June Newsletter

Call for Submissions

Indivisible We Stand – Women’s Voices Raised in Protest is an anthology of tales from the front lines of the ongoing battle for equal rights for all women around the world. Raise your voice and send us your story to inspire other women today and in the future to take up the fight. And most importantly, to keep the truth alive.


New Releases

June

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Kingstone by Katherine Hetzel

Temple novice Katia wants nothing more than to become a priest in the Temple of the Triple Gods. She tries hard to do the right thing, but she’s on her last chance to convince Elder Sevanya, the King’s Priest, that she can do the job.

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Dungeness by Karen Polinsky

Protagonist and narrator Millie Langlie (daughter of a S’Klallam maiden and a Norwegian mariner) is an adventurous girl with a curious mind. Journeying from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Port Townsend and back again, Millie discovers how knowledge of the past can teach us to love, forgive, and forge a new path.

July

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The Lady Professor by Robert L. Switzer

Emma Hanson, a poor farm girl born in 1900, has exceptional scholastic ability and a deep fascination with the natural world. Despite fighting her way through poverty, her family’s indifference, and prejudices against women attaining an education, she attends college. Under the tutorage of the college’s only female professor, Emma conducts her first research with dung beetles and micro-organisms and knows she’s found her calling.

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Always an Orphan by Shelby Adams Lloyd

“I was an orphan then, I am an orphan now, and I will always be an orphan.” Always an Orphan is a loving memoir of a unique childhood where family, to this day, are the orphans Shelby grew up with, and home is the orphanage she looks back upon with pride and love.

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Good People by E.J. Runyon

(GusGus Press) Bernie is a battered wife, escaping her husband Carlos for the summer. Meg is a writer and pre-op transsexual, dealing with father issues, and sharing her place with Baby, another woman on the edge. Relations come in all kinds of configurations–what we accept from some, what we must refuse from others, and how we recognize those who earn the right to be called family.

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Dee’s Gentlemen and Other Stories by Barbara Davies

Award winning Science fiction and Fantasy writer, Barbara Davies, has put together another mind-scratching “what if” collection of fantasy short stories including England’s Dr. Dee, mermaids, orcs, tree spirits, princesses, a Lavender knight, witches, and a heart-stopping Kentucky Derby in the sky.


Bedazzled Ink in the News

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Esfir is Alive by Andrea Simon is featured in Independent Publisher’s list of YA Books readers should check out. Esfir Is Alive also has a review in the June issue of Kids’ Book Buzz

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The Third Law by Jordan Falconer is on AfterEllen’s Official Summer 2017 Reading List.

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Where the Time Goes (GusGus Press) by Gale Walden has a review in Smile Politely, Champaign-Urbana’s Online Magazine and a mini-review in The News-Gazette (Champaign, IL).


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Gail Gilmore signed copies of Dog Church (GusGus Press) at Bookends in Winchester, Massachusetts.

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Andrea Simon did a presentation about Esfir is Alive to about sixty students at her second visit to the Leonia Middle School in Leonia, New Jersey.

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Karen Polinsky presented her soon to be published book Dungeness at the 16th Annual Symposium of Native and Indigenous Scholarship at the University of Washington, Seattle, on May 17th. The theme of the symposium is “Stories of Resistance from Indigenous People.”

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Diana Corbitt talked about Ghosters (Dragonfeather Books) to fifth graders at Tolenas Elementary School in Fairfield, California.

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Bedazzled Ink spent a pleasant Sunday morning at the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, California. It was a beautiful sunny, but cool, day. Best of all we got to meet two of our authors. Karen Polinsky, author of Dungeness (coming out this month), and Michal Strutin, author of Judging Noa, one of our 2018 books.

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June Events

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Michelle Carter will be reading excerpts from From Under the Russian Snow (September 2017) and handing out bookmarks at the San Mateo County Fair from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. on June 10th in San Mateo, California.

