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07.03.12 | Katie Allen
Seven titles have been shortlisted for the first Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing, including two from indie Pluto Press.
The £1,000 annual award was set up by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, which includes retailers such as London socialist store Bookmarks, radical bookseller Housmans and Radish Books in Leeds. The prize aims to promote the publication of radical books, to raise the profile of radical publishing, and to reward exceptional work.
The shortlist includes Pluto titles Magical Marxism by Andy Merrifield and Penny Red: Notes from the New Age of Dissent by Laurie Penny as well as Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones (Verso).
Housmans' Nik Gorecki said: "To my knowledge this is the only book prize in the UK with what could be described as an explicitly left-wing entry criteria. The central involvement of radical bookshops in the establishment and running of the Bread and Roses award also really sets it apart from other book prizes.”
The judging panel will include children's novelist and poet Michael Rosen; lecturer and feminist author Nina Power; and Writing on the Wall festival director Madeline Heneghan.
The award ceremony will take place on the evening of International Workers' Day, 1st May.
The shortlist in full:
Counterpower: Making Change Happen by Tim Gee (New Internationalist
Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber (Melville House)
Tweets from Tahrir: Egypt's Revolution as it Unfolded, in the Words of the People Who Made It edited by Nadia Idle and Alex Nunns (OR Books)
Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones (Verso)
Magical Marxism: Subversive Politics and the Imagination by Andy Merrifield (Pluto Press)
Penny Red: Notes from the New Age of Dissent by Laurie Penny (Pluto Press)
Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World by Nicholas Shaxson (Vintage)