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Final call! Get your orders in by tomorrow to receive our VIETNAM box in January. And don’t forget a subscription woul...
14/12/2018

Final call! Get your orders in by tomorrow to receive our VIETNAM box in January. And don’t forget a subscription would make a great gift! Simply select the gift option at check out. Use the offer code GIFTME15 on all orders through tomorrow for 15% off! Read the world with us!

Here’s a look at our INDIA box from several months ago! Man how time flies! Order now for our next box featuring VIETN...
10/12/2018

Here’s a look at our INDIA box from several months ago! Man how time flies! Order now for our next box featuring VIETNAM at thealignist.com!

THE ALIGNIST is proud to share so many nuanced, multi-layered stories with you! Sign up by Dec. 15 for our next box, fea...
09/12/2018

THE ALIGNIST is proud to share so many nuanced, multi-layered stories with you! Sign up by Dec. 15 for our next box, featuring a novel that traverses perception and reality, pain and grief, right and wrong through a harrowing family tale about the Vietnam War. Use the offer code GIFTME15 for 15% of all orders!

THE ALIGNIST is proud to share specially-selected sacred stories with you! Sign up by Dec. 15 for our next box, featurin...
09/12/2018

THE ALIGNIST is proud to share specially-selected sacred stories with you! Sign up by Dec. 15 for our next box, featuring a novel that traverses perception and reality, pain and grief, right and wrong through a harrowing family tale about the Vietnam War. Use the offer code GIFTME15 for 15% of all orders!

THE ALIGNIST offers a world tour by the issues and by the book. So far, readers have come to understand the drug wars in...
08/12/2018

THE ALIGNIST offers a world tour by the issues and by the book. So far, readers have come to understand the drug wars in Mexico, terrorism in India, dictatorship in Syria, oil extraction in Nigeria, and women in Brazil — all with novels as our guide. Sign up by Dec. 15 to get in our next adventure! Use the offer code GIFTME15 to give (or receive!) a subscription on thealignist.com!

📷: @amyxbao

Travel the world...from the comfort of your own home. Order one box or a series of them at thealignist.com today. Use th...
05/12/2018

Travel the world...from the comfort of your own home. Order one box or a series of them at thealignist.com today. Use the code GIFTME15 for 15% off through Dec. 15!

Our latest box featured Brazil, and included a novel takes readers through 500 years of the region’s history — leadi...
04/12/2018

Our latest box featured Brazil, and included a novel takes readers through 500 years of the region’s history — leading up the moment when Brazilians elected the so-called “Trump of the south” as their president. Understand the world one book and on country at a time with THE ALIGNIST. Use code GIFTME15 for 15% off all orders through Dec. 15 on thealignist.com!

American history classes always seem to stop just as the Vietnam War begins. With our next box, we’ll explore its impa...
01/12/2018

American history classes always seem to stop just as the Vietnam War begins. With our next box, we’ll explore its impact on one family. Sign up by Dec.15 to come along on the journey. Use offer code GIFTME15 for 15% off all orders — and remember, some of the best gifts are the ones you give yourself!

THE ALIGNIST uses fiction as way in to pressing global issues because seeing them unfold through the eyes of a character...
25/11/2018

THE ALIGNIST uses fiction as way in to pressing global issues because seeing them unfold through the eyes of a character can build empathy and understanding like news stories can’t always to, and that’s coming from a founder who is also a reporter! Sign up today to experience the magic for yourself at thealignist.com and get 20% off with the code GRATITUDE20 through tomorrow night!

When you sign up for a box subscription from THE ALIGNIST, you’ll support fair trade businesses around the world. This...
24/11/2018

When you sign up for a box subscription from THE ALIGNIST, you’ll support fair trade businesses around the world. This #smallbusinesssaturday, shop ethically and gift thoughtfully. Understand the world, one country at a time.

Shop ethically. Gift thoughtfully. Literary world tours (all wrapped up in a quarterly box) on sale now at thealignist.c...
23/11/2018

Shop ethically. Gift thoughtfully. Literary world tours (all wrapped up in a quarterly box) on sale now at thealignist.com!

Shop ethically. Gift thoughtfully. The whole world (in a box) awaits. Use the offer code GRATEFUL20 for 20% off all orde...
22/11/2018

Shop ethically. Gift thoughtfully. The whole world (in a box) awaits.

