October 3, 2014Dirty Wings is reviewed by The Book Smugglers for Kirkus. Talking circus stories and man-hating with Other Ppl Podcast's Brad Listi.
August 19, 2014Dirty Wings is one of Kirkus's 9 Unforgettable Page Turners for Teens. All Our Pretty Songs is one of xoJane's's 29 Classic YA Books That Changed the World.
July 26, 2014An excerpt from Jenny Zhang's Guillotine chapbook Hags at Dazed Digital.
July 22, 2014All Our Pretty Songs reviewed at Tor.com. Read an excerpt of Dirty Wings at Tor.com and listen to a sample of the audiobook at Soundcloud. Writing about Dirty Wings over at The Big Idea. Dirty Wings launch party at beloved WORD bookstore in Brooklyn on August 7. Some love for Dirty Wings at Stacked and This Ain't Livin'. An interview with the hilarious and talented Courtney Summers.
June 11, 2014Read an excerpt of Dirty Wings online at MTV News, and enter to win signed copies of Dirty Wings and All Our Pretty Songs!
May 5, 2014Dirty Wings gets a starred review from Kirkus!
February 18, 2014All Our Pretty Songs is named to the Tiptree Award Honor List!
February 13, 2014Chatting about Guillotine with Vol. 1 Brooklyn's Tobias Carroll. And Guillotine will be at the NYC Feminist Zinefest on March 1!
February 5, 2014All Our Pretty Songs is a YALSA 2014 Outstanding Book for the College Bound in Arts and Humanities.
February 5, 2014Pre-order Guillotine #6 from Sarah Jaffe and Melissa Gira Grant! This month, you can find Guillotine chapbooks at Ugly Duckling Presse's Gowanus pop-up shop and at Salt & Cedar Letterpress in Detroit.
February 4, 2014The audiobook for All Our Pretty Songs, narrated by Renata Friedman, is out now!
January 31, 2014Pre-order signed copies of Dirty Wings (July, 2014) from WORD bookstore in Brooklyn.
January 12, 2014Talking bad decisions at McNally Jackson on February 11 with an amazing lineup of writers: Mariah Fredericks, Adele Griffin, and Kathleen Hale. See you there!
December 30, 2013s.e. smith picks All Our Pretty Songs as a top 10 read of 2013 for xo Jane.
December 19, 2013Guillotine #5: [Censorship & Homophobia] at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.
December 6, 2013Talking Medea, home, and writing over at the Millions.
September 26, 2013"Seven Ways of Thinking About Medea" over at the Book Smugglers; All Our Pretty Songs is one of Booklist's Top 10 YA Romances of 2013.
September 18, 2013
All Our Pretty Songs gets a great review in the November issue of the School Library Journal:
"Gr 10 Up--Art and music run rampant through an unnamed narrator’s journey with her best friend, strikingly beautiful Aurora, as frightening and elusive strangers promise drugs, fame, and love. The writing is rich and lush, yet conveys immediacy and is comprehensible even when the events are not. The teens have been as close as sisters since childhood, united by their mothers’ friendship, which has since ended. Aurora’s rich, druggie mother married a rock musician who made it big and then died, while the narrator’s mom is poor, vegan, and dabbles in tarot-card reading and spellcasting. The money that Aurora carelessly uses to fulfill her wishes doesn’t make her happy, and her reckless behavior has placed the protagonist into a guardian role. The budding artist thinks that her own lack of stunning beauty might mean that she will never be loved--until Orpheus-like Jack appears, along with the mythic Minos and other shadowy characters who become both real and symbolic temptations. Billed as the first book in a trilogy, this title will appeal to readers of Francesca Lia Block with its blend of romance and the ultra-hip music world. The mesmerizing cadence of the internal dialogue is fresh, distinct, and surprisingly sharp. The descent into the underworld is riveting as the heroine tries to fight for her loved ones’ fates. Raw sex and foul language accompany the shadow world that promises fame and one’s heart’s desire, and only faith in the narrator makes the journey endurable. Brilliant in concept and execution. --Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library, CO"
August 26, 2013Summer Love or Lack Thereof at Glamour and NY Daily News; Sarah interviewed at xo Jane.
