Thursday, December 23, 2010

HOLIDAY HOURS: 
Dec 24 - 2-4pm
Dec 25-28 Closed
Dec 29-30 Open 12 noon 7 pm
Dec 31- Jan 5th Closed

 The future of Revolution Books depends on you!
It is no exaggeration to say...
 
For a different future for the people and the planet,
We need Revolution Books on the scene.
Come in and check out our new Book Selections

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Upcoming Event - Author Presentation and Book Signing
Thursday Jan 27th, 7pm

Drain 
by Davis Schneiderman 

"It s the year 2039, and Lake Michigan is mysteriously emptied of water. In this seemingly endless desert east of Chicago, three factions are locked in conflict: end-of-times cultist settlers who worship a giant World Worm they deem responsible for the drained lake; Quadrilateral, a mega-corporation determined to develop the now dry lake; and the Blackout Angels, landlocked punk pirates who oppose everything and everyone. "
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 Holiday Books
  
Truancy 
by Isamu Fukui

Written by a student, for students. Dedicated to everyone that has ever suffered in the name of education, an action-packed and entertaining read containing universal themes. A call for student empowerment and an adventure story. TRUANCY makes a strong appeal to the truant in all of us
Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, 
His Star Recruit, and 
the Youth Basketball Machine 
By George Dohrmann
 A gem of a book that addresses the question central to contemporary basketball: How does such an unseemly culture spring from such an essentially beautiful game? You'll come away rooting harder than ever for the kids and harder than ever against the basketball profiteers.




The Illusion of Free Markets: 
Punishment and the Myth 
of Natural Order 
by Bernard E. Harcourt

Harcourt excavates the historical genealogy of the twin myths of the 'free market' and the 'diligent police' to illumine the current American predicament of steep social inequality and gargantuan prisons. He reveals that the current idolatry of the market finds its roots in the eighteenth-century notion of 'natural order,' which fosters both minimal government in economic matters and maximal government in law and order.
 
Practical Water
(Wesleyan Poetry Series)
by Brenda Hillman

Not since Allen Ginsberg tried to levitate the Pentagon has American poetry seen the likes of the hallucinatory wit and moral clarity. Violence and the common world, fact and dream, science and magic, intuition and perception are reconfigured as the poet explores matters of spirit in political life and earthly fate.

 
Everyday People
by Kevin Coval

Funny, sexy, and empathic, Hip-Hop poet Coval riffs on the knot of family and the revelations kicked up by chance encounters, meditates on America’s sorrows and beauty as he rides cross-country trains and a subway that rises from the shadows to the light on elevating tracks. Coval is an enemy of complacence and a believer in cross-pollination, and like the corner store he describes, his well-stocked poems contain “beef jerky and sandalwood incense,” that is, earth and spirit, body and soul.


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STAFF BOOK PICKS

Constitution 
for New Socialist Republic 
of North America 
(Draft Proposal)
From the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
[W]ritten with the future in mind. It is intended to set forth a basic model, and fundamental principles and guidelines, for the nature and functioning of a vastly different society and government than now exists: the New Socialist Republic in North America, a socialist state which would embody, institutionalize and promote radically different relations and values among people; (read more)

Ike To Mao, 
My Jouney from Mainstream America 
to Revolutionary Communist 
by Bob Avakain

"Bob Avakian is a long distance runner in the freedom struggle against imperialism, racism and capitalism. His voice and witness are indispensable in our efforts to enhance the wretched of the earth. And his powerful story of commitment is timely."
— Cornel West
Autobiography of Mark Twain: 
The Complete and Authoritative Edition, 
Volume 1 
by Mark Twain

Mark Twain is his own greatest character in this brilliant self-portrait, the first of three volumes collected by the Mark Twain Project on the centenary of the author's death. It is published complete and unexpurgated for the first time. (Twain wanted his more scalding opinions suppressed until long after his death.)

