Monthly Archives: December 2013

Ester Royer Ayers Author- THE AMAZON LADIES’ CAPER

THE AMAZON LADIES’ CAPER

by  Ester Royer Ayers

Ester Royer Ayers has published a new book entitled THE AMAZON LADIES’ CAPER – a fun-filled fiction adventure.  Three wives, tired of their husbands’ annual hunting trip, clandestinely plan a trip of their own.  Their goal is to become Amazon Warriors, take over the very town where their husband hunt, and forever end their trips.

Within the pages of this book, we travel with the Amazon Ladies from Sacramento, California (their hometown) to Glendive, Montana (where the caper takes place).  Along our way, we join Elderhostelers on a dinosaur dig conducted by a Blackfoot Indian paleontolgist.  We enter the strange and secretive lands of Hutterites where we attempt a rescue.  We even help a frustrated psychologist-author complete his book.  But do that Amazon Ladies end their husbands’ annual hunting trip?  You’ll have to read the book for the answer.

Books and e-books are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and through all book sellers.  Please see http://www.EsterRoyerAyers.com for information.

Taken from The Write Word, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 42, No. 6  December 2013/January 2014

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Jack Barnes Author- CAPITALISM’S LONG HOT WINTER HAS BEGUN AND THEIR TRANSFORMATION AND OURS

CAPITALISM’S LONG HOT WINTER HAS BEGUN AND THEIR TRANSFORMATION AND OURS

by Jack Barnes

The opening stages today of what will be decades of economic, financial and social convulsions and class battles goes hand in hand with a continuation of the most far-reaching shift in Washington’s military policy and organization since the US buildup toward World War II.  Class-struggle minded working people must face this historic turning point for imperialism, and draw satisfaction from being “in their face” as we chart a revolutionary course to confront it.  In NEW INTERNATIONAL no. 12  US$16  ISBN978-0-87348-967-6

Pathfinder Press

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George Katsiaficas Author- ASIA’S UNKNOWN UPRISINGS VOLUME 1: SOUTH KOREAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN THE 20TH CENTURY

ASIA’S UNKNOWN UPRISINGS  VOLUME 1: SOUTH KOREAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN THE 20TH CENTURY

by George Katsiaficas

“The work is well-researched, clearly-argued, and beautifully written, accessible to both academic and general readers.”- Prof. Carl Boggs, author of THE CRIMES OF EMPIRE AND IMPERIAL DELUSIONS

“With this volume, Katsiaficas challenges the eurocentrism of social movement scholarship and provides a radical reappraisal of the role of mass popular uprisings in contemporary history.”- Eddie Yuen, co-editor of CONFRONTING CAPITALISM: DISPATCHES FROM A GLOBAL MOVEMENT

Using social movement as a prism to illuminate the oft-hidden history of 20th century Korea, this book provides detailed analysis of major uprisings that have patterned that county’s politics and society.  With a central focus on the 1980 Gwangju Uprising that ultimately proved decisive in South Korea’s democratization, the author uses Korean experiences as a baseboard to extrapolate into the possibilities of global social movement in the 21 century.  Ten years in the making, the book provides a unique perspective on South Korea.  It is the first volume in a two-part study that concludes by analyzing in rich detail uprisings in nine other places: the Philippines, Burma, Tibet China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, and Indonesia.  Richly illustrated, with tables, charts, graphs, index, and footnotes.

Jan 2012   978-1-60486-457-1   $26.95  6×9  Paperback   360 Pages

PM Press    www.pmpress.org

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Nash Candelaria Author- INHERITANCE OF STRANGERS

INHERITANCE OF STRANGERS

by Nash Candelaria

The third novel in the Rafa family saga is set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of 1846 and takes us through the late nineteenth century to New Mexico’s approaching statehood.

272 pp.  cloth  $29.00   ISBN978-0-916950-58-3

paper  419.00   ISBN978-0-918950-59-0

Bilingual Review Press

1-866-965-3867

http://www.asu.edu/brp

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Mattie Lennon Irish Author- THE FAMINE POT

THE FAMINE POT
by Mattie Lennon
In 2011, Donegal man, John Cassidy was strolling on the banks of the Clogher River, in the townland of Cullenboy when he found an old famine-pot, broken in pieces. He had it welded, restored and mounted outside Leghowney Community Hall.

Famine Pot at Leghowney Community Hall.
Such was the interest shown by American tourists that I decided to do some research on the whole Famine-pot/Soup–kitchen aspect of the famine. I found that because of bigotry, pride, misguided patriotism and inherited false information, this aspect of the potato failure was almost air-brushed from our history.

