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Beautiful Trouble: Murray Dobbin reviews new book looking at creative tools for social change

rabble senior contributing editor, Murray Dobbin, reviews Murray Dobbin reviews a new book looking at creative tools for social change

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Organize. It's worth it

G20 inquiry rally, July 1, 2010. Photo: My Toronto Democracy/Flickr
Book lounge: Come hell or high water, we won't stop...

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Complicating the Arctic

An inukshuk in Nunavut. Photo: jumpyjoad/Flickr
Book review: Polar Imperative by Shelagh D. Grant

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Finkelstein's hope for Gaza

Norman Finkelstein: This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences in the Gaza Invasion

This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences in the Gaza Invasion

by Norman G. Finkelstein
(Or Books,
2010;
$20.00)

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.

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Immigrant workers fight back

Fight Back: Workplace Justice for Immigrants

by Aziz Choudry and Jill Hanley et al.
(Fernwood Publishing,
2009;
$17.02)
"A lot of Filipinos and others are silent in their jobs....They are scared that if they do something for change, they will be deported....They feel held at the blade between life and death."

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Norman Bethune: Stepping forward to revolution

Extraordinary Canadians: Norman Bethune

by Adrienne Clarkson
(Penguin Canada,
2009;
$26.00)
When Norman Bethune left Montreal for Spain in 1936 to help the Republicans in their doomed effort to hold back Franco's fascists, he spoke no foreign languages and had no fixed role waiting for him. But he was among a group of determined individuals who believed "if fascism could be stopped in Spain, a larger war would not break out," and he wasted no time making himself useful. When Bethune left Madrid less than a year later, he had created and implemented a mobile blood transfusion unit, the first of its kind, that treated soldiers right at the front and drastically reduced fatalities. He was also on the verge of collapse, drinking heavily and making enemies on all sides.

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Lincoln, Marx and the struggle against slavery

An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln

by By Robin Blackburn
(Verso Press,
2011;
$19.95)

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.

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TODAY 3pm EST/12pm PST Babble Book Club: Beauty Plus Pity by Kevin Chong

Hey all,

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

Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Location

People's Co-op Bookstore
1391 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC
Canada
49° 16' 20.784" N, 123° 4' 11.0712" W

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!!!

'Tis the season for lefty reading

Tropic of Chaos

Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence

by Christian Parenti
(Nation Books,
2011;
$30.00)

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.

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