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I'll be doing events in Seattle and Los Angeles this April and May to celebrate the release of ROUGH TRADE. Come say hello, ask a question during the Q&A, and get your copy of the book signed. I look forward to meeting you!

Launch Celebration at Charlie's Queer Books [Seattle]

In conversation with Kim Fu

Thursday, April 11

6:00 p.m.

Chevalier's Books [Los Angeles]

In conversation with Ivy Pochoda

Monday, April 15

6:00 p.m.

Elliott Bay Book Company

In conversation with Nicola Griffith

Wednesday, May 8

7:00 p.m.

Updated: Jan 5

My next book is almost here! You can preorder it now or find it in all bookstores this April. Here's the back-jacket copy:

Washington Territory, 1888. With contacts on the docks and in the railroad, and with a buyers’ market funneling product their way, Alma Rosales and her opium-smuggling crew are making a fortune. They spend their days moving product and their nights at the Monte Carlo, the center of Tacoma’s queer scene, where skirts and trousers don’t signify and everyone’s free to suit themselves.

Then two local men end up dead, with all signs pointing to the opium trade, and a botched effort to disappear the bodies draws lawmen to town. Alma scrambles to keep them away from her operation but is distracted by the surprise appearance of Bess Spencer—an ex-Pinkerton's agent and Alma’s first love—after years of silence. A handsome young stranger comes to town, too, and falls into an affair with one of Alma's crewmen. When he starts asking questions about opium, Alma begins to suspect she’s welcomed a spy into her inner circle, and is forced to consider how far she’ll go to protect her trade.

Katrina Carrasco plunges readers into the vivid, rough-and-tumble world of the late-1800s Pacific Northwest in this genre- and gender-blurring novel. Rough Trade follows Carrasco’s critically acclaimed debut The Best Bad Things and reimagines queer communities, the turbulent early days of modern media and medicine, and the pleasures—and price—of satisfying desire.

It's been another wonderful year mentoring with the Latinx in Publishing program! Congratulations to my mentee Robin St. Clare for all your work this year. The end-of-program reading is coming up -- join us to celebrate this year's class of mentees!

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