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How Audre Lorde’s Genre-Blurring ZAMI Spoke SKYE PAPERS author Jamika Ajalon's Truth Into Existence
06/23/2021
How Audre Lorde’s Genre-Blurring Zami Spoke My Truth Into Existence

How Audre Lorde’s Genre-Blurring ZAMI Spoke SKYE PAPERS author Jamika Ajalon's Truth Into Existence

I think it’s the one photo that might have survived the bonfire. The one my roommate took that time she snuck in, freezing into eternity the moment my lover and I lay intertwined in postcoital glow…

From Claire Fuller's UNSETTLED GROUND to Anjali Enjeti's THE PARTED EARTH, here are 18 new books to add to your reading ...
06/22/2021
18 New Books From Small Presses That You Won't Want To Put Down

From Claire Fuller's UNSETTLED GROUND to Anjali Enjeti's THE PARTED EARTH, here are 18 new books to add to your reading list, via BuzzFeed Books

Family secrets, popular culture, literary experimentation, and more to love in these new and forthcoming books.

"Will writers—either consciously or subconsciously—start writing books so that they sound good when read aloud?"—Laura L...
06/18/2021
How Stories Change When They Move From Page to Voice

"Will writers—either consciously or subconsciously—start writing books so that they sound good when read aloud?"—Laura Lindstedt, via Literary Hub

Translated by David Hackston. To all intents and purposes, a psychoanalyst’s couch is in fact a bed—after all, it lacks a back and armrests. And yet, this item of furniture must be called a couch. …

"HOLA PAPI is a master class of tone and tenderness, as Brammer balances self-compassion with humor."— Matt Wille on Joh...
06/17/2021
The Grindr Advice Column That Became a Memoir of Modern Queer Life

"HOLA PAPI is a master class of tone and tenderness, as Brammer balances self-compassion with humor."— Matt Wille on John Paul Brammer's incredible new "memoir through essays," via The New York Times Books

In “Hola Papi,” the writer John Paul Brammer mines his own experiences and traumas to deliver wisdom for queer readers.

Join us on June 22 for a celebration of Grace M. Cho's TASTES LIKE WAR, with guest Sun Yung Shin. Hosted by our friends ...
06/14/2021

Join us on June 22 for a celebration of Grace M. Cho's TASTES LIKE WAR, with guest Sun Yung Shin. Hosted by our friends at Greenlight Bookstore.

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Join us on June 22 for a celebration of Grace M. Cho's TASTES LIKE WAR, with guest Sun Yung Shin. Hosted by our friends at Greenlight Bookstore.

RSVP now: https://tinyurl.com/9y2nha34

Kiese Laymon Recommends Describing Your Writer’s Block to Get Through It
06/14/2021
Kiese Laymon Recommends Describing Your Writer’s Block to Get Through It

Kiese Laymon Recommends Describing Your Writer’s Block to Get Through It

Kiese Laymon’s Long Division—first published in 2013—is being reissued by Scribner, so we thought we’d ask him a few questions about writing process, favorite books, and writing an “internet novel”…

In her new book POP SONG: ADVENTURES IN ART AND INTIMACY, writer Larissa Pham searches high and low for the "it factor,"...
06/12/2021
Larissa Pham Wants To Be Bludgeoned by Feelings

In her new book POP SONG: ADVENTURES IN ART AND INTIMACY, writer Larissa Pham searches high and low for the "it factor," via NYLON

In her new book "Pop Song: Adventures in Art and Intimacy," writer Larissa Pham searches high and low for the "it factor."

When you're 18 minutes into your self-imposed book buying ban and see a new novel you want.
06/09/2021

When you're 18 minutes into your self-imposed book buying ban and see a new novel you want.

When you're 18 minutes into your self-imposed book buying ban and see a new novel you want.

Happy #PubDay to Jamika Ajalon's SKYE PAPERS! In fluid and unrelenting prose, Jamika Ajalon's debut novel explores youth...
06/08/2021

Happy #PubDay to Jamika Ajalon's SKYE PAPERS!

In fluid and unrelenting prose, Jamika Ajalon's debut novel explores youth, poetry, and what it means to come terms with queerness. SKYE PAPERS is an imaginative, episodic group portrait of a transatlantic art scene spearheaded by people of color—and of the fraught, dystopian reality of increasing state surveillance.

Get your copy from Women & Children First Bookstore today https://bit.ly/35IddFr

Happy #PubDay to Jamika Ajalon's SKYE PAPERS!

