Grand Opening, 7/01/2017: Interabang Books (Dallas, TX)

Interabang Store Sign
The “sign of success,” from Interabang Books’ Facebook post on 6/22/17, 3pm.

Being a Texas girl, myself, it’s only fitting that my first “Grand Opening” holler be about a new Texas bookstore. With that being said, I’m happy to roll out Interabang Books of Dallas, Texas, as my first announcement! Interabang Books is a full-service bookstore hosting its “soft” opening this Saturday, July 1, at 10:00 A.M.

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Interabang Books cleverly takes its name and logo from an obscure punctuation mark called the interrobang, which incorporates both a question mark and an exclamation point into one symbol. Why is this amazing symbol outdated‽ Isn’t it great that Interabang Books has brought it back to life‽‽

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Interabang Books is owned and will be managed by some truly bookish people. General Manager Jeremy Ellis has previously strolled the floors of independent Texas bookstores in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, with a variety of roles in management and marketing. Nancy Perot and Lori Feathers each also bring with them a fun string of service and experience. Ellis, Perot, and Feathers have already made Interabang’s presence known in the Dallas area by participating in the Dallas Book Festival this past April, and by partnering with authors Paula Poundstone and Edward McPherson at local events. Read more about Ellis, Perot, and Feathers here, and then try to tell me that they’ll not be the greatest trifecta of bookstore management.

Interabang has several more events already on their calendar! They’ll be hosting a children’s story time every Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. starting on July 12th. In addition, Lori Feathers will be hosting the store’s first book club meeting on August 2nd.

If you’re in the Dallas area, be sure to poke your head in at one of these upcoming events and say “hello!”

Interabang Books is located at 10720 Preston Road in Dallas, TX, next door to the Central Market on Royal Lane. Get directions here, and don’t forget to join Interabang Books’ mailing list!

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*All info gathered on 6/29/17 from Interabang’s website and social media pages, and from these articles by Shelf AwarenessThe Dallas News, and D Magazine.

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Cover Reveal: Mick & Michelle

Mick & Michelle
Nina Rossing
Published by: Harmony Ink Press
Publication date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult

Fifteen-year-old Mick Mullins has a great life: his parents are sweet, his sister is tolerable, and his friendships are solid. But as summer descends on Queens, he prepares to turn his carefree existence upside down by disclosing a secret he has kept long enough. It’s time to work up the courage to reveal that he is not a boy, but a girl—and that her name is Michelle. Having always been the perfect, good boy, Michelle is terrified that the complicated truth will disappoint, hurt, or push away the people closest to her. She can’t continue hiding for much longer, though, because her body is turning into that of a man’s, and she is desperate to stop the development—desperate enough to consider self-medicating with hormones.

Most of all, Michelle fears that Grandpa, who is in a nursing home after a near fatal stroke, won’t survive the shock if he finds out that his favorite grandchild, and the only boy, is a girl. If she kills her beloved Grandpa by leaving Mick behind, she isn’t sure embracing her real identity will be worth the loss.

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Author Bio:

Nina Rossing lives in Norway, where the winters are long and the summers short. Despite the brilliant nature surrounding her, she spends more time in front of her computer, or with a book in her hands, than in the great outdoors (though you may find her out on her mountain bike if the weather is good). She works as a high school teacher, which in her opinion is probably the best job in the world.

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Review: The Pain Eater

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Beth Goobie. Second Story Press, $13, 244p. ISBN 9781772600209.

Drawing from a childhood of trauma and a self-proclaimed “fragmented” psyche, Canadian poet and author Beth Goobie presents The Pain Eater, a relevant story of a teenage girl who is swallowed by the emotional effects of sexual assault and finds a way to confront her fears.

After being attacked by four masked classmates on her way home from a school production during the last school year, fourteen-year-old Maddy Malone finds herself with a deep-kept secret and a hollowed, introverted personality. In an attempt to bury her shame and fear, Maddy retreats into herself and begins digging her fingernails into the backs of her hands and burning her inner thighs with cigarette butts. Maddy is determined to keep her secret, and pushes away her friends, parents, and sister who have noticed the change in Maddy.

With the arrival of the new school year, Maddy takes her resolution to hide into the hallways with the hope that she can remain invisible. As days pass, Maddy is able to identify three of her attackers, and finds that she shares an English class with two of them. The class begins to write a story about a teenage girl named Farang who “eats” the pain of her fellow villagers, and as each student presents his chapter, Farang’s struggle becomes more and more like Maddy’s until Maddy’s secret is on the brink of coming out.

Beth Goobie utilizes a frame story variation throughout The Pain Eater that uses Maddy’s class story of Farang to explore Maddy’s feelings more openly. The emotional similarities written between Maddy and Farang are made suspiciously obvious. While Farang is unallowed to voice her desires, Maddy is unwilling to talk about her secret. When Farang is finally free from having to endure the pain of her community, Maddy is finally willing to confront her attackers and accept support from the people who care about her. Goobie advances the connections between Maddy’s and Farang’s emotions until Maddy finds the courage to stand again, addressing a tender topic with a strong approach to show that sometimes, a person may find healing in their own way and in their own time.