Wednesday, December 24, 2008

merry christmas & happy holidays

Our office is closed for the next couple days and the majority of us are heading home to family or cozying up at our homes here with friends and family.

Wishing all of our authors, readers, and supporters a very warm and happy holiday.

We love and appreciate you.

---from the women of Seal

Monday, December 22, 2008

Rest in peace, Emma

Tragic news this morning that Seal has lost one of its authors.

Emma Bee Bernstein, just 23 years old, was an amazing photographer and co-collaborator with her close friend Nona on the book Girldrive, which is scheduled for publication in fall 2009.

From the moment I saw the Girldrive blog, I admired Emma and Nona's passion for this project. They wanted to make a difference, to chronicle feminism across this country at a particularly pivotal moment in history. Their adventurousness and their pursuit of a dream is what makes this project so special. I believe their work will inspire young women to take a look at feminism, to ask themselves, Where do I fit in all of this? Nona's writing and Emma's photography capture an experience. Their goal was to write a book for and about their generation.

They wrote on their blog:

It’s about gutsy young women across the American cityscape. It’s about the past and the present, and it glimmers on the future. It’s about the promise of the open road.

Emma's passing is such a tremendous loss. Such a talented young woman. Gone way too soon. Our thoughts are with Nona and with Emma's family today. And I leave this blessing from John O'Donahue for Emma:

May there be some beautiful surprise
Waiting for you inside death
Something you never knew or felt,
Which with one simple touch
Absolves you of all loneliness and loss,
As you quicken within the embrace
For which your soul was eternally made.


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Last Minute Shopping?

Books make great gifts and now is the time to support your local bookstore by going out and buying some last minute books! A few of our books have made it on to gift list recommendations so check out the below for ideas and suggestions!

The RH Reality Check gift guide offers gifts that allow you to contribute to women friendly-causes! They recommend Yes Means Yes edited by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti as great book purchase.

Sexier Sex by Regina Lynn made it into the Sex Holiday Gift Guide on

Momaroo also listed her favorite books of 2008, one of which was Rebecca Woolf's Rockabye .

Also check out this website dedicated to why books are great gifts!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Seal Press Nominees for the 21st Annual Lambda Literary Awards

The Lambda Literary Awards seek to recognize excellence in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender literature. Each year, over 80 judges -- writers, booksellers, librarians, journalists -- assess the entries in more than 20 categories.

Seal Press is excited to announce that four Seal Press titles are nominees! The finalists will be annnounced no later than March 15, 2009 and we'll keep our fingers crossed until then.


Open, Jenny Block, Seal Press


Labor of Love, Thomas Beatie, Seal Press

Transgender History, Susan Stryker, Seal Press


Fucking Daphne, edited by Daphne Gottlieb, Seal Press


Transgender History, Susan Stryker, Seal Press

Congratulations to our authors and all the authors that have been nominated, and to see a complete list of nominees click here.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Seal books at Urban Craft Uprising!

This weekend, December 6th and 7th, Michelle Goodman of My So-Called Freelance Life, and Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears of Boss of You, will be signing books at Urban Craft Uprising.

If you're in the area, this is an event you don't want to miss.

Book signings @ Urban Craft Uprising - December 6 & 7
When: Saturday signing 12 to 1 pm. Sunday signing 1 to 2 pm. Craft show open from 11 to 5 pm.
What: Fourth annual Urban Craft Uprising, a rocking indie craft show with 130+ vendors
Where: Seattle Center, Exhibition Hall
Info: Free admission. More at Urban Craft Uprising.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Seal holiday gift recs

Last spring we sponsored a writing contest with WOW! Women on Writing, which is a fantastic resource for women writers. If you don't already know about them, bookmark them now!

They've just released their WOW Holiday Gift Guide, which is full of awesome gift ideas for the writers on your list, and happens to include the following Seal titles:

Half-Assed, by Jennette Fulda

Boss of You, by Emira Mears and Lauren Bacon

The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide, by Melissa Stanton

My So-Called Freelance Life, by Michelle Goodman

Of course, Seal books make great gifts all year round, but do check out this guide. It has smart stocking stuffer ideas and all kinds of stuff writers will love. Maybe you'll want to give it to someone whose list you're on, as a helpful hint---you know?

Thanks, WOW!, for all you do.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

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