What a wonderful surprise when I was contacted by Laura De Silva of Open Road Integrated Media and presented with the opportunity to share this information: sixty-three Howard Fast titles to be published in EBook format, this month, December, 2011.
There’s so much I could say about this hero of the real America, this spokesman for the common person everywhere. If you haven’t heard of Howard Fast, there’s a good reason for it. His work was banned and effectively buried during what Fast, in his memoir, Being Red, called the “mini-terror”—the McCarthy era. And although the ban was eventually lifted, it seems that the mini-terror lives on through our propaganda driven fears—the shadow places of our collective minds— as we struggle, seemingly in vain, to rise to the consciousness of a free people.
Those of us who love and appreciate Fast’s work could go on and on, but I would ask you to let Fast tell you the story his way. If you read just one —perhaps The American (classic struggle of the American worker), or Freedom Road (the terrible reality of post-slavery “reconstruction”), or the poignantly heartbreaking revolutionary war novel, April Morning, I think you may want to, as I have begun to do, seek out the surviving copies of his books, tattered and battered though you may find them. However, Open Road Media has done much of the work for us at this time. Lover of technology or no, the work of this incredibly prolific writer is being preserved. For that we should be very grateful.
As always, thanks for stopping by my blog. Please leave a comment if so inclined. If I decide it’s not spam, I’ll approve it. (:<)> Namaste, jesse s. hanson
NOTE: The video above and all of the content below is reprinted from The Open Road Blog
NEWS FROM OPEN ROAD: December 13, 2011
Sixty-three Titles by New York Times Bestselling Author Howard Fast
Launching as Ebooks from Open Road Media
“The only thing that infuriates me, is that I have more unwritten stories in me
than I can conceivably write in a lifetime.” —Howard Fast
Sixty-three titles by Howard Fast (1914–2003), one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century, will be released as ebooks by Open Road Integrated Media in December. Open Road will publish both fiction and nonfiction during a three-stage rollout.
Howard Fast, the bestsellingauthor of more than eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays, grew up in New York City and published his first novel upon finishing high school in 1933. In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible Communist associates earned him a three-month prison sentence, along with a place on the blacklist of severalmajor publishers. During his incarceration, Fast wrote one of his best-known novels, Spartacus (1951), and went on to found his own press, Blue Heron, in order to release the work. Throughout his long career, Fast matched his commitment to championing social justice in his writing with a deft, lively storytelling style. His collection of bestselling novels such as Conceived in Liberty, Citizen Tom Paine, April Morning, and The Legacy illustrate themes of freedom and human rights in a time of turbulence and global war.
On December 13, 2011, nineteen titles—including April Morning—will be released. In April Morning, on the eve of the American Revolution, the Battle of Lexington and Concord changes a boy’s life—and a nation’s history—forever. Sweeping in scope and masterful in execution, this novel is a classic of American fiction and an unforgettable story of one community’s fateful struggle for freedom. The Incredible Tito, Fast’s fascinating biography of Joseph Broz, known to the world as Tito, including his rise to power and his remarkable stand against fascism, will be offered to readers as a free download.
On December 20, nineteenmysteries by Howard Fast writing as E. V. Cunningham will be released as ebooks. These include the Masao Masuto mysteries, beginning with The Case of the Angry Actress, starring detective Masuto, a second-generation Japanese-American, Buddhist homicide detective. Other titles include such female-centered works as Phyllis, Sally, and others.
On December 27, twenty-five titles will complete Open Road Media’s Howard Fast ebook collection. Three of these are from Fast’s much-loved Immigrants series, an immensely popular saga that spanned six novels and over a century of the Lavette family’s story. Of this series, Open Road will release The Legacy, The Immigrant’s Daughter, and An Independent Woman. Two of the nonfiction titles—The Art of Zen Meditation, in which Fast offers readers a simple, straightforward introduction to Zen meditation, which had a profound influence on his writing and personal philosophy; and Spain and Peace, a 1951 pamphlet that contains a powerful denunciation of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco—will be offered as free downloads.
Extra content includes:
• Behind-the-scenes author commentary and videos at www.openroadmedia.com/authors/howard-fast.aspx
• An illustrated biography in each ebook, including previously unseen photographs and documents from Fast’s personal life and distinguished career
Amazon.com, Apple iBookstore, Barnesandnoble.com, Google eBookstore/IndieBound, Kobo Books, OverDrive, and Sony Reader Store
Availability begins on December 13, 2011:
Citizen Tom Paine
Conceived in Liberty
The Edge of Tomorrow
The Incredible Tito*
The Last Supper
The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti
Patrick Henry and the Frigate’s Keel
Place in the City
The Proud and the Free
The Story of Lola Gregg
Thirty Pieces of Silver
The Winston Affair
On December, 20, 2011
mysteries by Howard Fast writing as E. V. Cunningham will go on sale:
The Assassin Who Gave Up His Gun
The Case of the Angry Actress
The Case of the Kidnapped Angel
The Case of the Murdered Mackenzie
The Case of the One-Penny Orange
The Case of the Poisoned Eclairs
The Case of the Russian Diplomat
The Case of the Sliding Pool
The Wabash Factor
On December 27, 2011
more titles will be added to the Howard Fast ebook collection:
The Art of Zen Meditation*
The Confession of Joe Cullen
The General Zapped an Angel
Hunter and the Trap
The Immigrant’s Daughter
An Independent Woman
Literature and Reality
The Naked God
Spain and Peace*
Time and the Riddle
A Touch of Infinity