Namwali Serpell reads from her novel The Old Drift - 7pm Friday 11-8-19

On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called the Old Drift. Here begins the epic story of a small African nation, told by a mysterious swarm-like chorus. In 1904, in a smoky room at the hotel across the river, an Old Drifter named Percy M. Clark, foggy with fever, makes a mistake that entangles his fate with those of an Italian hotelier and an African busboy. This error sets off a cycle of unwitting retribution between these three Zambian families, as they continually collide over the course of the century, into the present, and beyond.

“If, as she writes, ‘history is the annals of the bully on the playground,’ then in The Old Drift, Namwali Serpell wreaks havoc on the Zambian annals by rewriting the past, creating a new present, and conjuring an alternative future. In refusing to be bound by genre, Serpell is audacious and shrewd. This is a Zambian history of pain and exploitation, trial and error, and hope and triumph.” —JENNIFER NANSUBUGA MAKUMBI, author of Kintu

“Extraordinary, ambitious, evocative… The Old Drift is an impressive book, ranging skillfully between historical and science fiction, shifting gears between political argument, psychological realism and rich fabulism… a dazzling debut, establishing Namwali Serpell as a writer on the world stage.” -SALMAN RUSHDIE

NAMWALI SERPELL was born in Lusaka, Zambia. She is associate professor of English at UC Berkeley. The Old Drift is her first novel.

Revolution Books Threatened again by MAGA thug—Stand with Revolution Books

Statement by Revolution Books Berkeley, 11-4-19

"I recently visited your bookstore uh last year. I wanna let you know that we're going to burn it down. We're still a go." (voicemail received last week on the bookstore phone.)

Revolution Books has received a threatening voicemail from someone identifying themselves as (and sounding like) the same fascist, racist Trump supporter who threatened to burn the bookstore down in March of 2018.…

Film showing & discussion of “THE SQUARE“ - 7pm Wed 10-30-19

Film showing of “THE SQUARE“ & Discussion about the film, the uprising in Egypt, and the lessons for today

The documentary film The Square, by the filmmaker Jehane Noujaim, brings us deeply inside the mass uprisings in Egypt. As 2011 dawned, President Hosni Mubarak had ruled Egypt for decades and seemed to be immovably implanted in power. But Mubarak was forced to leave office and actually arrested after being confronted by massive demonstrations that braved very severe repression, focused in the main square in Cairo, along with opposition from all sectors of society manifesting in different ways. From the time of the first demonstrations to the removal of Mubarak took less than a month.

No two societies or periods of time, of course, are exactly alike, and history is not made by analogy—but the example of Egypt, when quite suddenly thousands and thousands of people flooded into Tahrir Square day after day and refused to leave, is a parallel that should be learned from and ACTED ON.
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Discuss this follow-up to the The Handmaid’s Tale: THE TESTAMENTS 7pm Wed. Oct. 16

7pm Wednesday, Oct. 16 Book Discussion!
(The author Margaret Atwood will not be appearing)
Come discuss The Testaments which just won the Booker Prize. Margaret Atwood's follow-up to her classic novel  
The Handmaid’s Tale, the story of what would happen, especially to women, 
if a fascist theocracy took power in the U.S.

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.