On one level Norman Finkelstein's new book, This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences in the Gaza Invasion, on Israel's 2008 invasion of Gaza does not reveal much new. It consists of information that has made its way to the public realm over the past year. Yet he brings together the disparate pieces of the event to sharp effect. There is a clear sense that the story has been insulted by the casualness of attention to it.
Marx did not support the North because he believed that its victory would directly lead to socialism. Rather, he saw in South and North two species of capitalism — one allowing slavery, the other not. The then existing regime of American society and economy embraced the enslavement of four million people whose enforced toil produced the republic’s most valuable export, cotton, as well as much tobacco, sugar, rice, and turpentine. Defeating the slave power was going to be difficult. The wealth and pride of the 300,000 slaveholders (there were actually 395,000 slave owners, according to the 1860 Census, but at the time Marx was writing this had not yet been published) was at stake.
as already mentioned, we are reading Kevin Chong's Beauty Plus Pity as our next book club selection.
Exciting news (maybe predictable too?) Kevin has agreed to join us for a conversation about his book sometime in June, but being that he is such a great talent, his schedule is busy and a tad, 'up in the air'. Kevin is working on confirming a discussion date with us, but has to confirm some other previous engagements first, but he will join us!
People's Co-op Bookstore Open House
From 5 p.m. until late
You are invited to join us at a People's Co-op Bookstore special Holiday Open House, featuring a number of Vancouver's most well known writers and poets. Authors confirmed so far include George Bowering, George Stanley, Ivan Coyote, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Dennis Bolen, Peter Darbyshire, Garry Thomas Morse, Aaron Peck, JJ Lee, Gillian Jerome, Brad Cran, Jacqueline Turner, Ian Weir, Nikki Reimer, Rita Wong, Hiromi Goto, David Chariandy, Kaitlin Fontana and Sarah Levitt!!!
If there's one thing I enjoy about the frenzy of hyper-commercialism that accompanies the Christmas holiday season, it's the excuse it provides to shop for books. For those lucky enough to have some time off, it is also the ideal season to read -- or at least to make an ambitious reading list for 2012 as a New Year's resolution.