Love After the End is a new young adult anthology edited by Joshua Whitehead (Lambda Literary Award winner, Jonny Appleseed) featuring short stories by Indigenous authors with Two-Spirit & Queer heroes, in utopian and dystopian settings.
This is a sequel to the popular anthology, Love Beyond Body Space and Time (2019 AILA Youth Honor Book), and features several of the same authors returning, along with new voices!
About the Book
Love After the End is a 6x9 paperback prose book, approximately 120 pages long, consisting of 10 short stories. Cover art is by Alice RL. The book will be published and distributed through Bedside Press of Winnipeg, MB.
Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time is an anthology of science-fiction stories by Indigenous authors featuring Two-Spirit and Queer main characters.
Both books are for young adult readers and up.
To tell you the plot of the stories, would be to rob you of the enjoyment of discovering the rich complexities of worlds, plots, and characters on your own. Suffice is to say, you will cry in sadness and happiness, and you'll love all new heroes who will make a home in your heart. Not all stories are happy, but none are hopeless.
The Authors (Love After the End)
- David A. Robertson is a nationally bestselling author of children’s books, graphic novels, and novels. His books include When We Were Alone (Governor General’s Literary Award winner), Will I See? (Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award, Graphic Novel Category), and the YA trilogy The Reckoner. David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.
- Darcie Little Badger is a Lipan Apache geoscientist and writer. Darcie's debut novel, Elatsoe, will publish with Levine Querido in fall 2020. Her short fiction, nonfiction and comics have appeared in multiple places, including Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance, Strange Horizons, The Dark, Love Beyond Body Space and Time, and Moonshot: the Indigenous Comics Collection (volumes 2 and 3). She co-writes Strangelands, an ongoing comic series in the Humanoids H1 shared superhero universe, with Magdalene Visaggio.
- Nathan Adler is the author of Wrist (Kegedonce Press), he is an MFA candidate for Creative Writing from UBC, first-place winner of the Aboriginal Writing Challenge, and recipient of a Hnatyshyn Reveal award for Literature. He is Anishinaabe and Jewish, and a member of Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation.
- Gwen Benaway is a trans girl of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has published two collections of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead and Passage, and her third collection, Holy Wild, is forthcoming from Book+hug in 2018.
- Nazbah Tom is a Diné queer writer and their work has been featured in anthologies both online and in hard print. Find them kayaking up and down the Rouge River this summer and writing at midnight when the world is quiet and slumbering.
- Gabriel Castilloux Calderón (they/them) is niiz-manidoowag (two spirit) Mi'kmaq, Algonquin, Scottish and French Canadian. They currently thrive in Cree/Blackfoot/Salteaux/Nakota Sioux Treaty 6 territory. They are the 1st place winner of the 19-29 category of Historica Canada’s Indigenous Short Stories Contest and a national level competing slam poet, social worker, herbologist, medicine maker and educator.
- Kai Minosh Pyle is a Métis and Baawiting Nishnaabe Two-Spirit writer originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Currently they are living in occupied Bde Ota Otunwe (Minneapolis, Minnesota), where they are working to revitalize the Ojibwe and Michif languages as well as researching Anishinaabe Two-Spirit history.
- Adam Garnet Jones is a 2 Spirit Nehiyow IndigiQueer from Edmonton Alberta. He is an award-winning feature filmmaker, TV writer, and novelist who currently lives and works in Tkaronto. He spends every spare moment honing his skills as a beadworker, so his hands usually smell of smoked hide.
- jaye simpson
- Mari Kurisato
- Alice RL (cover artist)
- Joshua Whitehead (editor)
The Authors (Love Beyond Body, Space and Time)
- Richard van Camp
- Cherie Dimaline
- David A. Robertson
- Daniel Heath Justice
- Darcie Little Badger
- Gwen Benaway
- Mari Kurisato
- Nathan Adler
- Cleo Keahna
- Jeffrey Veregge (cover artist)
- Niigaan Sinclair & Grace Dillon (forewords)
The Actors (Love Beyond Body, Space and Time audiobook)
- Cara Gee
- Rosanna Deerchild
- Waawaate Fobister
About the Editor (Love After the End)
Joshua Whitehead is oji-nehiyaw 2SQ otâcimow from Peguis First Nation; a ABD ph.d student at University of Calgary and author of full-metal indigiqueer (2017) & Jonny Appleseed (2018).
About the Publisher
Bedside Press is a multiple Eisner-nominated publisher of prose fiction and graphic novels, based in Winnipeg, MB, and distributed worldwide by Diamond Book Distribution. They are members of the Association of Canadian Publishers and Association of Manitoba Book Publishers. This will be their 17th published book, and one of several created with the help of Kickstarter.
Along with the physical copy of Love After the End itself, we also are including packs consisting of digital and physical copies of the prequel book Love Beyond Body Space and Time (though you don't need to have read it to enjoy Love After the End as most of the stories are set in different worlds!)
In addition, we are excited to announce we are in the post-production stage of a new audiobook adaptation of the stories in Love Beyond Body, Space and Time, read by 2SQ voice actors.
Why 2SQ instead of LGBT?
2SQ, or "Two-Spirit and Queer", refers to gender and sexual identities of Indigenous people that do not necessarily fall under the same umbrella as LGBT, and deserve specific recognition. Not all queer people who are Indigenous consider themselves Two-Spirit for various reasons. Remember though, this is an umbrella term for different identities, and when speaking to/about an individual, it is best to use their specific nation and sexual and gender identity (if known and relevant).
"I had begun storing birch syrup in the basement for six years when the International Water Ration Act of 2167 was made mandatory. Mixing what little water there was with the syrup and trying to make it keep. Nishiime Dakib had gone off to the City around the same time I had come home from it. A fancy new private science sector had opened up and offered her a more than comfortable high-up position.
Dakib had been sending me hormones ever since one of the sweat-pourers said I was iwkekaazo, pretending to be a woman. The pills were expensive and surgery was out of the question with the rationing upon us. We were getting even less water now, we had been used to it, our tap water unsafe to drink for nearly two hundred years.
The water in the plants were safe , I had been teaching folks in community how to extract it safely and sustainably when the New Indian Agents set up camp wondering, why we weren’t dehydrated like the other Indians down south. I can’t even remember how much blood was drawn from me, but they kept the questions coming and eventually left when we remained tight-lipped."
- "The Ark of the Turtles Back", jaye simpson
We've been lucky to have been granted a Canada Council for the Arts project grant for this project, which has enabled us to pay for costs to date! The remaining costs are just for the print production of the book itself.
All stories have been developed and most are in final stages of writing. We have set a retail release date of March 2020, but funders will be able to receive the books several months ahead of time.
All the audiobook stories for Love Beyond Body, Space and Time have been recorded and are in post production.
Risks and challenges
With the project well along its way, and with 17 successful projects under our belt, it is unlikely to have any major difficulties fulfilling this project (knock on wood). Occasionally, unexpected delays (a fire at the printer for example, or a writer leaving the country and being unable to complete edits in time for publication) may happen, in which case funders will be notified.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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