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February News at PM Press
This month we offer Joy Tienzo's long-awaited cookbook (and it has been worth the wait!), Michael Moorcock's edited collection of his best nonfiction writings, and crucial histories from active participants in both the Spanish Revolution and the democratic social transformations that rocked Portugal in the mid-1970s.


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Cook, Eat, Thrive: Vegan Recipes from Everyday to Exotic
Joy Tienzo
9781604865097 | $17.95 


Encouraging chefs to savor the cooking process, this collection of recipes provides distinctive meals using fresh, flavorful ingredients. Drawing from a variety of influences, it features diverse, innovative vegan dishes, ranging from well-known favorites such as Buttermilk Biscuits with Southern Style Gravy and Barbecue Ranch Salad to more exotic fare such as Palm Heart Ceviche and Italian Cornmeal Cake with Roasted Apricots and Coriander Cr�me Anglaise. A wider culinary horizon with internationally inspired dishes is offered----ideal for creating cuisine that allows people, animals, and the environment to thrive. With planned menus for all occasions; clear symbols for raw, low-fat, soy-free, and wheat-free recipes; and a section on making basics such as seitan and nondairy milks, this is an essential handbook for those interested in cooking the very best vegan food.    


"Cook, Eat, Thrive gives vegans the option of choosing exotic and extraordinary recipes for special dinner preparations, or simpler, yet imaginative creations for day to day meal planning. Whether you're looking for everyday vegan fare, or exquisite vegan dining, Tienzo serves it up with culinary flair!"  

----Dreena Burton, author of Eat, Drink & Be Vegan



London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction          

Michael Moorcock, edited by Michael Moorcock and Allan Kausch with an introduction by Iain Sinclair
BN: 9781604864908 | $23.95

In London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction, Michael Moorcock personally selects the best of his published, unpublished, and uncensored essays, articles, reviews, and opinions covering a wide range of subjects: books, films, politics, reminiscences of old friends, and attacks on new foes. Drawn from over fifty years of writing, including his most recent work from the pages of the Los Angeles Times and the Guardian, along with obscure and now unobtainable sources, the pieces in London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction showcase Moorcock at his acerbic best.


"Moorcock's reviews and critical essays seem to me exemplary. They are never routine, never obligatory, never tired. They seem to me to be models of what a creative writer should do when producing critical prose." 
----Alan Wall, professor of writing and literature, University of Chester, UK 



Portugal: The Impossible Revolution?               

Phil Mailer with an afterword by Maurice Brinton
BN: 9781604863369 | $24.95 

After the military coup in Portugal on April 25th, 1974, there followed eighteen months of intense, democratic social transformation which challenged every aspect of Portuguese society. What started as a military coup turned into a profound attempt at social change from the bottom up and became headlines on a daily basis in the world media. This is the story of what happened in Portugal as seen and felt by a deeply committed participant. It depicts the hopes, the tremendous enthusiasm, the boundless energy, the total commitment, the released power, even the revolutionary innocence of thousands of ordinary people taking a hand in the remolding of their lives. 


"A thorough delight as it moves from first person accounts of street demonstrations through intricate analyses of political movements. Mailer has handled masterfully the enormous cast of politicians, military officers, workers' councils, splinter parties, movements, and caucuses."   




The CNT in the Spanish Revolution Volume 2              

Jos� Peirats with an introduction by Chris Ealham
BN: 9781604862089 | $22.95

The CNT in the Spanish Revolution is the history of one of the most original and audacious, and arguably also the most far-reaching, of all the twentieth-century revolutions. It is the history of the giddy years of political change and hope in 1930s Spain, when the so-called "Generation of '36," rose up against the oppressive structures of Spanish society. It is also a history of a revolution that failed, crushed in the jaws of its enemies on both the reformist left and the reactionary right. Jos� Peirats' account is effectively the official CNT history of the war, passionate, partisan but, above all, intelligent. Its huge sweeping canvas covers all areas of the anarchist experience----the spontaneous militias, the revolutionary collectives, the moral dilemmas occasioned by the clash of revolutionary ideals and the stark reality of the war effort against Franco and his German Nazi and Italian Fascist allies. Additionally, a biographical chapter, "The Life and Struggles of Jos� Peirats" gives a great deal of insight into this CNT fighter and historian.


"For those whose field of study is modern Spain, this is indeed an obligatory purchase. Given that this edition has been indexed and footnoted it may prove more useful to scholars than the original Spanish-language editions." ----Kate Sharpley Library 



The CNT in the Spanish Revolution Volume 3             

Jos� Peirats with an introduction by Chris Ealham
BN: 9781604862096 | $22.95

The third and final volume of The CNT in the Spanish Revolution tells of the CNT's last push for the anarchist revolution in Spain, and the crushing defeat of the wide ranging activities of the CNT. An additional chapter surveys the history of Spanish anarchism in the English language.  


"Jos� Peirats' The CNT in the Spanish Revolution is a landmark in the historiography of the Spanish Civil War... Originally published in Toulouse in the early 1950s, it was a rarity anxiously searched for by historians and others who gleefully pillaged its wealth of documentation. Even its republication in Paris in 1971 by the exiled Spanish publishing house, Ruedo Ib�rico, though welcome, still left the book in the territory of specialists. For that reason alone, the present project to publish the entire work in English is to be applauded."  

