Daily Archives: August 24, 2012

Jim Dempsey Author- 40 STORIES BEHIND THE STORY Volume 1


An introduction to the BIBLE

by Jim Dempsey

Email: jedaz@juno.com

Available at: http://www.imprabooks.com

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Steve Law Author- YUMA GOLD


by Steve Law

“Plot twists, action, and a cast of characters you won’t soon forget.”- Thomas Cobb, author of CRAZY HEART and SHAVETAIL


Penguin Group USA

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Deborah J. Ledford Author- SNARE


by Deborah J. Ledford

Revenge with a beat

Hillerman Sky Award Finalist

“White-knuckle suspense at an electrifying pulse.”- Suspense Magazine

Also Available: STACCATO

Second Wind Publishing


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PM Press- the long-awaited collaboration between visionary anarchist activists Cindy Milstein and Erik Ruin and MANY MORE TITLES AND EVENTS

PM Press- the long-awaited collaboration between visionary anarchist activists Cindy Milstein and Erik Ruin and MANY MORE TITLES AND EVENTS

This month we have the long-awaited collaboration between visionary anarchist activists Cindy Milstein and Erik Ruin, the second volume of Michael Moorcock’s masterful Pyat Quartet, a fresh translation of Clement Duval’s gripping memoir, and an international collection of poetry and prose responding to an attack on one of the world’s cultural centers.

We have a full catalog available and our webstore has been updated with book previews, e-Books, and even books signed by your favorite authors.

We can’t list everything happening in one email, but click on the relevant images for more info. The next several weeks are going to bring 12 new releases so this is the perfect time to join the Friends of PM (which also makes a great gift!).

Cindy Milstein and Erik Ruin with an introduction by Josh MacPhee
PB | ISBN: 9781604865028 | $14.95

Consisting of ten collaborative picture-essays that weave Cindy Milstein’s poetic words within Erik Ruin’s intricate yet bold paper-cut and scratch-board images, Paths toward Utopia suggests some of the here-and-now practices that prefigure, however imperfectly, the self-organization that would be commonplace in an egalitarian society.

The book mines what we do in our daily lives for the already-existent gems of a freer future—-premised on anarchistic ethics like cooperation and direct democracy. Its pages depict everything from seemingly ordinary activities like using parks as our commons to grandiose occupations of public space that construct do-it-ourselves communities, if only temporarily, including pieces such as “The Gift,” “Solidarity Is a Pizza,” and “Waking to Revolution.”

“Writing-speaking differently is part of the struggle for the world we want to create and are creating, a world that moves against-and-beyond capitalism. These picture-essay-poems break the existing world both in what they say and how they say it. A fabulous book.”
—-John Holloway, author of Crack Capitalism

Clement Duval, translated by Michael Shreve with an introduction by Marianne Enckell
PB | ISBN: 9781604865004 | $20.00

In 1887, Clement Duval joined the tens of thousands of convicts sent to the “dry guillotine” of the French penal colonies. Few survived and fewer were able to tell the stories of their life in that hell. Duval spent fourteen years doing hard labor—-espousing the values of anarchism and demonstrating the ideals by being a living example the entire time—-before making his daring escape and arriving in New York City, welcomed by the Italian and French anarchists there.

This is much more than a historical document about the anarchist movement and the penal colony. It is a remarkable story of survival by one man’s self-determination, energy, courage, loyalty, and hope. It was thanks to being true and faithful to his ideals that Duval survived life in this hell. Unlike the well-known prisoner Papillon, who arrived and dramatically escaped soon after Duval, he encouraged his fellow prisoners to practice mutual aid, through their deeds and not just their words. It is a call to action for mindful, conscious people to fight for their rights to the very end, to never give up or give in.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5th, 2007, Bombing of Baghdad’s “Street of the Booksellers”
Edited by Beau Beausoleil and Deema Shehabi
PB | ISBN: 9781604865905 | $20.00

On March 5th, 2007, a car bomb was exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad. More than thirty people were killed and more than one hundred were wounded. This locale is the historic center of Baghdad bookselling, a winding street filled with bookstores and outdoor book stalls. Named after the famed 10th century classical Arab poet al-Mutanabbi, it has been the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community. This anthology begins with a historical introduction to al-Mutanabbi Street and includes the writing of Iraqis as well as a wide swath of international poets and writers who were outraged by this attack. This book seeks to show the commonality between this small street in Baghdad and our own cultural centers, and why this attack was an attack on us all.

“The collection of materials in this anthology is astounding and harrowing. Beausoleil and Shehabi have put together a book that will be adored by lovers of poetry, essays, journalism, and testimony. It will also be required reading for anyone interested in social justice.”
—-Steven Salaita, associate professor of English, Virginia Tech University

Michael Moorcock with an introduction by Alan Wall
PB | ISBN: 9781604864922 | $23.00

Maxim Arturovitch Pyatnitski, that charming but despicable mythomaniac who first appeared in Byzantium Endures, is back. Having fled Bolshevik Russia in late 1919, Pyat’s progress is a series of leaps from crisis to crisis, as he begins affairs with a Baroness and a Greek prostitute while undertaking schemes to build flying machines in Europe and the United States. His devotion to flamboyantly racist, particularly anti-Semitic doctrines—-like his devotion to cocaine—-remains unabated, and he both sings the praises of Mussolini and lectures across America for the Ku Klux Klan. (His best kept secret is of course, the fact that he is Jewish.) As the novel ends, Pyat is in Hollywood—-his new Byzantium—-hobnobbing with movie stars and dreaming of making films like those of his hero, D.W. Griffith.

