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(SEPT 1) Come join us for the official launch of Tom Janikowksi's first novel, The Crawford County Sketchbook!
Tom Janikowski is a Midwestern author specializing in surrealism and symbolism. His flashes and short stories have appeared online and in print on both sides of the Atlantic. Janikowski is greatly influenced by “Lost Generation” authors such as William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, but he also admits long-standing love affairs with the writing of Kurt Vonnegut and John Updike. He currently works, writes, and mixes cocktails in Davenport, Iowa, where he lives with Shelly, his wife of 15 years.
MacGillivray is a Scottish writer and artist. Her poetry inhabits a rich artistic universe encompassing performance art, song-writing and the use of visual media such as sculpture and photography. Her poetry has been published in ASLS New Scottish Writing and Magma; her art criticism in Performance Research and several editions of Art Monthly. She has performed alongside writers such as Alan Moore, Don Paterson, Brian Catling and Iain Sinclair. The Last Wolf of Scotland was published in 2013 by Pighog, an imprint of Red Hen Press.
8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069
Rebel in High Heels is a memoir about Dr. Charlotte Laws-"the Erin Brockovich of revenge porn"-who was voted one of the "30 fiercest women in the world." She fought a dangerous war against "the most hated man on the Internet" to protect her daughter and other victims. She was bombarded with death threats and computer viruses and targeted by a stalker who appeared at her home. But who is this woman that MSNBC calls a hero? In addition to detailing her gripping revenge porn fight, this book chronicles the first 22 years of Laws' life. Her adoptive mother committed suicide, her little brother was killed, and her father's only comment was he wished it had been her. Laws' first boyfriend was pop idol Tom Jones. She has hobnobbed with the rich and famous. Though not born with VIP access, she taught herself how to gate-crash any event, anywhere, anytime. Rebel in High Heels is about perseverance and looking beyond oneself. It is about fighting for ones dreams, while striving to better the world.
8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069
In this lyrical debut, Ryan Berg immerses readers in the gritty, dangerous, and shockingly underreported world of homeless LGBTQ teens in New York. As a caseworker in a group home for disowned LGBTQ teenagers, Berg witnessed the struggles, fears, and ambitions of these disconnected youth as they resisted the pull of the street, tottering between destruction and survival. Focusing on the lives and loves of eight unforgettable youth, No House to Call My Home traces their efforts to break away from dangerous sex work and cycles of drug and alcohol abuse, and, in the process, to heal from years of trauma. From Bella s fervent desire for stability to Christina s irrepressible dreams of stardom to Benny s continuing efforts to find someone to love him, Berg uncovers the real lives behind the harrowing statistics: over 4,000 youth are homeless in New York City43 percent of them identify as LGBTQ.
Through these stories, Berg compels us to rethink the way we define privilege, identity, love, and family. Beyond the tears, bluster, and bravado, he reveals the force that allows them to carry on the irrepressible hope of youth.
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(SEPT 2) Left to fend for themselves after their home is firebombed during the closing days of World War II, teen Seita and his 5-year-old sister Setsuko struggle to survive in Takahata's stark drama GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES. It's paired with the first feature film collaboration between Hayao Miyazaki and his son Gorō, the 1963-set FROM UP ON POPPY HILL, about a pair of high school kids working to save a dilapidated clubhouse from demolition.