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Johann Hari’s New York Times Bestseller Named Porchlight’s Business Book of the Year

How To Fix Your Focus & Stop Procrastinating: Johann Hari | E114

Bestselling Author George M. Johnson Named to TIME100 Next List of Rising Stars

George M. Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of All Boys Aren’t Blue, is on a mission: to confront bigotry, create a better future, and forge a path so youth around the world can “be themselves unapologetically.” George was named to the 2022 TIME100 Next list for their compelling writing and activism. As TIME’s annual compilation of rising stars, the list honors 100 inspiring individuals and their “extraordinary efforts to shape our world—and to define our future.”

In TIME, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds writes that George is urgent, “because urgency implies spark and pulse. It connotes importance and immediacy, and in George’s case, a personal constitution that propels them toward the melee of hate and censorship, not to oxygenate the fearmongering, but to stand in the love they have for the children they serve through their writing and advocacy.”

In addition to their acclaimed young adult books, All Boys Aren’t Blue and We Are Not Broken, George is an award-winning journalist who has written for Vice, Teen Vogue, Entertainment Tonight, NBC, and more. They also advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, illuminating issues of racism, homophobia, and toxic masculinity, among others, and they’re an HIV activist who raises awareness about healthcare and social justice.


 Watch George speak about how imagination frees us from oppression:


Finding Joy in the Midst of Oppression | George M. Johnson

White House Honors Kwame Anthony Appiah with National Humanities Medal

Kwame Anthony Appiah is one of today's most nimble philosophical minds, and The White House has decided to honor him with one of the country's great accolades—the National Humanities Medal. According to the official website, the award is given to those “whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans' access to important resources in the humanities.” The Los Angeles Times reports that Appiah will be one of the eight  thinkers awarded in 2012. In their press release, The White House praised Appiah, saying that “his books and essays within and beyond his academic discipline have shed moral and intellectual light on the individual in an era of globalization and evolving group identities.” Appiah is no stranger to praise—his 2007 book, Cosmopolitanism, won the Arthur Ross Book Award, and he has been named one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 public intellectuals.

Appiah's latest book is The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen, which examines the relationship between honor, morality, and social norms. Here is an excerpt from the New York Times review:

In “The Honor Code,” we accompany Detective Appiah as he tries to figure out who killed three morally repugnant practices: dueling among British gentlemen, foot-binding among the Chinese elite and slavery in the British Empire. In each case he shows how notions of honor sustained the practice for centuries, and how (spoiler alert) it was honor that later killed the practice in just a few decades, making these cases the “moral revolutions” referred to in his subtitle. Appiah also presents a fourth case: honor killings in present-day Pakistan, in which women and girls who are thought to have had sex outside of marriage, even in cases of rape, are murdered by male relatives to preserve the family’s “honor.” In this case the revolution has not yet happened, but Appiah draws on the other three cases to suggest how this horrific practice might someday meet its end.