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TRUE ROOTS: Recommended on not 1 but 2 end-of-year gift lists:1 The Vineyard Gazette and 2 The Longreads 2019 Holiday Gi...
12/16/2019
Book Talk with Ronnie Citron-Fink (2019-12-17)

TRUE ROOTS: Recommended on
not 1 but 2 end-of-year gift lists:
1 The Vineyard Gazette and
2 The Longreads 2019 Holiday Gift Book Guide -
where I love that it's included in the
'Investigations and Revelations' section!

And a talk tomorrow, 12/17, at West Tisbury Free Library on Martha's Vineyard

Congrats, Ronnie Citron-Fink!

Book Talk with Ronnie Citron-Fink: True Roots On Tuesday, December 17 at 4:30pm, the West Tisbury Library will host a book talk with author Ronnie Citron-Fink. Ronnie will read from her newest book, True Roots: What Quitting Hair Dye Taught Me About Health and Beauty. This event is free and open

11/16/2019
Get Me Roger Stone | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Timely recommended weekend viewing [in addition to your reading of course] on Netflix - film by a friend, not a client, Morgan Pehme:

The whole world was shocked by the rise Donald Trump, but there was one man who had been plotting it for years: Roger Stone. Diving deep into the mind of the...

Things to think about from Wendy Grossman, now that so much of our personal data is collected - even when it's 'anonymiz...
11/01/2019
net.wars: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition

Things to think about from Wendy Grossman, now that so much of our personal data is collected - even when it's 'anonymized,' it still identifies us.

https://www.pelicancrossing.net/netwars/2019/11/nobody_expects_the_spanish_inq.html

Two things sparked this train of thought. The first was seeing that researchers at the Mayo Clinic have shown that commercial facial recognition software accurately identified 70 of a sample set of 84 (that's 83%) MRI brain scans. For ten additional subjects, the software placed the correct identifi...

The Global Climate Strike even came to Nantucket, where I was today - or, I should say, 'of course came to Nantucket' be...
09/21/2019
Liz Weiss MS, RDN on Twitter

The Global Climate Strike even came to Nantucket, where I was today - or, I should say, 'of course came to Nantucket' because island people know global warming, they see its effects.
And I especially like the literary youth sign in this Twitter post:

“So proud for what you're doing! We joined in today from the tiny island of #Nantucket. #climatestrike https://t.co/wdDvCQdJRJ”

Tonight's another Dem Presidential Primary Debate - and here's a great wrap-up piece from TRUE ROOTS author Ronnie Citro...
09/12/2019
10 Highlights From the Climate Town Hall - Moms Clean Air Force

Tonight's another Dem Presidential Primary Debate - and here's a great wrap-up piece from TRUE ROOTS author Ronnie Citron-Fink on the candidates' last outing, the CNN Climate Town Hall.
How much of this will be mentioned again tonight?

Moms Clean Air Force's Ronnie Citron-Fink and Trisha Sheehan were in attendance at the CNN Climate Town Hall with the Democratic candidates for the 7-hour long primetime forum.

Always a great day to have a sale!Today it's the ebook of Joanna Russ' The Female Man for $1.99 from Open Road - on this...
09/09/2019
‎The Female Man

Always a great day to have a sale!
Today it's the ebook of Joanna Russ' The Female Man for $1.99 from Open Road - on this platform or any other of your choice! From Early Bird Books, a great find for avid readers . . .

‎Fiction & Literature · 2018

Sharing a tribute to Toni Morrison's work written by Noliwe Rooks a few years ago, on The Bluest Eye and the truest love...
08/06/2019
Rooks on Morrison's "The Bluest Eye"

Sharing a tribute to Toni Morrison's work written by Noliwe Rooks a few years ago, on The Bluest Eye and the truest love - that first book that 'inhabits you.'

I so remember my daughter reading Morrison for school at about the same age as Rooks in this essay - and seeing her burst into tears.
In awe of the power! Rest in Peace, Toni Morrison.

Rooks on Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" By: Noliwe Rooks,  Associate Professor, Africana Studies and Feminist, Gender & Sexuality StudiesMarch 29, 2016 "When My Friends First Came to Visit" By the time I was 10 I had both inhaled and inhabited a lot of books. I knew well the escape of imagining myself...

On the 65th anniversary of Brown [Linda Brown, then nine years old] v Board of Ed [of Topeka, KS] CUTTING SCHOOL author ...
05/17/2019
Why, 65 years later, school segregation persists: New York City is a perfect case study

On the 65th anniversary of Brown [Linda Brown, then nine years old] v Board of Ed [of Topeka, KS] CUTTING SCHOOL author Noliwe Rooks explains why public schools are still segregated.
The problem is us, the parents.

On this day 65 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that schools in the United States should no longer operate under the failed ethos of “separate but equal” and instead must move to integrate their student bodies “with all deliberate speed.” New York City schools have not achieved the...