Some Sing, Some Cry 
by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza

Groundbreaking and heartbreaking, this triumphant novel by two of America's most acclaimed storytellers follows a family of women from enslavement to the dawn of the twenty-first century.
Make a Difference in Someone's Life
Give a Gift subscription to Revolution Newspaper
 
Get a subscription for a friend
or get one for a Prisoner


Friday, December 10, 2010


Open House at Revolution Books
Friday December 17, 6-9pm

Take the Holy
Out of the Holidays!!

In the midst of all the holiday hype, have some fun with others who are fighting for a better world.
Bring yourself, bring your friends! Enjoy our new selection of books, gifts, and join us for refreshments and music. Keep the doors of Revolution Books open, do your book shopping where it will make a difference.

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Sunday Dec 12, 4pm Wednesday, October 13th at 7 PM
Join us in a discussion of



by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA

First segment in Revolution Newspaper #218; A Fundamental Understanding of Human Society-and How It Changes.

[I]t is important to review "where we are" with regard to how human society has actually developed historically (in interrelation and interaction with the rest of nature) and what pathways for change actually exist-and must be seized. This gets us right to the heart of historical materialism: the relation between the economic base in any society and the superstructure of politics, culture and ideology, including morality. (read more)

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                                 Think About a Different Future with Revolution Books                          
This holiday head straight to Revolution Books for great gifts and books. Buy your gifts where it will really count. 
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   RECOMMENDED BOOKS THIS MONTH  
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The Anti-American Manifesto
by Ted Rall





While others mourn the damage to the postmodern American capitalist system created by the recent global economic collapse, Rall sees an opportunity. As millions of people lose their jobs and their homes, they and millions more are opening their minds to the possibility of creating a radically different form of government and economic infrastructure.






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Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1
by Mark Twain, Harriet E. Smith,
Benjamin Griffin, and Victor Fischer

Mark Twain is his own greatest character in this brilliant self-portrait, the first of three volumes collected by the Mark Twain Project on the centenary of the author's death. It is published complete and unexpurgated for the first time. Twain wanted his more scalding opinions suppressed until long after his death.



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CONSTITUTION
For The New Socialist Republic In North America
(Draft Proposal)

by Revolutionary Communist
Party, USA

[W]ritten with the future in mind. It is intended to set forth a basic model, and fundamental principles and guidelines, for the nature and functioning of a vastly different society and government than now exists: the New Socialist Republic in North America, a socialist state which would embody, institutionalize and promote radically different relations and values among people; (read more)





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Some Sing, Some Cry
by Ntozake Shange
and Ifa Bayeza


Sisters and playwrights Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza have composed a sweeping African-American saga animating 200 years of history through the voices of seven generations of the Mayfield family's women...This is a complex poetic treatise on race, culture, love, and family, the use of regional vernacular, dialect, and pure song, resulting in a provocative fictional history.







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Velvet Underground:
An Illustrated History
of a Walk on the Wild Side
by Jim DeRogatis


Readers who want detail and in-depth analysis of the Velvet Underground and their importance in American popular music will want to steer toward White Light/White Heat; however, DeRogatis' coffee-table book, with its archival images and other memorabilia, is highly recommended for fans of the Velvet Underground.







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After Change You Can Believe In,
Wally Shawn reads from his
Essays and discusses human nature
with a communist (dvd)

Playwright and actor Wally Shawn sat down for a probing conversation with Andy Zee, spokesperson for Revolution Books. A spirited question and answer session followed. Shawn took part in the evening in order to help save Revolution Books.





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Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow:
A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix
by Gary Golio and Javaka Steptoe


Jimi Hendrix was many things: a superstar, a rebel, a hero, an innovator.
This a story of a talented child who learns to see, hear, and interpret the world around him in his own unique way. It is also a story of a determined kid with a vision, who worked hard to become a devoted and masterful artist. Jimi Hendrix--a groundbreaking performer whose music shook the very foundations of rock 'n' roll.




