How Long Beach’s Brown Paper Press provides a platform to marginalized voices

Wendy Russell, founder of Brown Paper Press, shows us her...

It took author Cheryl E. Klein about seven years to write her first memoir.

It’s a deeply personal LGBTQ+ story about the desire to have a baby, but instead she saw her perfectly planned life begin to crumble after struggling with infertility, having a miscarriage and being diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Klein has published works of fiction in the past, but in this book, she writes intimately about her own story, which was ultimately one of hope and joy. When it was finished, she sought an independent publisher who would truly understand the message behind her words.

The author found what she was looking for in Long Beach, at a small, woman-owned and operated publishing house called Brown Paper Press, which was co-founded by former local journalist Wendy Thomas Russell.

“From the first phone call I had with her, it was just clear that we understood each other,” said Klein, whose new book, “Crybaby: Infertility, Illness and Other Things That Were Not the End of the World,” was published on Sept. 20. “She was enthusiastic about my writing and I felt she was somebody who was really into it and excited about it.”

Wendy Russell, founder of Brown Paper Press, shows us her ninth release, Crybaby, along with the IPA documentary first place winner, Hidden, at Page Against the Machine in Long Beach, CA, on Saturday, September 17, 2022. (Photo by Tracey Roman, Contributing Photographer)

IPA Documentary award winning book Hidden and new release Crybaby are just two books by Brown Paper Press that you can get at Page Against the Machine in Long Beach, CA, on Saturday, September 17, 2022. (Photo by Tracey Roman, Contributing Photographer)

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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