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Joan Annsfire, Roxanne Ansolabehere, Lenn Keller, Barbara Ruth and the editor, Giovanna Capone will be reading from Dispatches From Lesbian America at Laurel Book Store from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on June 10th in Oakland, California.

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May Newsletter

Call for Submissions

Indivisible We Stand – Women’s Voices Raised in Protest is an anthology of tales from the front lines of the ongoing battle for equal rights for all women around the world. Raise your voice and send us your story to inspire other women today and in the future to take up the fight. And most importantly, to keep the truth alive.


New Releases

May

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Dungeness by Karen Polinsky

Protagonist and narrator Millie Langlie (daughter of a S’Klallam maiden and a Norwegian mariner) is an adventurous girl with a curious mind. Journeying from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Port Townsend and back again, Millie discovers how knowledge of the past can teach us to love, forgive, and forge a new path.

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Ghosters by Diana Corbitt

When twelve-year-old Theresa Martinez’s mom dies, money problems force her family to move into her dead grandmother’s creepy old mansion. Immediately, strange things start to happen. The powdered sugar she’s been searching the kitchen for suddenly falls out of a cupboard. Closed curtains are mysteriously open—all fun stuff for Theresa’s new ghost-obsessed friend Kerry. They soon discover that ghosts are just tip of the stunning mysteries the old house holds.

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The Lady Professor by Robert L. Switzer

Emma Hanson, a poor farm girl born in 1900, has exceptional scholastic ability and a deep fascination with the natural world. Despite fighting her way through poverty, her family’s indifference, and prejudices against women attaining an education, she attends college. Under the tutorage of the college’s only female professor, Emma conducts her first research with dung beetles and micro-organisms and knows she’s found her calling.

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Always an Orphan by Shelby Adams Lloyd

“I was an orphan then, I am an orphan now, and I will always be an orphan.” Always an Orphan is a loving memoir of a unique childhood where family, to this day, are the orphans Shelby grew up with, and home is the orphanage she looks back upon with pride and love.

June

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Kingstone by Katherine Hetzel

Temple novice Katia wants nothing more than to become a priest in the Temple of the Triple Gods. She tries hard to do the right thing, but she’s on her last chance to convince Elder Sevanya, the King’s Priest, that she can do the job.


Bedazzled Ink in the News

GCLS announced the Finalists for the Goldie Awards. The winners will be announced July 8th.

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Nina Packebush, author of Girls Like Me (Bink Books YA, November 2017) has an article in Hip Mama about Reimagining Juno.

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Dog Church (GusGus Press) by Gail Gilmore received a nice shout out in the April issue of HarvardWood Highlights.

Ruth Rouff signed copies of Pagan Heaven (GusGus Press) at the Local Author Meet & Greet at the Barnes & Noble in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on Saturday.

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Andrea Simon did a presentation about Esfir is Alive for a senior program at Midway Jewish Center in Syosset, Long Island.

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Gale Renee Walden read from her latest book of poetry, Where the Time Goes (GusGus Books), at The Book Cellar in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday.

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S. Rose sports her Silver Medal in General Fiction for her book Sparrow in the Wind at the Florida Book Awards annual banquet in Tallahassee on April 12th.

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Bedazzled Ink spent a sunny spring Sunday afternoon in Books Inc, located in charming downtown Alameda, California, listening to authors read from Dispatches From Lesbian America and exploring the great selection of books. Thank you to Books Inc for putting together wonderful displays of Dispatches and for being a gracious and welcoming host.

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May Events

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Ruth Rouff will be reading from and signing copies of Pagan Heaven (GusGus Press) as a part of the South Philly Book Launch hosted by the South Philadelphia Library, May 6th at 2:00.

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Giovanna Capone will be selling and signing copies of In Our Neighborhood (GusGus Press) and Dispatches From Lesbian America at the Castro Valley Book Fair, at the Castro Valley Library (Castro Valley, California), on May 6th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Giovanna will also be reading from and signing copies of her books at Books at Park Place in St. Petersburg, Florida on May 13th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

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Gail Gilmore will be reading from and signing copies of Dog Church (GusGus Press) on May 16 at 7:00 pm at Book Ends bookstore in Winchester, Massachusetts.

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Katherine Hetzel, author of StarMark and Kingstone (Dragonfeather Books) will be talking about writing for both children and adults on May 17th at 1:00 pm. All budding authors are welcome. The event is a part of the Nanpantan Festival, St. Mary’s Church, Nanpantan Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Children’s Book Week

This is Children’s Book Week. Established in 1919, it’s the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. For us, it’s the chance to show off our persistent girls for the middle grade reader. It’s also a reminder that the majority of children’s books have male protagonists, and we need many more persistent authors to make the number of books with female protagonists equal to those with male protagonists.

Our persistent girls are strong, full of purpose, and stop at nothing to reach their goals and potential.

Meet Addie, Dina, Mackenzie, and Skylar. They love sports and are determined to overcome any problem to be the best they can be to play their favorite team sport.

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Meet Katia, Irvana, and Caidy, persistent girls with warrior spirits, who are quick on their feet, and have the cunning to solve any seemingly insurmountable obstacle that gets in the way of their goal.

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Meet Theresa and Camila, who know the importance of knowledge and research to help them deal with the supernatural and the mythological.

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All of these books make great summer reading for the kid who loves sports, fantasy adventure, ghosts, mythological beings, and science . . . and girls who know how to get things done.

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April Newsletter

Call for Submissions

Indivisible We Stand – Women’s Voices Raised in Protest is an anthology of tales from the front lines of the ongoing battle for equal rights for all women around the world. Raise your voice and send us your story to inspire other women today and in the future to take up the fight. And most importantly, to keep the truth alive.


New Releases

April

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Dog Church by Gail Gilmore

(GusGus Press) Does saving a life always mean preserving it, or does it sometimes mean letting go? When Gail Gilmore’s beloved dog Chispa is diagnosed with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, her first instinct is to fight for Chispa’s life; to do everything possible to bring the symptoms of this neurologically debilitating condition under control.

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Where the Time Goes by Gale Walden

(GusGus Press) In Where The Time Goes Walden considers the yada, yada of romance, her mother’s beginning Alzheimers, the ghost of a dog digging up her bone. Things are ordinary until they aren’t–antique post office boxes are time travel machines, Jack-in-the-Box fast food machines talk back to people, and the end-of-the-world weather blows simulacrum through prairies and deserts. This poet takes you on a road trip under skies flirting with transgression.

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Good People by E.J. Runyon

(GusGus Press) Bernie is a battered wife, escaping her husband Carlos for the summer. Meg is a writer and pre-op transsexual, dealing with father issues, and sharing her place with Baby, another woman on the edge. Relations come in all kinds of configurations–what we accept from some, what we must refuse from others, and how we recognize those who earn the right to be called family.

May

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Dungeness by Karen Polinsky

Protagonist and narrator Millie Langlie (daughter of a S’Klallam maiden and a Norwegian mariner) is an adventurous girl with a curious mind. Journeying from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Port Townsend and back again, Millie discovers how knowledge of the past can teach us to love, forgive, and forge a new path.

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Ghosters by Diana Corbitt

When twelve-year-old Theresa Martinez’s mom dies, money problems force her family to move into her dead grandmother’s creepy old mansion. Immediately, strange things start to happen. The powdered sugar she’s been searching the kitchen for suddenly falls out of a cupboard. Closed curtains are mysteriously open—all fun stuff for Theresa’s new ghost-obsessed friend Kerry. They soon discover that ghosts are just tip of the stunning mysteries the old house holds.

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The Lady Professor by Robert L. Switzer

Emma Hanson, a poor farm girl born in 1900, has exceptional scholastic ability and a deep fascination with the natural world. Despite fighting her way through poverty, her family’s indifference, and prejudices against women attaining an education, she attends college. Under the tutorage of the college’s only female professor, Emma conducts her first research with dung beetles and micro-organisms and knows she’s found her calling.

