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The Skylight Books Podcast features exciting author conversations about new fiction, poetry, essays, and more! You can subscribe for free on SpotifyApple Podcasts, and Podbean. And you can shop for featured podcast titles below. Happy listening!

Skylit: Sandra Cisneros, ”WOMAN WITHOUT SHAME” w/ Elisa Garcia

It has been twenty-eight years since Sandra Cisneros published a book of poetry. With dozens of never-before-seen poems, Woman Without Shame is a moving collection of songs, elegies, and declarations that chronicle her pilgrimage toward rebirth and the recognition of her prerogative as a woman artist. These bluntly honest and often humorous meditations on memory, desire, and the essential nature of love blaze a path toward self-awareness. For Cisneros, Woman Without Shame is the culmination of her search for homein the Mexico of her ancestors and in her own heart.

Join us for a wonderful conversation about womanhood, writing, and defying patriarchal expectations between Cisneros and Skylight's own Elisa Garcia.

SKYLIT: Meghan Gilliss, ”LUNGFISH” w/ Kendall Storey

Tuck is slow to understand the circumstances that have driven her family to an uninhabited island off the coast of Maine, the former home of her deceased grandmother where she once spent her childhood summers. Squatting there now, she must care for her spirited young daughter and scrape together enough money to leave before winter arrives—or before they are found out.

Relying on the island for sustenance and answers—bladderwrack, rosehips, tenacious little green crabs; smells held by the damp walls of the house, field guides and religious texts, a failed invention left behind by her missing father—Tuck lives moment-by-moment through the absurdity, beauty, paranoia, and hunger that shoots through her life, as her husband struggles to detox.

Exquisitely written and formally daring, Lungfish tells the story of a woman grappling through the lies she has been told—and those she has told herself—to arrive at the truth of who she is and where she must go. Meghan Gilliss’s debut is a brilliant and heartbreaking novel about addiction, doubt, marriage, motherhood, and learning to see in the dark.

Join us for a conversation between Gilliss and Kendall Storey.

SKYLIT: Ramzi Fawaz, ”QUEER FORMS” w/ Ryan Hatch

In Queer FormsRamzi Fawaz explores how the central values of 1970s movements for women's and gay liberation--including consciousness-raising, separatism, and coming out of the closet--were translated into a range of American popular culture forms. Throughout this period, feminist and gay activists fought social and political battles to expand, transform, or wholly explode definitions of so-called "normal" gender and sexuality. In doing so, they inspired artists, writers, and filmmakers to invent new ways of formally representing, or giving shape to, non-normative genders and sexualities. This included placing women, queers, and gender outlaws of all stripes into exhilarating new environments--from the streets of an increasingly gay San Francisco to a post-apocalyptic commune, from an Upper East Side New York City apartment to an all-female version of Earth--and finding new ways to formally render queer genders and sexualities by articulating them to figures, outlines, or icons that could be imagined in the mind's eye and interpreted by diverse publics.

Join us for a conversation between Fawaz and Ryan Hatch.

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Less Is Lost (The Arthur Less Books #2) By Andrew Sean Greer Cover Image
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The Means: A Novel By Amy Fusselman Cover Image
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Woman Without Shame: Poems By Sandra Cisneros Cover Image
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Published: Knopf - September 13th, 2022

Lungfish: A Novel By Meghan Gilliss Cover Image
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Queer Forms By Ramzi Fawaz Cover Image
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Published: New York University Press - September 6th, 2022

It's Not Nothing By Courtney Denelle Cover Image
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Witches: A Novel By Brenda Lozano, Heather Cleary (Translated by) Cover Image
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Teenager By Bud Smith Cover Image
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The Women Could Fly: A Novel By Megan Giddings Cover Image
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Everything I Need I Get from You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It By Kaitlyn Tiffany Cover Image
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The Desperado Days By X. C. Atkins Cover Image
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Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family (FoodStory) By Madhushree Ghosh Cover Image
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A Hundred Other Girls: A Novel By Iman Hariri-Kia Cover Image
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The Lady Di Look Book: What Diana Was Trying to Tell Us Through Her Clothes By Eloise Moran Cover Image
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Hollywood's Embassies: How Movie Theaters Projected American Power Around the World (Film and Culture) By Ross Melnick Cover Image
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Published: Columbia University Press - April 26th, 2022

