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Gail Leondar-Wright

Gail Leondar-Wright - Publicist

Arlington, United States

I specialize in national public radio publicity campaigns for books and authors that inspire and support progressive social change.

Overview

For the past 25 years, I have been introducing progressive authors to their potential audiences via radio interviews. My work supports movements for progressive social change and helps build public intellectuals. I help authors translate academic ideas into language that can enlighten and inspire mainstream and progressive radio audiences, and I create opportunities for authors to engage in meaningful dialogue with thoughtful hosts on public and commercial radio. Subject areas include: politics, social justice, anti-racism, environmental protection, human rights, criminal justice and other public policy topics, feminism, gay and lesbian concerns.

I've supported each of New York Times best selling author Larry Tye's seven books, arranging multiple interviews on nationally syndicated NPR shows, including several appearances on Fresh Air.

I've worked with McArthur genius award winning author Elizabeth Streb, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Bernard Lown, helping them reach large and varied audiences. Through my work on her first three books, I helped transgender activist and author Kate Bornstein build a national reputation, and along the way, played a role in sparking one of the most significant social movements of the 20th century.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences Economics History LGBTQ (non fiction) Music Politics & Current Affairs Psychology Social & Behavioral Sciences
Fiction
Historical Fiction

Work experience

Founder

Self-employed
April, 1992 – Present (over 25 years)

In 1992, I began introducing progressive authors to thoughtful, well-informed media people and their audiences across the country. Having promoted over 700 books, I continue to help authors in their efforts to gain meaningful attention for their books, and to participate in dialogue that makes for a more just and peaceful world. My clients include Dr. Helen Caldicott, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kitty Dukakis, Larry Tye, Frances Moore Lappé , Gar Alperovitz, Col. Ann Wright, Kate Bornstein, Leslie Feinberg, and Laura Flanders.

Projects

Bobby Kennedy: The making of a liberal icon

I created and implemented an ambitious radio campaign for Larry Tye's Robert Kennedy biography.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism

L.A. Kauffman

A longtime movement insider's powerful account of the origins of today's protest movements and what they can achieve now As Americans take to the streets in record numbers to resist the presidency of Donald Trump, L.A. Kauffman’s timely, trenchant history of protest offers unique insights into how past movements have won victories in times of crisis and backlash and how they can be most effect... read more

A longtime movement insider's powerful account of the origins of today's protest movements and what they can achieve now As Americans take to the streets in record numbers to resist the presidency of Donald Trump, L.A. Kauffman’s timely, trenchant history of protest offers unique insights into how past movements have won victories in times of crisis and backlash and how they can be most effect... read more

Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II: Images by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and Other Government Photographers

Richard Cahan, Michael Williams

It is a shame of America.In the spring of 1942, the United States rounded up 120,000 residents of Japanese ancestry living along the West Coast and sent them to interment camps for the duration of World War II. Many abandoned their land. Many gave up their personal property. Each one of them lost a part of their lives.Amazingly, the government hired famed photographers Dorothea Lange, Ansel Ad... read more

It is a shame of America.In the spring of 1942, the United States rounded up 120,000 residents of Japanese ancestry living along the West Coast and sent them to interment camps for the duration of World War II. Many abandoned their land. Many gave up their personal property. Each one of them lost a part of their lives.Amazingly, the government hired famed photographers Dorothea Lange, Ansel Ad... read more

Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America

Roberto G. Gonzales

“My world seems upside down. I have grown up but I feel like I’m moving backward. And I can’t do anything about it.” –Esperanza Over two million of the nation’s eleven million undocumented immigrants have lived in the United States since childhood. Due to a broken immigration system, they grow up to uncertain futures. In Lives in Limbo, Roberto G. Gonzales introduces us to two groups: the coll... read more

