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Triangle Square books for young readers

2013


An imprint of Seven Stories Press Triangle Square 140 Watts Street New York, NY 10013 www.sevenstories.com/trianglesquare www.facebook.com/trianglesquarebooks


Dear Friends, Triangle Square books for young readers takes its cue from the kind of storytelling and attention to social justice that have propelled Seven Stories Press since its inception. As our children lead us into the future, it must be with kindness and imagination and perspective. Books can help them like no other tools can. Written by historians and activists like Howard Zinn, Jared Diamond, and Ronald Takaki; trailblazers like Laurie Rubin, James Lecesne, and Cory Silverberg; artists and illustrators like Rex Ray, テ《laug Jテウnsdテウttir, and Fiona Smyth; and storytellers like Barry Gifford, Andri Snテヲr Magnason, and Octavia E. Butler, books for young readers from Seven Stories and Triangle Square intend to be nothing less than joyful, and, yes, galvanizing. Educators, please email us for a free examination copy of any of our Triangle Square books, and follow us (and Like us!) at www.facebook.com/TriangleSquareBooks. Kids, tell us what works for you.

Happy Reading, Ruth Weiner Publicity Manager Triangle Square

Dan Simon Publisher Seven Stories Press


Ta bl e of Con t e n t s

F r o n t l i st

What Makes a Baby.......................................................................... 8 Two new titles from the author of What Makes a Baby...............13 A is for Activist................................................................................14 The Story of the Blue Planet.............................................................16 Trevor............................................................................................. 20 The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature.....................................24 Lizzie.............................................................................................. 26 I l l u st r at e d H i st o r i e s f o r Y o u n g P e o p l e

The Third Chimpanzee for Young People.......................................... 30 A Young People’s History of the United States................................ 32 A Different Mirror for Young People............................................... 34 S e l e c t e d B a c k l i st


What Makes A Baby

Cory S i lv e r be rg illustrated by F ion a Sm y t h

Regardless of whether a baby is adopted, conceived using reproductive technologies, at home or in a clinic, through surrogacy, or the old fashioned way, and regardless of how many people are involved, their orientation, gender, or family composition, the important things don’t change. What Makes a Baby helps parents tell children where they came from in a way that includes everyone. Written by sexuality educator Cory Silverberg, and illustrated by awardwinning Canadian artist Fiona Smyth, What Makes a Baby is as fun to look at as it is satisfying to read. Cory Silverberg is a sex educator, and the son of a sex therapist and a chil-

dren’s librarian. He is also the Sexuality Guide for About.com. He previously self-published this book after a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised the highest amount in the site’s history for a children’s book project. This is the first in a three-book series by Silverberg teaching young readers about sexuality, sexual health, and gender.

MAY 2013 ages 3 and up HC • $16.95 • full color 9" x 9" • 36 pages 978-1-60980-485-5 World rights


“Designed for all kinds of children in all kinds of families, this will be particularly welcome in adoptive and non-traditional families but is, uniquely, an appealing and informative complement to early sexeducation discussions with any child.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

• Featured title at ALA with postcards/giveaways • Visit www.what-makes-a-baby.com and http://www.facebook.com /whatmakesababy or follow Cory at @aboutsexuality • Free Reader’s Guide online for parents, educators, and teachers • Major media coverage


Helping school-age children understand sex and sexual identity­—new books from the author of What Makes a Baby.

Sex is a Funny Word • For ages 7 and up • Fall 2014 • World Rights

The second book from sex educator Cory Silverberg, Sex is a Funny Word will provide a necessary resource for elementary school-aged children who are now able to understand more about the world around them. A hybrid picture/comic book, Sex is a Funny Word explores issues related to the body including body parts, personal boundaries, sexual health and development, sexualization (what it means to be sexy), as well as family structure, using age-appropriate language and images. As with What Makes a Baby, Sex Is a Funny Word will be inclusive of parents and children regardless of gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or family make-up.

