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Welcome to the Year of the Rooster, albeit a couple of weeks in…we celebrate this august occasion with the image above of this hallowed bird in light and shadow—a yin and yang rooster at the start of this somewhat yin and yang-y year!

While there is much turmoil in the world at large, we here at Schaffner Press are all the more deeply committed to our mission statement of publishing books that matter and that deal with our deep concerns for social change. We also hold firm to the belief that our First Amendment freedoms are vitally important especially in this time when we need to listen to voices from everywhere, from all sides and places, races, cultures, beliefs––not merely our own­––and join in a larger conversation to the betterment of our community and society as a whole.

We are pleased and proud to announce that we have several new titles to announce for the coming seasons ahead, and will be highlighting these in forthcoming newsletters. We welcome Mexican author Hector Aguilar Camin to a return on our list with his latest novel, DAY IN, DAY OUT (Toda La Vida) on our fall list and a two new voices from Latin America; author Magela Baudoin and her acclaimed story collection, THE COMPOSITION OF SALT; and a powerful work of non-fiction by Tryno Maldonado of Mexico, AYTOTZINAPA; The Faces of the Disappeared. In addition, we are looking forward to releasing the English translation of the memoir (published Albin Michel) from Amazon tribal chieftain, Almir Sarayamoga Surui, titled SAVE THE PLANET: An Amazon Chief Battles to Save His Land, His People and the Earth.

We are also preparing a new biography of the artist Agnes Martin, whose work has recently enjoyed a worldwide renaissance and a retrospective has been exhibited in several major international museums in recent months. Author Henry Martin, while not related, has provided us with an intimate and insightful portrait of this complex and hugely influential figure in contemporary art, drawn from numerous interviews and years of research. Titled AGNES MARTIN: Painter, Pioneer, Icon, this will be published in March 2018.

Look for more news of these new titles in the next few months on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and in this newsletter. We are moving to a different schedule of once every two months ; we will do our best to release our next posting in a more timely manner than this first 2017 newsletter!

Here’s to the Year of the Rooster!