ANN ARBOR, MI:  Bywater Books is pleased to announce that Sappho’s Bar and Grill by Bonnie J. Morris has been has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Genre Fiction.

“Holy Hildegarde of Bingen! Bonnie Morris brings women’s history to vivid, hilarious life in this whip-smart time travel tour de force.”—Alison Bechdel

“Fun, sexy, and charming, Sappho’s Bar and Grill, by Bonnie J. Morris, is a captivating time-travel romp.”—Foreword Reviews

Lonely women’s history professor Hannah Stern walks into her local lesbian bar one winter night, seeking love advice from her old friend and bartender, Isabel. “Women’s history will be my date this year!” Hannah raises her glass in sarcastic tribute, resigned to life as a scholar, but her remark sets in motion a wild, sexy-smart romp through time. Much to her astonishment, Hannah soon finds herself meeting up with the actual figures and foremothers she assigns her college students to learn about. She’s caught in a time-travel vortex: one that seemingly emanates from Sappho’s Bar and Grill.

What are these figures of the past trying to tell Hannah? What wisdom do they share? Given the opportunity to ask her feminist role models questions about their lives and viewpoints, what will Hannah say? More importantly, will she find romance with women who loved women in the past? Or will she take a chance on her old friend Isabel, whose drinks and potions seem to hold the secret of time travel itself?

The exciting sequel, Sappho’s Overhead Projector will be published by Bywater Books in November, 2018.

BONNIE J. MORRIS has written thirteen novels, and is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist. In 2012, she was awarded the Finishing Lines Press New Women’s Voices Prize for The Schoolgirl’s Atlas. Since 1994, she has taught Women’s Studies at Georgetown University and George Washington University. Dr. Morris serves as a leader for the College Board U.S. History Exam, a consultant to Disney Animation, and a scholarly adviser to the National Women’s History Museum which will be built on or adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, DC.

The Devil’s Kitchen Reading Awards are judged by the staff of Grassroots, the undergraduate literary magazine published by the Department of English at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Winners receive an honorarium to present a reading and participate in a panel at the Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

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