Seven Stories Press, Summer 2019

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    9781609809416 Paperback FICTION / Sports On Sale Date: September 24, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 5.51 x 8.25 x 0.66 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Seven Stories Press
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      Elliot Hersch is given a basketball on his tenth birthday and cuts a deal with his disapproving father: if he makes straight As, he is allowed to play. Modeling his game on the basketball heroes of his time—Clyde Frazier, Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and especially Larry Bird—Elliot becomes one of the finest high school basketball players in New York.
           Trying to steer clear of the corruption and sleaze in the big college programs, Elliott signs with the seemingly clean-cut University of Southern Arizona (USA), partly to fulfill his promise to his father, whose one piece of advice about life is: Tell the truth, always. A quote from Chaucer, his father’s favorite writer, guides both father and son “Trouthe is the hyest thing that man may kepe.”
           What he finds at the USA and then the NBA is a far cry from untarnished “trouthe.” Elliott is challenged at every turn, tangling at the end of the day with what is most true: the game. Can Elliott truly play basketball? And if not, what is left of his life?
           Trouthe, Lies, and Basketball is an epic comic tale—structured somewhat like a gripping basketball game, completely with literary “time-outs”—of a basketball player coming to terms with the world as it is, his talents as they are. Rosen’s characters, even the mostly unseemly, are all heart, and by the end they leave those hearts on the hardwood.
      A native of the Bronx and longtime pal of basketball guru Phil Jackson, Charley Rosen led the league in technical fouls during each of his six years as a coach in the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association. In college, he played ball at an MVP-level for Hunter College from 1959-62 and then played profession ball in the Eastern League (a forerunner to the CBA). Since his playing and coaching days, he has become the world’s foremost writer of fiction and nonfiction on the subject of basketball, chronicling the drama that takes place both on and off the court. His many novels include The House of Moses All-Stars, a New York Times Notable Book, and Sammy Wong: All-American. His non-fiction works include The Scandals of ’51: How the Gamblers Almost Killed College Basketball and More than a Game, co-written with Phil Jackson. He has worked as a NBA analyst for, contributed to Grantland and HoopsHype, and written hundreds of sports articles for such publications as the New York Times Book Review, Sport, Inside Sports, M, and Men’s Journal. Rosen is a devotee of the Triangle Offense. He lives in Accord, NY.

      Author Residence: Accord, NY

      Author Hometown: Accord, NY
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Galleys available on Edelweiss

        Social media campaign

        Publicity: Mailing and outreach to basketball/sports writers everywhere

        Features on,, as well as regional New England media

        Sports podcast interviews

        Readings in Beacon and Woodstock NY and elsewhere upstate

    • Awards & Reviews

      “Rosen is one of the few people to even try to write basketball novels…He [writes] in a gut-wrenching, riveting style that most novelists would envy.”- The Beacon Journal

      “Rosen, a wonderful sportswriter and novelist…is the game’s premier evangelist, preaching that basketball can be spiritual and redemptive.”- Booklist

      “Rosen…hits the hardwood in this entertaining sports novel.” - Publishers Weekly (for No Blood, No Foul)

      “This is not simply a novel about basketball in the dark ages. Mr. Rosen has much more on his mind here. This is a book about guilt and redemption, about the loss of innocence, about racism and bigotry, about class indifference.”- Charles Salzberg, New York Times Book Review (for House of Moses All-Stars)
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    All City A Novel Alex DiFrancesco
    9781609809393 Paperback FICTION / Science Fiction On Sale Date: June 18, 2019
    $23.95 CAD 5.51 x 8.25 x 0.67 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Seven Stories Press
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      In a near-future New York City in which both global warming and a tremendous economic divide are making the city unlivable for many, a huge superstorm hits, leaving behind only those who had nowhere else to go and no way to get out. Makayla is a twenty-four-year-old woman who works at the convenience store chain that’s taken over the city. Jesse, an eighteen-year-old, genderqueer, anarchist punk lives in an abandoned IRT station in the Bronx. Their paths cross in the aftermath of the storm when they, along with others devastated by the loss of their homes, carve out a small sanctuary in an abandoned luxury condo. In an attempt to bring hope to those who feel forsaken, an unnamed, mysterious street artist begins graffitiing colorful murals along the sides of buildings. But the castaways of the storm aren’t the only ones who find beauty in the art. When the media begins broadcasting the emergence of the murals and one appears on the building Makayla, Jesse, and their friends are living in, it is only a matter of time before those who own the building come back to claim what is theirs. All City is more than a novel, it’s a foreshadowing of the world to come.
      Alex DiFrancesco has published fiction in the Carolina Quarterly, the New Ohio Review, and Monkeybicycle. They are a winner of Sundress Academy for the Arts’ 2017 OutSpoken contest for LGBTQ+ writing. DiFrancesco’s nonfiction has appeared in the Washington Post, Tin House, Longreads, and Brevity, and was a finalist in Cosmonauts Avenue’s inaugural nonfiction prize. Their storytelling has been featured at the Fringe Festival, Life of the Law, the Queens Book Festival, and The Heart podcast. DiFrancesco is also a skilled bread baker and pastry cook, a passionate activist, and has a small, wonderful cat named Sylvia Rivera-Katz.

