Jul 082015
 

10407965_10206159775729530_6197481134915758495_nI’m writing this blog on my flight home to NYC from being up in Toronto with Lost Boi! ::waves from the clouds:: I had such a great time and am so grateful for all the new and old friends I had the chance to spend time with and especially the number of people I’ve known only online who I got to meet face to face for the first time this week! While I was waiting to board my plane, I started making a list of all the amazing things that happened in Toronto that I wanted to write about in this blog, so many great things happened, and the more I started listing, the more I started remembering and then the list was really really long! So, I decided maybe the answer was that the list was its own blog ☺I also took a lot of pictures of things I saw you can find all the pictures on my facebook

20 amazing things that happened in Toronto ( in no particular order):

1. Learning that Lost Boi has been very popular with Canadian teenagers who have found the book at high school book tabling events Glad Day is part of
2. Hanging out with Amber Dawn and finding bubble machines and other silly giggle filled adventures & literary conversations
3.Meeting my friend Evan after 13 years of online friendship (we met on Live Journal) and having it not be at all awkward
4. Connecting with other authors who come to writing from zine culture
5. Getting to go swimming in my hotel’s pool every day and pretending to be a sea pony or a mermaid ;)
6. Glad Day Bookstore – the world’s oldest LGBTQ bookstore!!!
7. How responsive the audience was to the “Grit Lit” reading
8. Getting to meet Maranda Elizabeth (@MarandaDearest on twitter) in person and our picture book tattoos becoming friends! If you haven’t read their novel Ragdoll House you must!
9. The first Q&A question being about my peter pan dress because femmes know dresses are important literary topics
10. Engaging questions about writing and building writing communities
11. Bubble tea everywhere
12. A reader who brought me a toy minion as a little surprise gift
13. Glad Day bookstore – so amazing I need to mention them again!
14. Queer readers who love queer stories
15. Connecting with another writer who also has learning disabilities around spelling/ other writing conventions and being able to encourage her to write and seek publications
16. Getting emails after the reading that Lost Boi helped someone to understand the way a close friend chose to live a life in leather and that before reading Lost Boi she hadn’t been able to understand that friend’s relationship choices.
17. Picking up a copy of NOW Toronto on the street that has a review of the book in print!
18. Finding adorable nametags that include ze/hir pronouns at the bookstore
19. Ketchup chips

20. Reading in Toronto 1 year to the day I learned that Arsenal Pulp Press wanted to publish Lost Boi

Jul 082015
 

10407965_10206159775729530_6197481134915758495_nI’m writing this blog on my flight home to NYC from being up in Toronto with Lost Boi! ::waves from the clouds:: I had such a great time and am so grateful for all the new and old friends I had the chance to spend time with and especially the number of people I’ve known only online who I got to meet face to face for the first time this week! While I was waiting to board my plane, I started making a list of all the amazing things that happened in Toronto that I wanted to write about in this blog, so many great things happened, and the more I started listing, the more I started remembering and then the list was really really long! So, I decided maybe the answer was that the list was its own blog ☺I also took a lot of pictures of things I saw you can find all the pictures on my facebook

20 amazing things that happened in Toronto ( in no particular order):

1. Learning that Lost Boi has been very popular with Canadian teenagers who have found the book at high school book tabling events Glad Day is part of
2. Hanging out with Amber Dawn and finding bubble machines and other silly giggle filled adventures & literary conversations
3.Meeting my friend Evan after 13 years of online friendship (we met on Live Journal) and having it not be at all awkward
4. Connecting with other authors who come to writing from zine culture
5. Getting to go swimming in my hotel’s pool every day and pretending to be a sea pony or a mermaid ;)
6. Glad Day Bookstore – the world’s oldest LGBTQ bookstore!!!
7. How responsive the audience was to the “Grit Lit” reading
8. Getting to meet Maranda Elizabeth (@MarandaDearest on twitter) in person and our picture book tattoos becoming friends! If you haven’t read their novel Ragdoll House you must!
9. The first Q&A question being about my peter pan dress because femmes know dresses are important literary topics
10. Engaging questions about writing and building writing communities
11. Bubble tea everywhere
12. A reader who brought me a toy minion as a little surprise gift
13. Glad Day bookstore – so amazing I need to mention them again!
14. Queer readers who love queer stories
15. Connecting with another writer who also has learning disabilities around spelling/ other writing conventions and being able to encourage her to write and seek publications
16. Getting emails after the reading that Lost Boi helped someone to understand the way a close friend chose to live a life in leather and that before reading Lost Boi she hadn’t been able to understand that friend’s relationship choices.
17. Picking up a copy of NOW Toronto on the street that has a review of the book in print!
18. Finding adorable nametags that include ze/hir pronouns at the bookstore
19. Ketchup chips

