Radical Hope

Radical Hope

“This anthology is like the book version of a Justice League of superheroes: a collection of writers to guide us through tumultuous political times.”

“Diverse, eloquent, and unapologetic pieces that speak to the heart and underline the sentiment that the personal is political…This collection is a plea to defy the idea that positive change is impossible.”
–Publishers Weekly

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 Tillett 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, backlash, and possibilities for change.


May 3, 2017
Launch party for Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times
Featuring Radical Hope contributors Aya de León, Jewelle Gomez, Reyna Grande, Faith Adiele, Kate Schatz, and Carolina De Robertis
Laurel Bookstore
1423 Broadway
Oakland, CA
7 pm

May 10, 2017
Radical Hope — reading, signing, and celebration
Featuring Radical Hope contributors Jewelle Gomez, Elmaz Abinader, Aya de León, Kate Schatz, and Carolina De Robertis
Bookshop West Portal
80 West Portal Avenue
San Francisco, CA
7 pm

May 25, 2017
Radical Hope reading, discussion, and signing
with Carolina De Robertis, Boris Fishman, and other contributors TBA
Strand Book Store
828 Broadway
New York, NY
exact time TBA

June 3, 2017
Bay Area Book Festival
Radical Hope: Staying Sane, Awake, and Engaged in Dangerous Times
Featuring Radical Hope contributors Jeff Chang, Aya de León, Carolina De Robertis, Parnaz Foroutan, Karen Joy Fowler, Francisco Goldman, Cherríe Moraga, Achy Obejas, and Meredith Russo.
Freight and Salvage
Alta Stage
Berkeley, CA
7 pm
For tickets or more information, please visit www.baybookfest.org.

June 19, 2017
Booksmith Resists Presents “Radical Hope: Fueling up For the Long Haul”
A conversation with Jeff Chang, Jane Smiley, Aya de León, and Carolina De Robertis
1644 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA
7 pm
Free food, drinks, and beer provided