Reading for Social Change

Social Change Reading List

We have  interviewed many extraordinary authors over the years on our show Latin Waves, people whom are not only imaging a new world but working towards making it possible. If you want to be inspired, support these authors , please consider buying from our Social Change Reading List. You can find interviews with the authors below, also link to their collection of books.

Sylvia Richardson –Sylvia L. Richardson is a PhD  in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She is the host and producer of the internationally syndicated radio program Latin Waves. Author or “Fleshmapping, Cartography of Struggle, Renewal and Hope in Education”



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Robin Eric Hahnel is Professor of Economics at Portland State University. He was a professor at American University for many years and traveled extensively advising on economic matters all over the world. His latest book is “Of the People by the People” a case for participatory economics”

Interview with Robin Hahnel Click Here 

Books By Robin Hahnel CLICK HERE



Yves Engler –Yves Engler (born 1979) is a Montreal writer and political activist. In addition to seven published books, Engler’s writings have appeared in the alternative press and in mainstream publications such as The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen and Ecologist. His The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy book was on a short list for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction along with two other books.

Interview with Yves Engler CLICK HERE

Books by Yves Engler CLICK HERE



Arnold August – Arnold August has an MA in political science from McGill University. He is an author, journalist and lecturer living in Montreal.He is the author of Democracy in Cuba and the 1997 “98 Elections (Editorial Jos Mart )
He speaks to Sylvia about his most recent book,
“Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion”

Arnold August Interview CLICK HERE

Books by Arnold August CLICK HERE


Derrick Jensen – Derrick Jensen is an American, anarchoprimitivist, ecophilosopher and radical environmentalist living in Crescent City, California. According to Democracy Now!, Jensen “has been called the poet-philosopher of the ecological movement.

Derrick Jensen Interview CLICK HERE

Books by Derrick Jensen CLICK HERE



David Bacon – David Bacon is a photojournalist, author, political activist, and union organizer who has focused on labor issues, particularly those related to immigrant labor. Some of his popular books include, Illegal People, The Right to Stay home and In the fields of the North.

David Bacon Interview CLICK HERE

David Bacon Books CLICK HERE


Dr Michael Parenti -Dr Michael Parenti , internationally known award-winning author and lecturer and one of the nations leading progressive political analysts. Parenti Interview CLICK HERE

Parenti Books CLICK HERE


Dr Robert Jensen -Dr Robert Jensen is an emeritus professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, a founding board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center, and a member of the team developing Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute.

Jensen Interview CLICK HERE

Books by Dr Jensen CLICK HERE


Dr Maria Paez Victor – Latin Waves Host Sylvia Richardson speaks with Sociologist Dr. Maria Paez Victor about her book Give me Liberty or Death!

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Ellen Hodgson Brown -Ellen Brown has written what will become one of THE most important books of our time. She eloquently educates us on how the democratization of money is the very foundation of a free society in her book Web of debt, For Interview CLICK HERE

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John Holloway – John Holloway (born 1947) is a lawyer, Marxist-oriented sociologist and philosopher, whose work is closely associated with the Zapatista movement in Mexico, his home since 1991. It has also been taken up by some intellectuals associated with the piqueteros in Argentina  and the Anti-Globalization Movement in Europe and North America. He is currently a teacher at the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Autonomous

For Interview CLICK HERE

Books by John Holloway CLICK HERE


Silvia Federici

Silvia Federici – Latin Waves host Sylvia Richardson speaks to Silvia Federici about her latest book: Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle.

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Dr Gregory Cajete – Sylvia speaks to author, artist and educator Dr. Gregory Cajete, an elder with of the Tewa Peoples, about the ecology of Indigenous education.

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Christian Parenti – Christian Parenti is an American investigative journalist and author. His books include: Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis (2000), a survey of the rise of the prison industrial complex from the Nixon through Reagan Eras and into the present; The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America From Slavery to the War on Terror (2003), a study of surveillance and control in modern society. For Interview CLICK HERE

Books By Christian Parenti  CLICK HERE


Deanna Redder – Deanna Reder (Cree-Métis) is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Indigenous Studies and the Department of English at Simon Fraser University. She is the current Chair of Indigenous Studies (2017-2022), and the past Director of the Masters of Arts for Teachers of English (MATE) program (2016-18).

