News from Jess Taylor, a writer from Toronto, Ontario. She writes short stories, novels, and poetry.
October 16, 2019.
Just Pervs is out in stores! Read at Bi Arts Festival! Story out in the Minola Review. Reading at Tartan Turban Friday, October 25th.
So it’s all starting! Just Pervs came out at the beginning of September and now can be found or ordered into several stores across Canada. It’s also already been receiving some press from different publications. All of the press I’ve collected so far can be found on the Just Pervs portfolio page. There’s been lots of great buzz: Jessica Rose compared Just Pervs and Three Women by Lisa Taddeo for Rabble; Rachna Raj Kaur gave me an interview for NOW Magazine right as the book came out; Jackie Mlotek wrote a thoughtful review for Quill and Quire; Sarah Murdoch included Just Pervs as one of “five books that give you something to chew on” for the Toronto Star; and recently a short, punchy review by Asha Jodha was published in This Magazine.
I’ve also had a couple publications come out in the last little while. A new story, “Bachelorette Hellholle,” was published by the Minola Review thanks to Marta Balcewicz! If you haven’t checked out Minola Review before, please do. They “foster the conversation between women, publishing strong, honest work safe from the gaze of patriarchy…[and] accept work from all women and otherwise femme-identifying, and non-binary individuals.”
“Tight ’n Bright” from Just Pervs was also featured on Prism Magazine!
On Septemer 21st, I did my first reading for the Just Pervs release at Glad Day Bookshop for the Bi Arts Festival’s author’s showcase, but unfortunately the store wasn’t able to get the books in! I’ll have some with me at my next reading on October 25th, where I’ll be reading with Faith Arkorful, Sanchari Sur, and my bffl Sofia Mostaghimi. I love all these people and their writing so I’m very excited! I may even have a surprise opener (JK, it’s not a surprise, it will be my partner, Craig Calhoun). If you’d like to come, reserve your ticket here.