      Author Residence: Cleveland, OH

      Author Hometown: Pennsylvania
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Galleys available, including e-galley on Edelweiss

        Mailing to speculative fiction programs, representation at Sci-fi and Fantasy conferences

        Social media interaction with other lgbt sci fi writers and Blurbs TK from same

        Library Marketing

        Featured title at ALA

        Publicity: Readings in Chattanooga, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Lincoln NB, Minneapolis, Detroit, Scranton PA

        Targeted galley mailing to sci fi and lgbtq media

        Blurbs sought from Claire Vaye Watkins, Siddartha Deb, Jenny Offill, and others.

        Author Website:

        Author Social Media: @DiFantastico
    • Awards & Reviews

      “In this warm and lovely novel set in a near-future New York battered by climate change and gentrification, DiFrancesco (Psychopomps) braids together art, power, crisis, and community organizing. After Superstorm Bernice floods New York, convenience-store clerk Makayla, bike courier Jaden, and the silent, traumatized Alejandro take over an abandoned luxury condo. With their neighbors, including genderqueer activist Jesse, they carve out a secret community of survivors that’s built on mutual care and support. But when a mysterious muralist’s paintings draw the building’s landlord, and the police, back to take what Makayla and friends have built, they must choose whether to fade back into the shelters or stay and fight. DiFrancesco’s crystalline eye for detail—a coin’s glitter in block party debris, rooftops like floating Lego bricks—paints Brooklyn as a wide universe filled with a gut-deep sense of community…. This loving, grieving warning thoughtfully traces the resilience, fragility, and joy of precarious communities in an immediate, compassionate voice.” —Publishers Weekly

      “With All City, DiFrancesco breaks the speculative fiction/social commentary divide. The novel is a very astute critique of wealth disparity…DiFrancesco is skilled at creating a world that isn’t so unlike our own, but is just different enough to create a bit of distance. These gestures make the book feel less like an unbelievably far-fetched dystopia and more like a novel written thirty years from now, that simply fell out of a wormhole onto a contemporary editor’s desk…The interior lives of DiFrancesco’s characters are rich and move with momentum. The plot is laced with sly commentaries on gender, income inequality, and gentrification (the way disaster and struggle can be spun by craven opportunists into something that later hangs in a museum, removed from the context which gave it meaning). DiFrancesco illuminates this landscape with nimble prose and complex characters, which feel shockingly familiar.” —Lambda Literary

      “A unique and original dystopian novel by a master of the genre, Alex Difrancesco’s All City is a simply riveting read from cover to cover…certain to be an enduringly popular addition to both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections.” —Midwest Book Review

      “Alex DiFrancesco’s All City walks a razored line between hope and hopelessness, never forgetting that only a few are privileged to have a surfeit of the former. This is a harrowing and powerful love letter to a city on the edge of a slow apocalypse, and to the people that city—and the world—threatens to leave behind as it moves against the rising tide of an uncertain future.” —Indra Das, author of The Devourers 

      “Alex DiFrancesco’s All City provides a vivid, all-too-realistic glimpse into our climate-change future. Portraying the best and worst of what makes us human, the novel celebrates community-building, survival, and the possibility of hope, while criticizing the institutions that actively work to divide us. It is a rallying cry worth echoing.” —Ilana Masad, author of All My Mother’s Lovers

