Posted on April 04, 2018 at 05:23 PM | Permalink
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Posted on April 04, 2018 at 05:23 PM | Permalink
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Earlier this fall Beacon had the pleasure of publishing a little known history, The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist, by acclaimed historian Marcus Rediker. The book couldn't have come at a more opportune time. In a year when many traditional historic heroes have been literally and figuratively removed from their pedestals, Rediker introduced readers to a true hero; a man who fought fiercely for our democratic ideals and who deserves a prominent place in the larger drama of American history.
The media campaign kicked off with an opinion piece in the “Sunday Review” section of the New York Times, followed by a review in Harper’s Magazine, excerpts in Smithsonian, Salon, and LitHub, a Q&A in The American Prospect, and a lengthy profile of the author in Pacific Standard. Reviews and feature interviews have also run in The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Friends Journal, Atlas Obsura, and numerous other print, online, and broadcast outlets.
Posted on November 07, 2017 at 01:40 PM | Permalink
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This past August Beacon released police misconduct attorney Andrea J. Ritchie’s Invisible No More, a timely examination of the ways Black women, Indigenous women, and other women of color are uniquely affected by racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement. BITCH magazine writes, “Invisible No More will change the world.”
The book’s launch kicked off with an op-ed in the New York Times Sunday Review, followed by featured excerpts in The Guardian, ColorLines, HuffPost Women, The Advocate, LitHub, Long Reads, and Salon. Ritchie has been interviewed on national radio programs, including The Takeaway/PRI and the Tom Joyner Morning Show, and on The Leonard Lopate Show/WNYC and the Morning Shift/WBEZ. Q&As with her have run in The Atlantic.com, BITCH, YES! Magazine, VICE, VIBE, and Ravishly.com. Keep an eye out for upcoming coverage in Teen Vogue, Mother Jones, The Nation, and Curve.
On June 7th, which marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary literary figure Gwendolyn Brooks, Beacon Press published the biography, A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks by award-winning poet and novelist Angela Jackson. The book has received strong media coverage including featured excerpts and write-ups in Poetry, Poets & Writers, Essence, and LitHub. Jackson, along with Brooks’s daughter, Nora Brooks Blakely, were interviewed for NPR’s Morning Edition. Brooks's home town of Chicago supported the book with coverage in Chicago Magazine, on Windy City Live (Chicago-ABC 7), and on Midday News (Chicago-WGN).
In an interview with The Associated Press, Jackson said, “Gwendolyn Brooks was a truth teller. That is the most significant thing about her. The other thing is her accurate and honest depiction of black people and black lives. So much in America is marshaled against the realization that black people are human beings and Gwendolyn Brooks captured our humanity and lifted it up.” This piece was widely picked up by many outlets including the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Posted on June 23, 2017 at 04:08 PM | Permalink
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June 12th was Loving Day, and this year it marked the 50th anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia, which finally struck down the remaining anti-miscegenation laws in America. Front and center in the media attention around this important date was Sheryll Cashin’s new book, Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy.
Some of the highlights from the publicity campaign include an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, an adapted excerpt in the New York Times' Sunday Review section, and an appearance on the PBS NewsHour. Additional excerpts appeared at LitHub, AlterNet, and Salon.com. Cashin spoke on the Joe Madison Show, was interviewed for the program The Young Turks, and appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The Joy Cardin Show and Dallas Public Radio's Think.
More media is forthcoming, including new op-eds, reviews, and radio interviews.
Posted on June 20, 2017 at 04:34 PM | Permalink
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Some of the major coverage that the book and author have garnered includes a New York Times op-ed by the author that ran in their Sunday Review section, titled, "Stop Beating Black Children," while The Washington Post ran a piece by the author linked to the news about missing children in DC. The Root reviewed the book and ran a Q&A with the author, and other Q&As were featured in Slate and Ebony. Interviews were recorded with The Tom Joyner Show, The Baltimore Sun’s "Roughly Speaking" podcast, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Joy Cardin Show, the Tavis Smiley TV show, ESPN’s "The Undefeated," and The Wall Street Journal’s "Lunch Break." Salon.com ran an excerpt from the book.