This authoritative edition presents the first time this work has been available in paperback in the U.S., along with a new introduction by Alan Wall.

“This is a rich, ambitious and erudite book… If one purpose of fiction is to lead us into different worlds and, as Virginia Woolf says, to make of them ‘some kind of whole,’ then Michael Moorcock succeeds brilliantly.”
—-Carolyn Slaughter, The Guardian

PM Combo Packs!
For frugal PM shoppers, we’ve teamed up some of our bestselling items in discounted “Combo Packs” of like-minded books, CDs, and DVDs. You can choose from a wide range of groovy Combos that save up to 50% on the list price, including the Autonomous Art Combo, the Outspoken Authors Combo, the Big Noise Dispatches DVD Combo and more.

e-Books Now Available!
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PM Press Catalog
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Recent News/Reviews

ON THE GROUND reviewed in Book News
The underground press of the 1960s is widely considered by participants to be one of the most influential factors in the radical social movements of the time… On the Ground offers a window into the ferment of the underground press through a combination of short interview excerpts in which prominent figures of the underground press reflect on their experiences in producing their work together with photo-reproductions of text and images from such publications as The Black Panther, East Village Other, Helix, Los Angeles Free Press, The Realist, and more.

Also read an excellent interview with editor Sean Stewart on Guernica.

COOK, EAT, THRIVE in City Book Review
The introduction provides everything a vegan cook needs to know: ingredients, equipment, terminology. Tienzo labels the recipes with several or all of six symbols, whichever apply: raw, low fat, soy-free, wheat-free, tasty for all, and quick-fix. Head notes are brief and informative; sidebars are equally good… Book organization is very good with color tabs separating chapters to help the cook find them quickly. Layout of recipes is excellent, all on single pages to be cook-friendly… The well cross-referenced index is also excellent.

Review by Eric Laursen
This is an important study, the first that drills deeply into Britain’s idiosyncratic progression from hard-to-categorize nineteenth century socialist reformers like William Morris to major anarchist figures like Colin Ward and Stuart Christie. Organized into discreet chapters on eleven writers who contributed to the development of intellectual anarchism in the UK, the book lays out a persuasive explanation why anarchism developed in the particular direction it did there.

Review by Sasha
Let Freedom Ring is a much anticipated and life-changing compilation. Spanning nearly half a century, this anthology holds much more than documents from the prisoner support movement. Editor Matt Meyer pieces together crucial reports and primary sources with artful delicacy to lead the reader through what many understandably consider the most pressing issue of our time: the growth of the prison industrial complex and its terrible agency in the repression of democracy.

Review by P. Harvey
This excellent, unique collection comes via the joint efforts of a multidisciplinary team of scholars as well as first-person accounts of activists and others. Together, they provide a large variety of perspectives from the most removed and scholarly to the most personal and passionate regarding communal experiments (including everything from the late Berkeley Co-Op store to experiments in communal living) in an area rife with experimental forms of living in the 1960s and after.

Read the full review HERE.

Review by Mike Segretto
Former Membrane John Robb recognized the gap in the tale that appears in any third person telling: the punks didn’t get to tell their side of the story in their own words. So he went to work on picking the brains of over 100 first and second wavers and ended up with his own bulky tome. It is meaningful to get the story straight from Mick Jones, Siouxsie Sioux, Captain Sensible, Gaye Advert, Ari Up, Pete Shelley, Poly Styrene, and the lot, particularly since some of these folks are no longer pogoing through this mortal coil.

PM Blog of the Month

Barry Graham Confronts Author Brad Thor
Last night I happened to wander into a booksigning at The Poisoned Pen by Glenn Beck’s favorite novelist, the racist, Muslim-hating Brad Thor. The place was packed. I haven’t seen so many white supremacists in one place since I witnessed a Ku Klux Klan rally in Tennessee. I thought about asking him to sign a copy of Mein Kampf, but the store didn’t have it, so I grabbed a copy of The Perfect Nazi, a biography of an S.S. member by his grandson, and then got in line…

Upcoming Events

Los Angeles Anarchist Bookfair, September 8
This once-a-year event is for friends, comrades and the curious to build bridges with each other in our existing and emerging struggles, and with our cities’ radical past.

Occupy Tactics: A Debate between Chris Hedges and the CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective (New York City), September 12
Since Occupy Wall Street took Zuccotti Park in September 2011, there has been a resurgence of social movement activity in the United States. As momentum has increased, age-old questions over tactics, strategy, and goals have returned to the fore.

Twin Cities Anarchist Bookfair (Minneapolis, MN), September 15-16
Twin Cities Anarchists are putting on a Book Fair and Festival. We would like to bring together radical distros, publishers, zinesters, artists, musicians, crafters, workshoppers, skill-sharers, and speakers to celebrate and encourage anarchy! Come meet PM author Terry Bisson!

Global Anarchisms Conference (Ithaca, NY), September 21-22
Anarchism: no gods, no masters. Enough with religion and the state. This workshop makes an additional demand: no peripheries. Come visit with PM authors and professors from around the globe like Andrej Grubacic, Iain Boal, Silvia Federici, and many more.

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