Arsenal Pulp publisher Brian Lam believes that the initiative fits perfectly with the press’s mandate to highlight new and unheard writers. “Vivek herself was one when she approached us after having self-published God Loves Hair, and she’s since gone on to publish a novel, a poetry book, and a picture book,” Lam says. “We’re thrilled with the opportunity to work with her on this new initiative, which asserts the importance of encouraging new literary voices in Canada.”
I started writing the bulk of ‘Part-Time Woman’ last fall. I wanted to apply the skills I had learned from the world of literature to music and was curious about using the album to tell a story, one beyond heartbreak or loneliness. This album centers around my experiences and observations of girlhood and femininity.
Happy to announce my new imprint, VS. Books, with Arsenal Pulp Press. This was created to provide a mentorship and publishing opportunity for an Indigenous or Black writer, or a writer of colour between the ages of 18–24, living in Canada. More details.