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Commonwealth Poets United announces poet exchange with RAJATHI SALMA

April 17, 2014

The Indian poet participating in the Commonwealth poet exchange is Salma.

Salma is a writer of Tamil poetry and fiction. Based in the small town of Thuvarankurichi, she is recognised as a writer of growing importance in Tamil literature. Her work combines a rare outspokenness about taboo areas of the traditional Tamil women’s experience with a language of compressed intensity and startling metaphoric resonance.

Read the full announcement at Commonwealth Poets United.

MICAH SIFRY, author of THE BIG DISCONNECT, in virtual conversation with Glenn Greenwald at SXSW

April 17, 2014

A virtual conversation with Glenn Greenwald on the future of journalism, civil liberties and politics, with Micah Sifry of Personal Democracy Media.

Watch the full conversation on SXSW's Youtube Channel.

THE UNITED STATES VS. PRIVATE CHELSEA MANNING author Clark Stoeckley interviewed on RT America

April 17, 2014

Although cameras were not allowed to record the Chelsea Manning trial, this doesn't mean we can't see what it looked like inside the courtroom. In the new book "The United States vs. Pvt. Chelsea Manning,"artist Clark Stoeckley publishes the images he sketched while observing the trial. A WikiLeaks activist, Stoeckley hopes the book provides a new perspective on the secretive legal proceedings. RT's Lindsay France speaks with the artist about his latest work.

Watch the full interview on RT America's YouTube Channel.

Book Culture announces upcoming events with GORDON LISH and NORMAN FINKELSTEIN

April 15, 2014

Over the next month, Book Culture is proud to be hosting two (two!) events in conjunction with our favorite radical publisher, OR Books, the first with (in)famous editor/writer Gordon Lish and the second with Jewish anti-Zionist provocateur Norman Finkelstein.

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Gordon Lish is now best known for his work as an editor—most famously, and controversially, of Raymond Carver—and as a teacher. His own writing—sometimes compared to that of Stein, Beckett and Thomas Bernhardt—remained out of print until the publication by OR of his Collected Fictions in 2010. Dalkey Press followed in 2013 with their reissue of his novel Peru, and OR has just released his first original work in sixteen years, Goings: In Thirteen Sittings, a faux-memoir in which an eighty-year old Gordon gleefully revisits the malignant passions of his youth. Lish will be at Book Culture on April 23rd to read from his new book.

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Norman Finkelstein has for many years been the bête noir of American Zionism. Finkelstein’s doctoral thesis was a critique of Joan Peters’ 1984 work From Time Immemorial, which sought to delegitimize Arab claims to Palestinian identity, and since then Finkelstein has continued to spar with prominent Zionists. While Finkelstein’s work successfully discredited Peters, his own work (including The Holocaust Industry and Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict (both published by Verso) has consistently been a target of attack by Zionist intellectuals, and in 2007, he was denied tenure at DePaul University following pressure by Alan Dershowitz, Elie Wiesel and others.

Read the full announcement on the Book Culture blog.

THE PRICE OF EXPERIENCE covered by South African cancer surgeon Dr. Jenny Edge

April 15, 2014

Gone are the days of well crafted letters that arrive in the post box. For me, the mail usually brings bills/parking tickets. Yesterday, I received a parcel in the post. I love getting parcels. The parcel was Mike Marqusee's new book: The Price of Experience:Writings on Living with Cancer.

I have blogged about Mike before. He is a well known author, a native New Yorker, now living and working in London. Multiple myeloma was diagnosed in 2007. Up until then, most of his writing covered sport, culture and politics. He didn't start writing about his illness until 2 years after his diagnosis. His latest book is a collection of his articles describing his life with cancer: the language used to talk about cancer, the politics of the health service and the drug companies as well as more intimate glimpses into some of his own thoughts.

Read the full piece at Dr. Jenny Edge's blog.

