It was obvious that celebrated MIT linguist-activist Noam Chomsky would have his own very individual take on the events of September 11, and that's what he delivers on 9/11, shipping right now from Seven Stories Press, for a pub date of December 11, just three months after the terrorist onslaught. The small-format trade paperback contains a number of interviews Chomsky gave in the three weeks between that fateful date and the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair, which was when Seven Stories publisher Dan Simon took the manuscript with him to show foreign publishers. He made three quick sales, then foreign rights specialist Agnes Krup took over, and quickly made a dozen more. In the end, 19 publishers in 16 languages took the book. 'I think they were interested in a different American viewpoint on what happened, and what may happen,' said Simon--and some of them have already published, while others are doing it at around the same time as Seven Stories. The book is the first in a new series for the press called Open Media books.
Volume 248 Issue 49 12/03/2001