Rachel Moss wrote an article for BookRiot about her experience illustrating Akashic’s LyricPop series on September 9.
Joon Oluchi Lee | Nightboat Books | 9781643620206 | June 2020
“In this pandemic time—an endless moment of scarcity and paucity facilitated by a small few hoarding the earth’s wealth and resource—abundance is necessary, and Lee’s ample language suggests that examining subjectivity is a political act, as is his character’s navigating a queer Asian body through institutions like marriage, white supremacy, and the world.”—Brooklyn Rail
Easy Listening Acid Trip
Joseph Lanza | Feral House | 9781627310956 | November 2020
“A rather intoxicating companion to Elevator Music, Joseph Lanza’s seminal 1994 work, the square (in size and subject) Easy-Listening Acid Trip: An Elevator Ride Through ’60s Psychedelic Pop from the mighty Feral House is more spin-off than sequel, in which the author casts his ears and pen toward the flower-power era and its unlikely marriage of hippie music covered and co-opted by the chronically unhip. And thank God they did.”—Bookgasm
The Berlin Masterpieces in America
edit. Peter Jonathan Bell, Kristi A. Nelson | GILES | 9781911282631 | July 2020
“A compact and beautifully produced catalog.”— ARLIS/NA
Etel Adan | Nightboat Books | 9781643620046 | June 2019
“Time is a place where language creates the meaningful space between souls, and the great threat to the truth. Time is a place where communication is sacred, where ‘love is the subversion of / death’, true living, and the body is a communicator of the self.”—Kenyon Review
Srikanth Reddy | Wave Books | 9781940696935 | August 2020
“These passages exist firmly in their own weirdness, while accumulating meaning. They stretch the book into a realm that spans prose and poetry; they ask for pause amid the momentum of plot.”—On the Seawall
Jason Diamond | Coffee House Press | 9781566895828 | August 2020
“Diamond’s book is a supremely researched taxonomy of the American suburb. . . . His cataloging of suburban cultural touchstones is a crucial first step towards having a healthy conversation about the suburbs today.”—Ploughshares
Reason to Kill
Andy Weinberger | Prospect Park Books| 9781945551864 | August 2020
“Amos Parisman is one of the most unique PIs in literary history . . . a superb character study. . . . Parisman serves as a guide, leading readers from one crime scene to another while reflecting on mankind’s moral decay. His reflections on life are witty and insightful (and sometimes depressing). He provided me with many reasons for wanting to read future installments in the Amos Parisman Mystery series.”—Gumshoe Magazine
Raised by Wolves
Amang, trans. Steve Bradbury | Phoneme Media | 9781944700911 | September 2020
“Readers of this delightfully hybrid collection can only win. [Raised by Wolves] is an invitation to partake in a feast of words that agree to disagree, that clash and dissolve to reemerge in another language.”—Asymptote Journal
The New York Times Book Review‘s updated 2020 “Globetrotting” feature includes new fall releases from Charco Press, Deep Vellum Publishing, New Vessel Press, Open Letter, and World Editions.
Ms. Magazine’s September book picks include Burning Sugar by Cicely Belle Blain (Arsenal Pulp Press), Letters to a Young Brown Girl by Barbara Jane Reyes (BOA Editions), and Pink Mountain on Locust Island by Jamie Marina Lau (Coffee House Press).
Ancestry of Objects by Tatiana Ryckman (Deep Vellum Publishing) and Aseroë by François Dominique (trans. By Richard Sieburth; Bellevue Literary Press) were featured in Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s September book preview.
Literary Hub recommended How to Carry Water by Lucille Clifton (edit. By Aracelis Girmay; BOA Editions), Lecture by Mary Cappello (Transit Books), and Ancestry of Objects by Tatiana Ryckman (Deep Vellum Publishing) on September 8.
Actor and author Michael Imperioli (The Perfume Burned His Eyes, Akashic Books) was profiled in GQ on September 3, and on September 8 he was interviewed by the Writer’s Bone podcast about contributing to The Nicotine Chronicles (Akashic Books).
The Charco staff was featured in PW Daily as the Pic of the Day on September 1.
Joanna Stingray, co-author of Red Wave: An American in the Soviet Music Underground (Doppelhouse Press) was interviewed on NBN’s Russian and Eurasian Studies podcast on September 4.
