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May 17, 2024
  • VIRTUAL: Meltdown Expected by Aaron Leonard Book Launch with Malaprops Books

    May 17, 2024 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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    Meltdown Expected Launch with Aaron Leonard
    DATE: Friday, May 17, 2024
    TIME: 6 PM Eastern Time

    Support the author and Malaprop's by ordering books here: https://www.malaprops.com/node/53521/


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May 20, 2024
  • IN PERSON: Aaron Leonard at Third Place Books in Seattle, WA

    May 20, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA

    Meltdown Expected tells the story of the power shifts from late 1978 through 1979 whose repercussions are still being felt.

    Third Place Books welcomes back Aaron J. Leonard to discuss his new book, Meltdown Expected: Crisis, Disorder, and Upheaval at the end of the 1970s, on two of the most tumultuous years in American history, including everything from the Three Mile Island meltdown to the Iran hostage crisis. This event is free and open to the public.

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    About Meltdown Expected. . .

    Shows how 1978 and 1979 were two of the most tumultuous years in American history, including everything from the Three Mile Island meltdown to the Iran hostage crisis

    In January 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that “There is all across our land a growing sense of peace and a sense of common purpose.” Yet in the ensuing months, a series of crises disturbed that fragile sense of peace, ultimately setting the stage for Reagan’s decisive victory in 1980 and ushering in the final phase of the Cold War. 

    Meltdown Expected tells the story of the power shifts from late 1978 through 1979 whose repercussions are still being felt. Iran’s revolution led to a hostage crisis while neighbouring Afghanistan became the site of a proxy war between the USSR and the US, who supplied aid to Islamic mujahideen fighters that would later form the Taliban. Meanwhile, as tragedies like the Jonestown mass suicide and the assassination of Harvey Milk captured the nation’s attention, the government quietly reasserted and expanded the FBI’s intelligence powers. Drawing from recently declassified government documents and covering everything from Three Mile Island to the rise of punk rock, Aaron J. Leonard paints a vivid portrait of a tumultuous yet pivotal time in American history. 


    Praise for Meltdown Expected. . .

    "Historians correctly remind us that, in the 1960s, America experienced cultural and political turmoil that still resonates nearly six decades later. But in Meltdown Expected, Aaron J. Leonard proves the overlooked point that events during the last years of the 1970s were just as crucial, from Jonestown to Three Mile Island, from the rise of the Religious Right to the growing threat of violence both at home and abroad. I frankly cannot conceive of a more important book for readers who want to truly understand not only how we have gotten to where we are today, but why."
     —Jeff Guinn, author of The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

    "Aaron J. Leonard has produced a fascinating account of an era that is growing quickly away from contemporary public attention. He shows that the world we live in today had not yet taken definitive shape, that the fluidity of social movements still alive from the 1960s, in some ways still growing, had the capacity to enhance democracy but fell toward failure. The power on the other side proved too great. Still, the details offer important clues for what may yet become the dynamos of tomorrow's American promise."
    Paul Buhle, co-editor with Mari Jo Buhle of the Encyclopedia of the American Left

    "In Meltdown Expected, Aaron J. Leonard has crafted a highly readable survey of the upheavals, repressions, disasters, and political and economic transitions that marked the end of the 'Disco Decade' and the segue into the Reagan Era. He’s achieved a rare feat here, presenting those days with a broad sense of disparate yet simultaneous – and momentous – events."
    —Scott Martelle, author of 1932: FDR, Hoover, and the Dawn of a New America

    Aaron J. Leonard is an author and historian focusing on the interplay of radicalism and repression. He is the author of Heavy Radicals: The FBI's Secret War on America's Maoists, A Threat of the First MagnitudeThe Folk Singers & the Bureau, and Whole World in an Uproar. He has BA in Social Sciences and History magna cum laude from New York University. Originally from the Central New York town of Herkimer, Leonard lived most of his adult life in Brooklyn but now calls Los Angeles home.

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May 21, 2024
  • IN PERSON: Karey Harwood's Launch for Wake at Quail Ridge Books

    May 21, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/karey-harwood-wake-in-store-tickets-827574085367


    Event date: 

    Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 7:00pm

    Event address: 

    North Hills
    4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
    Raleigh, NC 27609

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    Tickets include a signed copy of WAKE: WHY THE BATTLE OVER DIVERSE PUBLIC SCHOOLS STILL MATTERS, guaranteed entry to the event, and a seat in the reserved section. Karey will sign books after the program. All live author event details are subject to change. More information about our events can be found here.


