January 2, 2013
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Truckee Writers
Meyers publisher Bona Fide Books is pleased to announce the publication of “Get Out of My Crotch! Twenty-One Writers Respond to America’s War on Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health,” to be released by its new imprint Cherry Bomb Books.
A reading will be held as part of the Lake Tahoe Writers’ Series on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Community College.
Cherry Bomb Books was created in April 2012, when Bona Fide Books publisher Kim Wyatt grew outraged by bills being proposed based on women’s reproductive health. “I got tired of seeing men in suits talking about personhood, transvaginal ultrasounds and the definition of rape,” says Wyatt. “Honestly, I couldn’t believe that in 2012 I was hearing about legislation based on menstrual cycles.”
Wyatt wrote some of her favorite writers, including Roxane Gay, Lidia Yuknavitch and Katha Pollitt, proposing a collection based on these issues and the writers agreed. But Bona Fide Books wasn’t the right place for the collection, so Cherry Bomb was born. Co-editor Sari Botton and Wyatt decided to push the publication of the book up to January 22, 2013, the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and schedule readings around the country that week.
“I felt like women who’d had abortions—myself included—needed to come out of the woodwork about their experiences, to dispel the shame and stigma, and to open the conversation,” says Botton.
Contributors including Camille Hayes and Janet Frishberg will read from essays on the Violence Against Women Act, women’s health care and choice. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.
Lake Tahoe Community College is located at 1 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe. For more information on this or other Cherry Bomb events, contact Kim Wyatt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Get Out of My Crotch” will be released Jan. 22 and will be available at online at www.cherrybombbooks.com, Amazon and local retail outlets, as well as where e-books are found.
The cover art was created by our very own Shelley Hocknell Zentner.