Trumplandia: Unmasking Post-Truth America by NCTE George Orwell Award Winning Author P.L. Thomas
Available March 6, 2017 in paperback and as an ebook. More information coming soon.
In unprecedented times when American values are at stake P.L. Thomas provides a moral compass for so many people who expected the first woman to become President of the United States. Thomas argues that this assumption grossly underestimated the rise of Donald Trump, which was an inevitable culmination of who the U.S. truly is as a people.
In a series of brilliantly written essays Trumplandia examines how a reality TV star as president represents post-truth America as a failed democracy and as a country still deeply poisoned by racism, classism, sexism, and xenophobia. Running throughout as well is an implicit question: How can we resist Trumplandia and truly become a democracy?
About P.L. Thomas
Paul Thomas, a recipient of the NCTE’s George Orwell Award, engages the public in the most profound and controversial topics of our day, exposing the terrifying truths of the times in which we live. His commentaries have been published in AlterNet, The Conversation UK/US, Room for Debate (The New York Times), The Answer Sheet (The Washington Post), The Guardian (UK), Truthout, Education Week, The Daily Censored, OpEdNews, The State (Columbia, SC), The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) and The Greenville News (Greenville, SC).
His scholarly work has been published in major journals—English Journal, English Education, Souls, Notes on American Literature, Journal of Educational Controversy, Journal of Teaching Writing, and others. He has published books on Barbara Kingsolver, Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, Ralph Ellison, and James Baldwin; and his recent books include: Beware the Roadbuilders, Literature as Resistance (Garn Press), Ignoring Poverty in the U.S. (Information Age Publishing, 2012), Parental Choice? (Information Age Publishing, 2010), Becoming and Being a Teacher (Peter Lang USA, 2013), De-Testing and De-Grading Schools (Peter Lang USA, 2013) and Social Context Reform (Routledge, 2014).
He taught high school English in rural South Carolina before moving to teacher education. He has worked on major committees with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), is a column editor for English Journal published by NCTE, and currently serves as NCTE Council Historian (2013-2015). He is the series editor for the Critical Literacy Teaching Series: Challenging Authors and Genres (Sense Publishers), in which he authored the first volume—Challenging Genres: Comics and Graphic Novels (2010)—and co-edited a volume on James Baldwin (2014). His work can be followed at Radical Eyes for Equity (blog) and @plthomasEdD on twitter.
United We Stand Divided We Fall: Opposing Trump’s Agenda – Essays on Protest and Resistance
Available March 27, 2017 in paperback and as an ebook. More information coming soon.
In United We Stand Divided We Fall Garn Press has gathered together essays by great scholars and renowned teachers who oppose the direction in which President Trump is leading the country. These are essays, to quote George Lakoff, which frame American values accurately and systemically day after day, telling truths by American majority moral values.
These are essays of protest against and resistance to Trump’s presidency, to his billionaire cabinet, to the privileging in the White House of white supremacists, the promulgation of “alternate facts”, the denigration of media sources, the purges of State Department personnel, the gag orders at the EPA and scientists placed on “watch lists”, the travel bans on people from wide swaths of U.S. society and on refugees … the list is long.
They are also essays that tackle the question of what we can do to stop Trump from becoming a fast moving catastrophe. When the hands of the Doomsday Clock were moved closer to midnight. President Trump was named specifically as an existential risk to humanity. There is no doubt that we must all act. The writers of conscience who have written this collection of essays are all actively engaged in opposing President Trump and their writings encourage us to participate in the resistance movement. Read with a pencil in hand. Make notes on what you can do to join aspects of the movement that reflects the needs and concerns of your community. Through social media you can go global while acting locally.
Essays on Protest and Resistance. Contributed Essays From:
- George Lakoff
- Anne Haas Dyson
- Katie Lapham
- Paul Thomas
- Yohuru Williams
- Steven Singer
- David Kolb
- Jennifer Berkshire
- Jonathan Foley
- Steve Nelson
- Denny Taylor
- Morna McDermott
- Esther Fine
- Charlene Smith
- Russ Walsh
- Carolyn Walker
Available March 14, 2017 in paperback and as an ebook. We’ll be posting bios on the contributors and more in the coming weeks. And finally, check out Indivisible in which former Congressional staffers provide tactics for fighting the Trump agenda, and actions that can be taken to resist the destruction of democracy by extreme groups by telling truths framed American majority moral values.