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Always an Orphan by Shelby Adams Lloyd

“I was an orphan then, I am an orphan now, and I will always be an orphan.” Always an Orphan is a loving memoir of a unique childhood where family, to this day, are the orphans Shelby grew up with, and home is the orphanage she looks back upon with pride and love.


Bedazzled Ink in the News

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Andrea Simon’s Esfir Is Alive is a finalist for Foreword INDIES Book Award in the Young Adult Fiction category. The winners will be announced on June 24th.


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Tina Sears enjoyed interacting with readers at a signing of The River’s Edge at the Barnes & Noble in Springfield, Virginia.

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Tina also had a great time doing a book signing at the Red Dragon Brewery in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where you could purchase a beer and a book and get a free hot dog in an event called A Book, A Beer & A Bite!

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Andrea Simon got to join a book club in Montclair, New Jersey for their discussion of Esfir Is Alive.

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Katherine Hetzel was happy to see a display of StarMark in Waterstones in anticipation of her signing next week.

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April Events

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Ruth Rouff will be reading from Pagan Heaven (GusGus Press) her collection of poetry and short stories at the Barnes & Noble in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on April 8th as a part of the Local Author Meet & Greet from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

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Gale Renee Walden will be doing a reading from her latest book of poetry, Where the Time Goes (GusGus Press) at The Book Cellar in Chicago on April 8th at 6:00 p.m.

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Join Bedazzled Ink at Books Inc. in Alameda, California on April 9th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for a special event featuring several contributors to the collection Dispatches from Lesbian America. Readers will include: Joan Annsfire, Terry Baum, Xequina Maria Berber, Giovanna Capone, Elana Dykewomon, Pippa Fleming, Lois Rita Helmbold, Bev Jo, Lenn Keller, Arielle Nye McKee, Francesca Roccaforte, Lilith Rogers, Barbara Ruth,and Cheela “Rome” Smith.

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Metal Yaniv will be reading from and discussing Spectrum for an Untouchable (GusGus Press) as a part of a reading series at Days LA, 1709 N Kenmore Ave, Los Angeles, California on April 9th and on April 23rd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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Katherine Hetzel will be signing copies of StarMark (Dragonfeather Books) at Waterstones in Loughborough Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England on April 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m..

 

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Persistent Girls

As we near the end of International Women’s Month we’re sending out a reminder that a woman first has to be a persistent girl to become a strong, independent woman.

Bedazzled Ink’s persistent girls are passionate about sports, science, and investigating the unknown. They face down adversity and forge their own destiny. They are resourceful and self-reliant. They are persistent and face down every challenge that blocks their way.

For 9 to 12 year olds:

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For 12 and up:

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March Newsletter

Call for Submissions

Indivisible We Stand – Women’s Voices Raised in Protest is an anthology of tales from the front lines of the ongoing battle for equal rights for all women around the world. Raise your voice and send us your story to inspire other women today and in the future to take up the fight. And most importantly, to keep the truth alive.


New Releases

February

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Dispatches from Lesbian America

(Bink Books) A collection of more than forty works of short fiction and memoir from contemporary writers, some newly emerging and some well-known. Unique in recent lesbian anthologies, these thoughtful stories address themes meaningful to us in the modern world.

March

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The Third Law by Jordan Falconer

(Mindancer Press) Newton’s Third Law – “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Another exciting tale from Jordan Falconer.

April

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Dog Church by Gail Gilmore

(GusGus Press) Does saving a life always mean preserving it, or does it sometimes mean letting go? When Gail Gilmore’s beloved dog Chispa is diagnosed with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, her first instinct is to fight for Chispa’s life; to do everything possible to bring the symptoms of this neurologically debilitating condition under control.

