BEA or Bust!

Consortium and our publishers are gearing up for BookExpo America! If you’ll be there, swing by booth #829 to say hello and then browse the aisle to meet our exhibiting publishers. There are a number of giveaways and author signings—and snacks!—lined up; check out the full list below.

All publishers

  • Thursday, May 30, 4 pm: come to the Consortium aisle of publishers for a happy hour celebrating independent publishing. All are welcome!

Akashic Books (#830A)

Giveaways (while supplies last):

  • A Tall History of Sugar by Curdella Forbes (also available in ABA Galley Room)
  • The Freedom Artist by Ben Okri
  • Fuck, Now There Are Two of You by Adam Mansbach, illus. Owen Brozman
  • Party: A Mystery by Jamaica Kincaid, illus. Ricardo Cortés (only available in ABA Galley Room)

Events (location: Indie Publisher Stage):

  • Wednesday, May 29, 12:35-1:05pm: Indie Insights: Children’s (Picture Books and Middle Grade); presentation on I Am a Promise by Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce. Thursday, May 30, 10:10-10:50am: Indie Insights: First Novels and Mystery; presentation on Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime from Women Writers edited by Joyce Carol Oates.
  • Thursday, May 30, 2:10-2:50pm: Indie Insights: Memoirs & Biographies; presentation on My Life on the Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me by Ryan O’Callaghan.Thursday, May 30, 2:55-3:20pm: Indie Insights: YA & New Adult; presentation on Home Girl by Alex Wheatle. Location:

City Lights (#832A)

Giveaway (while supplies last):

  • Troublemaker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington

Coach House Books (#828)

Giveaways (while supplies last):

  • Disfigured: On Fairy-tales, Disability, and Making Space / Leduc / 9781552453957
  • Heroine / Scott / 9781552453919
  • The Ticking Heart by Andrew Kaufman

Fabled Films (#833B)

Giveaways:

  • The Chestnut Challenge by Tracey Hecht (available in the ABA Galley Room)

Author signings:

  • Wednesday, May 29, 3:30-4:30pm: Illustrator Josie Yee signing copies of The Kooky Kinkajou

Bonus items:

  • Enter to win a Nocturnals Face Painting Party for your bookstore or library, complete with a face painter paid for by Fabled Films, signed books, an activity kit, and more
  • Free storyline kits available to ABA members

Haymarket Books (#832B)

Event:

  • Thursday, May 30, 12:35-1:05pm: Indie Insights: Current Events; presentation on Whose Story Is This? by Rebecca Solnit. Location: Indie Publisher Stage.

Scribe (#828)

Giveaways (while supplies last):

  • Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith
  • The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook by Michael Brooks
  • Lux by Elizabeth Cook
  • Made in Sweden: How The Swedes are Not Nearly So Egalitarian, Tolerant, Hospitable, or Cozy As They Would Like to (Have You) Think by Elisabeth Åsbrink

Events:

  • Thursday, May 30, 10:10-10:50am: Indie Insights: First Novels and Mystery; presentation on Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith. Location: Indie Publisher Stage.
  • Thursday, May 30, 12:35-1:05pm: Indie Insights: Current Events; presentation on Pills, Powder, and Smoke by Antony Loewenstein, and Made in Sweden by Elisabeth Åsbrink.  Location: Indie Publisher Stage.

Theatre Communications Group (#830B)

Giveaways (while supplies last):

  • 100 Plays for the First Hundred Days by Suzan-Lori Parks
  • Appropriate/An Octoroon: Plays by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
  • Dear Evan Hansen by Steven Levenson, Justin Paul, and Benj Pasek
  • The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth
  • Indecent by Paula Vogel
  • The Prisoner by  Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
  • Thom Pain (based on nothing) [Revised Edition] by Will Eno
  • Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Author signings:

  • Thursday, May 30, 12:30-1pm: Tracy Letts signing his play Mary Page Marlowe
  • Thursday, May 30, 2-2:30pm: Martyna Majok signing her play Cost of Living (2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama)

World Editions (#833A)

Giveaways:

  • Wednesday, May 29, 3pm: Welcome to America by Linda Bostrӧm Knausgård
  • Thursday, May 30, 11am: A Devil Comes to Town by Paolo Maurensig

Author signings:

  • Thursday, May 30, 2pm: Gary Barker signing galleys of The Museum of Lost Love

Events:

  • Thursday, May 30, 10:10-10:50am: Indie Insights: First Novels and Mystery; presentation on Real Life by Adeline Dieudonné. Location: Indie Publisher Stage.

