In 2012, I published my first book, Telegram: A Collection of 27 Issues, an anthology of a decade of my zine-writing, with Mend My Dress Press, and in 2013, I self-published my first novel, Ragdoll House. I’m currently finalizing edits and feedback on my second novel, a teenage-trauma magic-realism small-town prison-abolition fictional experiment titled We Are the Weirdos, as well as working on a book of non-fiction titled To Be True to My Own Weirdnesses: Re-Incarnations, Re-Iterations, & Re-Imaginings. And (!) I’m working on a short story collection called Those Knives Were Her Security Blanket. And many more zines, of course!
TELEGRAM: A COLLECTION OF 27 ISSUES by Maranda Elizabeth
In Telegram: A Collection of 27 Issues, Maranda tells tales of daily adventures, friendship, gender identity, falling in love with bicycles, getting tattoos, moving out, going crazy, and their experiences with inpatient hospitalizations. They also write about their relationship with their twin sister, and learning how to take care of their mental health within and without conventional institutions, identifying as genderqueer, getting sober, living a creative and meaningful daily life, and finding reasons to keep on going.
Maranda is a zinester, writer, and daydreamer, and self-identified weirdo and genderqueer. Maranda began writing their zine, Telegram, as a way to connect with others when they were feeling shy and isolated in their hometown of Lindsay, Ontario. They wrote messages of encouragement alongside tales of depression and anxiety, and traded zines through snail mail. With each zine Maranda made, they learned to become more honest and open, began making friends by photocopying thoughts and feelings and confessions, and found that writing and sharing would be crucial to their survival. Maranda especially loves writing about mental health, self-care, and creativity, sending letters to friends and strangers, and sharing ridiculously personal stories. They currently reside in Guelph, Ontario.
“Telegram is the kind of zine that made me want to start writing zines in the first place. They write about their personal experiences with enough distance and care that they become not purging, but rather small maps that can help us to look at our own lives and the beauty of how we survive and become more fully the people we want to become.”
– Cindy Crabb, Doris zine, http://dorisdorisdoris.com/
PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2012
Brick & Mortar Shops
Kent Bookstore – Lindsay, Ontario (my hometown!)
Bob Burns Books – Fenelon Falls, Ontario
Concordia Community Solidarity Co-Op Bookstore – Montréal, QC
Portland Button Works – Portland, OR
Wooden Shoe Books & Records – Philadelphia, PA
Bluestockings Café and Bookstore – New York City, NY
Quimby’s Bookstore – Chicago, IL
RAGDOLL HOUSE: a novel by Maranda Elizabeth
Ragdoll House is the story of two girls who must decide if their hometown is still their home. Ruby, a shy sometimes-writer, meets Maria, a femme dyke with a painful past, when she responds to a roommate wanted ad. Exploring girl-friendship and survival as queer, weird girls in a small town, they share an apartment that once functioned as a home for lost girls. As they struggle with their own secrets and losses, Ruby and Maria rely on coffee, booze, and each other, to learn about jealousy, support, and letting go.
Maranda Elizabeth has been writing since birth and self-publishing for over a decade. They recently published a zine anthology, Telegram: A Collection of 27 Issues, and have toured throughout Canada and the U.S. Maranda’s writing has been influenced by growing up with riot grrrl and punk, living in a small town, being a proud misfit, and constantly seeking magical friendships and creative adventures. They identify as feminist, genderqueer, crazy, and weird. Maranda grew up in Lindsay, Ontario and is currently living in Toronto. Ragdoll House is their first novel.
PUBLISHED APRIL 2013