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By (author): Emily A. Weedon
Emily A. Weedon


Cormorant Books - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Flaps
Paperback , Trade, Flaps


General Trade
Apr 08, 2023
$24.95 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 in | 1 gr

Page Count:

440 pages
Cormorant Books
FICTION / Literary
Fiction: general and literary|Speculative fiction|Dystopian and utopian fiction|Intended primarily or specifically for women and/or girls
  • Short Description
In an autocratic society where women — Unmales — have been relegated to the shadows, two of them break sacred laws, risking their lives, to achieve their goals. Cera vows to reunite with her son, taken at birth; Tiresius, seeking power, poses as male to rise through the ranks.
I am a gender criminal. I am Unmale, yet I write as though I am a person. Autokrator is the story of my crime.

Born nameless, in a rigid, autocratic society that has relegated all women to non-person status — Unmales — two women fight against their invisibility.

The disappearance of yet another Domestic means Cera must take on extra duties and tend the rooms of The Cratorling, the young successor to the autocracy. Face-to-face with him, Cera realizes he is her son, taken from her at birth. She vows to make herself known to him, no matter the cost.

Driven by a Machiavellian mind and ego, Tiresius has successfully hidden her Unmale status in plain sight for years. She rose through the ranks of the autocracy to reach the highest levels of government. She revels in the power she has attained, but her ruse makes her a gender criminal, which is an act punishable by death.

Both Cera and Tiresius are determined to achieve their goals, but, for better or worse, their actions begin to dismantle the framework and foundations of the autocracy itself.

Hopeful and cautionary, Autokrator reimagines gender and power in society against the backdrop of an epic, deeply etched, speculative world.

- Two women fight against gender oppression in their autocratic society to achieve what they want: a role in a child’s life and political power (respectively).

- Hopeful and cautionary, Autokrator reimagines gender and power in a speculative world.

- The author wanted to create a world that would explore an Even Worse Iteration of invisible labour and identity for women. She asked herself “What if the Patriarchy had been even WORSE?” Autokrator is the answer to that question.

- Emily is a debut author, but has worked in film and television for years. She co-wrote, co-created, and co-produced a webseries called Chateau Laurier, and launched her screenwriting career with that show. She is also a graphic designer, musician, set painter, and artist.

- The author played music professionally for about 10 years and has released 3 EPs. She also worked as a Legislative Page at Queen’s Park.

Emily A. Weedon was raised in Coe Hill, Ontario and grew up on a subsistence farm with her hippie parents, at times without electricity or running water. She’s had many jobs, including scenic/set painter, graphic designer, art director in film and television, screenwriter, musician and band leader, film producer, and book cover designer. Weedon had a speaking role in a feature film, released 3 EPs of original music, wrote and produced a Fringe Festival play, and co-created two seasons of the web series Chateau Laurier. She can’t sew or tap dance and does not care to. She can’t abide petty authoritarianism. She’s written several novels, screenplays, and songs, some animated television, and a few stage plays. Autokrator is her first published novel. She lives in Toronto with her daughter, Ginger.

Contributor Website
- Live or virtual launch with indie bookstore partner (TBD)

- National, international, and regional review mailing & interview pitches, particularly Herizons, CBC (including The Next Chapter), Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, Kirkus, Toronto Star, - Pitch for excerpt in Open Book

- Festivals/event pitches including TIFA, Word on the Street, Eden Mills, Book Drunkard Literary Festival, Growing Room Literary Festival,

- Social media influencer pitches (Bloggers, Instagrammers, BookTubers) - Social media promotions, review mentions, interview appearances, etc.

- Submitting to regional, national, and global awards - Advertising in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and more
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