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.

The first ten years of Doris, one of the greatest and longest-running zines of all time. Much of what makes Doris so special is summed up by Cindy in the book's introduction, "Doris is about finding a life worth living and creating a world that will allow us to live: Creating a world full of meaning, that we can thrive in, that we can come together in, where we will be heard, where we will be able to believe in ourselves, where we won't think our thoughts and emotions are crazy. A world where we will know for real we are not alone."

315 pages, wide trade paperback. Illustrated throughout.

Reading Cindy Crabb makes me remember that there are magic in words. How truths told simply, written with a certain level of reverence, can add up to something so much bigger. The Encyclopedia of Doris collects a decade of her zine, Doris. The encyclopedia has alphabetized dives into ideas, places, authors, beliefs, ways to imagine the world differently. 

"I started writing a zine because I believed in the power of telling secrets. I believed that so much of our lives were closed up and hidden—the sweet things and the scary things and the small beautiful things and the ways we learned to survive."

322 pages, trade paperback. Illustrated throughout with Cindy's iconic comics.

"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