Untitled Book 3 • For ages 10 and up • Spring 2015 • World Rights

Geared toward children entering adolescence, the third book in the series will offer more detailed information on the topics covered in Sex is a Funny Word and adds topics that are more conceptual and age appropriate, including puberty, sexual activities, STIs and HIV/AIDS, pornography, contraception (birth control), healthy relationships, sexual feelings and romantic or love feelings, and gender identity. Designed in graphic novel form, with a more sophisticated use of illustrations to appeal to an older reader, Untitled Book 3 will help adolescents and their parents or caregivers understand the coming shift from a focus on the self to a focus on the other that comes with puberty.


A is for Activist

written and illustrated by

i n nos a n t o n ag a r a

An ABC board book for children and their parents that promotes social awareness and encourages action for change Written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives, A is for Activist uses bright illustrations and rhyming and alliterative wordplay to introduce ideas of justice, activism, and civil rights. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while learning their ABCs. Born and raised in Indonesia, Innosanto Nagara is founder of the Design

Action Collective, a worker-owned cooperative design studio in Oakland, California, that is dedicated to “serving the Movement.” Inno lives in a cohousing community in Oakland where his child is the youngest of eight children to be born into the household, so he has “studied” a lot of children’s books over the past twelve years. Originally self-published after a successful Kickstarter campaign, A is for Activist is Inno’s first book. “Full of wit, beauty, and fun, we can think of no better way to learn the alphabet.” —Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis “Fun, funny, exquisitely illustrated and brilliantly written with a message that is sure to resonate with kids. May a thousand young activists bloom!” —Medea Benjamin, cofounder of Global Exchange and Code Pink November 2013 ages 3–7 Board • $9.99 • full color 5.5625" x 5.5625" • 28 pages 978-1-60980-539-5 World Rights


• Featured title at ALA with posters/book giveaways • Partner with Teaching for Change and other activist teaching orgs • Author appearance at Bay Area book fairs and bookstores


The Story of the Blue Planet

A n dr i Sn Æ r M agn a son illustrated by á sl aug Jónsd ó tt i r translated by J u l i a n M e l d on D’A rc y

On a blue planet far out in space there are no adults, only wild children who play when they want to and go to sleep when they are tired, without anyone telling them what to do. When a grown-up named Mr. Jolly Goodday lands on the planet, he teaches them how to fly and tacks the sun up in the sky so they never have to go to sleep—all for a seemingly small price. Soon their old ways are forgotten and the children’s friendship and ingenuity are put to the test in the most important undertaking of their lives. “Lean, swift and often lyrical  . . . immensely satisfying—a major contribution to the sparsely populated eco-lit genre,” writes the New York Times. Icelandic author ANDRI SNÆR MAGNASON has received numerous international awards, including, most recently, for his novel LoveStar (Seven Stories Press, 2012), which won a special citation from the Philip K. Dick Award. In April 2013 the Toronto Youth Theater performed a theatrical version of The Story of the Blue Planet, which has been performed or published in over twentytwo countries. Magnason lives in Reykjavik with his family. 2013 Green Earth Book Award Honor Book Nomination for the Nordic Children’s Book Award The Icelandic Literary Prize Nominee for the IBBY Award and the IBBY Int’l Honor List for illustrations The Janusz Korczak Honorary Award The West Nordic Children’s Literature Prize

November 2013 ages 7–14 TR • $9.95 • 978-1-60980-506-7 hC • $12.99 • 978-1-60980-428-2 5.5" x 8" • 136 pages World rights


“In the tradition of Roald Dahl and Maurice Sendak, Magnason’s story celebrates the ferity and fearlessness of childhood as an idealized state. . . . a Suessian mix of wonder, wit, and gravitas.” —Amanda Little, New York Times Book Review “Dahl-like wit and a couple of eccentrically Arctic moments . . . make this a memorable and provocative tale, and a splendid opener for discussions about our own blue planet.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

• www.andrimagnason.com • Featured title at ALA and in library market • Promotion at Green festivals • Tie-in with Toronto Youth Theater production • Lesson plans tied to Environmentalism available free online