Bonus items:

  • Wednesday, May 29, 2pm: Learn about the Dutch tradition of Boekenweek and enjoy Stroopwafels
  • Friday, May 31, 10 am: Celebrate Pierre Jarawan’s The Storyteller with Baklava

For a full list of World Editions’ BEA plans, visit their website.

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This Week’s Awards

Pretty Things by Virginie Despentes (trans. Emma Ramadan; The Feminist Press at CUNY), Bricks and Mortar by Clemens Meyer (trans. Katy Derbyshire; Fitzcarraldo Editions), Öræfï: The Wasteland by Ófeigur Sigurðsson (trans. Lytton Smith; Deep Vellum) and Fox by Dubravka Ugresic (trans. Ellen Elias-Bursac and David Williams; Open Letter) are shortlisted for the 2019 Best Translated Book Award. The winner will be announced on May 29.

Hiroshima Boy by Naomi Hirahara (Prospect Park Books) is nominated for an Anthony Award for Best Original Paperback.

Meal by Blue Delliquanti and Solei Ho (Iron Circus Comics) is nominated for a 2019 Prism Award.

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This Week’s Hot News

A May 19 article in the Los Angeles Times about Edward Abbey praised Amy Irvine’s Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness (Torrey House Press).

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Let’s Tell This Story Properly (Transit Books), Téa Mutonji’s Shut Up You’re Pretty (Arsenal Pulp Press), Elise Levine’s This Wicked Tongue (Biblioasis) were included on Bustle’s May 20 list of recommended short story collections.

Crime Reads included editor Gwendolyn Zepeda’s Houston Noir (Akashic Books), Jamie Manrique’s Like This Afternoon Forever (Akashic Books/Kaylie Jones Books), Marcie Rendon’s Girl Gone Missing (Cinco Puntos Press), Leonardo Padura’s Grab a Snake by the Tail (Bitter Lemon Press), Lisa Sandlin’s The Bird Boys (Cinco Puntos Press), J. Golakai’s The Score (Cassava Republic Press)  on its May 16 list of most anticipated crime books of the summer.

An excerpt from Houston Noir, edited by Gwendolyn Zepeda (Akashic Books), was published by Crime Reads on May 16.

An original essay by Sean Carswell, author of Dead Extra (Prospect Park Books), was published by Crime Reads on May 13.

Anjula Devi, author of Spice for Life: One Hundred Healthy Indian Recipes (Global Book Sales/Clearview) demonstrated a recipe from her book on Chicago, Illinois WGN 9-TV on May 21.

Andres R. Edwards, author of Renewal: How Nature Awakens Our Creativity, Compassion, and Joy (New Society Publishers), was interviewed by northern Minnesota NPR affiliate 91.7 KAXE/90.5 KBXE’s The Morning Show on May 13.

On May 17, the Chicago Tribune’s summer reading recommendations included Alia Trabucco Zerán The Remainder (trans. Sophie Hughes), Véronica Gerber Bicecci’s Empty Set, and T Fleischmann’s Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through (all Coffee House Press). Also on May 17, the Tribune published its list of “25 hot books” which included Arundhati Roy’s My Seditious Heart: Collected Nonfiction (Haymarket), Eve L. Ewing’s 1919 (Haymarket), and a second feature for Fleischmann’s Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through!

On May 10 Out Magazine included Vivek Shraya & Ness Lee’s Death Threat (Arsenal Pulp Press) and editors Amos Mac & Rocco Kayiatos’s Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture (The Feminist Press at CUNY) on its list of queer books to read in May.

