In Positive Women, contributors from fourteen countries and five continents talk about living with AIDS. All the women are HIV positive, yet their stories are very different, representing a breadth of experience that reflects the diversity of women’s lives. They are teachers, scientists, poets, artists, writers and students. Some work in the home, others have lived on the street, Their contributions include journal entries, narratives, poetry, graphic and photographic images. This is a book about women who shatter myths, take control and find their own power in the challenge of living with AIDS. This is an insightful and emotionally moving book with informs and inspires.
Pushing the Limits is a path-breaking multimedia anthology of fiction, personal narrative, poetry, song, and artwork by disabled dykes.
“A hilarious and erotic collection of short stories, expanding the definition of ‘butch’ while poking sly fun at Canada, the lesbian movement, and butch-femme roles. Nice Rodriguez’ storytelling is politically sharp; her heroes are fabulous – full of longing, romance, beauty, and courage. Rodriguez is a writer who commits an oral tradition to paper, who testifies to a Philippines racked by US colonialism and Marcos’ greed, who is honest and clear. She is a writer who loves and translates that love to this wonderful book.”- Beth Brant, author of Food Spirits and Writing as Witness
When Asha’s lesbian mums become an issue for the teacher and the curiosity of classmates, Asha responds that having two mums is not a big deal. They are a family.
Dubbed “the Wayne Gretzky of women’s hockey,” Angela James became the most dominant female player on the planet from the early 1980s through the mid 1990s. Her rise to hockey stardom, however, was a true long shot.
During a difficult childhood plagued by near poverty and familial chaos, hockey was James’s escape. Talent and determination eventually took this hockey pioneer from struggling for ice time on boys’ teams to the Hockey Hall of Fame where in 2010, she became the first woman, first openly gay player, and second black athlete to ever be inducted.
Angela James: The First Superstar of Canadian Women’s Hockey charts James’s rise to stardom from learning how to play on borrowed skates to dominating as an international success, from her controversial exclusion from the 1998 Olympic women’s hockey team and its aftermath to becoming the passionate educator, coach and mother that she is today.
This authorized biography features exclusive access to James, as well as one-on-one interviews with those who know her best, including some of the biggest names in women’s hockey such as Hayley Wickenheiser, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Bob Nicholson, Melody Davidson and Cammi Granato. The book also includes an introduction written by former NHL star and Stanley Cup-winner Adam Graves, a long time friend of James.
The essays and interviews in Who’s Your Daddy? give new meaning to our understanding of queer parenting. Contributors bring into sharp focus the multiple and meaningful ways that LGBTQ people are choosing to become parents and raise children. This is without a doubt a timely and important.
Writing from a witty and sardonic adult perspective, Kathleen Martin explores the turmoil of adolescence in this highly original first novel. Since age seven, Penny Maybe has lived in one foster home after another, making her skeptical of just about everything. Arriving at yet another new “home,” she expects that eventually something will go wrong and she’ll be back at the foster-kid depot. Despite living with quirky and emotionally unstable foster parents, Penny remains undaunted, and decides that the ultimate way to find herself is to do something remarkable – swim Lake Ontario.In a world where adults behave like adolescents, sixteen-year-old Penny will take us back to what we may have forgotten: that first kisses sound like Debussy, that Freddie Mercury ranks up there with God and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and that loneliness is just a regular slice of life.
It’s 1973 in the sleepy Connecticut suburbs and sixteen-year old Zoe Diamond has way more than sex, drugs and rock n’ roll on her mind. Her best friend Naomi has threatened to commit suicide, and while Zoe wants to help her, she also wouldn’t mind a conversation-starter with their young Hebrew school teacher Rivka Lev, for whom she’s developing confusing and intense feelings. Rivka is like no one she’s ever met: maddening and inspiring, she challenges Zoe to make worthwhile choices in a world she doesn’t totally understand. As Zoe is confronted by these big questions, she realizes that coming close to the edge is easier than she used to believe.
“Harriet Tubman was brave and strong, and she was black like me. I think it was the first time I thought of wanting to be called Harriet – I wanted to be Harriet.” Margaret is determined to be someone, to be cool, with style and class and have a blacker skin. More than anything she wants to help her best friend, Zulma, escape from Canada and fly back to Tobago to live with her grandmother. She compiles a list: “Things I want changed in my life” and set about achieving her objectives. But at fourteen, coming to terms with growing up, relationships, and responsibilities is not quite so straightforward, and the parental threat of “Good West Indian Discipline” is never far removed. In this charming, humorous, and perceptive tale of adolescence, Marlene Nourbese Philip explores the friendship of two young black girls and throws into sharp relief the wider issues of culture and identity so relevant to teenagers of all races and colours.
When Vancouver-based artist Tania receives a letter suggesting that her biological father may not be the man she has always known as such, her world turns upside down. As she struggles to understand the implications of this news and delves into her family’s complex past, Tania discovers the ultimate retribution that her life represents. Narrated by Tania’s mother, Sol, and her grandmother, Soledad, Retribution spans over seventy years in the life of the Martinez family, from their daily existence before the 1973 military coup to the horror that ensued; their flight to Canada as political refugees, and back to Chile again as Sol joins the underground resistance movement to the dictatorship and looks for the remains of her disappeared husband. Uplifting, forceful and unflinching, Retribution evocatively charts a family’s journey of struggle and survival from one home to the next as it pays tribute to the fortitude of mother-daughter-granddaughter relationships, and celebrates the triumph of beauty and dignity over darkness and horror.