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In the spring of 2017, award-winning journalist Heather Cabot was surprised to learn that several women in her network were investing in cannabis companies. That realization led to the new book, "The New Chardonnay: The Unlikely Story of How Marijuana Went Mainstream."

The book is a timely and objective look at nothing less than an astonishing rebranding. To report the story, Cabot traveled all over the U.S. and Canada, managing to get exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of cannabis.

In his new book, "Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America," Box Brown surveys the broad history of marijuana, from its role in Hindu mythology to its importation into the Americas by Spain.

Brought into the U.S. by Mexican immigrants in the 19th century, marijuana eventually became associated with jazz musicians and inevitably became tainted by a racist social mythology—one that linked weed to violence and sex—which was used to justify legal restrictions of the drug.

In his work of graphic nonfiction, Brown provides a look at the history, pharmacological affects, and legalization movement surrounding marijuana in North America.

Brown is an award-winning graphic novelist and will discuss the new book with Paul Benzon, Assistant Professor of English at Skidmore College on tomorrow at 6PM at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, New York.

  What does it mean to be an illegal immigrant, or the child of immigrants, in this era of restrictive immigration laws in the United States? As lawmakers and others struggle to respond to the changing landscape of immigration, the effects of policies on people's daily lives are all too often overlooked.

In Everyday Illegal, author Joanna Dreby recounts the stories of children and parents in eighty-one families to show what happens when a immigration system emphasizes deportation over legalization.

Joanna Dreby is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany.