OLYMPIA, WA (January 30, 2019) — Heartspark Press, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to lifting the voices of transgender women and (C)AMAB (coercively assigned-male-at-birth) non-binary people, announced today the upcoming publication of their second anthology, 99% Chance of Magic: stories of strength and hope for transgender kids.
Featuring an international group of sixteen creatives, 99% Chance of Magic will be the world’s first chapter book for transgender kids by transgender women and (C)AMAB non-binary creatives. 99% Chance of Magic is scheduled for publication in hardcover, paperback, and eBook on May 21, 2019.
“Working with trans and nonbinary kids, I see how this anthology is going to improve their lives,” said 99% contributor Misha Lynn Moon. “Not just because they will get to see themselves in these stories, but also because other kids will see them, too, and that will help them to feel less weird, and less alone.”
“Transgender children need stories that reflect their own unique experience,” noted Heartspark’s Executive Director Amy Heart. “As a chosen parent and friend to gender nonconforming kids, I know how difficult it is to be genuinely accepted for who you are in 2019. 99% Chance of Magic is our dream of a future where everyone is allowed to be whoever they are, however that turns out to be.”
Other creatives also shared a similar vision of hope because of this groundbreaking anthology.
“We are living in a cultural and technological moment where younger kids are able to access information about gender,” said Heartspark Board Chair Luna Merbruja. “However, transgender identity is not always explained in kid-friendly ways. 99% Chance of Magic seeks to close that gap by providing child-friendly stories and whimsical illustrations to make learning about gender a fun adventure.”
“[This book] might be the first way we can give trans children literature where their identities and experiences are reflected in a compelling and comprehensive way,” said Duna Haller, Heartspark author featured in 99% Chance of Magic. “Personally, I would have loved to have this book as a trans kid struggling with my mental health.”
“I wanted to see dynamic stories that reflect what kids are dealing with. Instead of saying ‘it gets better,’ these stories say that our bodies and our dreams are worth fighting for and that no one can ever tell you otherwise,” shared Abbey Darling, editor of 99% Chance of Magic.
On January 31, Heartspark Press will launch a Kickstarter campaign to offset the costs of bringing 99% Chance of Magic to life. For more information, visit their website at heartsparkpress.org or visit their Kickstarter directly at http://kck.st/2DLN8sl.