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The Grand Design
By Stephen Hawking
and Leonard Mlodinow

The three central questions of philosophy and science: Why is there something rather than nothing? Why do we exist? Why this particular set of laws and not some other? No one can make a discussion of such matters as compulsively readable as the celebrated University of Cambridge cosmologist Hawking (A Brief History of Time). Along with Caltech physicist Mlodinow (The Drunkard's Walk).








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Also Available at Revolution Books

Howl by Allen Ginsberg

For colored girls who have considered suicide/When the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange

Observations on Art and Culture, Science and Philosophy by Bob Avakian

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Essays by Wallace Shawn

Death of the Liberal Class by Chris Hedges

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frederic Engels

COMMUNISM: THE BEGINNING OF A NEW STAGE A Manifesto from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA

Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr by Michael A. B. Deakin

The Enigma of Capital: and the Crises of Capitalism by David Harvey

Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir by Ngugi wa Thiongo

Little Bee by Chris Cleave





Monday, November 8, 2010

NEW STORE HOURS
WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY: 2pm to 7pm
SATURDAY NOON to 7pm
SUNDAY NOON to 5pm


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Saturday November 20, 7-10 pm
Come to the Fundraising Dinner for the
CONSTITUTION for the New Socialist ConstitutionSlimRepublic in North America (Draft Proposal)
from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA
at D├ęcima Musa Restaurant
 Tickets $20 for adults
$10 for students
Available at the door or at
Revolution Books
Directions D├ęcima Musa Restaurant 1901 S. Loomis
Southeast corner of Loomis & 19th, in Pilsen. Parking available. CTA: Four blocks from Pink Line stop at 18th Street...One block from #60 bus.

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Saturday November 13, 4-6pm 
CELEBRATE THE RELEASE of the
CONSTITUTION
for The
New Socialist Republic in North America
(Draft Proposal)
from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA ($8)


Saturday November 13
4:00 to 6:00pm
at REVOLUTION BOOKS
1103 N Ashland, Chicago
On November 13, the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America (Draft Proposal) will be officially released. Beginning on that day, everything that people think is possible, and impossible, will come under radical challenge.
Right in the middle of a cruel, rotting empire, a vision of something entirely new-something very radical and far better than the present way that people are forced to live-will be set forth from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.
There is great potential in this Constitution to impact and inspire a very wide range of people, including those who burn with the desire for a better world, but who will have differences or questions about aspects of this Constitution, or even the basic thrust of it. This should, and will, spark all-round debate and ferment over how we live today, and how we could live tomorrow.
This Constitution will present a very real alternative to the present system, a response to the argument-heard even from those with deep upset about the status quo-that there is nothing that can be done to really change things. And this can contribute in significant ways to the necessary repolarization for revolution in society overall by breaking people's inability to see beyond the way things are today... to a better world, an alternative that is not just desirable, but viable.
In the world today, the importance of this mustn't be underestimated.
read more 

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GK Jazz for Justice

Just Received from the
Ad Hoc Committee to Drop the Charges

Friday November 12, 8pm
Grace Gallery 1741 N Western Ave Chicago





















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Wednesday November 10, 7pm
Co-Sponsored by Revolution Books
and Chopin Theatre

Appearing at the Chopin Theatre
1543 W Division St, Chicago
Doors open 6pm - Free to All - Seating on First Come Basis



Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis


Discussing their new book
Jim DeRogatis

The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones:
 Sound Opinions on the Great Rock and Roll Rivalry



GregKotwEdge 
Book available at Event for Author Signing.
10% Discount on Book at the event and at
Revolution Books
 
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Friday, October 29, 2010

AVAILABLE NOW! 
CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF
THE CONSTITUTION
For The
New Socialist Republic in North America
(Draft Proposal)
from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA ($8)


