By Angela Chen
When I published Ace, I hoped for positive reviews and perhaps a reader email or two. I did not, however, expect that social media would bring a very particular joy to my life, which is that of readers sending me photos of the book with their cat.
One unexpected pleasure of publishing Ace is that people send me photos of their cats with the book. Someone said that she posted this one while coming out during Ace Week (reshared with permission): pic.twitter.com/cNQLxegSmO— Angela Chen (@chengela) November 23, 2020
And this: https://t.co/NRkGyYoeuH— Angela Chen (@chengela) November 23, 2020
This one is especially adorable:
Black cats seem to be overrepresented, so here’s a cream-colored one for good measure:
I have to get in on this now pic.twitter.com/BXCEKaPj6j— AceLord(Tempest)🐼🎃 (@kat_veil) November 23, 2020
And a gray-and-white one:
Just got mine in the mail. Bout to curl up on the couch and read to my cat. pic.twitter.com/x0j30zGTWS— Kaitlyn (@kaitlynintherye) December 5, 2020
As a lifelong admirer of felines in all forms, seeing cats hanging out with my book warms my heart. And as someone who barely knows how to do makeup but has immense respect for the creativity of those who do, I was utterly delighted to see that Ace had even inspired a makeup #BookLook:
Today’s #BookLook was inspired by Ace—a book on asexuality by Angela Chen! I haven’t read it yet but I’m very much looking forward to getting my hands on it.— Beck the Halls (@BDingz) September 29, 2020
(I mucked up the eyeliner a little but I fixed it best I could without spoiling the whole look.) pic.twitter.com/DAJlsVTEMg
Truly, this has exceeded my wildest dreams.
About the Author
Angela Chen is a journalist and writer in New York City. Her reporting and criticism have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Atlantic, Guardian, Paris Review, Electric Literature, Catapult, and elsewhere. Chen is a member of the ace community and has spoken about asexuality at academic conferences and events including World Pride. Find her on Twitter @chengela or at angelachen.org.