A huge thank you to Arkansas Life for featuring hand lettered quotes to create by from six contributors to Women Make Arkansas: Conversations with 50 Creatives! What a perfect way to share these women's wisdom. Check out the full issue here.
Et Alia Press proudly celebrates International Women's Day and Women’s History Month as a woman-owned company that seeks to equalize the publishing playing field by sharing more women’s voices.
In the past two years, ALL of our titles have been authored, co-authored, and/or edited by women.
Today, we celebrate:
Daniela Rose Anderson
Brenda Clem Black
Courtney Butler Robinson
Anita Davis (with Rita Henry + Laura Cartright Hardy)
Forthcoming this spring is Rooted: Central Arkansas Table & Farm by Lacey Thacker and Sara Mitchell.
Most of our books are designed by Amy Ashford at ashforddesignstudio.com.
Thank you for supporting these and more women authors through your purchases!
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Are you ready fifty Arkansas women who will challenge the way you think about identity, entrepreneurialism, community, and what it takes to lead a creative life?
In these pages, Erin Wood shares conversations with women of diverse and dynamic pursuits who refuse to be bound by category, including the Arkansas Poet Laureate, a kombucha brewer, a fire performer, a film production designer, a hatter, a drag queen, an aspiring time traveler, the state’s first certified chocolatier, and a ceramicist who has made more than one hundred thousand blades of porcelain grass. Together, these women bravely reveal how they quiet negative voices (whether from critics’ mouths or inside their own heads), channel their intuition, and work hard as hell to bear out their visions.
As you consider your own expressive potential, let the failures, victories, and wisdom of these bold creatives open you to infinite possibilities and help you step into your own creative freedom.
TAH DAHHHH! We are SO excited about the cover for Women Make Arkansas: Conversations with 50 Creatives by Et Alia Press Director Erin Wood.
Get ready to meet fifty Arkansas women who will challenge and change the way you think about making, identity, entrepreneurialism, community, and what it takes to lead a creative life!
The book is forthcoming in April and will debut at the 2019 Arkansas Literary Festival.
Thank you to Brandy Thomason McNair of Bella Vita Jewelry for sharing her top three tips for great small business social media posting! Look for more about Brandy, her creative process, wholesaling to more than 300 stores nationwide, and her loads of collaborations with other lady creatives in Women Make Arkansas: Conversations with 50 Creatives, forthcoming in April 2019. Meanwhile, you can visit her in her gorgeous brick-and-mortar in downtown Little Rock's historic Lafayette building.
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Act now for your chance to win a copy of The Mud & The Lotus: A Guide and Workbook for Students of Yoga by Courtney Butler! (1) Like/follow Et Alia Press on Facebook and/or Instagram now through 12/31. (2) Tag a friend/friends in the comments who you think might also be interested in growing their yoga practice. Each new follow and tag give you one additional chance in the drawing ($29.95 value + free domestic shipping). Winner will be announced on New Year’s Day and will soon be on their way to deepening their yoga practice in 2019 with this book that is "highly recommended" by yoga veterans Larry Payne and John Kepner.
Congratulations to Courtney for the years of hard work and dedication that have led to her feature in the Winter 2019 issue of Yoga Therapy Today.
It’s not too late to gift yourself or the book nerd in your life the gift of books! Free local hand-delivery with wrapping through 12/24. 20% off orders of $65 or more with code READ20. Or pick up most of our titles in our booth at South Main Creative or one of our awesome local retailers . And don’t forget that $1 of every sale of HOME SWEET HOME: Arkansas Rescue Dogs & Their Stories by Grace Vest sold through 12/24 goes to Rock City Rescue.
Artwork and photography from the book were on display and attendees heard readings from five contributors: Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Saira Khan, Bethany May, Justin Booth, and Megan Blankenship.
Aside from the five readers, other contributors who were present included Meikel Church, Laura Raborn, Matt White, and Jeannie Fowler Rodriguez Stone. Ten out of fourteen is an incredible turnout and it was great to meet friends and supporters!
During the Q&A, Laura Raborn asked, “How can we help you sell books?” If you want to support the book and its contributors, here are some ways you can help:
Purchase books for your friends and loved ones this holiday season.
Write a review of the book on Amazon. This boosts the book up the Amazon ladder. (I know it says “currently unavailable” and have put in a request with Amazon since it was published 11/1. Don’t ask me!)
Recommend Et Alia Press on Facebook.
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (we need all the Twitter love we can get!)
THANK YOU ALL for supporting our small press for big voices.
Join us Wednesday, December 5 from 6-8 pm at Little Rock’s White Water Tavern. Readings will go from about 6:30-7 pm and contributors’ art and photography will be on display. Books will also be available for signing and purchase. This is a free event. Hope to see you there!
Keep an eye on your inbox and social media for our best offers of the year during Small Business Saturday, this Saturday, November 24.
Et Alia Press and our family of authors are thankful for you and hope you'll enjoy giving our books to all the readers on your list. We appreciate your support no matter how you choose to give it, but did you know that when you purchase books through retail giants, it leaves small presses and authors earning pennies on the dollar as they often take 55% of the retail price? It is challenging for small presses and booksellers to survive in this environment. So, we offer competitive (sometimes better!) prices, exclusive deals, gratis shipping and hand-delivery, and hand-wrapping closer to Christmas in hopes that you’ll choose small business.
