Sappho’s Overhead Projector by Bonnie J. Morris


The Overhead Herself, sends women’s history professor, Hannah Stern on an undercover mission to save the daring lesbian books that helped bring out and free so many generations of women.

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Picking up where time-travel novel Sappho’s Bar and Grill left off, feminist scholar Hannah Stern finds herself working at the Library of Congress, assigned to catalogue a donation of rare lesbian books. But it’s more than a one-year job in Washington: it’s a mission handed to her by a powerful and mysterious goddess, The Overhead Herself. When a series of desperate, haunted phone calls from the ghosts of lesbian writers directs her to rescue even more at-risk books, Hannah begins a journey into the love affair between banned writers and newly-out readers.

Will hearing others’ fond memories of lesbian books from the 1920s and 1970s help Hannah save their legacy for future generations? Or will Isabel, Hannah’s partner and the mystical proprietor of Sappho’s Bar and Grill, have to summon her magic to save the entire bar membership?

Set in the actual buildings and spaces of the Library of Congress, this new work invites us to consider how we can preserve—and recirculate—the daring lesbian books that helped bring out so many generations of women.

About Sappho’s Bar & Grill

“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

BONNIE J. MORRIS is a women’s studies lecturer and professor at the University of California Berkeley, Georgetown and George Washington University. She is the author of 16 books, including three Lambda Literary Finalists, two national first-prize chapbooks, and the critical feminist texts Women’s History for Beginners, The Disappearing L, and The Feminist Revolution. She may be found lecturing on C-Span, Olivia Cruises, Semester at Sea, the National Women’s Music Festival, and on Pacifica Radio KPFK.

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