Canadian Magazine Industry News
27 May 2009,     TORONTO
Shameless set to launch first anthology
Shameless, a magazine for teenage girls, will launch its first anthology next month. Titled She’s Shameless: Women write about growing up, rocking out, and fighting back, the anthology, published by Tightrope Books, features non-fiction writing from women about their experiences as teens. “It’s a really good mix of what Shameless is all about: fierce and funny writing from adult women that’s frank and honest,” says co-editor Megan Griffith-Greene.

The cover was designed by Shameless art director Sheila Sampath
Early last year, co-editors Griffith-Greene and Stacey May Fowles, who also serves as the magazine's publisher, put out a call for submissions and received an overwhelming response: over 1000 pages of content from all over the world.

The 125-page book features 25 non-fiction pieces divided into five different sections: "Breaking the Good-Girl Mould;" "Things They Didn't Teach Me in Health Class;" "Getting Grounded: Run-ins with Authority;" "Relationships: For Better and Worse;" and "Extra Credit: What I Wish I’d Known All Along." “We’re tackling some pretty tough issues, but we also wanted it to reflect a real range of tone,” Griffith-Greene says. “It’s not all serious and earnest, which is nice, and I think our readers are really going to like the mix of tone.”

launch party for the book will take place on Tuesday, June 23 at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St West in Toronto, as part of This Is Not A Reading Series. Contributors such as Zoe Whittall and Shannon Gerard will perform readings from the anthology. Afterward, five teenaged girls will join them on stage and present monologues from a writing workshop conducted that afternoon by writer Ibi Kaslik. The evening will wrap up with an early ‘90s-themed Sadie Hawkins prom. It’s $5 at the door or free with book purchase.
— Lora Grady
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