Archives for April 2017

Why Defunding the NEA is Even Dumber Than You Think

It’s federal budget time and, as usual, the National Endowment for the Arts is under attack. Their heads filled with images of obscene art, effete gallery-goers and overtaxed single mothers, conservatives are gunning for the straight-out elimination of the 50 year old program. No money, no arts funding. Period. No matter that the $148 million […]

George Fell Was a ‘Force of Nature’

We know the name of the man who threatens the future of the conserved and preserved natural lands in the United States, but few can name the man who launched the Nature Conservancy and sparked the entire Natural Areas Movement. Arthur Melville Pearson’s Force of Nature chronicles the life of George Fell. A complex and at […]

‘Grown-Up Anger’ Looks at Labor History

  Grown-up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre  of 1913 is an exciting romp through labor union history. The book, which will be released June 13, explores its subject through the lens of American music.   Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie’s protest and solidarity songs, and how they represent the […]

Do Writers Have “Moral Rights”?

The idea that writers have “moral” rights with respect to our written work may seem strange to those who think of copyright in purely propertarian terms. They might wonder: What does morality have to do with property ownership? But our writing is more than intellectual property, and our rights to our work are more than […]

April 13 Luncheon on Storytelling in the Trump Era

NWU member John Feffer will be the keynote speaker during a luncheon from 1 to 2 pm on Thursday, April 13, at the Woman’s National Democratic Club [WNDC] in Washington, DC. He’ll speak about “Telling Tales in the Time of Trump,” and tackle how storytelling is more important than ever in this era of so-called fake news and outlandish Presidential tweets. […]

‘Dunes’ Novel Inspired by Windswept Landscape

Homeport Press just published Our Lady of the Dunes, my coming-of-age novel, which takes place amid the dunes of the OuterCape of Provincetown, MA, in 1942. The dunes run along the beach nearly 40 miles, from Chatham to Provincetown, and just above them are bluffs that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. My story is of a young woman who’s sent out from Boston to live […]

We’re Taking You Out to the Ball Game

Save the date: Friday, July 28th is the 11th Annual Labor Night with the Washington Nationals baseball team.  If you’re looking for a fun way to bond with fellow writers, a new place to rock your NWU T-shirt, and a great way to help fellow union members in need, then you should join the party. This year’s Nationals game is against the Colorado Rockies. Ticket […]

Sherwood Back With 3rd ‘Murdery Delicious’ Book

The Chalmers brothers have returned in The Murdery Delicious Blood Stone Secret, the devastating finale of The Murdery Delicious trilogy. In the latest installment, the siblings are a little older, possibly a little wiser, and undoubtedly more terrified. As the latest mystery unfolds, a breezy summer getaway at their newly restored ancestral home quickly becomes a crawl through the […]

‘Beyond $15’: Possibilities in Reimagined Labor Movement

Sarah Mohamoud was once a seven-year-old Somali girl who had to hide in the bed of a truck, narrowly escaping  her country’s civil war by crossing the Kenyan border. Assadollah Valibeigi struggled to make a living as a taxi driver and merchant in Iran’s politically chaotic capital city. Mohamed Kadhim and his family fled bombings in Iraq, only […]

Mathieu’s Latest Novel Is “Women Under Siege”

Women Under Siege sends a timely message to women (and men) who are used to giving a blind eye to the culture of misogyny. Nora Bookbinder has good reason to fear the inherent nature of men’s warring and raping and chooses to remain single. But in her late thirties, passion strikes, and she goes off to […]