Acropolis, by Howard Winn We are proud to announce our newest release, a work of fiction based on the experiences of a group of soldiers who came home after World War II and entered Vassar College as students through the GI Bill.

Mr Winn has crafted an exciting and culturally relevant tale, using the lens of working-class men, who might never have thought of attempting to obtain a higher education but for the opportunities given to them for their service. After fighting the “Good War,” a small group of soldiers enters Vassar College, previously a women-only institution, courtesy of the GI Bill, and each attempts to settle in to a civilian life. The clash of cultures between privileged and working classes combined with personal struggles with PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and simple civilian readjustment struggles, amid the creative intellectual world of higher education, makes for an engaging tale. As these young men struggle to recapture lives disrupted by war encounter the beginnings of the McCarthy era, each finds himself facing unexpected challenges. The response of the students and the Vassar administration to politically-motivated attacks upon academic freedom, free speech, and independence of thought blur long-held beliefs of patriotism and service, as the men are exposed through their college studies to the philosophies of Reinhold Niebuhr and others who question the nature of war, nationalism, and aggression, as well as the conflict between personal ethics and group patriotism.

Available now in our bookstore as an eBook or paperback!

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quill-pen-150x150 - CopyThis poor editor is having a bad afternoon, as a result of reading too many of these words lately. Do yourself, and us, a huge favor, and take the following list to heart:

Obviouslyif it is, then you shouldn’t need to say so. Please, simply leave it out.

Myriadsthe word is “myriad.” And there are damn few instances where it is used to good effect. So when in doubt, please don’t.

Seeminglywhat is this word, really? It never sounds good. Take a look at any sentence where you find this word, and promptly remove it. See? Sounds better already.

Stuff/ThingsWrite what this ‘stuff’ is, what these ‘things’ are. Use a thesaurus if you have to.

Very/MuchAnother place where a thesaurus may be useful. Or omission, even better.

Ieven when speaking or writing in the first person. Use this word as sparingly as possible. It gets old, fast.

Lots/ManyLike ‘Very/Much’ and ‘Stuff/Things,’ your thesaurus or nothing is often better than either of these words.

So many submissions! We honestly have plenty of them for now, but we’ve updated the page, so you may want to re-read it. If you’re working on a treatise on social justice, economic equality, non-violent anarchist collectives, or bringing manufacturing back to the first world, especially with a good dose of historic analysis thrown in, we are very interested. Overly right-wing or neo-liberal commentary is not going to pass our smell test, but genuinely well-crafted and thoughtfully constructed non-fiction is always going to be welcome on our desks.Boy reading in the library

Another area where we would love to see more manuscript proposals submitted to our Press is handcrafts:  working with your hands and how-to texts, with or without photographs. People want to know about ways to spend their time when not chained to the auld grindstone, pushing pebbles about. Tell us how you built your treehouse, what grew in your garden last year (and what you’ll do differently next time), and how you constructed your first beehive oven in the backyard. What did you bake? What did you and your neighbors do to make the world better together? What would you like to do?

What is the work-in-progress on your desk at the moment? Tell us in the comments 🙂

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Holiday ordering extended through Monday December 11th! You can order Parade of Shades, the amazing, wise, and funny new novel by Jewel Hopson, now for holiday delivery!

Now available in paperback!

Now available in eBook and paperback!

We are proud to announce our latest publication, a novel by Jewel Hopson, entitled Parade of Shades.

Check it out in our bookstore!

For the better part of her young life, Karen Baker reacts to people who either praise or resent her tawny complexion. When her mother abandons the family, she is left to help raise her younger siblings as her father unfortunately is absent even when he is at home. A biracial woman from a mentor program shows her new ways of looking at things and a positive change begins in Karen. However, Karen quickly learns everything has a price. Lacking a sense of belonging, Karen feels misunderstood in high school and defensive in college. Her failed romances with men of various ethnic groups make things even worse. As she journeys through her life, she gives up the idea that light skin and long hair are the main definitions of beauty. She also stops believing college graduates are better than people who do not have advanced education. Similar to Passin’ by Karen E. Quinones Miller and Good Hair by Benilde Little, this novel explores African-Americans’ internal color and cultural discrimination.

Propertius Press is looking for early readers for books scheduled to be released this year. We will have a limited number of eBook copies available from July 15th through August 30th for folks who are interested in reading and offering a review of one or more works.

If interested, kindly drop a comment below and email us at the address on the submission page. Alternately, feel free to message our Facebook page. Thanks and happy reading!

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Now Available for Pre-Order in all ebook formats and print!

To Pre-Order, please visit our Bookstore!