softskull.jpgIn her first official acquisition since she took over as editorial director of Soft Skull Press and senior editor of Counterpoint, Denise Oswald bought “Down & Derby” by Alex “Axles of Evil” Cohen and Jennifer “Kasey Bomber” Barbee. Publication is tentatively set for Spring 2010.

Ted Weinstein represented the authors in this “balls-to-the-wall celebration of the sport of roller derby–both it’s history and it’s recent resurgence” written by roller derby aficionados. Both authors have some writing chops as well–Cohen hosts and reports for NPR’s “Day by Day” and Barbee works and writes for the WGA.

GalleyCat caught up with Oswald to find out what she saw in this new book: “I’m a big fan of Roller Derby. I’ve been going to bouts for several years now and think it’s just absolutely incredible. There’s an amazing punk-feminist aesthetic at work there. The girls in the league were so clearly not Varsity All-Stars in High School, and they’re not the mainstream culture’s idea of what an athlete should look like–neither physically nor aesthetically (well, maybe with the exception of Dennis Rodman’s fashion sense),” she explained.

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