, 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.”
A 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.