    The Wake County Public School System was once described as a beacon of hope for American school districts. It was both academically successful and successfully integrated. It accomplished these goals through the hard work of teachers and administrators, and through a student assignment policy that made sure no school in the countywide district became a high poverty school. Although most students attended their closest school, the “diversity policy” modified where some students were assigned to make sure no school had more than 40% of its students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch or more than 25% performing below grade level. When the school board election of 2009 swept into office a majority who favored “neighborhood schools,” the diversity policy that had governed student assignment for years was eliminated. Wake: Why the Battle Over Diverse Public Schools Still Matters tells the story of the aftermath of that election, including the fierce public debate that ensued during school board meetings and in the pages of the local newspaper, and the groundswell of community support that voted in a pro-diversity school board in 2011. What was at stake in those years was the fundamental direction of the largest school district in North Carolina and the 14th largest in the U.S. Would it maintain a commitment to diverse schools, and if so, how would it balance that commitment with various competing interests and demands? Through hundreds of published opinion articles and several in depth interviews with community leaders, Wake examines the substance of that debate and explores the community’s vision for public education. Wake also explores the importance of knowing the history of a place, including the history of school segregation. Wake County’s example still resonates, and the battle over diverse public schools still matters, because owning responsibility for the problem of segregated schools (or not) will shape the direction of America’s future.


    KAREY HARWOOD teaches at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She is the author of The Infertility Treadmill and a parent of children who attended Wake County Public Schools.

May 29, 2024
  • New Jersey Library Association conference

    May 29, 2024 - May 31, 2024 @ 
    Atlantic City, NJ, USA

  • VIRTUAL: The Creation of Hudson River Park and the Challenges of Waterfront Resiliency

    May 29, 2024 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    The City Club of New York is delighted to invite you to a very exciting webinar planned for May 29th at 6:30 PM.

    This webinar will feature speakers Tom Fox, author and expert on the Hudson River Park, Amy Chester, Managing Director of Rebuild by Design, and Alice Blank, Chair of Manhattan Community Board 1 Environmental Protection Committee . (Panel in formation)

    The creation of the Hudson River Park spanned decades, with Tom Fox playing a pivotal role.

    His book Creating the Hudson River Park: Environmental and Community Activism, Politics, and Greed (Rutgers University Press) tells the story of the park's creation. He addresses the challenges of waterfront resiliency. 

    We will dive into the depths of options for waterfront resiliency with Tom Fox, in conversation with Amy Chester and Alice Blank. The discussion will be moderated by senior reporter Michael Oreskes.

    Join us as we explore creative strategies for safeguarding the West Side waterfront as described in Tom’s new book. As New York City  continues the revitalization of our magnificent waterfronts, creative nature-based approaches must be part of the city’s plan to adapt to climate change and urban waterfront development.

    Following the panel discussion, panelists will answer questions from the audience.

    Date: May 29, 2024
    Time: 6.30pm
    Zoom Webinar


    Here's what the press has to say about Tom Fox' book: 

    “A valuable recounting of a public-private partnership and how to make things work (and why they don’t).” Sam Roberts, The New York Times.

    Creating the Hudson River Park is important, relevant, and of continuing interest."
    —Kenneth T. Jackson, author of Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States.

    Get ready for an engaging webinar experience! Our session will  kick off with an insightful panel discussion followed by a Q&A session.  

    Layla Law-Gisiko
    The City Club of New York

May 30, 2024
  • New Jersey Library Association conference

    May 29, 2024 - May 31, 2024 @ 
    Atlantic City, NJ, USA

May 31, 2024
  • New Jersey Library Association conference

    May 29, 2024 - May 31, 2024 @ 
    Atlantic City, NJ, USA

June 13, 2024
  • VIRTUAL: Global Film Color BAFTSS Online Book Launch

    June 13, 2024 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    The British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies film group invite you to the online book launch for Global Film Color: The Monopack Revolution at Midcentury edited by Sarah Street and Joshua Yumibe. 

    Start time: 2pm UK time/10am ET

    More information at: https://colourandfilm.com/cfps/

    Global Film Color is on sale May 17, here.