Dear Fearless Reader,

Last month, the state of Texas decided to kill one of our authors: Thomas Whitaker, a contributor to Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement, a collection of writing about solitary confinement in American prisons that The New Press published in 2016. Whitaker was scheduled to die on Thursday, February 22, 2018.

VICKI L. EAKLOR (1954-2018)

The New Press notes the recent passing of Vicki L. Eaklor, author of Queer America: A People's GLBT History of the United States. Vicky was a professor of history at Alfred University, served as the former chair of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender History (CLBGTH), and has been at the forefront of fighting for LGBTQ rights, both locally and nationally.  A great friend, an amazing percussionist, historian, and fierce advocate—it was fitting that the she passed on International Women's Day. 

Future Lions of New York [February 16, 2018 - New York Times] Since the legendary chaos of 1970s and ’80s, New York has evolved to the point where the city’s “Disneyfication” is taken as a matter of public record. This is not true, or at least it’s not the whole story. The attacks of Sept. 11 and the Great Recession hit the city hard — as did a tourist-friendly Times Square. And yet New Yorkers remained and innovated. This era’s influencers, more diverse in gender and race than the lions of the past, reflect how the city’s power base has evolved.

The New Press is excited to introduce Miami-based Rowan Moore Gerety, author of Go Tell the Crocodiles: Chasing Prosperity in Mozambique. Moore Gerety is a journalist whose work has appeared in The AtlanticForeign Policy, the Miami HeraldSlate, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. He has also produced radio stories for NPR and PRI.

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