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Comment by Meghan Hamilton on June 19, 2012 at 3:04pm

Author Nikki Stern brings us Hope in Small Doses

Her new book shares a version of hope that accepts uncertainty and embraces possibility

Humanist Press: Brian Magee, 202-238-9088

In Nikki Stern’s first book, Because I Say So: the Dangerous Appeal of Moral Authority, she used her experiences as a 9/11 widow to examine a culture that supports unequivocal moral certainty. Hope in Small Doses, released May 31 by Humanist Press, takes a natural next step in exploring how hope might be sustained, even in the wake of tragedy and uncertainty.

Hope in Small Dosesembarks on a journey to find meaning, purpose and a measure of happiness. Rejecting hope that relies on divine providence or the infallibility of the human mind, Stern ultimately embraces a version driven not by expectation but by possibility, grounded in reason and fueled by faith in our capacity to learn and change. Feisty, erudite and deeply moving, this is an uplifting book offering a workable blueprint for a reasonably happy life.

“We could all use hope right now,” Stern suggests. “The notion of hope in small doses may seem unnecessarily cautious, but we can always ask for seconds.”

Following the death of her husband on 9/11, Stern served as executive director of Families of September 11 (FOS11) and shared an award from the conflict transformation group Search for Common Ground. She has written for the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, Humanist Magazine, Princeton Magazine, and a number of online publications. She’s also appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and CBS’s Sunday Morning, among other outlets.

Hope in Small Doses is available in print and ebook versions. The latter takes full advantage of many available features, including interactive reader commentary, author videos, and useful web links. Information on the book and where to buy either the print or ebook version is included on the website

Fun and insightful videos related to the book can be found on our Vimeo channel.

Excerpts from Hope In Small Doses can be found here:

Upcoming Humanist Press titles will include Damned Good Company by lawyer Luis Granados; and Make the Break (If You Can)by retired NASA scientist Reginald J. Exton.


Humanist Press is the publishing house of the American Humanist Association, providing material for the humanist/freethought/atheist market since 1995. The American Humanist Association ( advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists and atheists in the United States. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., its work is extended through more than 140 local chapters and affiliates across America.

Comment by Meghan Hamilton on March 28, 2012 at 4:48pm

Humanist Press Becomes First Freethought Publisher of Ebooks

For immediate release

Contact: Brian Magee, 202-238-9088 ex. 105, Mobile: (202) 681-2425

(Washington, DC – March 28, 2012) – On March 23, 2012 Humanist Press became the only publisher in the humanist/freethought/atheist market to offer new titles as ebooks, making the electronic format the main focus of the publisher. The move is part of an overall effort by Humanist Press to enter the rapidly growing ebook market.  

Candidate Without a Prayer by atheist activist Herb Silverman will be the first title to be launched by Humanist Press as an ebook. This funny and witty autobiography covers Silverman’s journey from an atheist Jew living in South Carolina to his run for governor in the early ‘90s, despite the state’s constitution forbidding it because he lacked a belief in a “supreme being.” 

“The humor and wit in Herb Silverman’s new book will captivate readers and have them laughing out loud,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “His sharp, candid look at running for political office as an atheist in a religiously conservative state will enlighten and entertain believers and nonbelievers alike. We couldn’t be more pleased to have Candidate Without a Prayer set the tone for our new ebook effort.”

Candidate Without a Prayer is a joint publishing project between Humanist Press and Pitchstone Publishing. Pitchstone Publishing will release the hardback version on June 15, 2012.

As the publishing house of the American Humanist Association, Humanist Press has been publishing a wide range of humanist books since 1995, including Eyes Wide Open by best-selling author George Erickson; Humanism As the Next Step by Lloyd and Mary Morain, originally published in 1954 and updated in 1998; and Corliss Lamont's long-lasting The Philosophy of Humanism, having been in print since 1949 and translated into several languages.

Working with e-publishing software from Impelsys, Humanist Press ebooks will take full advantage of the available features, including interactive reader commentary, author videos, and useful web links. Ebooks from Humanist Press will be available at all the major online sites, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Ebooks, and the Apple iBookstore. They will also be available from our own website:

Upcoming Humanist Press titles will include Hope in Small Doses by Nikki Stern, author of Because I Say So: The Dangerous Appeal of Moral Authority (Bascom Hill, May 2010); Damned Good Company, by lawyer Luis Granados; and Make the Break (If You Can) by retired NASA scientist Reginald J. Exton.

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Press Conference video from National Press Club on March 23, 2012

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