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July 10, 2013
For anyone who doubts the demand for a children’s book on social justice, with an all-inclusive view of reproduction, the SF Bay Guardian would direct you towards What Makes a Baby author Cory Silverberg’s hugely successful crowdfunding campaign to get the book published – Silverberg raised $65,000 in just one month.
The idea for What Makes a Baby arose from the author’s observation that existing resources for parents to teach their young children where they came from are heterosexual and gender binary-based, and so automatically exclude many families and children. Silverberg’s fundraising campaign allowed LGBT parents to prove the demand for a children’s book inclusive to all families, without qualifiers such as orientation or gender identity.
Dr. Sonja Mackenzie, a faculty member at San Francisco State University and queer parent of two, says that What Makes a Baby “is beyond what we have ever seen represented in children’s books,” and another Bay Area mother, Vicki Hudson, adds that the book ”enables many different types of families to feel represented.
September 30, 2011"'Journalism is the rough draft of history,' [Mickey Huff] notes, 'and if you have these mainstream corporate news outlets getting so much of it wrong or missing it, how does that impact historical construction?'"
October 13, 2010So it would seem that even a completely gentrified San Francisco offers writers a rich vein of noir opportunity. Yet the lone novelist today determinedly probing the dark side of San Francisco's endless battle to clean up the streets is Peter Plate. Plate's latest novel, Elegy Written on a Crowded Street (Seven Stories Press, 176 pages, $13.95), is his ninth noir novel in a hardboiled writing career that spans the era of out-of-control gentrification in the city. With little fanfare or support, against the real life backdrop of police sweeps of the homeless and the start of the dot-com boom, Plate has produced a shelf of books that represent a lonely, yet noble and deeply radical literary effort to write noir crime fiction in which the criminals, not the cops, are the protagonists. Taken as a whole, they offer a compelling and defiant portrait of the psychic toll the disappearance of loved people, places, and opportunity from the city has taken on those left behind. — San Francisco Bay Guardian on Peter Plate