In fluid and unrelenting prose, Jamika Ajalon's debut novel explores youth, poetry, and what it means to come terms with queerness. SKYE PAPERS is an imaginative, episodic group portrait of a transatlantic art scene spearheaded by people of color—and of the fraught, dystopian reality of increasing state surveillance.

Get your copy from Women & Children First Bookstore today https://bit.ly/35IddFr

"Very early in life I became fascinated with the wonders language can achieve. And I began playing with words."— ✨Happy ...
06/07/2021

"Very early in life I became fascinated with the wonders language can achieve. And I began playing with words."— ✨Happy Birthday to Gwendolyn Brooks, born this day in 1917✨

(📷: Getty Images)

"Very early in life I became fascinated with the wonders language can achieve. And I began playing with words."— ✨Happy Birthday to Gwendolyn Brooks, born this day in 1917✨

(📷: Getty Images)

We can't wait to read THE OTHER BLACK GIRL. Have you picked up a copy yet?
06/02/2021
Her Book Doesn’t Go Easy on Publishing. Publishers Ate It Up.

We can't wait to read THE OTHER BLACK GIRL. Have you picked up a copy yet?

Zakiya Dalila Harris, a former editorial assistant, is making a splash with “The Other Black Girl,” her debut novel about an African-American woman navigating a nearly all-white workplace.

"I feel very blessed to have grown up in a community and in a family where the idea of making art—and specifically writi...
06/01/2021
How Eve L. Ewing Makes Her Stories Fly | Ravynn Stringfield

"I feel very blessed to have grown up in a community and in a family where the idea of making art—and specifically writing, but just making art generally—was normal and accepted."

An inspiring interview with sociologist, poet, and comics writer Eve L. Ewing on community, Black girlhood, flight, and Chicago at Catapult.

"I believe there are many pathways to art."

Don't miss the launch of Grace M. Cho's TASTES LIKE WAR with special guest Noah Cho! Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company....
05/31/2021

Don't miss the launch of Grace M. Cho's TASTES LIKE WAR with special guest Noah Cho! Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company.

RSVP now: https://tinyurl.com/4nzwpyv7

Don't miss the launch of Grace M. Cho's TASTES LIKE WAR with special guest Noah Cho! Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company.

RSVP now: https://tinyurl.com/4nzwpyv7

Who deserves a book deal? Today we're reading about book publishing's "existential crisis" in this smart overview of the...
05/30/2021
Who deserves a book deal?

Who deserves a book deal? Today we're reading about book publishing's "existential crisis" in this smart overview of the industry's recent controversies, from American Dirt to Mike Pence and Kellyanne Conway to Exonerated Five prosecutor Linda Fairstein.

As former Trump officials and other polarizing figures seek book deals, publishing is caught in a generational battle that’s becoming an existential crisis.

"In America, change is not made by heroic individuals. It’s made by groups and coalitions of very diverse kinds of peopl...
05/29/2021
The Unvarnished Story Behind the Most Controversial Group in AIDS Activism - Electric Literature

"In America, change is not made by heroic individuals. It’s made by groups and coalitions of very diverse kinds of people, usually working in some kind of silo with like-minded people but standing together in a way that their work resonates with each other."

Sarah Schulman, author of LET THE RECORD SHOW, talks about ACT UP, AIDS history, and media representations at Electric Literature.

Sarah Schulman, author of "Let the Record Show," on the history of ACT UP New York

We're nearing the end of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, but here's a list of 22 new mystery books b...
05/28/2021
22 New Books By Asian-American And Pacific Islander Authors Perfect for Mystery Readers

We're nearing the end of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, but here's a list of 22 new mystery books by AAPI authors to keep you on the edge of your seats for a while to come 🕵️📚

In honor of Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage month, we’re highlighting the incredible array of crime books and thrillers by Asian-American authors publishing in 2021, so you can k…

"History would be very dull if we weren’t always trying to change how it was done. It’s our conversation with the dead, ...
05/26/2021
Mary Beard Keeps History on the Move

"History would be very dull if we weren’t always trying to change how it was done. It’s our conversation with the dead, and we practice a kind of ventriloquism in order to hear from the other side."

An interview with historian Mary Beard, author of SPQR and WOMEN & POWER, on changing canons, feminist translations, and the internet at The New Yorker.

For Beard, change has always been a part of classics: we need to expose the field’s flaws to understand how we’ve inherited them.

