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Book Launch / PubWest LIVE with Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu, Richard Conyngham, and Christopher Chávez

March 29 @ 6:30 pm 8:00 pm PDT

On Tuesday, March 29 at 6:30PM PST, join Massy Books, Massy Arts, and the Publishers Association of the West for the online event “PubWest Live”.

At the event, host Michele Cobb will conduct an intimate talk to celebrate three books chosen specifically for Massy’s audience: “The History of Man” by Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu (2022, Catalyst Press); “All Rise: Resistance and Rebellion in South Africa” by Richard Conyngham (2022, Catalyst Press); and “The Sound of Exclusion: NPR and the Latinx Public” by Christopher Chávez (2021, University of Arizona Press).

Click here to register for the online event

Click here to purchase “The History of Man” at Massy Books

Click here to purchase “All Rise” at Massy Books

Click here to purchase “The Sound of Exclusion” at Massy Books

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Books and Authors

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The History of Man
Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu

Book Synopsis: Set in a southern African country that is never named, this powerful tale of human fallibility—told with empathy, generosity, and a light touch—is an excursion into the interiority of the colonizer. Continuing the interconnected stories she began in her award-winning novel The Theory of Flight, Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu explores decades of history through the eyes of one man on his journey from boyhood to manhood, and the changes that befall him through love, loss, and war. With sympathy, complexity, and penetrating insight, The History of Man explores what makes a man, a father, and a nation.

Author bio: Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu is a writer, filmmaker and academic who holds a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, as well as master’s degrees in African Studies and Film. She has published research on Saartjie Baartman and she wrote, directed and edited the award-winning short film Graffiti. Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, she worked as a teacher in Johannesburg before returning to Bulawayo. Her first novel, The Theory of Flight won the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize in South Africa.

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All Rise: Resistance and Rebellion in South Africa
Richard Conyngham

Book Synopsis: All Rise: Resistance and Rebellion in South Africa revives six true stories of resistance by marginalized South Africans against the country’s colonial government pre-Apartheid. In six parts—each of which is illustrated by a different South African artist—All Rise shares the long-forgotten struggles of ordinary, working-class women and men who defended the disempowered during a tumultuous period in South African history. From immigrants and miners to tram workers and washerwomen, the everyday people in these stories bore the brunt of oppression and in some cases risked their lives to bring about positive change for future generations.

Author bio: Richard Conyngham is the author, creative director and researcher behind All Rise. After graduating from the universities of Cape Town and Cambridge, he worked for several South African civil-society organizations, the London publisher Slightly Foxed, and the edtech organization MakeTomorrow. In 2016, Richard collaborated with the Trantraal Brothers to create Safety, Justice and People’s Power, an illustrated companion to the O’Regan-Pikoli Commission of Inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha.

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The Sound of Exclusion: NPR and the Latinx Public
Christopher Chávez

Book Synopsis: As a network that claims to represent the nation, NPR asserts unique claims about what it means to be American. In The Sound of Exclusion, Christopher Chávez critically examines how National Public Radio conceptualizes the Latinx listener, arguing that NPR employs a number of industry practices that secure its position as a white public space while relegating Latinx listeners to the periphery. These practices are tied to a larger cultural logic. Latinx identity is differentiated from national identity, which can be heard through NPR’s cultivation of an idealized dialect, situating whiteness at its center. Pushing Latinx listeners to the edges of public radio has crucial implications for Latinx participation in civic discourses, as identifying who to include in the “public” audience necessarily involves a process of exclusion.

Author bio: Christopher Chávez is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. He holds a PhD in communications from the University of Southern California. His research lies at the intersection of Latinx media, globalization, and culture. He is author of Reinventing the Latino Television Viewer: Language Ideology and Practice and co-editor of Identity: Beyond Tradition and McWorld Neoliberalism. Prior to his doctoral research, Professor Chávez worked as an advertising executive at advertising agencies in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boston.

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