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Gamergate is one of the darkest chapters in the history of the internet. It began in 2014 when independent video-game developer Zoe Quinn, who had recently ended an abusive relationship with a tech-savvy man, was deluged by a tidal wave of hatred. Her attacker made false allegations about Quinn online, knowing he would spark a backlash. In her extraordinary Crash Override (PublicAffairs, $27), Quinn chronicles her experience—and the details are shocking. Gamergate compromised all facets of her online persona. Professional opportunities evaporated. The mounting threats endangered not only Quinn but anyone she was in contact with. Against these incredible odds, Quinn persevered. She fought back, organizing a movement dedicated to fighting online hate. While I called Gamergate “history,” Quinn shows that it’s not. It is now. It is here. It is going on every day. She illustrates the toxicity people from marginalized communities face daily on the internet, and often from those they turn to for help. This insightful and inspiring book is a clarion call for widespread action that all internet users should heed.

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ISBN: 9781610398084
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Published: PublicAffairs - September 5th, 2017

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Have you noticed the turn? The night has begun its slow and steady march to consume the day. There’s the barest hint of a chill. October is here and lurking at the end of the month is Halloween. What better time is there to read Haunted Nights? This excellent collection of horror short stories celebrate the coming of All Hallows’ Eve with frightening tales. For a truly scary experience, read these when you’re home alone at night like I did. You’ll be left wondering if that’s just a trick of the shadow or is something staring at you from the dark.

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By Lisa Morton (Editor), Ellen Datlow (Editor)
ISBN: 9781101973837
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Published: Anchor - October 3rd, 2017

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Lynn Nottage won a second Pulitzer for her play Sweat, the only woman playwright to have been honored twice. Critics called Sweat a prophetic vision for the times we find ourselves embroiled in. After reading it in a single day, I can tell you it does not disappoint. Set in one of the poorest cities in America, this play is a powerful and heartfelt look at the tragedies of race, class, and identity. These complex themes tie themselves into a knot with no easy solution.  

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ISBN: 9781559365321
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 13th, 2017