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MAINTENANT 16: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art
edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges

“A smorgasbord for those who are sick and tired of it.” —Seattle Book Review

“Timely and relevant.” —Tribe LA Magazine

“Proof that Dada is not dead.” —Madjan Magazine (Serbia)

These days you hear a lot about NET ZERO, in reference to steps being taken to combat climate change. NET ZERO refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. At this time, NET ZERO is an ambition lacking absolute definition as corporate energy titans pledge distant adherence without clear or immediate commitments to act. In fact, these so-called “innovative” scions of wealth seem to not even be able to remove the layer of hot air greenhouse gases spewing from the mouths of the pundits and politicos pushing the affirmation of their endlessly pernicious promises. Enter NYET ZERO.

For the first time since debuting in 2008,  MAINTENANT 16 includes work from all seven continents on the planet, with more than 240 creators from 34 countries. The MAINTENANT series gathers the work of internationally-renowned contemporary Dada artists and writers. MAINTENANT 16 features cover art by legendary painter Chuck Connelley. READ MORE

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YIPPIE GIRL: Exploits in Protest and Defeating the FBI
by Judy Gumbo

“Gumbo delivers a sharp-edged memoir of years of protest and resistance . . . A welcome addition to the literature of radical activism in the age of Johnson, Nixon, and beyond.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The best account in existence of what life was like for a woman in the theatrical, goofy, messianic world of the Yippie boys . . . A fun read and a valuable political document, long overdue. It’s cause for celebration.” —Counterpunch

In 1968, a 24-year-old woman moved to Berkeley, California and immediately became enmeshed in the Youth International Party, aka The Yippies, a recently-formed satirical protest group. In the next few years, Judy Gumbo (a nickname given her by Eldridge Cleaver), was soon at the center of counter-cultural activity—from protests in People’s Park, to meetings at Black Panther headquarters, to running a pig for President at the raucous Democratic National Convention in Chicago, a protest that devolved into violent attacks by the police and arrests that led to the notorious Chicago Conspiracy Trial. READ MORE

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NO STOPPING US NOW: A Novel
by Lucy Jane Bledsoe

“A timeless and triumphant story of courage in the face of opposition, as well as a glimpse into the early days of Title IX’s implementation. Knowledgeable about, and appreciative of, the trailblazers who fought for fairness and equal opportunities for women in sports, No Stopping Us Now is an excellent historical novel.” ―Foreword Reviews (Starred Review)

“The cause is just, the action absorbing, the sexist flack still all too familiar.” —Kirkus Reviews

A powerful, moving story about finding one’s own voice through the joys of sports, love, and the strength of sisterhood. Louisa loves to play basketball, but in 1974, her Portland, Oregon high school only offers a team for boys. An encounter with feminist Gloria Steinem teaches her about Title IX—the law that bans discrimination based on gender—so she asks her principal to start a girls team. Little does she know that she’ll soon be viciously targeted by male coaches at her school, lied to by the school board, and fall in love—a couple of times—as she fights for a fair chance to be an athlete. Based on the author’s true story, it is a compelling examination of the courage it takes to stand up for what’s right. READ MORE

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JAPANTHEM: Counter-Cultural Experiences; Cross-Cultural Remixes
by Jillian Marshall

“In this illuminating debut, Marshall offers an outsider’s look into Japanese culture via its music . . . Throughout, her sharp observations are interspersed with moving moments of introspection . . . This transportive work is a thrilling escape.” Publishers Weekly

Fulbright and mtvU sponsored scholar Jillian Marshall offers honest and often humorous vignettes that delve far beyond Western stereotypes of Japanese culture to portray a society’s deep relationship with music, and what it means to listen and understand as a cultural outsider.

