Congratulations to Brenda Clem Black and BLACK & KIDDO: A Story of Dust, Determination, & Cowboy Dreams for being a finalist in cover design in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and a finalist in the Western Nonfiction - Biography and Memoir Category for the Will Rogers Medallion Award!
Christmas on the Tree by Claire, Leslie, Henry, and Charlie Wallace is now in PRE-ORDER!
Being a Christmas ornament isn’t just about hanging out and spreading joy during the most wonderful time of the year. Actually, the job is quite complicated. Plus, there are fears, dangers, and years you just don’t fit in. Meet one endearing red Christmas ball and forevermore be filled with wonder about what really happens on the tree.
This sibling collaboration will be available to celebrate Christmas in July! Pre-order now and receive your copy in late July.
Meet the Wallace siblings on their author page and learn about their collaborative roles in this book.
During the launch of Rooted: Central Arkansas Table & Farm by Lacey Thacker and Sara Mitchell last week at Little Rock's Dunbar Garden, the authors suggested a donation amount for wine and water and together with attendees, raised $300 for the garden!
From page 63: "Students at Gibbs Elementary and Dunbar Middle School in Little Rock have something very unique: their own secret garden, hidden from the road on the edge of downtown. . . . Dunbar Garden is not only open to students, it is a nonprofit teaching garden, open to the public. The garden, which began in 1992, encourages 'planting ideas to grow minds,' and the goal of Dunbar Garden is to educate people on where food comes from and how to grow it oneself. The garden averages about 800 school kids per month when the weather is nice. When the garden began, it was in-school suspension students who were sent out to do the work to help build the garden. It has since taken off, unique in that this is an inner-city school with ample space for a garden to grow."
Thank you to all who contributed to helping this beloved garden grow!
Chat with Susan Boe and you’re likely to walk away with her joyful smile and a sweet bit of conversation buzzing in your head, and perhaps a piece of reworked vintage in your hand. Considering herself a “rescuer,” Susan repurposes castoff fabrics into fabric bowls, unfinished needlepoints into pillows, memory-filled snippets of the past into quilts, and other estate sale items into objects to be loved anew (follow her on Instagram as @boebowls). For Susan, making is matrilineal—inherited from her foremothers and passed down to her own daughters as an essential part of everyday living.
Both of Susan’s daughters, Elaine Ruth and Vivian, are past Et Alia Press summer interns. Elaine Ruth now has a publishing position with HarperCollins and Vivian is a junior at Davidson College.
You’ve passed your desire to make down to your own girls. What did that look like in your home?
“When Elaine Ruth was very young, she made things to sell at Gallery 26. Vivian sewed over one hundred dresses for Little Dresses for Africa. My husband would spend entire weekends with the girls, painting huge discarded display boards, the patio floor, and even their bodies!
“I always felt, ‘the bigger the mess, the better.’ There were not rules. If they had an idea, we hopped in the car and went on a search for the supplies needed to implement their ideas. They had access and permission to create. I never cared how messy they got or the house got. At one point in life, our kitchen table was always so covered in craft supplies, paint, glue, and glitter that we could never eat on it. We were always working on something together: leaf rubbings in the fall, tissue paper ghosts, doily snowflakes . . . I could go on and on. Both girls took numerous classes at the Arkansas Arts Center, summer classes with the Holy Souls art teacher, classes with artist Laura Phillips, and, of course, sewing lessons with Barbara Steely. I was also their Girl Scout leader, so we did all sorts of cool projects, like sewing their own books. We have always been the happiest making stuff and making big messes.”
The curtains in the family sewing room are made from project remnants. “These curtains have slowly become my mood boards. They are covered in pinned-on needlework I’ve rescued, textile projects from my girls, patches, my mother’s master gardener name tag, and on and on.” Unlike her bowls, Susan can’t bring herself to sell her quilts—and certainly not her curtains—which are far too personal. “My quilts and curtains are my version of scrapbooking.”
Order a copy of Women Make Arkansas: Conversations with 50 Creatives today to read more from Susan and 49 other lady makers ready to inspire you, your mamma, and all the ladies in your life.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Submissions are open MAY 1 through JULY 15, 2019 for Closet Cases: LGBTIQ Writers on What We Wear by Megan Volpert.
ABOUT: As a verb, "fashion" is exceedingly queer. Our queer community learns to fashion its identity out of the clothes we wear, the costumes we choose, the fabrics we desire--and the statements these make. No other community of people allows clothing to serve as such a primary, dominant marker of subjectivity, both individually and collectively. And we don't simply permit it; we rely upon it. Queers communicate through what we put on our bodies.
So this is not merely a "fashion book." It's a collection of artifacts that testify to the power of fashion as a verb, to the complex and lovely strategies that govern what we do in the LGBTIQ community to build authentic selves that are both comfortable and seen.
SEEKING 75 QUEER WRITERS, ANY GENRE. Each contributor will get a two-page spread with photo of their clothing and accompanying text explaining its significance. This full-color book will be published by Et Alia Press in spring 2020.
MORE DETAILS AND SUBMISSION PORTAL at meganvolpert.com.
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!
NOW IN PREORDER with $5 discount + free shipping!
Order now and receive your book in a little over a month.
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 . . .