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Now you can buy all the things I made this year in one place. My house boys will be making runs to the post office every day starting November 30th so you’ll get things in time for whatever holiday makes you happy & not stressed.
It’s here! I made this 28-page coloring book while I was on book tour for We Were Witches. Drawing the images made me feel less anxious about talking to people I didn’t know. Coloring the images in has the same effect, so I think you’ll like it. 5″ x 7″ sweet size for stockings!
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Michelle Tea calls We Were Witches “A new feminist classic penned by one of the culture’s strongest authors at her most experimental and personal.”
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New! Notes & Spells Scout Book
I don’t know how writers keep on with the mighty task of public honesty. Our responsibility to the collective human conversation is not only daunting, it’s painful in the most vulnerable and shaming way.
Since I’ve been working on it for 10 years, it’s enough to give me hope that my voice belongs “out there.”
But there are always a few reactions that turn my stomach and make me grateful for my day job.
One professional editor in New York read the post as a courtesy to a friend who called in a “big favor.” He texted back: “She’s a solid writer. If she’d had an editor who cleaned up her errors and inconsistencies it would’ve been more powerful. But the errors were distracting. She especially needs someone who doesn’t know her to read her stuff. They can let her know what parts she’s missing.”
Sensing an opportunity, my dear friend suggested that he, Mr. New York, could be that person? His “no thanks” came back so fast, I almost felt the burn in my fingers as my friend hung up suddenly, after mumbling, “Well maybe I’m biased in your favor.”
I decided to make myself feel better in the weird egotistical and self-deprecating custom of a true writer, and seek validation with a friend who “liked” my piece and got her ex-boyfriend to “like” it too. This friend is a nice suburban white lady who confessed that she befriended me because she thought I was Latinx. I don’t look Latinx, I just have a (weird for an Irish Canadian) olive complexion most of the year. She kept me on as a friend after she learned I was White, but she works the subject of race and Detroit politics into almost every conversation, so much that I feel I need to study up before I head to her house.
I step into her house after a brisk walk and she greets me with a detail from the story I just published.
Friend: Hi Elisa. So you have only one boob?
Me: Uh, I have Poland’s Syndrome?
Friend: Yeah, but you only have one boob? How come I didn’t know this?
Me: Um, not exactly. You could Google Poland’s Syndrome?
Friend: But WHY didn’t I know?
Me: (running away thinking Because it’s not my job to tell you?)
I assume that most people are walking around with a boatload of hurt and it’s not my business to poke at them.
So, in case you’ve been worrying about it, the proper response to a writer baring her soul is
“Wow, you’ve really made me:
c) Fall asleep
d) Want to kill you.”
What not to say: “Are you sure you’re not making this all up?” Or “Or I feel so sad you feel this way.” Or “Tell me about your body parts.”
If I wanted to feel ashamed about my life choices, questioned about my truthfulness and morals, or have my body poked at and put on display like an exhibit in a freak show, I wouldn’t write stories. I’d build a time machine and go back to my childhood—and if you were there, too, I’d punch you in the face.
Lisa Sinnett, in spite of being deeply flawed, vulnerable and truthful, manages to hold down a full time job teaching high school Spanish in Hamtramck, Michigan, while maintaining close relationships with her family and working on her upcoming memoir-novel, Dispatches from Detroit.
28 pages of excellence. 5″ x 7″ sweet size means it fits in your purse. Guaranteed to make you feel less anxious with regular coloring—or your money back!
Ships to you on November 30th.
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$9 includes shipping to CANADA.
“You know that feeling when you crack open a brand new book and just by reading the first paragraph you can tell you’re about to go on a transformative journey? The kind of book that grabs you by the hand and says, hold on, we’ve got important work to do? A story that, at the risk of sounding very cliche because the word “witches” is, after all, in the title — leaves you spellbound? We Were Witchesby Ariel Gore is that book. Released in September by Feminist Press, it is everything you didn’t know you were allowed to want in a narrative.”
Now you can get signed copies of Ariel Gore’s new novel, We Were Witches, direct from The Literary Kitchen. $18 includes postage & your own spell book! U.S. SHIPPING ONLY.
Canadian readers! I need an extra $2 to ship to you. Thank you for your support!
Wake up and write! Now you can subscribe to the Literary Kitchen for weekly writing prompts from Ariel Gore. You’ll get a new writing assignment / writing prompt emailed to you every Saturday morning. Easy and affordable way to keep your writing practice fresh. $5 a month. Cancel any time.
“Forget Freytag’s Pyramid (of predictable male prose)—behold Gore’s upside down triangle (of fierce feminist narrative)! We Were Witches is its own genre, in its own canon.”
—Kate Schatz, author of Rad American Women A-Z
“Ariel Gore’s We Were Witches is one woman’s body refusing to become property, refusing to be overwritten by law or traditions, one woman’s body cutting open a hole in culture so that actual bodies might emerge. A triumphant body story. A singularly spectacular siren song.”
Out now from The Feminist Press & available from your favorite bookseller.
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