On May 17, them. interviewed Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture editors Amos Mac & Rocco Kayiatos about the 10-year anniversary book from the Feminist Press at CUNY. 

Literary Hub published an excerpt from Annie McDermott’s translator’s note about her work on Mario Levrero’s Empty Words (Coffee House Press) on May 15.

The Spring/Summer/Fall 2019 issue of Branches of Light Magazine featured Rabbi Tirzah Firestone’s Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma on the front cover and recommended it along with Sarah Bowen’s Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective and Higher Purpose, Stephen Levine’s Unattended Sorrow: Recovering from Loss and Reviving the Heart, Gregory Blann’s When Oceans Merge: The Contemporary Sufi and Hasidic Teachings of Pir Vilayat Khan and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, and Bruno Barnhart’s The Future of Wisdom: Toward a Rebirth of Sapiential Christianity (all Monkfish Book Publishing).

Liana Finck wrote a list of favorite books for Document on May 20 which included Keiler Roberts’s Chlorine Gardens and Eleanor Davis’s You & A Bike & A Road (both Koyama Press).

Daniel Hahn, translator of Gabi Martínez’s In the Land of Giants (Scribe US), Eduardo Halfon’s Mourning (Bellevue Literary Press), Paulo Scott’s Nowhere People (And Other Stories) and others, was interviewed by the Economist on May 21 about the increasing prominence of translators. Sophie Hughes, translator of Alia Trabucco Zerán’s The Remainder (Coffee House Press), was also mentioned. 

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This Week’s Top Reviews

The Tiny Journalist 
Naomi Shihab Nye | BOA Editions | 9781942683728 | April 2019
“In deceptively simple syntax and universally relevant terms, Nye’s poems call on us to grapple with what it means to be human in the midst of conflict.”—Arkansas International

Dear Delinquent
Ann Townsend | Sarabande Books | 9781946448347 | May 2019
“Ann Townsend has borrowed her title, Dear Delinquent, from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s method of addressing her lover, Salomón de la Selva. The lyric eroticism in this book, however, is Townsend’s alone, a volume of allowed and disallowed passions, a painfully precise investigation of love, probed, categorized, and dissected by Townsend’s disciplined, sharply delicate lyric stylus.”—New York Journal of Books

Dead Extra
Sean Carswell | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551475 | May 2019
Dead Extra explores the nebulous land that is Hollywood in the late ’40s. With more than a tip of the fedora to those masters of crime noir, Chandler and Hammett, Dead Extra paints a post-war portrait of corruption and violence in the land where fantasy rules.”—New York Journal of Books

Original Prin
Randy Boyagoda | Biblioasis | 9781771962452 | May 2019
“That Boyagoda can take on faith, global capitalism, religious terrorism, upper-middle-class preciousness and self-delusion—all the while implicating Canada in traditionally ‘American’ problems—attests to his talent. It also manages to be a taut and funny novel throughout.”—America Magazine

The Fifth Woman
Nona Caspers | Sarabande Books | 9781946448170 | August 2018
“I learned much about craft and tone from reading The Fifth Woman. I found myself constantly plunging into and then climbing out of dark holes. I reveled in rooting into the dark, icy ground, digging my nails into the rocky dirt. And I exulted when I finally surfaced, gulping air and blinking into the clear, bright light. Caspers’s brilliance rests in her light yet firm touch: a use of language that is simultaneously tempered yet lush.”—The Cincinnati Review

The Lake on Fire
Rosellen Brown | Sarabande Books | 9781946448231
“[A] deceptively addictive, grand saga of life and love leavened by Chicago’s Gilded Age seductions.”—Daily North Shore

The Naked Woman
Armonia Somers | The Feminist Press at CUNY | 9781936932436 | November 2018
“Its language explodes and sparkles and it is continuously open to astonishing images. . . . The Naked Woman works both as a visionary linguistic experience, and an allegory of the female body’s dark powers.”—Full Stop

