Transformations Books

Announcing a new series


With a focus on narrative storytelling, the Transformations Books series explores issues of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion as shaped by the lived experiences of authors and grounded in specific locations domestically and globally. Taking geography and justice as broad mapping coordinates, these short, elegant books of 25,000 to 30,000 words engage a cross-section of popular and scholarly readers with powerful, compelling moments of change—exploring all the pain, joy, promise, and resilience these journeys may yield. While these narrative books may include elements of memoir, they also offer insights into the larger societal contexts in which such personal experiences happen and resonate.

Potential books may originate as Transformations essays, an online series published by the Narrative Storytelling Initiative at Arizona State University and an independent publishing channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books. The series is also open to direct submissions from authors across fields and disciplines interested in publishing works that meet the series’ aims and draw on their individual expertise.

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit their proposals (including a project summary, sample materials, and a current CV) to series editors Steven Beschloss: Steven.Beschloss@asu.edu and Pardis Mahdavi: pardis.mahdavi@umt.edu.