Monthly Archives: January 2012

Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar | Myna Wallin

Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar, by Myna WallinISBN: 9781926639116
Pub Date: 2010

Longlisted for the 2011 ReLit Award!


Sex is casual, but conversation is a serious matter in the outrageous adventures of this contemporary cougar.In Myna Wallin’s second book, a reluctant cougar tells all. She feasts on young men of all kinds, in a world where sex isn’t dirty but love is coated in grime. In this raucous novel, she runs the gauntlet of men, including a Harley-riding bikini salesman, a semiotics professor, a foot fetishist, a jaded brand consultant, a homeless man, and a bisexual mime. Written with Wallin’s signature wit, this semiotics of dating is given a postmodern twist.

Click to read an excerpt from Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar.

“Wallin’s merciless wit subverts the Chick Lit genre, cleverly critiquing its man-chasing imperatives and dating cliches.”—Canadian Notes & Queries

“… an act of admirable bravery”—The Globe and Mail

“With humour and insight, Wallin’s narrator deliberates on the confusing mess that love can be while musing on her current and shaky love affair . . . here it is a call to action, a call for the liberation of the female body.”—Broken Pencil

Myna Wallin is a Toronto-based author and editor. She has her Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto.  Her first full-length poetry collection, A Thousand Profane Pieces, was published in 2006. Myna’s poetry and prose have been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The Algonquin Square Table Anthology, Contemporary Verse 2, Existere, eye weekly, Kiss Machine, The Literary Review of Canada, Matrix, Misunderstandings Magazine, Nod, Surface and Symbol, and Taddle Creek.

 

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How to Get a Girl Pregnant – Karleen Pendleton Jiménez

ISBN: 9781926639406
Pub date: 2011
Shortlisted for the 2012 Lambda award & chosen for the 2013 “Over The Rainbow List” by the American Library Association.

How to Get a Girl Pregnant is a frank and funny memoir about a dyke trying to get pregnant. Karleen Pendleton Jiménez has known that she was gay since she was three years old and wanted to have a baby for almost as long. But how is a butch Chicana lesbian supposed to get sperm? Picking up men at nightclubs and restaurants? Asking queer male friends for a donation? Using sperm banks dominated by blue-eyed and blond-haired donors? This candid and humorous memoir follows Karleen’s challenges, adventures, successes, failures, humiliations, and triumphs while attempting to fulfill her dream of giving birth to a child. It is a confession of desire, humility, and the search for perfection.

“In an honest, captivating memoir, Pendleton assures her readers that they are in for a surprise in the pageturning adventure.”— Emma Pérez, author of Forgetting the Alamo, Or, Blood Memory

“Karleen Pendleton Jiménez tackles topics like mortality, family, race, queerness, and sperm with the best tools in the box: a sense of humour and the sensibilities of a great storyteller.”—Ivan Coyote, author of Missed Her and Bow Grip

“Like all great memoirs, this is an intimate story that manages to connect with the universal, and the narratives of pregnancy and motherhood are so much richer for it.”—Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This

“It’s an honest, brave and beautiful story and everyone should read it.”—Alison Lang, Broken Pencil

“You’re a butch woman, a bulldagger, an outlier, and your maternal instincts are a strong as Betty Crocker. Whaddya do when you want to get pregnant on the double without a lot of heterosexual handwringing and bourgeois p.c. angst? You listen to Karleen Jimenez tell you, that’s what! And laugh and cry along with her. This book IS the antidote to all those dreary, by-the-numbers books and pamphlets about how to inseminate, how to get sperm motility, all the legal issues… yes yes we KNOW all that but can’t someone get to the heart of it all? Someone who isn’t plagued with square anxieties, who has a vision about loving that can’t quit?”—Susie Bright

Karleen Pendleton Jiménez is the screenwriter of the award-winner film Tomboy, and the author for the children’s book Are You a Boy or a Girl?, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. She is a professor of education at Trent University. Raised in LA, having lived in Berkeley and San Diego, she now makes her home in Toronto.

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Here We Are Among the Living – Samantha Bernstein


ISBN9781926639444

Long-listed for the BC national non-fiction award!

Tumbling into adulthood as the world falls into post 9–11 madness, Samantha Bernstein vividly depicts a generation raised in the ruins of Baby Boomer idealism. The daughter of a hippie mom ground down by life in a relentless film industry, and an absent, famous poet father, Samantha enters her twenties outraged by the legacies of her predecessors. In emails chronicling five years, she writes toward a vision that reconciles history with the possibility of an ethical and hopeful future. Creating collectives that are at once joyous and politically engaged, the characters in this memoir accept loss, acknowledge fear, and fight cynicism. Exultant and poignant, caustic and tender, Here We Are Among the Living invites readers to look carefully at the world – to believe the choices we make matter, and that to love is the most important choice of all.

“In the book, written in five years’ worth of emails to her nearest and dearest, Bernstein details her life as a young woman falling in love and deciding what to do with the boundless energy of her youth. She also happens to be the youngest daughter of a Canadian literary luminary, the poet Irving Layton, and though he had next to no part in raising her, the psychic weight of his absence in her life and presence in the literary canon leaves a deep impression on Bernstein’s spirit. By virtue of both her youth and her DNA, Bernstein embodies a curiosity and lust for life. And she is, of course, a writer. By the terms she has explicitly set for the work, Bernstein’s memoir is a success.”—The National Post

Here We Are Among the Living is a documentation of intersections between the personal and political… It’s the story of the profound ways in which an ordinary woman understands her place within the wider world.”—Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This

Samantha Bernstein’s poetry and prose has appeared in various publications, including Exile Literary Quarterly, The Fiddlehead and the anthology TOK 3: Writing the New Toronto.  Samantha is a doctoral student at York University; her dissertation explores relationships between ethics and aesthetics Sam and her husband play in Samba Elegua, a community drum orchestra that on any given day you might see dancing down a Toronto street.

 

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