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Where the Time Goes by Gale Walden

(GusGus Press) In Where The Time Goes Walden considers the yada, yada of romance, her mother’s beginning Alzheimers, the ghost of a dog digging up her bone. Things are ordinary until they aren’t–antique post office boxes are time travel machines, Jack-in-the-Box fast food machines talk back to people, and the end-of-the-world weather blows simulacrum through prairies and deserts. This poet takes you on a road trip under skies flirting with transgression.

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Good People by E.J. Runyon

(GusGus Press) Bernie is a battered wife, escaping her husband Carlos for the summer. Meg is a writer and pre-op transsexual, dealing with father issues, and sharing her place with Baby, another woman on the edge. Relations come in all kinds of configurations–what we accept from some, what we must refuse from others, and how we recognize those who earn the right to be called family.


Bedazzled Ink in the News

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Bedazzled Ink had been selected as one of the 10 Finalists for the KCBS Small Business Contest open to San Francisco Bay Area businesses and we got to spend an interesting and entertaining evening at the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco. Each finalist had to do a 90-second elevator pitch and then answer questions from the 3 judges for $10,000. No ten businesses could have been more different from each other and the judges had a difficult job deciding. In the end, another much deserving business won, but the whole experience was well worth it. We did not leave completely empty handed. All the finalists received a really nice all-in-one business quality Canon printer.

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Sparrow in the Wind by S. Rose received the Florida Book Award’s Silver Medal in General Fiction.

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Andrea Simon’s Esfir Is Alive has reviews in the February 2017 issue of Historical Novel Review, Esra Magazine, and The Tribune Star (Terre Haute, Indiana).

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Tina Sears, author of The River’s Edge was the Local Author Spotlight in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star.

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The anthology Dispatches From Lesbian America got a shout out in Book Riot’s “7 Small Press Books to Read in February.”

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Meital Yaniv, author of Spectrum for an Untouchable, was interviewed by Haili Jones Graff at Bitch Media in the article “Full Spectrum: Artist Meital Yaniv on Carving a Path Out of Trauma.”


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Ruth Rouff did a signing and reading from Pagan Heaven (GusGus Press) at Coffee Works Too in Voorhees Township, New Jersey.

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Phyllis Carito read from Worn Masks (GusGus Press) at Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, New York.

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Andrea Simon had a great time reading from and talking about Esfir is Alive at the Scholastic Book Fair at the Leonia Middle School in Leonia, New Jersey. “I was so heartened that such young children are relating to Esfir’s story and asking questions about writing, the Holocaust, if it could happen in today’s world, about Esfir as a character, etc.,” Andrea said of the experience.

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The Frank Bette Center in Alameda, California was bursting at the seams for the book launch of the anthology Dispatches From Lesbian America. Twelve authors and two friends of authors read their stories to a very appreciative audience.

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cat mac author of under the influence (GusGus Press) did a reading and signing at the Barnes & Noble, Dana Park and Changing Hands Bookstore in Mesa, Arizona. The event at Changing Hands included a performance by “cat and the mac” (cat mac and Kat O’Malley) sing and Playing accordion, guitar, and cajon.

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March Events

Andrea Simon will be reading from Esfir Is Alive and giving a presentation at Scholastic Book Fair at the Leonia Middle School in Leonia, New Jersey on March 1st.

Join Tina Sears for a book signing! Buy a Book and a Beer and get a free chili dog, Sunday March 12th from 12-2 pm at the Red Dragon Brewery, 1419 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA. If you already have The River’s Edge, come for her award-winning Cincinnati Chili and pair it with great craft beer.

Nina Packebush, author of Girls Like Me (November 2017), will be reading from the anthology Rad Families: A Celebration (PM Press, 2016) at The Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle on Match 11th. Socializing begins in the Readings Room at 6:30 and the reading starts at 7:00.

Tina Sears will be signing copies of The River’s Edge at the Barnes & Noble in Springfield, Virginia (Loisdale Center, 6646 Loisdale Road) on March 25th from noon to 2:00.