This Week’s Awards

Daniel Saldaña París, author of Among Strange Victims (trans. Christina MacSweeney, Coffee House Press) won the 2019 Eccles Center and Hay Festival Writer’s Award on November 25.

Sophie Hughes (translator of The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán, Coffee House Pres), Iain Gailbraith (translator of The River by Esther Kinsky, Transit Books), translator Sarah Booker and editor Lauren Rosemary Hook (The Iliac Crest by Cristina Rivera Garza, The Feminist Press at CUNY), translator Charlotte Whittle and editor Bella Bosworth (People in the Room by Norah Langé, And Other Stories), Charlotte Coombe (Fish Soup by Margarita García Robayo, Charco Press), Nancy Forest-Flier (The Story of Shit by Midas Dekkers, Text Publishing) were shortlisted for several awards from the Society of Authors’s 2019 Translation Prize on December 1.

Resistance by Julián Fuks (trans. Daniel Hahn, Charco Press) won the 2019 Jabuti Award.

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This Week’s Reviews

Doomstead Days
Brian Teare | Nightboat Books | 9781643620022 | April 2019
“Teare’s poetry matters for the depth of what it can bring to sensual life. Readers will be grateful to encounter our neurotic, medication-swollen, late-capitalist mess of an era alongside a sensibility so evocative and intense.”—Full Stop

The Remainder
Alia Trabucco Zerán, trans. Sophie Hughes | Coffee House Press | 9781566895507 | August 2019
“A haunted novel, awash with sinister and elegiac moods. It stands as a testament to the way the past can unsettle us.”—Star Tribune

Jakarta
Rodrigo Márquez Tizano, trans. Thomas Bunstead | Coffee House Press | 9781566895637 | November 2019
“Superb. . . this novel signals the arrival of a unique, important voice on the American literary landscape.”—Southwest Review

Constantly
GG | Koyama Press | 9781927668726 | January 2020
GG is a master of the graphic short story.”—PopMatters

Further Up the Path
Daniel Oz, trans. Jessica Coehn | BOA Editions | 9781942683933 | November 2019

“The reader can tease out multiple meanings or simply enjoy the uncommon flow of Oz’s imagery. There are no moral lessons here, as in many classic fables; these can be dark stories, not for children. Oz looks at them not as riddles that have answers but as open questions.” – The Jewish Week

And the Bride Closed the Door
Ronit Matalon, trans. Jessica Cohen | New Vessel Press | 9781939931757 | October 2019
“A riotous satire of wedding-day jitters. Look deeper and it can also stand as a parable of a country divided, and most of all as an absurdist situation comedy of contemporary Israeli family life. . . . Elusive yet powerful, by turns laugh-out-loud funny and tragically sad.”—The Jewish Week

The Bishop’s Bedroom
Piero Chiara, trans. Jill Foulston | New Vessel Press | 9781939931740 | November 2019

“Gem of late 20th century Italian literature. . . . Taking an indirect approach to the thriller genre, Chiara has created a softly seductive narrative filled with nearly as many subtle mysteries as a gothic novel . . . Chiara keeps a weather eye open to larger existential questions as well as to his country’s failings, the underlying seriousness of these concerns benefits from a gentle touch. . . . The narrative also sparkles with a bemused, ironic and piquant humor.”—Seraillon
“It’s all very up-for-anything, postwar dolce vita . . . you’ll fall under the book’s pleasurable, slightly sinister spell and find satisfaction.”—Air Mail

Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince
Luke W. Molver | Story Press Africa | 9781946498984 | January 2018
King Shaka: Zulu Legend
Luke W. Molver | Story Press Africa | 9781946498908 | October 2019

“Imaginative, engaging, and innovative.”—Africa Access

The Love Story of the Century
Märta Tikkanen, trans. Stina Katchadourian | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920930 | February 2020

“Tikkanen has chosen each word carefully to construct a sharp reality where the reader is forced to consider – to very nearly take on for themselves – these conflicting emotions which saturate a life lived with addiction.”–The Nerd Daily

The City of Light
Theodore Bikel and Aimee Ginsburg Bikel, illus. Noah Phillips | MomentBooks | 9781942134619 | December 2019

