What book/genre/topic would you like to see cross your transom?
I love to read contemporary fiction and first-person narrative nonfiction. I’m always drawn into stories that show how people make meaning out of everyday experiences. I’m so excited to publish Ana Castillo’s new novel, Give It to Me (May), and Bridgett Davis’ Into the Go-Slow (Sept.). I recently read Kate Bornstein’s A Queer and Pleasant Danger, from Beacon Press, and thought it was terrific!
What don’t you ever want to see again?
Corporate-affirming books that try to blame women for not giving (or leaning) in to big business practices and ruthless individualism. (See our antidote this August with Babygate: How to Survive Pregnancy and Parenting in the Workplace.)
What is unique about your corner of the industry?
As a nonprofit organization, we get to prioritize our mission to produce cutting-edge feminist books and programs. I especially enjoy discovering literary works from around the world and activist books that have the power to shift culture. Through a combination of trade and academic sales, grants and individual donations, we are able to sustain a small yet mighty staff and publish 15-20 books every year.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I’m so excited to publish the first-ever biography of Valerie Solanas, one of the most remarkable and tragic symbols of female rage. Follow Feminist Press on Twitter and Facebook and feministpress.org!
Amy Scholder is the editorial director of the Feminist Press. She has previously served as the editor in chief of Seven Stories Press and the U.S. publisher of VersoBooks.