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Launch Party for "Red Highways: A Liberal's Journey into the Heartland"

Sunday, October 19, 2008
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Event Type:
Party/Street Party
Rose Aguilar
Location Details:
Coffee Bar
1890 Bryant Street, San Francisco

Please join Rose Aguilar in celebrating the launch of her new book, "Red Highways: A Liberal's Journey into the Heartland."

Sunday, October 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Coffee Bar
1890 Bryant Street, SF

Here's a link with additional information on upcoming events:

Thursday, October 30, 7:00 PM
Books Inc. Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA

Thursday, November 06, 7:30 PM
1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, November 11, 7:30 PM
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley CA

A San Francisco radio host grown tired of media stereotypes, Rose Aguilar held an auction to raise money, bought a van, and set out on a six-month road trip through the so-called "red states" to find out what voters really care about. Equal parts travelogue, political reportage, and personal discovery, "Red Highways" challenges conventional wisdom, gives a voice to the people we rarely see or hear from in the mainstream media, and calls for a more thoughtful and productive dialogue between Red and Blue America.

Sections include:

*Domestic Violence Changed My Politics
*The Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi
*Conflicted Christians
*Segregated Sundays
*Overworked and Underpaid
*Off the Front Lines and Forgotten
*Green Republicans

“"Red Highways" is riveting -- I could not put it down. Alive with the voices of real people, it is both heartening and heart wrenching, both enraging and inspiring, full of insights and information. If you want to understand our country, and care about its future, read this book!”
-Riane Eisler, author "The Real Wealth of Nations" and "The Chalice and The Blade"

“"Red Highways" takes us out of our personal “Green Zones” to taste the diverse complexity of so-called conservative states, and challenges stereotypes reinforced by the corporate media. For mindless drivel from a pundit, watch CNN; for a clear view of what people of various political ideologies in the U.S. want, think, and believe, read this book.”
-Dahr Jamail, author of "Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq"

“The ‘red’ state of Idaho is a hotbed of opposition to the Patriot Act. The ‘blue’ state of Connecticut sends ardent backers of the war in Iraq to Congress. America is neither so red as Republicans would imagine, nor so blue as Democrats hope. It is, in fact, a rich, complicated, at times frightening, at times reassuring shade of purple that Rose Aguilar captures not with the jaundiced eye of a political commentator but with the nuance of a novelist.”
-John Nichols, political writer, The Nation

“Red Highways is a trip through the USA’s byways, far beyond what the author calls “the media’s obsession with stereotypes.” Rose Aguilar takes us along as the rubber meets the road—and guides us through a remarkable quest for human substance instead of media clichés.”
-Norman Solomon, author of "Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State"

“Straight-ahead reporting on a road trip into the heart of Red State America for urban liberals who cannot (or dare not) make the tour themselves. Full of surprises.”
-Joe Bageant, author of "Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War"

“Rose Aguilar brings curiosity and compassion to this beautiful story of a diehard liberal’s journey into the soul of middle America.”
-Professor Linda Bilmes, co-author of "The Three Trillion Dollar War"

Rose Aguilar is the host of Your Call, a daily, live call-in radio show on NPR-affiliates KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco and KUSP 88.9 FM in Santa Cruz. Your Call features in-depth conversations about everything from the occupation of Iraq and poverty to the environment and the arts. Rose is a contributor to the book, "Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland." She also writes for Alternet and offers political analysis for the BBC.

For more information, email: redhighways [at]
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