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Andrea Lawlor profiled in New York Times

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Andrea Lawlor was profiled in the New York Times, with their close friend Jordy Rosenberg:

Lawlor’s debut novel, “Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl,” set in the 1990s and featuring a shape-shifting (and sex-obsessed) protagonist, was published last year by Rescue Press — and received enough attention that Vintage/Anchor and Picador will reissue the book next spring. Rosenberg’s first novel, “Confessions of the Fox,” which reimagines the legend of the 18th century English thief and jailbreaker Jack Sheppard as that of a transgender man, was put out this summer by One World — a recently relaunched Random House imprint dedicated to diversity — and promptly heaped with praise. (The New Yorker called it “a cunning metafiction of vulpine versatility.”)

It’s been a great pleasure watching Andrea’s continued success since the book’s launch last November. In the photo above, we caught up at the Brooklyn Book Festival, where they were on a panel with Alexander Chee and Rebecca Makkai, moderated by MJ Franklin.

Andrea Lawlor and M Milks flanked by Greg Newton and Donnie Jochum at the launch for Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, November 1, at BGSQD at the LGBT Center.

Andrea Lawlor in The New Yorker & LARB

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Andrea Lawlor’s debut novel Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl was recently published by Rescue Press, in the Open Prose Series. (The Open Prose Series, edited by Hilary Plum and Zach Savich, is now open for submissions until January 31.) Lawlor read at many wonderful independent bookstores around the country, including Porter Square Books, R.J. Julia, Penn Book Center, BGSQD, Spoonbill & Sugartown, Amherst Books, Odyssey Books, and Dog Eared Books. In this Q&A with Vesto PR fiction associate Claudia Acevedo, and designed by Kurt Stengel, Lawlor discusses their novel, inspirations, and LGBTQ fiction today:

How can we dismantle the structures that prevent LGBTQ writers, especially writers of color, from becoming writers in the first place, and then from getting that work into readers’ hands?

Reviews of Paul can be found in The New Yorker, LA Review of Books, Bookforum, The Believer, and Lambda Literary, among others.