Books by Deanna Redder – CLICK HERE


Dr Aviva Chomsky – Dr Aviva Chomsky is a professor and the coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State College. She has previously been a professor at Bates College and a faculty research associate at Harvard University, specializing in the history of Latin America and the Caribbean.  For Interview – CLICK HERE

Books By Aviva CLICK HERE


Linda McQuaig – Linda Joy McQuaig is a Canadian journalist, columnist, non-fiction author and social critic. She is best known for her series of best-selling books that challenge the dominant free-market economic ideology of recent decades. For Interview CLICK HERE

Books By Linda McQuaig – CLICK HERE



Michael Albert – Michael Albert is an American activist, speaker, and writer. He is co-editor of ZNet, and co-editor and co-founder of Z Magazine. He also co-founded South End Press and has written numerous books and articles.

For Interview CLICK HERE

Books By Michael Albert CLICK HERE


Edwardo Galeano – Poet and prolific author of several books including his famous Open Veins of Latin America and his latest Mirrors an almost universal history talks about the need for community and communion with nature. For Interview CLICK HERE

Books By Galeano CLICK HERE



Dr Darren Lund – Dr. Lund was a high school teacher in Red Deer, Alberta for 16 years, and in his rookie year, formed an award-winning student activist program, Students and Teachers Opposing Prejudice (STOP). He joined the faculty in 2002, and his research focuses on social justice education and activism, professional education for equity, and community-engaged learning. For Interview CLICK HERE

Books By Lund – CLICK HERE


Michael Mascarenhas -Assistant Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellow. He has published in the following books: Environmental Conflict and Democracy in Canada (2009), Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology (2008), and in the Institute of Development Studies Bulletin (2012). His work has been featured in the New York Times, Scientist in the Field column and on Scienceline, a web project of NYUs Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. For Interview CLICK HERE

Books by Mascarenhas CLICK HERE


Frances Moore Lappé – author or co-author of 20 books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment, beginning with the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet in 1971. In Spring 2021, she released It’s Not Too Late! Crisis, Opportunity, and the Power of Hope.

Books by Lappe –CLICK HERE



Dr Sunera Thobani –  speaks about her book Exalted Subjects, she gives a critical analysis of race and how the Canadian state has been active in nationalizing those “so called” Canadian values and then measuring them against the other in society For Interview CLICK HERE

Books By Thobani CLICK HERE



Gary Kinsman – Gary Kinsman, one of Canada’s leading academics on lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender issues , He speaks about past victories and struggles that we must keep fighting for in regards to his most newest book, The Canadian War on Queers. For Interview CLICK HERE

Books By Kinsman CLICK HERE



Alexander Morton – best known for her 30-year study of Orca’s  Since the 1990s, her work has shifted toward the study of the impact of Salmon farming on Canadian wild salmon.

Books By Alexander Morton CLICK HERE



Peter McLaren  -One of the leading architects of critical pedagogy and for his scholarly writings on critical literacy, the sociology of education, cultural studies, critical ethnography, and Marxist theory.

For Interview CLCK HERE

Books by McLaren CLICK HERE


Paul Street – Paul Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. For Interview CLICK HERE

Books By Paul Street CLICK HERE



Mark Hertsgaard has investigated global warming for outlets including the New Yorker, NPR, Time, Vanity Fair, and the Nation. But the full truth did not hit home until he became a father and, soon thereafter, learned that climate change had already arrived?a century earlier than forecast?  For Interview CLICK HERE

Books by Hertsgaard CLICK HERE 


Martha Nussbaum – American philosopher, author and legal expert Martha Nussbaum she is currently Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, a chair that includes appointments in the Philosophy Department, the Law School, and the Divinity School. She also holds Associate appointments in Classics and Political Science, is a member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program.

Interview CLICK HERE

Books By Nussbaum CLICK HERE