This Week’s Reviews

The Readers’ Room
Antoine Laurain, trans. Emily Boyce, Jane Aitken, and Polly Mackintosh | Gallic Books | 9781910477977 | September 2020
“’Replete with treats for bibliophiles and armchair vigilantes alike, The Readers’ Room is engrossing mystery novel that plumbs the writing process for its most dangerous potential.”—Foreword Reviews

Tiger Girl
Pascale Petit | Bloodaxe Books | 9781780375267 | September 2020
Tiger Girl explores my grandmother’s Indian heritage and the fauna and flora of subcontinental jungles. Tiger girl is my grandmother, who brought me up with tales of wild tigers, but she’s also the endangered predators I encountered in Central India, with their threats of poaching, species extinction, and deforestation. In this overpopulated country, so many charismatic megafauna, such as tigers, leopards, elephants and sloth bears, have to inhabit smaller and smaller territories, next to displaced and impoverished forest tribes and local farmers. National parks and tiger reserves like Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh, where I spent most of my time, are like a crucible, where humanity and wildlife struggle for survival.”—Writer’s Rebel

New Bad News
Ryan Ridge | Sarabande Books | 9781946448569 | May 2020
“We owe a debt of gratitude to the Louisville, Kentucky-based Sarabande Books for swooning and selecting Ridge’s story collection New Bad News as the fourteenth annual publication in the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. The collection deftly counterbalances flash fiction as brief as a single well-stocked sentence with lengthier pieces, escalating with fever dream pacing into pop-culture-laden experimental explorations of Americana and narrative itself.”—Southern Review of Books

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Exiles of Eden by Ladan Osman (Coffee House Press), 1919 by Eve L. Ewing (Haymarket Books), A Tall History of Sugar by Curdella Forbes (Akashic Books), and Night Angler by Geffrey Davis (BOA Editions) were nominated for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award.

Katherine Hill was interviewed in Newsday on July 22 about her new novel, A Short Move (Ig Publishing).

Woodrow Phoenix, the author of Crash Course (Street Noise Books) was featured on The War on Cars on July 20.

Matthew Rohrer, author of The Sky Contains the Plans (Wave Books), chatted with Dobby Gibson in the summer edition of Rain Taxi.

Jonathan Hammond, author of The Shaman’s Mind (Monkfish Book Publishing), was interviewed by Michael Sandler on his Inspire Nation Show on July 24.

Brian Evenson was named a finalist for the 2020 World Fantasy Awards for Song for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House Press).

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The Sleeping Car Murders
Sébastien Japrisot, trans. Francis Price | Gallic Books | 9781910477939 | August 2020
“With its pacy plotting and vivid evocation of locales, this is a stellar example of why Japrisot is held in such high esteem.”—European Literature Network

Xandria Phillips | Nightboat Books | 9781643620084 | October 2019
“Phillips produces an account of Black existence, while also summoning breath, touch, and taste as tools of emancipation and resistance.”—Broad Street Review

A Little More Red Sun on the Human
Gillian Conoley | Nightboat Books | 9781643620114 | October 2019
“This epic 320-page-plus collection is a necessary addition to your poetry library. In it, language feels as if it has been reinvented in order to speak the truth of this new age where the pillars of thought we once relied on: history, religion and memory, are at once questioned and reexamined and where the natural world still rises like a phoenix from the havoc we’ve made.”—Poetry Flash

Victoria Chang | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595745 | April 2020
“How fitting that this otherworldly book of tributes to the no longer living lands, at this moment in this world, in our collective hands.”—Kenyon Review

A Wave of Stars
Dolores Brown, illus. Sonja Wimmer | NubeOcho | 9788417673413 | July 2020
“The artwork provided by Sonja Wimmer is a watery dream–filled with beautiful shades of blue and green punctuated with bright colors for the different sea plants and sea creatures. She alternates between colored illustrations and black and white ink drawings which adds a unique touch to the illustrations in the story.”—Youth Services Book Review

Witchy Things
Mariasole Brusa, illus. Marta Sevilla | NubeOcho | 9788417673604 | August 2020
“This book is perfect for children between the ages of four and seven years old, especially if they enjoy witches, goblins, and such during the Halloween season–although this is not a Halloween story.”—Youth Services Book Review

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You can count Alexander Chee among the many fans of Justin Chin! On Entertainment Weekly’s Untold Stories podcast, Chee expressed admiration for the writer: “The impact Justin Chin had on an entirely writerly generation is something to register.”See for yourself with Chin’s Selected Works (edit. Jennifer Joseph, Manic D Press).