      “At last, a future New York novel with heart and heft. A hammer blow aimed at the present and its shiny display of bougie hipster climate capitalism. Read it!” —Siddhartha Deb, author of The Beautiful and the Damned

      “Alex DiFrancesco’s All City is a small miracle. Set in a storm-ravaged near-future New York City, it is that rarest of novels, one that begins as an unrelenting nightmare, then dares us to feel greater and greater hope as it goes on. It’s about building a community amid the wreckage of what came before and about the choices we must make when there are no good choices to be made. A fiercely empathetic tour of a disaster most of us don’t realize is already here, All City is a novel everyone concerned about the health and survival of our cities must read.” —William Shunn, author of The Accidental Terrorist

      All City engages the near future in New York City—a future we cannot help but imagine and fear—a city under water. A city whose heightened inequalities give way to complete chaos. The novel hits close to home, with a cast of characters who respond by producing a little utopia, amid a lot of dystopia, as they navigate the water, the chaos, and their relationships. Survival swirls together with loss, giving readers cold—and clammy—comfort.” —Alexandra Chasin, author of Assassin of Youth: A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger’s War on Drugs

      “I was mesmerized by this story about the tragic collision of global warming and capitalism, and how love creeps in to sustain and nurture, even when it’s been reduced to a memory.” Mary Adkins, author of When You Read This

      “It is an important book, and very possibly a prophetic one. All City speaks for the people whose stories do not often get told, much less told with nuance and compassion.” —PANK Magazine

      “Alex DiFranceso’s new book is set in the near future, but some may find it a bit too near for comfort. After New York City is devastated by climate change, gentrification and capitalism and then engulfed by a superstorm, several survivors, including genderqueer anarchist Jesse and convenience store worker Makayla, try to make their way in this new reality—which could be our own sooner than we realize if we don’t heed this warning.” —Ms. Magazine
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    So Real It Hurts Lydia Lunch
    9781609809430 Paperback MUSIC / Genres & Styles On Sale Date: July 09, 2019
    $23.95 CAD 5.03 x 7.93 x 0.47 in | 176 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Seven Stories Press
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      So Real It Hurts is the perfect title for this collection. It’s a mission statement. A few bleeding slices straight from the butcher shop. A sampler from an enormous archive of work that will, no doubt, be pored over by grad students, book lovers, film historians, music nerds and straight-up perverts a hundred years from now.” —Anthony Bourdain, from the Introduction

      Through personal essays and interviews, punk musician and cultural icon Lydia Lunch claws and rakes at the reader’s conscience in this powerful, uninhibited feminist collection. Oscillating between provocative celebrations of her own defiant nature and nearly-tender ruminations on the debilitating effects of poverty, abuse, and environmental pollution, along with a visceral revenge fantasy against misogynistic men, Lydia Lunch presents her exploits without apology, daring the reader to judge her while she details the traumas and trials that have shaped her into the legendary figure she’s become.

      Inserted between these biting personal essays, Lunch thoughtful cultural insights convey a widely-shared desire to forestall inevitable cultural amnesia and solidify a legacy for her predecessors and peers. Her interview with Hubert Selby Jr. and profile of Herbert Hunke, her short unromanticized histories of No Wave and of the late Sixties, and her scathing examination of the monetization of counterculture (thanks, Vivienne Westwood!) all serve to reinforce the notion that, while it may appear that there are no more heroes, we are actually just looking for heroes in the wrong places. The worthy idols of the past have been obscured by more profitable historical narratives, but Lunch challenges us to dig deeper.

      So Real It Hurts
      pulls the reader into a world that is entirely hers — one in which she exacts vengeance against predators with an enviable ease and exerts an almost-sexual dominance over authority, never permitting those with power to hold on to it too tightly.
      Hailed by Time Out as “one of the greatest New York performers of all time,” Lydia Lunch defies categorization. Few contemporary artists have forged a unique and varied artistic vision as successfully, or forcibly, during her long and notorious career. Since bursting onto the late 1970’s New York City music scene at the age of 16 with her band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Lunch has released over two hundred music recordings, either as a solo artist, in collaborations, or as guest artist. The poster-girl for the Whitney Museum of Art’s Underground Film Festival, she has appeared in more than fifty films, including the infamous, gut-wrenching films of director Richard Kern, with whom she worked in the 1980s. As a writer, she has published numerous works of literature, such as her 2007 novel Paradoxia (Akashic), which has been translated into 12 languages. Lunch continues to record and tour the world with numerous music and spoken word projects,film work, and art exhibitions, and is the subject of “Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over,” a forthcoming feature documentary by acclaimed underground filmmaker Beth B.

      Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

      Author Hometown: Rochester, NY
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Blurbs sought from Patti Smith, Richard Hell, Kim Gordon, Exene Cervenka, Richard Kern, Debbie Harry

        Social Media promotion including FB and Insta ads, and livestream Q&A with author

        Goodreads giveaway

        Publicity: ARCs available

        Major mainstream and music media review coverage

        Features in major mags such as Rolling Stone, Interview Magazine, Paper Magazine, Dazed, and more

        Alternative and feminist media features and/or excerpts in places like: BOMB Magazine, Brooklyn Rail, n+1, Entropy Mag, Vice, Jezebel, BUST, Bitch, etc.

        Tie-in promotions with Betty B’s forthcoming documentary

        Three-four city tour likely to include Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco/Oakland, Miami

        Radio/podcast interviews on programs such as WTF with Marc Maron, Turned Out A Punk with Damian Abraham, Call Yr Girlfriend, Chapo Trap House, and many more

        Author Website:
    • Awards & Reviews

      “Lunch holds nothing back, providing rebellious, raunchy personal stories, scorching perspectives on the notion of mandatory motherhood, a purging glimpse at the nightmare of insomnia, and other themes. Amid these punchy personal revelations, the author layers honed essays with a broader scope…[It] seethes with the kind of urgency that reflects Lunch at her strongest. Lunch fans will enjoy her unleashed musings and the healthy rage that abound in these fierce essays.” —Kirkus Reviews

      So Real It Hurts proves that more than 40 years into her career, [Lydia Lunch]’s lost none of her blistering anger and astringent eloquence…This slim collection of potent essays, profane rants and astute cultural critiques sometimes reads like the writings of a hypnotic Beat poet…they are confrontational, confessional, electrifying and unforgettable.” Shelf Awareness

      “Lunch’s work is defiant, thrilling and unflinching. Her latest release, So Real It Hurts, is just so: an anthology of new and established writings that include everything from violent feminist revenge fantasies to diatribes on pollution and politics (and yes, Trump) in the Anthropocene epoch…[Her] sense of humour is dark, delightful and revelatory.” —The Guardian

      “A feminist-anarchist manifesto that documents and critiques the modern age with a caustic, deliciously poisonous humor…  In every essay, Lunch’s unique voice and militant perspective shine through—we live in a dire age, and she turns her lens on America and the world with a pen as raucous and painfully aware as its holder.” —i-D, VICE

      “The collection is personal, it’s political, it’s self-indulgent, it’s empathic, it’s wise, its funny. It’s totally Lydia.” —The Pittsburgh Current

      ”Her prose is incantatorya point is made, made again, sharpened, and stabbed. She delivers dark sermons of death, perversity, and need with relish…So Real It Hurts makes it obvious that Lunch has always been more than a heckler. She is a journalist at heart, a documentarian of the darkest impulses, unafraid to catalogue ugliness, to be ugly, and to mock.“ —Vol. 1 Brooklyn

      ”Lunch most definitely still works her dark magic via humour, horror and healing…It’s a full-on predatory psychic attack.“ —Dazed

      ”Lydia Lunch is a leg­end unlike any oth­er. The per­for­mance artist, writer and musi­cian is a fire­work unto her­self…she has an uncan­ny abil­i­ty to fuse words togeth­er like bul­lets. She doesn’t hold back. She’s the author of over ten books and she’s now releas­ing So Real It Hurts, a col­lec­tion of essays pub­lished with Sev­en Sto­ries Press, which includes 20 essays from diaris­tic rants to polit­i­cal scribes, with an intro­duc­tion writ­ten by Antho­ny Bourdain.” —The Face

      “Calling the writing of Lydia Lunch ’transgressive fiction’ falls way short of effectively categorizing the brutal, raw, obscene and honest words she bleeds. She has created her own genre of nonfiction and at present is its sole inhabitant.” —Michael Imperioli, actor and author of The Perfume Burned His Eyes