OR Partner CUNY Journalism Press' THE ILLUSTRATED COURTROOM featured in NY Times Dealbook

April 15, 2014

Bernard L. Madoff was handcuffed and whisked into a cell. Michael R. Milken, head in palm, wept. Martha Stewart simply stared straight ahead. If not for one person, these moments might be lost to memory. But when the mighty stumble, the court illustrator captures it forever. For Elizabeth Williams, who has spent more than three decades depicting criminals in court through her drawings, the job is a study of character.

Ms. Williams has covered the trials of terrorists and murderers, but she finds white-collar criminals the most fascinating. “I think it’s the greatest soap opera there ever was,” she said.

Ms. Williams has drawn notorious Wall Street criminals, including Ivan F. Boesky, one of the world’s most powerful financiers in the 1980s, who was convicted of masterminding Wall Street’s biggest insider trading scandal at the time, and Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge fund manager and Sri Lanka’s richest man, who was at the heart of a network of insider traders in the 2000s.

Read the full article in the New York Times.

Radio New Zealand talks AUTOPILOT with author Andrew Smart

April 11, 2014

Andrew Smart is a neuroscience researcher and the author of Autopilot. He explains the art and science of being idle as a necessary means to creativity and greater productivity.

Listen to the full program at Radio New Zealand.

AUTOPILOT author Andrew Smart interviewed for Alpha Efficiency Magazine's latest issue

April 11, 2014

Andrew Smart is the author of Autopilot, a fascinating book that puts forward the scientific arguments for doing less and being “idle” more of the time. I read Autopilot as part of my 2014 Reading List and I was fascinated by its topic, particularly the idea of a “resting state network” - an area of your brain that theory suggests could be critical to creativity and memory retention - which activates when you’re at rest. Andrew is also very outspoken about productivity and time management techniques, which I’m keen to explore with him to see whether Bojan and I fall into the category of “time management evangelists” that he vilifies in his book.

Read the interview at Alpha Efficiency Magazine.

The announcement of WHEN GOOGLE MET WIKILEAKS is picked up by the International Business Times

April 8, 2014

Assange announced earlier this month that he was writing a “major” new book, in which he said he would detail a 2011 encounter with Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Chairman Eric Schmidt. His publisher said that the book, “When Google Met WikiLeaks,” includes “an historic dialogue” between the “North and South Poles of the Internet.”

Read the full report at the International Business Times.

Biblioklept discusses GOINGS and author Gordon Lish

April 7, 2014

Ostensibly a collection of fictional short stories, Gordon Lish’s Goings reads more like a memoir-in-fragments. All thirteen stories are told by a first-person narrator named Gordon, who parenthetically appends an exclamatory repetition of his name (“I, Gordon (Gordon!)”) throughout the work, a verbal tic that registers the tension between the author and narrator, memory and truth. All these stories are in some way about memory and truth—and language, always language. Some of the tales are heavier on plot than others, although “heavier” is hardly the right modifier—let’s be honest—the plots here are thin, almost nonexistent: gestures, images, feelings—but that’s not why we read Gordon Lish, is it?

Read the article in full at Biblioklept.

CUBA IN SPLINTERS is celebrated by Generación Latina

April 7, 2014

There is simply no better way to introduce our guest except through his Twitter handle @OLPL as that is how I met him and that is the medium through which his voice is heard across the world.

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo explained on Generacion Latina the reality of being a citizen journalist/blogger in today’s repressive Cuban regime calling it “paternalistic”. He described all the challenges Cubans face as they seek to join the digital age and access freedom of information.

For the full article, visit Generación Latina.

Neo Club Press features CUBA IN SPLINTERS

April 4, 2014

Les vale un carajo que los encasillen o no. Un grupo de once narradores cubanos, casi todos jóvenes, casi todos habaneros (como toda arbitrariedad que se respete), aparecen hoy bajo la selección de cuentos Cuba in splinters para acabar de entender de una vez y por todas que una nación se forma también a fuerza de palabras.

O/R Books, una prestigiosa editorial de Nueva York, acogió la idea de Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo de llevar a los lectores anglosajones a una variopinta gama de contadores como Jorge Enrique Lage, Lía Villares y Polina Martínez Shvietsova, en una Cuba narrada a pedazos. Un país que se pretende letrado tiene que aceptar la ciencia ficción, los metarrelatos y la experimentación y el juego entre las palabras y las nuevas tecnologías.