“The book is perfectly complemented by Noah Phillips’ illustrations that illuminate the story.”—Bookpleasures

Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River
Jung Young Moon, trans. Yewon Jung | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920855 | December 2019

“Like little else you’ve read . . . for those who delight in language and unexpected connections between disparate concepts, there are delights aplenty to be found in this slim volume.”—The Watchlist

A Life of My Own
Donna Wilhelm | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920916 | November 2019
“Donna Wilhelm’s richly detailed new memoir examines both her ‘lifelong quest for enlightenment, connection, and a sense of belonging’ and her personal journey that became full of zigzags, reinventions, and unexpected twists before she finally discovered her life’s mission.”—Lone Star Literary Review

Simon & Louise
Max de Radiguès, trans. Aleshia Jensen | Conundrum International Press | 9781772620351 | August 2019
“In de Radiguès’ cleverly constructed parallel narratives we view two worlds that are intimately connected but in this bubble of time converge only tangentially. . . . There’s an existential verisimilitude to Simon & Louise that’s so profound that it leaves us with a sense that somehow their lives and stories will continue to exist and progress somewhere off the page.”—Broken Frontier

Cyborg Detective
Jillian Weise | BOA Editions | 9781942683858 | September 2019
“Cyborg Detective looks into the past as it pushes into the future. Moving deftly between engaging with canonical authors and broken engagements, between Torah and Tinder, Weise focuses on the many ways we see the parts and not the whole and the consequences thereof.”—American Literary Review
“Jillian Weise identifies as a cyborg. Perhaps that explains her outsized wit, exceptional word skills, and confidence.”—Foreword Reviews

Scratching the Head of Chairman Mao
Jonathan Tel | Turtle Point Press | 9781885983725 | January 2020
“Deliciously tangled. . . the book experiments with form in fascinating ways.”—Foreword Reviews

Iced Out
CK Smouha, illus. Isabella Bunnell | Cicada Books | 9781908714626 | November 2019
“Warm colors brighten frigid waters in this humorous tale about standing out, fitting in, and staying cool.”—Foreword Reviews

The Boy with the Butterfly Mind
Victoria Williamson | Kelpies | 9781782506003 | November 2019
“The Boy with the Butterfly Mind is an excellent story for any young reader who has ever felt that they are the cause of their family’s problems.”—Foreword Reviews

My Big Bear, My Little Bear, and Me
Margarita del Mazo, illus. Rocio Bonilla | Kelpies | 9788417123505 | October 2019
“Audiences will follow [the little girl] footprints in the snow alongside Big Bear’s much larger ones, appreciate her sunny outlook, and hopefully recognize the osos grandes and the osos pequeños in their own lives.”—Foreword Reviews 

School Garden Curriculum
Kaci Rae Christopher | New Society Publishers | 9780865719057 | April 2019
“This book offer[s] a comprehensive approach to engaging all elementary/middle grade levels in meaningful garden tasks.”—School Garden Doctor

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This Week’s News

An excerpt from The School of Life: An Emotional Education (School of Life) was published in Yes Magazine on November 19.

A poem from Little Hill by Alli Warren (City Lights) was shared in the December issue of Harper’s Magazine.

A round-up on November 25 in the Chicago Tribune of small presses to support during the holiday season included Coffee House Press. Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport (Bilioasis) was also a recommended read.

Casting for the stage adaptation of Valeria Luiselli’s Faces in the Crowd (Coffee House Press) was announced in Broadway World on November 28.

Camonghne Felix, author of Build Yourself a Boat (Haymarket Books) was chosen as an author of the year in Out Magazine on November 26.

An excerpt from Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River (Jung Young Moon, trans. Yewon Jung, Deep Vellum Publishing) was published on Literary Hub on November 20.

Michael DeForge, author of Stunt (Koyama Press), was interviewed by It’s Nice That on November 21.

A poem by Ladan Ali Osman (Exiles of Eden, Coffee House Press) was shared by Poetry Daily on November 20.

An interview between Naja Marie Aidt, author of When Death Takes Something From You, Give it Back: Carl’s Book (trans. Denise Newman, Coffee House Press), and John Freeman was shared on Literary Hub on December 3.

