New year. Same mission. New books.

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— By Elaine Schleiffer

Guide to Kulchur exists to amplify marginalized voices. Sometimes that means hosting workshops or building new programs, sometimes it means building relationships between community members and institutions, and sometimes it means getting books into the hands of the people who need them. Our bookstore now operates on a pay-what-you-can basis, because we want to actively remove barriers between our community and the literary arts.

We know that reading is important at all stages of life—kids and adults alike need inspiration, creativity, and culture. We all need to see ourselves represented in the arts and culture we consume, and we can also rely on books to show us experiences and outcomes different from our own. Here are some forthcoming titles we’re excited to stock, sell, and read.

pray me stay eager
By Ellen Doré Watson
From Alice James Press
Expected: January 2018

Watson’s lyricism and style are on full display in this new collection that delves deep into her internal life. Whether humorous, poignant, severe, or stylish, the poems here will get you thinking and feeling.


Collaboration / Colaboración: The Ways We Work Together / Las Formas en que Trabajamos Juntos
By Tomas Moniz (author); Alicia Dornadic (illustrator)
From AK Press
Expected: August 2018

What does it mean to think, act, and create in relationship with those around us? In this illustrated bilingual book, Tomas Moniz explores the concept of collaboration in its most elemental and beautiful form, and ponders ways to reintroduce collaboration into our everyday lives.


Poor White
By Sherwood Anderson
From Belt Publishing
Expected: May 2018

Poor White was first published in 1920, and is being dusted off and given new life by Belt because of its ability to speak to readers of today. This story of poverty, race, education, and work in the Midwest remains incredibly relevant and important.


Eye Level
By Jenny Xie
From Graywolf Press
Expected: April 2018

Where conversations on race, gender, or politics can sometimes feel isolated to here and now, Jenny Xie shows us the commonalities that drive us all while taking us through a beautiful, and personal, international journey.


US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty
Edited by Lance Selfa
From Haymarket Books
Expected: January 2018

If you’re looking to understand our current politics and you’re ready to go beyond Hillary Rodham Clinton’s What Happened, look for this timely and smart collection. Essays here delve into the practical (how did the electoral college impact the 2016 election?) and the personal (what does it mean to organize a coalition, and how do individual politics influence coalition-building?).


Defying the Verdict: My Bipolar Life
by Charita Cole Brown
From Curbside Splendor Publishing
Expected: March 2018

With unblinking honesty, Charita Brown takes the reader through what it meant to grow up in the shadow of family members with mental illness, receive your own diagnosis, and still set and achieve personal goals. Part inspirational and part confessional, this book offers us the chance to understand the challenges of mental illness and mental health care.


What are you looking forward to reading this year? Let us know in the comments!


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