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Dear Professor,

I am writing to highlight Inanna Publications' women’s literature list and several new titles appropriate for your classes.

As you browse our books, we hope you will find a multiplicity of voices that tell truths of women’s experiences in the world and explore the broad spectrum and endless diversity of women’s lives. 

I think you will find that many of our books are well suited to your program and teaching.

Please consider requesting complimentary examination copies of these titles for possible use in your upcoming courses, share this email with colleagues where appropriate, and be sure to visit our new website for our full catalogue of creative work, research, and activism.

Here are links to the pertinent pages on our website:

Women’s Fiction:
Women’s Poetry:
Women’s Non-Fiction:

And here are links to our 2017 academic catalogue and various academic flyers:

 New Titles Spotlight:

Outside People and Other Stories by Mariam Pirbahi (October 2017)

The diverse cast of characters that energize Mariam Pirbhai's Outside People and Other Stories not only reflects the diversity of North America but also the ease with which this striking debut collection inhabits the voices and perspectives of nation, hemisphere, and world.

Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons – a novel by Jocelyn Cullity (October 2017)

”Jocelyn Cullity's Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons highlights the lost history of the women descended from African slaves who fought so valiantly to save Lucknow during the famous 1857 resistance to English rule. Cullity—whose English family lived in India for five generations—infuses the grand narrative sweep of her story with poetic elegance, and succeeds in adjusting our lens on the past to illuminate a crucial part of Indian history."—Prajwal Parajuly, The Gurkha's Daughter andLand Where I Flee

The Street of Butterflies – short fiction by Mehri Yalfani (September 2017)

Mehri Yalfani's stories in The Street of Butterflies feature Iranian women dealing with displacement, cultural change, and struggles for survival and adaptation as immigrants in North America. At the same time, the challenges they face also reveal the racial, gendered and cultural anxieties of these same individuals who carry with them the biases of their country of origin to the norms of the new land.

I’m the Girl Who Was Raped - a memoir by Michele Hattingh (October 2017)

This book is Michelle's fight to be herself again. Of the taint she feels, despite the support and resources at her disposal as the child of a successful middle-class family. Of the fall-out to friendships, job, identity. It's Michelle's brave way of standing up for the many women in South Africa, and around the world, who are raped every day.

A Handbook for Beautiful People – a novel by Jennifer Spruit (October 2017)

When twenty-two-year-old Marla finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she wishes for a family, but faces precariousness: an uncertain future with her talented, exacting boyfriend, Liam; constant danger from her roommate, Dani, a sometime prostitute and entrenched drug addict; and the unannounced but overwhelming needs of her younger brother, Gavin, whom she has brought home for the first time from deaf school. Forcing her hand is Marla's fetal alcohol syndrome, which sets her apart but also carries her through.

The Other Mrs. Smith – a novel by Bonnie Burstow (October 2017)

This novel traces the life experiences of a once highly successful woman who falls prey to electroshock and subsequently struggles to piece back together her life. Naomi suffers enormous memory loss; additionally, an estrangement from her family of origin that she has no way to wrap her mind around. this novel sensitizes us to the horror of electroshock, takes us to new levels in our understanding of what it means to be human, and, in the process, leads us to question the very concept of normalcy.

The Size of a Bird – poems by Clementine Morrigan

The Size of a Bird is an invocation of desire in times of violence and trauma. Refusing to shy away from difficult topics the poet tackles addiction, abuse, suicide, and sexual violence while infusing each word with a relentless drive for life. Seeking pleasure, these poems navigate dangerous terrain, staying with ambivalence and probing its depths. This volume is the compelling work of a young LGBTQ poet.

If you are interested in examination copies of any of our titles for course consideration, please reply to this email (, and please include your name/mailing address, course title/term and estimated enrollment.

Thank you in advance, 

Renée Knapp

Marketing Manager, Inanna Publications

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