04/23/2019
Catalan News on Twitter

What a great holiday!
Today is World Book Day and, in Catalonia,
Sant Jordi's Day of books and roses:

“📽️ Roses for love, books for literature, and a day to celebrate them altogether — Sant Jordi is underway, and @catalannews is on the streets to bring you the atmosphere from the streets of Barcelona Learn more: https://t.co/dCIhBGukRQ https://t.co/q1kvplp6f8”

It's April 1st but this is not a joke - There is a Slovenian production ofSex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man!
04/02/2019

It's April 1st but this is not a joke -
There is a Slovenian production of
Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay Man!

Important hometown bookstore news, with high school friend playing key role, thank you, Jay Campion! I never imagined th...
02/04/2019
Dartmouth grad plans ‘book and bar’ concept in prime Hanover space

Important hometown bookstore news, with high school friend playing key role, thank you, Jay Campion!
I never imagined that towns and cities I lived in would ever be without bookstores...

HANOVER — A 29-year-old Dartmouth College alumna plans to open a new bookstore, cafe and beer/wine bar in the former Dartmouth Bookstore space, replacing a business whose closing late last year left local book lovers distraught and represented a major...

Coming in June 2019!Congratulations, Ronnie Citron-Fink
01/25/2019

Coming in June 2019!
Congratulations, Ronnie Citron-Fink

A troubling analysis!But once in a while this does happen when you get under the hood of a manuscript...
01/17/2019
A New Yorker Cartoon

A troubling analysis!
But once in a while this does happen when you get under the hood of a manuscript...

“The problem is there’s no engine. Just a mysterious plot device.”

In honor of December 7:
12/08/2018
Safe Passage: The Civilian Evacuation From Hawaii After Pearl Harbor

In honor of December 7:

SAFE PASSAGE is the first book to feature the dramatic story of the American civilians, trapped on the Hawaiian Islands after the horrifying surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, who were evacuated thousands of miles by ship across the Pacific and by train across the United States in m...

Tough history lesson from Noliwe Rooks, congrats on your NYT op ed.My favorite [literary] quote from the comments sectio...
11/28/2018
Opinion | Cindy Hyde-Smith Is Teaching Us What Segregation Academies Taught Her

Tough history lesson from Noliwe Rooks, congrats on your NYT op ed.
My favorite [literary] quote from the comments section:
"As Mississippi's greatest writer, William Faulkner, once said: "The past is never dead. It's not even past.""

The campaign gaffes of Mississippi’s newly elected senator reveal the way that the past is always present.

As Insight lands on Mars today - Antonia Juhasz helps us answer questions we now have to ask, in the NatGeo series MARS:...
11/26/2018
Antonia Juhasz on Twitter

As Insight lands on Mars today -
Antonia Juhasz helps us answer questions we now have to ask, in the NatGeo series MARS:

https://twitter.com/AntoniaJuhasz/status/1062165142459371520

“A private mining company makes its inauspicious arrival on #MARS and so begins the question: will we make the same mistakes on Mars that we’re now making today on earth 🌏 and can we apply those lessons here before it’s too late? @NatGeoChannel”

From author Jonathan Rosenblum:What Amazon took with the other hand when they gave the raise to $15/hour, what else Amaz...
10/29/2018
Praise the Workers, Not Amazon

From author Jonathan Rosenblum:
What Amazon took with the other hand when they gave the raise to $15/hour, what else Amazon workers really need, and what may happen next:

By Jonathan Rosenblum | “Power concedes nothing without a demand,” abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass declared 161 years ago. Last week saw that truth on broad display as Amazon, facing growing political and organizing pressure, announced it was setting a minimum wage of $15/hour for its US ...

From Thaisa Frank: A fast flash-fiction read, four paragraphs full of wonder, for the three-day weekend:
09/03/2018
While You Were Sleeping

From Thaisa Frank: A fast flash-fiction read, four paragraphs full of wonder, for the three-day weekend:

by Thaisa Frank While you were sleeping the city began to recede from the continent and ice floes covered the airport. Since you never went out I began to wear your winter jacket. It was too big, w…

08/03/2018
Mars Season 2 – Trailer | National Geographic

Getting ready to head back to the office next week from some mid-summer vacation.

Here's a cool thing that happened while I was out: Release of the trailer for Nat Geo's MARS Season 2 -
with appearance by client Antonia Juhasz !

The hardest thing about living on Mars... is us. Mars returns November 12 on National Geographic. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe About National G...

Honored to rep the estate of the incomparable Joanna Russ:Here's praise in The Portalist for her most well-known novel, ...
05/29/2018
"The Female Man": The Novel That Gave Birth to Feminist Science Fiction

Honored to rep the estate of the incomparable Joanna Russ:
Here's praise in The Portalist for her most well-known novel, The Female Man, out now as an ebook for the first time from Open Road:
In Joanna Russ' Nebula Award-winning book, an alliance between four women raises questions about gender roles and identity.

https://theportalist.com/the-female-man-excerpt

In Joanna Russ' Nebula Award-winning novel, "The Female Man," an alliance between four women raises questions about gender roles and identity. Read on for an excerpt.

