Next month, the new book Working-Class Comic Book Heroes: Class Conflict and Populist Politics in Comics will published by the University Press of Mississippi. The book is edited by Marc DiPaolo and includes contributions from Phil Bevin, Blair Davis, Marc DiPaolo, Michele Fazio, James Gifford, Kelly Kanayama, Orion Ussner Kidder, Christina M. Knopf, Kevin Michael Scott, Andrew Alan Smith, and Terrence R. Wandtke.
Informed by working-class studies, the book “examines working-class superheroes and other protagonists who populate heroic narratives in serialized comic books.” Read more about the book and pre-order it from the press here.
Hard Ball Press, in collaboration with children’s book author Mark Torres, has donated 200 bilingual children’s books to the Puerto Rico Teachers Federation (FMPR). The seven titles, all picture books for young children, explore the kinds of social justice themes that families in Puerto Rico face every day, including fair wages (Joelito’s Big Decision, Jimmy’s Carwash Adventure), indigenous people’s rights and culture (Margarito’s Forest), gender equality (Hats Off For Gabbie!), and economic inequality (The Cabbage That Came Back). Mark’s book, Good Guy Jake teaches children how a union fights to reinstate a sanitation worker unfairly fired for taking toys from the trash that he repaired and gave to children in a local shelter for Christmas.
With so many books destroyed by the hurricane, the children in many schools in the San Juan area have enjoyed the books, including teenage students with learning disabilities. Hard Ball Press will be donating copies of all new children’s books as they come into print.
Surviving Poverty: Creating Sustainable Ties among the Poor by Joan Maya Mazelis is now available from NYU Press. The book, “carefully examines the experiences of people living below the poverty level, looking in particular at the tension between social isolation and social ties among the poor.” You may read about the book and download the introduction here.
Andrew Kolin’s new book Political Economy of Labor Repression in the United States is now available from Rowman & Littlefield, Lexington Books.
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The University Press of Mississippi has released an excerpt from WCSA member Scott Henkel’s forthcoming book, Direct Democracy: Collective Power, the Swarm, and the Literatures of the Americas. Read the excerpt here.
A pre-publication discount is now available for Rowing Inland, Jim Daniels’s forthcoming book of poems. This book is “a time machine that takes the reader back to the Metro Detroit of his youth and then accelerates toward the future. With humor and empathy, the author looks at his own family’s challenges and those of the surrounding community where the legacy handed down from generation to generation is one of survival. The economic hits that this community has to endure create both an uncertainty about its future and a determined tenacity.”
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Hard Ball Press has published two new children’s books you may want to consider for holiday gift-giving and your own pleasure. Both are available in English and Spanish. The Cabbage that Came Back / El Repollo que Volvio by Steven Pearl and illustrated by Rafael Pearl tells a wonderful children’s fable about sharing. Margarito’s Forest / El Bosque de Don Margarito by Andy Carter and illustrated by Allison Havens tells a story of how the ways of the Maya, faced with the deforesting effects of climate change, offering timely wisdom for a planet in peril.