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Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator
By (author): Sofia Warren
Sofia Warren

Imprint:

Top Shelf Productions

ISBN:

9781603095129

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General / adult
Jun 14, 2022
$33.99 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

9in x 6.5 x 0.87 in | 1.48 lb

Page Count:

328 pages
Top Shelf Productions
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction / Biography & Memoir
You won the election…now what? Activist organizing meets government gridlock as a millennial New Yorker cartoonist follows a first-year senator on her unforgettable journey — from outsider to insider.

In early 2018, cartoonist Sofia Warren was not paying attention to New York state politics. But that summer, her Brooklyn neighborhood began buzzing about Julia Salazar, a 27-year-old democratic socialist running for state senate whose grassroots campaign was inspiring an army of volunteers. When they beat the odds and won, Warren found herself wondering what would happen next. How does it work when an outsider who runs on revolutionary change has to actually do the job? So she decided to find out.
 
Using the graphic memoir format, Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator is a remarkable first-hand account of Warren’s experience embedded with Julia Salazar and her staff during their first year in office. From candid conversations and eyewitness experiences, Warren builds a gripping and intimate portrait of a scrappy team of community organizers battling entrenched power structures, particularly to advance Julia’s marquee issue of housing rights.
 
At every key point during the year — setting up an office, navigating insider politics, public pushback, testy staff meetings, emotional speeches, protest marches, setbacks, and victories — Warren is up close and personal with Julia and her team, observing, questioning, and drawing, as they try to translate their ideals into concrete legislation. Along the way, Warren works toward answers to deeper questions: what makes a good leader? What does it mean to be a part of a community? Can democracy work? How can everyday people make change happen?
 
All these themes are explored — with nuance, compassion, and humor — in Sofia Warren’s remarkable debut.

Story Locale: Brooklyn, New York City, NY, USA

Publication History: TR original

·       A MISSING PIECE OF THE CONVERSATION: We’ve all seen plenty of election/campaign stories, but when the story stops there, we miss the process of turning campaign promises into reality — so we keep getting disappointed. This book fills in the gap. 

·       TIMELY & TOPICAL: Across America and even abroad, major political parties are struggling with internal disputes between radical and centrist wings. And as we stare down the barrel of another eviction/foreclosure crisis post-Covid, the book’s key issue of housing justice will be urgently relevant nationwide.

·       APPEALING TO BOTH WINGS: While ultimately supportive of the socialist senator, Radical will appeal to both leftists and centrists as they argue about idealism vs pragmatic reality. It’s a lifesaver not only for newly elected officeholders of all kinds, but also for citizen activists trying to make a real impact on officials.

·       PRACTICAL LESSONS: We’ve passed through a cultural moment of “DO something!” and now must focus on the question: “do WHAT?” This book reveals specific tactics and logistics of how legislative work happens and how activists can effectively influence their legislators, including an accessible introduction to the philosophy of Community Organizing.

·       HUMAN INTEREST: Far from a dry political analysis, Warren’s firsthand POV and interview-based approach keeps real human beings in the foreground: author/narrator Sofia Warren, Senator Julia Salazar, colorful members of the staff, local tenant activists, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and more.

Sofia Warren has been a contributing cartoonist to The New Yorker since 2017, and her work has been featured in MoMA Magazine, Narrative Magazine, Catapult, and the books Notes from the Bathroom Line and Send Help!. She is a visiting professor at Wesleyan University, and is based in Brooklyn.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

Author Hometown: Charlestown, RI

Marketing: ·       Extensive national marketing campaign throughout the year 2022. 

·       National distribution of 1000+ print galleys as well as digital galleys to librarians, media, and retailers. 

·       Author spotlighted in feature programming at MoCCA Festival, ALA, NCSS, etc.



Publicity: ·       Extensive media campaign: both NYC local and national. NPR, TV (CNN, MSNBC, etc), newspapers, magazines, political media (The Atlantic, Slate, etc).  

·       Featured programming & author appearances at events such as SDCC, NYCC, SPX, Brooklyn Book Festival, National Book Festival, Miami Book Fair.

·       Cross-promoted in IDW comic books



Author Website: sofiawarren.com

Author Social Media: • Twitter @sofiawarrenart (rarely used) • Instagram @sofiawarrenart (actively used)

“With confident character design and effective symbolic graphics…the result is part Schoolhouse Rock!, part participant-journalism, connecting a winding but hopeful thread between what Salazar’s team refers to as ’deep organizing’ and substantive change. For comics readers raised on the March series who may be contemplating voting for their first time (or considering their own political futures), Warren offers grounded inspiration.”
Publishers Weekly

Radical smoothly blends memoir, political reporting, and activist toolkit into an engaging read. Warren brings her strong New Yorker black-and-grey cartooning to bear, inviting the reader in… Younger readers—and many millennials—are likely to relate to the coming-of-age experience of learning while doing and may be heartened to learn that they aren’t alone in not knowing how everything in government works (or doesn’t).” 
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