Sonoma Index-Tribune wrote a profile of Andy Weinberger, author of An Old Man’s Game (Prospect Park Books) on  November 25.

Profiles of Gary Lutz (The Complete Gary Lutz, Tyrant Books) were published in Bookforum’s December/January issue and 3am Magazine on December 1.

Douglas Glover (Erotics of Restraint, Biblioasis) was interviewed by Fiction Writers Review on November 21.

EcoWatch’s November 4 round up of the best environmental books of the month included Engage, Connect, Protect (New Society Publishers).

Carley Moore’s The Not Wives (The Feminist Press at CUNY/Amethyst Editions)was included in Dazed Digital’s winter reads roundup on November 18.

Literary Hub recommended Holding on to Nothing (Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne, Blair) as an audiobook to give as a holiday gift on November 25.

Annie Koyama, publisher at Koyama Press, was interviewed by Chimera Obscura on November 24.

David Bollier, author of Free, Fair, and Alive (Silke Helfrich, New Society Publishers) wrote an article about the book at The Good Men Project on November 11.

Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma, editors of We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan (Lou Sullivan, Nightboat Books), were interviewed by Hazlitt on November 26.

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This Week’s Reviews

Written in Exile: The Poetry of Liu Tsung-yua
Liu Tsung-yuan, trans. Red Pine | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595622 | September 2019
“An impressively executed curation of literature in translation.”—Reading In Translation

And the Bride Closed the Door
Ronit Matalon, trans. Jessica Cohen | New Vessel Press | 9781939931757 | October 2019
“We should be grateful that New Vessel Press has just brought out Jessica Cohen’s stunning translation of Matalon’s final work, an outrageously funny, perplexing and perhaps universal story.”—Moment Magazine

Dakwäkãda Warriors
Cole Pauls | Conundrum Press | 9781772620412 | October 2019
“A masterful first major work from this comics creator.”—Vault of Culture

If Venice Dies
Salvatore Settis, trans. André Naffis-Sahely | New Vessel Press | 9781939931375 | September 2016
“An eye-opening read about cities and the causes of their demise.”—Monocle

Spiritual Rebel
Sarah Bowen | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781948626040 | June 2019
“I believe that I will be finding ways to incorporate offerings in it for years to come.”—Pagan Pages

Space Struck
Paige Lewis | Sarabande Books | 9781946448446 | October 2019
“Paige Lewis’s debut collection is a surrealist delight, a journey that never really ends, and is the kind of collection you find something new to haunt you every time you return to it—from the perfectly executed, individual poems, to a collected set that has been designed and structured so elegantly as to lead you through a true story in a way few collections manage. Congratulations to Lewis on this triumph of a collection; it was a true pleasure to read.”—The Adroit Journal
“Lewis writes with the immediacy and tenderness of Ilya Kaminsky, the wit and sharpness of Franny Choi, the technicality and precision of Sylvia Plath. The blend is, at times, stupefyingly brilliant.”—The Poetry Question
“In this collection Paige Lewis explores everyday phenomena with a sense of magic on a cosmic scale, creating a universe full of tenderness, anxiety, [and] awe.”—#TeachLivingPoets

We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan
Lou Sullivan, edit. Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma | Nightboat Books | 9781643620176 | September 2019
“This Trans Day of Remembrance, if you’re in need of a little joy, a little reconnection with life, a little reminder of how we can fight for our own happiness, this is a volume to pick up. Leave despair behind for a few hours, and read about someone who, against all odds and with no help from anyone, became the purest, finest version of himself.”—The Pride

Odes to Lithium
Shira Erlichman | Alice James Books | 9781948579032 | September 2019
“It is a collection that deserves space in conversations about both craft and healing. This book is, quite simply, indispensable.”—The Poetry Question

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This Week’s Hot News

Jane Clarke (When the Tree Falls, Bloodaxe Books) was interviewed for the Library of Congress Poet and the Poem series on November 13.

The Comics Journal shared an excerpt of GG’s Constantly (Koyama Press) on November 14.

The Millions named Jakarta by Rodrigo Márquez Tizano (trans. Thomas Bunstead, Coffee House Press) one of its most anticipated books of the month on November 4.

