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Jill Soloway's Amazon imprint acquires its first two titles

Jill Soloway

Jill Soloway’s new, Amazon-backed imprint, Topple—which will publish books by women of color and writers who identify as gay, queer, bi, trans, and gender nonconforming—has acquired its first two books: LGBTQ advocate Precious Brady-Davis’s I Have Always Been Me and Lucille Scott’s An American Coven(ant). Brady-Davis’s memoir chronicles her “traumatic childhood of abandonment and neglect and her resilience as a biracial, Pentecostal, queer young person growing up in Omaha, Nebraska.” Scott’s book is, according to Amazon, a “queer-feminist pop history of how mystical traditions intersected with modern feminism in America.”

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