The Millions has released their list of the most anticipated books for the second half of the year, and several Consortium titles made the cut: Lord the One You Love is Sick by Kasey Thornton, Out of Mesopotamia by Salar Abdoh, Ramifications by Daniel Saldaña París and translated by Christina MacSweeney, and Stranger Faces by Namwali Serpell. 

The Names of all the Flowers by Melissa Valentine was recommended by Bitch Media on July 13. Reviewer Evette Dionne compared the memoir to Jesmyn Ward’s Men We Reaped. Check out the excerpt shared by Literary Hub on July 15.

A poem from Linda Hogan’s A History of Kindness (Torrey House Press) appeared in the Washington Post‘s newsletter on July 17.

A poem from Linda Hogan’s A History of Kindness (Torrey House Press) appeared in the Washington Post‘s newsletter on July 17.

Anastasia Higginbotham, author of Not My Idea (Dottir Press) was interviewed on WABE NPR Atlanta on July 8.

Lizzie Davis’s translator notes from Ornamental by Juan Cárdenas (Coffee House Press) appeared in the Paris Review on July 16.

Jody Savin, author of Stitched & Sewn (Prospect Park Books), was interviewed in Lilith on July 14. A profile of Savin also appeared in Jewish News of Northern California on June 24.

Deborah Kalb interviewed Gina Fattore, author of The Spinster Diaries (Prospect Park Books) on July 19.

NYspirit ran an excerpt from Steve Kanji Ruhl’s Enlightened Contemporaries: Three Great Mystics of the Thirteenth Century and Why They Matter Today (Monkfish Book Publishing) on July 15.

Spirituality & Health Magazine featured an article by Sarah Bowen, author of Spiritual Rebel (Monkfish Book Publishing) on July 20.

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Don’t miss our high-intensity, highly-pigmented revamp of CMYK Books (@cmykbooks) on Instagram!

The Strange Birds of Flannery O’Connor by Amy Alznauer, illustrated by Ping Zhu, was in the Wall Street Journal on July 10.

Beautiful Aliens: A Steve Abbot Reader was the most recent title in the Paris Review‘s Eat Your Words series. Also in the Paris Review was Douglas A. Martin’s interview about his recent novella, Wolfon July 14.

Skyland was a New York Times Book Review New & Notable pick on July 14.

Book Riot’s list of the best books of 2020 included Obit by Victoria Chang (Copper Canyon Press).

Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man by Steve Alpert (Stone Bridge Press) appeared in Wired on July 10.

PEN’s list of translations to read right now included La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono, trans. Lawrence Schimel (The Feminist Press at CUNY).

Casey Plett, author of Little Fish (Arsenal Pulp Press), chatted with Cooper Lee Bombardier, author of Pass with Care (Dottir Press), for Lambda Literary on July 7.

Thomas Peacock, author of The Wolf’s Trail (Holy Cow! Press), was interviewed on MPR on June 19.

A number of Consortium titles were included on Literary Hub‘s Most Anticipated Books of 2020 (part 2).

Katie Shireen Assef, translator of Black Forest by Valérie Mréjen (Deep Vellum Publishing) wrote an article for the Los Angeles Review of Books on July 13.

The Goose Fritz by Sergei Lebedev (trans. Antonina W. Bouis, New Vessel Press) and Bride and Groom by Alisa Ganieva (trans. Carol Apollonio, Deep Vellum Publishing) were nominated for the Read Russia Prize.

Those Who Dwell Below by Aviaq Johnston, (illus. Toma Feizo Gas, Inhabit Media) was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award.

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