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Kia Corthron at the Strand in NYC! 2/9!

Join Kia Corthron for a reading from
The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter,
her epic debut novel of race in America,
to be followed by a discussion with Robin D.G. Kelley.

Tuesday, February 9th, 7 pm

The Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (at 12th St)


The hotly anticipated first novel by lauded playwright and The Wire writer Kia Corthron, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter sweeps American history from 1941 to the twenty-first century through the lives of four men — two white brothers from rural Alabama, and two black brothers from small-town Maryland — whose journey culminates in an explosive and devastating encounter between the two families.

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Congratulations are in order!

Some big news this morning from the American Library Association!

Screen_Shot_2015-05-05_at_3.01.59_PM_1024x1024ADAM & THOMAS is a Batchelder Honor Book!
Congratulations to author Aharon Appelfeld, illustrator Philippe Dumas, and translator Jeffrey M. Green!

The Batchelder award honors outstanding children’s books translated from foreign languages and subsequent published in the United States.




SEX IS A FUNNY WORD is a Stonewall Honor Book!
Congratulations to authors Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth!

The Stonewall Award is given to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.


You can find more information about the ALA’s awards here.

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Liz Swados: 1951-2016


Seven Stories Press joins with New York City and the world in mourning our friend and author Liz Swados, who passed away yesterday at the age of 64.  Liz was a beacon of New York’s downtown culture, an artist of rare generosity with a genius for making us feel the connections between hardship and resilience, beauty and truth, one person and another.

Born in Buffalo, New York in 1951, Liz began making a name for herself in the New York theater before she had even finished her undergraduate studies at Bennington College. Greater exposure came in 1978, with the smash success of Runaways, a theater piece Liz wrote and directed.  It was based on conversations she’d had with teenage runaways — some of whom went on to star in the show — and its success exceeded all expectations: after a successful run at New York’s Public Theater, it was nominated for five Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and an Obie (which, for her direction, Liz won).

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