Professor Christine Kinealy of Quinnipiac University told me of how, “ . . .when the potato failed for the second time in 1846 a number of Quakers in Ireland, followed by Quakers in England and Quakers in America decided to do something in the way of direct intervention. And they started to fund-raise . . .“

In November 1846 a Dublin Quaker, Joseph Bewley, wrote to Quakers all over Ireland pointing out the seriousness of the situation. Over the period of the famine the Quakers supplied pots to twenty-seven counties. At one stage, at Templecrone, Co. Donegal, there were in operation four famine-pots, being used twice a day to give out 600 gallons of soup at a cost to the local organisers of £2 10s.

Famine Pot at Rossnowlagh.

I found from Rob Goodbody’s book “A SUITABLE CHANNEL, Quaker Relief in the Great Famine,” that the Quakers brought 294 Famine pots into Ireland in the 1840s. “The first major shipment of supplies received from Great Britain in February 1847 included a consignment of soup boilers. These were landed at various places along the west coast, the largest number, ten, going to Killybegs. The supply of boilers was greatly enhanced by the donation of no less than fifty-six of them from the Quaker iron manufacturers, Abraham and Alfred Darby of the Coalbrookdale Iron Company.”

When I interviewed Rob Goodbody, with typical Quaker humility, he insisted that the Quakers weren’t the only group to provide relief. But his book gives facts and figures to indicate that their humanity, generosity and organisational skills saved tens, if not hundreds, of thousands from the mass-grave.

While Donegal was the hardest hit of any county in Ulster there was severe hardship in other parts of the country. Dr Ciaran Reilly of NUI Maynooth points out that the Quakers played a big part in the midlands. “Without them the number of deaths would have been far greater.” Dr Reilly told me that as the famine progressed that other people, “. . . both Catholic and Protestant” got involved in the provision of relief and that some of those set out to line their own pockets. Dr Reilly points out that in the process those unscrupulous people added ingredients not fit for human consumption to the soup. It was at times described as “poison.”

The Government didn’t want to give food free because they thought it would make people lazy so the set up Public Work Schemes. This involved starving peasants, during the harshest winter for a hundred years, doing heavy manual work, for pennies, building roads “going nowhere ” and “famine-walls.”

Professor Christine Kinealy
It didn’t work and in 1847 the Government decided to allow more soup-kitchens, modelled on what the Quakers had already done. But, Professor Kinealy says, the Government, “ . . . hadn’t really thought it through.” Once again the Quakers came to the rescue and brought in “hundreds of cauldrons.”

Historian, Father Anthony Gaughan told me of how the Presentation Sisters, at their convent in Listowel, fed the starving people of North Kerry during the 1840s. He said, “So if you are asking about Famine-pots and soup-kitchens you could say they were in the Presentation Convent in Listowel.”

A documentary is now being made about the whole soup-kitchen/Famine-pot aspect of the Irish Famine. It is due out in early 2014 and it has been indorsed by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaelteacht Jimmy Deenihan who is Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee.

Jimmy Deenihan

Some famine-pots have survived and can be found in the farms of Ireland. John Cassidy has taken steps to keep this aspect of our history alive. He has arranged to have miniature ceramic famine-pots made. These are now available and details of price etc. are available from John at: johncassidy92@y

Mattie Lennon

mattielennon@gmail.com

LESSER KNOWN FACTS ABOUT THE IRISH POTATO FAMIN
The website; http://www.irishfaminepots.com is now up and running.
Please spread the word.

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John Wright Author- COUNT TO A TRILLION

COUNT TO A TRILLION

by John Wright

Mysterious Galaxy Book Review

“In COUNT TO A TRILLION, John Wright takes up the great themes of classic science fiction.  His hero, Menelaus Montrose, is a member of the first human-crewed starship, whose goal is to investigate the Monument, an alien artifact a nearby star.  The Monument is a cypher, inscribed with gyphs of unknown significance.  To read them, Montrose dares to boost his intelligence artificially, and so discovers the secrets of the galactic overlords, and of their plans for insignificant humanity.  Like the best science fiction, COUNT TO A TRILLION, is a novel of ideas.  Wright is concerned about affirming human freedom against the dead necessity dictated by science, technology, and daunting power of super-intelligent aliens with a galaxy at their command.  To this mix, Wright adds the appeal of his own inimitable sensibility: a fascination with intelligence, mathematics, European history, classical virtues, Catholicism, and all things Texan!  Above all, COUNT TO A TRILLION is rip-roaring good read, told with immense exuberance and optimism.  I loved reading this book … so will you!”- DJ

Tor, $25.99

Mysterious Galaxy Books

http://www.mystgalxy.com

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Cass Foster Author- SHAKESPEARE: TO EACH OR NOT TO TEACH

SHAKESPEARE: TO EACH OR NOT TO TEACH

by Cass Foster

The answer is a resounding, “To Teach!” There’s nothing dull about this guide for anyone teaching Shakespeare in the classroom, with activities such as crossword puzzles, a scavenger hunt, warm-up games, and costume and scenery suggestions.

ISBN 978-1-87749-03-2

$29.95  Paperback

http://www.GetShakespeare.com

Five Star Publications

 

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