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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.

Calling all fans of Susan Sontag, Rebecca Solnit, Teju Cole, and Patti Smith, and those who love to read about art and c...
03/17/2022

Calling all fans of Susan Sontag, Rebecca Solnit, Teju Cole, and Patti Smith, and those who love to read about art and culture and its broader meaning! 🎨

Farah Nayeri's TAKEDOWN addresses centuries of art history and artists from across the globe. With exclusive interviews with Nan Goldin, Sam Durant, Faith Ringgold, and others, Nayeri tackles wide-ranging issues, including sex, religion, gender, ethics, animal rights, and race.

By asking and answering questions such as: Who gets to make art and who owns it? How do we correct the inequities of the past? What does authenticity, exploitation, and appropriation mean in art?, TAKEDOWN provides the necessary tools to navigate the art world. Available now wherever books are sold! https://bit.ly/Takedown-AH

⚡DC EVENT ALERT⚡ On Tuesday, March 29th at 6:30 pm, drop by the Eaton DC for a conversation with BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS ...
03/16/2022

⚡DC EVENT ALERT⚡ On Tuesday, March 29th at 6:30 pm, drop by the Eaton DC for a conversation with BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS author, Derecka Purnell, hosted by Harriet's Wildest Dreams and Current Movements! Details here: https://bit.ly/Derecka-Eaton-DC

THE TOWN OF BABYLON by Alejandro Varela is on The New York Times Books Newly Published list⚡🎉🏠It's almost here — THE TOW...
03/16/2022
Newly Published, From a Vermont Sanctuary to Chicago’s Spoken Word

THE TOWN OF BABYLON by Alejandro Varela is on The New York Times Books Newly Published list⚡🎉🏠

It's almost here — THE TOWN OF BABYLON will be available everywhere books are sold THIS Tuesday, March 22!

A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

“Black skin in the forsaken outback / of the world / both concrete and jungle / in varying states of decomposition / and...
03/16/2022
Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

“Black skin in the forsaken outback / of the world / both concrete and jungle / in varying states of decomposition / and men in a corner / ordering girls to smile / stiff with rigor mortis / all bones no flesh”

BROKEN HALVES OF A MILKY SUN by Aaiún Nin is on the Poets & Writers list of new & noteworthy books in March/April 2022 🔆

The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books including Pure Colour by Sheila Heti and Dream of the Divided Field by Yanyi.

“Its stories are raw, unencumbered, exhilarating and, at times, enraging." 🔥🔥🔥
03/16/2022
The Sex Lives of African Women

“Its stories are raw, unencumbered, exhilarating and, at times, enraging." 🔥🔥🔥

An exhilarating, at times enraging new book For ten years, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah has run an extraordinary platform for conversations about sex that centre the pleasure of African women – the blog ‘Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women’, which she co-founded. Now, the Ghanaian feminist ...

"We don’t know what will happen to us in a couple of hours. But there is no fear. There is Ukrainian unity."STALKING THE...
03/15/2022
On Ukrainian Chornobyl, which we have lost—for now. by Markiyan Kamysh - BOMB Magazine

"We don’t know what will happen to us in a couple of hours. But there is no fear. There is Ukrainian unity."

STALKING THE ATOMIC CITY author, Markiyan Kamysh, responds to the Russian capture of Chornobyl for BOMB Magazine.

"I’m writing these lines on the border of Kyiv, where fighting is now taking place between Ukrainian defenders and Putin's invaders. I evacuated my wife last night. It took us a long time to get to the village where her friends were waiting, they only had one place left in the car. She's gone."

THE TOWN OF BABYLON by Alejandro Varela is on the LGBTQ Reads list of New Releases: March 2022 🌈💫The wait is almost over...
03/15/2022
New Releases: March 2022

THE TOWN OF BABYLON by Alejandro Varela is on the LGBTQ Reads list of New Releases: March 2022 🌈💫

The wait is almost over: THE TOWN OF BABYLON will be out in one week from today!

