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Announcing the Pace e Bene Book of the Month Program!

Educating and Connecting the Culture of Active Nonviolence

Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence is launching a Book of the Month program to help promote, build, and connect the growing culture of active nonviolence to these great resources. From nonfiction to fiction to memoir, our first six months covers historical examples of nonviolent struggle, a short-and-sweet handbook for nonviolent action, adventurous nonviolent fiction for all ages, the philosophy and practice of nonviolence in gospel nonviolence and other faith traditions, and much more! Join us for all the books or just for a few . . . we have discounts for book clubs and reading groups, too!

Check out the 15% discount on the whole series here:

We also have special discounts on individual books, and bulk orders of 10 or more books. Register for one of our free online Author Q & As to get the discount codes! Every featured Book of the Month highlights a different author and the last Thursday of the month, readers and nonviolence enthusiasts are invited to join us for an online Author Q & A.  (See below for more details.)

As our nation mobilizes into nonviolent action on a broad variety of issues, this is one part of Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence’s strategy to support, train, and educate people in active nonviolence. Thank you for spreading the word, joining in, and inviting your friends to take part!

Here’s the upcoming schedule!

February: Nonviolent Lives by Ken Butigan


Author Q & A on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT

Pace e Bene, Campaign Nonviolence, is pleased to announce Ken Butigan’s new book Nonviolent Lives, foreword by Medea Benjamin.  Long-time activist, teacher and author Ken Butigan has collected nearly 40 stories highlighting leaders and participants of some of the most important nonviolent campaigns and movements of our era including unsung heroes, inspiring actions and movements that persevered against great challenges and succeeded in changing our world.

Ken Butigan has been part of many movements for nonviolent social change, including campaigns focused on homelessness, nuclear weapons, and US wars in Central America and Iraq. He works with Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, where he co-founded Campaign Nonviolence, a long-term movement to foster a culture of peace and nonviolence free from war, poverty, racism, environmental destruction and the epidemic of violence. He teaches in the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies at DePaul University.

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March: The Way Between by Rivera Sun


Author Q & A on March 23, 2017 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT

In an exciting blend of action, adventure, and fantasy author Rivera Sun boldly takes the genre in a new direction . . . that of waging peace, active nonviolence, and nonviolent movements. Challenging war cultures and military societies, The Way Between brings the skills of resolving conflict, anti-bullying, and ending violence into a coming of age story for a new generation of readers. Between flight and fight lies a mysterious third path called the Way Between, and young shepherdess and orphan Ari Ara must master it . . . before war destroys everything she loves!

Author/Activist Rivera Sun is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection and other novels, and the cohost of Love (and Revolution) Radio. She is a trainer and social media coordinator for Campaign Nonviolence and Pace e Bene. Her essays on social justice movements are syndicated on PeaceVoice and appear in Counterpunch, Truthout and Popular Resistance.

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April: Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist by David Hartsough

CNV-BM-David-HartsoughAuthor Q & A on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT

David Hartsough knows how to get in the way. His autobiography, Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist, is a testament to the difference one person can make. Hartsough’s stories inspire, educate, and encourage readers to find ways to work for a more just and peaceful world. Inspired by the examples of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., Hartsough has spent his life experimenting with the power of active nonviolence. It is the story of one man’s effort to live as though we were all brothers and sisters.

David Hartsough is executive director of Peaceworkers, based in San Francisco, and is cofounder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce. He is a Quaker and member of the San Francisco Friends Meeting. Hartsough has been working actively and internationally for nonviolent social change and peaceful resolution of conflicts since he met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1956.

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May: Love Is What Matters by Friar Louie Vitale

Book Discussion Facilitated by Pace e Bene Staff on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT

Love is What Matters gathers the writings of a dedicated Franciscan peacemaker, Friar Louie Vitale. In this series of short essays written by Vitale over the course of nearly thirty years he recounts his nonviolent striving towards peace and justice to end war, torture, racism, poverty, climate destruction and greed in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.

Friar Louie Vitale, OFM seeks to put the vision of peacemaking articulated and practiced by Francis and Clare of Assisi into practice. A former provincial of the St. Barbara Province in the western United States, Vitale was a co-founder of the Nevada Desert Experience and Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service. As a long-time social activist, he has engaged in civil disobedience for nearly four decades in pursuit of peace and justice, and has been arrested more than 400 times.

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June: Gandhi and Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence by Terrence Rynne

CNV-BM-Terry-RynneAuthor Q & A on Thursday, June, 29, 2017 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT

“Gandhi and Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence” is an original exploration of the life of Jesus and the teachings of Gandhi—one that puts nonviolent action at the very heart of Christian salvation.

“A sharp reminder of the strength of and critical need for embracing the way of non-violence. It is my hope that readers of this important book will be inspired to embrace nonviolence as a way of life.” —Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient and Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town

“This fascinating book must be read by all those who wish to save this world from disaster.” —Arun Gandhi, President, M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, University of Rochester, New York.

Terrence J. Rynne is the founder of the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking and a teacher of Peace Studies at Marquette. He lives with his wife in Winnetka, Illinois.

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July: Doing Time for Peace by Rosalie Riegle

CNV-BM-Rosalie-RiegleAuthor Q & A on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT

In this compelling collection of oral histories, more than seventy-five peacemakers describe how they say no to war-making in the strongest way possible–by engaging in civil disobedience and paying the consequences in jail or prison. These courageous resisters leave family and community and life on the outside in their efforts to direct U.S. policy away from its militarism.

Rosalie is an oral historian who taught English at Saginaw Valley University from 1969 to 2003.  The author of two books on the Catholic Worker movement, Voices from the Catholic Worker and Dorothy Day: Portraits by Those Who Knew Her, she raised four daughters and cofounded two Catholic Worker houses in Saginaw, Michigan.

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August: The Nonviolence Handbook by Michael Nagler

CNV-BM-Michael-NaglerAuthor Q & A on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT

This practical handbook is a brief guide to the core principles and strategies at the heart of nonviolent resistance.  Michael Nagler distills the guiding principles of nonviolence into a straightforward, practical, and short handbook that will help anyone in a nonviolent movement work more safely and effectively towards achieving social change.

Michael Nagler is Professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC, Berkeley, where he founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program; Founder and President of the Metta Center for Nonviolence (; and author of Our Spiritual Crisis, The Nonviolence Handbook, and The Search for a Nonviolent Future, which received a 2002 American Book Award.  Search and the Handbook have been translated into Arabic, Italian, Spanish Korean, Croatian, and other languages.  Other writings of his have appeared in the Wall Street Journal among other venues, and he has spoken and written about nonviolence, meditation, and world peace for more than thirty years and co-hosts Peace Paradigm Radio bi-weekly with Metta’s Executive Director, Stephanie Van Hook. Among other awards, he received the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India in 2007. Michael is a student of Sri Eknath Easwaran, Founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (  He has lived at the Center’s ashram in Marin County since 1970 and does presentations at their workshops on passage meditation. He is currently working on a book, The Third Harmony, and a major documentary film on nonviolence and the “new story” of human nature.

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