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Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 6:30pm

Cover of Activist. KK Ottesen headshot.

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East City Bookshop presents local author and photographer KK Ottesen with her latest book Activist: Portraits of Courage

About Activist

A speech on the radio. A high school literature class. A promise made to a mother.
Activism begins in small ways and in unexpected places. In this inspiring book, over forty activists from Billie Jean King to Bernie Sanders and Angela Davis to Edward Snowden recount the experiences that sparked their journeys and share the beliefs that keep them going. These are citizens who met challenge with action. Their visions for peace, equality, and justice have reshaped American society—from voting to reproductive rights, and from the environment to the economy.

“KK Ottesen’s Activist: Portraits of Courage has more than three dozen stories of fighters like Ralph Nader, Edward Snowden, and Angela Davis. They talk movingly about the first time they stood up, spoke out, and took sides” —New York Daily News

KK Ottesen is an author and photographer who shares the stories of peoples’ lives through first-person narrative interviews and photographic portraits. Through her work, she seeks to break down barriers and stereotypes and allow for the discovery and celebration of common ground. Ottesen is a regular contributor to the Washington Post magazine where her interviews and photographs have appeared for more than a decade; other credits include Esquire,, and Washingtonian. Her previous book, Great Americans, explored what it means to be an American through interviews and photographs with everyday individuals who share names with some of the country’s most famous and infamous icons. She lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC with her family. More of her work can be found at or @kk.ottesen.

Activist: Portraits of Courage (Civil Rights Book, Social Justice Book, Inspirational Gift) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452182773
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - October 8th, 2019