The Chicago Review of Books recommended Streaming by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke and Savage Conversations (Coffee House Press) by LeAnne Howe on November 18 as books to read during Indigenous History Month.

Guernica published a poem from 13th Balloon by Mark Bibbins (Copper Canyon Press) on November 8.

Arundhati Roy (My Seditious Heart, Haymarket Books) was interviewed by Naomi Klein for the Type Media Center on November 12, and also appeared on Democracy Now on November 11.

Maya C. Popa was interviewed about her new book, American Faith (Sarabande Books), on You Wanted A Liston November 17.

Rachel DeWoskin, author of Banshee (Dottir Press), was interviewed in the Coachella Review on November 14.

Buffalo News wrote a profile of Valeria Luiselli (Tell Me How It Ends, Coffee House Press) on November 12.

ThePoetry Foundation wrote a lengthy profile on Grace Schulman (Strange Paradise, Turtle Point Press) on November 11.

Kiki Petrosino, author of Witch Wife (Sarabande Books), was a guest on the Ideas on Fire podcast on November 6.

Naomi Hirahara, author of Iced in Paradise (Prospect Park Books), was featured on Wicked Authors on November 12.

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This Week’s Awards

The shortlisted titles for the 2019 International Dublin Literary Awards include Oraefi: The Wasteland (Ófeigur Sigurðsson, trans. Lytton Smith, Deep Vellum Publishing), Fox (Dubravka Ugresic, trans. Ellen Elias-Bursac, Open Letter), Flames (Robbie Arnott, Text Publishing Company), River (Esther Kinsky, trans. Iain Galbraith, Transit Books), This Mortal Boy (Fiona Kidman, Gallic Books/Aardvark Bureau), Transparent City (Ondjaki, trans. Stephen Henighan, Biblioasis), Brother in Ice (Alicia Kopf, trans. Mara Faye Lethem, And Other Stories), Resistance (Julián Fuks, trans. Daniel Hahn, Charco Press) and Comemadre (Roque Larraquy, trans. Heather Cleary, Coffee House Press).

Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks Newburyport (Bilioasis) won the 2019 Goldsmiths Prize.

Resistance (Julián Fuks, trans. Daniel Hahn, Charco Press) was shortlisted for the 2019 Jabuti Award for best Foreign Edition.

May-lee Chai’s Useful Phrases for Immigrants (Blair) won an American Book Award.

Jon Allen’s The Lonesome Era was a Great Graphic Novels nominee by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice (William E. Glassley, Bellevue Literary Press) received the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in Nature and Environment writing.

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This Week’s News

Guernica interviewed Diana Marie Delgado, author of Tracing the Horse (BOA Editions) on November 12.

School Library Journal wrote about the transformative power of Immigration Stories from Madison and Milwaukee High Schools (edit. Tea Rozman-Clark and Rachel Mueller) on October 31.

Adam Mansbach talked about his most recent book, Fuck, Now There Are Two Of You (illusOwen BrozmanAkashic Books) on ABC 7 Chicago’s Windy City Live.

Writer’s Bone interviewed Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne about her debut novel Holding on to Nothing (Blair) on November 6.

Conjunctions published “In the Mist of Everything,” a short story by Hilary Leichter (Temporary, Coffee House Press), in its fall issue.

The Southwest Review published an interview between Rodrigo Fresán, author of The Dreamed Part (Open Letter), and the translator of the novel, Will Vanderhyden, in its fall/winter issue.

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This Week’s Reviews

And the Bride Closed the Door
Ronit Matalon, trans. Jessica Cohen | New Vessel Press | 9781939931757 | October 2019
“One could tout the graces of Matalon’s novella on a number of fronts. Its layered brand of humor—part slapstick, part wit—seeps in and out of darkness with bite, yielding a compact tragicomedy on love and loss. While its characters may flirt with the cartoonish, they never quit the realm of plausibility: their foibles are utterly, achingly human. Its prose, translated by Man Booker Prize winner Jessica Cohen, is a deftly wielded knife.”—Asymptote Journal

Thukpa for All
Praba Ram and Sheela Preuitt, illus. Shilpa Ranade | Karadi Tales Picturebooks | 9788193388983 | October 2019

