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Jen Doll, "Unclaimed Baggage" in conversation with Jacinta Bunnell
Doris—a lone liberal in a conservative small town—has mostly kept to herself since the terrible waterslide incident a few years ago. Nell had to leave behind her best friends, perfect life, and too-good-to-be-true boyfriend in Chicago to move to Alabama. Grant was the star quarterback and epitome of "Mr. Popular" whose drinking problem has all but destroyed his life. What do these three have in common? A summer job working in a store called Unclaimed Baggage cataloging and selling other people's lost luggage. Together they find that through friendship, they can unpack some of their own emotional baggage and move on into the future.
Jen Doll is the author of the debut young adult novel, Unclaimed Baggage. She's written for The Atlantic, Elle, Esquire, Glamour, GQ, New York Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Vice, The Village Voice, The Week, and many other publications. She grew up in Alabama and lives in Brooklyn.
Jacinta Bunnell is the author of four coloring books with PM Press (The Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book, Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away With Another Spoon, Girls Will Be Boys Will Be Girls Will Be... and Girls Are Not Chicks). PM Press is an independent, worker-run publisher of transformative, radical fiction, nonfiction, and multimedia which educates and inspires. Jacinta's books offer a fresh way for people of any age to take a look at stereotypes and oppression by challenging gender norms and encouraging the reader to form deeper critiques of common children's media. She has been an educator for 20 years and has facilitated over 150 workshops at schools, youth shelters, punk houses, conferences and bookstores in the United States and Canada on independent publishing, zines, activism, and gender in the media.