How Do You Smoke a Weed? 
Lin Visel and Joseph Bergin III | Iron Circus Comics | 9781945820168 | April 2019
“A perfect comic (and guide) that dispels helpful information without being too preachy.”—Quirktastic

Death Threat
Vivek Shraya and Ness Lee | Arsenal Pulp Press | 9781551527505 | May 2019
“In transcending hate and ignorance with strength and vulnerability Shraya, with the assistance of Ness Lee and [colorists] Emmett Phan and Hieng Tang, deliver a message of hope and courage to all trans women.”—Gay League

The Oasis This Time: Living and Dying with Water in the West
Rebecca Lawton | Torrey House Press | 9781937226930 | March 2019
“A powerful call for smarter water policy . . . [Lawton’s] perspectives as an Oregon native, a geologist, a birder and a river guide culminate in ‘a constant grief about climate and water’ as she confronts the short- and long-term effects of human behavior on desert, river, coastal, forest and other landscapes. Closing an essay on the 2017 wildfires in Northern California, she offers an observation that applies just as well to humans’ only oasis in this universe: ‘We’re all hunkered down in the same refuge.'”—The Oregonian

Make/Shift
Joe Sacksteder | Sarabande Books | 9781946448323 | April 2019
“This collection by Joe Sacksteder is filled with characters who find themselves in varying states of mature and immature, in trying to know and be known, accepting and rejecting the identities they’re constantly creating. They also play the piano. Several characters do, at least, and the way that Sacksteder writes music into their lives gave me a surprising desire, in the middle of reading, to go off and learn to play piano myself. (I’m not sure that this was the intended outcome, but it was an outcome for me nonetheless.)”—Into the Void

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This Week’s Award Winners

StoryMaking: The Maker Movement Approach to Literacy for Early Learners by Michelle Kay Compton and Robin Chappelle Thompson (Redleaf Press) and Green Card Entrepreneur Voices (Green Card Voices) won a Midwest Book Awards.

Two stories from Teresa Solana’s collection The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories are longlisted for Short Story Dagger and Gianrico Carofiglio’s The Cold Summer (both Bitter Lemon Press) is longlisted for the International Dagger from the Crime Writers Association.

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This Week’s Reviews

Savage Conversations
LeAnne Howe | Coffee House Press | 9781566895316 | February 2018
“Part fever dream, part extended meditation on madness, Howe’s Savage Conversations is a bracing commentary on the nature of guilt and grief.”—Historical Novel Society

Premonitions: Selected Essays on the Culture of Revolt
AK Thompson | AK Press | 9781849353380 | December 2018
“Thompson navigates a variety of encounters through which he tries to understand our frustrated desires for a better world. He does this primarily in order to return us to those desires more clear-eyed and ready for the next battle. . . . He often fuses absurdity, despair, and an unwillingness to give up with the aid of a sly, sad joke.”—Tarpaulin Sky

Perennial
Kelly Forsythe | Coffee House Press | 9781566895170 | August 2018
“The sad fact is violence endures; it is perennial. But so too are the girls who have to face it, who have to live through it, who have to find ways to behave that will not make them targets of this rage. Forsythe’s book offers us the chance to be devastated into awareness and awareness into action, if only we will listen and let it go to seed.”—American Micro Reviews

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This Week’s Hot News

Buzzfeed included Michelle Tea’s Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions, & Criticisms (The Feminist Press at CUNY), Sarah Pinsker’s Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea: Stories (Small Beer Press), Marcie Rendon’s Girl Gone Missing (Cinco Puntos Press), and Katia D. Ulysse’s Mouths Don’t Speak (Akashic Books) on its May 8 book roundup.

Shelf Awareness for Readers honored the tenth anniversary editions of Paul Harding’s Tinkers (Bellevue Literary Press) on May 10.

The Orange County Register published an article about Mary Lea Carroll’s Saint Everywhere: Travels in Search of the Lady Saints (Prospect Park Books) on May 9.

PEN America published two poems from Deborah Landau’s Soft Targets (Copper Canyon Press) on May 10.

