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Astra House Books Astra House is a literary imprint dedicated to publishing authors across genres and from around the world. We value works that are authentic, ask new questions, present counter-narratives and original thinking, challenge our assumptions, and broaden and deepen our understanding of the world.

Our mission is to advocate for authors who experience their subject deeply and personally, and who have a strong point of view; writers who represent multifaceted expressions of intellectual thought and personal experience, and who can introduce readers to new perspectives about their everyday lives as well as the lives of others.

Looking for genre-bending science fiction that interrogates heavy, existential questions? With pointed social criticism,...
09/17/2021

Looking for genre-bending science fiction that interrogates heavy, existential questions?

With pointed social criticism, Adam Soto's literary debut THIS WEIGHTLESS WORLD follows a revolving cast of characters, from the streets of gentrified Chicago to the tech boom corridors of Silicon Valley, after alien contact upends their lives. Out 11/9!

http://bit.ly/WeightlessWorld

Looking for genre-bending science fiction that interrogates heavy, existential questions?

With pointed social criticism, Adam Soto's literary debut THIS WEIGHTLESS WORLD follows a revolving cast of characters, from the streets of gentrified Chicago to the tech boom corridors of Silicon Valley, after alien contact upends their lives. Out 11/9!

http://bit.ly/WeightlessWorld

Planning on ordering Derecka Purnell's BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS? If you preorder from Left Bank Books before 9/30, you wil...
09/17/2021

Planning on ordering Derecka Purnell's BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS? If you preorder from Left Bank Books before 9/30, you will receive a signed, personalized copy!

Preorder here: https://bit.ly/2VN4Uax

Planning on ordering Derecka Purnell's BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS? If you preorder from Left Bank Books before 9/30, you will receive a signed, personalized copy!

Preorder here: https://bit.ly/2VN4Uax

Psst... We're giving away 50 copies of BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS on Goodreads! Click the link below to enter. The giveaway ...
09/16/2021

Psst... We're giving away 50 copies of BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS on Goodreads! Click the link below to enter. The giveaway is only running until 9/26, so don't wait!

Police can not be reformed. In BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS, Derecka Purnell invites us to question why we think we need the police in the first place and imagine a world where the underlying structures that cause violence and harm are dismantled.

https://bit.ly/39axiGI

Psst... We're giving away 50 copies of BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS on Goodreads! Click the link below to enter. The giveaway is only running until 9/26, so don't wait!

Police can not be reformed. In BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS, Derecka Purnell invites us to question why we think we need the police in the first place and imagine a world where the underlying structures that cause violence and harm are dismantled.

https://bit.ly/39axiGI

09/15/2021

💫 Special Preorder Offer 💫

DREAMING OF YOU’s pub day is fast approaching! Right now, the first 100 people to preorder Melissa Lozada-Oliva's novel in verse and submit their receipt to the link below will receive this “A Star is Born Again” bundle!

This vibrant bundle comes in a printed box and features an embossed journal, a pen featuring titles of select poems from the book, a tote bag, a postcard with a QR code leading to an exclusive Spotify playlist curated by poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva, and a broadside with a graphic version of the poem “Resurrecting Selena” illustrated by Tiffany Mallery, signed and numbered by the poet.

Still need to preorder? Those who order from Books Are Magic by October 9th will get a signed, personalized copy.

Learn more here: https://astrahouse.com/special-offer/dreaming-of-you-preorder-giveaway/

🌙 Happy pub day! 🌙 MOONLIGHT RESTS IN MY LEFT PALM is out today... Starting with the viral poem “Crossing Half of China ...
09/14/2021

🌙 Happy pub day! 🌙 MOONLIGHT RESTS IN MY LEFT PALM is out today... Starting with the viral poem “Crossing Half of China to F**k You,” Yu Xiuhua’s raw collection in Fiona Sze-Lorrain’s translation chronicles her life as a disabled, divorced, single mother in rural China. Learn more: https://bit.ly/MoonlightRests

Yu Xiuhua was born with cerebral palsy in Hengdian village in the Hubei Province, in central China. Unable to attend college, travel, or work the land with her parents, Yu remained home where she could help with housework. Eventually she was forced into an arranged marriage that became abusive. She divorced her husband and moved back in with her parents, taking her son with her.