Trevor A Novella

Ja m e s l e ce sn e foreword by dav i d l e v i t h a n

The story of the boy who inspired THE TREVOR PROJECT Trevor is an exuberant, sociable, and witty thirteen year-old. So why, when he takes that nerve-wracking turn toward his locker at school, does he feel scared and alone? Based on the Academy Award–winning short film of the same name, the inspiration for The Trevor Project, Trevor mixes humor and realism in an urgent look at what makes some young people dream of dying instead of living—starting with what it is like to feel alienated from everything around you and, most importantly, what critical ties can enter in at the most unlikely moments to save you from despair. JAMES LECESNE is co-founder of The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-

hour crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ teens. He has published two young adult novels, Absolute Brightness and Virgin Territory. His solo show, Word of Mouth, was awarded both a NY Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award. Trevor began as a scene in Word of Mouth, was turned into an Academy Award–winning short film by Lecesne and director Peggy Rajski. In addition to writing, Lecesne is an actor on TV, in film, and on the stage. He lives in New York.

August 2013 Ages 11–14 TR • $9.95 • 978-1-60980-487-9 HC • $14.95 • 978-1-60980-421-3 5.5" x 8.25" • 96 pages World rights


“A beautiful, moving, funny, original book is rare at any time. Trevor is not only a remarkable book, it’s an important book.” —Michael Cunningham “A book that reverberates with charm and wisdom and unexpected humor.” —Armistead Maupin “This book will save your life and make you laugh and rejoice that you are different.” —Eve Ensler

• Anti-bullying lesson plans tied to book available free online • Featured title at ALA and at children’s book fairs


Lizzie

Maxine Kumin illustrated by E l l io tt Gi l be rt

Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Maxine Kumin’s brave, young heroine finds herself on a dangerous adventure despite the double challenges of her recent disability and being the new girl in a backwater Florida town. America, meet Lizzie Peterlinz, age 11. Paralyzed below the waist after slipping off a diving board two years earlier, Lizzie does not let her wheelchair get in the way of her curiosity. She’s starting life over in a small town in Florida, where her hunger for knowledge and adventure lead her to some unlikely friends. Lizzie loves to visit the town’s run-down roadside petting zoo, run by a slow-moving gentle giant Lizzie and her mom affectionately call Henry the Huge. There, in the fields behind the zoo, she comes across a shack full of screeching monkeys and the mysterious boy who cares for them. . . . But when a man with a slick grin arrives on the scene, it’s Lizzie, not the monkeys, who is in danger. Honored as America’s poet laureate from 1981 to 1982, MAXINE KUMIN has been awarded many prizes including the Pulitzer Prize and an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award. In addition to her seventeen poetry collections, novels, and essay collections for adults, she is the author of many children’s books including Oh, Harry! (illustrated by Barry Moser), What Color is Caesar? (illustrated by Alison Friend), and When Grandmother Was Young (illustrated by Don Almquist). In Fall 2014 Triangle Square/Seven Stories Press is re-releasing four of Kumin’s out-of-print children’s books for kids ages 5 to 8, co-written with Anne Sexton. Kumin and her husband live on a farm in New Hampshire, where they raised horses for forty years and enjoyed the companionship of several rescued dogs.

march 2014 HC • $21.95 5.5" x 8.25" • 160 pages 978-1-60980-518-0 world rights


• Digital review copies on Edelweiss • ARC giveaway in ABA’s children’s toolbox • Cross promote with animal rights and disability activist orgs


The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature edited by Rus s k ick

In this new addition to the lauded Graphic Canon series, master anthologist Russ Kick shows adults everywhere that great children’s literature is great literature, period. And that it’s not just for children. The original three-volume anthology The Graphic Canon presented the world’s classic literature­—from ancient times to the late twentieth century—as eyepopping comics, illustrations, and other visual forms. In this original volume, young people’s literature through the ages is given a new life by the best comics artists and illustrators. Fairy tales, fables, fantastical adventures, young adult novels, swashbuckling yarns, your favorite stories from childhood and your teenage years . . . they’re all here, in all their original complexity and strangeness, before they were censored or sanitized. Best-selling anthologist RUSS KICK was named one of its “50 Visionaries Who

