Jobs for Girls with Artistic Flair by June Gervais

Join us on Monday, June 27 at 7pm as we discuss Jobs for Girls with Artistic Flair by June Gervais.

  Please purchase the book in advance and June will be happy to sign and or personalize the book for you. You can pick up the book beginning June 21, at the event or anytime thereafter.

This event will be held at the Book Shop (in the rare book room or weather permitting, the back courtyard). 

An uplifting, feminist coming-of-age love story about a young woman who dreams of becoming a tattoo artist, and living life on her own terms

Introvert Gina Mulley is determined to become a tattoo artist, and to find somewhere she belongs in her conventional Long Island town. But this is 1985, when tattooing is still a gritty, male-dominated fringe culture, and Gina’s funky flash is not exactly mainstream tattoo fare. The good news is that her older brother Dominic owns a tattoo shop, and he reluctantly agrees to train her.
Gina has a year to prove herself, but her world is turned upside down when a mysterious psychic and his striking assistant, Anna, arrive on the scene. With Anna’s help, Gina recognizes that the only way she has a shot at becoming a professional tattoo artist is to embrace her quirkiness both in her art and her life.
The tattoo shop is rocked by a crisis just as Gina finds herself falling in love with Anna. Dominic gives Gina an ultimatum, and she’s faced with an impossible choice: Is the romance and newfound independence she’s found worth sacrificing her dreams? Or can she find a way to have it all?

About June
My essays and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Lit Hub, Writer’s Digest, Sojourners, The Common, Big Fiction, The Missouri Review, The Southampton Review, Image Journal, Consequence Magazine, Cordella, and elsewhere.

I grew up in the Shirley/Mastic/Yaphank area of Long Island and studied at Bennington College in Vermont, where I graduated with my MFA in Writing and Literature in 2012. Alongside writing, I have worked as a full-time activist/organizer; a freelance graphic designer, writer, and editor; and Arts Director at a not-for-profit. I also do public speaking and teaching, write book reviews, and occasionally make a little music.