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A Celebration of Authors

November 1, 2018

We wouldn’t be anything without our beloved authors! To celebrate, we’ve gathered a few Q&As from the archives to put the spotlight on a just a few of our many inspiring contributors! Click the links below to read insightful conversations with the authors themselves about a range of topics– mitigating climate change with regenerative agriculture,…

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Tutorial: How to Make Your Own Hatchet

August 23, 2018

When it comes to planning your next DIY project, it’s not likely that you think to yourself, “Gee, I think I’d like to make myself a hatchet today.” But, if you do, today’s your lucky day!  With some scrap steel, a hacksaw, a file, a drill, a bonfire, a bucket of water, and an oven…

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Hip Hip, Hooray! It’s National Book Lovers Day!

August 9, 2018

 If you’re anything like us, this might be one of your favorite days of the year. To help you celebrate as only a book-lover can (with a stack of tomes in your favorite reading nook), we’ve rounded up a few Chelsea Green faves – from bestsellers to staff favorites to brand new, just hit the…

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Bullshit. *Charisma, Icon, Intelligence, Empty Sandwich

October 14, 2016

How does the word “bullshit” connect to Charisma, Intelligence and the notion of The Empty Sandwich? To find out the answer to this question we meandered through David Fleming’s Lean Logic. A dictionary unlike any other, Lean Logic encourages readers to actively and intellectually engage with its entries. These entries are often cross-referenced so that…

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In Memory: Poet David Budbill

September 27, 2016

“One village of the many—call it Judevine.” The Chelsea Green family was saddened to hear of the death of Vermont poet, author, and friend David Budbill. He died early Sunday morning, September 25, 2016 at his home in Montpelier. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease a year ago, and was in steady decline. In…

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Trust Your Unconsciousness: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas on Writing

May 17, 2016

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas is a New York Times-bestelling author, traveler, and astute observer of the natural world. In Dreaming of Lions, a paperback edition of her memoir, Thomas pens a powerful new afterword and a selection of photos from her extraordinary life is included. Below is an excerpt from her chapter about writing, and her…

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Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

July 27, 2015

Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an…

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May Roundup: News, Views & Stuff You Can Use

May 25, 2015

The latest news and opinions from Chelsea Green and our authors, as well as tips and techniques about how you can bring our books to life in your kitchen, backyard, or community, and special sales, promotions and new releases. Permaculture Advice For Beginners. Hint: Start Small   Interested in applying a permaculture approach to your…

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Chelsea Green Publishing Turns 30!

November 17, 2014

Explore a slideshow of cover images from some of our most iconic books over the past 30 years. Excerpts from these books and close to 100 others are all part of a new Chelsea Green anthology celebrating our 30th anniversary – The Chelsea Green Reader. This collection offers readers a glimpse into our wide-ranging list…

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Chelsea Green Celebrates 30 Years of Craft and Cutting Edge Books

October 9, 2014

We here at Chelsea Green have always had a nose for authors and books that are years ahead of the cultural curve. That knack is clearly on display in a new anthology that we’re making available to celebrate our first thirty years in publishing. More than one hundred books are represented in this collection and…

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Living the Simple Life: William Coperthwaite

February 20, 2014

Late last year architect, maker, visionary, homesteader, and Chelsea Green author William Coperthwaite died in a car accident just miles from his Machiasport home in Maine. The entire Chelsea Green family was saddened by his death, and perhaps none moreso than Peter Forbes who had been inspired by Coperthwaite’s work and contributed the foreword and…

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Why I'm On A Hunger Strike — Diane Wilson

January 10, 2013

Diane Wilson is a long time environmental activist, the author of Diary of an Eco-Outlaw, and An Unreasonable Woman, and an injured worker advocate in the Texas Gulf Coast. She is presently on a hunger strike to stop Valero from investing in the Canada tar sands. She forwarded us this letter last week… Workers! Demand…

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Diane Wilson Released from Jail!

December 4, 2012

This just in from Tar Sands Blockade, Diane Wilson, author of Diary of an Eco-Outlaw and An Unreasonable Woman has been released from jail!: After being held for nearly a week under the torturous and inhumane conditions of the Harris County Jail, Diane Wilson has been bailed out! Diane is a 4th generation shrimper and…

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New Arrival: Dreaming the Future!

