Geneva, NY-Shy Girl, written by Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Elizabeth Stark, has been released in paperback from Seal Press, and is available in The College Store, on St. Clair St.
Stark is an assistant professor of English who joined the Colleges this summer. The book will be available in book stores beginning November 1. Originally released in hardcover from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in July 1999, the novel was a finalist for the 1999 Lambda Literary Award and for the 1999 Ferro-Grumely Award.
Scheduled stops on Stark's promotional tour include radio interviews at WBAI in New York City and WIP Philadelphia, and participation in two panels at the Behind Our Masks Conference sponsored by the Lambda Literary Foundation. Danielle Abrams, Teresa Cooper, Jill Dearman, and Lisa King will give readings from Shy Girl, and guitarist Flo Stigmata and cellist Heidi Vincent will give thematically related eclectic acoustic music performances at promotional events.
Stark received her M.F.A. degree from the Graduate Writing Division at Columbia University. She was a co-founder of the Harvey Milk Institute's Femme Gender Conference in San Francisco. She also performed in Walking the Highwire, a show about the construction of femme identity, before moving to New York. An excerpt from Shy Girl appeared in Best Lesbian Erotica 2000, and Stark's work has also appeared in the Lambda Book Report, Fish Tank, Tattoo Highway, and Washington Square. She divides her time between upstate New York and the East Village.