Short Run organizers Janice Headley, Eroyn Franklin, Kelly Froh and their bounty of books. Photo: Alex Stonehill.
On Saturday, November 15th, Short Run Comix & Arts Festival will hold its fourth annual showcase for indie comix, small press, and emerging artists. Seattle’s Washington Hall will be filled to its rafters with almost 200 cartoonists, publishers, zinesters, authors, animators, and more. Bitch asked us to put together a list of our favorite small press artists from the festival.
October is Black Speculative-Fiction Month. The month is drawing to an end, so it's time to stock up your bedside table with titles by Black women authors that you can spend the next 11 months reading.
There’s a new book out for socially conscious parents who want their kids to learn some culture along with their ABCs: A de Activistais a Spanish-language book for young kids that teaches the alphabet through lines like, “¡F de foco que brilla como el futuro!”
Elissa Washuta is white and Native, bipolar, and lost her virginity to rape. Her first book, My Body is a Book of Rules, is a modern coming-of-age memoir that reaches into these tangles of the body and mind through American pop culture. “I didn’t want to create just a rape memoir, or a bipolar memoir, just a memoir of one small segment of my life,” she says. “Everything I have experienced has been so intertwined.”
As summer is quickly coming to a close, take some time to bask in the sun and soak in a good book. Here are some short, sweet, stellar reads for the rest of August, all works are recent releases from independent publishers.