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Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes local author and scholar Peter Dreier to the store to discuss and sign his new book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century, on Sunday, August 5th at 3pm. A hundred years ago, any soapbox orator who called for women's suffrage, laws protecting the environment, an end to lynching, or a federal minimum wage was considered a utopian dreamer or a dangerous socialist. Now we take these ideas for granted - because the radical ideas of one generation are often the common sense of the next. Unfortunately, most Americans know little of this progressive history. It isn't taught in most high schools and you can't find it on the major television networks. The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century, a colorful and witty history of the most influential progressive leaders of the twentieth century and beyond, is the perfect antidote. Peter Dreier is E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and Director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Program at Occidental College. He writes regularly for the Nation, American Prospect, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Talking Points Memo. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland presents another installment of the always excellent Poetry Flash, this time with Joan Baranow, Gail Rudd Entrekin,and David Watts on Sunday, August 5th at 3pm. Joan Baranow's book of poems is Living Apart; Alicia Ostriker says of it, "Like a younger and more sensuous Mary Oliver, Joan Baranow turns and returns to lyric as to a quenchless source. To listen to her music precise and rich is like overhearing the multiple hum of life and loss in a complicated natural environment." She and her husband David Watts produced the PBS documentary Healing Words: Poetry and Medicine, and co-edited The Healing Art of Writing: Volume One. Gail Rudd Entrekin's new book of poems is Rearrangement of the Invisible. Ellen Bass calls it "...both praise and eulogy, a cherishing of the moments of our lives and a sorrow song for their passing. Through it all we feel the force of her love - for her family and for all of us. An honest, intimate, and wise book." She is also co-publisher and poetry editor of Hip Pocket Press and editor of the online literary magazine Canary. David Watts has two new books, At High Altitude: 31 Poems of 31 Words, winner of a Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, and the color of desire, a book of short poems that "pathway into the interior consciousness," written as harvey ellis. He is a gastroenterologist, a classically trained musician, and a television producer/host.