The Revolution Will Be Well-Read

Friend of the library Samwise tweeted out a call for #ActivistNovels this morning.  We think we can help.

Below is a list of fiction either dealing with a revolution or with themes of social injustice, war, and repression.  It’s not definitive by any means – leave us your comments with any additions you have.

List is organized alphabetically by author’s last name.  Because we’re book snobs.

Baum, L. Frank – The Wizard of Oz

Bradbury, Ray – Fahrenheit 451

Card, Orson Scott – Ender’s Game

Dickens, Charles – A Tale of Two Cities

Doctorow, Cory – Little Brother

Doctorow, E. L. – Ragtime

Eliot, George – Felix Holt, the Radical

Ellison, Ralph – Invisible Man

Finney, Jack – Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Hansberry, Lorraine – A Raisin in the Sun

Heinlein, Robert A. – The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Heinlein, Robert A. – Stranger in a Strange Land

Hugo, Victor – Les Miserables

Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World

Lee, Harper – To Kill a Mockingbird

Le Guin, Ursula K. – The Left Hand of Darkness

Levin, Ira – The Stepford Wives

O’Brien, Tim – The Things They Carried

Orwell, George – 1984

Orwell, George – Animal Farm

Remarque, Erich Maria – All Quiet on the Western Front

Sinclair, Upton – The Jungle

Steinbeck, John – Grapes of Wrath

Stowe, Harriet Beecher – Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Vonnegut, Kurt – Cat’s Cradle

Vonnegut, Kurt – Sirens of Titan

Wolfe, Tom – Bonfire of the Vanities

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Occupied Stories

We are proud to announce that we’ll be collaborating with Occupied Stories to collect firsthand accounts of Occupy Chicago rallies and events, to be archived physically and digitally in our library.  This is part of a greater initiative to make our library dynamic, including Occupy-generated materials.  With the upcoming Chicago Spring and NATO/G8 protests, it is more crucial than ever to document our experiences on the ground and share them with the movement – and the world – as a whole.

We would like to encourage any Occupy Chicagoans who have attended rallies or events, or been arrested while Occupying, to submit their accounts directly to Occupied Stories.  Alternatively, if you prefer to share your story on paper, you may submit it to any member of the library committee or drop it off in the library.  (Please be aware that, unless you indicate otherwise, we will post all submissions online – so don’t include any information you don’t want available on the Internet.)  We will archive them here on our blog as well as file a physical copy in the library at Cermak for general perusal.

Thank you in advance!  We look forward to reading your stories.