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PORTLAND, OR, USA, April 5, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — 2022 is a year of return. It is also a year of celebration. In 2022, Unsolicited Press, a small press based in Portland, Oregon, is expected to release its most diverse and notable book collection since its inception. From a memoir about HAPA identity to a novel that imagines JFK Jr. having an affair with a librarian, Unsolicited Press’ upcoming catalog is timely, evocative, and engaging.
Here are some of the books that are sure to grab headlines and generate massive discussions nationwide:
CRITERIA BY KAMI WESTHOFF
MAY 31, 2022
The criteria explore unconventional and sometimes very problematic motherhood. Characters grapple with impossible choices that often lead to heartbreaking behavior. In the titular story, the main character takes on the burden of nursing infants whose mothers have fallen while struggling with the fate of her own child. Another story imagines a scenario in which the mother/child bond is forbidden, and drastic measures are taken to ensure its prevention. The characters are invited to experience many tragedies, as well as to embrace hope in the most unlikely places.
KISSING THE ROADKILL RETURN TO LIFE BY GARY M. ALMETER
JUNE 14, 2022
The year is 1983 and a young Brown University librarian and JFK, Jr. begin an affair. She becomes pregnant, only tells her best friend, leaves the baby, a son, on the steps of a nearby convent, and over the next few decades we follow her and her son into their respective worlds. . Upon learning who he is, the son, a modern magical child of Arthurian legend but also an ordinary guy, must decide what to do with this information and the rest of his life.
JOY BY FRANCIS DAULERIO + FOREWORD BY MAGGIE SMITH
JUNE 21, 2022
Joy is the new comprehensive collection of poetry from Francis Daulerio, author of If & When We Wake, Please Plant This Book and With a Difference. Beginning with one pregnancy and ending with another, Joy examines the ways we keep ourselves alive, focusing on the birth of Daulerio’s first child while coping with the loss of friend and collaborator, Scott Hutchison. With a foreword by acclaimed author Maggie Smith (Good Bones, Keep Moving) and a cover by British artist Helen Ahpornsiri, this life-affirming collection shines a light on what Bon Iver’s Sean Carey describes as “the hope and Daulerio’s relentless love,” encouraging readers to push through hardship to find their own meaning.
DREAM POP ORIGAMI: A PERMUTATIONAL MEMORY ON HAPA IDENTITY BY JACKSON BLISS
JULY 26, 2022
Dream Pop Origami is a beautiful, ambitious, interactive and captivating lyrical memoir about mixed race identity, love, travel, AAPI masculinities and personal metamorphosis. This experimental work of creative non-fiction examines, celebrates and complicates what it means to be both Asian and white, Nisei and hapa, Midwestern and Californian, Buddhist and American. In this astonishing collection of choose-your-own essays and autobiographical lists, multiracial identity is a counterpoint of memory, language, thought and imagination that intersect and intertwine in a cohesive tapestry. of text, emotion and voice.
THE MORE YOU HATE ME BY ANDY SMART
AUGUST 16, 2022
This essay-dissertation examines the author’s experience with his father’s suicide and the multi-layered influence of the movie Full Metal Jacket on both men. As Andy Smart navigates the worlds of his past, present and future, Kubricks’ Vietnam war film casts its shadow over him; This is the story of what it means to live each day as a continuation of the last. It’s not just a memoir of suicide or a survivor’s victory lap, but a book about the hardest truths of being a son.
WALKS IN THE MEMORIES OF OBLIVION BY FERNANDO ANDRES TORRES
OCTOBER 11, 2022
Walks Through Memories of Oblivion is a collection of short stories and essays on resistance, prison and exile; a creative non-fiction narrative based on true events; flashbacks of former political prisoner Fernando Andres Torres was once at eighteen, during the military regime that overthrew democracy and established a brutal dictatorship (1973-90) in Chile, Torres’ homeland.
These stories are not about politics, they are personal; the flesh and bones behind the young and restless student activist that was Torres; there is a good game of dark humor and stories of subtle and small victories of human endurance and perseverance.
ABOUT THE UNSOLICITED PRESS
Unsolicited Press, based in Portland, Oregon, strives to produce exceptional works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry by award-winning and emerging authors such as Shann Ray, Amy Shimshon-Santo, Brook Bhagat, Kris Amos and John W.Bateman. We believe in defending the books of the unsung and underrepresented. As a small, women-owned, all-volunteer publisher, we focus on exceptional writing, not profit. We have the privilege of collaborating with authors on the margins of the world of literature. Learn more at unsolicitedpress.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram: @unsolicitedp.
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