As summer wanes, usher in your autumn with six forthcoming books from Between the Lines. These warm months may be slowly changing to colder days, but we hope this preview of BTL’s fall books will get you excited for what is to come!
This year’s fall catalogue features a range of bold and big reads: a manifesto for decolonizing drag, a collection of interviews about capitalism and the Covid-19 pandemic, a graphic history of Jewish labour resistance, and three alternative history biographies: on black revolutionary Rosie Douglas, Canadian disability rights organizer Beryl Potter, and Ukrainian anarchist Nestor Makhno.
As always, you can view all of Between the Lines' forthcoming titles here, and while you'll have to wait until their publication dates to read them, all of our forthcoming titles can already be pre-ordered on our website.
Crisis and Contagion: Conversations on Capitalism and Covid-19 is a selection of interviews with some of the world’s leading leftist thinkers, who propose that to understand the impact of Covid-19, we have to understand the conflictual history of capitalism – and to ward off future pandemics, we need to start building a post-capitalist alternative to the disease-generating and highly unequal global neoliberal order.
Decolonize Drag details the ways that gender is used as a form of colonial governance to eliminate various types of expression, and tracks how contemporary drag both replicates and disrupts these institutional hierarchies. It also features the voice of author Kareem Khubchandani’s drag alter ego, judgmental South Asian aunty LaWhore Vagistan. The book argues for more abundance in and access to fashioning gender, and considers how drag changes meaning and efficacy as it shifts across geographies.
Beryl Potter was a reserved working-class mother of three living a decent life, or so it seemed, when a harmless slip and fall marked the unravelling of everything that she had known about herself and the world around her. Beryl Potter devoted herself to bettering the lives of other people with disabilities and made a tremendous contribution to disability awareness from the 1970s to 1990s. This unparalleled biography offers readers with a complex portrait of a woman who defied and challenged gender and disability norms of her time, paving the way for disability justice.
The Bund: A Graphic History of Jewish Labour Resistance outlines the oppressive origins of Jewish resistance in Ukraine, Poland, and the "Pale of Settlement" in Tsarist Russia. Charismatic resistance figures including Pati Kremer and Bernard Goldstein kept secular and progressive ideas alive against impossible odds in this graphic account of a little-known story. The first of its kind, this graphic history of Jewish labour resistance lays bare evidence of a radical past that can have massive implications for leftist Jewish struggles today.
Rosie Douglas, former prime minister of Dominica, had a life unlike any other modern politician. After leaving home to study agriculture in Canada, he became a member of the young Conservatives, under the Canadian prime minister’s guidance. However, by the late sixties he was an active civil rights supporter and, once back home in Dominica, he led the movement for Dominica’s full political independence from Great Britain. Relying on family sources, interviews, newspaper articles, government documents, and Douglas’ own articles, letters, and speeches, this biography offers a rich and riveting record of an important Black revolutionary.
No Harmless Power: The Life and Times of the Ukrainian Anarchist Nestor Makhno follows Makhno as he moves swiftly from peasant youth to prisoner to revolutionary anarchist leader. This book also chronicles the friends and enemies he made along the way: Lenin, Trotsky, Kropotkin, Alexander Berkman, Emma Goldman, Ida Mett, and others. With illustrations by N.O. Bonzo and Kevin Matthews, this is a fresh, humorous, and necessary look at an under-examined corner of history.