“Lillith. A Novel in Fragments. Etymology of ‘novel’—"fictitious narrative," 1560s, from Italian novella "short story," originally "new story," from Latin novella "new things"… If we are to have a feminist poetics, a feminist poetry, that will have to be a ‘new thing.’ And new things are notoriously difficult to recognize and interpret. Jennifer K. Dick’s newest (in every sense of the word) book challenges us on every level: within the first few pages, we are confronted with scattered words on the page, an overprinted graphic, a phrase printed upside down… This book is an enormous (perhaps endless) journey, and, like all great journeys, includes elements of circularity, of reimaging, reimagining. We wander in a labyrinth of mirrors, seeing ourselves in these repeated, fragmentary stories, and in the deep and complex eroticism of this text. This is a book that resists summary or description. Like all real novels, it wants to and succeeds in including everything, especially moments of astonishingly lyrical writing: As now, on the bed, a feather, pages. This book is an event. It isn’t about anything. It is something.” —Ed Smallfield (author, publisher of Apogee Press books, USA, & editor of Parentheses literary magazine, Barcelona)
We are all living under spells, cast by our cultures, our families, our traumas, our limited beliefs. As we grow and learn, explore and develop, sometimes our "dreaming hearts" push us through our limitations and we find ourselves breaking the spells, liberating ourselves and those around us.
This collection, a sequel to Spell Breaking: Remembered Ways of Being, also edited by IONE and published in 2013, brings us more beautiful women's writing, revealing and illuminating how spells can be broken, surprisingly and with new consciousness. The dreaming heart holds our memories and deep desires, the secret keys to healing and reclamation. IONE is a master of assisting women (and men) to access the dreaming heart and to write from that inner source. Here she has gathered a new volume of spell-breaking essays, poems and memoirs. Featuring writings by Lydia Afia, Ximena Alarcón, Anne Bourne, Donnaldson Brown, Marine Bourcelot, Penelope Cookson, Sylvie Decaux, Rebecca Dolinsky, Laura Donnelly, Alexandra Enders, Andrea Goodman, Sarah Heikkinen, Anne Hemenway, Donna Henes, IONE, Erika Kramer, Enid Langbert, Michele Lunt, Pauline Oliveros, Karen Power, Dorothy Randall Gray, Amy Reed, Jesse Scherer, Starr, Sharon Stewart, Suiren, Catherine Texier, Toni Thomas, Jacqueline W. Vogel, Holly Warburton.
As a River (Jaded Ibis Press 2019)
It’s 1977. Bannen, Georgia, nestled amid pine forests, is rife with contrasts: natural beauty and racial tension, small-town charm and long-term poverty. An unsettling place for a Black man who fled it years ago and has since traveled the world.
But Greer Michaels has to come home, to care for his dying mother. And that means he’ll have to reckon with the devastating secret that drove him out in the first place.
Greer’s story is intertwined with those of the people around him: His mother, Elizabeth, who once had a dazzling singing voice but fell silent years ago. Their neighbor Esse, who has turned to religion after her own traumatic past. Esse’s teenaged daughter, Ceiley, an insatiable reader with a burning curiosity about life beyond Bannen’s town limits.
Written in spare and lyrical prose, As a River moves back and forth across decades, evoking the mysterious play of memory as it touches upon shame and redemption, despair and connection. An exploration of family secrets rooted in the turbulent history of the segregated South, As a River is ultimately about our struggles to understand each other, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.
“Sion Dayson has created characters like blown glass: beautifully fragile yet impossibly strong. An extraordinary debut, written with deep feeling yet elegant restraint, that makes us question our own assumptions about family, identity, and love.” – Julie Christine Johnson, author of The Crows of Beara and In Another Life, a Foreword Indies Book of the Year
Sion Dayson grew up in North Carolina and earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Utne Reader, and many other venues, and her writings often focus on travel, living abroad, and her literary hero, James Baldwin. Her popular blog paris (im)perfect explored the City of Light’s less glamorous side. After a decade in Paris, she now resides in Valencia, Spain.
Join The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore on June 16th for a special story time with Jeanne B. de Sainte Marie, Illustrator of the fabulous children’s book Marielle in Paris. Check out the Facebook invite for more information!
Marielle the mouse is a dressmaker and she makes her home in an upside-down flowerpot in Paris. One day, the elegant Madame de Sooree asks Marielle to make nine dresses for her nine daughters—Berenice, Babette, Belle, Bernadette, Blanche, Blondelle, Brie, Brigitte, and Beatrice—for their birthday party.
Marielle tours the city, looking for creative inspiration. But with only ten days until the party, will she be able to deliver the dresses on time? Even after a big wind whooshes through her workroom? Her friend Pierre the pigeon can help, but only if Marielle can overcome her fear of heights to take a wild ride over Paris!
Come to the Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore next Monday evening for a delightful event with author D. W. Wilson and Dr Declan Wiffen of the University of Kent!
Join us on Wednesday the 13th February between 2pm and 6pm at the Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore for a creative atelier themed with the fabulous Simone Bendix!
She is one of the authors of Paper Poetry and will introduce you to some simple Valentine heart making and love bookmarks as well as other lovely projects!
Looking forward to seeing you!
NEPHEW & PROTAGONIST
JAMES BALDWIN’s nephew, Téjan Karefa-Smart, will be at the Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore to speak of his infamous uncle's only children's publication for which he was the inspiration.
"It is not the Black child's language that is in question, it is not his language that is despised: It is his experience. A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled. A child cannot be taught by anyone whose demand, essentially, is that the child repudiate his experience, and all that gives him sustenance, and enter a limbo in which he will no longer be Black, and in which he knows that he can never become white. Black people have lost too many Black children that way." – James Baldwin
Sunday, December 16 from 12 to 6 pm.
Simone Bendix, ( co-author with her sister Helene Bendix) of Paper Poetry: Creative Paper Cutting,
will be in the bookstore
running a paper cutting workshop,
for all ages.