Press Kit

For more details or to schedule an interview, contact Ashley Fortier:

514.409.1935 or publish [at] metonymypress [dot] com.

The Author

After an accidental debut as a professional tarot reader in 2009, Oliver began doing tarot readings regularly, at bars and in parks and on balconies. At the request of a good friend, Oliver began writing about the Thea’s Tarot deck—a process that was at once prolonged and fruitful.


Oliver is, more generally, a Montreal-based, trans-identified writer, publisher, and editor. Their work has appeared in
 Lambda Award–winning The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard (Topside Press, 2012) and make/shift magazine, among other publications. Oliver released Gays in the Workplace in 2011 and is currently working on a book of short stories.

The Book



A contemporary queer re-visioning of a beautiful feminist tarot deck from the 80s—documenting a conversation across generations and mediums—She Is Sitting in the Night emerges as both a tool for tarot reading and a celebration of queer and feminist cultural production, past and present.


By embracing an older deck and simultaneously developing current and re-visioned ways of interpreting its images and the cards’ meanings, She Is Sitting in the Night provides a much-needed informed, aesthetically strong, accessible queer tarot book for feminists, queers, and tarot readers new and old.


Title: She Is Sitting in the Night: Re-visioning Thea’s Tarot

Author: Oliver Pickle

Original art: Ruth West

Trim size: 6.9’ x 8’ x 0.524′

Extent: 192 pages

Season: Spring 2015

Pub date: April 26, 2015

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-0-9940471-0-6

Illustrations: Reproduced images of 78-card Thea’s Tarot deck, copyright Ruth West.

Category: Adult nonfiction, How-To, Feminism, Occult, LGBTQ

Target Audience: 1) Feminist and queer communities, 2) Tarot enthusiasts


Interest in tarot is evident in the alternative tarot decks and accompanying books that have emerged in recent years. What distinguishes She Is Sitting in the Night from its contemporaries, however, is both the cohesiveness of a book and deck featuring illustrations by a single artist, as well as the intergenerational conversation and archiving project at the heart of Oliver Pickle and Ruth West’s collaboration. What this project shares with its competition is the intentional rejection of normative readings of the figures and imagery on the decks they discuss.


See, for comparison: The Collective Tarot: A Magical Collaboration; The Winnipeg Tarot Co: “Fortuna & Fabulation for All” ; the forthcoming Slow Holler tarot deck project.

The Artist

Ruth West, after graduating with a degree in art, created Thea’s Tarot in 1984 in papercut, based on Billy Potts’ A New Women’s Tarot. Since then, she has become an internationally recognized artist working with digital art. One of the first graduates with a Master’s of Fine Arts in Computer Graphics, Ruth West’s art has grown steadily along with this medium. She was the first computer artist in residence at Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France, creating an 80-piece series called the Digital Garden. Her work can be seen at

Interview Questions
Below are some sample interview questions. To schedule an interview with the author, or for quotes via email, please contact Ashley Fortier: publish [at] metonymypress [dot] com or 514.409.1935.



In brief, how would you describe She Is Sitting in the Night?



How did you arrive at this project?



What do you think draws people to tarot?



What makes this book queer and/or transgressive more generally?



You’re also the co-publisher of this book. What motivated you to take it on as Metonymy Press?



Tell us about Ruth West and the conversations you’ve had about Thea’s Tarot.



What kind of challenges did you encounter in engaging in this collaboration and how did you/do you address them?



What do you hope the impact of your book will be?



What do you say to those of us who are skeptical of tarot?



Where can we find the book and the deck?

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