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. The book’s twenty vignettes — including 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 — are based off first-hand experience, and illustrate music’s fascinating relationship to (Japanese) society with honesty, intelligence, and humor. JAPANTHEM offers a uniquely nuanced portrayal of life in the Land of the Rising Sun — while encouraging us to listen more deeply in (and to) Japan in the process. READ MORE

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NEEDLEWORK: A Novel
by Julia Watts

“Julia Watts doesn’t sugarcoat the problems in contemporary Appalachia, but she also writes with big-hearted generosity and love. Kody, the gay sixteen-year-old protagonist, is sensitive, funny, and kind. I wish I’d had this book to read when I was young. Plus, Dolly Parton and dogs―what’s not to love?” ―Carter Sickels, author, The Prettiest Star

“Watts’ latest contemporary Appalachian story movingly melds identity exploration with more prominent themes of addiction, family, faith, and racism. . . . The overall tone is hopeful―not unlike a Dolly Parton song itself.” ―Kirkus Reviews

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In rural Kentucky, a sixteen-year-old boy with a love of quilting, cooking and Dolly Parton helps his grandma care for his opioid-addicted mother, until the discovery of a family secret upends everything he has ever believed. While other sixteen-year-old boys in Morgan, Kentucky, love hunting and football, Kody prefers to spend his time quilting with his grandmother (“Nanny”), watching Golden Girls reruns, and listening to old Dolly Parton albums. Nanny is Kody’s main caregiver, but it takes both Nanny and Kody to take care of Kody’s mother, whose drug problem is spinning out of control. Between looking after Mommy and trying to survive in a place that doesn’t look kindly on feminine boys, Kody already has a hard time making sense of his life. But then he uncovers a family secret that will change everything in his life. READ MORE

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TINK AND WENDY
by Kelly Ann Jacobson

“Queer readers such as myself who spent their childhoods escaping into the fantastical worlds of Oz and Neverland will delight in Kelly Ann Jacobson’s Tink and Wendy…News flash: It’s not all about the boys anymore!” —Julia Watts, author, Quiverand Needlework

“Jacobson breathes new life into traditional Peter Pan lore… Tink and Wendy is a delight for fans of Peter Pan.” –Tara Campbell, author, Cabinet of Wrath: A Doll Collection

What happens when Tinker Bell is in love with both Peter Pan and Wendy? In this sparkling re-imagining of Peter Pan, Peter and Wendy’s granddaughter Hope Darling finds the reclusive Tinker Bell squatting at the Darling mansion in order to care for the graves of her two lost friends after a love triangle gone awry. As Hope wins the fairy’s trust, Tink tells her the truth about Wendy and Peter―and her own role in their ultimate fate. Told in three alternating perspectives―past, present, and excerpts from a book called Neverland: A History, written by Tink’s own fairy godmother―this queer adaptation is for anyone who has ever wondered if there might have been more to the story of Tinker Bell and the rest of the Peter Pan legend. READ MORE

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EVERYTHING IS JAKE: A T. R. Softly Detective Novel
by Jethro K. Lieberman

“Lively . . . Witty prose complement the clever plotting.” —Publishers Weekly

“Prolific lawyer and retired law professor Lieberman’s first solo novel is a whimsical tale of a secret plot to make seriously bad guys incriminate themselves…A broad, sweetly fantastical satire just perfect for readers in the mood.” —Kirkus Reviews

A federal plea deal in Manhattan goes off the rails when a mob boss inexplicably recants his testimony days after voluntarily confessing to a lifetime of crime, and immediately, an FBI agent involved with the case goes missing. To find out what happened, the Feds call in T. R. Softly, detective fiction’s newest and most intuitive sleuth. Softly’s search takes him to Washington, D.C., where the “oddest of the forty-odd presidents of the United States” is suddenly laying plans to evaporate the U.S. government, as assassination rumors percolate in dark corners. Co-opted into partnering with a secret government agency, Softly struggles to understand how many games are being played and by whom. Is he master of his fate or has he been the unwitting agent of friends and foe? A twisting, rollicking tale that enthralls readers until the last page. READ MORE

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ANIMAL WRONGS
by Stephen Spotte

“A sprightly tale that finds two attorneys in medieval France matching wits over a triptych of unusual cases. . . . This medieval comedy smacks of Monty Python’s bawdy and mischievous sense of humor.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Threaded with unique and sardonic humor, full and powerful, ANIMAL WRONGS is an off-beat exploration of human nature.” Ed Ricciuti, author, Bears in the Backyard