In defiance of the stigma attached to her disability, her status as a divorced single mother, and as a peasant in rural China, Yu found her voice in poetry. Starting in the late 90’s, her writing became a vehicle with which to explore and share her reflections on homesickness, family and ancestry, the reality of disability in the context of a body’s urges and desires.

#AstraHouseAutumn is finally here! We're so excited to share our fall books with you. From a collection of short stories...
09/13/2021

#AstraHouseAutumn is finally here! We're so excited to share our fall books with you.

From a collection of short stories exploring technology and the brain, to an invitation to imagine a world without police, and a novel in verse that resurrects Selena from the dead, our fall lineup is one for the books! (Pun intended.)

Which Astra House title are you most excited for?

#AstraHouseAutumn is finally here! We're so excited to share our fall books with you.

From a collection of short stories exploring technology and the brain, to an invitation to imagine a world without police, and a novel in verse that resurrects Selena from the dead, our fall lineup is one for the books! (Pun intended.)

Which Astra House title are you most excited for?

Did you enjoy Homegoing, The Water Dancer, and/or Black Leopard, Red Wolf? Then might we suggest...Okezie Nwọka's GOD OF...
09/10/2021

Did you enjoy Homegoing, The Water Dancer, and/or Black Leopard, Red Wolf? Then might we suggest...

Okezie Nwọka's GOD OF MERCY, a deeply wrought narrative of intergenerational African history.

In Nwọka's debut, the people’s worship of their gods in the Igbo village of Ichulu is absolute, and their adherence to tradition has allowed them to evade colonization. But the village is reckoning with changes, including a war between gods signaled by Ijeoma, a girl who can fly.

http://bit.ly/GodofMercy

Did you enjoy Homegoing, The Water Dancer, and/or Black Leopard, Red Wolf? Then might we suggest...

Okezie Nwọka's GOD OF MERCY, a deeply wrought narrative of intergenerational African history.

In Nwọka's debut, the people’s worship of their gods in the Igbo village of Ichulu is absolute, and their adherence to tradition has allowed them to evade colonization. But the village is reckoning with changes, including a war between gods signaled by Ijeoma, a girl who can fly.

http://bit.ly/GodofMercy

Happy book birthday to Saumya Roy's CASTAWAY MOUNTAIN!“Roy has a journalist’s unflinching eye, a poet’s talent for detai...
09/07/2021

Happy book birthday to Saumya Roy's CASTAWAY MOUNTAIN!

“Roy has a journalist’s unflinching eye, a poet’s talent for detail, and a radical sense of empathy that illuminates this account of the people who live on the Deonar garbage mountains. Urgent as a thriller, yet lingering in its unforgettable portraits of life, love and death, Castaway Mountain deserves every accolade. A stunning achievement.” —Kiran Desai, Booker Prize Winner, author of Inheritance of Loss.

In a narrative instilled with superstition and magical realism, Saumya Roy crafts a modern parable exploring the consequences of urban overconsumption. Castaway Mountain is out now!

http://bit.ly/CastawayMountain

Happy book birthday to Saumya Roy's CASTAWAY MOUNTAIN!

“Roy has a journalist’s unflinching eye, a poet’s talent for detail, and a radical sense of empathy that illuminates this account of the people who live on the Deonar garbage mountains. Urgent as a thriller, yet lingering in its unforgettable portraits of life, love and death, Castaway Mountain deserves every accolade. A stunning achievement.” —Kiran Desai, Booker Prize Winner, author of Inheritance of Loss.

In a narrative instilled with superstition and magical realism, Saumya Roy crafts a modern parable exploring the consequences of urban overconsumption. Castaway Mountain is out now!

http://bit.ly/CastawayMountain

"An African woman's right to pleasure, for me, is as important as an African woman's right to health, education, public ...
09/03/2021
These women are making s*xual pleasure a gender equality priority

"An African woman's right to pleasure, for me, is as important as an African woman's right to health, education, public spaces. But maybe when the society sees more women who don't feel they have to conform to social norms, it might give women the freedom to actually be whoever they want to be and know that you're a whole person within yourself."