Are Changing Your World” by Utne Reader. For his groundbreaking new series of books The Graphic Canon, Kick has commissioned new work from over 170 artists, as well as reintroduced existing work that wasn’t easy to find. With over 35,000 copies in print of the first three volumes, the Graphic Canon series has been praised as “a treasure trove for literary comics fans” (Wired), and “a masterpiece” (School Library Journal), and the New York Times says Kick has “struck a chord.” “Easily the most ambitious and successfully realized literary project in recent memory.” —National Public Radio

may 2014 TR • $38.95 8.25" x 11" • 448 pages 978-1-60980-530-2 world rights


Featuring: Little Mermaid • Brothers Grimm’s Fisherman and His Wife • Velveteen Rabbit • The Wind in the Willows • Harry Potter • Old Mother Hubbard • Anne Frank’s Diary • A Wrinkle in Time • Little Prince • Nutcracker • Rootabaga Stories • H. G. Wells’s Time Machine • Pippi Longstocking • Edward Lear poems • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea • Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf • Treasure Island • The Secret Garden • Peter Pan • Jungle Book • and many more

• Promotion at major comics conventions • Poster giveaways at library and trade shows


triangle Square illustrated histories for young people


The Third Chimpanzee for Young People

Ja r e d Di a mon d adapted by R e be cc a St e fof f

The first book by Jared Diamond to be adapted for younger readers At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weaponry—all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, threatened with accelerated climate change, overpopulation, and gaping social inequalities, it seems our innate tendencies for violence and self-destruction have led us to a crucial tipping point. Where did these traits come from? Are they part of our species’ immutable destiny or is there hope for our species’ future if we change? The Third Chimpanzee for Young People is Professor Diamond’s first foray into writing for younger readers, and his first illustrated edition. He chose to participate based on his reading of the earlier books in the illustrated histories for young people series. JARED DIAMOND is professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has published over 200 articles in Discover, Natural History, Nature, and Geo magazines. He is the author of several books including Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and has sold over 1.5 million copies, the international bestseller Collapse, and the recently published The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?. The Third Chimpanzee won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 1992. REBECCA STEFOFF is the award-winning author of more than one hundred nonfiction books for children and young adults, including A Young People’s History of the United States and A Different Mirror for Young People. april 2014 Ages 10–14 HC • $22.95 5.5" x 8" • 352 pages 978-1-60980-522-7 world rights


Praise for The Third Chimpanzee: “Informative, most fascinating, and very readable . . . highly recommended.” —Library Journal “Everyone will enjoy reading this brilliant book. It helps us understand what it means to be human.” —Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb


A Young People’s History of the United States Howa r d Z i n n adapted by R e be cc a St e fof f

Here is Anyokah, the child who helped bring written language to her Cherokee people, and John Tinker, the high school student who fought all the way to the Supreme Court for freedom of expression at school—and won, and the young factory laborers who stood up for themselves with the National Child Labor Committee’s Declaration of Dependence. These stories and many others in this illustrated edition of Zinn’s celebrated classic history of America show the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, and others whose stories, and their impact, are often left out of history books. HOWARD ZINN (1922–2010) influenced a generation with his ideas on politics

and history, most importantly that “you can’t be neutral on a moving train”— that is, that history has no bystanders, only participants. REBECCA STEFOFF is the award-winning author of more than one hundred nonfiction books for children and young adults. “Zinn has written a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those who have been exploited . . . an excellent antidote to establishment history.” —Library Journal

Ages 10–14 TR • $19.95 • 978-1-58322-869-2 HC • $45.00 • 978-1-58322-886-9 5.5" x 8" • 448 pages World rights


Also available in two paper-over-board volumes Vol 1: Columbus to the spanish-american War ($16.95) Vol 2: Class struggle to the war on terror ($17.95)


A Different Mirror for Young People A History of Multicultural America

Rona l d Ta k a k i adapted by R e be cc a St e fof f

The “mirror” that Ronald Takaki holds up to the United States reflects a multicultural history of oppression and exploitation, but also struggle, solidarity, and community. Takaki shows what has torn us apart, yet what knits us together. Acclaimed historian and writer Ronald Takaki (1939–2009) was a major

pioneer of multiculturalism. Author of a number of books, his A Different Mirror showed how ethnic history could come alive through the words of people, including teenagers, whose letters, diaries, and poems show that while they made America their home, often this did not happen without a fight. REBECCA STEFOFF is the award-winning author of more than one hundred nonfiction books for children and young adults. “An excellent way to include multi-ethnic materials in the classroom as a way to ensure that your students see their unique identities reflected in their coursework.” —Skipping Stones magazine

Ages 10–14 TR • $18.95 • 978-1-60980-416-9 HC • $40.00 • 978-1-60980-484-8 5.5" x 8" • 368 pages World rights


“In A Different Mirror, Professor Ronald Takaki examines the challenges we face, now more than ever, to understand and embrace our diversity if we are to grow together as a nation.” —Former President Bill Clinton “This Young People’s version of A Different Mirror will introduce a new generation to Takaki’s pathbreaking scholarship.” —Bill Bigelow, Curriculum Editor, Rethinking Schools, Co-director, Zinn Education Project


Selected backlist from triangle square and seven stories press


Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl without Sight

L au r i e Ru b i n

Colors, Rubin tells us, affect everyone through sound, smell, taste, and a vast array of emotions and atmospheres. She explains that although she has been blind since birth, she has experienced color all her life. In her memoir for young adults Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl without Sight, Laurie captures in vivid detail her initial diagnosis as a toddler, her adventures learning how to ski using touch and hearing alone, her disappointing experiences trying to fit in with her sighted classmates, discovering and coming to terms with her sexuality, and finally finding her sense of belonging through music and opera. Rubin describes her past as a “journey towards identity,” one she hopes will resonate with young people struggling with two fundamental questions: “Who am I?” and “Where do I fit in?” Although most of us aren’t blind, Rubin believes that many of us have traits that make us something other than “normal.” These differences, like blindness, may seem like barriers, but for the strong and the persistent, dreams can overcome barriers, no matter how large they may seem. This is what makes her story so unique yet so universal and important for young readers. Mezzo-soprano LAURIE RUBIN received high praise from New York Times chief

classical music critic Anthony Tommasini, who wrote that her voice displays “earthy, rich and poignant qualities.” Career highlights include her United Kingdom solo recital debut performance at Wigmore Hall in London, as well as her solo recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has recorded a CD of art songs with renowned collaborative pianists Graham Johnson and David Wilkinson. She is cofounder and associate artistic director of Ohana Arts. She also designs her own line of handmade jewelry, The LR Look.

Ages 12 and up TR • $18.95 5.5" x 8" • 400 pages 978-1-60980-425-1 World rights


“Do You Dream in Color? shows the same clarity, honesty, and devotion that Laurie has always had with her art. A wonderful book.” —Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano


10,000 Dresses

M a rcus Ew e rt illustrations by R e x r ay

Every night, Bailey dreams about magical dresses. But when the sun is shining, Mother and Father tell Bailey “You’re a BOY!” and “You shouldn’t be thinking about dresses at all.” MARCUS EWERT co-created the hit animated series, Piki & Poko, Adventures in StarLand, which was shown on MTV’s LOGO channel. REX RAY’s graphic designs and artwork can be seen on cd packages, book covers, billboards, in museums, and in his retrospective catalog, Rex Ray: Art + Design.