      "Lydia Lunch’s utterly sane visionary madness goes right to the rotten core.” —Mark Cunningham, musician (Mars and Blood Quartet)
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    The America Syndrome Apocalypse, War, and Our Call to Greatness Betsy Hartmann
    9781609809454 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology On Sale Date: November 19, 2019
    $23.95 CAD 5.51 x 8.18 x 0.77 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Seven Stories Press
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      Has apocalyptic thinking contributed to some of our nation’s biggest problems—inequality, permanent war, and the despoiling of our natural resources? From the Puritans to the present, historian and public policy advocate Betsy Hartmann sheds light on a pervasive but—until now—invisible theme shaping the American mindset: apocalyptic thinking, or the belief that the end of the world is nigh. Hartmann makes a compelling case that apocalyptic fears are deeply intertwined with the American ethos, to our detriment. In The America Syndrome, she seeks to reclaim human agency and, in so doing, revise the national narrative. By changing the way we think, we just might change the world.
      Writer, educator, and women’s rights advocate BETSY HARTMANN’s books and appearances have had an impact on national debates on population control, environmentalism, and national security. Now in its third edition, Hartmann’s feminist classic, Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control, tackles the powerful myth of overpopulation and its negative consequences for women’s reproductive health and rights. She is the co-author of A Quiet Violence: View from a Bangladesh Village and co-editor of the anthology Making Threats: Biofears and Environmental Anxieties. Her political thrillers, The Truth About Fire and Deadly Election, explore the threat the Far Right poses to American democracy. Hartmann is professor emerita of Development Studies and senior policy analyst of the Population and Development Program at Hampshire College. She lives in western Massachusetts.

      Author Residence: Amherst, MA

      Author Hometown: Princeton, NJ
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Excerpts on offer to progressive political magazines such as Mother Jones and In These Times….

        Original OpEd piece by author in major progressive publication

        Academic marketing

        Publicity: Radio interviews

        Events in the Berkshires MA

        Author Website:
    • Awards & Reviews

      “Apocalypse, says Betsy Hartmann, is as American as apple pie. In an insightful, crisply written blend of memoir, social history, and political theory, Hartmann shows how the prospect of the imminent end of days has been used for centuries to justify almost any American action—and feed the destructive conviction that this country has a special mission of salvation. Left and right, secular and religious—Americans of every stripe have been infected with the virus of apocalypse. Hartmann shows why we badly need a cure.” —Charles Mann, author of 1491 and the forthcoming The Wizard and the Prophet

      “From its origins in Puritan thinking Betsy Hartmann traces the history of how fears of imminent disaster have shaped American thinking on war, population and most recently climate change, invoking fear and violence as responses when practical cooperation would serve so much better for dealing with all manner of social ills. As political therapy for troubled times this very timely volume shows that overcoming misplaced fear of the future is an essential step to seeking ways to live together peacefully in a rapidly changing world.” —Simon Dalby, Balsillie School of International Affairs

      “Betsy Hartmann calmly eviscerates the prophets of apocalypse whether it be Malthusian doomsayers obsessed about brown-skinned immigrants with high birth rates or climate-change fearmongers…Hartmann’s book is a timely debunking of anti-intellectualism in American life and of all those demagogues who have stoked American nativist paranoia. The America Syndrome explains the Age of Trump in the deepest cultural sense.” —Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and executive director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at CUNY Graduate Center in New York City 

      “The ’America First’ stance espoused by Donald Trump appears as little more than a pastiche of crowd-pleasing campaign tropes, but in fact draws on themes long embedded in American political thought. To guide us through this rich and momentous history, stretching from the Pilgrims’ landing in Plymouth to the onset of climate change, there is no better account than Betsy Hartmann’s The America Syndrome.” —Michael Klare, author of The Race for What’s Left

      “For large swaths of the body politic, the December 2016 US elections offered up the prospect of a long and dark winter in America. Hartmann shows that catastrophist thinking has a deep history in the United States, which she traces from early Puritanism to utopian movements, Malthusianism, the Cold War, and more recently global climate change. The America Syndrome is a powerful reminder of how deep is the river of fear and apocalyptic thinking and how it works against important forms of solidarity and common humanity. A timely and provocative primer for the world that President Trump has wrought.” —Michael Watts, Class of ’63 Professor, UC Berkeley

      “Betsy Hartmann has written a compelling tragedy of the American psyche that is a fitting riposte to Trumpery. It’s a tragedy about a country that lacks self-awareness, that thinks itself special when it is ’not so special after all.’ Militarists and apocalyptic environmentalists alike are caught up in this quagmire of exceptionalism, this tragedy of failed imperialism. Cut the hubris, America; it is your undoing.” —Fred Pearce, environment consultant, New Scientist magazine
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    Run Run Run The Lives of Abbie Hoffman Jack Hoffman, Dan Simon, Paul Krassner
    9781609809461 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Social Activists On Sale Date: January 14, 2020
    $28.95 CAD 6 x 8.97 x 1.11 in | 400 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Seven Stories Press
    • Marketing Copy

      An intimate portrait of one of the most fascinating and complex history-makers of our century. Published with a new intro by Paul Krassner to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Hoffman’s death. 

      Intertwining the details of Abbie Hoffman’s intense personal life with the movement politics of the sixties, seventies, and eighties, Dan Simon writes Abbie’s story from the point of view of his younger brother Jack, creating a full and poignant portrait of one of the geniuses of the 1960s counterculture. From the creation of the Yippies in 1967 and the tumult of the 1968 Democratic National Convention protests, to the humor and agony of the Chicago conspiracy trial, the scandal of Abbie’s 1973 cocaine bust, and his six and a half years as a fugitive, to his reemergence as environmentalist “Barrie Freed” and his final struggle with manic-depressive illness, this biography offers a thorough examination of the contradictions that make Abbie Hoffman such a compelling figure. With the information and affection only a brother could bring to the complexities of Abbie’s life, Hoffman and Simon portray Abbie’s public persona alongside his private aspirations and fears, romances, and enduring family relationships.
      Jack Hoffman, Abbie’s only brother, was also his longtime manager, researcher, and confidant. A businessman, he lives in Framingham, Massachusetts.

      Editor and author Dan Simon founded Seven Stories Press in 1995, and the predecessor company Four Walls Eight Windows in 1984. While at Four Walls Eight Windows, Simon answered a classified ad that Abbie Hoffman had placed in the Nation and worked with Hoffman to produce his last book, The Best of Abbie Hoffman, an omnibus collection that included Abbie’s three major works, Steal This BookWoodstock Nation, and Revolution for the Hell of It, with a foreword by Norman Mailer. After Abbie’s untimely death in the spring of 1989, Abbie’s younger brother Jack approached Simon and asked him if he would write Abbie’s biography from Jack’s point of view, a brother’s story, and Simon agreed. The first edition of Run Run Run: The Lives of Abbie Hoffman was published by Putnam under their Jeremy P. Tarcher imprint.

      Author Residence: Framingham, MA

      Author Hometown: Worcester, MA
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Tie-in to film about Abbie Hoffman, based on this book

        Academic marketing

        Pitch to FYE

        Publicity: Interviews with Jack Hoffman
    • Awards & Reviews

      "I thought I knew Abbie Hoffman, but this book constantly fascinated me with its revelations. ...Behind Abbie's wild antics was a powerful seriousness of purpose -- a combination of qualities that made him a unique actor in the drama of our time. Run Run Run beautifully captures both the human being and that larger drama."
      -- Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

      "He stood up against arbitrary power, capricious power, arrogant and callous power. In other words, he stood up to the bullies. He had the courage for the rest of us."
      -- Sydney Schanberg, author of The Killing Fields

      "Jack's approach to his late brother is protective, but it rings with the truth of familial interaction... Run Run Run doesn't ignore Abbie's political, social, or personal mistakes... in giving us a fuller picture of the man, we can better put them in context."
      --San Francisco Chronicle
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    Happening Annie Ernaux, Tanya Leslie
    9781609809485 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: May 14, 2019
    $17.50 CAD 5.51 x 8.18 x 0.31 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Seven Stories Press
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      In 1963, Annie Ernaux, 23 and unattached, realizes she is pregnant. Shame arises in her like a plague: Understanding that her pregnancy will mark her and her family as social failures, she knows she cannot keep that child.
      This is the story, written forty years later, of a trauma Ernaux never overcame. In a France where abortion was illegal, she attempted, in vain, to self-administer the abortion with a knitting needle. Fearful and desperate, she finally located an abortionist, and ends up in a hospital emergency ward where she nearly dies.
      In Happening, Ernaux sifts through her memories and her journal entries dating from those days. Clearly, cleanly, she gleans the meanings of her experience.
      Born in 1940, ANNIE ERNAUX grew up in Normandy, studied at Rouen University, and later taught high school. From 1977 to 2000, she was a professor at the Centre National d’Enseignement par Correspondance. Her books, in particular A Man’s Place and A Woman’s Story, have become contemporary classics in France. Ernaux won the prestigious Prix Renaudot for A Man’s Placewhen it was first published in French in 1984, and the English edition became a New York Times Notable Book. Other New York Times Notable Books include Simple Passion and A Woman’s Story, which was also a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist. 

