A Thousand Words

Sometimes the best books are those that focus on photos.


These local releases deserve to be viewed and read for their beauty and complexity. 

Paper Son, Ryan Stopera

Last month, local photographer Ryan Stopera published his new book on Asian American representation and masculinity, an often invisible topic. Stopera interviewed 16 subjects in a quest that is personal to him as a Chinese  American. This work complicates Asian masculinity outside of mainstream representations. It is timely and needed.

Find it: ryanstopera.com/shop 

Letter Formerly Known as Q, Nance Musinguzi

Nance is a local cultural worker whose latest book, published by Wise Ink, Letter Formerly Known as Q (LFKAQ), chronicles the lives and migration journeys of local queer and trans immigrants. Nance does a beautiful job of letting people tell stories on their own terms. Pictures and oral histories weave together to tell stories about family, place, displacement, and home. 

Find it: nmusinguzi.com/shop/lfkag-voices-from-mn-queer-immigrant-community