Marcus and Rex are currently working on the sequel to 10,000 Dresses. “[A] luminous little book.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Ages 2–8 HC • $14.95 8" x 10" • 32 pages 978-1-58322-850-0 World rights


Finalist, 2008 Lambda Literary Awards Honor Book, 2010 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award ALA Rainbow Book “I love this book! If I had read it growing up, I might have felt better about my dress-wearing habit.” —Isaac Mizrahi


Sad Stories of the Death of Kings B a r ry Gi f for d

“Barry Gifford’s Sad Stories of the Death of Kings gleams like a stolen silver dollar; one boy’s search for wisdom among the hustlers, criminals, and wise guys.” —Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned Forty-one coming of age short stories in American master Barry Gifford’s first book for young adults.

Ages 12 and up HC • $16.95 • 978-1-58322-948-4 5.5" x 8.25" • 240 pages TR • $16.95 • 978-1-58322-922-4 • adult edition 5.5" x 8.125" • 208 pages


The Class A Novel

F r a nçoi s Bé gau de au translated by L i n da A sh e r “The relevance [of The Class] to American urban education could not be any greater if it had been made in the Bronx or Trenton or South Los Angeles.” —David Denby, The New Yorker “Liberating the raw words of kids in a deconsecrated classroom” (Le Monde), The Class explores timely issues of race, class, identity, colonial history, immigration, and education. A film version, directed by Laurent Cantet, and starring author Bégaudeau as himself, won the Palme d’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. FRANÇOIS BÉGAUDEAU is the author of three novels and a fictional biography

of the Rolling Stones. Ages 12 and up TR • $17.95 • 978-1-58322-885-2 5.5" x 8.25" • 272 pages


Hello, Cruel World

101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws

K at e B or ns t e i n forword by S a r a Qu i n of Tegan and Sara Finalist, LGBT Nonfiction Lambda Literary Award, 2009 Honor Book, Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, 2009 “A don’t-hurt guide for anyone who’s been tempted to give in to despair.” —Time Out New York A catalog of 101 alternatives to suicide from the author of the memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger, My Gender Workbook, and Gender Outlaw. http://katebornstein.typepad.com/

Ages 14 and up TR • $16.95 • 978-1-58322-720-6 5" x 7" • 162 pages


Bloodchild and Other Stories Oc tav i a E . Bu t l e r

“An outstanding short story collection [that] displays how science fiction readily transcends the perceived stylistic limitations of the genre.” —St. Petersburg Times A perfect introduction to Butler’s work, this New York Times Notable Book includes award-winning stories “Bloodchild” and “Speech Sounds,” as well as “The Book of Martha” which asks: What would you do if God granted you the ability—and responsibility—to save humanity from itself?

Ages 12 and up TR • $14.00 • 978-1-58322-698-8 5" x 7.25" • 224 pages


Live Through This, 2nd Edition On Creativity and Self-Destruction

S a br i n a Ch a p

“The [contributors to] Live Through This testify to lives of survival— turning tears and tendencies toward mania, depression, and selfmutilation into powerful lessons.” —Curve Magazine Now in its second edition, with a foreword by Amanda Palmer and new contributions from comedian Margaret Cho and street artist Swoon, Live Through This is an unprecedented, intimate exploration of self-destruction and creativity by some of our most daring women writers, artists and performers. SABRINA CHAP is a playwright, spoken word artist, and singer-songwriter.

Ages 14 and up TR • $19.95 • 978-1-60980-436-7 6" x 8" • 280 pages


Haymarket A Novel

M a rt i n Du be r m a n “Haymarket captures radicalism’s heart at the nexus of political struggle, moral idealism, and personal character.” —Neil Gordon, Boston Review The story of Albert Parsons and his colorful circle of “co-conspirators”—radical intellectuals—surrounding the Haymarket “riots.” MARTIN DUBERMAN is Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York, a playwright and the author of some twenty books, including the Bancroft Prize-winning Charles Francis Adams, James Russell Lowell, Paul Robeson, Cures, and Left Out: The Politics of Exclusion, Essays 1964–2002.