On 9/8 at 12pm EST, THE S*X LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN author Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah joins CNN for a panel discussing s*x and its relation to gender equality, following a screening of the short film Not Yet Satisfied.

Meet the women breaking long-standing taboos and empowering themselves and others by starting conversations about pleasure and power

Just a few more days until Saumya Roy's CASTAWAY MOUNTAIN debuts in the U.S. 📚Don't miss this lyrical true story that fo...
09/02/2021

Just a few more days until Saumya Roy's CASTAWAY MOUNTAIN debuts in the U.S. 📚

Don't miss this lyrical true story that follows the adventurous Farzana, one of the best pickers who live in the garbage mountains on the outside of Mumbai. A nonfiction narrative instilled with superstition and magical realism, Castaway Mountain is a moving testament to the impact of fickle desires, and reveals that when you own nothing, you know where true value lies: in family, community, and love. On sale 9/7!

http://bit.ly/CastawayMountain

Just a few more days until Saumya Roy's CASTAWAY MOUNTAIN debuts in the U.S. 📚

Don't miss this lyrical true story that follows the adventurous Farzana, one of the best pickers who live in the garbage mountains on the outside of Mumbai. A nonfiction narrative instilled with superstition and magical realism, Castaway Mountain is a moving testament to the impact of fickle desires, and reveals that when you own nothing, you know where true value lies: in family, community, and love. On sale 9/7!

http://bit.ly/CastawayMountain

"Being from Washington, D.C. inspires what I write because it is a city filled with Black residents who have an extraord...
08/31/2021

"Being from Washington, D.C. inspires what I write because it is a city filled with Black residents who have an extraordinary resilience to power and the effects of their proximity to it. I love D.C. because in it I explore what it means to be Black in America and what it means to be Igbo-American in a way that brings together both these worlds. D.C. has helped me understand my Blackness as diasporic because of its overwhelming diversity." —Okezie Nwọka, author of GOD OF MERCY

In GOD OF MERCY (out 11/2), a sprawling cast of characters presented in lyrical prose reimagines the nature of tradition and cultural heritage. Establishing a folklore of the uncolonized, it is a novel built in diaspora, wrestling with gods, confronting demons, and contending with the notion of discovering one’s true purpose.

http://bit.ly/GodofMercy

"Being from Washington, D.C. inspires what I write because it is a city filled with Black residents who have an extraordinary resilience to power and the effects of their proximity to it. I love D.C. because in it I explore what it means to be Black in America and what it means to be Igbo-American in a way that brings together both these worlds. D.C. has helped me understand my Blackness as diasporic because of its overwhelming diversity." —Okezie Nwọka, author of GOD OF MERCY

In GOD OF MERCY (out 11/2), a sprawling cast of characters presented in lyrical prose reimagines the nature of tradition and cultural heritage. Establishing a folklore of the uncolonized, it is a novel built in diaspora, wrestling with gods, confronting demons, and contending with the notion of discovering one’s true purpose.

http://bit.ly/GodofMercy

08/30/2021

🏡 Cover Reveal 🏡

We’re excited to share this delightful cover for Alejandro Varela's THE TOWN OF BABYLON, out March 2022!

When his father falls ill, Andrés, a professor of public health, returns to his suburban hometown to tend to his father’s recovery. Reevaluating his rocky marriage in the wake of his husband’s infidelity and with little else to do, he decides to attend his twenty-year high school reunion, where he runs into the long-lost characters of his youth. A novel about the essential nature of community in maintaining one’s own health, THE TOWN OF BABYLON is an intimate portrait of q***r, racial, and class identity, a call to reevaluate the ties of societal bonds and the systems in which they are forged.

Cover illustration: Igor Bastidas

"To combat gentrification, to combat the lack of diversity, we need worker solidarity."Astra House Editor Danny Vazquez ...
08/27/2021
On questioning the structure of your creative industry

"To combat gentrification, to combat the lack of diversity, we need worker solidarity."

