Friday, February 26, 2021

RAB to Publish The Binge Watcher's Guide to Black Mirror to Mark Creator Charlie Brooker's 50th Birthday

 

To mark the 50th birthday of Black Mirror creator, Charlie Brooker, on March 3rd, Riverdale Avenue Books has published the fourth book in its binge watcher’s series focusing on the British science fiction anthology Black Mirror, which is regarded by many as the modern iteration of The Twilight Zone. Charlie Brooker is often seen as the Rod Sterling of his generation, as he has written all 22 of the shows’ episodes so far. The acclaimed British sci-fi anthology series focusing on the dark side of technology premiered in 2011 and has won eight Emmy Awards.

 

Pop culture and tech writer Marc W. Polite focuses The Binge Watcher’s Guide to The Black Mirror on the parallels drawn between what is in the show, and how our modern society is not too far off from what is depicted in the anthology series.  The reader will encounter a thoughtful recap and analysis of each episode from all five seasons, as well as the interactive Black Mirror movie-Bandersnatch. Embracing the meaning and the mayhem of this moment, The Binge Watcher's Guide to Black Mirror is a spirited, fan-centered companion of the show. 

 

“Having the opportunity to write this book meant a lot to me, to delve into the various themes of my favorite currently running show,” explained author Polite. “As a big fan of science fiction, I gravitated towards the themes explored by this anthology around technology, inspired by the episodes that touch on more than one topic. I have watched each episode way more than 2 or 3 times. However, when compelled to take a more critical eye in rewatching the series to write about it, I had the chance to really dig in deep. There were some moments where it felt as though I were doing a course on film criticism. In spite of the serious-sounding nature of what I just said, I had a lot of fun writing this book and I hope fans will feel the same.”

 

The next book in the series is The Binge Watcher’s Guide to Riverdale which pubs on April 1st, the first appearance of Veronica Lodge (1942), followed by The Binge Watcher’s Guide to The Twilight Zone, which is publishing on May 11th, National Twilight Zone Day.

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Expanded Edition of Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Trasgendered Son and Their Journey to Love and Acceptance Just Pubbed

Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son and Their Journey To Love and Acceptance was first published in 2012 by Riverdale Avenue Books and it was the first book of its kind—mother, educator, and LGBTQ+ activist Marsha Aizumi shares her compelling story of parenting a young woman who came out as a lesbian, then transitioned to male. Since then, the story has resonated with the LGBTQ+ community and has allowed author, Marsha Aizumi, to share her and her son Aiden’s story throughout the world.

Two Spirits, One Heart chronicles Marsha's personal journey from fear, uncertainty, and sadness to eventual unconditional love, acceptance, and support of her child who struggled to reconcile his gender identity. Told with honesty and warmth, this book is a must-read for parents and loved ones of LGBTQ+ individuals everywhere.

Over the past decade, Marsha has traveled the world sharing her journey and joy of parenting her trans son to diverse places such as religious groups, colleges, LGBTQ+ and PFLAG organizations and 60 Minutes. The new edition has an epilogue from Marsha as she shares how the original publication of the book impacted her life by opening doors for both her and Aiden.

The book has received praise from the national organization of parents, families, and allies of LGBTQ+ individuals, PFLAG, as well as gay activist, George Takei, founders of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and many others.

Updating the second edition of Two Spirits, One Heart has given us an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come and what more we want to do to make the world a safer, more inclusive place for all,” said co-author Aiden Aizumi.

“It has also given us a chance to see more clearly how a loving and accepting parent can be a beacon of light and hope for their child's sense of belonging and success,” added author Marsha Aizumi.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Crank Palace is the First New Work in Maze Runner Series from James Dashner in Four Years

At the request of his fans, author James Dashner began working on the story of what happened to Newt, one of the initial Maze Runner characters who were not immune to the fictional virus, The Flare.  However, once the world was plunged into a real-life viral pandemic of its own with the outbreak of COVID-19, Newt’s story really came to life as Crank Palace. Innovative Publisher Riverdale Avenue Books is excited to be publishing James Dashner’s first new work from his best-selling series this November 23rd, right before the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Taking place during the latter events of The Death Cure, Crank Palace tells the story of Newt like never before, from inside his own mind, as he searches for meaning in a life gone horribly wrong. He will try to fulfill a new-found destiny before his path leads to its inevitable conclusion—and one last meeting with his best friend.  