Hopefulness for Arbor Day:An Earth Day tweet from Zach St. George, who's writing about a book about the journeys of sequ...
04/27/2018
Zach St. George on Twitter

Hopefulness for Arbor Day:
An Earth Day tweet from Zach St. George, who's writing about a book about the journeys of sequoia and other trees for W. W. Norton:

“Happy Earth Day. Here's a picture of (supposedly) the first giant sequoia that Euro-Americans found, and (definitely) the first one they cut down. The fact that they don't all look like this is maybe kind of hopeful.”

This Saturday, 4/28, is Independent Bookstore Day!Which store will you be celebrating at?Add a iink to your favorite ind...
04/25/2018

This Saturday, 4/28, is Independent Bookstore Day!

Which store will you be celebrating at?
Add a iink to your favorite indy store in the comments below!

It's that time of year again, Bologna Book Fair week, where children's books - and illustrators! - are feted.It must be ...
03/27/2018

It's that time of year again, Bologna Book Fair week, where children's books - and illustrators! - are feted.
It must be where these characters are all headed..

Great story for a raw late winter/early spring eve,from Jonathan Slaght in Scientific Americanabout a tiger, a bear, and...
03/08/2018
East of Siberia: Heeding the Sign

Great story for a raw late winter/early spring eve,
from Jonathan Slaght in Scientific American
about a tiger, a bear, and a crow.
Remember: Always follow the crow.

Things had gone from one dead tiger to one live tiger, to one live tiger and one dead bear, all in the span of about 45 minutes

Congratukations to Fauzia and John Burke on the launch of Pub Site, their very cool new website service for authors!I hi...
02/22/2018
Pub Site

Congratukations to Fauzia and John Burke on the launch of Pub Site, their very cool new website service for authors!

I highly recommend this site - Ihad the chance to get a personal preview at a writers conference and was so impressed.
Authors, you are no longer at the mercy of website designers who don't understand book publishing and don't design to make it easy for you to update your site yourself!

https://www.facebook.com/PubSitePro/

Pub Site is the new website builder designed specifically for books and authors. It is easy to use and has many features for authors. Choose a professional design and customize it. Visit http://pub-site.com for more information and a 14-day free trial.

Reading for the long weekend,from Wendy Grossman's blog, net.wars:A tribute to and appreciation of the man "whose...writ...
02/16/2018
net.wars: RIP John Perry Barlow (1947-2018)

Reading for the long weekend,
from Wendy Grossman's blog, net.wars:
A tribute to and appreciation of the man "whose...writings set the tone of so much discourse about the internet and inspired so many thousands of activists."

There's a certain irony about the fact that John Perry Barlow, who styled himself "cognitive dissident" and whose early 1990s writings set the tone of so much discourse about the internet and inspired so many thousands of activists, has died in the same week that Conde Nast has put up a paywall arou...

What to do about aII those Confederate statues? A suggestion from Hungary's Memento Park by Antonia Juhaszhttps://harper...
02/05/2018

What to do about aII those Confederate statues?
A suggestion from Hungary's Memento Park by Antonia Juhasz

https://harpers.org/blog/2018/02/shared-silence/
[Although these statues seem too huge to be caIIed 'mementos' - maybe it's the translation, Szoborpark in Hungarian...]

If you missed Noliwe Rooks, author of CUTTING SCHOOL, in NYC last month, here's another chance:  Thurs Feb 1 @ the Schom...
01/25/2018
Conversations in Black Freedom Studies

If you missed Noliwe Rooks, author of CUTTING SCHOOL, in NYC last month, here's another chance: Thurs Feb 1 @ the Schomburg Center in Harlem, for free -- on Black Resistance to Trump Tyranny

Register now to join us for the first Conversations in Black Freedom Studies of 2018. We're excited to be welcoming Haki Madhubuti, Noliwe Rooks, and Michael Simanga for this essential conversation about how we build Black resistance to the tyranny of the Trump regime. See you at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, February 1st, at 6pm.

Thank you, Danny GIover!
01/23/2018
Danny Glover

Thank you, Danny GIover!

If you care about education in the U.S., this is a book worth getting your hands on!

Washington Post review: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/01/19/how-segrenomics-underpins-the-movement-to-privatize-public-education/?utm_term=.b23eaa4e47df

"If we as a nation really took seriously dismantling underperforming school districts and replacing them with the same types of educational experiences we provide the wealthy, it would negatively impact the bottom lines of many companies." ~Noliwe M. Rooks

Clients vs. Trump!      Score: 2-0   Points scored by:      Antonia Juhaszhttp://www.risingupwithsonali.com/how-dangerou...
01/16/2018
Chevron Has a Secretive Drilling Site in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Clients vs. Trump! Score: 2-0
Points scored by: Antonia Juhasz
http://www.risingupwithsonali.com/how-dangerous-is-trumps-move-to-open-offshore-drilling/
and Jonathan Rosenblum
https://www.alternet.org/environment/chevron-has-secretive-drilling-site-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge

The site is an indicator of what the future holds for this fragile ecosystem if Trump, the GOP and Big Oil get their way. It’s the middle of the frigid, long midnight at Tapkaurak Point, a spit of gravel curling out into the Beaufort Sea off the northern coast of Alaska. Up in the middle of the Ar...

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