Author and anti-war activist Mike Palecek tours with new books
Sheldon, Iowa — From Tulsa to Denver, noted author and activist Mike Palecek hits the road this spring with two new books: Iowa Terror and Cost of Freedom: The Anthology of Peace and Activism.
Described by Howard Zinn as a writer with “passion, wit,” and “a profound social conscience,” Palecek has been writing antiwar, political novels for over 10 years.
“I write to throw stones,” Palecek says. “Abbie Hoffman said ‘steal this book.’ I hope one day my books will be bricks – toss this brick – through the windows of my comfortable neighbors, neighborhood churches, side windows of SUVs.”
Palecek’s latest work, Iowa Terror, takes on 9/11 through the story of Jesus Iowa, an immigrant who experiences Sept. 11, 2001 along with the rest of America – except that he understood what was really happening. “Jesus did not just go to school the next day and try to forget like the rest of us, carry on with his life, forget about the world,” Palecek says. “It bothered him, tore him up, and he acted, did something, in the great good tradition of an American patriot.”
“And he came to be reviled as The Terrorist,” Palecek adds, “pursued by all the traditional idiots of small-town America in the process.”
Iowa Terror is in large format, with color illustrations. Ruth and Mike Palecek published it with Seventh Street Press.
Palecek also recently co-edited Cost of Freedom: The Anthology of Peace and Activism, released by Howling Dog Press in Fall 2007. “I hear on our hometown radio that I owe my freedom to the soldiers,” says Palecek. “And that of course is b.s. I owe it to the protestors, who have fought Bush and his crew from day one, on the street corners of Duluth, Dalhart, Denver, for years. There are your heroes, America.”
A coffee-table style book crammed with photos, essays, poetry and art from everyday peace activists, Cost of Freedom has garnered praise from Ramsey Clark, Ralph Nader, Thom Hartmann, Harry Belafonte and Noam Chomsky, who writes that Cost of Freedom “should inspire many more to join in these efforts to create a powerful force of concerned citizens that cannot be ignored.”
Palecek is touring with both books this spring, hitting venues in Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona and Nevada before moving up California into Oregon and Washington. After a stop in Idaho and Salt Lake City, Utah, Palecek ends in Colorado, where Howling Dog Press is located.
For specific dates and venues, visit
http://www.mikepalecek.com or http://costoffreedombook.blogspot.com.
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