Seven titles have been shortlisted for the first Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing, including two from indie Pluto Press.
The £1,000 annual award was set up by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, which includes retailers such as London socialist store Bookmarks, radical bookseller Housmans and Radish Books in Leeds. The prize aims to promote the publication of radical books, to raise the profile of radical publishing, and to reward exceptional work.
The shortlist includes Pluto titles Magical Marxism by Andy Merrifield and Penny Red: Notes from the New Age of Dissent by Laurie Penny as well as Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones (Verso).
Housmans’ Nik Gorecki said: “To my knowledge this is the only book prize in the UK with what could be described as an explicitly left-wing entry criteria. The central involvement of radical bookshops in the establishment and running of the Bread and Roses award also really sets it apart from other book prizes.”
The judging panel will include children’s novelist and poet Michael Rosen; lecturer and feminist author Nina Power; and Writing on the Wall festival director Madeline Heneghan.
The award ceremony will take place on the evening of International Workers’ Day, 1st May.
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Notes from the New Age of Dissent
Laurie Penny. Foreword by Warren Ellis
Selected writings from a prominent voice of the new activist left. Reflections on being young, broke and angry in the twenty-first century.
“Cuts, sexism and riots, Laurie Penny’s fresh and angry voice captures the moment and the important issues – highly recommended.” – Polly Toynbee
“Penny is re-inventing the language of dissent, delivering verbal taser-barbs to the left and right, and causing apoplexy among the old men in cardigans who run the British blogosphere.” – Paul Mason, economics editor of BBC’s Newsnight
Subversive Politics and the Imagination
Breathes new life into the Marxist tradition, applying previously unexplored approaches that reveal vital new modes of political activism and debate.
“Andy Merrifield is original, erudite, politically alive and readable. And above all, this book will be (in strictly the first sense of the term) thought-provoking!” – John Berger, novelist and critic
“Andy Merrifield brings us a Marxism that is ‘warmer’ than most recent forms, Marxism as it might have been imagined by DH Lawrence or one of the great Latin American novelists. He wants us to reimagine Marxism without bureaucracy and without commissars. If we can get deep into the ideas themselves, they can be a life force for us. Andy helps us see how Marxism can make us more authentic human beings.” – Marshall Berman, author of All that is Solid Melts into Air