Major congrats to FP authors, Juli Delgado Lopera (FIEBRE TROPICAL) and Melissa Valentine (THE NAMES OF ALL THE FLOWERS)...
05/18/2021
CLMP Announces the 2021 Firecracker Awards Finalists | Community of Literary Magazines and Presses

Major congrats to FP authors, Juli Delgado Lopera (FIEBRE TROPICAL) and Melissa Valentine (THE NAMES OF ALL THE FLOWERS) for being 2021 Firecracker Awards finalists! ✨ via CLMP

May 10th, 2021 CLMP Announces the 2021 Firecracker Awards Finalists May 10, 2021 (New York, NY)—The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), the national nonprofit organization that for more than 50 years has supported the work of independent literary publishers, has announced the final...

“Preventing children from reading my book, or any book, won’t protect them. On the contrary, it may rob them of ways to ...
05/17/2021
Opinion | Banning My Book Won’t Protect Your Child

“Preventing children from reading my book, or any book, won’t protect them. On the contrary, it may rob them of ways to understand the world they’ll encounter, or even the lives they’re already living.”

Author Carmen Marie Machado on censorship, domestic violence, and how banning books does more harm than good. via The New York Times

My memoir could teach teenagers how to exit an abusive relationship. So why don't some parents want their children to read it?

Not all families are perfect. Check out this list of books that feature dysfunctional families. via Electric Literature
05/15/2021
7 Novels About Very Dysfunctional Families - Electric Literature

Not all families are perfect. Check out this list of books that feature dysfunctional families. via Electric Literature

It’s our families of origin that usually know us best. After all, we share decades of history that accommodate a hundred minor, and sometimes major, offenses. We have plenty of chances to observe each other, to know exactly where the other person’s weak spot resides, to know how to manipulate th...

For Asian/Pacific American Heritage month we’re enjoying these books by AAPI authors—including FP titles, TASTES LIKE WA...
05/14/2021
A Reading List for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month 2021 | Community of Literary Magazines and Presses

For Asian/Pacific American Heritage month we’re enjoying these books by AAPI authors—including FP titles, TASTES LIKE WAR, A WORLD BETWEEN, and GO HOME! via CLMP

For Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, observed annually during the month of May, we asked our members—independent presses, literary journals, and others—to share with us some of the literature by Asian American and Pacific Islander American writers they recommend reading in celebration. (Le...

With spring comes rain—and more books to add to your TBR pile! Check out Ms. Magazine’s May 2021 reads including our own...
05/13/2021
May 2021 Reads for the Rest of Us - Ms. Magazine

With spring comes rain—and more books to add to your TBR pile! Check out Ms. Magazine’s May 2021 reads including our own TASTES LIKE WAR, which comes out next week!

Each month, I provide Ms. readers with a list of new books being published by writers from historically excluded groups.

"But while more writers of color have been rewarded, this increasingly capacious literary culture is also becoming more ...
05/10/2021
Who Gets to Be a Writer?

"But while more writers of color have been rewarded, this increasingly capacious literary culture is also becoming more exclusionary, more tied to elite educational institutions, and more difficult to enter. These obstacles are most salient for writers who are not white, a troubling contradiction in what otherwise appears to be a moment of watershed inclusion."

An incisive article from Public Books that unpacks book publishing's claims to diversity with impressive research.

Despite welcome diversification, literary culture is also becoming more tied to elite educational institutions, and more difficult to enter.

Happy Mother's Day! To celebrate, we're sharing this Book Riot list of feminist children's books to read with young ones...
05/09/2021
10 of the Best Fiction and Nonfiction Feminist Children's Books

Happy Mother's Day! To celebrate, we're sharing this Book Riot list of feminist children's books to read with young ones or gift to parents.

A reader shares the feminist children's books she hopes to read to her future child when the time comes. Add these to your TBR!

"When Angela had finished reading, the journalist and broadcaster Arthur Marshall bluntly told her that “on the whole, I...
05/07/2021
In Which Angela Carter Gives No F*cks

"When Angela had finished reading, the journalist and broadcaster Arthur Marshall bluntly told her that “on the whole, I don’t really like stories of fantasy . . . I like stories that begin: 'Mrs Henderson walked slowly into Sainsbury’s and purchased a pound of cod.' Angela cocked her head amusedly: 'I’d like to know the Sainsbury’s where you can buy cod. You fantasist.'"

A very happy birthday to perennial icon Angela Carter!

During the time that Angela Carter taught at the University of East Anglia, her reputation underwent a series of small transformations. The first of these came with the publication of The Sadeian W…

Amy Tan will always be an icon. In this Bustle interview, she speaks about the critiques against THE JOY LUCK CLUB back ...
05/01/2021
'The Joy Luck Club' Author Amy Tan Tells Her Own Family Story In A New Documentary

Amy Tan will always be an icon. In this Bustle interview, she speaks about the critiques against THE JOY LUCK CLUB back in the day, her time as lead singer for an all-author band, what she's currently reading, and more.

Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir, which premieres on May 3 as part of PBS’ “American Masters” series, is a linear and intimate portrait of the author’s life.

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Hi! I'm a graduate student of journalism that just moved to New York City and my beat is women's issues. I don't know many people here and I am looking for women in any area around women killing/femicide. Does anyone know of an NGO, a lawyer, an activist or a family going through something like this? I appreciate it, thanks!!
Title: A Certain Island [novelette] Genre: Humorous sci-fi/fantasy le***an fiction/available as both an e-book and in paperback. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MH9YBTS Author: Helen Dunn Frances Fiskwater and her long time le***an partner, Mildred Haslip are startled one night when they see lights in the old abandoned mansion next door. After all, the owner, Esther Crestcroft, disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle some months previous. When the two oldsters decide to investigate what's going on at the Crestcroft manse they get pulled into a strange tale that leads to a certain island with a very unusual feature among its landscapes. FREE to those with Kindle Unlimited. Don't have a Kindle? No problem – Amazon has a free app. at the book site which allows you to download this to any reading device. The e-book URL given is for Amazon USA, but this book and all my books are available in other countries where Amazon is on-line. If you read this book and enjoy it please leave a review at Amazon. It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Dear Feminist Press, I am physically repulsed you support Virgie Tovar’s when she told someone who had a heart attack to go have another one. I am disgusted that kind of evil is supported by your organization https://www.instagram.com/p/CGQxf0PlLm9/?igshid=ekmpymnhofdp
“Auction” - A Short Story by María Fernanda Ampuero - from her debut collection, Cockfight - 2020 - from Feminist Press - Translated from the Spanish by Francis Riddle http://rereadinglives.blogspot.com/2020/08/auction-short-story-by-maria-fernanda.html My post on The Reading Life has a link to the story “Auction” is part of what I call post Bolano Latin American fiction, works focusing on the consequences of terrible poverty, misogynistic cultures and machismo set within a violent society. The narrator of the story, a young woman, has involuntary memories of her childhood trips to cockfights with her father brought about by odors. She is trying to figure out where she is being kept captive. “There are roosters around here somewhere. Kneeling, with my head down and covered by a filthy rag, I concentrate on hearing them: how many there are, if they’re in cages or inside a pen. When I was young, my dad raised gamecocks, and since there wasn’t anyone else to look after me, he’d take me along to the fights. The first few times, I cried when I saw the poor rooster ripped to shreds in the sand, and he laughed and called me a girl. At night, giant vampire roosters devoured my insides. I would scream and he’d come running to my bed, and again he’d call me a girl. “Come on, don’t be such a girl. They’re just roosters, dammit.”” She discovers her friendly cab driver has transferred her to an auction to be sold as a s*x slave. “I know that here, somewhere, there are roosters because I’d recognize that smell from a thousand miles away. The smell of my life, the smell of my father. It smells of blood, of man, of s**t, of cheap liquor, of sour sweat and industrial grease. You don’t exactly have to be a genius to gather that this is some abandoned place, hidden away god knows where, and that I’m totally fu**ed. A man speaks. He must be around forty. I imagine him fat, bald, and dirty, wearing a sleeveless white undershirt, shorts, and flip-flops; I imagine his pinkie and thumb nails are long. I can tell by the way he’s speaking that there are other people here. There’s someone else here besides me. There are other people on their knees, with their heads bent, covered by dark, disgusting sacks. “Come on now, let’s all calm down—the first so*******ch who makes a sound is gonna get a bullet in his head. If you all cooperate, we’ll all make it through the night in one piece.” I feel his stomach brush against my head and then the barrel of a gun. No, he’s not joking. A girl cries a few feet to my right. I suppose she couldn’t handle the feeling of the gun to her temple. The sound of a slap.” Young nubile women are not the most valuable items at the auction. The biggest prize is a man from a gated community who looks like he could be ransomed. The nightmarish auction begins with an innocent seeming woman, maybe a teacher.being stripped and r***d in a kind of demonstration for the bidders. The narrator cannot see what is going on but she can hear enough to figure it out. After this, the rich man is auctioned. Then it is the narrator’s turn. I will leave the ending untold other than say it was hilariously inventive. María Fernanda Ampuero is a writer and journalist, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in 1976. She has published articles in newspapers and magazines around the world, as well as two nonfiction books: Lo que aprendí en la peluquería y Permiso de residencia. Cockfight is her first short story collection, and her first book to be translated into English. Frances Riddle lives in Buenos Aires, where she works as a translator, writer, and editor. She holds an MA in translation studies from the University of Buenos Aires and a BA in Spanish literature. Her book-length publications include A Simple Story by Leila Guerriero (New Directions, 2017); Bodies of Summer by Martín Felipe Castagnet (Dalkey Archive Press, 2017); Slum Virgin by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara (Charco Press, 2017); and The Life and Deaths of Ethel Jurado (Hispabooks, 2017). I hope to read the full collection soon. If “Auction” is a fair sample, it should be a lot of dark fun. Mel u