Spirituality & Health Magazine featured an article by Sarah Bowen, author of Spiritual Rebel (Monkfish Book Publishing), on September 8. Paperback Paris featured Pink Mountain on Locust Island by Jamie Marina Lau (Coffee House Press) among exciting September debuts on September 8.
Villa of Delirium
Adrian Goetz, trans. Natasha Lehrer | New Vessel Press | 9781939931801 | August 2020
“What makes a perfect end-of-summer book? You need something short and bittersweet, set in a good location and usually featuring lots of booze … This year my book was Villa of Delirium by the French writer Adrien Goetz. It is the slow moving, translated historical fiction that offered everything I could ask for: set along the French Riviera during the early 20th century, the narrator finds himself unofficially adopted by the Reinachs, a wealthy Jewish family obsessed with ancient Greece who build the glorious Villa Kérylos near Nice. The family was real and the house still stands.”—Inside Hook
Index of Haunted Houses
Adam O. Davis | Sarabande Books | 9781946448668 | September 2020
“New Bad News can’t be pared down into simple bits. It contains humor and pathos and wit and word games and characters you root for and some you root against. It sits at its own table. Sips on its juice and gnaws on its Snickers while the rest of us try to figure out what makes it so damn cool.”—Adroit Journal
Hands and Heart Together
Patricia Hoolihan | Holy Cow! Press | 9781513645643 | November 2020
“In time for national Caregivers Month in November, this 400-page book is timely and important for the growing number of people who are caring for aged parents or the chronically ill.”—Pioneer Press
Aaron Lupton & Jeff Szpirglas | 1984 Publishing | 9781948221146 | October 2020
“Some readers may recall how high Decibel was on Aaron Lupton and Jeff Szpirglas’ jaw-droppingly gorgeous, revelatory metal-heavy tome on soundtracks from the dark side of cinema, Blood on Black Wax. Well, the dynamic duo have now followed up that triumph with the equally brilliantine Planet Wax: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Soundtracks on Vinyl from the insanely amazing 1984 Publishing.”—Decibel
“Finding solace in sound and celluloid is significantly important these days, and Planet Wax is a portal that will transport audiences to a better time, place, and feeling, all within its crisp, brightly colored pages. An epic trip down memory lane.”—Slash Film
“Planet Wax entombs undervalued masterpieces in one gigantic, thrilling read. Essentially, it’s like reading a massive collection of liner notes, which was always part of the fun when purchasing a new soundtrack.” —Coming Soon
The Readers’ Room
Antoine Laurain, trans. Emily Boyce, Jane Aitken, and Polly Mackintosh | Gallic Books | 9781910477977 | September 2020
“The Reader’s Room is a genuine masterpiece of literary mystery.”—Mystery Scene Magazine
Nelson George | Akashic Books | 9781617758096 | August 2020
“George’s passion for, and encyclopedic knowledge of, hip-hop suffuses every word of this smart, stylish novel. Although the author deftly deals with issues of predatory capitalism, government corruption, and the senseless murder of black men by America’s cops, it’s his handling of the tale’s sex trafficking and #MeToo subplots that deserves special acclaim.” —Mystery Scene Magazine
Sansei and Sensibility
Karen Tei Yamashita | Coffee House Press | 9781566895781 | May 2020
“Ironic, wry, playful, with bright, shimmering surfaces and undercurrents strong and political . . . Historical affliction is on every page of Sansei and Sensibility. But her moves are never rigid or simple, and the dance is one you want to join.”—The Rumpus
A Grave is a Given Supper
Mike Soto | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781646050109 | July 2020
“Combines neoclassicism’s equal temperament, the incisive excesses of the metaphysical poets, and Jamie Sabines-like political sensibilities.”—Entropy Mag
Douglas A. Martin | Nightboat Books | 9781643620220 | June 2020
“Wolf utterly blew me away. It’s a novel told in poetic, yet conversational vignettes, that focuses on gender, masculinity, boyhood, and home.”—Luna Luna Magazine
We Want it All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics
Edit. Andrea Abi-Karam & Kay Gabriel | Nightboat Books | 9781643620336 | October 2020
“This is an incredible and necessary collection of work that celebrates queerness and queer identity.” —Luna Luna Magazine
You Can Keep That to Yourself : A Comprehensive List of What Not to Say to Black People, for Well-Intentioned People of Pallor
Adam Smyer | Akashic Books | 9781617758966 | September 2020
