Reading Lists

Women in Translation Month 2021

August is Women in Translation Month. It was started in 2014 by Meytal Radzinski in 2014 to honor women writers and translators from around the world and how women have shaped the international exchange of literature. To celebrate, we’re highlighting 5 brilliant women The New Press has published in translation over its nearly thirty-year history.

Ten Unconventional Beach Reads for Your Summer Reading List

Summer is finally here! Whether you’re headed to the beach or just hitting the local park, if you’re like us, warmer weather means having a little more time to dig in to books. Thrillers and rom-coms might come to mind first when you hear “beach read,” but we have ten works of nonfiction selected by staff from our list and some of our indie publisher friends that will challenge and inspire you even on your getaway.

Celebrating Pride Month: Essential Reading

The traditional construction of gender is one of the pillars of a capitalist society.

Remembering the Nakba: Essential Reading

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba, the 1948 destruction of the Palestinian homeland and the displacement of its people. Now, as violence escalates in the region and the Israeli occupation continues, forcing even more Palestinians from their homes, the United States must reckon with its role in the conflict, namely its continued financial and military support for the Israeli occupation. 
11 Books on Climate and Environmental Justice for Earth Day

11 Books on Climate and Environmental Justice for Earth Day

The original organizers of Earth Day, celebrated in the United States on April 22nd every year since 1970 and globally since the 1990s, were inspired by the campus teach-ins and demonstrations of the 1960s. The first Earth Day consisted of protests held across the United States with the goal of raising awareness to protect the planet from deadly pollution and environmental degradation. Decades later, we are facing a climate emergency that touches all our lives and exacerbates nearly every major social inequity.

10 Books by Black Women to Read This Women's History Month

Black women have been at the forefront of movements for justice and liberation for centuries—though their histories and voices have often been overlooked. As we continue to reflect on the lessons of this Women’s History Month, we’re presenting this list of landmark reading by Black women.

Designed for activists, educators, students, and anyone looking to learn how inequality and injustice is woven tightly into American culture, these groundbreaking voices inspire transformation.

Fearless Books for a Perilous Year: The New Press 2020 Gift Guide

As 2020 draws to a close many of us are weary and frightened, but hopeful. While we’ve suffered under the pandemic and the police, we’ve also come together to build networks of aid, care, and solidarity. Record numbers of people took to the streets to protest the murders of Black people, braving arrest, beatings, sound cannons, and tear gas; 2020 opened a conversation about racism, equality, and justice that is now too loud to be ignored.

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.


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