Aya de Leon

author – activist – faculty – mom

UPTOWN THIEF is out today

aya and UTWhen I started writing my debut novel UPTOWN THIEF eight years ago, I was supposed to be working on a non-fiction book. But something about this story kept  calling to me. This Robin Hood heist novel of badass women robbing corrupt rich guys to support a clinic for sex workers lured me away from the more respectable project to a wild hybrid vision that was equal parts romantic steam and radical solidarity.

I began writing it on a plane from the East Coast to my home in California. At that time, I had no idea that three months later, I’d be pregnant and my life would be turned upside down.  It was a welcome change and a deeply wanted pregnancy, but motherhood meant saying goodbye to the performing artist life I had built. And yet the vision of that book has been the biggest throughline between the old and new me–before and after becoming a mom–this vision of this community of women with messy love lives battling to change the world.

UPTOWN THIEF is finally out today! Thanks to all who’ve supported. It takes a village.


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This entry was posted on July 27, 2016 by in Uncategorized.

Upcoming Appearances

  • THE BOSS book launch NYC June 1, 2017 at 1:00 am – 3:00 am Sisters Uptown Bookstore in Harlem
  • Bay Area Book Fest June 3, 2017 – June 4, 2017 Berkeley, CA, USA For details: https://www.baybookfest.org/2017-schedule/
  • *****Book Launch Party for THE BOSS***** June 9, 2017 at 2:00 am – 3:00 am Laurel Book Store, 1423 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, USA For more info: http://www.laurelbookstore.com/event/aya-de-leon-author-boss

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