In turn, your purchases through Et Alia make a tremendous difference in our ability to support writers and artists, and to fund more great projects.
Thank you for supporting small presses, authors, and booksellers!
Are you ready to rethink women’s fashion as more than what splashes the glossy magazine pages and luxury items that are out of reach for most? Check out Et Alia Press director Erin Wood’s reading roundup in The Rumpus.
Congratulations to Anita Davis, author of What's Inside? A Century of Women and Handbags, 1900-1999, for receiving a 2018 Global Voice Award from the World Woman Foundation! We love and celebrate all you have done and continue to do for women locally and around the globe, Anita, and are humbled to have you in our Et Alia family of authors.
From the World Woman Foundation:
COMMUNITY LEADER OF THE YEAR: ANITA DAVIS
A Murfreesboro, Arkansas native, Anita Davis has breathed new life into Little Rock’s South Main Street neighborhood. She started the annual Arkansas Cornbread Festival in 2011 to support development projects and foster community. An eclectic, up-and-coming downtown neighborhood, SoMa is home to shops, a farmers’ market, restaurants, and Davis’ own passion project: the ESSE Purse Museum. One of only three purse museums in the world, ESSE was a traveling exhibit of a decades-old collection of handbags before becoming a permanent fixture inside a SoMa historic building in 2013. ESSE embodies Davis’ dream of exploring art, history and the feminine. One of only three purse museums in the world, ESSE Purse Museum & Store is the culmination of Anita’s passion of exploring women’s history and impact through art.
Stoked to announce a collaboration on a collection of literary jewelry with Bang-Up Betty. You’ve enjoyed her fun, witty, bad-wordy, feminist jewelry and seen her designs featured in Bust Magazine, BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, HuffPost, Arkansas Times, and elsewhere.
She is helping folks everywhere #smashthepatriarchy and next she’ll be helping you #getlit with Et Alia Press! Stay tuned!
Stacey Bowers, the lady maker behind this stellar brand, will also be featured in the Women Makers of Arkansas book project forthcoming from Et Alia Press in Spring 2019.
Behind-the-scenes of What's Inside? A Century of Women and Handbags, 1900–1999 by Anita Davis with photographer Brandon Markin and stylist and book designer Steven Otis! Early this summer, Brandon and Steven worked together to style and capture the decades of the 20th century through the lens of the purse in the warehouse area of ESSE Museum & Store.
You’ll recognize the cover purse, but two other photos provide a sneak peak at the decades of the 70s and 80s. You know you want to fiddle with that Rubik’s Cube and see how fast you can solve it while listening to Tears for Fears!
Four days left to preorder your copy. Order two or more copies and use code ESSE20 at checkout through October 9 to take 20% off plus free domestic shipping or local hand-delivery.
Prepare to be blown away by What’s Inside . . .
NOW IN PREORDER! What’s Inside? A Century Of Women and Handbags, 1900-1999 by Anita Davis. Preorder 2 or more copies by October 9 and take 20% off with code ESSE20.
Purses are personal, private places into which only the privileged dare put their hands, vessels of the feminine that hold the essence of a woman’s individuality.
What’s Inside compliments the permanent exhibition of Esse Museum & Store, offering intimate portraits of this most intimate accessory. Step inside one of only three purse museums in the world where, decade by decade, you’ll conjure the lives and habits of 20th century American women through clutch-sized vignettes and gleaming minaudières of fashion.
Breathing life into often unnamed heroines, we revere the stylish changemakers whose struggles and triumphs forged the way for generations of women to come.
Congratulations to Daniela Rose Anderson! The Moon Prince and The Sea won a bronze medal in the “Health Issues” category from the 2018 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.
The Moon Prince and The Sea is based on the true story of a bond formed across an ocean between two children with terminal illnesses. In a hospital in India, Sumit is surrounded by children who call the hospital their home; in a hospital in America, Marina is surrounded by her loving family and friends. The book is named for Sumit, the moon prince, who paints a map of two moons that the children will later find on their adventure, and Marina, whose name means “of the sea.” The pair embarks on a magical adventure that raises questions about love, life, and death in a manner designed to be accessible to and comforting for children and families. This book is intended for children and families experiencing sickness, grief, or loss, and for any child who is curious about these topics. Written in memory of Sumit and Marina, the author’s royalties from The Moon Prince and The Sea will support children and families in South Side Chicago through organizations whose purposes are tied to the book’s themes of health, hospitalization, and bereavement.
Happy ON SALE DATE to author Brenda Clem Black!
BLACK & KIDDO: A True Story Of Dust, Determination, and Cowboy Dreams follows the converging coming-of-age stories of Keith Black (who almost became the real Roy Rogers) and his feisty love, Kiddo, as their lives are honed in the flatlands of Texas, the high plains of New Mexico, and the green hills of the Arkansas Ozarks.
The cover design was done by Rebecca Black at Rebecca Black Design. Seeing a name trend? Becca is Black and Kiddo's great granddaughter!
You’ll appreciate many aspects of this book’s interior design by the talented Amy Ashford such as the wagon silhouettes pictured below, pulled from Black’s handwritten notes on cowboy stationary.
Each chapter is set to the music of the period, so while you're reading this nonfiction tale, you can also listen to the tunes of the time.
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Thank you to Celia Story for today's writeup about 100 Insects of Arkansas and the Midsouth: Portraits & Stories authors Norman and Cheryl Lavers in the Style section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette!