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Through the Wall: A Year in Havana

Margot Pepper

Margot Pepper's memoir propels us through the blockade to post-cold war Cuba. It's a surreal world where high-ranking officials are required to pick up hitch-hikers. Root canals, cosmetic surgery and graduate school are free, but toilet paper is exorbitant. There's no income tax nor homelessness, yet no house-paint either. As the story unfolds, Margot pursues a passionate love affair with a penniless Mexican poet who shakes up her views about Cuba. With cinematic vividness, Through the Wall reveals the failures and successes of one of the few functioning alternatives to corporate-run government, and draws out lessons that will be embraced by all who believe another world is possible.
ISBN: 0-915117-17-7 $19.95

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House Keys Not Handcuffs!

Paul Boden
With additional essays by Art Hazelwood and Bob Prentice

House Keys Not Handcuffs: Homeless Organizing, Art and Politics in San Francisco and Beyond.

Written by Paul Boden with additional essays by friends and longtime allies, Art Hazelwood and Bob Prentice. It includes 67 images created by printmakers, painters, muralists, cartoonists and photographers giving a history of the art made in the struggle.

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Translations from Silence by Clifton Ross wins PEN Oakland Award

Freedom Voices

We are pleased to note that Translations from Silence  by Clifton Ross has won the 20th annual PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles National Literary Award outstanding book of poetry published in 2009, awarded in 2010.  Please join us at the PEN Oakland Awards ceremony and booksigning.

PEN OAKLAND 20th Annual 2010 Literary Awards
Oakland Public Library,
Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Ave.
Saturday, December 11, 2010, 2 PM – 5 PM

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Goddesses We Ain't

Edited by Lucy Bledsoe

This anthology offers poetry, short stories, performance pieces and autobiographical memoirs that were developed in the Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center's Women Writers Workshop. A dozen women from different cultures explore the landscape of love, language, literacy and liberation. In forms as diverse as the personalities of the participants. Edited and introduced by workshop facilitator, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, the collection cuts to the heart of women's concerns today.

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Whatever Comes of Not Knowing

Eric Robertson

Like Willian Saroyan, Roberston's humor, imagination and sensitivity awaken the senses to that which is worth celebrating in the human condition.
-- Margot Pepper
Eric Robertson writes with a plainspoken, direct, almost childlike innocence about a world of wonder and cynicism, hope and dread.
--Elaine Katzenberger
Eric Robertson writes with a southern drawl. Actually, he is from the South. Generally, I don't like anything from the South, but a guy that writes about getting baths from his grandmother... is warmly welcome in San Francisco.
-- Mark Schwartz

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Quetzalcoatl

Ernesto Cardenal
Translated by Clifton Ross.

A bilingual edition of a book-length award-winning poem by the militant Roman Catholic priest who was Nicaragua's Sandinista Minister of culture for nearly 11 years. Through 52 poetic fragments, Ernesto Cardenal articulates a multiple vision, constantly constellated by myth that has always been one of the most effective mechanisms of his poetic creation.

ISBN 0-915117-38-X, 57 pages, perfect bound, two color uncoated cover, $11.95.

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Burdens of Bliss

Janice King

"Janice King's writing is musical, thought-provoking, subtly crafted and above all, honest. She speaks frankly of the `world that was too hard and incomprehensible.' Out of that struggle she has fashioned poetry which, by the subtlety of her wit and her craft, can both charm and amuse us."
Robert Volbrecht

ISBN:O9625153-4-5
60 pages
Perfect bound paperback

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The Invented Camera

Jo Babcock

"Repurposing a (usually) manufactured object aligns Babcock on the one hand, with Warhol and his Brillo boxes … but, in contrast to the Pop master, Babcock reintroduces his creations to the world as a new kind of functional object - a representation that now makes representations." (from the essay by Douglas R. Nickel, director for the Center for Creative Photography)
"Resolutely low-tech but conceptually adroit, the images he produces have a raw, antique sometime "terrible" beauty." (from the introduction by Bill Berkson, poet, art critic, teacher, curator)

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September 11 and the U.S.War; Beyond the Curtain of Smoke

Edited By Roger Burbach and Ben Clarke

Published by City Lights and Freedom Voices

Essays providing the essential information needed to understand the origins and consequences of the September 11 attacks, US policies in the Middle East and Southwest Asia and strategies for organizing resistance to the U.S. war.

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Bitterroot

Abena Songbird

These poems offer surprising images that are stunning and fresh. . . new songs to our ears. It's like being in a circle, hearing the diversity of metaphors, from the street to the forest, from a fresh water river to the sewers of a city. . . Abena Songbird's voice is daring and real. –Janice Mirikitani , San Francisco Poet Laureate 2000

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