Ages 12 and up TR • $16.95 • 978-1-58322-671-1 HC • $24.95 • 978-1-58322-618-6 6" x 9" • 330 pages


Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? joh a n h a r s ta d translated by de b or a h daw k i n

Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2011 One of Electric Literature’s Most Beautiful Books of 2011 A novel about a young man who finds himself lying on a rain-soaked road in the desolate, treeless Faroe Islands, a wad of bills in his pocket and no memory of how he had come to be there. JOHAN HARSTAD, winner of the 2008 Brage Award (previously won by Per Petterson), is a Norwegian author, graphic designer, playwright, and drummer. His debut novel, Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? has been published in twelve countries and made into a TV series starring The Wire’s Chad Coleman. Harstad lives in Oslo. Ages 14 and up TR • $17.95 • 978-1-60980-411-4 HC • $30.00 • 978-1-60980-135-9 6" x 9" • 480 pages


Stories that Changed America Muckrakers of the 20th Century edited by c a r l j e nse n foreword by h ugh d ow ns

Upton Sinclair, Ida Mae Tarbell, George Seldes, John Steinbeck, Rachel Carson, Betty Friedan, and Malcolm X are among the pioneering journalists profiled in this deftly researched volume. DR. CARL JENSEN is professor emeritus of Sociology and Communications

Studies at Sonoma State University in California. In 1976 he founded Project Censored, the internationally recognized media research project, for which he edited the Censored annual from 1976 to 1996.

Ages 12 and up TR • $14.95 • 978-1-58322-517-2 6" x 9" • 272 pages


As the World Burns

50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial Der r ick Jensen and Steph a nie McMill a n “Jensen and McMillan roll critical thinking and well-structured graphic-novel storytelling into a compelling whole.” —Booklist Two of America’s most talented activists team up to deliver a bold and hilarious satire of modern environmental policy in this fully illustrated graphic novel. As the World Burns will inspire you to do whatever it takes to stop ecocide before it’s too late. Activist, philosopher, teacher, and leading voice of uncompromising dissent, DERRICK JENSEN’s books include What We Leave Behind, Endgame volumes 1 and 2; A Language Older Than Words; and The Culture of Make Believe. STEPHANE MCMILLAN’s daring political comic strip Minimum Security appears five times per week at United Media’s comics.com, and has run in dozen of publications worldwide since 1999. Visit www.stephaniemcmillan.org. Ages 12 and up TR • $14.95 • 978-1-58322-777-0 6" x 9" • 224 pages


The Beginning of the American Fall

A Comics Journalist Inside the Occupy Wall Street Movement St e ph a n i e M c m i l l a n Winner of a 2012 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award “McMillan’s expressive style, pared down to the basics and intensified over the years, allows for instant communication of thoughtful rage.” —Comics Journal With delightful drawings, interviews, dialogue, analysis, and insightful reflections, a comics journalist chronicles the first several months of the fragile and contradictory Occupy movement. STEPHANE MCMILLAN’s daring political comic strip Minimum Security appears five times per week at United Media’s comics.com, and has run in dozen of publications worldwide since 1999. Visit www.stephaniemcmillan.org.

Ages 12 and up TR • $16.95 • 978-1-60980-452-7 7.5" x 7.5" • 144 pages


Popular Music from Vittula a novel by M i k a e l N i e m i translated by L au r i e T hom pson

“Haunting and glorious. Niemi’s finest achievement is to have created a world poised between an adult’s fantastic memories of childhood and a child’s naïve dreams of his future.” —Nathaniel Rich, Los Angeles Times Book Review Popular Music from Vittula offers a tender glimpse of one boy’s life in the quiet northern reaches of Sweden circa 1972, a place like another universe. MIKAEL NIEMI is the author of several books of poetry and fiction for both young people and adults.