“My world seems upside down. I have grown up but I feel like I’m moving backward. And I can’t do anything about it.” –Esperanza Over two million of the nation’s eleven million undocumented immigrants have lived in the United States since childhood. Due to a broken immigration system, they grow up to uncertain futures. In Lives in Limbo, Roberto G. Gonzales introduces us to two groups: the coll... read more

Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People's Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time

James Kilgore

We all know that orange is the new black and mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow, but how much do we actually know about the structure, goals, and impact of our criminal justice system? Understanding Mass Incarceration offers the first comprehensive overview of the incarceration apparatus put in place by the world’s largest jailer: the United States.Drawing on a growing body of academic and... read more

We all know that orange is the new black and mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow, but how much do we actually know about the structure, goals, and impact of our criminal justice system? Understanding Mass Incarceration offers the first comprehensive overview of the incarceration apparatus put in place by the world’s largest jailer: the United States.Drawing on a growing body of academic and... read more

Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

Larry Tye

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Satchel comes an in-depth, vibrant, and measured biography about the most complex and controversial member of the Kennedy family.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST History remembers Robert F. Kennedy as a racial healer, a tribune for the poor, and the last progressive knight of a bygone era of American politics. But Ken... read more

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Satchel comes an in-depth, vibrant, and measured biography about the most complex and controversial member of the Kennedy family.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST History remembers Robert F. Kennedy as a racial healer, a tribune for the poor, and the last progressive knight of a bygone era of American politics. But Ken... read more

Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan (Studies in Jazz)

Ellen Johnson

When Sheila Jordan dropped a nickel in the juke box of a Detroit diner in the 1940s and heard “Now’s The Time” by Charlie Parker, she was instantly hooked—and so began a seventy-year jazz journey. In 1962, she emerged as the first jazz singer to record on the prestigious Blue Note label with her debut album Portrait of Sheila. Exploding on the jazz scene, this classic work set the bar for her ... read more

When Sheila Jordan dropped a nickel in the juke box of a Detroit diner in the 1940s and heard “Now’s The Time” by Charlie Parker, she was instantly hooked—and so began a seventy-year jazz journey. In 1962, she emerged as the first jazz singer to record on the prestigious Blue Note label with her debut album Portrait of Sheila. Exploding on the jazz scene, this classic work set the bar for her ... read more

Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance

Carla Kaplan

Celebrated scholar Carla Kaplan’s cultural biography, Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance, focuses on white women, collectively called “Miss Anne,” who became Harlem Renaissance insiders. The 1920s in New York City was a time of freedom, experimentation, and passion—with Harlem at the epicenter. White men could go uptown to see jazz and modern dance, but women who emb... read more

Celebrated scholar Carla Kaplan’s cultural biography, Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance, focuses on white women, collectively called “Miss Anne,” who became Harlem Renaissance insiders. The 1920s in New York City was a time of freedom, experimentation, and passion—with Harlem at the epicenter. White men could go uptown to see jazz and modern dance, but women who emb... read more

The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality (Intersections)

Suzanna Danuta Walters

From Glee to gay marriage, from lesbian senators to out gay Marines, we have undoubtedly experienced a seismic shift in attitudes about gays in American politics and culture. Our reigning national story is that a new era of rainbow acceptance is at hand. But dig a bit deeper, and this seemingly brave new gay world is disappointing. For all of the undeniable changes, the plea for tolerance has ... read more

From Glee to gay marriage, from lesbian senators to out gay Marines, we have undoubtedly experienced a seismic shift in attitudes about gays in American politics and culture. Our reigning national story is that a new era of rainbow acceptance is at hand. But dig a bit deeper, and this seemingly brave new gay world is disappointing. For all of the undeniable changes, the plea for tolerance has ... read more

Stubborn Roots: Race, Culture, and Inequality in U.S. and South African Schools

Prudence L. Carter

What are the features of the school environment that make students' of color incorporation greater at some schools than at others? Prudence L. Carter seeks to answer this basic but bedeviling question through a rich comparative analysis of the organizational and group dynamics in eight schools located within four cities in the United States and South Africa-two nations rebounding from centurie... read more

