Daily Action Book Club

 

Daily Action, the app for the insurgency (“The new service that lets you use your phone to fight Trump” —Vogue), is thrilled to announce the founding of the Daily Action Book Club.

Drawing on America’s heritage of resistance, the DA Book Club will educate and inspire members with stories taken from our traditions of political activism. The DA Book Club will meet once a month in a moderated online discussion with our members, who will have the opportunity to discuss the work with the author, and discuss how its lessons apply to the current situation.

“It’s so easy to get discouraged at a time like this,” said DA founder Laura Moser. “We want to inspire people to remember how even small groups of activists have helped bend the arc of history toward justice.”

 

The next meeting will be on May 15th at 7pm EST, and will be hosted by Benjamin Moser in cooperation with LitHub discussing the book Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit.

 

From Rebecca Solnit to the Daily Action Book Club readers:

"I’m so grateful you are using Hope in the Dark for your book club. I wrote it for people exactly like you—passionately engaged, doing their best in a daunting time, who might benefit from being reminded of what I’ve been lucky enough to encounter as a reader, scholar, and participant. That includes the great, often forgotten stories of progressive (left, feminist, queer, and other human rights, labor, democratizing, and environmental) victories and transformations in the recent and more distant past. It also involves the ways that the effects of our actions are often unpredictable, indirect, slow, and yet consequential. And central as well is the importance of uncertainty, of knowing we don’t know what will happen and in that spaciousness is room to play a role in, perhaps, writing some of the yet-unwritten future. And, of course, reminders that we are, when we come together to act strategically, very powerful. These are stories meant to counterbalance what has often seemed to me the more-than-adequate coverage of weaknesses, divides, and defeats, to say nothing of prophecies of doom."

 

Rebecca Solnit is the author of eighteen or so books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a columnist at Harper's and a regular contributor to the Guardian.

Benjamin Moser, who will moderate the Book Club, is a columnist for The New York Times Book Review and the author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector. His authorized biography of Susan Sontag is forthcoming in 2018.  

 

We here at McNally Jackson Books are proud to partner with the Daily Action Book Club and have pledged to donate a portion of all sales to Daily Action's initiatives. 

Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781608465767
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Published: Haymarket Books - March 15th, 2016

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