Forthcoming, Dr. Patton will be interviewed on WABC TV's Here and Now, hosted by Sandra Bookman, and will speak with Lauretta Charlton, Senior Web Producer at The New Yorker.
Posted on April 25, 2017 at 02:17 PM | Permalink
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Beacon Press and Danielle Ofri have just published their 5th book together. What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear explores how improved patient – doctor communication can lead to better health outcomes. The New York Times published Ofri’s op-ed on the topic, while the Washington Post called the book “perceptive” and “compelling.” The Boston Globe’s health publication STAT ran a piece by Ofri about learning to listen to her patients, while Slate published an adapted excerpt.
You can hear the author discussing the book on the The Leonard Lopate Show, Tulsa Public Radio’s Medical Monday, and forthcoming she’ll be on Minnesota Public Radio’s Mid-Morning, Radio Times from WHYY in Philly, the national program The Takeaway, and C-Span’s Book TV.
Posted on March 07, 2017 at 12:05 PM | Permalink
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February marked the 5 year anniversary of the death of Travon Martin. In Caroline Light’s new book on the history of Stand Your Ground laws, she adeptly explores the development of the American right to self-defense and reveals how the original “duty to retreat” from threat was transformed into a selective right to kill. This timely book has earned widespread coverage in the media.
The book was reviewed by The Boston Globe and Pacific Standard, Time.com ran a Q&A with the author, an excerpt was posted on Salon, and another is forthcoming in the March issue of Bitch Magazine. Interviews have included Weekend Edition Saturday (with expanded coverage on the NPR Code Switch blog), The Takeaway, Radio Boston, and Boston Public Radio.
Posted on March 06, 2017 at 03:49 PM | Permalink
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Daina Berry’s groundbreaking new book The Price for Their Pound of Flesh is an expertly researched, empathetic exploration of the domestic slave trade. The book launched with a pre-pub New York Times op-ed last fall, and since publication in January praise for Berry’s work has been widespread. The Washington Post featured it on their PostPartisan blog and the CapeUp podcast, while The Boston Globe gave it a glowing review. You can read an excerpt from the book on AlterNet, and still forthcoming are Q&As with Vibe Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer, a slideshow with Time.com, a review in the May issue of Essence Magazine, and more.
Posted on March 01, 2017 at 03:21 PM | Permalink
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Beacon recently published Adam Tanner’s Our Bodies, Our Data: How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records. Exploring how selling patient medical data has become big business, the book has received major media pick up. The Associated Press hosted a Q&A with Tanner that was cross-posted by The Washington Post. Original pieces ran in The Boston Globe, Time.com, and The Century Foundation, while Scientific American ran an excerpt, and additional coverage came out in the Guardian, Mic.com, and The Center for Investigative Reporting. The author was also interviewed on regional NPR programs in New York, Tulsa, Dallas, Boston, and Fairbanks, as well as numerous other radio shows, with more still to come.
Posted on February 13, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink
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On Tuesday the New York Times published an op-ed by Beacon Press author Daina Ramey Berry. The piece, “Nat Turner’s Skull and My Student’s Purse of Skin,” explores the history of what Berry calls “postmortem consumption,” and the need to put an end to the practice once and for all. Berry’s forthcoming book, The Price for Their Pound of Flesh, also received its first trade review this week from Kirkus Reviews. They wrote, “In this sharp, affecting study, Berry reminds us of the cold calculus at the intersection of slavery and capitalism...A well-researched, effectively presented piece of scholarship that forthrightly confronts slavery's brute essence.”