The House on Bloodstone Road [novella] Author: Helen Dunn http://amzn.to/1u0ew71 Le***an historical fiction set in 1930. From the moment of her arrival at the brooding old Victorian house, unsettling events began to unfold. Soon Lerryn finds her life entangled with the horrors and secrets of the House on Bloodstone Road and its beautiful, mysteriously sad mistress - Vorrie Haverton, as well as Mercy Denby, the cruel housekeeper, who knows too much and uses it to control the residents; as well as the housekeeper's son--a misshapen giant named Uriah, whose livelihood is as shocking as his scarred face. "The House on Bloodstone Road" is filled with twists and turns – it is a mystery with mild horror, along with doses of dark humor. FREE to those with Kindle Unlimited! Don't have a Kindle? No problem a free app at the book site at Amazon will allow you to download this book to any reading device The URL given is for Amazon USA, but this book and all my books are available in all countries where Amazon is on-line. If you read this book and enjoy it, please leave a review at Amazon. Thank you.
Title: Blood Love (contemporary le***an fiction/set in Europe) Author: Helen Dunn Available as an e-book at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1xAXOzO FREE to those with Kindle Unlimited! Don't have a Kindle—no problem – you can get a free app at the book site at Amazon that will allow you to download this book to any reading device. The URL given is for Amazon USA, but this book and all my books are available in other countries where Amazon is on-line. Eighteen year old Alexis Holden is immediately attracted to Dominique Tinnel, the new, young teacher who arrives at Chenier Academy an exclusive girls prep school - located in the mountains and forests of Switzerland. Dominique feels likewise, but refrains from expressing her feelings because Alexis is her student. Both Alexis and Dominique fall under the spell of the mysterious Countess Benay Basquaist - who unknown to them - is an ancient and powerful vampire. If you read this book and enjoy it, please leave a review at amazon. It will be much appreciated. Thank you.
Since I couldn't find an email address on your website, I left a phone message & am trying here to let you know that someone substituted a book I ordered - "But Some of Us Are Brave" - with "Weeds": order #02914. The packing slip correctly reflects my order; the book I received does not. Pls remedy ASAP. Thanks!
Title: 1-2-3 Okay, Everybody Change [author: Helen Dunn] http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006NGUY10 A Rompy LGBT Comedy set in 1999 The URL given above is for Amazon USA, but this book and all my books are available in other countries where Amazon is on-line. Surgical genius and female medical student at the Frankenstein College of Medicine and Trivia, French Toast stole some male parts and attached them to her friend, Loretta Periwinkle, enabling her to become a male stripper calling himself Roman Candle. Now someone has put out a hit on Roman Candle! When the hit goes awry, everything's up in the air including Roman's private parts. However, that's just the beginning for this cast of characters: Everybody's either made some changes or will be making some changes – sometimes in gender, sometimes in personality and sometimes even what species they are! FREE to those with Kindle Unlimited. No Kindle – No problem – a free Amazon app at the book site will allow you to download this to any reading device. Disclaimer: This novel is meant to be nothing more than an exaggerated comedy – and should in no way be considered a true reflection of transgender, gay or le***an people in any way. Or for that matter: doctors, lawyers, religious leaders, pornographers or cats! Visit my author's page at amazon to see all my books; excerpts are at the individual screen for each book: http://amzn.to/1jh5IEN If you enjoy reading this book, please take a moment to leave a review at Amazon. It will be much appreciated. Thank you.
Title: Witchwoman [Novelette] Author: Helen Dunn Supernatural/le***an/historical/romance/fiction Set in 1761 Victoria Nathan - victim of a brutish, drunken husband is near despair when she is told of a healing woman called Sera Kane, who operates a small shop in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Her companion is Micheline, her familiar, a black cat that communicates telepathically. E-book and paperback: http://amzn.to/TCTSyW FREE to those with Kindle Unlimited! Don't have a Kindle? No problem, Amazon will supply a free app at the book site so that you can download this to any reading device. The URL given is for Amazon USA, but this book and all my books are available in other countries where Amazon is on-line. If you read this book and enjoy it, please leave a review at Amazon. It will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.