NIGHT ROLL Release Party

I wrote a novella, NIGHT ROLL, about Detroit bike culture. It comes out Oct 15th.

Join us on October 15th, 7PM EST via Zoom - NIGHT ROLL Book Launch - Stelliform Press and Michael J. DeLuca in Conversation: Urban Renewal, Bikes & the Role of Fairy Tales in Rebuilding Communities + a Musical Guest and Author Reading!

You might have noticed these are kind of hard times for new books coming out, what with everything being either on fire or having a hurricane or an army of delusional self-aggrandizing racists barreling at it with another one hot on its heels. But we need new books. We need worlds to escape into, even for a little while, to refresh and replenish us to keep fighting for this one. We need ideas, new, big ideas for how to stop all this, and we need wonderful, old, lost ideas that got pushed aside for shinier, now-doomed ones to resurge and reignite. This is what I do, I feel confident in saying at this point. It’s what RECKONING is for, and I daresay it’s everything I’m ever going to write again until fascism is put down, all the coral reefs grow back and I never have to hear the words “fire tornado” again.

So I’m going to celebrate this new book. Because it’s mine, because it’s my first with my name on the cover, because it’s about radical community-building among the ruins of extractive capitalism collapsing as we watch, because it’s about the history of white supremacy and the resistance to it, because it’s about the promise of a magical Other space, outside of time, from which, if you can just get there, everything makes sense. I would love for you to join me.

Head over to Stelliform’s site to sign up for the super cool, multi-talented launch event (featuring music from Emily Houk, Mansuda Arora reading an awesome essay about Detroit beset by pandemic, and me, reading and also talking about ideas, stories, bikes, climate, community-building and the future), get a chance to win Detroit-themed prizes (books by Zig Zag Claybourne, adrienne maree brown, Kathe Koja, and the late, incredible Grace Lee Boggs; art by Jeff Powers; plus an old timey cycling map print from the Detroit Historical Society), and maybe buy a book (get it signed and in 100% pcr recycled physical form).

See you there, I hope.

NIGHT ROLL Cover Reveal Contest!

This October, Stelliform Press will be publishing NIGHT ROLL, my novella about a climate refugee new mom struggling to survive and invest in new family and community in a very near future version of Detroit—envisioned from just before COVID19 and this global popular uprising against white supremacy. Now it’s got a cover (to be revealed anon), there are Advance Reader Copies, and I get to give five of them away!

I’m so ridiculously proud to have written this book and to get to be promoting it now, when all this is happening. Black lives matter, representation matters, the world needs new good stories to counteract all the old awful ones that contributed to white people seeing the world this way, whitewashed, with the brutality and violence and exploitation of Black bodies plain and accounted for. We need to listen to Black and Indigenous and marginalized voices, we need to boost their stories, we need to keep the conversation and the protests going until the self-perpetuating, entrenched, exploitative delusions all come crashing down just like the statues. If I’m very careful and do this right, I hope NIGHT ROLL can help contribute something to that movement. And at the same time boost the wonderful people at Stelliform and help them keep doing the essential work of forwarding new stories.

To that end:

THE RULES:

To enter the contest and accumulate chances to win an ARC of NIGHT ROLL, do as many as you like of the following: follow Stelliform on twitter, like Stelliform on fb or insta, join their mailing list, preorder their first title, Sim Kern’s Depart, Depart!, donate any amount to the NAACP, Black Lives Matter, a food bank, a bail fund, or any org supporting the causes of criminal justice reform and dismantling white supremacy (and send proof).

Edit: bonus if you let us know how many of these things you did so we can keep track! And extra points for signal-boosting the contest, retweets, shares etc.

The winners will be chosen raffle-style, one ticket per action taken above, one week from now, on Thursday, June 18. When I will also reveal the cover! And hopefully by then it will be possible to preorder the actual book in advance of its October release.

Thank you very much for playing!

New mother and climate refugee Aileen Dupree has been abandoned by her partner in post-industrial Detroit. Her neighbor, Virgil, is Aileen’s only connection to the outside world. But then Virgil borrows Aileen’s prized possession—a chrome and leather, royal blue fourteen-speed bike —and disappears. Looking for answers, Aileen hears strange stories of the Elf, a timeless being that always fought the colonizers and capitalists of Detroit, and now leads the Night Roll on a race through the city’s disintegrating streets. It is up to Aileen to brave the strange magic of the Night Roll and bring Virgil back. But what can the Elf teach her about her new life? And what must she pay for that knowledge? —Stelliform Press