20. Reading in Toronto 1 year to the day I learned that Arsenal Pulp Press wanted to publish Lost Boi

Jun 152015
 

video of me reading Chapter 3 “Runaway! Runaway!” when I read at RADAR on tour in San Francisco last month!

 

I’m amazed and thrilled by all the incredible support and positive reviews that have been coming out for Lost Boi!

The Globe And Mail: “Lost Boi is the kind of novel that reminds us exactly why we love literature, how it can push boundaries and break open traditions, all while it amuses and excites both reader and author.”Read the full review here 

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The Advocate includes Lost Boi in “The 15 Best LGBT Summer Reads”

Fans of children’s tales and the genderqueering of literature will adore Sassafras Lowrey’s queer punk reimagining of the Peter Pan story in which orphaned, abandoned, and runaway bois of the street have sworn allegiance and service to Pan, the fearless leader of the Lost Bois Brigade. It’s like a subversive alternate take on the classic story, with undercurrents that tackle some real issues like LGBT youth homelessness, BDSM, addiction, love, family, gender, and so much more. ” Read More Here 

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Vice  says “Lost Boi, reimagines Peter Pan for the genderqueer generation, with a coming-of-age story that is as tender as it is kinky, and as sweet as it is subversive…” Read the full review & an interview here 

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Lambda Literary says “Lost Boi begins by rejecting convention, but by story’s end it has in many ways bent and adapted convention to its own ends. It’s a counterculture fairy tale, but the way Lowery turns all expectations upside down and finds hope in the darkest corners is the real magic here.” Read the full review here

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Daily Xtra “Beyond the transgressive pleasure found in Lost Boi’s gender-fucking and in the brazen placement of beloved literary characters into the world of queer kink and leather culture, there is also insight into the myriad ways in which marginalized folk seek to forge familial ties and create community.”  check out the full review here

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MPR News “Five Wildly Inventive New Takes On Classic Literature” J.M. Barrie’s children’s tale gets a dark and wondrous makeover in “Lost Boi,” a queer punk reimagining of “Peter Pan.” ” Read the full article here  

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Book Riot Lost Boi is included in the “Best Books We Read In May” “Lost Boi: it is absolutely unapologetic about what it is and who it appeals to, and I think that’s what makes it so successful.” Read the Full book roundup here 

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May 172015
 

“Lost Boi is the kind of novel that reminds us exactly why we love literature, how it can push boundaries and break open traditions, all while it amuses and excites both reader and author.”

Read the full amazing review that ran in the Globe and Mail here I think I did a little dance in the street the first time I read this tour!

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I’ve been home a couple of days now from my West Coast tour with Lost boi! Wow! The last two weeks traveling have been so magical and  I’m completely overwhelmed by the community response to Lost Boi in San Francisco, Vancouver, Seattle and Portland! I came home and napped for two days! It was an incredible and exhausting tour and now that I’m settling back in here in Brooklyn I’m still working on finding the words to talk about the fantastic time I had, and the privilege it is to be able to share this beautiful beautiful (arsenal pulp press really outdid themselves ) book with all of you!

xoxo

Apr 202015
 



Last weekend was the NYC release event for Lost Boi and it was truly a magical night at Bluestockings! I think I was a little bit in shock that night, and it wasn’t until later in the weekend after SELLING OUT of copies at The Rainbow Book Fair on Saturday that it really hit me, this book is real, it’s out in the world and right now as I’m sitting in my house queer people are reading it!!!!!