This post is sponsored in honor of the paperback release of That Way Madness Lies ed. by Dahlia Adler on March 15th, an anthology Kirkus called “A radical reimagining and avant garde interpre…

"BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS provides a blueprint for each of us to begin to run, dream, and experiment toward a just and liv...
03/15/2022

"BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS provides a blueprint for each of us to begin to run, dream, and experiment toward a just and livable future." —The Nation Magazine

Order your copy of Derecka Purnell's BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS. https://bit.ly/BecomingAbolitionists-AH

It's #giveawaymonth at Goodreads! We're joining in on the fun by giveaway away 50 copies of Alejandro Varela's debut nov...
03/15/2022

It's #giveawaymonth at Goodreads! We're joining in on the fun by giveaway away 50 copies of Alejandro Varela's debut novel THE TOWN OF BABYLON, an intimate portrait of queer, racial, and class identity. Enter here: http://ow.ly/lWhB50IiRpn

"BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS provides a blueprint for each of us to begin to run, dream, and experiment toward a just and liv...
03/14/2022
The Practical Politics of Police Abolition

"BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS provides a blueprint for each of us to begin to run, dream, and experiment toward a just and livable future." — The Nation Magazine

In Becoming an Abolitionist, Derecka Purnell examines how one cannot separate putting an end to policing from broader struggles for freedom.

"[THE SEX LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN] seeks to provide the roadmap to recovery through a collection of shared experiences......
03/14/2022
"The Sex Lives of African Women" Aims to Help African Women Decolonize Their Sexuality By Sharing Their Stories

"[THE SEX LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN] seeks to provide the roadmap to recovery through a collection of shared experiences...readers will resonate with the honesty of these stories, and hopefully feel more courageous to live their truth each day." —BUST Magazine

Ghanian Author Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah is on a mission to restore the agency of African women throughout the global diaspora by giving voice to their sexual experiences and showing how they learned to love authentically in the face of their traumas

Coming Fall 2022 from Astra House: NO COUNTRY FOR EIGHT-SPOT BUTTERFLIES 🦋💫A collection of essays on resistance, resilie...
03/13/2022
NY publisher to reprint Julian Aguon book

Coming Fall 2022 from Astra House: NO COUNTRY FOR EIGHT-SPOT BUTTERFLIES 🦋💫

A collection of essays on resistance, resilience, and collective power in the age of climate disaster from Chamorro human rights lawyer and organizer Julian Aguon.

Julian Aguon’s celebrated book, “The Properties of Perpetual Light,” will be gaining a wider international audience following its release in September under a New York City imprint

TODAY at 1pm ET, join Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah and Lola Shoneyin to celebrate to the recent publication of THE SEX LIVES OF...
03/12/2022
Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah and Lola Shoneyin for THE SEX LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN | Loyalty Bookstores

TODAY at 1pm ET, join Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah and Lola Shoneyin to celebrate to the recent publication of THE SEX LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN, hosted online by Loyalty Books!

BONUS: when you purchase a copy of the book from Loyalty, you'll also receive some sexy swag including a Sex Bomb from Bedroom Kandi, Spice from Essie Spice, and more!✨

Loyalty is thrilled to host Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah and Lola Shoneyin in conversation for The Sex Lives of African Women! This event will be held digitally via Crowdcast. Click here to register for the event with a donation of any amount of your choice or you can order the book below to be added ...

"Anti-colonialism, a war with the gods, the evils of the Catholic church, and the power of transformation are themes tha...
03/12/2022
Your Winter Reading Horoscope - Electric Literature

"Anti-colonialism, a war with the gods, the evils of the Catholic church, and the power of transformation are themes that any Aries can get behind." Electric Literature

Calling all Aries! GOD OF MERCY by Okezie Nwọka is the perfect book for you to read for your zodiac sign ♈✨

The stars will tell you which new book to cozy up with this winter

🚨NEW EVENT🚨 On Wednesday, 3/30 at 7pm, join BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS author Derecka Purnell at Old Town Books in Alexandri...
03/11/2022
Derecka Purnell—Becoming Abolitionists

🚨NEW EVENT🚨 On Wednesday, 3/30 at 7pm, join BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS author Derecka Purnell at Old Town Books in Alexandria, Virginia! Derecka will be in conversation with Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director of Advancement Project National Office.

Join us for an in-person event with lawyer, writer, and organizer Derecka Purnell!

TOMORROW at 1pm ET! Celebrate the recent release of THE SEX LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN with Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah in convers...
03/11/2022

TOMORROW at 1pm ET! Celebrate the recent release of THE SEX LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN with Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah in conversation with Lola Shoneyin, hosted online by Loyalty Books!