Vivek Shraya, author of Death Threat (Arsenal Pulp Press), was interviewed by the Comics Journal on May 14. 

Literary Hub recommended Franny Choi’s Soft Science (Alice James Books) and Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth on May 10.

An excerpt from Berlin Noir, edited by Thomas Wörtche (Akashic Books), was published by Crime Reads on May 13.

Wyomia Tyus, author of Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story (Akashic Books/Edge of Sports) was interviewed on Los Angeles, California Spectrum News 1’s Inside the Issues with Alex Cohen on April 25.

Book Riot included The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz (Saqi Books), on its May 9 list of books to read during Ramadan.

Book Riot included Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers, edited by Joyce Carol Oates (Akashic Books), on its May 9 list of “Best Noir Fiction Retellings.”

Natalie Scenters-Zapico’s Lima::Limón (Copper Canyon Press) was a Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week on May 10.

Dallas, Texas’s D Magazine published an article in support Omar Suleiman, author of Prayers of the Pious (Kube Publishing), on May 13. An op-ed by Suleiman was published by the Dallas News on May 12.

Sean Carswell, author of Dead Extra (Prospect Park Books), was interviewed by Nancie Clare on Speaking of Mysteries Podcast on March 13.

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This Week’s Award Winners

Will Eaves’s Murmur (Bellevue Literary Press) won the Wellcome Book Prize.

Casey Plett’s Little Fish and Joshua Whitehead’s Jonny Appleseed (both Arsenal Pulp Press) are finalists for the $60,000 Amazon Canada First Novel Award.

Noah Van Sciver’s One Dirty Tree, Anne Elizabeth Moore’s Sweet Little C*nt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet (both Uncivilized Books), Justin Duerr’s The Temple of Silence: Forgotten Words and Worlds of  Herbert Crowley, and editors Ronald Wimberly & Josh O’Neill’s LAAB Magazine #0: Dark Matter (both Beehive Books) are all nominated for 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

Luke W. Molver’s Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince (Catalyst Press/Story Press Africa) is a 2019 Honor Book for Older Readers by the Children’s Africana Book Awards Committee.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews!

Invasive species
Marwa Helal | Nightboat Books | 9781937658939 | January 2019
Invasive species . . . cuts through the din of the constant news cycle, arriving at a momentary understanding of the barbarity of American foreign policy and global immigration systems.”—Believer Magazine

When I Arrived at the Castle 
Emily Carroll | Koyama Press | 9781927668689 | April 2019
“As with any good fairy tale, there is magic (of sorts). Here it takes shape through Carroll’s incredible capacity to scare.”—The Comics Journal

Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea: Stories
Sarah Pinsker | Small Beer Press | 9781618731555 | Small Beer Press | March 2019
“[C]annot be recommended enough for fans of LGBT+ sci-fi and fantasy. Pinsker’s collection has such a range and depth to it storytelling and emotional resonance that the reader will be left in complete awe after reading any chosen story. Pinsker’s collection invites the reader to truly imagine and be taken by her stories, and to see that, while the future may be full of frightening, there’s still a humanness that can be found in any corner of the universe or multiverse, and that by exploring as much as we can, there’s a way to end the journey more in tune with the space around them.”—Lambda Literary

Reenactments
Hai-Dang Phan | Sarabande Books | 9781946448286 | February 2019
“In the poem ‘Get to Know Your Ghost,’ Phan recommends you determine ‘whether it is free Saturday night / or Sunday afternoon for a visitation.’ This line, and the collection as a whole, is both gift and invitation. Phan’s vantage point is wide, but it won’t do all the work for you. You are going to have to ‘do something painful each day.’ You are going to have to ask the ghost something. And every something will begin to make all the difference.”—The Paris Review

Castle of Concrete
Katia Raina | Young Europe Books | 9780999541630 | June 2019
“In Katia Raina’s fascinating and sympathetic Castle of Concrete, the concerns of young adulthood are amplified tenfold against a background of historical upheavals. . . . [A] riveting story about growing up in dark political times.”―Foreword Reviews