Saturday November 13
4:00 to 6:00pm
at REVOLUTION BOOKS
1103 N Ashland, Chicago
On November 13, the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America (Draft Proposal) will be officially released. Beginning on that day, everything that people think is possible, and impossible, will come under radical challenge.
Right in the middle of a cruel, rotting empire, a vision of something entirely new-something very radical and far better than the present way that people are forced to live-will be set forth from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.
There is great potential in this Constitution to impact and inspire a very wide range of people, including those who burn with the desire for a better world, but who will have differences or questions about aspects of this Constitution, or even the basic thrust of it. This should, and will, spark all-round debate and ferment over how we live today, and how we could live tomorrow.
This Constitution will present a very real alternative to the present system, a response to the argument-heard even from those with deep upset about the status quo-that there is nothing that can be done to really change things. And this can contribute in significant ways to the necessary repolarization for revolution in society overall by breaking people's inability to see beyond the way things are today... to a better world, an alternative that is not just desirable, but viable.
In the world today, the importance of this mustn't be underestimated.
read more

Save this date - Saturday November 20 or Sunday November 21
CONSTITUTION Fundraising Dinner - location to be announced


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Monday, October 18, 2010


Revolution Books Received the following announcement
Join people concerned with Justice across the country...

Take a stand OCTOBER 22nd, 2010 --
15th annual
National Day of Protest to
STOP Police Brutality,
  Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.

Activities in schools and communities all day
CHICAGO CENTRAL GATHERING -- RALLY & MARCH -- 
 12 Noon, @ Chicago's Thompson Center (Randolph & Clark in the Chicago Loop)

Oct 22nd - WEAR BLACK!  FIGHT THE POWER!
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WHY SHOULD YOU COME OUT for the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation on OCTOBER 22nd?  BECAUSE:

You want to help create the most powerful, most visible protest possible on a national basis

You want to STOP the LIES told about people stopped, beaten or killed by police - "they must have been doing something wrong or it wouldn't have happened to them" -- and let people know what the real stories are, told by the families of the victims who take part in October 22nd
You want to create unity among the different groups of people being attacked - UNITE TO FIGHT!
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·         2010 Endorsers

 

Help get 5,000 views of BOB AVAKIAN's video, "YES THERE'S A CONSPIRACY, TO GET THE COPS OFF"


On October 20, be part of getting 5,000 views of this video clip from Revolution: Why It's Necessary, Why It's Possible, What It's All About.

On October 20 watch and spread this clip from Bob Avakian as people organize across the country for October 22, the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.
Go HERE for ways to get this out starting now! 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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Wednesday November 10, 7pm
Co-Sponsored by Revolution Books and Chopin Theater
Appearing at the Chopin Theater
1543 W Division St, Chicago
Greg Kot  and Jim DeRogatis
Discussing their new book
The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones:

Sound Opinions on the Great Rock and Roll Rivalry






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Wednesday, October 13th at 7pm - A Banned Books Week Presentation

Warren Brown is Mark Twain in
CATCH THE TWAIN!!!
Give a 10$ donation and get a cd of CATCH THE TWAIN

Join us in an engaging evening of an uproariously authentic characterization of Mark Twain's stories and lecture series guaranteed to entertain audiences.
A first-person Chautauqua-style audience question and answer session is included with each program. The program promotes an appreciation for humanity, education, and literacy in a way that is humorous and inspirational, and historically amusing.
Warren Brown, a Mark Twain scholar, received the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award for his Chautauqua-style portrayal of Samuel Clemens, "bridging the lessons of history with the demands of contemporary living." Mr. Brown's program, Catch the Twain, is endorsed by the Illinois Humanities Council, the Illinois Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Warren says he struggled all through school, "The hardest eight years of my life...was 1st grade." Nevertheless, Warren has a degree from the University of Illinois

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Sunday October 17, 4pm, at Revolution Books
Special Presentation and discussion to follow:
Revolution Newspaper...
and Making Revolution
  for Real
 
We have a strategy - and our newspaper is, as "The Revolution We


"the foundation, guideline, and organizational scaffolding for [the] whole process" of carrying out that strategy. This is the paper that cuts to the bone to tell you WHY things are happening... to show you HOW it doesn't have to be this way... and to give you the ways to ACT to change it. It is a call to action and a means of struggle. It is, and has to be much more, the scaffolding on which this movement is built, where those who are getting into it and following it can wrangle in its pages and on its website with how we can better build this movement. It is a guideline where today thousands, but soon tens of thousands and eventually millions, all over the place, stay connected and learn to act in a powerful and united way. It is the foundation where those who read it learn about the larger goals of revolution and communism and come to see the ways in which the struggles of today are connected to those larger goals... where they come to grasp the scientific communist outlook through its application to all the many particular events and outrages and developments in society... and where they get organizationally linked up to this revolution.”



