What do young people really know about the 1960s? On Thursday, Oct. 6 a group from The Game Loft will have the chance to learn from two men who changed the hearts and minds of America during that period, Saul Alinsky and Nicholas von Hoffman. Author von Hoffman will sign his newest book, “Radical, a Portrait of Saul Alinsky” from 6 to 8 p.m. at All About Games, 78 Main St.

The author worked with Alinsky in Chicago for 10 years as they shaped radical thought as two self-proclaimed Disturbers of the Peace. An incendiary writer who made his reputation on the Chicago Daily News, von Hoffman was a commentator on the television program “60 Minutes” from 1979 through the ’80s. His penetrating vision and curmudgeonly style diced issues and leaders including the 1984 Democratic National Convention and Ronald Reagan.

In “Radical,” von Hoffman describes the work of Alinsky, labor and civil rights agitator. Alinsky’s vision changed the lives of many young people in the 1960s with his books “Rules for Radicals” and “Reveille for Radicals.” ¬†Alinsky had little use for the conventional do-gooders of the era, especially social workers, politicians and academics. Instead, he organized workers and blacks to take control of their lives through agitation and boycotts. He gave hope that change could be effected through grassroots organizing and the power of ordinary people.

Other works by von Hoffman include more than a dozen books as well as the libretto for Deborah Dratell’s opera “Nicholas and Alexandra.” Proceeds from the book sales will go to benefit The Game Loft, a community based youth organization of Spurwink Services. The Game Loft is an after-school program in Belfast organized to promote positive youth development through non-electronic games and community involvement.

The book signing is open to the public and refreshments will be served. For more information, call The Game Loft at 338-6447.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.