Tuesday, May 19, 2009

We're so excited and we just can't hide it!

Mark May 31st on your calendars because Eduardo Galeano is coming to town to launch his new book, Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone, translated by Ottawa's very own Mark Fried, and we'll be there slinging books at Saint Brigid's Centre for Arts and Humanities (314 St. Patrick @ Cumberland) at 7:00 p.m.

Mirrors, is an unofficial history of the world seen through history’s unseen, unheard, and forgotten. As Galeano notes: “Official history has it that Vasco Núñez de Balboa was the first man to see, from a summit in Panama, the two oceans at once. Were the people who lived there blind??”

Recalling the lives of artists, writers, gods, and visionaries, from the Garden of Eden to twenty-first-century New York, of the black slaves who built the White House and the women erased by men’s fears, and told in hundreds of kaleidoscopic vignettes, Mirrors is a magic mosaic of our humanity.

Eduardo Galeano’s works, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages, include Memory of Fire (three volumes); Open Veins of Latin America; Soccer in Sun and Shadow; Days and Nights of Love and War; The Book of Embraces; We Say No; Walking Words; Upside Down; and Voices of Time. Born in Montevideo, he lived in exile in Argentina and Spain for years before returning to Uruguay. He was the recipient of the first Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom.

Galeano defies easy categorization as an author. His works combine documentary, fiction, journalism, political analysis, and history. The author himself has denied that he is a historian: "I'm a writer obsessed with remembering, with remembering the past of America above all and above all that of Latin America, intimate land condemned to amnesia."

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

John Bellamy Foster in Ottawa

We feel awfully lucky to be hosting an event with John Bellamy Foster, editor of the long-running, highly esteemed socialist magazine Monthly Review and author of a long list of important books on economy, ecology and empire. He's our kind of guy.

We will be helping him launch his newest book, The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences, on Thursday, May 28th at 7:30 p.m. at the Glebe Parent's Daycare (10 Fifth Ave.).