Historical fiction and preposterous legal arguments intertwine in Stephen Spotte’s electric new novel Animal Wrongs, set in a medieval French courtroom where animals are put on trial for “crimes” against mankind. Sixteenth-century lawyers fill the air with bluster, heckled and cheered by spectators as they defend or prosecute accused animals facing penalties of being hanged or burned alive at the stake. Spotte deftly unveils a story of opposing attorneys facing off against each other in ever-more opaque, convoluted, and dilatory trials. By the end of this novel, Spotte uses his considerable, critically-acclaimed storytelling skills to explore still-relevent theories on legal precedent, the church vs. the state, mankind’s place in nature, and animal rights. READ MORE

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FAR AWAY FROM CLOSE TO HOME: A Black Millennial Woman in Progress
Essays by Vanessa Baden Kelly

“Vivid and relatable … like Vanessa herself—funny, charming, and brave.” —Mindy Kaling

“Her writing proves her courage … One of the great voices of her generation.” –Ben Crump, Civil Rights Attorney

“A powerful collection.” –Publishers Weekly

Through a series of extraordinary, incisive, often-humorous essays, Emmy-award nominated actress Vanessa Baden examines what the idea of “home” means to a Black millennial woman. What are the consequences of gentrification on the life of a young Black woman, and on her ability to raise a family? What does it mean to be part of a lineage, whether it be passed down through names or through the voices of generations of writers and thinkers? In these profound, intimate essays, Baden has found a space where she can work out thoughts and feelings she feels unsafe saying out loud. As she processes the initial ideas more fully, her essays evolve from personal stories to fully-realized communiques of a generation of Black women who are finding a new sense of both belonging and ostracism in private, work, and public life. Underlying the theme of each essay are questions of how a Black millennial woman can find “home” anywhere when confronted with its invasion by police, men, and society’s expectations. READ MORE

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NARCISSUS NOBODY: A Novel by Gina Yates


“Keen-eyed and poignant . . . compulsively readable.” —Publishers Weekly

The voice of disgraced love guru Brooks Nixon seems to haunt Hope Townsend, showing up at inopportune moments to deliver unwelcome commentary on her hapless romances. Brooks―who once doled out cliched dating advice to millions―fell out of favor with his fanbase when a life-altering experience shifted his counsel to a free-wheeling, anti-monogamy platform. The about-face earned him the moniker “Narcissus Nixon” and made him slightly less annoying to Hope, a goth music devotee who prefers animals over people. Hope’s dueling traits of misanthropy and compassion often hinder her progress in jobs as well as relationships. Little by little, she finds herself more influenced by the new Nixon than she’d care to admit. To shake off his hold on her thoughts and come to terms with her own destiny, she must uncover the truth behind Nixon’s transformation and draw the line between his recommendations and her authentic desires NARCISSUS NOBODY is a brilliant—often humorous—story of a woman who is driven to embody the free-wheeling independence of her feminist heroes, in the face of the more straight-laced suburban women in her community. Author Gina Yates is the youngest daughter of the late celebrated author Richard Yates (Revolutionary Road), and with this novel, she makes her mark as a writer of sparkling originality. READ MORE

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VOYAGERS: Twelve Journeys Through Space and Time by Robert Silverberg


“An impressive collection… Readers will be won over by the immersive world building and clever pot twists of these thought-provoking stories.” —Publishers Weekly

“A fabulous curation. I highly recommend this anthology to lovers of classic Science Fiction.” —The Spine Review

Every science-fiction story is a voyage of some kind―to a world of a far-off galaxy, to our own world of the distant future or the remote past, to some interior corner of the human soul. In VOYAGERS: Twelve Journeys through Space and Time, Science Fiction Grand Master Robert Silverberg collects twelve of his finest short stories and novellas, all of which carry readers to the next level of imagination and into a new universe of the mind. This new collection spans 60 years of work by the Hugo Award-winning Silverberg, traveling from one end of the universe to the other, from the dawn of time to its final hours. A journey through its pages reveals time-travelers from the future come back to witness a catastrophe of our own time, Spanish conquistadores looking for―and finding―the Fountain of Youth, a tourist in Mexico stepping into an alternative universe, and spacefarers among the stars making a surprising discovery. The range of these stories, the kinds of voyages they describe, just begins to demonstrate the scope of science fiction, and the lengths to which Silverberg’s sparkling imagination can leap. READ MORE