Back at the New York Times, Ann Neumann, author of The Good Death, wrote a piece for the Well blog, "When a Friend Dies, What Do I Say To the Family?" Elsewhere, Adrienne Berard talked to Time.com for a write-up on her new book, Water Tossing Boulders.
And Beacon authors weren’t the only ones in the news this week. Publishers Weekly ran a “Meet the Editor” feature on our own, Gayatri Patnaik. The article highlights her history in the publishing industry, as well as her new role as Editorial Director.
Posted on October 21, 2016 at 01:06 PM | Permalink
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Earlier this month Beacon Press published All The Real Indians Died Off: And 20 Other Myths about Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker. On Monday, in a counter-celebration to Columbus Day, we and many others observed Indigenous People’s Day, a day set aside to commemorate the history of Native American peoples. In recognition of the date, the book and authors were featured widely in the media including interviews with Time.com, NPR’s Code Switch, and Mic. Additionally, excerpts from the book were posted at Bitch, Quartz, Pacific Standard, Salon, and Colorlines.
The authors have also embarked on a 23-event tour, including stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Albuquerque, Tempe, Tulsa, Baltimore, Portland, Seattle, Washington, D.C., St. Paul, Denver, Boston.
Posted on October 14, 2016 at 03:31 PM | Permalink
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On September 6th Beacon Press published Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War by Artemis Joukowsky, which tells the story of the author's grandparents, Waitstill and Martha Sharp, who in 1939 heeded the call to action from their Unitarian faith, and traveled from Massachusetts to Europe on the eve of World War II in the hopes of saving the lives of those threatened by the Nazi regime. On September 20th, PBS aired the accompanying documentary that was co-directed by Joukowsky and award-winning filmmaker, Ken Burns. The film and the book have received tremendous attention in the media. Most recently Joukowsky and Burns were interviewed on PBS/Bloomberg TV's Charlie Rose, Time.com featured an adapted excerpt from the book (which ran with a clip of the film and a Virtual Reality component), The Boston Globe featured a write-up in their Sunday books section, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote about the story and compaired it to the current refugee crisis taking place around the globe.
Promotion for the book and film also included events and screenings held nationally, including one at the White House.
Posted on September 21, 2016 at 02:25 PM | Permalink
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It’s time to go back to school! In preparation, author and educator Christopher Emdin has been offering some advice to help teachers and students succeed together. The author of For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Y’all Too recently had his op-ed “Why Black Men Quit Teaching” featured in the print and online editions of the New York Times. Online at Education Week Emdin took part in a Q&A where he offered advice to teachers about the best way to reach students of color. In the September issue of Educational Leadership his article “Seven Cs for Effective Teaching” explored effective ways to build strong relationships with students that can pave the way for academic success. And finally, over at NPR, the author spoke with Michel Martin, host of All Things Considered, to discuss goals for the new school year.
Posted on September 01, 2016 at 09:51 PM | Permalink
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Beacon Press started the summer with some great media coverage for our books and authors. Ann Neumann, author of The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America, spoke with PRI’s The World about the complexities around burying the body of mass murderer Omar Mateen. In These Times published a wonderful review of Atef Abu Saif’s forthcoming memoir The Drone Eats with Me: A Gaza Diary. Linda Wertheimer was featured in the CBS News special report “Religion & Democracy” which highlighted her book Faith Ed: Teaching about Religion in an Age of Intolerance. And Martin Moran was interviewed by The Denver Post about his new book All The Rage, and landed in the #2 spot of their bestselling non-fiction list.
Also, in celebration of this year's Pride Month, Daisy Hernandez’s memoir A Cup of Water Under My Bed was included in the National Book Foundation’s “Pride Month Reading List, 2016.”