From the Shadows
Juan Jose Millas, trans. Thomas Bunstead & Daniel Hahn | Bellevue Literary Press | 9781942658665 | August 2019
“A compelling stew of comedy, philosophy, and even tragedy, From the Shadows maintains a light touch, even as sinister undertones bubble underneath. Damian’s risky existence leads to unexpected twists and a climax that lingers long after Millas’s absurd lark comes to an end.”—Foreword Reviews

Make/Shift
Joe Sacksteder | Sarabande Books | 9781946448323 | April 2019
“Joe Sacksteder is one of those rare writers whose work brims with both brain and heart. His debut short story collection, Make/Shift . . . pairs fierce and strange innovation with raw emotion, longing, and obsessions. . . . Sacksteder’s stories span a wide-ranging and ever-engaging expanse of human experience. . . . Make sure you don’t miss out on this outstanding short story collection. It gets in your guts. It’ll never leave.”—The Adroit Journal

All Its Charms
Keetje Kuipers | BOA Editions | 9781942683766 | April 2019
“Kuipers has never published a poem that wasn’t beautiful, in one way or another, but she also leans a little dark. But it’s a gorgeous dark. A maturing dark, which all of us getting slower and grayer hope to attain. It’s the dark of the deep color of raspberries under storm clouds. . . . I find something new to love every time I open this book. All Its Charms is a collection of poems from a wonderful poet at the height of her powers. It is a book to be read in a sitting, then revisited, again and again, slowly, and savored.”—The Missoulian

Milwaukee Noir
edited by Tim Hennessy | Akashic Books | 9781617757013 | May 2019
“Luxuriate in the seedy, wallow in the angry and shiver at the horrors that surely await you around the corner. . . .  The sheer localness of Milwaukee Noir is superb, and the seediness of many characters here would qualify them for membership in a Tom Waits song.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

Living on the Borderlines: Stories
Melissa Michal | The Feminist Press at CUNY | 9781936932467 | February 2019
“Melissa Michal writes about American Indigenous people with a power that will make you want to read and reread these stories. . . . Despite the tragedy in the lives in many of the stories . . . there is a deeper resonance here—a connection with family, with memory, and with story that speaks of a survival that moves beyond any attempt at erasure. These are voices that must be heard, stories that must be read.”—The Brooklyn Rail

Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through
T Fleischmann | Coffee House Press | 9781566895477 | June 2019
“By turns blunt, confrontational, eloquent, exciting, original, and somewhat indescribable.”—The Gay & Lesbian Review

The Last Days of Mankind: A Visual Guide to Karl Kraus’ Great War Epic
Deborah Sengl with contributions by Marjorie Perloff, Anna Souchuk, Matthias Goldmann and Paul Reitter | DoppelHouse Press | 9780999754412 | January 2019
“Sengl’s art itself plays with the tensions of life and death in her use of taxidermied rats. . . . Cuteness and horror collide in these miniature scenes. . . . [Sengl’s] adaptation of Kraus’ war epic . . . makes it more accessible to audiences and helps to render the experimental play into a more comprehensible whole.”—New York Journal of Books

Sleepless Night
Margriet de Moor, trans. David Doherty | New Vessel Press | 9781939931696 | May 2019
“This sort of small (but abyss-deep) tale depends very much on the telling, and de Moor does a very fine job. . . . Sleepless Night is both melancholy and hopeful (but nowhere near cloyingly so), and doesn’t force too many answers; love and loss remain mysteries—but ultimately quite satisfyingly so.”—Complete Review

The Welsh Fasting Girl
Varley O’Connor | Bellevue Literary Press | 9781942658627 | May 2019
“O’Connor’s recreation of this world and its people is haunted and haunting, with marvelous poetry and human sorrow resonating in every line.”—Historical Hovel Society

Mentors: The Making of an Art Historian
Francis M. Naumann | DoppelHouse Press | 9780999754467 | May 2019
“[U]ndeniably an enjoyable book, full of humor and personality.”—Triumph of Now

Girl Gone Missing
Marcie R. Rendon | Cinco Puntos Press | 9781947627116 | June 2019
“Rendon is a natural storyteller and a consummate writer, and we’re indebted to Cinco Puntos Press in El Paso for bringing the unforgettable Cash Blackbear to life. There isn’t a protagonist in recent fiction with the bearing of Rendon’s creation, and we’re the better for knowing her.”—The Durango Telegraph

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Hot News This Week!