Use the offer code GRATEFUL20 for 20% off all orders through Nov. 26 on thealignist.com!

On a day commemorating the meeting of cultures and fully recognizing all the strife that followed, I stand by my commitm...
22/11/2018

On a day commemorating the meeting of cultures and fully recognizing all the strife that followed, I stand by my commitment to share the world in a way that honors communities through ethical sourcing and authentic storytelling. 📕
I’m grateful to live in a world with such richness in culture, and for the opportunity to seek it out, and share what I find with you. Thank you to all those who backed this venture and who have come along on THE ALIGNIST’s signature literary adventures. All the best to you and yours this Thanksgiving. 🌍
Use the offer code GRATEFUL20 for 20% off all orders through Nov. 26.

Novels are made of a million hard decision, a million bold risks. THE ALIGNIST is grateful to those who take them. Head ...
19/11/2018

Novels are made of a million hard decision, a million bold risks. THE ALIGNIST is grateful to those who take them. Head to the site now for 20% off all orders. Skip the lines, beat the stress and use the offer code GRATEFUL20 to give a subscription to literature and connection this holiday season...or ya know, gift yourself?!

A throwback to our first box (featuring Mexico) and a little reminder that a subscription to THE ALIGNIST would make a g...
17/11/2018

A throwback to our first box (featuring Mexico) and a little reminder that a subscription to THE ALIGNIST would make a great holiday gift! It’s easy to have these quarterly surprises sent to all the bookish, worldly, and conscious people in your in your life! Get it at the alignist.com and watch out for sale prices next week!
📷: @amyxbao

Yesterday, Brazil elected a president who has made comments many see as racist, sexist, and homophobic. Critics fear tha...
29/10/2018

Yesterday, Brazil elected a president who has made comments many see as racist, sexist, and homophobic. Critics fear that with Jair Bolsonaro in charge, the country’s rainforests will face calamity. The latest box from THE ALIGNIST (shipped this week) explores how 500 years of Brazilian history that led to this moment. Subscribers — share your thoughts on this latest literary journey!

Tune in now for this LIVE discussion with University of Michigan Professor Omolade Adunbi and Helon Habila, author of Oi...
13/10/2018
THE ALIGNIST Q&A on Nigeria - YouTube

Tune in now for this LIVE discussion with University of Michigan Professor Omolade Adunbi and Helon Habila, author of Oil on Water, which was featured in the last edition of THE ALIGNIST. We'll connect the oil wealth, indigenous insurgencies, and environmental degradation described in the novel to contemporary realities in Nigeria.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg4ZdA6xFaHCGXTD6ZGwjxQ/live

This is a live Q&A with Helon Habila and Omolade Adunbi, moderated by Beenish Ahmed, founder of THE ALIGNIST (thealignist.com). The discussion focuses on H...

Here’s the contents of our last THE WHOLE STORY box, featuring NIGERIA: ethically sourced African black soap with a lo...
11/10/2018

Here’s the contents of our last THE WHOLE STORY box, featuring NIGERIA: ethically sourced African black soap with a lovely mint scent from @sheaterraorganics, a bracelet made from flip flops by an old woman in a Nigerian village, greeting cards with the colorful prints you see on kente cloth across the country, delicious chocolate from @eschocolate which supports endangered animals, and of course the novel Oil on Water by Helon Habila from @w.w.norton, plus our custom-made ROADMAP to connect its plot to how oil extraction contributes to government corruption, environmental damage, and local strife in the Niger Delta. 📦 📚🌍
Whew! That’s a lot, huh? Head to thealignist.com for more info or to sign up for our next literary adventure! 📷: @amyxbao

Here’s the contents of our last THE WHOLE STORY box, featuring NIGERIA:  — ethically sourced African black soap with...
11/10/2018

Here’s the contents of our last THE WHOLE STORY box, featuring NIGERIA:

— ethically sourced African black soap with a lovely mint scent from @sheaterraorganics
— a bracelet made from flip flops by an old woman in a Nigerian village
— greeting cards with the colorful prints you see on kente cloth across the country, — delicious chocolate from @eschocolate which supports endangered animals
— the novel Oil on Water by Helon Habila from @w.w.norton
— our custom-made ROADMAP to connect its plot to how oil extraction contributes to government corruption, environmental damage, and local strife in the Niger Delta.