“Using humor, Smyer relays harsh truths about U.S. race relations . . . With a tongue-in-cheek tone, Smyer offers an accessible critique of Whiteness in America . . . Smyer models for us how to use humor and candor to fight back against the microassaults, microinsults, and microinvalidations suffered by marginalized and racialized communities of color.”—Colors of Influence
C.F. Ramuz, trans. Olivia Baes | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781646050161 | August 2020
“In simple, straightforward prose, Jean-Luc Persecuted tells a story as relevant today as it was over one hundred years ago . . . Ramuz genuinely portrays a heart-wrenching demise that fully envelops the reader.”—The Nerd Daily
Kathryn Nuernberger | BOA Editions Ltd. | 9781942683971 | April 2020
“What Rue shows, beyond its cathartic work, is that even under adverse conditions, Nuernberger’s drive for knowledge of both self and world cannot be extinguished.”—Full Stop
Addis Ababa Noir
Edit. Maaza Mengiste | Akashic Books | 9781617758201 | August 2020
“[The book’s] strength is these writer’s unflinching approach to reality . . . The other major plus is the opportunity to discover many accomplished Ethiopian writers. A book to definitely explore.”—Dispatches from Ethiopia
The Bishop’s Bedroom
Piero Chiara, trans. Jill Foulston | New Vessel Press | 9781939931740 | November 2019
“The Bishop’s Bedroom by Piero Chiara, published by the very selective and elegant New Vessel Press, in translation from Italian by Jill Foulston, will bring you back to reality with a better attitude about your dysthymia … The Bishop’s Bedroom is a respectful 150-page paperback priced right, and just mentioning it will improve your status at your Zoom book club meeting. It’s a gem of a book . . . Will enthrall and make you proud to be a reader of classic literary crime fiction.”—Durango Telegraph
Alejandro Frid | New Society Publishers | 9780865719095 | October 2019
“In Changing Tides, Frid does not offer us a way out of the Anthropocene—out of climate change and species extinction. Similarly, he does not offer us any straightforward manner of resolving the conflicts between industry and the land defenders who stand in its way. What he offers is the possibility that with a shift in perspective, we can better manage these challenges.”—Minding Nature Journal
Love & Peace: 37 Eternal Reflections
Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave | GILES | 9781911282587 | September 2020
“Love & Peace will surely inspire hope in many.”—Newsmax
“A heartening, emotive, and enchanting book, a wonderful gift that will bring comfort and hope.”—Quest Magazine
Maria Fernanda Ampuero, trans. Frances Riddle | The Feminist Press at CUNY | 9781936932825 | May 2020
“Through sparing prose and exacting detail, with no time for decoration or pomp, Ampuero delivers timeless feminist fiction that packs a punch and sticks with you like tar.”—Sounds and Colours
Being the Change
Peter Kalmus | New Society Publishers | 9780865718531 | July 2017
“Kalmus is thoughtful, passionate, and personal. And, he believes, as I do, that his actions make a difference.”—Treehugger
Doodle Cat is Bored
Kat Patrick, illus. Lauren Farrell | Scribble US | 9781950354344 | November 2020
“The book’s pages burst with colorful creatures, wild lines, and new adventures. Doodle Cat’s audience will be itching to unleash their own inner artists.”—Foreword Reviews
Dance on Saturday by Elwin Cotman was in the New York Times Book Review on August 27: “The six stories in Dance on Saturday are long, deep and rich, each so thoroughly engrossing and distinctive in its style that I had to take long breaks between them.” Out of Mesopotamia also appeared in the NYTBR on September 1, and was praised for “shining a brilliant, feverish light on the nature of not only modern war but all war, and even of life itself.”
Craig Hodges, author of Long Shot: The Triumphs and Struggle of an NBA Freedom Fighter, has been all over the news this week! On August 30, USA Today wrote about Hodges’ political activism in 1992, and how he was essentially blacklisted from the NBA for his antiracist protests. Hodges was interviewed on NBC Sports on August 27, CNN on August 29, and CBS Sports on August 30 about the recent player boycotts.
CLMP spotlighted Transit Books with an interview of Adam and Ashley Levy on August 28.
Mama Amazonica by Pascale Petit (Bloodaxe Books) was shortlisted for The Laurel Prize 2020.
Where’s the Math by Mary Hynes-Berry and Laura Grandau and This is Play by Julia Luckenbill, Aarti Subramaniam, and Janet Thompson (both National Association for the Education of Young Children) won Academics Choice Awards.