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February 23rd, 2017

Bill Ayers is an activist, teacher, and scholar, and the host of our ongoing series Fresh Ayers. On Fri. 2/24 6pm at 57th Street, he will join author Thomas M. Grace to discuss Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties.


Books are call’d for, and supplied, on the assumption that the process of reading is not a half sleep, but, in the highest sense an exercise, a gymnast’s struggle; that the reader is to do something for himself, must be on the alert, must himself or herself construct indeed the poem, argument, history, metaphysical essay—the text furnishing the hints, the...

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February 22nd, 2017

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February 21st, 2017

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February 19th, 2017

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd: 

This book taught me to think critically about the world by first thinking critically about my own life and my own experience. Kidd's biographical account of her feminine spiritual awakening resonated with my own experience, and taught me that reading can unlock entire parts of your experience that have been dying to surface, but have never had the chance. This book taught me to question authority and all that I hold sacred, while thinking deeply about the meaning of God-talk and the impact of language on the psyche. 

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander:

The publicity around this book pretty much speaks for itself. If anything, Alexander's book has reminded me to think critically about history-- because it is never merely something that lives in the past. We are creating...

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February 18th, 2017

From Argentinian writer, journalist, and translator Pola Oloixarac. Pola will discuss her novel, Savage Theories, with Victoria Saramago on Wed. 2/22 6pm at the Co-op:

On the 1970s Dirty War in Argentina: How we deal with the political burden of the Dirty War years is a big locus of contemporary literature, as well as a topic in the media: it became a staple of the populist regime under Kirchner to portray Montoneros as romantic heroes. Savage Theories contends against this belief. For example, one of the characters is an old Montonero who is now a perfect bourgeois, seduced and mentally tortured by the narrator, a person born in the 1970s. 

My novel also asks the question: How is political resistance...

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February 17th, 2017

Rachel Branham is an artist educator. She is interested in art making as a tool for self-expression and social justice, and believes that project-based, individualized and holistic education is a human right for all young people. She'll be discussing her graphic memoir, What's So Great About Art, Anyway?: A Teacher's Odyssey, with Bill Ayers at 57th Street Books on Sun. 2/19 3pm. 

To Teach: The Journey in Comics by Bill Ayers and Ryan Alxander-Tanner

This is the book that first turned me on to Bill Ayers and his work, as it most closely mirrored my...

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February 16th, 2017

Tara Betts is a local author and professor. She's been a part of a number of events at the Co-op and 57th Street, and will next join us on Thu. 2/23 6pm at 57th Street for a discussion with Kristiana Rae Colón.

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February 15th, 2017

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February 14th, 2017

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