What are the features of the school environment that make students' of color incorporation greater at some schools than at others? Prudence L. Carter seeks to answer this basic but bedeviling question through a rich comparative analysis of the organizational and group dynamics in eight schools located within four cities in the United States and South Africa-two nations rebounding from centurie... read more

Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good

Chuck Collins

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. On one side, the wealthy wield power and advantage, wittingly or not, to keep the system operating in their favor―all while retreating into enclaves that separate them further and further from the poor and working class. On the other side,... read more

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. On one side, the wealthy wield power and advantage, wittingly or not, to keep the system operating in their favor―all while retreating into enclaves that separate them further and further from the poor and working class. On the other side,... read more

Integration Nation: Immigrants, Refugees, and America at Its Best

Susan E Eaton

Integration Nation takes readers on a spirited and compelling cross-country journey, introducing us to the people challenging America’s xenophobic impulses by welcoming immigrants and collaborating with the foreign-born as they become integral members of their new communities. In Utah, we meet educators who connect newly arrived Spanish-speaking students and U.S.-born English-speaking students... read more

Integration Nation takes readers on a spirited and compelling cross-country journey, introducing us to the people challenging America’s xenophobic impulses by welcoming immigrants and collaborating with the foreign-born as they become integral members of their new communities. In Utah, we meet educators who connect newly arrived Spanish-speaking students and U.S.-born English-speaking students... read more

The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency

Ellen Fitzpatrick

In The Highest Glass Ceiling, best-selling historian Ellen Fitzpatrick tells the story of three remarkable women who set their sights on the American presidency. Victoria Woodhull (1872), Margaret Chase Smith (1964), and Shirley Chisholm (1972) each challenged persistent barriers confronted by women presidential candidates. Their quest illuminates today’s political landscape, showing that Hill... read more

In The Highest Glass Ceiling, best-selling historian Ellen Fitzpatrick tells the story of three remarkable women who set their sights on the American presidency. Victoria Woodhull (1872), Margaret Chase Smith (1964), and Shirley Chisholm (1972) each challenged persistent barriers confronted by women presidential candidates. Their quest illuminates today’s political landscape, showing that Hill... read more

LIFE Story: The Education of an American Journalist

Gerald Moore

Before Americans got their news from television, they got it from LIFE, the weekly magazine that set the standard for photojournalism. In LIFE Story Gerald Moore―a writer and editor who worked at the magazine in the last glory years before TV made it obsolete―recalls the dizzying excitement and glamour of LIFE’s fast-moving, powerful approach to spreading the news. Moore covered the major stor... read more

Before Americans got their news from television, they got it from LIFE, the weekly magazine that set the standard for photojournalism. In LIFE Story Gerald Moore―a writer and editor who worked at the magazine in the last glory years before TV made it obsolete―recalls the dizzying excitement and glamour of LIFE’s fast-moving, powerful approach to spreading the news. Moore covered the major stor... read more

Curing Medicare: A Doctor's View on How Our Health Care System Is Failing Older Americans and How We Can Fix It (The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work)

Andy Lazris

Andy Lazris, MD, is a practicing primary care physician who experiences the effects of Medicare policy on a daily basis. As a result, he believes that the way we care for our elderly has taken a wrong turn and that Medicare is complicit in creating the very problems it seeks to solve. Aging is not a disease to be cured; it is a life stage to be lived. Lazris argues that aggressive treatments c... read more

Andy Lazris, MD, is a practicing primary care physician who experiences the effects of Medicare policy on a daily basis. As a result, he believes that the way we care for our elderly has taken a wrong turn and that Medicare is complicit in creating the very problems it seeks to solve. Aging is not a disease to be cured; it is a life stage to be lived. Lazris argues that aggressive treatments c... read more

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