Who: Amy Goodman, David Goodman
What: Author talk and signing
Where: McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St., 212-274-1160
When: Tuesday, May 9, free, 9:00
Why: For more than two decades, Democracy Now! cohost and executive producer Amy Goodman has been fighting the good fight, providing award-winning independent journalism that refuses to take the easy way out. Goodman is currently on a national speaking tour that brings her back to her New York City base in conjunction with the release of the paperback edition of Democracy Now! Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America (Simon & Schuster, April 2017, $16). In the introduction, Goodman describes how it all started: “Giving voice to the grassroots. When the 1996 election wrapped up, with President Clinton easily reelected, we thought that Democracy Now! would wrap up as well. But there was more demand for the show after the elections than before. Why? There is a hunger for authentic voices — not the same handful of pundits on the network shows who know so little about so much, explaining the world to us and getting it so wrong.” The book features such chapters as “The War and Peace Report,” “The Whistleblowers,” “The Rise of the 99 Percent,” “Climate Justice,” and “The LGBTQ Revolution,” which should give people an idea of what will be discussed when Goodman appears at McNally Jackson on May 9 at 9:00, introduced by her brother and one of her cowriters, David Goodman. (The other cowriter is Denis Moynihan.) On May 12, Goodman will be at 1199 SEIU to receive the 2017 Communicator of the Year Award from the Metro NY Labor Communications Council, introduced by her Democracy Now! cohost, Juan González; the event is open to the public (12 noon, $10-$35).