Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Victor Navasky in St. Louis, MO this weekend for the Media Reform conference

I almost entitled this entry "If You're Going to St. Louis, Take a Camera!" Is anyone not going to be in St. Louis, MO, this weekend? Amy Goodman, Laura Flanders and now Victor Navasky?
From a group e-mail sent to people who sign up for alerts from The Nation:

Nation publisher Victor Navasky will be in St. Louis this weekend along with with many other authors, activists and politicians, as part of the National Conference for Media Reform.
As part of the weekend's events, he'll be signing copies of his new book "A Matter of Opinion," just released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, on Saturday.

The signing is free and open to the public. You do not need to be registered for the conference in order to attend.

Saturday, May 14, 2005
1:00 to 2:00pm
Millennium Hotel St. Louis
200 South 4th Street
St. Louis, MO

The signing will take place at the Left Bank Books booth outside of the Grand Ballroom on the lower level of the hotel.
And if you're going to be in St. Louis for the media conference, please take time to visit Left Bank Books, one of the premiere independent bookstores in America today.
Click below for info and directions.

You can get a small taste of Navasky's book by reading a recent Nation magazine excerpt, in which he discussed the critical role of journals of dissent.

And check out the book's website for more info and to order copies online.

Finally, as you've probably noticed, we've re-done our website with a redesign of our homepage and the addition of new features like a news-wire updated twice each day, a Sites We Like section, RSS feeds, the pod-casting of RadioNation and the ability to log on and post comments to any of our blogs.
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Please note, Navasky's book excerpt (link above) that ran in The Nation is worth reading. Many of you who know of him as a book author will know him from Naming Names. A book on the McCarthyism period and worth reading if you haven't read it before. It was a National Book Award Nominee, I believe. Hold on. Wrong on my part. It was the winner of The American Book Award in 1982. More impressive. Also on the front cover of the edition I have (1980 trade paperback) of Naming Names, this quote from Studs Terkel:

An astonishing work concerning personal honor and dishonor, shame and shamelessness. A book of stunning insights and suspense.

I've read that book several times over the years and I'm pointing it out because many people I know have so I'm assuming some members have as well. Those who've read it and are (or will be) in the St. Louis, MO area have even more reason to attend.

And on Naming Names, there's a new a edition with a new afterword by the author. (That link takes you to Powell's Books where you can read a review.)

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