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Black Punk Now By Chris L. Terry (Editor), James Spooner Spooner (Editor) Cover Image
By Chris L. Terry (Editor), James Spooner Spooner (Editor)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781593767457
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Soft Skull - October 31st, 2023

I knew I was going to make this a staff pick before I even bought it. The list of contributors is both impressive and inspiring. Uniquely presented in a combination of short stories, interviews, graphic memoirs, and other formats, this collection gives perspective on the Black punk experience (and a kick-ass list of bands that you should be listening to). The pieces of this anthology exhibit the creation of community out of places of loneliness, of belonging out of otherness, of acceptance out of rejection of and by family, society, and the punk scene itself. And what’s more punk than rejecting boxed-in notions of what punk is while proclaiming your punkness?


Review by Bailey

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No One Will Come Back For Us By Premee Mohamed Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781988964423
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Undertow Publications - May 16th, 2023

Haunted kids, ancient horrors in the garden shed, mad science gone wrong - this short story collection does it all. Mohamed writes dark fantasy and horror with a deft, captivating hand. Creepy fun!


Review by Kit

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Elemental: Earth Stories By Sarah Coolidge (Editor), Erika Kobayashi, Farkhondeh Aghaei Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781949641110
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Two Lines Press - March 9th, 2021

These authors filled my imagination with textures and tales I thought I could only experience through extensive travel, and such beautiful prose and dreamlike destinations took my breath away. But most of all, these stories made it clear that all over the world we are asking the same questions: Can we still truly be at home with these earthly elements? Were we ever? And even if we can, will we jointly survive long enough to do so? And the only response I could come up  with was to read the collection again, finding solace and wisdom in the convergence of such diverse works. 


Review by Katelynn