ON MAY 2, 2017 –JUST OVER ONE HUNDRED DAYS AFTER THE START OF THE NEW U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION – VINTAGE BOOKS WILL PUBLISH Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times, a collection of thirty-one original letters written in the weeks after the election from a wide range of leading contemporary voices.
“Radical hope is our best weapon against despair.” –Junot Diaz
The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States has left many in a state of grief, outrage, and fear of what is to come. As we enter an unprecedented period in U.S. history, many communities—immigrants, Muslims, people of color, gay and transgender people, and women, to name a few—are bracing themselves for a four-year period of bitterly divisive rhetoric and increased vulnerability. This climate goes against the values of many millions of Americans, from all walks of life, who treasure the commitment to human rights and inclusivity that have long been part of this nation’s story.
Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times addresses the tumult and danger of these times, from the perspective of a range of leading novelists, poets, journalists, and political thinkers. These epistolary essays, or essays in letter form, are woven into a passionate narrative, and divided into three sections: “Roots” explores the histories that bring us to this moment, with many letters addressed to ancestors; “Branches” addresses present-day people or communities—a stranger in the supermarket, Baby Boomers, Millennials, white people, artists, the protestors at Standing Rock—and delves into complex questions of our current era; and, finally, “Seeds” looks to the future by speaking to new generations, to sons and daughters, to godchildren, or to imagined children yet to be born, all of them inheritors of what happens now. The anthology offers readers an antidote to despair: it is a salve, a balm, a compass, a rallying cry, a lyrical manifesto, a power source, a torch to light the way forward.The contributors are Achy Obejas, Alicia Garza, Aya de León, Boris Fishman, Carolina De Robertis, Celeste Ng, Cherríe Moraga, Chip Livingston, Claire Messud, Cristina García, Elmaz Abinader, Faith Adiele, Francisco Goldman, Hari Kunzru, iO Tillet Wright, Jane Smiley, Jeff Chang, Jewelle Gomez, Junot Díaz, Karen Joy Fowler, Kate Schatz, Katie Kitamura, Lisa See, Luis Alberto Urrea, Meredith Russo, Mohja Kahf, Mona Eltahawy, Parnaz Foroutan, Peter Orner, Reyna Grande, Roxana Robinson, and Viet Thanh Nguyen.
Provocative and inspiring, RADICAL HOPE offers readers a kaleidoscopic view of the love and courage needed to navigate this time of upheaval, uncertainty, and fear.