After growing up in a dysfunctional and emotionally abusive home, Tanya Marquardt runs away on her sixteenth birthday. Her departure is an act of rebellion and survival—whatever she is heading toward has to be better than what she is leaving behind. Struggling with her inner demons, Tanya must learn to take care of herself during two chaotic years in the working-class mill town of Port Alberni, followed by the early-nineties underground goth scene in Vancouver, British Columbia. She finds a chosen family in her fellow misfits, and the bond they form is fierce and unflinching. Told with raw honesty and strength, Stray reveals Tanya’s fight to embrace the vulnerable, beguiling parts of herself and heal the wounds of her past as she forges her own path to a new life.
Book Launch: Who Will Speak for America? Edited by Stephanie Feldman & Nathaniel Popkin — Featuring Readings by KC Trommer, Sam J. Miller, Nancy Hightower, Edwin Torres, & Herman Beavers
Who Will Speak for America? inspires readers by emphasizing the power of patience, organizing, resilience and community. These moving works advance the conversation the American colonists began, and that generations of activists, in their efforts to perfect our union, have elevated and amplified.
All royalties will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Book Launch & Reading: LIVEBLOG by Megan Boyle — w/ Michael Bible, Hannah Lilith Assadi, Jason Phoebe Rusch, & Joanna Valente — Hosted by Bud Smith
Megan Boyle’s epic experiment comes to print at last, with an extravaganza featuring some of the cream of alternative lit sharing their own work. Originally written on Tumblr in 2013 in an attempt to take the therapeutic exhibitionism of the Internet to a new extreme, and to learn something in the process, it now stands as an epic document of its time. Like a messily millennial My Struggle, it is now recontextualized as a bold, new kind of literature.
The Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) brings together people on probation with their neighborhoods using positive, unifying activities. This exhibit features documentary photographs by young adults on probation and other community residents who participated in a 12-week photography workshop at NeON locations in Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, and East New York. The photographers received professional photography training sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, part of a citywide series that will continue at NeON locations in Harlem, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island later this year.