We’ve got a lot of killer titles by some amazing authors lined up for this year. From memoirs of feminism and resistance in the 60s and 70s to a tour of some of Japan’s music scenes that asks questions about both academia and culture, our Spring lineup has something for everyone, and maybe just the thing you never knew you needed.
YIPPIE GIRL: Exploits in Protest and Defeating the FBI is lifelong activist Judy Gumbo‘s memoir of her 60s and 70s. In this insider feminist memoir, Gumbo reveals intimate details of—and struggles with—her fellow radicals Jerry Rubin, Anita & Abbie Hoffman, Eldridge Cleaver, Paul Krassner, Stew Albert, and more, detailing their experiences in radical protests and her own skirmishes with unwarranted FBI surveillance. This deep dive into her activism includes details of her organization of a national women’s rights group, her visit to North Vietnam during the war, her travels around the globe to promote women’s liberation and anti-war protest, and her environmental activism.
JAPANTHEM: Counter-Cultural Experiences, Cross-Cultural Remixes offers a deeply nuanced portrait of life in Japan, based off first-hand experience, and illustrates music’s fascinating relationship to (Japanese) society with honesty, intelligence, and humor. The book’s twenty vignettes include what it’s like to be subtly bullied by your Buddhist dance teacher, go to a secret rave in woods near Mt. Fuji, meet a pop star at a basement club while tipsy, and experience a nuclear disaster unfold by the minute. Following a decade of back-and-forth across the Pacific while researching her doctoral thesis in ethnomusicology, JAPANTHEM author Jillian Marshall reveals contemporary Japan through a prism of magic, serendipity, frustration, unique underground culture, learning life lessons the hard way, and an insatiable curiosity for the human spirit.
NO STOPPING US NOW is young adult, LGBTQ historical fiction perfect for the 50th anniversary of Title IX in June 2022. It’s 1974, Title IX was passed two years ago, and Louisa asks her principal to start a girls team. But she’s soon viciously targeted by male coaches at her school, lied to by the school board, and dismissed as “out of line” as she fights for a fair chance to be an athlete. No Stopping Us Now is about finding one’s own voice through the joys of sports, love, and the power of sisterhood. Based on author Lucy Jane Bledsoe‘s true story, it is a compelling examination of the courage it takes to stand up for what’s right.
And coming in the fall…
Debut novelist Ebele Chizea brings imagination and a drive to resist to AQUARIAN DAWN. In the middle of the US 60s counterculture movement, Ada—a lonesome teen forced by impending civil war to flee her native West African birthplace with her mother—discovers an uncanny ability to connect with nature spirits, leading her to join other nonconformist youth on the way to becoming an activist for her homeland and discovering family secrets that impact her destiny forever.
Christopher Chambers brings us back to the D.C. streets in STANDALONE. Dickie Cornish—Washington, DC street denizen turned unlicensed private investigator, first seen in Christopher Chambers’ acclaimed mystery Scavenger—is forced at gunpoint to track down the daughter of an ex-con, setting up a chain of events that unleashes a war within the corrupt police force, exposes shocking conduct in child services, and unearths a secret that threatens to tear the nation’s capitol apart.