Thukpa for All is a beautiful story about community, compassion, and culture. . . . The illustrations throughout it, as well as on the cover, are detailed and alluring.”—Manhattan Book Review

Plummet
Sherwin Tija | Conundrum Press | 9781772620405 | October 2019

“Tija has concocted a perfect metaphorical fable for just living life and accepting that it’s a mysterious and absurd journey that we are thrust into.”—Comics Beat

Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World
Tosh Berman | City Lights Publishers | 9780872867604 | February 2019
“[Tosh Berman] adds a curious dual memoir to the genre’s history. . . . Were Tosh’s story adapted for the stage, the ideal dramatist for the job would be the late Sam Shepard, the bard of late twentieth-century family dysfunction.”—Art in America

Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River
Jung Young Moon, trans. Yewon Jung | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920855 | December 2019
“In his trademark stream-of-consciousness style, Moon admirably grapples with himself and the peculiarities and paradoxes of twenty-first-century Texas, while questioning what has meaning and what doesn’t, who gets to decide, and the nature of the novel as a literary form.”—Lone Star Review
“Moon unravels the world of Texas and Dallas, recasting the familiar as alien and allowing readers to re-encounter this city and region through the eyes of a narrator who is disoriented by its otherworldliness.”—D Magazine

Collecting for a New World: Treasures of the Early Americas
 John Hessler | GILES | 9781911282396 | November 2019

“The pivotal moment in the 16th century, when Europeans and indigenous Americans first came into contact, is brought to life with John Hessler’s vivid descriptions of more than 60 rare items.”—Art Magazine

Crushing the Red Flowers
Jennifer Voigt Kaplan | Ig Publishing  | 9781632460943 | December 2019
The ambi­gu­i­ties which Kaplan explores in Crush­ing the Red Flow­ers refuse res­o­lu­tion. It is a tes­ta­ment to her skill as an author that her work acknowl­edges this truth and embraces the para­dox of her char­ac­ters’ dilemmas.”—Jewish Book Council

The Complete Gary Lutz
Gary Lutz | Tyrant Books | 9781733535915 | December 2019
“Gary Lutz is perhaps the best American writer of very short fictions.”—Epiphany
We must be grateful to Tyrant Books for putting all of Gary Lutz’s stories together in this volume—with the hope that The Complete Gary Lutz will be not so complete soon.”—Full Stop

The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler’s Cross: Rescuing a Symbol of Peace from the Forces of Hate
T.K. Nakagaki | Stone Bridge Press | 9781611720457 | September 2018
“This book is recommended for all libraries, especially those that have strong Holocaust collections and collections on interfaith relations.”—Association of Jewish Libraries

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Best Books of 2019

NPR

Best Books of 2019

New Yorker

Best Books of 2019

New York Times

Notable Books of 2019

Best Illustrated of 2019

Publishers Weekly

Top 10

  • From the Shadows by Juan Jose Millas, trans. Thomas Bunstead (Bellevue Literary Press)

Fiction

  • Black Forest by Valerie Mrejen, trans. Katie Shireen Assef (Deep Vellum Publishing)
  • Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann (Biblioasis)
  • From the Shadows by Juan Jose Millas, trans. Thomas Bunstead (Bellevue Literary Press)
  • Exposed by Jean-Philippe Blondel, trans. Alison Anderson (New Vessel Press)
  • Mars by Asja Bakic, trans. Jennifer Zoble (The Feminist Press at CUNY)

Nonfiction

Poetry

New York Public Library

Poetry

Graphic Novels

Literary Hub

Best Books of the Year: Staff Vote

Best Books of the Decade: Authors’ Vote

Best Novels of the Decade

Best of the Decade: Editors’ Vote

Best Essay Collections of the Decade

Best Memoirs of the Decade

Best Poetry of the Decade

Best Translated Novels of the Decade

Best Covers of 2019

  • The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán, trans. Sophie Hughes (Coffee House Press)

Kirkus Best of 2019

Historical Fiction

  • Murmur by Will Eaves (Bellevue Literary Press)

