Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate “The Brown Agenda” at the event held Wednesday night, November 11, at the Upper West Side Barnes & Noble on West 82nd and Broadway.
Damon introduced his co-author, Richard Fuller (both shown in picture above). Rich then read from the book’s introduction before taking several thoughtful questions from the audience regarding the ongoing fight against toxic conditions in low and middle income countries.
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You don’t have to wait to read the introduction to “The Brown Agenda,” Damon’s new book with environmentalist and entrepreneur Richard Fuller. Salon.com ran it as a headlining excerpt on Sunday August 9, 2015 (two days before the book’s official debut).
Pollution is the single largest cause of death in the developing world. One in seven people in low- and middle-income countries die as a result of it. Simply put, pollution is now the world’s most prevalent health risk. And yet, while most everyone has heard about “going green,” few are aware of the more dire and sinister “brown” pollution—places where man-made toxic pollutants have taken root and spread. Brown sites poison millions of people every year, causing needless suffering and death.
For anyone interested in helping to preserve the environment or the lives of millions of children and the world’s “poisoned poor” (whichever is more important to you). Damon’s new book The Brown Agenda covers all this and more. Coauthored with Richard Fuller, founder of Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute.
Available now on Amazon, due in bookstores everywhere next week. Foreword by Bryan Walsh, Foreign Editor for Time Magazine. With great reviews from David Biello (Scientific American), actor Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), and Rachel Kyte (World Bank).
In her recent Backstage article “6 (More) Must-Read Books for Actors” (Feb. 27, 2015), veteran acting coach and all-around biz whiz Denise Simon says this about “The Actor’s Art & Craft,” Damon’s first book with acting teacher Bill Esper of The William Esper Studio:
“What makes this book superb is co-writer DiMarco’s addition to Esper’s work. A former student of Esper’s, DiMarco spent over a year observing his mentor teaching first-year acting students. In this book he recreates that experience for us, allowing readers to experience the progression of performance exercises in practices. If you are not familiar with [Sanford] Meisner’s work . . . include this to balance out your library.”
For years, Backstage has been the go-to trade magazine for the entertainment industry from the perspective of performers (singers, dancers, comedians, models, etc.), the performance unions (SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity Association, AGVA, AGMA, the American Federation of Musicians, etc.), casting directors, agents, writers, directors, and, in particular, actors.
David Biello has been covering energy and the environment for nearly a decade, the last four years as an associate editor at Scientific American. He also hosts 60-Second Earth, a Scientific American podcast covering environmental news, and is working on a documentary with Detroit Public Television on the future of electricity.
“There are few more important stories than how we humans foul the planet and ourselves, often heedlessly. And there are few better placed to tell that tale than Richard Fuller, who has been working for years to show how we can—and, more importantly, should—clean up the earth. The Brown Agenda is the story of an important humanitarian cause revealed in clear and concise prose that is at once deeply necessary and deeply satisfying.”
—David Biello, Editor, Environment & Energy, Scientific American
The Brown Agenda will release to bookstores everywhere in August 2015.
Covers for two of Damon’s books were released in January. The first was the cover for “The Brown Agenda,” Damon’s collaboration with Richard Fuller, Founder and President of Blacksmith Institute/Pure Earth, the NGO that’s doing such incredible work fighting jaw-dropping instances of pollution all over the world. The book features a foreword by Bryan Walsh, senior environment editor for TIME Magazine, and the cover looks like this:
The second cover is for the German edition of “The Actor’s Art & Craft,” Damon’s first collaboration with Bill Esper. The book features the original foreword by David Mamet, plus a specific foreword for German readers. That cover looks like this:
Evidently, vast differences exist between the German and American-Meisner-based concepts of acting. For instance, as the foreword to the German edition points out, Germans often use a word that translates as “pretend-playing” where, in English, we use the word acting.
Most of the world knows Dev Patel for his role as Jamal Malik, the intrepid kid from Mumbai who survived a life of poverty to win the grand prize on a quiz show in Slumdog Millionaire. The film, directed by Danny Boyle, earned eight Academy Awards in 2008 and made Patel the de facto poster child for underprivileged peoples in developing nations across the globe.
What most people don’t know is that Patel lends his star power to support a variety of worthy causes, not the least of which is Richard Fuller’s Blacksmith Institute/Pure Earth. You can read about Blacksmith’s amazing work in Damon and Richard’s book, “The Brown Agenda,” due in stores August, 2015.
Blacksmith/Pure Earth recognizes that our world can be a dirty place. Toxic pollutants such as lead, mercury, radionuclides, chromium 6, and many more kill 1 out of 7 people worldwide each year. In fact, statistically, the number of people affected by pollution is greater than the number of people affected by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Yet pollution is one of the most under reported and underfunded health hazards in the world.
Two new book signing dates have been set for Damon and Bill Esper’s second collaboration, The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character.
One event will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the William Esper Studio in NYC (co-sponsored by The Drama Book Shop). This event is limited to Esper Studio alumni, current Esper Studio students, and friends.
The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character features a foreword by Emmy and SAG Award-winning actor, Patricia Heaton, an afterword by David Mamet, and advance praise from Timothy Olyphant, Christine Lahti, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Gretchen Mol, and others. The book picks up where Damon and Bill’s first book, The Actor’s Art and Craft, left off, and follows the same group of students through their second year of Meisner-based actor’s training at the William Esper Studio.
In the United States, everyone talks about going green, but in other places around the world, sites exist where green is a fantasy. First you have to deal with the brown problem. You have to deal with the dirty, filthy trouble — man-made environmental catastrophes that kill several million people a year, and which, if left unmitigated, will only kill more as years go by.
Damon wrote about this dire situation in his essay Brown is Just as Important as Green, which won the 2012 Web of Life Foundation Award. In the summer of 2013, he traveled to Indonesia to survey various brown sites on the islands of Java and Kalimantan (Borneo). Now, he’s writing a book on the subject, co-authored with Richard Fuller, the environmental expert who founded the world-renowned Blacksmith Institute.
Please join Damon and Bill Esper at a book signing for their second collaboration, the forthcoming The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character, on Thursday evening, 6 p.m. on April 10, 2014 at The Drama Book Shop at 250 W. 40th Street in Manhattan.
The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character features a foreword by Emmy and SAG Award-winning actor, Patricia Heaton, an afterword by David Mamet, and advance praise from Timothy Olyphant, Christine Lahti, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Gretchen Mol, and others.