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). 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 artist: 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
by Mary Akers

6 x 9 paperback
210 pages
ISBN 978-1-935708-89-6
Cover artist Tim Knifton lives in South Wales and has been taking photos for many years. He says of his photography, “My main passion at present is urban exploration or the capture of unseen, derelict places and documenting decay that many people would not have the chance to see. I am also a great fan of macro and close-up photography, plus landscape and seascape/beach scenes. Wales is full of rolling landscapes and beaches as far as the eye can see. We are very lucky to have such a rich, long heritage and opportunities on our doorstep. ‘Shipwreck’ was taken along the coast in the West Country and features the remains of the Norwegian barque SS Nornen, which ran aground during a storm in 1897.”

Find more of Tim’s photography www.flickr.com/timster1973. He is on Facebook at Tim Knifton Photography, and writes about his work at timster1973.wordpress.com.

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