5.09.2016

THREE BOOKS were at the printer at the same damn time.

 No really-- buy these Thread Makes Blanket books!

1. Lambda Literary 2015 Fellows Anthology
The release event was on March 31st at LAST Projects in Hollywood, in Los Angeles as an AWP off-site event. It featured Justin Torres, who wrote an excellent-excellent intro that I can't wait for you to read, and short readings from some of the great fellows in the book. This collection is really good. You know and will continue to come to know the 50+ writers included in this book I edited and am included in. 
Below is a photo of Justin reading at the queerwonderfulness that was the release event Militza organized in Los Angeles. 

2. Cynthia Dewi Oka's beautiful revisit of her sold-out Nomad of Salt and Hard Water that we (Thread Makes Blanket) have been promising forever, but it's a saga of legit reasons-- and this book is worth the wait. And it's finally here! Because this rad whip-smart lady, whose next collection is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press, can f-ing write. A proper Philadelphia release event is coming soon, but we will definitely have copies at her May 13th reading at AsianArts Initiative.

3. Anna Martine Whitehead's TREASURE / MY BLACK RUPTURE, a book I am going to have to get better at talking about-- because this book. THIS BOOK. I mean, when Nico and I were working on final edits at his kitchen table in Vermont we were feeling all kinds of proud and lucky. And that doesn't really convey what I am trying to tell you. Not at all. I'm trying to tell you about love. About loving a book.
Our April 9th release event in Chicago for TREASURE was excellent. Not only did Martine introduce TREASURE to the world, but Cynthia read. Roger Reeves read. Marie Alarcon read. And I was there all happy these folks talk to me.
Martine's book is "my project" (since Thread Makes Blanket is my project) part of Organize Your Own organized by Daniel Oliver Tucker. This means we got some $ to help cover the costs of the book. Even better: this means this book is part of an expansive and important exhibition and event series that investigates race and responsibility in America. A series that started in Philadelphia (with the most packed event I've ever seen at Kelly Writer's House) then moved to Chicago and may yet keep going to other locations. 
Also-- heads up-- there will be a release event for the catalogue/book for OYO here in Philly in September. Rad writers like Mark Nowak, Rasheedah Phillips, Fred Moten, Jen Hofer, (and me) will have essays included.

Order Nomad of Salt and Hard Water and TREASURE direct from TMB (email: threadblanket (at) gmail for details) OR through our distributor AK PRESS


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