Whew! That’s a lot, huh? Head to thealignist.com for more info or to sign up for our next literary adventure!

Here 👏🏽 it 👏🏽 is! THE ALIGNIST in @oprahmagazine! 🙌🏽 @ New York, New York
19/09/2018

Here 👏🏽 it 👏🏽 is! THE ALIGNIST in @oprahmagazine! 🙌🏽 @ New York, New York

THE ALIGNIST got Oprah's seal of approval! 🏆 Run out and grab a copy of the latest issue of O Magazine to see for you...
19/09/2018

THE ALIGNIST got Oprah's seal of approval! 🏆 Run out and grab a copy of the latest issue of O Magazine to see for yourself!

RT @alexanderchee: These @nationalbook fiction beauties. Congratulations @tayari @legroff @JenniferClement @jamelbrinkle...
14/09/2018
Alexander Chee on Twitter

RT @alexanderchee: These @nationalbook fiction beauties. Congratulations @tayari @legroff @JenniferClement @jamelbrinkley @rebeccamakkai @TisforThompson @DGumbiner @bwhobson @thommyorange 📷 @likaluca Sigrid Nunez —and to the judges. This list is great: https://t.co/j8Vrgb0rPx https://t.co/xZW7MGBHmL

“These @nationalbook fiction beauties. Congratulations @tayari @legroff @JenniferClement @jamelbrinkley @rebeccamakkai @TisforThompson @DGumbiner @bwhobson @thommyorange 📷 @likaluca Sigrid Nunez —and to the judges. This list is great: https://t.co/j8Vrgb0rPx”

“through the plywood ripped from the windows, pried away by the teeth of the storm, through the rain that comes down i...
12/09/2018
The Alignist on Twitter

“through the plywood ripped from the windows, pried away by the teeth of the storm, through the rain that comes down in curtains.” 3/3

““through the plywood ripped from the windows, pried away by the teeth of the storm, through the rain that comes down in curtains.” 3/3”

“...through plastic bags that skim the surface of the flood like birds, through the clothesline that knocks the branch...
12/09/2018
The Alignist on Twitter

“...through plastic bags that skim the surface of the flood like birds, through the clothesline that knocks the branches like fishing net, through our clothes, swept from the flooded house...” 2/3

““...through plastic bags that skim the surface of the flood like birds, through the clothesline that knocks the branches like fishing net, through our clothes, swept from the flooded house...” 2/3”

I’m reading @jesmimi’s Salvage the Bones as Hurricane Florence approaches. Heartwrending to think of those who are i...
12/09/2018
The Alignist on Twitter

I’m reading @jesmimi’s Salvage the Bones as Hurricane Florence approaches. Heartwrending to think of those who are in the path of the another deadly storm and read her characters escape, “through the whipping branches, the undulating water...” 1/3

“I’m reading @jesmimi’s Salvage the Bones as Hurricane Florence approaches. Heartwrending to think of those who are in the path of the another deadly storm and read her characters escape, “through the whipping branches, the undulating water...” 1/3”

Raise your hand if you hold books sacred.
10/09/2018

Raise your hand if you hold books sacred.

" It sounded like a brothel in reverse," @vanessa_hua on the American baby-birthing centers for Chinese women than inspi...
27/08/2018
The Alignist on Twitter

" It sounded like a brothel in reverse," @vanessa_hua on the American baby-birthing centers for Chinese women than inspired her novel. @nprbooks: https://t.co/o0t9oFBwWn

“" It sounded like a brothel in reverse," @vanessa_hua on the American baby-birthing centers for Chinese women than inspired her novel. @nprbooks: https://t.co/o0t9oFBwWn”

RT @lithub: "Writing is not exactly a scarce resource. There is far too much out there that hasn’t been read enough. S...
22/08/2018
Literary Hub on Twitter

RT @lithub: "Writing is not exactly a scarce resource. There is far too much out there that hasn’t been read enough. So I don’t try to solve this silence. To me it is necessary." Ben Marcus on writer's block, favorite books, and more. https://t.co/tB1MuNIGJC