This book has been such an amazing project to work on, and I truly could not have asked for a more incredible publishing process than the one I had working with the fantastic team at Arsenal Pulp Press. They were my dream publisher for this novel, and the book is truly beyond my wildest dreams. One of my favorite things about Lost Boi is the way in which it has been transformed into a gorgeous object. I’m not an ebook reader, and I love the experience of holding a beautiful book, but I never imagined that one I wrote would be made so pretty! Everything from the weight of the pages, to the cover flaps that have the book’s description on one, and my photo/bio on the other, to the map, to the way the pages are rough cut (there’s some word for this that I never remember) and look like a fancy old book!

I’m so thrilled that Lost Boi has released and is available! If you see copies of the book at your local bookstore please take a picture and share it with me on facebook/twitter/instagram – It’s so exciting for me to see pictures of the book out in the wild! Also, if you’re one of those queers whose reading Lost Boi right now please think about giving it a little review of Goodreads and/or Amazon when you finish reading and if you haven’t yet made up your mind if you want to read it, check out some of the nice things folks in the media have said about Lost Boi!

 

Roundup of Praise/Coverage for Lost Boi so far! 

Largehearted Boy Guest Playlist – it’s like a mixtape for the novel!

Lambda Literary says “Lost Boi begins by rejecting convention, but by story’s end it has in many ways bent and adapted convention to its own ends. It’s a counterculture fairy tale, but the way Lowery turns all expectations upside down and finds hope in the darkest corners is the real magic here.” Read full review here

Xtra: “Second Streetlight To The Right” 

The Lost Boi West Coast Tour is only 2 weeks away! See you soon SF, Vancouver, Seattle, PDX! 

SAVE THE DATES! 

May 4   SAN FRANCISCO       Booksmith Bookstore

May 5  SAN FRANCISCO     RADAR

May 6  VANCOUVER BC     Book Warehouse – Main Street

May 8  SEATTLE  Elliott Bay Bookstore

May 11   PORTLAND   Powell’s Bookstore –Hawthorne

 

 

Apr 152015
 

I can’t believe it, but Lost Boi really is here, and out in the world!!!!!!

If you find Lost Boi in your local bookstore will you take a picture and tag me on Facebook or Twitter? I’m so excited to see it out in the wild!!!

p.s. The official release is here in NYC this Friday (April 17th) at Bluestockings Bookstore! I

 

 

Mar 022015
 


SAVE THE DATES! 

May 4   SAN FRANCISCO       Booksmith Bookstore

May 5  SAN FRANCISCO     RADAR

May 6  VANCOUVER BC     Book Warehouse – Main Street

May 8  SEATTLE  Elliott Bay Bookstore

May 11   PORTLAND   Powell’s Bookstore –Hawthorne

 

There will be more info in the coming weeks about other authors who I’m so excited to be reading with and I can’t wait to see all of you this spring!

xoxo

Feb 162015
 

Friday, April 17th 

7pm 

Bluestockings Bookstore 172 Allen St. NYC

Join Sassafras Lowrey for the release of Lost Boi, a new novel published by Arsenal Pulp Press!

PREPARE TO BE SWEPT OVERBOARD into the world of Lost Boi, the queer punk reimagining of the Peter Pan story in which orphaned, abandoned and runaway bois of the street have sworn allegiance and service to Pan, the fearless leader of the Lost Bois.

TOLD FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF TOOTLES, Pan’s best boi, the Lost Bois create their own family in a squat called Neverland. But despite their loyalty to Pan and their refusal to join ranks with Hook’s leather pirates or the needle-fueled Crocodile, nothing has prepared the bois for the arrival of newly-corrupted Mommy Wendi and tomboy John Michael, who bring irreparable change to Neverland.

LIKE A FEVER-PITCH DREAM, Lost Boi weaves a children’s fantasy within a subversive alternative reality, chronicling the search for belonging, purpose and the struggle against the biggest battle of all: growing up….

Learn more about Lost Boi here

Stay tuned for West Coast tour dates!!!!

Jan 162015
 

There’s so much I’ve wanted to say since I first saw the news on social media about Leelah Alcorn a 17 year old trans girl in Ohio who committed suicide, leaving behind a public letter on her tumblr calling for the community to make serious changes to protect trans people.  I had the opportunity to write an op-ed for The Advocate

When Parents Are The Enemy: Suicide, reparative therapy, and the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homelessness