August 12, 2013Sarah McCarry talks Orpheus, grunge, and great overlooked lady-fronted bands of 90s Seattle with Soundcheck's John Schaefer.
August 1, 2013All Our Pretty Songs reviewed at Book Smugglers; Sarah interviewed at Zola Books and Real Actual Hilary.
July 29, 2013All Our Pretty Songs is one of Teen Vogue's 4 Hottest YA Books for July.
July 18, 2013You're invited to the launch party for All Our Pretty Songs, August 8 at 7 p.m. at the fabulous Word bookstore in Greenpoint.
July 18, 2013All Our Pretty Songs at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
July 11, 2013PUNK at Largehearted Boy and The Dish; read an excerpt of All Our Pretty Songs online at Tor.com.
July 2, 2013Lovely, brilliant, and thoughtful piece from Anne Yoder at the Millions on Guillotine and great piece from JM Henderson over at Forbes on the persistence of print culture featuring Guillotine.
June 29, 2013Guillotine #4: PUNK reviewed at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.
June 11, 2013All Our Pretty Songs is reviewed as part of a post on female sexuality and YA at Stacked.
May 25, 2013All Our Pretty Songs receives a starred review from Kirkus:
ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS [STARRED REVIEW!]
"Aurora and I live in a world without fathers," the unnamed narrator explains at the opening of this lush, spooky contemporary fairy tale.
Instead, the two girls have a passionate sisterhood, formed in childhood and continued long after their mothers—for reasons the girls don’t yet know—stopped speaking to each other. When the girls meet Jack, a spellbindingly moving guitarist, the narrator is shocked and delighted to find he is as entranced by her as she is by him. The cast is racially diverse (the narrator is one of the few central figures who is white), and the narrator’s relationship with Jack never overshadows her other intimate connections: with her mystically inclined mother, Cass; with Aurora’s mother, Maia, too often high on heroin to be an effective parent; with Raoul, the friend from work who serves as a mentor; and most notably, with Aurora, passionate, outgoing, fragile and often in need of the narrator’s care. So vividly rendered is this network of relationships that when Aurora and Jack decide to walk a path the narrator cannot follow, the devastation is palpable. Despite an occasional lapse (it is unclear whether an amulet Cass gives the narrator for protection is on or off during a few relevant scenes), the characters and landscapes come to life through careful detail and precise, poetic language.
Haunting, otherworldly and heartbreaking.
May 20, 2013Mark your calendars for the GUILLOTINE #4 release party at WORD Brooklyn on June 26, 2013.
April 8, 2013GUILLOTINE featured at HTML Giant.
April 7, 2013GUILLOTINE featured at Drawn and Quarterly blog, Flavorwire's staff picks, and the New Inquiry.
March 12, 2013GUILLOTINE featured at the City Lights Bookstore blog.
March 1, 2013GUILLOTINE 2013
KATE ZAMBRENO :: APOPLEXIA, TOXIC SHOCK, & TOILET BOWL: SOME NOTES ON WHY I WRITE
chapbook. $6. 16pp. 4.25”x6.25”. hand-bound. spring 2013.
“A girl is a gun. A woman is a bomb”: An essay on writing, madness, rage, and being female, from a relentlessly provocative and brilliant thinker.
KATE ZAMBRENO is the author of the critical memoir Heroines, published by Semiotext(e) in November 2012. She is also the author of the novels Green Girl and O Fallen Angel. Her anti-memoir, Book of Mutter, will be published by Counterpath Press in March 2014.
MIMI THI NGUYEN & GOLNAR NIKPOUR :: PUNK: A CONVERSATION
chapbook. $10. 32 pp. 4.25” x 6.25”. hand-bound. summer 2013.
Punk is an unwieldy object of study--because of fictions that circulate as truth, absences in archives and the questionable subject of recovery, and the passage of “minor” details into fields of knowledge. A conversation about the politics of methodology, and historiography, of subculture.
