Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of eighteen or so books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster. She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, the Lannan Literarty Award, and a Guggenheim. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a columnist at Harper's and a regular contributor to the Guardian.
A book as powerful and influential as Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me, Hope in the Dark was written to counter the despair of radicals at a moment when they were focused on their losses and had turned their back to the victories behind them—and the unimaginable changes soon to come. In it, she makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable. Drawing on her decades of activism and a wide reading of environmental, cultural, and political history, Solnit argued that radicals have a long, neglected history of transformative victories, that the positive consequences of our acts are not always immediately seen, directly knowable, or even measurable, and that pessimism and despair rest on an unwarranted confidence about what is going to happen next. Now, with a moving new introduction explaining how the book came about and a new afterword that helps teach us how to hope and act in our unnerving world, she brings a new illumination to the darkness of 2016 in an unforgettable new edition of this classic book.
If this sounds like something you'd like to read, you can get your copy of the book from the store or online with a 15% discount through the end of January. Remember, you can have it shipped directly to you or come pick it up in store!
Reviews & Interviews
"Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities"-- Publishers Weekly
"Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities"--Kirkus Review
"Thirteen Years On, Rebecca Solnit's Hope in the Dark Offers a Vision for Defiance, Not Dispair, in the Age of Trump"--Paste
"Rebecca Solnit on What Makes Her Hopeful"-- Democracy Now
"Rebecca Solnit: The Essay is Powerful Again" -- The Guardian
"Interview with Rebecca Solnit"-- Terrain.org
We'll meet at Foggy Pine Books on January 25th at 7:30pm. There will be free wine and snacks for book club members to share. Bring a friend and come discuss the book with us, even if you weren't able to completely finish it or if you didn't like it. You can see the Facebook event & RSVP here.
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