 

Leaving only a note, Newt departs the Berg before the Gladers return from their mission into Denver, Colorado. From there, he experiences the gritty nightmare of life on the streets, running from the infected and those hunting them, until he ends up in the Crank Palace, the last dumping ground of those without hope. Although Newt thought he was running away from his friends to save them from himself, along the way he meets a young mother named Keisha and her son, Dante, who end up saving Newt in a way he could never have imagined.

 

 “A large chunk of Crank Palace was written after the latest coronavirus began its mad spread across continents, seemingly sparing no corner of the Earth, no matter how far. That was an odd experience;” Dashner explained. “It added depth, a level of personal, relatable fear that might’ve been missing in earlier books.”

 

The author has pledged to donate all proceeds from the publication of the book to various charities designed to help those affected by the pandemic and cultural upheaval of the past year.

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Just Pubbed The Binge Watcher's Guide to The Handmaid's Tale for Margaret Atwood's Birthday

To commemorate the 81st birthday of Canadian author Margaret Atwood, Riverdale Avenue Books has published the third title in their new Binge Watcher’s Guide series, The Binge Watchers Guide to The Handmaid’s Tale by USA Today bestselling author, Jamie K. Schmitt.

 

In the late 1980's Margaret Atwood's award-winning novel The Handmaid's Tale showed us the dystopian society of Gilead.  In 2017 Bruce Miller brought it to life on Hulu, and the parallels to the ultra religious patriarchal society to what is happening in the United States today is terrifyingly prophetical.

 

This Binge Watcher’s Guide is a companion guide that takes you through the first three seasons of the Hulu series with each episode reviewed with a gut punch rating and trigger warnings.  If you like to read the end of the book first or watch horror movies between your fingers, this book is for you. It is also for people who want a "couch buddy" to share all the WTF feelings that the show brings out.  At the end of each chapter is a short guide on how to process the emotions brought up during the episodes and provides hope for a future that does not mirror June and the rest of the Handmaids existence.

 

"The Handmaid's Tale has been a major part of my life ever since I read it when I was 16 years old.  When Hulu brought it to television, I wanted a front row seat.  This binge watcher's guide is the companion I wanted on the couch with me as I relived Gilead and cried, raged, and plotted,” explained author Schmidt.


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Celebrate Keanu Reeves' Birthday with This New Bio

 

No one has a cult following quite like Keanu Reeves. There’s more to the real Keanu than pop culture talking points and, in Keanu Reeves’ Excellent Adventure: An Unauthorized Biography by New York Times bestselling author Marc Shapiro, the star of the Matrix trilogy, Speed, John Wick, Point Break and countless big and small films proves to be a lot more contrary and anti-establishment than most Hollywood cookie cutter celebrities.

 

Equal parts biography and character study, Keanu Reeves’ Excellent Adventure: An Unauthorized Biography is a journey as the actor deals with his life and times in a straightforward, often philosophical and spiritual manner. He can be shy, self-effacing, an introvert and somebody who has been a pain in the side of the Hollywood establishment. He’s also found time to be an all around good guy as he deals with life’s ups and downs. At the end of the day, Keanu Reeves is nothing less than human.

 

Keanu Reeves dealt with the deaths of those he’s loved the most. He makes no bones about the fact that he comes from a dysfunctional upbringing. He’s walked away from big-budget studio films in favor of doing Hamlet for peanuts. Early on, he didn’t think twice about starring in the overtly gay-themed way out of the mainstream theater production Wolfboy. He readily admits to having done drugs and has had his run-ins with the law. And along the way his risen to that rarified air of international star.

 

“He’s come through all manner of triumphs and tragedies,” said author Marc Shapiro. “Emotionally he’s a complex guy who deals with things as only he can. Keanu is a tough person to put a finger on because, in every possible way, he’s always on the move and always seeking the next big thing that will bring him joy.”