      Ernaux’s most recent work, The Years, has received the Françoise-Mauriac Prize of the French Academy, the Marguerite Duras Prize, the Strega European Prize, the French Language Prize, and the Télégramme Readers Prize. The English edition, translated by Alison L. Strayer, won the 31st Annual French-American Translation Prize for non-fiction and is shortlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. Her new book, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman, will be out from Seven Stories in 2020.

      Author Residence: Paris, France

      Author Hometown: France
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Academic marketing to writing programs

        Social media campaign

        Publicity: Pitch major profiles in women’s monthly magazines like Vogue, and literary and mainstream media such as The New Yorker, New York Times, etc.

    • Awards & Reviews

      “With the dispassion and efficiency of a military strategist, [Ernaux] ambushes her past, prying it from its refuge in nostalgia and oblivion and holding it up naked for all to see…a harrowing accountsuperbly translated.” —Emily Eakin, The New York Times Book Review

      “Ernaux…writes with clear, controlled precision that is as vivid as it is devastating to read, and which connects the pain and indignity of her experience to class, power and patriarchy.” —The Guardian

      “Although the events Ernaux describes so explicitly occurred more than 50 years ago, they retain their horrifying immediacy, and should act as a reminder that her lack of options is the reality for many women worldwide, with access to legal abortion severely restricted or denied. Universal, primeval and courageous, Happening is a fiercely dislocating, profoundly relevant work—as much of art as of human experience. It should be compulsory reading.” —Financial Times

      “Ernaux’s work is important. Not just because of her subject matter, but because of the way she hands it over: the subtle contradictions; her dispassionate stoicism, mixed with savagery; her detailed telling, mixed with spare, fragmented text…These are not things we vote for. These are not things we judge. These are things that happen. Are happening.” —Irish Times

      “An important, resonant work.”  —Publishers Weekly

      Happening is gripping and painfully inevitable to read—like a thriller. I felt close to Annie Duchesne, in her aloneness, in a way I’ve rarely felt close to a character in a book. Women will be grateful to Ernaux for her wisdom, concision, and commitment to writing about death and life.” —Daisy Hildyard, author of The Second Body

      “Ernaux connects her experience to the wider world of class and religion and law, resulting in a startling, unusual portrait…” —The Village Voice

      “…the book administers a punch beyond its slim size…It is unflinching and honest, a frank patchwork of past and present experiences. … The title suits the subject: illegal abortion isn’t confined to history, suspended in aspic, a thing to be examined in the past tense. It is still hotly contested, demanding the present participle of Ernaux’s title.  … an essential document of trauma which deserves to be widely read.” —Xenobe Purvis, Review 31

      “This short book … is one of the most powerful memoirs I have ever read. Ernaux is famed in France, and is gathering fame abroad…as an autobiographer of unusual talent and insight, virtually creating (although she disavows the term) a genre called “autofiction”, a hybrid style mixing, as the name suggests, autobiography and fiction, although there is nothing in Happening that suggests any fictional element. This is the truth, as bare as it can be told, although every so often Ernaux reminds us, carefully, that memory is slippery.” —Nicholas Lezard, Dhaka Tribune

      “The writer’s ego is downplayed; there is no excavating of sensibility, it is more an exercise in the excavation of personal history, undertaken for the author’s own purposes. Her approach is investigative, almost academic, with the reader an accidental presence. The result for the reader is a feeling of intimate emotional, intellectual and sociological knowledge of the author’s pregnancy and abortion. The writing is sublime and unforgettable. Happening is one of the most remarkable books you will ever read.” —Dublin Review of Books

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