Books

Temporary Sale! Aloft Alight, Gaia Thomas' latest chapbook, is both precise and casual, filled with moments that punch you in the gut and stick in your mind. A history of trauma and a path toward healing. Poison and medicine, the sound of wind from the cracked open window, trying to swim.

Printed at Olympia's South Bay Press. Sewn wraps, hand-bound by the author.

Gorgeous cover art by Travis Wagner. 24 pages, half-letter size.

Set between the public outdoor pools of the UK and the mountain lakes of the Pacific Northwest, Body of Water is a brilliant series of essays about swimming by Alexis Wolf. Whether she's plunging into frigid water on her wedding day or considering ecological collapse while swimming through wildfire smoke, creating her own mikvah or dealing with chronic illness, Wolf's journey in Body of Water makes you appreciate all the beauty and difficulty of being in a human body on earth. 

84 pages, tall pocket-size, letter-pressed covers. Published by Two Plum Press.

"Wendy C. Ortiz was an only child and a bookish, insecure girl living with alcoholic parents in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her relationship with a charming and deeply flawed private school teacher fifteen years her senior appeared to give her the kind of power teenagers wish for, regardless of consequences. Her teacher—now a registered sex offender—continually encouraged her passion for writing while making her promise she was not leaving any written record about their dangerous sexual relationship. This conflicted relationship with her teacher may have been just five years long, but would imprint itself on her and her later relationships, queer and straight, for the rest of her life.

In Excavation: A Memoir, the black and white of the standard victim/perpetrator stereotype gives way to unsettling grays. The present-day narrator reflects on the girl she once was, as well as the teacher and parent she has become. It’s a beautifully written and powerful story of a woman reclaiming her whole heart."

Released on Future Tense Books. 242 pages, trade paperback. ISBN #9781892061706

The first book from long-running zinester Taryn Hipp (Sub Rosa, Lady Teeth). A well-written rollercoaster with the best author photo in the world.

"This is a memoir novella about a woman with an addiction, a mental illness & a feminist identity. This is the story of one woman's journey from anxiety-ridden child to delinquent teenager to divorced alcoholic & how she turned all those years of experience into a beautiful existence." -Sweet Candy

With cover art by the amazing Lisa Congdon (Tender Buttons: Objects, The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo). 140 pages, mid-sized trade paperback. ISBN # 9780989709804

“Eight years in the making, One More for the People is the first collection of Martha Grover's zine Somnambulist. Playful, wry, and conversational, One More for the People chronicles three generations in the life of the Grover family. As these idiosyncratic characters reluctantly confront adulthood, one Grover is always there to take notes. But after she's diagnosed with a rare and potentially fatal disease...One More for the People becomes something unexpected: a survival guide.”

"Martha Grover is a genius. Her story is unique, but as I read Grover, some part of me always feels that this is everybodys autobiography. This is what it means to fiercely love a changing self."-  Ariel Gore, author of Bluebird and Atlas of the Human Heart.

Trade paperback, 225 pages, hand-screenprinted covers. ISBN # 9780983632719

In the new issue of Selfish: tension. Under the banner of "Hot & Bothered," a couple dozen artists from around the country chime in. From poems to film stills, conversations to collages, this issue is full of the unexpected.

Work from: Delilah Jones, Hannah M. Owens, Bonnilee Kaufman, A. Nicole Kelly, Kelsey Nolan, Chloe Isabella Parks, Regina Schilling (of the great Hey Lady zine!), and many more.

80 pages, full-color

Last copy! A gorgeous issue of Selfish that explores the concept of "good girl" through hybrid prose pieces, photo series, paintings, personal essays, and multimedia work.

Yumi Sakugawa, Darcie Wilder, Gabi Pérez, Ginger Buswell, Marisa Malone, and 27 other contributors weigh in on so-called goodness.

"In honor of every woman who has ever been asked just how she manages to 'do it all,' or has been criticized for not doing enough."

80 pages, full-color.

 

In short: this book is such a pleasure. Sarah Mirk—journalist, author, comic artist, zinester, editor, and activist—is one of our favorite creators and a general force for good in the world. Her new book, Year of Zines, collects 100 one-page comic zines from her year-long project of making a zine a day. Some of these are personal, some are focused on positive reminders we all need to hear, some serve as brief introductions to political movements, some are silly and playful.

There's a dating guide, a history of the U.S. working against democracy in Chile, a working theory of cats as anarchists, one about the prevalence of guys with guns on Tinder in Mirk's rural hometown, and so many more. Perfect to put on any coffee table (and so affordable!). 

Year of Zines is a documentation of a year of zine-making, but also a resource for anyone who wants to see what happens when they put pen to paper more often. The material in this book is made to be photocopied—educators are welcome to photocopy pages to use for classes and workshops.

212 pages, oversized trade paperback. ISBN #9780578638812