Rockstar & Softboy By Sina Grace, Sina Grace (Artist) Cover Image
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Funny Gyal: My Fight Against Homophobia in Jamaica By Angeline Jackson, Susan McClelland (With), Diana King (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Angeline Jackson, Susan McClelland (With), Diana King (Foreword by)
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The Revolt of the Cockroach People By Oscar Zeta Acosta Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - August 28th, 1989

Eladatl: A History of the East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines By Sesshu Foster, Arturo Ernesto Romo Cover Image
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L.A.WOMAN By Eve Babitz Cover Image
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The Big Sleep (A Philip Marlowe Novel #1) By Raymond Chandler Cover Image
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A Man Named Doll (The Doll Series #1) By Jonathan Ames Cover Image
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Nature Poem By Tommy Pico Cover Image
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Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor By Kim Kelly Cover Image
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When Women Were Dragons: A Novel By Kelly Barnhill Cover Image
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The Coward By Jarred McGinnis Cover Image
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The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School By Sonora Reyes Cover Image
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My Life: Growing Up Asian in America By CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) (Editor), SuChin Pak (Introduction by) Cover Image
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Mirror Made of Rain By Naheed Phiroze Patel Cover Image
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Kendrick Lamar's to Pimp a Butterfly (33 1/3) By Sequoia Maner Cover Image
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Probably Ruby: A Novel By Lisa Bird-Wilson Cover Image
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Published: Hogarth - April 12th, 2022

Heaven Is a Place on Earth: Searching for an American Utopia By Adrian Shirk Cover Image
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The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World By Oliver Milman Cover Image
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The Digital Closet: How the Internet Became Straight (Strong Ideas) By Alexander Monea, Violet Blue (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Alexander Monea, Violet Blue (Foreword by)
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You Have Not Yet Been Defeated: Selected Works 2011-2021 By Alaa Abd el-Fattah, Naomi Klein (Foreword by) Cover Image
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Woman, Eating: A Literary Vampire Novel By Claire Kohda Cover Image
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Paradais By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translated by) Cover Image
By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translated by)
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Reclaiming Two-Spirits: Sexuality, Spiritual Renewal & Sovereignty in Native America (Queer Ideas/Queer Action #10) By Gregory D. Smithers, Raven E. Heavy Runner (Foreword by) Cover Image
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On the Line: A Story of Class, Solidarity, and Two Women's Epic Fight to Build a Union By Daisy Pitkin Cover Image
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Moon Witch, Spider King (The Dark Star Trilogy #2) By Marlon James Cover Image
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The Doloriad: A Novel By Missouri Williams Cover Image
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Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now By Jeff Yang, Phil Yu, Philip Wang Cover Image
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Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk By Sasha LaPointe Cover Image
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When I Sing, Mountains Dance: A Novel By Irene Solà Cover Image
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Shady Hollow: A Murder Mystery (A Shady Hollow Mystery #1) By Juneau Black Cover Image
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Bitter By Akwaeke Emezi Cover Image
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What the Fireflies Knew: A Novel By Kai Harris Cover Image
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Be Here to Love Me at the End of the World By Sasha Fletcher Cover Image
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Black Love Matters: Real Talk on Romance, Being Seen, and Happily Ever Afters By Jessica P. Pryde Cover Image
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Liquor Store Theatre By Maya Stovall Cover Image
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Dominant Genes By Sj Sindu Cover Image
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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life By George Saunders Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984856029
Published: Random House - January 12th, 2021

Vinyl Moon By Mahogany L. Browne Cover Image
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Sea State: A Memoir By Tabitha Lasley Cover Image
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Keeping It Unreal: Black Queer Fantasy and Superhero Comics (Sexual Cultures #58) By Darieck Scott Cover Image
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Published: New York University Press - January 18th, 2022

Junkwraith By Ellinor Richey Cover Image
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The Cult In My Garage By Duncan Birmingham Cover Image
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Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American By Wajahat Ali Cover Image
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You Never Get It Back (Iowa Short Fiction Award) By Cara Blue Adams Cover Image
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Published: University Of Iowa Press - December 15th, 2021