 

“We’ve all been watching Keanu for decades, and it's so great to see him hitting his grown-up stride now, while he goes back to his Bill & Ted roots in Bill & Ted Face the Music,” said publisher Lori Perkins.” He’s shown us what a versatile actor he is, as well as what a great internet boyfriend he can be for us all."




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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Call for Stories for Hanukkah Erotica Anthology

 

Hanukkah Erotica

An anthology of sexy Hanukkah stories

It’s time for a little balance this holiday season romance with latkes, candles and eight passionate nights. Hanukkah is a wonderful festival that gets little play in books and movies, so Riverdale Avenue Books is looking for your HOT sexy romances which feature characters celebrating this holiday.  How about a game of strip dreidel? The challenge of blending family traditions? Gelt or guilt? Eight nights to change someone’s mind? Have fun and help us celebrate love and miracles.

Please – do not submit stories like the ones attempted last year by Hallmark. We will not accept Christmas stories in disguise.

LGBTQ+ and under-represented characters/voices are welcome and encouraged.

Any setting – contemporary, historical, fantasy – acceptable but traditional celebration of Hanukah must be included.

The higher the heat level – the better!

All submissions will receive an acknowledgement email and a response by or before September 25, 2020. Please inquire about reprints. Original, previously unpublished work is preferred. Payment is prorated share of the epub, print and audio royalties split evenly among all contributors, a pdf and print copy of the book. Rights are for seven (7) years, reusable during that time with permission and notification.

All submissions should:

  • Be submitted as a Word document
  • Be between 4000-8000 words long (query for longer stories)
  • Be proofread and edited
  • Include a HEA or HFN ending
  • Use Times New Roman 12 point and underline italics
  • Use ### or *** centered for scene breaks with a blank line above and below
  • Include title, last name and page numbers in upper right hand corner using the ‘header’ feature.

Submission deadline: September 12, 2020

Expected publication: December 10, 2020 (to coincide with the first night of Hanukkah)

Send submissions via attachment to submissions@riverdaleavenuebooks.com



Thursday, August 13, 2020

LGBTQ Classic GenderQueer Republished after 18 Years

When GenderQueer was first published in 2002, it was groundbreaking, even inventing a new word for those whose voices had been hidden behind the walls of the gender binary.  Now—finally!—it's republished by innovative book publisher Riverdale Avenue Books, and those voices are still fresh and compelling in a volume that can take its place as one of the field's early and most original "classics."

 

Perhaps more than any other issue, gender identity has galvanized the queer community in recent years. The questions go beyond the nature of male/female to a yet-to-be-traversed region that lies somewhere between and beyond biologically determined gender. In this groundbreaking anthology, first published nearly two decades ago, three experts in gender studies and politics navigate around rigid, societally imposed concepts of two genders to discover and illuminate the limitless possibilities of identity. Thirty first-person accounts of gender construction, exploration, and questioning provide the groundwork for cultural discussion, political action, and even greater possibilities of autonomous gender choices.

 

Joan Nestle is the cofounder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives in New York and the writer and editor of six books including the groundbreaking Women on Women series. Riki Wilchins is the executive director of GenderPAC, the national gender advocacy group, and the cofounder of the Gender Identity Project of New York City's Lesbian and Gay Center. She is the author of read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender, Gender Theory, Burn the Binary and TransGRESSIVE. Clare Howell is a senior librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library.

“We are thrilled to be republishing this LGBTQ classic that actually defined the term ‘genderqueer’ two decades ago,” said Publisher Lori Perkins. “Riki Wilchins was ahead of her time.”

“It’s so important to see GenderQueer back in print. It’s hard to how things were back then now, but back when it first came out, it was the only outlet for an emerging generation of nonbinary, genderfluid, and genderqueer writers to be heard,” said Editor Riki Wilchins. “This was the “bleeding edge” of a gender revolution beyond the four-box model of L-G-B-T few of us could see coming, and even fewer could articulate. And even now, many of their voices still resonate in new and exciting ways.