[Posted on revcom.us]
A New Talk by Bob Avakian:
The Material Basis and the Method for Making Revolution
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Book Reading and Signing of Wash by Margaret Wrinkle
Saturday, May 10th, 3 PM
Along the Tennessee frontier in the early 1800s, two men find themselves locked in an intimate power struggle. Richardson, a troubled Revolutionary War veteran, has spent his life fighting not only for his country but also for wealth and status. But when the pressures of westward expansion and debt threaten to destroy everything he’s built, he embarks on an audacious plan. He sets Washington, a young man he owns, to work as his breeding sire. Wash, the first member of his family to be born into slavery, struggles to hold onto his only solace: the spirituality and faith inherited from his shamanic mother. As he navigates the treacherous currents of his position, despair and disease lead him to a potent healer named Pallas. Their tender love unfolds against this turbulent backdrop while she inspires him to forge a new understanding of his heritage and his place in it. Once Richardson and Wash find themselves at a crossroads, all three lives are pushed to the brink.
Written as an accusation, a revelation and a prayer, this boundary-crossing novel carries the reader from the heart of whiteness into the center of ancestral African spirituality and back again until these two contrasting ways of seeing shimmer together. Questioning all differences of blood and belief, erasing even the line between the living and the dead, Wash reveals anew this explosive shard of our national history."
“Boldly conceived and brilliantly written, Margaret Wrinkle’s Wash reveals the horrible human predation of slavery and its nest of nightmares. With a truthfulness even beyond Faulkner, Wrinkle makes her novelistic debut in a monumental work of unflinching imagination.”
-Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab’s Wife
“Wrinkle masterfully takes us on a powerful journey through the darkest past and present of this country, boldly addressing the chasm of racial divide with the scalpel of a gruesome truth. Wash is the epitome of courage and determination to heal the central wound of this culture.”
-Malidoma Patrice Some, author of The Healing Wisdom of Africa
Winner of the 2013 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from NYC's Center for Fiction
A 2013 selection for the Women’s National Book Association’s list of “Great Group Reads” for National Reading Group Month
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
To all those we met at the LA Times Festival of Books:
Welcome to the revolution!
Welcome to the revolution!
We look forward to hearing from you and working with you. There is a world to understand and radically change! The challenge is there. The leadership is there. What's needed...is you. Even as you are learning more about this revolution, there is a need and a means, a place and a role for everyone who cares about the future of humanity!
At Revolution Books, Thurs., April 17, 7:30 pm:
Screening and discussion of
a chapter from
BA Speaks: REVOLUTION - NOTHING LESS! Bob Avakian Live
(Every 1st and 3rd Thursdays)
This week we'll watch and discuss from disc 3:
"A REVOLUTIONARY SITUATION...THE ROLE OF YOUTH...
AND HOW TO WORK TODAY SO THAT THERE IS A REVOLUTIONARY
A REVOLUTIONARY FORCE WHEN THAT TIME COMES"
3-disc DVD available at Revolution Books, $15
[Read more about the film]
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
R A Y M O N D L O T T A
speaks on his new e-book:
You Don’t Know What You Think You “Know” About…
The Communist Revolution and
the REAL Path To Emancipation:
Its History And Our Future
Tues., April 8th, 7 PM at Revolution Books
$10 at the door
People need to know the truth about communism. And they need to hear Raymond Lotta:
• Because we need a radically different and better world.
• Because the world we live in…a world of grotesque inequality, spreading environmental catastrophe, the degradation and brutalization of women, and the mass incarceration of Black and Latino youth—doesn’t have to be this way.
• Because the whole history of communism in the 20th century shows that IT IS possible to create a society and world in which humanity can truly begin to flourish.
But people have been systematically lied to about communism. The rulers who preside over the capitalist-imperialist system, along with their ideologues and the media, have slandered and vilified it. While those who defend communism are given no space to reply.
Raymond Lotta will be speaking about his soon-to-be-available e-Book. This is the real history of the incredible breakthroughs of the Paris Commune of 1871, of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917-56, of the Chinese revolution of 1949-76. There is nothing like this—a provocative, inspiring, and fact-filled analysis of the first stage of communist revolution: the first attempts in modern history to create societies free from exploitation and oppression.
How did the lives of women radically change? How did revolution attack the oppression of minority nationalities? How did the Russian and Chinese revolutions develop economies that operated in a whole different way: to serve the needs of the people? What was the Cultural Revolution in
really about and why was it the most radical and emancipating
episode in human history? Lotta will open your
eyes to the amazing things these revolutions accomplished against
incredible odds. China
And Lotta will also speak about why these revolutions were ultimately defeated, the problems and shortcomings of these first socialist revolutions--and how, on the basis of the new synthesis of communism of Bob Avakian, humanity can go further and do better in a new stage of revolution.
Come hear Raymond Lotta. Bring your questions. Bring your deepest concerns. All this matters a great deal. If what Lotta is saying is right, than everything changes in terms of what is possible for humanity.
Raymond Lotta is an advocate for Bob Avakian’s new synthesis of communism. He is a political economist, author of America in Decline, and writer for Revolution. He directs the Set the Record Straight Project, which brings out the truth of the Soviet and Chinese revolutions and provides web resources.
Southern CA Tour
• UCLA – April 8th, Noon, Bunche Hall 6275 - A Presentation and Discussion with Raymond Lotta
(Sponsored by Paul Von Blum (Professor, Communication Studies), Juan Gomez-Quinones (Professor, History), Masai Minters (Director AAP)
• UC Riverside – April 9th, 12:30 – 2 pm, INTS 1113, CHASS, Interdisciplinary Symposium Room - co-sponsored by the Institute for Research on World-Systems and the Program on Global Studies
• Cal Poly
– April 9th, 7pm – 9:30 pm, Bldg. 3-2870 Pomona
Third UCLA screening and discussion of the film BA Speaks: Revolution – Nothing Less! Bob Avakian Live
Thursday, April 10th, 5:30 to 8:30PM, UCLA DeNeve Plaza Room.
Co-sponsored by UCLA’s Academic Advancement Program,
Office of Residential Life, and Revolution Books.