"There has never been a time when a book is more relevant than this one."-- School Library Connection, starred review.
Join us for a Crowdcast Conversation, with Evanston-based author Todd Hasak-Lowy discussing his new book We Are Power: How Nonviolent Activism Changes the World with guest star Deborah Heiligman . Todd's book is aimed at young people, and we invite readers ages 9 to adult to attend this free event. Educators will be especially interested! Registration is required--please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place.
About the Book: What is nonviolent resistance and how does it work? In an age when armies are stronger than ever before, when guns seem to be everywhere, how can people confront their adversaries without resorting to violence themselves? Through key international movements--from the freedom of India from British rule to American labor unions and civil rights, to actions taken by high school and college students around the world--this book discusses the components of nonviolent resistance. It answers the question "Why nonviolence?" by showing how nonviolent movements have succeeded again and again in a variety of ways, in all sorts of places, and always in the face of overwhelming odds.
"It's a book that grants that kids have brains, that they can understand complexity, and that in a world where everything seems very gloom and doom, it is possible to make things better. And to be frank, that's the kind of message we're all in dire need of right this very second."-- A Fuse #8 Production
"Nonviolence may have been the greatest invention of the twentieth century, more important than nuclear fission or genetic coding. It offers us the chance to build a working twenty-first century, and since young people will have to lead that fight, this book is a crucial gift!" -- author and activist Bill McKibben
About the Author: Todd Hasak-Lowy is the author of several books for young readers. He is a professor of creative writing and literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Hasak-Lowy lives in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife and two daughters. Visit toddhasaklowy.com for much more on We Are Power.
About the Interlocutor: Deborah Heiligman is the author of 32 books, most of them nonfiction. Her latest, Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children’s Ship” garnered four starred reviews, won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award, and is a finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award. Vincent and Theo: he Van Gogh Brothers (2017), won the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for nonfiction, the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for nonfiction, and an ALA Printz Honor. Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith (2009) won the inaugural YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award, was a Printz Honor and a National Book Award Finalist. The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos (2013) won the Cook Prize, the Anne Izard Storytelling Award, was a New York Times notable book. For more information, please visit www.DeborahHeiligman.com.
A stirring look at nonviolent activism, from American suffragists to Civil Rights to the Climate Change Movement
We Are Power brings to light the incredible individuals who have used nonviolent activism to change the world. The book explores questions such as what is nonviolent resistance and how does it work?