Astra House Editor Danny Vazquez spoke with The Creative Independent about the lack of diversity in publishing and what it means to truly build solidarity with our communities.

Book editor and organizer Danny Vazquez on the lack of diversity in publishing and how to build true solidarity.

A note from BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS editor Alessandra Bastagli:[Becoming Abolitionists] centers Derecka Purnell’s own jou...
08/25/2021

A note from BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS editor Alessandra Bastagli:

[Becoming Abolitionists] centers Derecka Purnell’s own journey to embracing police abolition and is a beautiful, singular blend of memoir, history, legal scholarship and advocacy. It was a complicated journey for her, because she grew up in an environment where calling the cops was often the only option when there was a crisis. Her faith in justice and the law was so profound that she worked her way through Harvard Law School. But as she studied the law, policing and criminal justice reform, she started questioning her own assumptions. The book is, in short, an intellectual journey of the very best kind—it’s personal, emotional, deeply intelligent and loving. And it is a transformative reading experience.

BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS debuts October 5.

📸 Allysa Lisbon

A note from BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS editor Alessandra Bastagli:

[Becoming Abolitionists] centers Derecka Purnell’s own journey to embracing police abolition and is a beautiful, singular blend of memoir, history, legal scholarship and advocacy. It was a complicated journey for her, because she grew up in an environment where calling the cops was often the only option when there was a crisis. Her faith in justice and the law was so profound that she worked her way through Harvard Law School. But as she studied the law, policing and criminal justice reform, she started questioning her own assumptions. The book is, in short, an intellectual journey of the very best kind—it’s personal, emotional, deeply intelligent and loving. And it is a transformative reading experience.

BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS debuts October 5.

📸 Allysa Lisbon

Celebrate Women in Translation Month with Electric Literature's list of 10 New Books Written and Translated by Women, in...
08/25/2021
10 New Books Written and Translated by Women - Electric Literature

Celebrate Women in Translation Month with Electric Literature's list of 10 New Books Written and Translated by Women, including Nasim Marashi's I'LL BE STRONG FOR YOU, translated by the lovely Poupeh Missaghi.

From millennial burnout in the Japanese workplace to a toxic relationship in Iceland, celebrate Women in Translation Month with these novels and short stories

Out 9/7—one woman's resilience amidst relentlessly challenging conditions. The lyrical nonfiction book CASTAWAY MOUNTAIN...
08/23/2021

Out 9/7—one woman's resilience amidst relentlessly challenging conditions. The lyrical nonfiction book CASTAWAY MOUNTAIN reveals that when you own nothing, you know where true value lies: in family, community and love.

http://bit.ly/CastawayMountain

Elevate your weekend reading with Derecka Purnell's BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS. Called "an informed, provocative, astute con...
08/20/2021

Elevate your weekend reading with Derecka Purnell's BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS. Called "an informed, provocative, astute consideration of salvific alternatives to contemporary policing and imprisonment," by Kirkus Reviews, all Netgalley requests will be auto-approved until Monday!

BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS, in which Purnell argues that police can not be reformed and invites readers to envision new systems that work to address the root causes of violence, debuts 10/5. #AstraHouseAutumn

https://bit.ly/BAonNetgalley

Elevate your weekend reading with Derecka Purnell's BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS. Called "an informed, provocative, astute consideration of salvific alternatives to contemporary policing and imprisonment," by Kirkus Reviews, all Netgalley requests will be auto-approved until Monday!

BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS, in which Purnell argues that police can not be reformed and invites readers to envision new systems that work to address the root causes of violence, debuts 10/5. #AstraHouseAutumn

https://bit.ly/BAonNetgalley

Happy #pubday to Iddo Gefen's JERUSALEM BEACH! At once compassionate, philosophical, and humorous, this debut short stor...
08/17/2021

Happy #pubday to Iddo Gefen's JERUSALEM BEACH! At once compassionate, philosophical, and humorous, this debut short story collection fuses the humor of everyday life in Israel with technology’s challenges and the latest discoveries about the human brain.

http://bit.ly/JerusalemBeach

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