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MAINTENANT 15: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art


span style=”color: #000080;”>”A smorgasbord for those who are sick and tired of it.” —Seattle Book Review

“Timely and relevant.” —Tribe LA Magazine

“Excellent examples of collage and montage techniques . . . Interesting visual poems.” —Portland Book Review

“An interesting perspective.” —Manhattan Book Review

“Proof that Dada is not dead.” —Madjan Magazine (Serbia)

The 2021 edition of the world’s premiere journal of contemporary dada writing and art considers humankind past and present with a collection of contemporary dada art and writing driven by the theme “HUMANITY: THE REBOOT.” More than 250 creators from 33 countries establish that social protest can be creatively acheived via risk-taking art. The premier journal gathering the work of internationally-renowned contemporary Dada artists and writers, Maintenant 15 offers compelling proof that Dada continue to serve as a catalyst to creators more than a century later. READ MORE

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LOUDMOUTH: A Novel by Robert Duncan


“A sonic wail of a tale about the youthful beginnings of one of the Mount Rushmore ‘heads’ of rock ‘n’ roll journalism. I loved it.” —Joel Gion, musician, Brian Jonestown Massacre

“Read this book immediately if you like truth, drugs, generation gaps, guitars, and lifelong quests for freedom and kicks.” —Craig Finn, singer/songwriter, The Hold Steady

Thomas Ransom is not the first of his generation to imagine rock ’n’ roll as a way out. But he takes it to the extreme.

At 18, he becomes an outrageous singer in seventies’ New York. A couple years later, he finds himself editor of the scrappy Detroit magazine that invented punk. All this, despite being raised in an unreconstructed Southern family ferociously determined to make him something else.Inspired by the author’s experience as a musician and former editor of Creem, LOUDMOUTH tracks an impassioned young seeker finding his way among the punks, hippies, and wild geniuses of rock when music was the center of the world. With echoes of Almost Famous and Just Kids, LOUDMOUTH is a novel about growing up while falling down. READ MORE

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SCAVENGER: A Mystery by Christopher Chambers


“Chris Chambers has created a wholly original character that exists in a world at once familiar but startlingly brutal.”  —S. A. Cosby author, My Darkest Prayer and Blacktop Wasteland

“Literary cinema verite, Chambers delivers a sly, slick and twisty hardcore mystery well worth the read.” —Gary Phillips, author, Matthew Henson and the Ice Temple of Harlem

“Chambers comes out of the box swinging hard in this fast-moving, down-and-dirty crime novel that kicks up the tarp on the sleazy, duplicitous, double-dealing underbelly of our nation’s capital. . . . Two thumbs up for Chambers!” —Tracy Clark, author of Borrowed Time, winner of the G.P. Putnam’s Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award

Dickie Cornish, a street-wise neophyte Black sleuth, must learn to navigate a high stakes game of greed, deceit, and murder in a perilous Washington, D.C. world of unscrupulous politicians and desperate street hustlers where everything is on the line.

In SCAVENGER, the forthcoming novel from Christopher Chambers (A Prayer for Deliverance and Sympathy for the Devil) street-wise survivor Dickie Cornish lives in a homeless camp near the Smithsonian’s Museum of National History. Addled by the K2 and liquor he prays will blunt the pain of a harsh winter, he endures the cruelty of Donald Trump’s capital and ongoing nightmares from his youth. He makes a few dollars a day turning the possessions of evicted tenants into curb flotsam, scavenging what he can from the wreckage of other lives to save his. On one expedition Dickie gets lucky as he uncovers a treasure in the trash of a wealthy ex-Homeland Security Secretary, Jamie Bracht. But his joy is short-lived, when he simultaneously finds out that two of his friends who escaped the shelters for a decent life have been murdered. In fury, he attacks the local cops, lands in jail, then is plucked out by Bracht, who has a job for him: find a woman using the sub-level network of the streets and the underground world of undocumented immigrants. In return, Bracht promises Dickie a fresh, clean start at a new life.  READ MORE

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THE DOOR TO INFERNA: An Elkloria Novel by Rishab Borah


“The imagery is vivid and elaborate . . . . A complex debut that shows promise.” Kirkus Reviews

“Rishab Borah’s brisk, inventive storytelling channels a coming-of-age tale that dazzles like lightning.” —Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, author, When the Blue Shift Comes

Fourteen-year-old Khioneus Nevula is beginning to realize something strange is going on. Adopted from unknown parentage, he has always been marked as different by his purple eyes.

