperback edition of "Water Knife" will be released on April 6th and will arrive at Revolution Books by April 10th.  In the meantime, we do have "The Windup Girl" by Bacigalupi back in stock.

 

 

SCIENCE AND REVOLUTION On the Importance of Science and the Application of Science to Society, the New Synthesis of Communism and the Leadership of Bob Avakian; An Interview with Ardea Skybreak  

A lot of people ask why Bob Avakian is such a big deal.  If you know that the whole system of capitalism-imperialism cannot solve the problems of climate change, endless wars, police terror, homelessness, attacks on women, and more - than you've got to check out the New Synthesis of Communism developed by Bob Avakian.   This lively interview about the importance of the New Synthesis with Ardea Skybreak is accessible and thought-provoking. 

Someone said this weekend:  "I think you have a slogan:  'American Lives are Not More Important than Other People's Lives.'  You should be using that slogan more!"   When we told him that we didn't just make that up, and that it was a quote from BAsics, a selection of quotes by Bob Avakian, he said "I guess I gotta read it because that's one I really agree with!" Yes, the times demand it! Also check out the film of the Dialogue between Cornel West and Bob Avakian.

New in fiction:   Choose from our great selection of fiction and poetry.   New to our shelves are: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez;  Ghana Must Go,  by Taiya Selasi; Every Day is for the Thief, by Teiju Cole, and much more. 

 

Slingshot Pocket Planner:  This is a must-have for punks, radicals, free thinkers, and the young at heart. This pocket planner features radical occasions (both historical and contemporary!) for every day of the year, space for your addresses and phone numbers, a contact list of radical groups around the globe, unit conversions, blank pages for notes, and much more.  And they have brilliantly colored covers.  All for $6.   We also have the larger planners.

 

You'll also want to check out other 2016 calendars, the Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar, the Calendar of Revolt, and the International Women's Peace Calendar (featuring photos of youth in Palestine).  

Before the Next Bomb Drops, by Remi Kanazi.  Haymarket Books.  If you missed Remi's reading at UH last week, you can still get his poetry from us.  Read them, share them, perform them. Remi's poems present an unflinching look at the lives of Palestinians under occupation and as refugees scattered across the globe. He captures the Palestinian people's stubborn refusal to be erased, gives voice to the ongoing struggle for liberation, and explores the meaning of international solidarity.   In "Before the Next Bomb Drops he also examines racism in America, police brutality, U.S. militarism and more. 

 

The Land We Are:  Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation,  by Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill & Sophie McCall (Editors).  ARP Books. 

"The Land We Are is a stunning collection of writing and art that interrogates the current era of reconciliation in Canada. Using visual, poetic, and theoretical language, the contributors approach reconciliation as a problematic narrative about Indigenous-settler relations, but also as a site where conversations about a just future must occur. The result of a four-year collaboration between artists and scholars engaged in resurgence and decolonization, The Land We Are is a moving dialogue that blurs the boundaries between activism, research, and the arts.  [from the jacket].   This is a beautiful and easy-to-access book.  We are also carrying several other books from ARP Press, a small press in Winnipeg, Canada:  Dancing on Our Turtle's Back, and Talking to the Diaspora

 

People's Art History of the U.S.  250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Activism.  by Nicholas Lampert.  Free Press.  Inspired by the pathbreaking work of Howard Zinn, A People’s Art History of the United States is propelled by a democratic vision of art, showing that art doesn’t just belong within the confines of museums and archives. In fact, art is created every day in the street and all around us, and everyone deserves to be a part of it. [from the cover]    


Snowden, by Ted Rall.  Seven Stories Press.  "A dramatic, evocative, thoughtful and very accessible account of one of the most important stories of the century – and one of the most ominous, unless citizens are aroused to action to rein in abusive state power." -- Noam Chomsky

If you have someone on your list who has a subversive mind, doesn't want to read a lot of words, and prefers a graphic form, this is the perfect gift.  Get it now so you can read it before giving it away!