Monday, November 13, 2006

Faxploitation: You're Never Too Young for the Straight Dope

By Kara Platoni
Mon, Nov 13, 2006 at 3:24 PM

We know that Everyone Poops set the bar pretty high for explaining adult concepts to children, but Berkeley's Guerilla Cafe will take it a step further this Tuesday when it hosts author and illustrator Ricardo Cores, creator of It's Just a Plant, or, as the press release dubs it, "a children's storyof marijuana." Need to know more? The full press release after the jump.

    Two Smart Books for Kids

    A Reading November 14, 2006 at Guerilla Cafe, Berkeley

    WHAT: Martín Perna and Ricardo Cores will be reading from their children's books BLACKOUT! and It's Just a Plant, a children's story of marijuana. This event is FREE!

    WHEN: 6 PM at Guerilla Cafe at 1629 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley, CA.

    BLACKOUT!, written by Martin Perna (founder of musical group Antibalas and saxophonist for TV on the Radio), is a true tale of the 36 hour blackout that affected the northeast USA in 2003. Illustrated in a coloring book format by Ricardo Cortes, we see how urban communities unite to use their imaginations to cope without electricity and in the process discover the beauty of darkness. For more information on BLACKOUT! visit:

    In addition to illustrating BLACKOUT!, Ricardo Cortes is author and illustrator of It's Just a Plant, a children's story of marijuana. Ricardo will read excerpts from this controversial book, which has been called "a glimpse of what enlightened drug education could be," by Dr. Andrew Weil, and attacked by Bill O'Reilly and the Office of Federal Drug Policy. For more information of It's Just a Plant, check out:

    The readings will begin at Guerilla Cafe shortly after 6pm, followed by book signing, discussion, and a collaborative coloring project of BLACKOUT! Refreshments will be served.

    For more information on the venue, visit

    For more information on Magic Propaganda Mill Books, visit:

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