Banks Got Bailed Out, David Graeber Sells Out? OWS Figurehead Goes Mainstream for New Book

Graeber. (Photo via Melville House Press)

The Occupy Wall Street book deals are flooding in too fast to keep up! Yesterday saw announcements of books from Todd Gitlin and n+1; today it’s David Graeber, an anthropology professor at the University of London and one of the most prominent early participants in Occupy Wall Street. Recently profiled in Business Week as “the anti-leader of Occupy Wall Street,” Mr. Graeber’s first book, Debt: The First 5,000 Years, has become an unofficial bible of sorts for the movement and a deal to translate it into German was announced just a few days ago. That book was published by indie publisher Melville House Press, which is known for paying authors small advances. Now Mr. Graeber has jumped to the big leagues, to Random House-owned imprint Speigel & Grau for this second, as yet untitled book.

As described on Publishers Marketplace, the book will connect “the story of the Occupy movement to an exploration of the past and future of direct action, participatory democracy, and political transformation.” It will also be written quickly — it’s scheduled for publication in 2012.

UPDATE: It turns out Mr. Graeber is also working on another book for Melville House. Also untitled, the book will combine two essays written by Mr. Graeber about bureaucracy. One essay was delivered as a lecture at the London School of Economics in 2006 .