CELEBRATION POTLUCK -welcome back the Abortion Rights Freedom Riders 9-19-14

Join Revolution Books and Stop Patriarchy
Friday September 19 at 7pm at Revolution Books

CELEBRATION DINNER to welcome back and celebrate the brave freedom riders of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero Texas! and hear them report back from an amazing and historic month long battle to prevent the closure of abortion clinics.

We are especially pleased to announce that Sunsara Taylor, writer for Revolution (revcom.us) and initiator of End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women, will be joining us for this celebration!

"Dodging Extinction " Anthony D. Barnosky book launch! 9-25-14

When a paleontologist warns that something very unusual in Earth's history is taking place RIGHT NOW, everyone ought to pay attention." -Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction and Field Notes from a Catastrophe.

Meet Anthony Barnosky!
Thursday, September 25, at 7 pm

During the past 500+ million years in which complex life has existed on Earth, there have been five massive extinction events when three quarters or more of all species on Earth have been extinguished. Cal professor, Anthony Barnosky, shows us in his new book how global warming and other environmental impacts caused by human beings are bringing on a Sixth Extinction. Unless unprecedented measures are taken to change the trajectory we are on – most species could be wiped out within a few human generations.

Join us for a discussion of both the science behind this environmental emergency and the extraordinary changes required immediately to avoid one of the greatest disasters in the history of life on earth.

Poetry Reading - Elmaz Abinader and her new book, This House, My Bones



October 3, Friday, 7 pm
Reading and discussion of the her new book This House, My Bones 

with poet Elmaz Abinader
 
"This House, My Bones" is a gorgeously scripted chronicle that probes the collective heart and the countries we inhabit when we dare to speak    outloud. There's an insistent rhythm in these stanzas, a lyricism of light and lineage stamped with the undeniable signature of a poet at the height of her craft. Savor these poems, and be lifted by their music. --Patricia Smith, Author of Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshal Poetry Prize.
 
Elmaz Abinader reappears with the fluid    truth, a straight line to the soul, the storm in your throat. Her new collection sings deep into the bone marrow of what we fear losing: our witness vein, the maps that help us recoup what we misplace in the forgetting, and the dead who carry our names. THIS HOUSE, MY BONES blesses us with a new language for the anatomy of our silences. --Willie Perdomo, author of THE ESSENTIAL HITS OF SHORTY BON BON

Elmaz Abinader is a poet, memoirist, playwright and novelist. Her first memoir, Children of the Roojme, a Family’s Journey from Lebanon, chronicles three generations of immigrants battling dislocation and tradition. Her new poetry collection, This House, My Bones releases October 1, 2014 from Willow Press/Aquarius press. Elmaz won the 2000 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Poetry award for the poetry collection, In the Country of My Dreams. She was also awarded a Goldies Award for Literature, as well as two Drammies (Oregon’s Drama award) for her three-act one-woman show, Country of
Origin. Elmaz most recently performed Country of Origin at the Kennedy Center and has toured several countries with this play and two others: Ramadan Moon and 32 Mohammeds. Elmaz’s work has been widely anthologized, most recently in The New Anthology of American Poetry, Vol. 3 and The Colors of Nature. Elmaz has been a Fulbright Senior Fellow to Egypt, taught for the Palestine Writing Workshop and a resident at the El Gouna Writing Residency on the Red Sea, Cansarrat, Montalvo and MacDowell Colony. Elmaz is one of the founders of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, (VONA/Voices), now in its 15th year providing workshops for writers of color. She is also a creative writing professor at Mills College and a fitness instructor at the Oakland Y.

Building event for the November dialogue "REVOLUTION and RELIGION - The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion" 9-18-14

September 18, Thursday,7-9pm at Revolution Books

Meeting on building for the November 15 dialogue "REVOLUTION AND RELIGION : The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion."

Let's go out and build a social movement for this unprecedented Dialogue between Bob Avakian and Cornel West. Go out in the world and tell everybody you know about it. Raise funds for it. Friends and family--yes--but also EVERYBODY you know needs to hear about this and contribute to making this happen

Anyone with an interest in human emancipation should be there in NYC on November 15. But how will we make that actually happen? This Thursday evening, let's all get together and put our heads together, share ideas, and make plans. 

To hear Cornel West's interview of Bob Avakian, go here.

Rickey Vincent discusses "Get on Up" & the legacy of James Brown 9-9-14

Tuesday, September 9 at 7 pm  




Rickey Vincent and Revolution Books in a discussion of the James Brown, his music, and the new movie, "Get On Up."  Rickey Vincent teaches at UC Berkeley and is the author of Funk: The Music, the People and the Rhythm of The One and Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band, and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music.

"Remind Me Again: Which System, Capitalism or Communism, Is the Nightmare for Humanity?"


Thursday, September 11th, 7pm

Showing of an excerpt from the film, 
BA Speaks: Revolution – Nothing Less!

Bob Avakian (BA) is the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party.  This week we'll be viewing and discussing a selection from Disc 2, "Remind Me Again: Which System, Capitalism or Communism, Is the Nightmare for Humanity?"

“Yes, this is a film, but that is not its essence.  This is a daring,  substantive, scientific summoning to revolution.  6+ hours that can change how you see the world and what you do with the rest of your life.  Is this hype?  No.” —From one of the filmmakers

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