Read & Riot

Read & Riot

Harper Collins
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"Stylish, striking, and elegantly indispensible to confronting, say, your domineering mother-in-law or your local city council as it is to helping foment an ongoing and ever-escalating insurrection against, say, a sexist, racist, nepotistic power-mad oligarchy threatening to destory democracy as we know it...My advice: Buy one"--VOGUE

From artist, activist, and Pussy Riot founder Nadya Tolokonnikova, a guerilla guide to radical protest and joyful political resistance

The face of modern protest is wearing a brightly colored ski mask.

Nadya Tolokonnikova, founding member of the Russian activist group Pussy Riot, is a creative activist, professional protestor, brazen feminist, shocking visual artist, and force to be reckoned with. Her spontaneous, explosive approach to political action has involved jumping over barbed wire, kissing police officers, giving guerilla performances in crowded subway cars, and going on a hunger strike to protest the abuse of prisoners. She’s been horse-whipped by police in Sochi, temporarily blinded when officers threw green paint in her eyes, and monitored by the Russian government. But what made Nadya an activist icon overnight happened on February 21, 2012, when she was arrested for performing an anti-Putin protest song in a Moscow church.

She was sent to a Russian prison for 18 months and emerged as an international symbol of radical resistance, as calls to “Free Pussy Riot” resounded around the world. With her emblematic ski mask, black lipstick, and unwavering bravery, Nadya has become an emissary of hope and optimism despite overwhelming and ugly political corruption.

Read & Riot is structured around Nadya’s ten rules for revolution (Be a pirate! Make your government shit its pants! Take back the joy!) and illustrated throughout with stunning examples from her extraordinary life and the philosophies of other revolutionary rebels throughout history. Rooted in action and going beyond the typical “call your senator” guidelines, Read & Riot gives us a refreshing model for civil disobedience, and encourages our right to question every status quo and make political action exciting—even joyful.

Critical Praise

“not just a handbook for those wishing to take on injustice, it’s a guide for how to look at the world in a new way”BlogCritics

“Tolokonnikova fills her book with passion and political acumen…...With its stellar mix of personal experience and hard-won advice, Tolokonnikova’s guide is sure to fuel social movements for years to come.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A raucous fusion of memoir and action guide…...In her debut, Tolokonnikova writes with an uncompromising mixture of fervor and humor……A chaotic, irreverent testimonial ideal for frustrated progressives in this turbulent political moment.” — Kirkus Reviews

“ultimate how-to guide for budding activists looking to boost their radical prowess…...Whip-smart, playful, and unapologetic, Tolokonnikova’s book is an inimitable guide to civil disobedience.” — Booklist

256 pages
21.7 x 14.4 cm
Published by HarperOne 2018