"Labor Rights? In My Fantasy Lit?"
"It's More Likely Than You'd Think!"
Wednesday, 9/17, 7:30 PM at the CMC: local author and Wild Iris groupie Shira Glassman introduces her latest book, Climbing the Date Palm.
Inspired by the Alachua County Wage Theft Task Force and her own spouse's union organizing, Date Palm is a fairy tale about worker's rights and wage theft, with plenty of queer characters (and a dragon.)
She will be accompanied by speakers from the Wage Theft Task Force itself, to talk about the movement that inspired the story.
About Climbing the Date Palm
The highly anticpated second novel from local author Shira Glassman is now available for pre-order. Copies will be released late July. We also have The Second Mango available if you're new to the series.
Prince Kaveh, the youngest son of the king of the City of Red Clay, is bisexual, and is completely besotted with Farzin, the engineer his father hired to oversee the improvements to the city's roads and bridges. However, the king doesn't share his positive feelings. After Farzin ends up at the head of the protest that ensues when the workers are only paid a third of their promised wages, he's thrown in prison and is scheduled to be executed.
Queen Shulamit, who rules over the neighboring nation of Perach, is eager to assist the desperate prince. She, too, loves justice and has a same-sex partner. She's also hoping Kaveh, with his royal blood, is willing to give her and her sweetheart a legitimate heir in exchange. But can she find a peaceful solution that will pacify the king next door, get his workers fairly paid, and free Farzin, or will she and her dragon-riding bodyguard Rivka have to go to war?