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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Sketchtasy takes place in that late-night moment when everything comes together, and everything falls apart–it’s an urgent, glittering, devastating novel about the perils of queer world-making in the mid-’90s.

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An Extremely Haunted... SHOP IF YOU DARE Sale!!!

October 30, 2018

The last Tuesday in October is the day before Halloween, and it’s also your last chance to get the perfect Halloween costume. Lucky for you, we are here to help by making everything in the store 25% off!!


Philly Book Launch for Sketchtasy & Maggie Terry

Wednesday, October 24 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Sarah Schulman at William Way LGBT Center on Oct. 24, 7 pm, to celebrate the release of their new books: Sycamore's new novel SKETCHTASY (Arsenal Pulp Press) and Schulman’s new novel MAGGIE TERRY (The Feminist Press at CUNY). Both authors will read from their new books, with a book-signing to follow. Free & open to the public. Pre-order Sketchtasy from Philly AIDS Thrift at GIovanni's Room: Pre-order Maggie Terry from Giovanni's Room: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s SKETCHTASY takes place in that late-night moment when everything comes together, and everything falls apart—it’s an urgent, glittering, devastating novel about the perils of queer world-making in the mid-‘90s. ADVANCE PRAISE FOR SKETCHTASY: Sketchtasy is a vivid masterpiece that rivals the likes of Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr. It’s dangerous, hilarious, scary and trancendentally beautiful. Sycamore’s prose is so searing, you might want to read it with sunglasses. —Jake Shears, musician, actor, and author of Boys Keep Swinging Every sentence in Sketchtasy is a living thing, fierce and funny and a little bit dangerous—a voice made of coke dust and club lights, cut with crackling insight... Nobody writes like Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore—most writers wouldn't dare try. —Julie Buntin, author of Marlena "Reading this was like a night of stealing other people's drinks, or a much-needed slap to the face, or a little of both. Bold, glittering, wise, fun, the novel as found poem alive in the mouth of this truth-telling queen, making her way through a wasteland of other people's lies (and a few of her own), and looking for something near paradise. Follow her and live." —Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night * * * In Sarah Schulman’s MAGGIE TERRY, the title character is a private investigator who lands her in the middle of a sensational new case: actress strangled. If Maggie is going to solve this mystery, she’ll have to shake the ghosts—dead NYPD partner, vindictive ex, steadfast drug habit—that have long ruled her life. ADVANCE PRAISE FOR MAGGIE TERRY: “Sarah Schulman's startling brilliance and wry humor is everything.” —Jacqueline Woodson, author of Another Brooklyn “Inventive, boundary pushing, and absolutely electric, Maggie Terry centers women and queerness in the most exciting way, within a story you’ll never want to stop reading.” —Jill Soloway, creator of Transparent "Entirely original and mixing many genres, this book is about imagining a way forward when there seems to be no way at all.” —Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman * * * MATTILDA BERNSTEIN SYCAMORE is the award-winning author of a memoir and three novels, and the editor of five non-fiction anthologies. Her memoir The End of San Francisco won a Lambda Literary Award, and her previous book, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?, was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Mattilda lives in Seattle, WA. Find her online at SARAH SCHULMAN is a literary chronicler of the marginalized and subcultural, focusing on queer urban life. She is the author of nineteen books, including The Gentrification of the Mind, Conflict Is Not Abuse, and The Cosmopolitans. She is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at CUNY, and teaches creative writing at the College of Staten Island.

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Wilde Stories 2018: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction


The eleventh and final volume in the series that offered readers the best gay-themed stories of the strange, uncanny, and fantastical! Work by such acclaimed authors as Richard Bowes, Sam J. Miller, Sean Eads, and John Chu. A library of all the books never written before their authors passed away; young men hiding their pain through weird body modifications; Captain Hook finally meets the Greek god Pan; even Oscar Wilde himself makes an appearance in this anthology by Lambda Literary Award-winning editor Steve Berman.

Book of the Week


Ana Simo

In a word-drunk romp through an alternate, pre-apocalyptic United States, Ana Simo’s fiction debut, Heartland, is the uproarious story of a thwarted writer’s elaborate revenge on the woman who stole her lover, blending elements of telenovela, pulp noir, and dystopian satire.


There’s only one solution for a nasty case of writer’s block, and that’s murder. Specifically, that of one Mercy McCabe, a cunning SoHo art dealer who was once our Latina narrator’s rival for the scrumptious Bebe. When she discovers that McCabe has squandered Bebe’s affections after stealing her away, revenge is not enough: she must admit her guilt, sentence herself, and beg for her own execution, Soviet-style.


In the all-too-terrifyingly-familiar America of Heartland, the inconceivable has become ordinary: corruption and greed at the top have led to mass starvation in the heartland; hordes of refugees have escaped from resettlement camps and attack the cities; a puritanical Caliphate has toppled Constantinople, with America in its sights. Meanwhile, escaping her New York life in disguise, our heroine lures McCabe to her home turf: a hilltop house in the Great Plains where her parents worked as domestic servants. Her nemesis, though, is slippery, and McCabe disappears, threatening to ruin a homicidal masterplan so detailed as to be akin to love.


Heartland is a hilarious, genre-defying debut that confronts taboos of race, assimilation, and sex through a high-voltage tale of love, language, and revenge.


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Wounded Muse

Robert F Delaney

Qiang returns to his homeland of China from Silicon Valley to find Beijing undergoing a chaotic transformation in the lead up to hosting the 2008 Olympic Games. Wrecking balls are knocking down entire neighborhoods to make way for new structures more in line with the government’s vision of a modern China. The tumult inspires Qiang to shoot a documentary about the loss of affordable housing, which draws the attention of public security officials. When Qiang is suddenly arrested by local police, it falls on his friend Jake, an American journalist who admires Qiang and his work, to try to figure out how to end the detention. With few options, Jake enlists the help of those he’s not sure he can trust. Dawei, a Chinese itinerant Jake befriended years earlier, returns to Beijing in the midst of a cat-and-mouse game Jake is playing with the authorities to retrieve a memento that has suddenly become extremely valuable. Dawei becomes ensnared in a plan to force the authorities to release Qiang, and Jake must then decide who survives. Based on real events, Robert F. Delaney’s The Wounded Muse takes readers to a city and country undergoing a transformation on a scale previously unseen, where in the shadowed wreckage of forgotten communities people are pushed to psychological extremes to secure their position.

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