It’s 11:30 am on this Black Friday morning, and I’m here to help you spend some of your hard earned money on your friends and relatives. That’s right: it’s the 2018 ZPHGG, curated lovingly by me, Kolleen!
I try to eschew the more traditional Black Friday routes (department stores, major retailers) in favor of independent publishers and shops, and since I live in Los Angeles you’re going to see some L.A.-centric items. But please know, I only want to share things I think you and your loved ones will adore.
Books and Subscriptions:
Let’s just get this out of the way, shall we? Of course we have issues of NonBinary Review, anthologies, and our mini chapbook series Viable for you to indulge in.
See all of our issues of NonBinary Review ($1.99) as well as our Write Like Your’e Alive and Dearly Beloved anthologies (free!) here.
Get Viable ($5) by becoming a Patreon supporter!
We have print copies of Alphanumeric ($4.99) available here.
You can also find our two print books, The Six-Fold Radial Symmetry of Snow by Christopher E. Grillo and Telomeres by Nicole Oquendo here, on sale ($7.99)!
I can’t recommend a Glass Poetry chapbook series subscription ($35) enough. I have loved every book that has landed in my mailbox. You get five chapbooks for the year, and as of now, all with every subscription a $1 will be made to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.
Speaking of amazing members of the literary community, Damaged Goods Press doesn’t have a subscription series (yet), but does showcase amazing work by queer and trans writers. My personal recommendations is Pulse/Pulso, but really you can’t go wrong with anything you get from their bookstore. It’s a great way to support these fantastic writers.
One of the best books I read this year was The People’s Elbow by Rax King ($12, Ursus Americanus). This unlikely pairing of themes (WWE’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and rape) is jarring and breathtaking in the way only the best writing can be.
You’re bound to love anything Porkbelly Press puts out, but may I recommend Dreamland For Keeps by Sarah Nichols ($10)? This chap boasts a gorgeous black and gold cover, and is a must-have for anyone with a love of L.A. noir, true crime, and found poetry.
Supporting small bookstores is key to keeping a literary community thriving. BOOKSHOW (Highland Park, Los Angeles) is an eccentric space that hosts readings (including ours!), open- mics, stand up nights and more. The Octopus Literary Salon is a fantastic spot in Oakland for all your reading and eating needs.
Odds and Ends:
Do you love Pop Culture as much as I do? Check out these amazing pencils from PopColors ($22.95). I’m 100% obsessed with the Parks and Rec set!
Lolita is my favorite book of all time, and this print ($10) is just lovely.
Need a new notebook to jot down your patriarchy smashing thoughts? Hop on over to HausWitch (Salem, MA, or online) and get this rad “Feminist Inferno” notebook ($16). Also on my wishlist: Blotto Botany: A Lesson in Healing Cordials and Plant Magic ($17.99).
And, for the misanthropic, you can tell people to leave you the hell alone by sipping literary themed-tea ($12, Literary Tea Company, etsy) from this cheeky “Go Away, I’m Reading” mug ($12, The Literary Gift company) while burning about nine million of these Bah Humbug candle ($18, Frostbeard Studio).
No matter what you choose to buy this holiday season, know that I am right beside you, encouraging you to spend several more dollars on candles and bookmarks and somehow even more Nabokov prints. Happy holidays to you, from me and from all of us at Zoetic Press!