----Professor Paul Preston, London School of Economics


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Recent News/Reviews
anaseedsAnarchist Seeds beneath the Snow in Publishers Weekly 
Alternating seamlessly between literary criticism and social history, this elegant study of militant ideas reveals a rousing and tragic tradition with more than its share of martyrs, sinners, and saints. Though often conflated with terrorism and mere chaos, anarchism, editor David Goodway makes clear, has been a positive political philosophy advocated by a variety of writers, scholars, and theorists who represent more of a "community of thought" than a coherent school... The book is a call to action. "These seeds need to germinate," Goodway writes, "to put forth shoots and buds, eventually to flower, if there is to be any chance of a decent life for humans in the future." Spring may finally be approaching.    

Read the full review HERE.  

robhoodA People's History of Robin Hood on Yes! Magazine
by Paul Buhle   
"No other medieval European saga has had the staying power of Robin Hood; no other is wrapped up simultaneously in class conflict, the rights of citizenship, and defense of ecological systems against devastation." For hundreds of years, he's fought tax injustice, tyranny, and the seizure of the commons. In this illustrated and informative excerpt from his new book, Robin Hood: People's Outlaw and Forest Hero, Paul Buhle explores Robin's mythical history and why we still need him today.  

Read the full article HERE.  

wilgirThe Wild Girls on 
Review by Brit Mandelo
I appreciate that there are publishers making little neat books like this one, with a mixture of contents that span the different writing-hats a person like Le Guin has worn in her career. Too often books are restricted to one sort of thing; a fiction collection, or an essay collection, or a poetry collection. The Wild Girls is all of these things, and provides an enjoyable, worthwhile reading experience, especially for existing fans of Le Guin like myself.

Read the full review HERE.  


Surfing the Gnarl on Boing Boing 

Review by Cory Doctorow 

Surfing the Gnarl is the latest volume in PM Press's wonderful Outspoken Authors series: a collection of slim, handsome chapbooks curated by Terry Bisson that combine essays, stories, and interviews. Rucker's addition to the series is a very worthy one, with two very weird, characteristically Ruckerian stories... As with the other volumes in the series, this one concludes with an interview between Terry Bisson and Rucker, in which Rucker is his charmingly oblique and uncompromising self on subjects from the history of cyberpunk to the nature of the universe.      

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blootraBlood on the Tracks on the National Catholic Reporter
Review by John Dear S.J.
This massive book is one of the best accounts of nonviolent resistance in our nation's history. Like Ron Kovic's Born on the Fourth of July, it should be required reading. Brian's story carries the same weight as the stories of Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero and the Berrigans. He has much to teach us... Blood On the Tracks is a major accomplishment and will live on for years as a testament of nonviolent resistance to American war-making.        


Read the full review HERE.


leonThe World Turned Upside Down CD on Rock'n'Reel Magazine (R2)
Review by Ken Hunt 
Leon Rosselson applied the jump leads that got the stalled engine of socially engaged, literate song racing. And then got it purring and spitting. The selection rounds up his best known songs... All with Rosselsong annotations to contextualise the near-perfection of this extraordinary set.    

Read the full review HERE.  

 PM Recommends
Victoria Law: Resisting Gender Violence Without Cops or Prisons
Activist and journalist Victoria Law is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women. In the new video presentation produced by Angola 3 News, Law builds upon her earlier prison abolitionist critique by discussing practical alternatives for effectively confronting gender violence without using the prison system. She cites many success stories where women, not wanting to work with the police, instead collectively organized in an autonomous fashion. Law stresses that at the foundation of these anti-violence projects is the idea that gender violence needs to be a seen as a community issue, as opposed to simply being a problem for the individual to deal with.  

See Victoria's 10 minute video HERE .   

Upcoming Events
Love and Struggle Book Release Party at Left Hand Books (Boulder, CO) February 21
Join the Denver Friends of David Gilbert for a presentation, discussion, and book release party for David's memoir, Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond.

See event details HERE.

Tucson Festival of Books March 10-11

The Tucson Festival of Books brings together authors, publishers and the reading public in a family-friendly community event. Barry Graham, author of The Wrong Thing will be reading, and be sure to drop by the PM Table and check out all of our newest releases.          

See event details HERE.

bluestockBook Release Events at Bluestockings Bookstore (NYC) March 15-19
PM authors from around the country will be launching books at the world famous Bluestockings Bookstore for five nights in a row. Book launches include the classic Wobblie history, Rebel Voices; a rare visit from Selma James to launch her collection Sex, Race, and Class; Terry Bisson and the Friends of David Gilbert for Love and Struggle, Iain Boal and other Retorters included in West of Eden, and scott crow arrives from TX to read from Black Flags and Windmills.       

See event details HERE.

lftforumLeft Forum (NYC) March 16-18
Left Forum convenes the largest annual conference of a broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and the interested public. PM authors and panelists include: Selma James, Victoria Law, Terry Bisson, Kenneth Wishnia, Iain Boal, George Katsiaficas, Cindy Milstein, scott crow, Cal Winslow, Peter Linebaugh, Sean Stewart, Ben Morea, Josh MacPhee, David McNally, Greg Albo, Sam Gindin, Leo Panitch, Michael Fox, Daniel Gross, Big Noise Films, Matt Meyer, Stephanie McMillan, George Caffentzis, Eddie Yuen, Silvia Federici, Doyle Canning, Hilary Moore, and many more!

See event details HERE

PM Programs at Brecht Forum (NYC)  March 18-21
PM authors from around the country will be heading to the Westside of NYC to the prestigious Brecht Forum for presentations and panel discussions four nights in a row. Speakers include Selma James, Terry Bisson, Matt Meyer, Iain Boal and scott crow       

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