BONUS: when you purchase a copy of the book from Loyalty, you'll also get some deliciously sexy swag, including a Sex Bomb from Bedroom Kandi, Spice from Essie Spice, and more!✨ Details here: https://www.loyaltybookstores.com/sexlives

I'LL BE STRONG FOR YOU by Nasim Marashi, translated by Poupeh Missaghi is one of She Reads Must-Read Fiction Translation...
03/10/2022
Must-Read Fiction Translations

I'LL BE STRONG FOR YOU by Nasim Marashi, translated by Poupeh Missaghi is one of She Reads Must-Read Fiction Translations! 💫

Feature Image Credit: @hungrybookworm_meg Literary gems are written all around the globe, many in a language we don’t speak or wouldn’t consider picking up first. But luckily, international books translated into English give us the best way to read into the lives and cultures of someone differen...

"Marked by the diversity of experiences shared, the wealth of intimate details, and the total lack of sensationalism, th...
03/10/2022

"Marked by the diversity of experiences shared, the wealth of intimate details, and the total lack of sensationalism, this is an astonishing report on the quest for sexual liberation." Publishers Weekly on THE SEX LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN 🌍

For readers of Tokyo Ueno Station, Breasts and Eggs, and Bestiary: Erika Kobayashi's TRINITY, TRINITY, TRINITY is a lite...
03/10/2022

For readers of Tokyo Ueno Station, Breasts and Eggs, and Bestiary: Erika Kobayashi's TRINITY, TRINITY, TRINITY is a literary thriller about the effects of nuclear power on the mind, body, and recorded history of three generations of Japanese women.

TRINITY, TRINITY, TRINITY debuts 6/28. Can't wait to read it? All Netgalley requests for the translated novel will be auto-approved until Monday. Request now here: http://netgal.ly/N8pRFB

Or preorder here: https://bit.ly/Trinity-Trinity-Trinity-AH

This Saturday at 1pm ET: Celebrate the recent release of THE SEX LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN with Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah  & Lo...
03/09/2022

This Saturday at 1pm ET: Celebrate the recent release of THE SEX LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN with Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah & Lola Shoneyin, hosted online by Loyalty Books!

BONUS: when you purchase a copy of the book from Loyalty, you'll also get some deliciously sexy swag✨ Details here: https://www.loyaltybookstores.com/sexlives

Spotted 👀 THE SEX LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN in the March/April issue of Essence! ✨See what all the hype is about, THE SEX L...
03/09/2022

Spotted 👀 THE SEX LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN in the March/April issue of Essence! ✨

See what all the hype is about, THE SEX LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN by Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah is out NOW: https://bit.ly/NanaDarkoaSekyiamah

Coming this summer: Mithu Sanyal's IDENTITTI!Translated by Alta L. Price, The Sellout meets Interior Chinatown in this s...
03/09/2022

Coming this summer: Mithu Sanyal's IDENTITTI!

Translated by Alta L. Price, The Sellout meets Interior Chinatown in this satirical debut about a German Indian student whose world is upended when she discovers that her beloved professor who passed for Indian is, in fact, white. Look for IDENTITTI 7/26! Or preorder now here: https://bit.ly/identitti-novel 📖

Cover Image: Kali by Raja Ravi Varma

"I hope people will gain a sense of oh okay, I don't need to do things the way I have always been told I needed to do th...
03/09/2022
Africa: Peeling Back the Layers of African Women's Sex Lives!

"I hope people will gain a sense of oh okay, I don't need to do things the way I have always been told I needed to do things, you know, I can colour out of the boxes, I can explore. I can go on my own journey of self-discovery." —Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah on her book THE SEX LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN via allAfrica.com 🌍

Sex.

Psst... Erie Gay News is giving away 10 copies of THE TOWN OF BABYLON (out March 22)! Enter here: http://ow.ly/Wrq650I7v...
03/09/2022
Enter to win The Town of Babylon!

Psst... Erie Gay News is giving away 10 copies of THE TOWN OF BABYLON (out March 22)! Enter here: http://ow.ly/Wrq650I7v5S

Enter to win The Town of Babylon! To enter the contest, fill out the form below between Tuesday, March 1, and Tuesday, March 22. Published by Astra House.

Astra House is dedicated to publishing authors that challenge our assumptions, and broaden and deepen our understanding ...
03/08/2022

Astra House is dedicated to publishing authors that challenge our assumptions, and broaden and deepen our understanding of the world.