Now a winter break that should have been nothing but goofing around with his best friends is haunted by some other presence—ghostly apparitions appear to him in the dark of night, the surface of his mirror ripples like a pool of water, and he dreams of a girl with a long blue braid who invents fantastical devices.
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RAY BY RAY: A Daughter’s Take on the Legend of Nicholas Ray, by Nicca Ray

Ray by Ray

Ray by Ray

“Nicholas Ray invented the meme of teenage anguish. His daughter Nicca lived it. The first miracle is that she survived. The second is that she created this beautiful, heart-breaking book, in which she maps the intersecting arcs of her life and her father’s, creating a dazzling geometry of self-creation and self-destruction.” —Peter Trachtenberg, author of 7 Tattoos and Another Insane Devotion

Nicholas Ray was cinema. He was an innovator, and as director of such classic as Rebel Without a Cause he was a force that dramatically changed the Hollywood landscape. He was also Nicca Ray’s dad, Nick. After he disappeared from her life in 1964, Nicca began to imagine her father as a hero who would return and whisk her away from a life in LA where she never felt safe. However, the man who reappeared in 1974 was not the legendary figure she dreamed of. Through his movies and letters along with her intimate interviews of family members and Hollywood icons, Nicca stitches together the seemingly disparate pieces of the real Nicholas Ray. A man so devoted to his craft he insisted on spending the last hours of his life surrounded by a film crew. A man who lost everything to drugs and gambling. An absentee father she longed for connection with. Both well-researched and deeply personal, Ray by Ray: A Daughter’s Take on the Legend of Nicholas Ray unravels the lives entangled in Nick’s, including those of Gloria Grahame, Dennis Hopper, John Houseman, and the Ray family itself. Nicca tracks her father’s whereabouts during the ten years he was missing from her life and works to reconcile his artistry with his persona. In discovering the truth about her father, she navigates her own path beyond the shadows cast by the Golden Age of Hollywood and into her own life. An essential new perspective on Nicholas Ray, Ray by Ray redefines this legendary figure through the eyes of a daughter searching for her father. READ MORE

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THE FAKING OF THE PRESIDENT: Nineteen Stories of White House Noir, edited by Peter Carlaftes

The Faking of the President

“19 speculative stories in this highly entertaining anthology show U.S. presidents behaving badly, some with the same impunity as the current occupant of the White House…. Fans of alternate history will have fun. This is the perfect diversion” —Publishers Weekly

The Faking of the President is a wild, rollicking ride through the corridors of power both past and present. These stories are dark, humorous and thoughtful; they take the presidency and its environs and turn it into a fun house of noirish story-telling. Get this book and read it … to help keep your head on straight.” —T. J. English, New York Times Best Selling author of Havana Nocturne and The Westies

What would the White House be like if U.S. Presidents of the past were not restricted by the time-honored hallmarks and traditional behavior of the office, leaving them free to do whatever they wanted, anytime and anywhere? THE FAKING OF THE PRESIDENT: Nineteen Stories of White House Noir pulls back the curtain on the “new norm” for America’s highest office, with a collection of bizarre new stories by a diverse group of renowned authors that take readers across the chasm of reality into an alternate universe—where Nixon takes a wacky psychedelic trip with Elvis Presley; where a time-traveling renegade targets members of the George Bush administration with disastrous results; where a spy seizes a sudden opportunity for power after Woodrow Wilson’s stroke. The stories are outlandish—but when it comes to the White House of today—strange behavior and kinky, zany antics are no longer implausible.

The line-up of award-winning authors includes Eric Beetner, Peter Carlaftes, Christopher ChambersSarah M. Chen, Angel Luis Colon, S. A. Cosby, Nikki Dolson, Mary Anna Evans, Kate Flora, Adam Lance Garcia, Danny Gardner, Alison Gaylin, Greg Herren, Gary Phillips, Travis Richardson, S. J. Rozan, Alex Segura, Abby Vandiver, and Erica Wright. READ MORE

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