Read the full article (in Spanish) at Neo Club Press.

WHEN GOOGLE MET WIKILEAKS covered by Entertainment Weekly

April 4, 2014

Julian Assange has also announced a new book: When Google Met WikiLeaks. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. The Guardian reports that “It will recount how, in June 2011 when Assange was living under house arrest at Ellingham Hall in Norfolk, [Google chairman Eric] Schmidt and ‘an entourage of US State Department alumni including a top former adviser to Hillary Clinton’ visited for several hours and ‘locked horns’ with the Wikileaks founder.” But will it recount the night that Assange spent with Lady Gaga?

Read the full article at Entertainment Weekly.

The Los Angeles Times reports on the publication of WHEN GOOGLE MET WIKILEAKS

April 4, 2014

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who is holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, has agreed to write a new book detailing his tussles with Google, his publisher, the independent house OR Books, announced.

The book is to focus on the whistleblower’s discussions with Google Chairman Eric Schmidt in a 2011 meeting in London, and is described by the New York-based publisher as "an historic dialogue" between “the North and South poles of the Internet.”

Read the full announcement at the Los Angeles Times.

JULIAN ASSANGE's upcoming book is covered by the Guardian

April 3, 2014

Julian Assange is writing a "major" new book, in which the Wikileaks founder details his vision for the "future of the internet" as well as his encounter in 2011 with Google chairman Eric Schmidt – a meeting which his publisher described as "an historic dialogue" between "the North and South poles of the internet".

The book, When Google Met WikiLeaks, will be published in September this year, announced publisher OR Books this morning. It will recount how, in June 2011 when Assange was living under house arrest at Ellingham Hall in Norfolk, Schmidt and "an entourage of US State Department alumni including a top former adviser to Hillary Clinton" visited for several hours and "locked horns" with the Wikileaks founder.

Read the full article at the Guardian.

The Telegraph reports on the announcement of WHEN GOOGLE MET WIKILEAKS

April 3, 2014

Julian Assange dumped his Canongate memoir deal but his quill is beginning to stir again. The WikiLeaks founder, still stuck in the Ecuadorian Embassy, is writing another book. It is entitled When Google Met WikiLeaks, and is due out in September. The new work documents the encounter between Assange and Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google, when they met at Ellingham Hall where Assange was holed up 2011.

Read the full article at the Telegraph.

GalleyCat announces WHEN GOOGLE MET WIKILEAKS – an upcoming OR Books title by JULIAN ASSANGE

April 2, 2014

Journalist Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, has landed a deal with OR Books.

When Google Met WikiLeaks chronicles a conversation that took place in June 2011 between the infamous whistleblower and Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt. It contains an edited transcript of that conversation. The publisher plans to release the book in September 2014.

Here’s more from the press release: “Assange proposes a radical overhaul of the naming structure of the Internet, one which would revolutionize the way information is accessed. By coupling the intellectual content of a document to its online name—doing away with the haphazard URL system—Assange outlines a potential future for the Internet that would make it faster and much more difficult to censor.”

Read the announcement in full at GalleyCat.

Joseph Huff-Hannon is interviewed on MSNBC's The Cycle about GAY PROPAGANDA

April 1, 2014

Watch the interview above or on MSNBC.

Author Clark Stoeckley is interviewed about CHELSEA MANNING's trial

April 1, 2014

Watch the full video above or on Youtube.

Martí Noticias reports on the upcoming CUBA IN SPLINTERS

March 31, 2014

Some have not broken with officialdom, others are under lifetime censorship, still others voluntarily reject the government publishing system and what they term "official promotion." They see themselves as post-Soviet, post-Castro, and outside the reading canon that insitutions have put forth as typically Cuban. Now the New York publishing house OR Books, has brought together in Cuba in Splinters nearly a dozen writers "who don't claim to represent a generation," says the book's editor, anthologist and blogger Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo (OLPL), a resident of Pittsburgh for the last two years.

Read the full article (in Spanish) at Martí Noticias.