September 4, 2012

The world is entering a period of great change. The natural environment is collapsing. Social disruption abounds. Societies across the globe are breaking down. Out of this chaos, however, comes the opportunity to avoid complete collapse and instead foster a breakthrough: to reimagine our future, our connection to each other, and to nature. A world…

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Pre-Release Special: Dreaming the Future

August 27, 2012

When Kenny Ausubel, an award-winning social entrepreneur, author, journalist, and filmmaker, and his wife Nina Simons started the Bioneers Conference in 1990, they gathered a diverse group of people who shared a dream about changing human society to make it more harmonious with nature. In the spirit of that same dream, Ausubel’s new book is…

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Now Available: A Sanctuary of Trees!

March 26, 2012

Gene Logsdon, a prolific writer and fascinating farmer, has just published his latest book, A Sanctuary of Trees: Beechnuts, Birdsongs, Baseball Bats, and Benedictions. It’s available now in the Chelsea Green bookstore, check it out! A Sanctuary of Trees follows Gene’s life from place to place — and from forest to forest — as he…

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Join Diane Wilson in Houston Oil Refinery Protest! Jail Time Optional.

March 23, 2012

This just in from the special, bright-red, flashing email inbox that lets us know when Diane Wilson is soon to be gettin’ herself into all kinds of interesting trouble again. Hey, we can’t blame her! If “civilized” actions like voting or buying things could help change the game, save the planet, and alleviate the suffering…

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Concerned Philosophers for Peace Praise Diane Wilson's Activism

September 26, 2011

Diane Wilson isn’t just an inspiring environmental activist, ready to face jail in order to call attention to the wrongs committed against mother nature. She isn’t just a fantastically vivid writer, sharing her antics with the world in books like her latest, Diary of an Eco-Outlaw. And she isn’t just a feisty woman whose ideals…

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This is What Democracy Looks Like – August Activism Book Sale!

August 17, 2011

Get the tools you need to organize in your community by taking advantage of our August Activism Book Sale, now through August 30. From the sassy style of Diane Wilson, to the in-depth knowledge of Edward Girardet, and practical pointers from Jamie Court and George Lakoff. As you enjoy the dog days of summer, we’ve…

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I Do Not Want Mercy, I Want You to Join Me

August 3, 2011

Last week environmental activist Tim DeChristopher was sentenced to two years in federal prison and assessed a $10,000 fine for bidding on parcels of land in a BLM auction with the intention to not pay for them. He “disrupted” the auction to protest the sale of the land to oil and gas companies–and in fact…

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Environmental Activist Diane Wilson on The Rag Radio

July 29, 2011

Listen to Diane Wilson, eco-activist extraordinaire, on The Rag Radio. The Rag was an underground paper from Austin, Texas that was published for eleven years starting in 1966. It lives on as The Rag Blog, and the radio show. For more about this fascinating, fertile little instance of resistance, go here: http://www.nuevoanden.com/rag/ From their site:…

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Diane Wilson, Accidental Activist and Eco-Outlaw

July 15, 2011

The article  below appeared originally online at OpEdNews by Joan Brunwasser about Diane Wilson’s newest book Diary of an Eco-Outlaw: An Unreasonable Woman Breaks the Law for Mother Earth. My guest today is accidental activist, Diane Wilson.  Welcome to OpEdNews, Diane. Your new book is now out: Diary of an Eco-Outlaw: An Unreasonable Woman Breaks…

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What Confucius Said: On Greed and the Public Good

December 23, 2009

By David Budbill From the Community Blogs In New York City, down on the Lower East Side, in Chinatown, about a block south of where The Bowery crosses Canal Street, out in the middle of the traffic where Division Street splits into a Y and joins Bowery, in that triangle of asphalt and concrete created…

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Garrison Keillor Reads a Poem by David Budbill on The Writer's Almanac

August 27, 2009

I must admit it gives me a little goose when I hear Garrison Keillor, on The Writer’s Almanac, say the words “published by Chelsea Green Publishing Company” at the tail end of his program. (“Hey! I work there!”) It’s almost like hearing your own name on the radio. But of course, the honor belongs to…

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A World Without Thought, Without Design

March 19, 2009

The following is an excerpt from William Coperthwaite’s book, A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity. It has been adapted for the web. Society by Design / Design by Society For all too long we have had a society designed by Happenstance. There are simply too many losers, which is inefficient and uneconomical from any…

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