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A Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o Reading List

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is one of the giants of contemporary literature. Writing primarily in Gikuyu, his writing spans genre and form—from novels to criticism, memoir to plays—and has been praised from the likes of President Barack Obama, the New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, and others. To celebrate the publication of his new novel The Perfect Nine, we thought we would share a reading list of some of Ngũgĩ's notable works.


8 Books to Read for National Translation Month

September is National Translation Month, a month to celebrate literature written in different languages and honor the unique and often underrecognized process of adapting a text into a new language, while preserving the original meaning, voice, and style. Translators allow us to access and experience writing from all over the world which we might never encounter otherwise.

12 Books Every Worker in America Should Read for Labor Day

The first Labor Day parade took place in New York City on September 5th, 1882 as a demonstration for worker’s rights. Twelve years later, it was signed into a law as a national holiday to celebrate and honor the working class, and to give workers a day off. Since the Industrial Revolution, impoverished working class people have struggled for fair wages, hours, and treatment—with immigrants and Black people often facing the worst conditions.

8 Books on the Past, Present, and Future of Higher Education in the United States

When most Americans think of college, they conjure pre-pandemic images of young adults fresh out of high school strolling across bucolic residential campuses and enjoying student life in dorms. After all, a college education is often touted as a shining pathway to success. While education is proven to be transformative, securing a degree and navigating the institutions that grant them can be fraught for many students, especially first-generation, minority, and low-income students.

11 Books to Understand the 2020 Presidential Election

The 2020 presidential election is rapidly approaching, and it holds the potential for a monumental reckoning of American democracy. Protests persist across the country in an effort to defund the police and dismantle systemic racism, the COVID-19 pandemic has been raging in the U.S. longer than in any other affluent nation, the census timeline has been cut short and seeds of doubt have been planted by President Trump about the integrity of voting by mail.

Democracy, If We Can Fix It – A Reading List to Fight Racism in the Political System

With ongoing nationwide protests against police violence, race in the United States has been at the center of many conversations in recent weeks—books on racial injustice like The New Jim Crow are topping bestseller lists, and social media feeds are full of outrage over the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans.

12 Books for Anti-Racist K-12 Education

American Chokehold: A Black Lives Matter Reading List

American Chokehold: A Black Lives Matter Reading List

Throughout its history The New Press has published hundreds of books that challenge racism and shine a spotlight on systemic injustice, books that correct a whitewashed historical narrative and offer a vision for a more equal future.

A Studs Terkel Reading List

In honor of legendary author and oral historian Studs Terkel's upcoming birthday, we’ve put together a list of some of his works to add to your #QuarantineReads.

A #RadicalMay Reading List

The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the inequities of capitalist society. It is more important than ever to think, discuss, and engage with ideas that could transform the institutions that govern our lives. The New Press has joined our fellow progressive publishers from around the world, together with LITERAL—a radical festival of books and ideas—to present #RadicalMay.


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