“"Writing is not exactly a scarce resource. There is far too much out there that hasn’t been read enough. So I don’t try to solve this silence. To me it is necessary." Ben Marcus on writer's block, favorite books, and more. https://t.co/tB1MuNIGJC”

Happy Friday! Here's our gorgeous SYRIA Box featuring a novel about the city of Aleppo from @hoopoefiction, a notebook m...
10/08/2018

Happy Friday! Here's our gorgeous SYRIA Box featuring a novel about the city of Aleppo from @hoopoefiction, a notebook made by Syrian refugee women from @fajrbeirut, authentic za'atar spices from @spicelyorganics, and Aleppo soap made the traditional way to supports people in Syria from @scentsofsyria. There's also some info from our friends at @the.ana.collective about their stunning dolls which are made by refugee women to capture scenes of the country they left behind. ⠀

Find out more or subscribe to come along on our literary journey at thealignist.com! ⠀

An asylum seeker who was held on an island detention center wrote a book about experiences...on Watsapp. @NoelKing talks...
06/08/2018
The Alignist on Twitter

An asylum seeker who was held on an island detention center wrote a book about experiences...on Watsapp. @NoelKing talks to him about on @NPR: https://t.co/R3eKt6lCme

“An asylum seeker who was held on an island detention center wrote a book about experiences...on Watsapp. @NoelKing talks to him about on @NPR: https://t.co/R3eKt6lCme”

The women who made the notebooks featured in the SYRIA box fled war and chaos. Making these notebooks for @fajrbeirut of...
05/08/2018

The women who made the notebooks featured in the SYRIA box fled war and chaos. Making these notebooks for @fajrbeirut offers them dignified work and a decent income to support themselves and their families through a difficult time. Find out more about THE ALIGNIST’s efforts to provide information and an opportunity to give back to people around the world at thealignist.com!

We’re waiting...
04/08/2018

We’re waiting...

Are you annoyed with how every website/newspaper/radio show covers the same book by the same author in the same week? Wa...
30/07/2018
The Alignist on Twitter

Are you annoyed with how every website/newspaper/radio show covers the same book by the same author in the same week? Want to read books when they feel RELEVANT not just when they were RELEASED? Check out https://t.co/gGIhuOoDgg for a new approach to books.

“Are you annoyed with how every website/newspaper/radio show covers the same book by the same author in the same week? Want to read books when they feel RELEVANT not just when they were RELEASED? Check out https://t.co/gGIhuOoDgg for a new approach to books.”

This beautiful rainbow of notebooks were made by Syrian refugee women in Lebanon. Making these offers a source of liveli...
28/07/2018

This beautiful rainbow of notebooks were made by Syrian refugee women in Lebanon. Making these offers a source of livelihood and a sense of purpose to people who have lost much. @thealignist is proud to have featured these notebooks from @fajrbeirut in a box all about the conflict in SYRIA. Find out more at thealignist.com and order our next box today!

RT @Roughly: How a close reading of Jane Austen helps two Pakistani teenagers figure out their own society, like: Why do...
13/07/2018
Rough Translation on Twitter

RT @Roughly: How a close reading of Jane Austen helps two Pakistani teenagers figure out their own society, like: Why do so many Pakistani women who graduate medical school never work as doctors? #janeausten #bookish #bibliophile Reporting from @diaahadid for @roughly https://t.co/pa7Owo8t8T https://t.co/xOdfAXNDI6

“How a close reading of Jane Austen helps two Pakistani teenagers figure out their own society, like: Why do so many Pakistani women who graduate medical school never work as doctors? #janeausten #bookish #bibliophile Reporting from @diaahadid for @roughly https://t.co/pa7Owo8t8T”

"I think fiction can be more powerful [than journalism]. It lets you bring out the essence of a story, and of the themes...
10/07/2018
The Alignist on Twitter

"I think fiction can be more powerful [than journalism]. It lets you bring out the essence of a story, and of the themes, in a more human, vivid, and complete way. That’s particularly true when it comes to international issues." https://t.co/6ZwEUhHWLE

“"I think fiction can be more powerful [than journalism]. It lets you bring out the essence of a story, and of the themes, in a more human, vivid, and complete way. That’s particularly true when it comes to international issues." https://t.co/6ZwEUhHWLE”

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