- When : Thursday, October 13th, 7PM
- What : Book Launch of « Kraken Calling » by Aric McBay, with the author
The DIRA library is happy to welcome Aric McBay, the author of the two-book refrence anthology on organization and action « Full Spectrum Resistance ». The author will be there as part of a tour on his new novel « Kraken Calling ».
From his website at https://www.aricmcbay.org/books/ :
In the Octavia Butlerian vein of the Parable of the Sower novels, comes a new work from political activist and author Aric McBay. Kraken Calling toggles between the years 2028 and 2051 to give us the experience, with breathtaking realism, of what might happen in just one generation to a society already on the brink of collapse.
In 2028, activists fight an increasingly desperate battle against the climate emergency and capitalism, but their every victory brings down repression. Meanwhile, discontented by protests and polemics, a radical movement named Kraken grows in the shadows.
Twenty years later, an oppressive regime has taken control after a series of epidemics, economic shortages, and ecological disasters. The population suffers ruthless “triage” at the hands of an Authority that cares only for its own inner circle. Revolutionaries struggle for survival and support. In the city and on a remote farm, regular people try to stay out of the conflict. But no one can avoid the coming storm.
Popular social movements and underground liberation groups clash, and people struggle against the limitations of their time. In 2028, the underground seems premature—but by 2051, they may be too late. A novel, available now from Seven Stories Press.
“McBay’s passion combined with the tale’s escalating stakes and adrenaline-fueled conflict will reel in readers and hold them rapt.
An urgent call to action cloaked in a sprawling dystopian debut.”
“Political and climate activist McBay makes his fiction debut with this dystopia exploring a resistance movement via two alternating time lines. In 2028, disparate activist groups both clash and collaborate in an attempt to stem the tides of climate change and fascism. In 2051, the failures of the previous generation have allowed a fascist pseudo-government to come to power, and an underground resistance is the only hope of ending the oppression of the York Emergency Authority and its “triage” system. . . With an almost instructional focus on the inner workings of political resistance, Kraken Calling is both a cautionary tale and an inspiring call to action that will appeal to left-leaning readers seeking to create social change.” — Booklist
For more behind-the-scenes information and insights into the novel, you can read these interviews at Seven Stories Press and BookWorm M.D.
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