If you’re a vegan (like us) you might find yourself frustrated at times with the current crop of “must read” novels.
Most contemporary novels make certain assumptions about contemporary life, such as what a “normal” family meal looks like, or how a “typical” vegan character should act.
For example, vegan characters are more often than not portrayed as combative, defensive, preachy or downright dangerous.
And I get it.
I’m well aware of this period of time I live in. If you want to write for the masses you’re correct in thinking that the masses are not vegetarians, let along vegans. And that normal for the masses is not normal for me.
I do get it.
But what books are vegans supposed to curl up with at night?
That’s where Ashland Creek Press fits in.
To be honest, we want books that appeal not just to vegans but to everyone. Books that are compelling, complex, and, at times, challenging.
Here’s what we offer so far, with more to come…
Among Animals: Among Animals is a collection of short stories by 15 different authors, each of which explores the human/animal relationship. This is an amazing and challenging collection.
The Green and the Red: This is quite simply a great romantic comedy. It’s a quick read that covers an expansive terrain of issues. And because it’s set in France, it’s a fascinating view of a culture that I know very little of.
The Dragon Keeper: This novel concerns a vegetarian zookeeper and the Komodo dragon in her charge. It’s both a romance and an insightful analysis of zoos and their roles as both exploiters and protectors of endangered species.
Out of Breath, The Ghost Runner, The Last Mile: Books 1, 2, and 3 of The Lithia Trilogy, this young adult series features a vegan protagonist who in search of a place to call home. And it features no other than “vegan” vampires. Yes, even vampires have the power to evolve.
Falling into Green: An eco-thriller featuring a vegan protagonist who just happens to have a crush on a carnivore TV news reporter.
The Tourist Trail: I’m plugging my own novel here, which features vegan characters who are both mainstream and heroic (and inspired by real-world animal rights activists).
I now know many people and families who live perfectly normal — and vegan — lives. What we need now are more writers to help redefine normal, or at the very least portray contemporary life as it really is.
And, while not fiction, we have an excellent essay collection publishing later this year by Australian author David G. Brooks: The Grass Library.