Labyrinth Books Presents an Evening of Poets, Actors, Artists, Professors and more Reading from Bob Avakian’s

From Ike to Mao and Beyond: My Journey from Mainstream America to Revolutionary Communist

New York City: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th, 7pm

Labyrinth Books 536 W.112th St. (between Broadway and Amsterdam)

Travel with readers through three unique but interwoven stories. The first tells of a white middle-class kid growing up in ‘50s America who goes to an integrated high school and has his world turned around; the second of a young man who overcomes a near-fatal disease and jumps with both feet into the heady swirl of Berkeley in the ‘60s; and the third of a radical activist who matures into a tempered revolutionary communist leader.

Howard Zinn calls the book, “A truly interesting account of Bob Avakian’s life, a humanizing portrait of someone who is often seen only as a hard-line revolutionary.” While Cornel West has said, “Bob Avakian is a long distance runner in the freedom struggle against imperialism, racism and capitalism. His voice and witness are indispensable in our efforts to enhance the wretched of the earth. And his powerful story of commitment is timely.”

In discussing the book, Martha Quetzal Ceja, Managing Editor of Insight Press, said, “If you think about the past or if you urgently care about the future; if you want to hear a unique voice of utter realism and deep humanity; and if you dare to have your assumptions challenged and your stereotypes overturned - then you won’t want to miss this book event.”

Bob Avakian is the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. And he is more than that: he’s an innovative and critical thinker who has taken Marxism to a new place; he’s a provocative commentator on everything from basketball to religion, doo-wop music to science; and he’s a pit-bull fighter against oppression who’s kept both his solemn sense of purpose and his irrepressible sense of humor.

Guest Readers include: Gamal Chasten, Universes, poet and playwright; Aladdin, comedian; Bill Homan, actor; Joe Fortunato, attorney and member New Jersey Green Party; Justina Meija, vocalist, poet, performance artist; Dr. Neni Panourgia, assistant professor of anthropology Columbia University; Rev. George W. Webber, Pres. Emeritus NY Theological Seminary; and a discussion between Raymond Lotta, Maoist political economist, and Martha Quetzal Ceja, Managing Editor of Insight Press.

Honorary Co-Hosts include: Naomi Wallace, playwright; Rev. Earl Kooperkamp; Dennis Brutus, South Africn poet and former political prisoner; attorney Lynne Stewart; Lister Hewan-Lowe, WBAI Burn "Baby Burn/Clappers 99.5 FM;" WUSB-FM Long Island "Saturday's A Party”; Larry Kirwan, lead singer of Black 47; Father Luis Barrios, Iglesia San Romero de las Americas; reg e. gaines, poet; Ralph Poynter; Michael Tarif Warren, attorney; Rev. George W. Webber; Jessica Care Moore, poet and publisher; Juan Rodriguez-Munoz, professor of Latino and Multicultural Studies; Miles Solay, Outernational; Nicholas Heyward Sr., Parents Against Police Brutality; and Father Lawrence Lucas, Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church.