  

Monday, October 4, 2010

Revolution Books recieved the following call for Tuesday October 5 from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression -- a national committee:
Act in solidarity with activists called before the Grand Jury. Take action at local federal buildings and FBI offices! Organize demonstrations in your community! The committee has raised the following demands:
Stop repression against anti-war and international solidarity activists.
Immediately return all confiscated materials: computers, cell phones, papers, documents, etc.
No Grand Jury proceeding against anti-war activists.

For more information, go to http://stopfbi.net/

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Followed by this call for October 5 from the Chicago Committee Against Political Repression :

The call time for Chicago's vigil and press conference HAS CHANGED in response to legal developments.

VIGIL MOBILIZATION TO BEGIN AT 8:30 am and subpoenaed activists will read statements to press concering latest legal developments at 9 am.

THE DAY-LONG VIGIL AND AFTERNOON PRESS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED

-- supporters are urged to convene outside the Dirksen Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn, from 8:30 am - 10:00 am.
(

For more information, go to http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=157786074245134&v=wall&ref=ts#!/group.php?gid=157786074245134&v=wall&ref=ts.)

RESOURCE MATERIALS ON THIS ISSUE FROM REVOLTUION NEWSPAPER
FBI RAIDS ANTI-WAR ACTIVISTS HOMES IN MIDWEST
Some Points on the History of the Grand Jury and Political Repression
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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sunday, October 10th 4pm
Discussion and planning meeting for
OCTOBER 22
NATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST
TO STOP POLICE BRUTALITY, REPRESSION AND THE CRIMINALIZATION OF A GENERATION
You should take part in the October 22nd events in your area because —
**You want to help create the most powerful, most visible protest possible on a national basis
** You want to STOP the LIES told about people stopped, beaten or killed by police – "they must have been doing something wrong or it wouldn’t have happened to them" -- and let people know what the real stories are, told by the families of the victims who take part in October 22nd
** You want to create unity among the different groups of people being attacked – UNITE TO FIGHT! (read more at October 22nd Coalition website)
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Wednesday, October 13th at 7 PM
A Banned Books Week Presentation

Warren Brown is Mark Twain in
CATCH THE TWAIN!!!
 
Give a 10$ donation and get a cd of CATCH THE TWAIN
 
Join us in an engaging evening of an uproariously authentic characterization of Mark Twain's stories and lecture series guaranteed to entertain audiences.
A first-person Chautauqua-style audience question and answer session is included with each program. The program promotes an appreciation for humanity, education, and literacy in a way that is humorous and inspirational, and historically amusing.
Warren Brown, a Mark Twain scholar, received the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award for his Chautauqua-style portrayal of Samuel Clemens, "bridging the lessons of history with the demands of contemporary living." Mr. Brown's program, Catch the Twain, is endorsed by the Illinois Humanities Council, the Illinois Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Warren says he struggled all through school, "The hardest eight years of my life...was 1st grade." Nevertheless, Warren has a degree from the University of Illinois.
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Sunday October 17, 4pm
A Presentation and Discussion
Revolution Newspaper...
and Making Revolution
For REAL
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Wednesday November 10, 7pm
Co-Sponsored by Revolution Books and Chopin Theater
Appearing at the Chopin Theater
1543 W Division St, Chicago
Discussing their new book
The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones:
Sound Opinions on the Great Rock and Roll Rivalry
Greg Kot 
and
 Jim DeRogatis
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