“When I was a kid on the south side of Chicago I’d drive by the Taylor Homes or Cabrini Green and, equipped with a head full of bleak legends, wonder: “What’s going on in there?” Now I know. This astonishing book tells us that what was going on in there was…life. Loving, fighting, kindness, insanity, addiction, aspiration, terror, redemption—everything that goes on in any human community but with the dual compressions of poverty and neglect. Audrey Petty and her team have recorded and edited these stories in a way that is joyful, novelistic, and deeply moving. High Rise Stories radically expanded my understanding of human beings.”

—George Saunders, Tenth of December

We’re thrilled to share words of praise for our forthcoming title, High Rise Stories, from bestselling author George Saunders. In the gripping first-person accounts of High Rise Stories, former residents of Chicago’s iconic public housing projects describe life in the now-demolished high rises. These stories of community, displacement, and poverty in the wake of gentrification give voice to those who have long been ignored, but whose hopes and struggles exist firmly at the heart of our national identity.

High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing will be in bookstores this September. To learn more, click here.

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Last month, the Latin American Review of Books reviewed Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives from Colombians Displaced by Violence, edited by Sibylla Brodzinsky and Max Schoening. Throwing Stones at the Moon is a powerful collection of oral histories from Colombians from all walks of life, including farmers, union leaders and former guerillas. They describe the most widespread of Colombia’s human rights crises: forced displacement.

In the Review, they wrote: “Brodzinsky and Schoening have done a great job of bringing us the stories of ordinary people trapped in Colombia’s labyrinth in a way that highlights both the horror and the hope.”

To read the full review, click hereLearn more about Throwing Stones at the Moon and purchase the book on the McSweeney’s store here.


This week, ABC News covered Refugee Hotel, photographed by Gabriele Stabile and edited by Juliet Linderman. The tenth title in the Voice of Witness series, Refugee Hotel is a groundbreaking collection of photography and interviews that documents the arrival of refugees in the United States.

To read the full article, click here.

To learn more about Refugee Hotel and to order a copy on the McSweeney’s site, click here.

Refugee Hotel, and the work of Voice of Witness, is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Last week, Voice of Witness’ latest title, Refugee Hotelphotographed by Gabriele Stabile and edited by Juliet Linderman, was featured in The Chicago Tribune and Mother JonesRefugee Hotel is a groundbreaking collection of photography and interviews that documents the arrival of refugees in the United States. Evocative images are coupled with moving testimonies from people describing their first days in the U.S., the lives they’ve left behind, and the new communities they’ve since created.

The Chicago Tribune writes, “The fragmented stories combine to present a compelling portrait of not just these individuals; by exploring the subjects’ often complex perceptions of the United States and the conflicts presented by becoming American, the book reflects a nuanced image of the country itself.” Continue reading


“Stabile documents lives, not events…Stabile has imbued the image with a sense of intimacy. I see the subject as a man with emotions, fears, desires, successes, and shortcomings; I do not see a statistic, one person out of thirty-five million [refugees].”

This week, Art Practical published a fantastic profile on Gabriele Stabile, photographer of Refugee Hotel, as part of their Visiting Artist Profile series. Refugee Hotel is a groundbreaking collection of photography and interviews that documents the arrival of refugees in the United States and the newest title in the Voice of Witness series. Evocative images are coupled with moving testimonies from people describing their first days in the U.S., the lives they’ve left behind, and the new communities they’ve since created.

To read the full piece on Art Practical, click here.

 Join us this week for two events in San Francisco. Click here for more details.

To learn more about Refugee Hotel and to order a copy on the McSweeney’s site, click here.


This week, The Atlantic featured an interview with Gabriele Stabile and Juliet Linderman, photographer and editor of Refugee Hotel. The tenth book in the Voice of Witness series, Refugee Hotel is a groundbreaking collection of photography and interviews that documents the arrival of refugees in the United States. Evocative images are coupled with moving testimonies from people describing their first days in the U.S., the lives they’ve left behind, and the new communities they’ve since created.

In the piece, Gabriele discusses the genesis of the book, as well as the relationship he developed with those photographed.

Click here to read the full article and to see photos from the book.

To learn more about Refugee Hotel and to order a copy from the McSweeney’s store, click here.


“[Stabile's] layered compositions (and reflections) often convey the refugees’ disorientation. In other photographs, isolated refugees seem to emerge from the shadows of their unfamiliar surroundings, physically and mentally displaced and lost in their own thoughts. The mix of emotions and sense of shock are almost palpable.”

This week, we are excited to share a feature of our latest title, Refugee Hotel on TIME.com. Photographed by Gabriele Stabile and with narratives edited by Juliet Linderman, Refugee Hotel is a groundbreaking collection of photography and interviews that documents the arrival of refugees in the United States. Evocative images are coupled with moving testimonies from people describing their first days in the U.S., the lives they’ve left behind, and the new communities they’ve since created.

To read TIME’s review of Refugee Hotel and to see their exclusive photo essay from the book, click here.

To learn more about Refugee Hotel and to order a copy from the McSweeney’s store, click here.

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“We sat in gloomy silence as our taxi wound around 8,000-foot-high moun­tains from the southwestern city of Pasto to the airport for our one-hour flight home to Bogotá. The sun seemed too bright, the mountains too lush.”

Read an excerpt from Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives from Colombians Displaced by Violence this week on Utne Reader. The oral histories in Throwing Stones at the Moon describe the most widespread of Colombia’s human rights crises: forced displacement. Speakers recount life before displacement, the reasons for their flight, and their struggle to rebuild their lives. In the piece, Los Desplazados: Survive Against the Odds, Sibylla Brodzinsky and Max Schoening describe their work collecting the narratives in Throwing Stones at the Moon. To read the full excerpt, click here.

To learn more about Throwing Stones at the Moon and purchase the book on the McSweeney’s store, click here.


“Readers concerned with human rights and Latin American politics will find this account of violence and survival both sad and inspiring.”

For the second time this week, we’re excited to share a review from Publisher’s Weekly; this time of our latest title, Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives from Colombians Displaced by Violence. Edited by Sibylla Brodzinsky and Max Schoening, Throwing Stones at the Moon is a powerful collection of oral histories from Colombians from all walks of life, including farmers, union leaders and former guerillas. They describe the most widespread of Colombia’s human rights crises: forced displacement.

To read the full review by Publisher’s Weekly, click here.

Learn more about Throwing Stones at the Moon and purchase the book on the McSweeney’s store here.


This week, we’re delighted to share an early review of Refugee Hotel, forthcoming December 2012 from Voice of Witness, by Publisher’s Weekly. The tenth title in the series, Refugee Hotel is a groundbreaking collection of photography and interviews from Gabriele Stabile and Juliet Linderman that documents the arrival of refugees in the United States. Evocative images are coupled with moving testimonies from people describing their first days in the U.S., the lives they’ve left behind, and the new communities they’ve since created.

To see why Publisher’s Weekly said “Beautiful…Linderman and Stabile resist the temptation to attempt an all-encompassing message, content to simply capture often ignored experiences” and to read the full review, click here.

To learn more about Refugee Hotel and to pre-order it at the McSweeney’s Store, click here.