Posted on July 07, 2016 at 05:11 PM | Permalink
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Another great couple of week's for Beacon Press in the media. The publishing trade magazines have their eyes on Beacon, and enthusiasm is building for some of our highly anticipated forthcoming titles. Booklist recently gave Joyce Wallace Scott's memoir, Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott (on sale 6/28), a *starred* review, writing that "Scott’s haunting story shows the human race at both its worst and best." Kirkus Reviews gave a *star* to Jerald Walker's The World in Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult (on sale 9/6), noting that "The key to the memoir's cumulative power is Walker's narrative command; the rite of passage is rockier than most, making the redemption well-earned." Additionally, looking back to a book that came out this past January, Library Journal has named My Confection: Odyssey of a Sugar Addict as one of the "Best Memoirs of 2016."
A number of Beacon authors have been featured in the New York Times recently as well. Roni Caryn Rabin hosted an excellent Q&A with On Being Raped author Raymond Douglas in their "Well" section. Alondra Nelson, author of The Social Life of DNA , was quoted in Carl Zimmer's recent article, "Tales of African-American History found in DNA." Additionally, in the "Science Times" section of the paper, The Age of Genomes by Dr. Steven Lipkin and co-writer Jon Luoma was reviewed by Abigail Zuger who wrote that the book delivers, "vitally important messages about the interactions between the average human and the average genome."
Posted on June 16, 2016 at 03:28 PM | Permalink
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The topic of sexual violence is a challenging one for both readers and the media—and is particularly fraught when the story doesn’t fit into the prevailing narrative. Douglas’s book is about a crime that is often joked about or ignored: the rape of adult men. Yet, since its publication, this important book has received some wonderful accolades. Harper’s said, “This short and devastating memoir is at once intimate and analytical...On Being Raped is eloquent about the nonexistent resources available to male rape victims, a situation that mirrors what female victims faced a half century ago.” A review from Slate declared that the book “serves as a declaration of the rights of male rape victims within a culture that still believes such things don’t happen, not to real men.” Douglas also published thought-provoking essays with The Chronicle Review and Quartz, while Salon and Vice ran excerpts, and Inside Higher Ed hosted a Q&A. Most recently the author was interviewed by Michel Martin on NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered where he offered support to other men who have been raped: “You're not alone. There are so many more of us out here than you think. Don't give up.”
Posted on May 24, 2016 at 10:01 AM | Permalink
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It’s been another great week for Beacon Press books in the media! Reverend William Barber II, author of The Third Reconstruction, had a prominently displayed op-ed “The Retreat From Voting Rights” in the New York Times. Meanwhile, over at the Boston Globe’s health and science publication STAT, author Timothy Caulfield and his book, Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?, received some nice attention via an author Q&A after the book won a Canadian Science Writers’ Association award.
Christopher Emdin’s hot new title, For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood..., continues to make headlines. He was recently interviewed for Mother Jones and Slate’s education blog, “Schooled.” And this week's new release, Erika Janik’s Pistols and Petticoats, had a slideshow featured on Time.com that showed vintage photos of some of America’s first lady detectives and police officers.
Forthcoming, keep an eye on the Science section at the New York Times, where Ann Neumann's The Good Death will be reviewed on May 3rd.
Posted on April 29, 2016 at 09:12 AM | Permalink
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This week, Christopher Emdin’s For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too made it into the top 10 on two New York Times Best Sellers lists, in the categories of Race & Civil Rights and Education. Having gone on sale March 22nd, the book is already in its 5th printing. With an activated and excited network of fans, the book has also been receiving wonderful attention from the media. The reviewer at Inside Higher Ed’s “Just Visiting” blog called it, “The Most Important Work of Pedagogy I've Read in Ten Years.” The author has been interviewed for PBS NewsHour online, HuffPo Education, Education Week, and has forthcoming broadcast interviews scheduled with Weekend All Things Considered and The Brian Lehrer Show. Interested in reading some of the book? Excerpts have been featured on Ebony.com, Colorlines, and Education Post.
Stay tuned for more exciting developments with this notable and fast moving title.
Posted on April 05, 2016 at 11:37 AM | Permalink
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