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Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center
172 Allen St, New York, New York 10002
Lambda literary award 2018 finalist Nina Packebush is the author of "Girls Like Me", a powerful coming of age story of a pregnant gay teenager who realizes that friends may make the best medicine. Authors China Martens and Katherine Arnoldi both have updated editions of their early groundbreaking books, "The Future Generation" and "The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom". Come hear readings from this super trinity of old school zine grandmother/bad ass book authors — together for the first time — in celebration!
more about the authors:
Nina Packebush is a queer identified grown-up teen mama and YA novelist. Her debut novel, Girls Like Me, is a 2018 In the Margin Award recommended book and a 2018 Lamb...da Literary Finalist. She loves her dogs, hiking, digging in the dirt, and making comic zines about empowered snails. Nina lives in the Pacific Northwest with her partner, a collection of kids, and a pack of wayward pets.
China Martens' first book, "The Future Generation: A Zine-Book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends, & Others", is a compilation of 16 years of her punk parenting zine, started in 1990, which kicked off the parenting zine subculture. This book was republished in 2017 after many years out of print. Martens is also the co-editor of "Don't Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways To Support Families In Social Justice Movements & Communities" and "Revolutionary Mothering: Love On The Front Lines."
"The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom" (1998, 2016) by Katherine Arnoldi tells of Arnoldi’s struggle to go to college as a teenage mother and brought awareness to the lack of equal access to education for teenage mothers. In 2000, Arnoldi started a class action lawsuit with New York Civil Liberties Union against the NYC Board of Education for coercing teen moms to leave school.