We owe a great thanks to the women who have shared their voices with us. Cheers to our vibrant, courageous, determined, beautiful and intelligent women authors who continue reaching the stars with us. Happy International Women's Day!

“Groundbreaking volume… The result is a candid, subversive and empowering read.” Ms. Magazine included THE SEX LIVES OF ...
03/08/2022
March 2022 Reads for the Rest of Us - Ms. Magazine

“Groundbreaking volume… The result is a candid, subversive and empowering read.”

Ms. Magazine included THE SEX LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN in 'March 2022 Reads for the Rest of Us'.

This month’s list of new feminist books from writers who are women, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, LGBIA+, queer, disabled and more.

TODAY AT 4PM ET! Join White Whale Bookstore for a virtual convo with Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, author of THE SEX LIVES OF A...
03/08/2022
Book Talk: "The Sex Lives of African Women," Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah w/ Eko

TODAY AT 4PM ET! Join White Whale Bookstore for a virtual convo with Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, author of THE SEX LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN, and fellow author Hannah Eko 💫

A virtual convo with Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, author of The Sex Lives of African Women: Self-Discovery, Freedom, and Healing, and Hannah Eko!

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Calling all fans of Susan Sontag, Rebecca Solnit, Teju Cole, and Patti Smith, and those who love to read about art and culture and its broader meaning! 🎨 Farah Nayeri's TAKEDOWN addresses centuries of art history and artists from across the globe. With exclusive interviews with Nan Goldin, Sam Durant, Faith Ringgold, and others, Nayeri tackles wide-ranging issues, including s*x, religion, gender, ethics, animal rights, and race. By asking and answering questions such as: Who gets to make art and who owns it? How do we correct the inequities of the past? What does authenticity, exploitation, and appropriation mean in art?, TAKEDOWN provides the necessary tools to navigate the art world. Available now wherever books are sold! https://bit.ly/Takedown-AH
⚡DC EVENT ALERT⚡ On Tuesday, March 29th at 6:30 pm, drop by the Eaton DC for a conversation with BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS author, Derecka Purnell, hosted by Harriet's Wildest Dreams and Current Movements! Details here: https://bit.ly/Derecka-Eaton-DC
THE TOWN OF BABYLON by Alejandro Varela is on The New York Times Books Newly Published list⚡🎉🏠 It's almost here — THE TOWN OF BABYLON will be available everywhere books are sold THIS Tuesday, March 22!
“Black skin in the forsaken outback / of the world / both concrete and jungle / in varying states of decomposition / and men in a corner / ordering girls to smile / stiff with rigor mortis / all bones no flesh” BROKEN HALVES OF A MILKY SUN by Aaiún Nin is on the Poets & Writers list of new & noteworthy books in March/April 2022 🔆
“Its stories are raw, unencumbered, exhilarating and, at times, enraging." 🔥🔥🔥
"We don’t know what will happen to us in a couple of hours. But there is no fear. There is Ukrainian unity." STALKING THE ATOMIC CITY author, Markiyan Kamysh, responds to the Russian capture of Chornobyl for BOMB Magazine.
THE TOWN OF BABYLON by Alejandro Varela is on the LGBTQ Reads list of New Releases: March 2022 🌈💫 The wait is almost over: THE TOWN OF BABYLON will be out in one week from today!
"BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS provides a blueprint for each of us to begin to run, dream, and experiment toward a just and livable future." —The Nation Magazine Order your copy of Derecka Purnell's BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS. https://bit.ly/BecomingAbolitionists-AH
It's #giveawaymonth at Goodreads! We're joining in on the fun by giveaway away 50 copies of Alejandro Varela's debut novel THE TOWN OF BABYLON, an intimate portrait of q***r, racial, and class identity. Enter here: http://ow.ly/lWhB50IiRpn
" [THE S*X LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN] reads like conversations with your very cool big sister." ✨
"BECOMING ABOLITIONISTS provides a blueprint for each of us to begin to run, dream, and experiment toward a just and livable future." — The Nation Magazine
"[THE S*X LIVES OF AFRICAN WOMEN] seeks to provide the roadmap to recovery through a collection of shared experiences...readers will resonate with the honesty of these stories, and hopefully feel more courageous to live their truth each day." —BUST Magazine