One of the perks of being a student at Emerson is all of the organizations there are to take part in. No matter your major or interests, there’s probably an organization where you can express your interest and hone your skills outside of a classroom setting.
Undergraduate Students for Publishing, more commonly known as Pub Club, is an organization that operates less like a college organization at times, and more like its own mini publishing house. Pub Club publishes two manuscripts per semester and each manuscript is written, edited, designed and marketed by Emerson students. At the end of the semester, when the books are published all proceeds from book purchases go to the charities of each author’s choosing.
As the spring semester comes to a close, Pub Club is ready to launch two more books for the Emerson community to buy and enjoy.
Gay by May, written by David Carliner, is a funny and honest account of some of his life stories. True to the title, many of the stories are about Carliner navigating his love life and figuring out his sexual identity. The book also breaks up a lot of the personal essays with lists and tweets for a fun and quick read. Carliner’s novel can be reminiscent of many of the novels that have been written by comedians lately, since Carliner is a comedian himself and brings a lot of that humor to his book. Carliner has chosen True Colors Fund, a nonprofit organization that seeks to end homelessness among LGBT Youth, as the charity he wishes the proceeds to go to.
These Thoughts That Hold Us, written by Sarah Cummings, is a collection of interconnected short stories that are woven together by the common theme of mental illness and what seems to hold people together when everything else is falling apart. Cummings connects the five narratives by having the characters appear in each other’s stories, no matter how small the role may be, to establish that mental illness can affect anyone and it’s all connected. Cummings has chosen that the proceeds from These Thoughts That Hold Us go to Active Minds, a nonprofit organization that helps raise awareness and provide a safe environment for students to discuss mental illness.
When asked about advice he would give to aspiring writers, Carliner says, “Write a lot – obviously quality is important, but quantity is too. The more you write, the more you can parse the good from the bad.” When asked the same question, Cummings says, “The most important advice I could give is don’t give up and don’t stop submitting your writing, even when you fail. Also, it’s okay if your story isn’t going in the direction you planned, and it’s okay to give up control and see where it takes you. It’s also okay if you find a story just isn’t working anymore. It sucks, but if you’re at a dead end, it’s okay to put a story away for a while. You’ll either eventually be drawn back to it or you’ll come up with something that works even better.”
Pub Club is holding the launch for these two novels on April 19th at 7 p.m. in the Bill Bordy theater. The launch will also feature the 9th issue of Generic, which is Emerson’s only genre fiction literary magazine. The launch will have copies for sale of both books, and both authors will be answering questions as well as reading excerpts from their books.