MIMI THI NGUYEN is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the author of The Gift of Freedom. She has made zines since 1991, including Slander and the compilation zine Race Riot. Nguyen is a former Punk Planet columnist and a Maximumrocknroll shitworker; she is also a frequent collaborator with Daniela Capistrano for the POC Zine Project.
GOLNAR NIKPOUR served as co-coordinator of Maximum Rocknroll between 2004 and 2007. She is also a founding editor of Blta’arof, a magazine featuring art, literature, historiography, and cultural critique related to Iran and its diaspora. She was born in Tehran, Iran, and lives in New York City.
EVE KOSOFSKY SEDGWICK :: CENSORSHIP & HOMOPHOBIA
chapbook. $10. 32 pp. 4.25” x 6.25”. hand-bound. winter 2013.
“It is speech and visibility that legitimate us. It is speech and visibility that give us any political power that we have”: A richly personal and incisive unpublished 1990 essay on free speech, homophobia, and violence that is as relevant now as it was the year it was written.
EVE KOSOFKY SEDGWICK (1950–2009) is widely regarded as one of the originators of queer theory. A poet, artist, literary critic, and teacher, her books include the groundbreaking Epistemology of the Closet, Between Men, and Tendencies.
October 9, 2012Celebrate the launch of Guillotine Books with Vanessa Veselka, Karolina Waclawiak and Sarah McCarry
Melville House Bookstore
145 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
October 11, 7 pm
Join us at 7pm at our bookstore to help celebrate the launch of GUILLOTINE, an ongoing series of handbound letterpress-printed chapbooks focusing on revolutionary nonfiction, with authors Vanessa Veselka (Zazen) and Karolina Waclawiak (How To Get Into The Twin Palms) alongside GUILLOTINE publisher Sarah McCarry (All Our Pretty Songs).
The first book in the series is Violence, an expansion of Vanessa Veselka and Lidia Yuknavitch’s conversation on women, writing, and violence, which originally appeared online at the Believer blog. Smart, funny, fearless, and life-changing, this dialogue covers hope, Freud, castration, knitting, and a wide variety of bodily functions.
October 9, 2012ANNOUNCING: GUILLOTINE
OCTOBER 2012: GUILLOTINE SERIES #1: Vanessa Veselka and Lidia Yuknavitch. Violence.
"The feminine forms we have inherited in terms of sanctified literature pretty much make me want to punch someone in the face": An expansion of Vanessa Veselka and Lidia Yuknavitch's conversation on women, writing, and violence, which originally appeared online at the Believer blog. Smart, funny, fearless, and life-changing, this dialogue covers hope, Freud, castration, knitting, and a wide variety of bodily functions.
LIDIA YUKNAVITCH is the author of the novel DORA: A Headcase and the memoir Chronology of Water. Her work has appeared in Ms., The Iowa Review, Exquisite Corpse, Another Chicago Magazine, Fiction International, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. Her book Real to Reel was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and she is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Poets and Writers and Literary Arts, Inc. Her work appears in the anthologies Life As We Show It (City Lights), Forms At War (FC2), and Wreckage of Reason (Spuytin Duyvil). She teaches writing, literature, film, and Women's Studies in Oregon. VANESSA VESELKA (Portland, OR) has been at various times a teenage runaway, a union organizer, a student of paleontology, and a mother. Her work appears in The Atlantic, Tin House, Zyzzyva, the FSG anthology Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, and Maximum Rock ’n’ Roll. Her debut novel, Zazen, is the 2012 PEN / Bingham prize winner for fiction.
DECEMBER 2012: GUILLOTINE SERIES #2: Bojan Louis. Troubleshooting Silence in Arizona.
"Colonization has a bad taste, a reason for ethnic solidarity. Because, well, not all us brown-skin motherfuckers were annihilated": Meditations on book banning in occupied territory.
BOJAN LOUIS is a member of the Navajo Nation — Naakaii Dine’é; Ashiihí; Ta’neezahnii; Bilgáana. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Platte Valley Review, and Hinchas de Poesía; fiction in Alaska Quarterly Review. He has been a resident at The MacDowell Colony.