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Response to our appeal and FAQ from proponents of “Controlled Digital Lending”

There’s been no direct response from the Internet Archive in the month since the NWU and dozens of other organizations launched our campaign against so-called Controlled Digital Lending (CDL). Unauthorized scanning and distribution of digital copies of printed books continues, unchecked. The defenders of CDL have, however, posted their own new FAQ which is obviously […]

In D.C., Audiences Can Visit North Korea Without a Passport

North Korea is perhaps the most secretive nation on Earth. In a new one-man show, Next Stop: North Korea, NWU member John Feffer aims to bring you as close to as you can get without a visa and a ticket to Seoul. The show is based on his visits to the country and work he […]

Socialist Author and Historian Visits SoCal NWU

Victor Grossman, a New York “red diaper baby” of the 1930s and resident of East Berlin since the 1950s, recently made a 10-week transcontinental tour with his new memoir and meditation on left politics, A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee (Monthly Review Press). It is a richly told story unfolding in rare, personal detail.  […]

Mentoring the Next Generation of Writers

In May, NY Chapter co-chair Timothy Sheard met with four aspiring writers, each with their own unique challenges and goals. Over two hours we discuss each writer’s opportunities and options, from finding an agent to self-publishing. One writer, having not heard back from a publisher who expressed interest in her book, is now going to […]

The Latest Lenny Moss Mystery

Climate change has brought a new, aggressive Zika virus to Philadelphia, making pregnant women fearful they will become infected, and overloading the hospital with a crush of frightened patients. Pregnant nurses at James Madison Hospital beg to be relieved from caring for patients with the virus, but Mother Burgess, the Director of Nursing, refuses. The […]

Nine Trainees Join the Grievance and Contract Committee

Nine members who volunteered to be trained as Contract Advisors and Grievance Officers in the NWU Grievance and Contract Committee participated in a three-day training in the New York office over the May 17-19 weekend. The training, conducted by National Grievance and Contract Officer Susan Davis, GCC Coordinator Barbara Mende and Assistant NGCO Paul MacArthur, […]

SoCal’s Ismael Parra Takes Play to Chicago

“Many May Not Return,” an anti-war play, will open late June in Chicago at the Prop Theater. Ismael Parra, NWU Southern California chair and music coordinator for the production,  and director David Reyes discussed the fun and challenges of taking your show on the road. David: How is the play coming along in Chicago? Ismael: Good, advance […]

A Greener Way to Write

I’d like to suggest that the NWU kick off a campaign for the membership to adopt a gentler writing lifestyle to help heal the planet. Please post in next newsletter: How can writers adopt a gentler writing lifestyle? Since the New York chapter is hosting a panel discussion in November on “Writing to Save the […]

Bronx Book Fair 2019

The recent Bronx Book Fair 2019 at the Bronx Library Center was jam-packed with excitement. The energy sizzled as an array of booksellers, writers, and patrons engaged each other regarding their adoration for stories.  Presented by Poets Network & Exchange, the theme was Our Children, Ourselves: Sustaining a Healthy, Creative, Educationally & Literary Rich Community. […]

Frederick Douglass Alternative 4th of July Celebration 

 “An ensemble that earns its exclamation point with dynamic performances that capture the soul, humor and off-the-cuff inventiveness of a cascading saxophone solo.” –Contra Costa Times                                                           […]

Copyright Office brushes off our call for “moral rights” legislation

Rejecting recommendations from the National Writers Union (NWU) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the US Copyright Office has ended a two-year policy study by concluding that no significant new legislation is called for to protect authors’ moral rights to attribution (bylines or credit as authors) and to the integrity of our works. The […]