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CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, Feb. 24 - Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 - 35 Publishing house caters to women's stories Before feminist literary icon Anyda Marchant died in January, two weeks before her 95th birth- day, she paved the way for her publishing company, A&M Books, to live on as a voice for feminist writers. Marchant, under the pen name Sarah Aldridge, was the author of 14 classic novels and, along with her partner Muriel CrawfOrd, founded Naiad Press in 1972. Naiad became one of the most successful feminist publishing imprints in the country. Marchant was president of Naiad from its inception until 1995. Marchant, along with Crawford founded A&M Books of Rehoboth Beach in 1995, after withdrawing from Naiad Press. "O, Mistress Mine~ is one of the 14 Sarah Aldridge novel that will be available in inde- pendent book stores. Continued from page 34 For the spa junkie, packages are available that include multiple services at a reduced rate, such as the Renewed You Make-Over Magic special, for five hours of primping with highlights, hair cut, spray tanning, inch loss body Prior to her death, Marchant made provisions for A&M Managing Editor Fay Jacobs to assume ownership of the publish- ing house, with Crawford as pub- lisher emeritus. Jacobs had worked closely with Marchant on the last three A&M publications. "I met Anyda when she was 84 years young. Fora decade JACOBS shewas my friend, mentor, publisher and the most demanding boss I've ever had. I hope I can continue to steer A&M in the direction Anyda envi- sioned," Jacobs said. According to Jacobs, that includes making available all 14 of the groundbreaking Sarah Aldridge novels. From "The Latecomer" (1974) through "O, Mistress Mine" (2003) the books will now independent book- stores (including Lambda Rising in Rehoboth) or by writing to AandMPubiishers@ "The Aldridge novels combined rich historical detail, and romance," said Jacobs, "along with the fight, in every single book, for strong women to over- come the barriers placed on their careers and relationships by 19th and 20th century society." A&M Books still receives dozens of inquiries a month from young authors and readers who want meet the willful and passion- ate women created by Marchant at a time when little else in literature wrap, microdermabrasion peel " and makeup application for $390 through Tuesday, Feb. 28. The spa at 210 Savannah Road is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m Monday; from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m Tuesday and Wednesday; and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m through Saturday. For details call 645-6868 or visit reflected a positive view of les- bian feminists and their hidden same-sex relationships. In addition, A&M is receiving attention thanks to the publica- tion: last fall, of "Celebrating Hotchclaw," by Ann Allen Shockley. Shockley's first novel, through the acquisition and pub- "Loving Her," was the first book lishing process by Marchant. to have a black lesbian protagonist Good reviews are coming in and and became an instant classic for "Celebrating Hotchclaw." Naiad Press. 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