Women Up On Blocks
by Mary Akers

5.5 x 8.5 paperback, 160 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9816280-6-6

Jenn Rhubright’s photography is of the most artistic variety. She captures not only the spirit of her subject, but also the unique environment in which it is found. The balance and composition engraved in her works are breathtaking. With an eye toward contrast and deeply saturated color, she creates images that are at once stunning and majestic. She has found muse in many photographic subjects from nature to landscapes, but has a special reverence for the classic American automobile, a subject that she has embraced with her full creative spirit.

Mary Akers is the author of the award-winning short story collection Women Up On Blocks (Press 53, 2009) and Bones of an Inland Sea (2013) with the expanded book club edition coming out in October 2016. She is Editor in Chief of the online journal r.kv.r.y. and has been a VCCA Fellow and a Bread Loaf waiter. She co-founded the Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology, a study abroad marine ecology program originally located in Roseau, Dominica. Akers frequently writes fiction that focuses on the intersections between art and science, including such topics as diverse and timely as the environmental movement and the struggle for human and animal rights. Although raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, which she will always call home, she currently lives in western New York.
Mixologist Kate DiMaggio invented The Red Stiletto in honor of WOMEN UP ON BLOCKS. It brings a whole new meaning to Get Lit! with Press 53...

Click on the photo of Kate's Red Stiletto for her recipe.
The Red Stiletto
by Kate DiMaggio, mixologist

1.5 parts Citron vodka

1 part Red Passion Alize

.75 part Cointreau

1 part Ocean Spray 100% cranberry juice

Squeezes of both lemon and lime

Splash (or more/to taste) of club soda

Garnish with raspberry or cranberry 

Shake over ice and serve in a chilled martini glass

Best when served before, during, or after reading Women Up On Blocks, by Mary Akers
IPPY Gold Medal for Best Short Story Collection
Press 53 . PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130-0314

Mary Akers
Cover art by Jenn Rhubright
Whether it’s a young co-ed who has lived her life succumbing to passion and authority, a woman struggling with the intense demands of motherhood, or a newlywed whose new mirror-filled home proves too much for her fragile psyche, these thirteen stories—edgy and alluring—inexorably peel back the layers of the women they portray. By turns, lyrical and haunting, plainspoken and frank, award-winning writer Mary Akers’ finely crafted debut collection WOMEN UP ON BLOCKS explores the price women pay when they allow the roles of wife, mother, daughter, or lover to define them.
Bones of an Inland Sea (Book Club Edition)
by Mary Akers

6 x 9 paperback, 210 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-48-6
Evocative and brimming with redemption, Mary Akers' newest collection BONES OF AN INLAND SEA takes the reader on a journey of exploration and transformation that begins with a 19th century shipwreck, passes through Bikini Atoll's atomic testing, sinks into the heart of a devastating tsunami, and slides forward into a futurist island utopia floating in the Sargasso Sea. Characters connect on remote beaches and forgotten islands, while family ties prove--like the ocean--to be both powerful and unpredictable. These fourteen stories form a captivating mosaic of intertwining narratives that convey a strong sense of the eternal and the possible.
Praise for Bones of an Inland Sea

“In Mary Akers’ stories, as complexly intertwined as the branches of a coral reef, her passionate characters engage both each other and a richly detailed, vital physical world. An impressive achievement.” 

Andrea Barrett, National Book Award-winning author of Ship Fever
Press Fifty-Three

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Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Also by Mary Akers
Cover artist Dawn D. Surratt studied art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a recipient of the Spencer Love Scholarship in Fine Art. She has exhibited her work throughout the Southeast and currently works as a freelance designer and artist. Her work has been published internationally in magazines, on book covers, and in print media. She lives on the beautiful Kerr Lake in northern North Carolina with her husband, one demanding cat, and a crazy Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Find more of Dawn's work here.