Ages 12 and up TR • $14.95 • 978-1-58322-659-9 HC • $21.95 • 978-1-58322-523-3 5.5" x 7.5" • 240 pages


When Harlem Nearly Killed King HUgh Pe a r son

When Harlem Nearly Killed King spins the tale of a little-known episode in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1958, in the wake of the Montgomery bus boycott, King was stabbed by a deranged black woman in Harlem, and then saved by Harlem Hospital’s most acclaimed African American surgeon. HUGH PEARSON (1957–2005) was descended from generations of AfricanAmerican surgeons, including his great-uncle, who was the first Negro surgeon in south Georgia and built the largest private hospital for blacks in the state. He is the author of Under the Knife: How a Wealthy Negro Surgeon Wielded Power in the Jim Crow South (2000) and The Shadow of the Panther: Huey Newton and the Price of Black Power in America, a New York Times Notable Book of 1994.

Ages 12 and up TR • $11.95 • 978-1-58322-614-8 HC • $18.95 • 978-1-58322-274-4 5.5" x 8.25" • 112 pages


Hearts and Hands Lu i s rodr igu e z

“Luis Rodriguez is the poet laureate of the barrio.” —Luis Torres, award-winning radio journalist and broadcaster Hearts and Hands deals with many of the difficult issues surrounding urban youth addressed in Luis Rodriguez’s bestselling memoir of gang life, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., but with a focus on healing through community building. LUIS RODRIGUEZ is the winner of a National Book Award, a Lannan Founda-

tion Fellowship, a Patterson Young Adult Book Award, and a Skipping Stones Honor Award among many others. Rodriguez is the founder of Tía Chucha Centro Cultural, a community space and bookstore and Tia Chucha Press in San Fernando, California. www.luisjrodriguez.com.

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Harnessing Anger

The Inner Discipline of Athletic Excellence Pe t e r W e s t bro ok with T e j H a z a r i k a “An outstanding sports autobiography.” —Booklist, starred review The autobiography of the first African American to win a national title in sabre fencing, Westbrook was the son of an African American father and the Japanese mother who raised him alone in poverty in a Newark ghetto. Becoming a fencer at an early age gave him the confidence and the discipline to use an ancient martial art to his advantage both in swordplay and when facing the vicissitudes of daily life in the inner city. PETER WESTBROOK is listed in The Guinness Book of Records as the all-time winning American record holder in US National Sabre championships. He is a six-time Olympian winning Bronze in 1984, a six-time Pan-American Games Team Member, winning Gold in 1983 and 1995, and a 13-time United States Champion. Ages 12 and up TR • $16.95 • 978-1-88836-367-8 5.5" x 8.25" • 192 pages


Voices of a People’s History of the United States

Howa r d Z i n n and A n t hon y A r nov e “In Voices, Howard Zinn has given us our true story, the ongoing, notso-secret narrative of race and class in America.” —Russell Banks Here in their own words are Frederick Douglass, George Jackson, Chief Joseph, Martin Luther King Jr., Sacco and Vanzetti, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Mark Twain, and Malcolm X, to name just a few of the hundreds of voices included in this book. These original speeches, letters, poems, and songs are the embodiment of the power of civil disobedience and dissent wherein lies our nations true spirit of defiance and resilience. HOWARD ZINN (1922–2010) influenced a generation with his ideas on politics

and history, most importantly that “you can’t be neutral on a moving train”— that is, that history has no bystanders, only participants. ANTHONY ARNOVE is the author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal. He is the co-director with Chris Moore and Howard Zinn of the film, The People Speak. www.howardzinn.org. Ages 12 and up TR • $19.95 • 978-1-58322-916-3 5.5" x 8.25" • 672 pages


Teaching with Voices of a People’s History of the United States Gay l e Ol son-R ay m e r

“Pick up the book, open it to any page, and start reading. Its impossible not to find something that could be used in a social studies or language arts class . . . A stunning new volume.” —Bill Bigelow, Rethinking Schools Gayle Olson-Raymer provides insight into how to use the remarkable anthology Voices of a People’s History of the United States in the classroom, including discussion, exam, and essay questions, creative ideas for in-class activities and group projects, and suggestions. With selected chapters written by high school teachers from around the country. GAYLE OLSON-RAYMER is a professor at Humboldt State University.

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