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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Stone Butch Blues 20th Anniversary Author’s Edition now available! (free download)
Stone Butch Blues, Leslie
Feinberg's 1993 first novel, is widely considered in and outside the U.S.
to be a groundbreaking work about the complexities of gender. Feinberg was
the first theorist to advance a Marxist concept of transgender
liberation" in hir theoretical nonfiction book,* Transgender
Warriors: Making History.
Stone Butch Blues has sold hundreds of
thousands of copies, been passed from hand-to-hand inside prisons, and been
translated into Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Slovenian, Turkish, and
Hebrew (with hir earnings from that edition going to ASWAT Palestinian Gay
Women). The novel was winner of the 1994 American Library Association
Stonewall Book Award and a 1994 Lambda Literary Award.
Leslie Feinberg worked
up to a few days before hir death in November 2014 to ready the 20th
Anniversary Author Edition of Stone Butch Blues to make
it available to all, in free-download and at-cost-print editions. This action
was one part of hir entire life work as a revolutionary communist
to change the world in the struggle for justice and liberation from
oppression. "This Is What Solidarity Looks Like"
This Author's Edition
of Stone Butch Blues is dedicated to CeCe McDonald, a
young Minneapolis trans woman of color organizer and activist sent
to prison for defending herself against a white neo-Nazi attacker.
Accessible at www.lesliefeinberg.net is a slideshow, "This Is
What Solidarity Looks Like," that documents the breadth of the global
organizing campaign to free CeCe McDonald. Feinberg developed the
slideshow with the help of scores of activist photographers."This Is
What Solidarity Looks Like" is a powerful teaching and
organizing tool to show how a mass liberation movement started from a
single community achieves a global reach.
*A Note from Minnie
(who was kind enough to
disseminate this announcement):
Leslie explains in "Author's Rights and
Requests" hir decision as a revolutionary communist to make Stone
Butch Blues available free to all through digital download. The
at-cost Lulu print version fulfills hir goal of making *Stone Butch Blues*
available in a no-profit-to-anyone edition. Leslie's "Author's Rights
and Requests" can be found at the end of the new edition. In
that section, Leslie also briefly discusses some of hir decisions about how zie/she chose to narrate the novel.