5 Vital Reads for Passionate Activists

By February 1, 2019 New Releases, News

Activists rejoice- your bookshelves will soon be groaning with titles designed to help you through your social justice journey.

Whether your passion lies in feminism, climate change, or the struggles of marginalised people, there are a host of books released in 2019 to suit your needs. Prominent figures in the social justice movement offer their insight and expertise to help guide the reader through many complex and important issues affecting the people today.

In a world that can seem steeped in division and confusion it can help to have passionate, honest, and intelligent voices to listen to, and these following 5 books can offer just that.

1. Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing The World From The Tweets To The Streets

Social worker and activist, Feminista Jones, uses humour and intelligence in her book detailing how black feminism has shaped and changed activism online. Innovative uses of social media platforms created by black women have been adopted by other branches of the social justice tree. Feminista Jones shows us how hashtag movements, thread stories, and increased dialogue between communities all have roots in black feminism. Reclaiming space and claiming power over their own voices, black feminists are playing a huge part in the social justice movement. The book is astute and uncompromising, and an inspirational read for anyone involved in online dialogues surrounding intersectionality and feminist activism.

2. Biased: The New Science of Race and Inequality

Pioneering social psychologist Professor Jennifer Eberhardt uses her platform to explain unconscious racial bias that exists in all of us, from the smallest micro-aggressions to more sinister bias that exists in larger society.

Described as ‘groundbreaking’ and ‘essential reading’, Prof. Eberhardt’s work can help us confront some of the more uncomfortable truths about our own bias, and how we can try to overcome it.

Biased is the perfect title to help us confront part of the human condition we may not even be fully aware of.

Released on April 4th 2019: preorder your copy now.

3. Pleasure Activism

Pleasure Activism is described by the activist and author Adrienne Maree Brown as “a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work”.

Climate change, gender issues, and racism are all topics often felt too complex and divisive to be properly addressed but Brown draws on other experts to explore a more positive approach to social activism. Through conversations and essays, the book offers a challenge to the reader to change their perspective on sex, race, drugs, and gender.

Pre-order your copy now, released April 18th 2019.

4. Memes To Movements: How The World’s Most Viral Media Is Changing Social Protest And Power

An Xiao Mina is a technologist and artist who has examined how meme culture has grown from being ‘silly’ to playing an important part of all sorts of movements around the world.

Exploring how memes have developed into ‘social media street art’, Mina shows how they are being used to stimulate discourse and direct attention to social issues. Memes can be used as tools of rebellion in places where dissent is strictly and violently prohibited, while elsewhere they are being used by tech-savvy governments to push propaganda.

An Xiao Mina takes a deeper look at how the increasing use of ‘social media street art’ has shaped and influenced our lives online.

5. The Book of Pride: How LGBTQ Heroes Changed The World

Mason Funk is a writer, and the founder of the Outwards Archive- an award-winning nonprofit that documents the history of LGBTQ people all over the United States.

Using his knowledge and insight, Funk brings us the true story of the gay rights movement from the 1960s to the today using interviews with leaders and ordinary people who witnessed the movement and drove it forward.

Often under the threat of violence, brave individuals took on political battles on top of their own personal struggles to help create change, and shape a better world for LGBTQ people. The Book of Pride is an essential look at an important time in American history, and the folk who fought for their community in the face of adversity and violence.

Pre-order yours now for release on May 30th 2019.

A Peek at Aziraphale’s Bookshop Ahead of Good Omens Adaptation

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Hands up if you’re excited for the Good Omens adaptation? It’s going live on May 31st on Amazon Prime! We can hardly contain our excitement and today we’re being shown around Aziraphale’s bookshop from the adaptation by Neil Gaiman in a fantastic 360 video.

Just press play and drag your screen around to look around the entire bookshop, and make sure you have the volume up, as Neil is telling us all about the features inside. Listen out for the Pratchett tribute too!

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6 Brilliant Suspense Novels by New Authors to Read This April

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The crime and suspense thriller genre is hot property right now thanks to authors like Val McDermid, Gillian Flynn, Karin Slaughter and others. The genre is hot, and as such it’s difficult to break into but today we’re recommending six suspense/crime novels by debut authors that we think are worth your time!

All of these novels are by debut authors, and they should all have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page, as all the best suspense novels do!

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Powerful photo book record shows destruction of ‘America’s playground’.

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A photo book has been compiled by a photographer, Brian Rose, to showcase the dramatic change Atlantic City has gone through since the 1990s.

When the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City was opened in March 1990, it was declared “the eighth wonder of the world” by the owner. Despite the fact it was in deep debt before it had even opened, Donald Trump declared it the saviour of Atlantic City. Unfortunately the insurmountable debt would never be overcome, and Trump’s promises were unfounded. The casinos went from employing thousands and bringing in a third of the city’s gambling revenues to being accused of money laundering and being prepared for demolition. The city soon became a ghost town when the casinos collapsed under the weight of their own unsustainable economics, and many who helped set it up have still not been paid for their work.

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The World Atlas of Gin Coming Later This Year

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Gin sales are at record levels and it’s the big drink of the moment. Flavoured gin, gin festivals, it’s the revival no one knew! And if you love books and gin, then later this year The World Atlas of Gin is coming, a book about the booming gin scene around the globe.

The book will be published worldwide in several languages and is due for release in September of this year.

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The World of ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ to be Expanded in Upcoming Novel

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth was released back in 2006 and took moviegoers on a dark and twisted fairy take adventure which told the story of a young girl who discovers a labyrinth filled with magical creatures and dangerous monsters. The movie was critically acclaimed upon release and has since become regarded as one of the finest films of the 00’s. If you love del Toro’s film then you’ll be pleased to learn he’s teamed up with the New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke to adapt the film into a fantasy novel, complete with detailed illustrations and an even deeper look into the film’s lore.

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Joni Mitchell Artwork and Poetry to be Published in 2019

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Joni Mitchell is a Canadian folk-pop legend best known for her award-winning songwriting and multidimensional approach to music. Her style never settled on ‘just’ folk or pop, jazz or rock and roll, and gained her fans from all over the music world.

As well as songwriting, Mitchell is an artist in other ways. Her poetry, drawings, and paintings are soon to be released to the public in a brand new anthology. The book, Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, is a must-have for Joni Mitchell fans as it includes hand-written lyrics and paintings. The anthology was created originally as a Christmas gift for close friends and family in the year her album Blue topped the charts.

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