“A typical liberal may recognize contributor names on the cover like the Yes Men and Billionaires for Bush, but the guts of the book also nod to IWW, Earth First! and Otpor.”Cole Wardell
At September’s Brooklyn Book Fest, the largest event of its kind in America, Andrew Boyd, co-editor of Beautiful Trouble, spoke about “Books as Tools of Resistance” alongside some of the leading voices of our movements, including Linda Sarsour, Palestinian-American activist and co-organizer of the Women’s March, and L.A. Kauffman, author of Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism. “I was honored (and frankly a bit intimidated) to be up there alongside Linda and L.A., but I just channeled the BT Principle: Use the Jedi Mind Trick, um, on myself (!) to convince myself I was not the imposter complex I was looking for,” said Andrew in a characteristic bit of self-deprecating illogic. In spite of the early morning timing and the downtown courthouse venue (which at least a few panelists recognized from previous protests) the room was packed, and many in the standing-room-only crowd were jotting down book titles and taking furious notes as panelists discussed one silver lining of America’s fascist turn: the resurgence of protest literature to meet a growing demand. Resist!
And be sure to check out our latest tool of resistance – Beautiful Rising: Creative Resistance from the Global South!