Arsenal Pulp Press: News & Views November 2018

November 2018

It’s been a minute

It’s nice to see you again. We took some time away from our newsletter to get our digital house in order. We’ve finished moving into our newly renovated website just in time for our fall releases (more on those below) to hit the shelves in bookstores, libraries, and (we hope) your home. You’re all invited to our online housewarming party: drop in, take a look around, and enjoy some snacks in the form of a Cookbook Sale (35% off at checkout) & let us know how you like the décor.
We’re thrilled to see Larissa Lai on the cover of the November issue of Quill & Quire to celebrate her first novel in sixteen years: The Tiger Flu. The issue is on newsstands now and features a smart and in-depth profile of Larissa’s work by Amanda Leduc.
The complex literary biopunk thriller The Tiger Flu is a queering of the Hero’s Journey to focus on a community of queer women of colour genetically engineered to reproduce (and heal each other) without the need of men.
Larissa is on tour in Canada with events in the following cities.

VANCOUVER: TONIGHT Wed. Nov. 14 @ 7:00pmVancouver Public Library, Central Branch.

VICTORIA: Sat. Nov. 17 @ 7:30 pm Open Word reading at Open Space (510 Fort Street—2nd floor).Read an excerpt from The Tiger Flu on Lenny Letter.

The Fresh Sheet: Select New Releases from Arsenal Pulp Press
Sketchtasy book cover

by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

is a glitzy and energetic new novel from Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore told from the perspective of Alexa, a fabulous, flawed and clever young queen navigating the often drug-fueled queer club scene in 90s Boston.

Murder by Milkshake: An Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killer

MURDER BY MILKSHAKEAn Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killer
by Eve Lazarus
Bestselling true-crime historian Eve Lazarus is back to set the record straight in one of Vancouver’s most infamous murders: the 1965 poisoning of Esther Castellani by her husband, radio personality Rene Castellani, who was having an affair with a receptionist.

CARE WORK: Dreaming Disability Justice 
by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Care Work is many things: a memoir in essays, a passionate and practical guide for disabled folks (and allies) to create collective access in their lives and communities and personal and political history of the Disability Justice movement built by queer disabled activists of colour
The Antifa Comic Book: 100 Years of Fascism and Antifa Movements

THE ANTIFA COMIC BOOK:100 Year of Fascism and Anti-Fascist Movements
by Gord Hill
“Comic books were made for Nazi punching,” writes Mark Bray in his foreword to The Antifa Comic Book.
Kwakwaka’wakw activist Gord Hill looks at the history of fascism over the last 100 years, and the concurrent antifa movements that have worked fastidiously to topple it in his new comic book.
Check out The Antifa Comic Book in Vulture’s list of 8 comics to read this November.
We think our books and authors are the best, and this fall the juries of multiple major Canadian literary awards agree with us. It also happens all of the books nominated are debuts! Congratulations to:
JOSHUA WHITEHEAD whose 2018 debut novel Jonny Appleseed made the Giller longlist and the shortlist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction.

Read a rave review of Jonny Appleseed in The Globe & Mail.

CARYS CRAGG whose 2017 memoir Dead Reckoning: How I Came to Meet the Man Who Murdered My Father was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction (a first for Arsenal in the GG’s Non-Fiction category).

Read more about Carys Cragg and her book in the Toronto Star.

LINDSAY WONG whose new memoir The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, and my Crazy Chinese Family was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Prize.

Read an interview with Lindsay in the Vancouver Sun.
Actual Synchro champion Bill May and author Shannon McFerran with her book Synchro Boy

Synchro champion Bill May with author Shannon McFerran
Synchro Boy author Shannon McFerran met her new young adult novel for the first time on a trip to Las Vegas. She writes:

“When I think of the Arsenal staff, I picture them all in fairy godmother gear, complete with wands—because they’ve been making my dreams come true all year!

The latest? When I flew to Vegas to see Cirque du soleil’s O, Arsenal sent me a copy ofSynchro Boy in time to present it to Bill May, pioneer of the mixed duet and inspiration to synchro boys everywhere. Dream #1 came true—I got to hold my first book! Oliver’s beautiful design truly left me speechless. Then it was off to the Bellagio for dream #2—finally meeting Bill in person, and touring backstage!”

Read a lovely review of Synchro Boy in Kirkus.

Cover for The Scent of Pomegranates and Rose Water
Mezze Spread featuring Fatta Hummus
Here’s a new vegetarian recipe from the cookbook The Scent of Pomegranates and Rose Water: Reviving the Beautiful Food Traditions of Syria by Habeeb Salloum, Leila Salloum Elias, Muna Salloum, to add to your cooking Arsenal. Try it for lunch or dinner and let us know how you like it! The Scent of Pomegranates and Rose Water is in stores now.
Fattat Hummus
Chickpea and Yogurt Fatteh

Dishes with the name fatta have Arab (pita) bread as the main ingredient. Fattehs are topped with cool yogurt, but the treasures are underneath. Biting into the medley of crispy and smooth layers of chicken, chickpeas, lamb, or eggplant combined with the crunch of fresh pomegranate seeds and hot toasted pine nuts is a sensation hard to forget. Our first taste of fatteh was at the Abu Kamal in Damascus. The restaurant was jam-packed, but when we suggested we come back another day, the waiter smiled and informed us it was like that every day. Why? Because everyone loves fatteh!
2 medium loaves Arab (pita) bread, toasted and broken into small pieces
1 19-oz (540-mL) can chickpeas, drained
1 cup (250 mL) yogurt
1 garlic clove, crushed
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
seeds of 1 pomegranate
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp butter
4 tbsp pine nuts or slivered almonds
2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
Spread bread pieces evenly on a platter, then spread chickpeas evenly over top and set aside. In a bowl, combine yogurt, garlic, salt, pepper, pomegranate seeds, lemon juice, and tahini, then spread over chickpeas. In a frying pan on medium-low heat, melt butter and sauté pine nuts or almonds until golden. Spoon nuts with their butter over yogurt mixture and decorate with parsley.

Author: kakonged

I am an author, journalist, teacher, and lawyer who lives in Toronto, Canada. This picture is a selfie that was done on Saturday, February 24, 2018, nearing six years of my being dreadlocked.