Here: Poems for the Planet (edited by Elizabeth J. Coleman; Copper Canyon Press) was featured on Literary Hub and Bustle on April 22, in Poets & Writers’ May/June issue, and in Tricycle Magazine’s summer issue.

Natalie Scenters-Zapico’s Lima :: Limon (Copper Canyon Press) and Teresa Wong’s Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression (Arsenal Pulp Press) were featured on Bustle‘s May 1 list of recommended books.

Patricia Foreman, author of A Tiny Home to Call Your Own: Living Well in Just-Right Houses (New Society Publishers), was interviewed on Albany, New York NPR affiliate WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s nationally syndicated show The Roundtable on April 24.

Elisa Callow, author of The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside (Prospect Park Books), was interviewed on Los Angeles, California NPR affiliate 89.9 FM KCRW’s Good Food with Evan Kleiman on May 3.

Tim Hennessy, editor of Milwaukee Noir (Akashic Books), was interviewed by NPR affiliates Wisconsin Public Radio’s Central Time and WUWM 89.7 FM’s Lake Effect, both on May 6.

Geffrey Davis, author of Night Angler (BOA Editions), was interviewed on Arkansas NPR affiliate KUAF 91.3 FM’s Of Note with Katy Henriksen on May 2.

Pierre Jarawan, author of The Storyteller (trans. Sinéad Crowe & Rachel McNicholl; World Editions) was interviewed on the Harper’s Magazine podcast on April 15. The Storyteller was included on Words Without Borders’s April Watchlist and excerpted on Literary Hub on April 18.

Psychology Today interviewed Andrés Edwards, author of Renewal: How Nature Awakens Our Creativity, Compassion, and Joy (New Society Publishers), on April 30.

Karen Havelin, author of Please Read This Leaflet Carefully (Dottir Press) was interviewed by The Millions on May 1 and wrote an essay for Literary Hub on May 2.

The May 2019 issue of Poetry Foundation’s Poetry magazine included two poems from Elain Equi’s The Intangibles and three poems from Ron Padgett’s Big Cabin (both Coffee House Press).

Alia Trabucco Zerán and Sophie Hughes, the author and translator of Man Booker shortlisted The Remainder (Coffee House Press), were interviewed by Words Without Borders Daily on May 2.

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, author of Let’s Tell This Story Properly (Transit Books), was interviewed in Electric Literature on May 1. A story from the collection was published by Literary Hub on April 29.

Crime Reads included Marcie Rendon’s Girl Gone Missing (Cinco Puntos Press) and editor Gwendolyn Zepeda’s Houston Noir (Akashic Books) on its May 2 list of essential books for the month.

Sean Thomas Dougherty, author of The Second O of Sorrow (BOA Editions) was interviewed by Rain Taxi on May 8.

Brian Evenson, author of Song for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House Press), wrote an episode of Horror Tales Podcast on April 12.

Newcity Chicago interviewed T Fleischmann, author of Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through (Coffee House Press), on April 29.

Atlanta, Georgia LGBTQ+ magazine Peach ATL included Nina Revoyr’s A Student of History (Akashic Books) in its Pride 2019 Reading list on April 23.

Michelle Tea and her new book Astro Baby (Dottir Press) were featured in an article in the Arizona Republic on April 30.

Joan Steen, author of We Regret to Inform You: A Survival Guide for Gold Star Parents and Those Who Support Them (Central Recovery Press), was interviewed by on AARP.org on May 6.

Rebecca Lawton, author of The Oasis This Time: Living and Dying with Water in the West (Torrey House Press), was interviewed by Earth Island Journal on April 16.

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