Fiction in Translation

  • The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán, trans. Sophie Hughes (Coffee House Press)
  • The Fragility of Bodies by Sergio Olguin, Miranda France (Bitter Lemon Press)
  • The Promise by Silvina Ocampo, trans. Suzanne Jill Levine and Jessica Powell (City Lights Publishers)
  • Night School by Zsófia Bán, trans. Jim Tucker (Open Letter)

Debut Fiction

  • The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán, translated by Sophie Hughes (Coffee House Press)

Picture Books

  • Noodlephant by Jacob Kramer, illustrated by K-Fai Steele (Enchanted Lion Books)

School Library Journal

Best Nonfiction of 2019

The Comics Beat

Best Comics of 2019

Bookriot

Top Ten of 2019

AV Club Best of the Decade

Brian Washington’s Top 10

Rion Amilcar Scott’s Top 10

  • The Tradition by Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Olio by Tyehimba Jess (Wave Books)

Jenny Offill’s Top 10

Leslie Jamison’s Top 10

Patty Yumi Cottrell’s Top 10

Best Comics of the Decade

  • Smut Peddler (2012 Edition) edited by C. Spike Trotman, Johanna Draper Carlson, Trisha L. Sebastian (Iron Circus Comics)
  • You & A Bike & A Road by Eleanor Davis (Koyama Press)

Autostraddle

Best Queer Books of 2019

Slate

Books Editor Dan Kois’ Top Ten

  • Limbo by Dan Fox (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

GQ

Best Books of 2019

Oprah

Best LGBTQ Books of 2019

Washington Post

Notable Works of Fiction of 2019

Best Poetry of 2019

Staff Picks

Library Journal

World Literature

Poetry

Chicago Tribune

Best Books of 2019

Essence Magazine

Best Books of the Decade

Entropy Magazine

Best Poetry Collections of 2019

Unabridged Bookstore

The Undefeated

25 Best Books of 2019

Thrillist

Best of 2019

Columbia Daily Tribune

Best of 2019 Poetry

Texas Library Association

Graphic Novels Recommended Reading

Four Color Apocalypse

Top Ten Single Issues of 2019

  • Stunt by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)

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This Week’s Reviews

Reenactments
Hai-Dang Phan | Sarabande Books | 9781946448286 | February 2019
“Nimble, cerebral poems.”—Kenyon Review

Martin Peters
Patrick Allaby | Conundrum Press | 9781772620382 | September 2019
“It’s really interesting as a sort of experiment on unreliable narrative. . . . [Patrick Allaby] has a really clever sense of visual metaphors, a clever sense of comics language.”—Comics for Grownups

Death of the Master
Patrick Kyle | Koyama Press | 9781927668719 | October 2019
“Even with all of the alternative comics being published today and experiments happening everywhere. . . it still always manages to knock me on my ass when I read something like Don’t Come in Here, since it absolutely destroyed my idea of what was permissible when creating a comic book. And I am happy to report that all of that continues in, The Death of the Master.”—Comics Journal

The Big Impossible
Edward J. Delaney | Turtle Point Press | 9781885983749 | September 2019

“There is a real depth of feeling in these stories, all of which follow lives from their beginnings to their ends. . . . These stories resonate with the reader, long after putting the book down.”—North of Oxford

Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River
Jung Young Moon, trans. Yewon Jung | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920855 | December 2019

“Off-beat, both in substance and presentation, and good fun as such.”—The Complete Review

A Tall History of Sugar
Curdella Forbes | Akashic Books | 9781617757518 | October 2019

“This one is not to be missed.”—Jacksonville Journal-Courier

Night Angler
Geffrey Davis | BOA Editions | 9781942683780 | April 2019
“Rooted in the pain, wonder and fear of his life as a parent, braided together with his life as a black man, a contemplator of suicide, a son of an abusive father and what is for a writer the perfect avocation—a fisherman.”—America: The Jesuit Magazine

The Tiny Journalist
Naomi Shihab Nye | BOA Editions | 9781942683728 | April 2019
“A sweeping, emotional dive into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its impact on the marginalized. It blends raw storytelling with lived realities to shine a condemning light on the injustices experienced by the Palestinian people.” —America: The Jesuit Magazine

The Human Half
Deborah Brown | BOA Editions | 9781942683803 | April 2019
The Human Half is the kind of poetry book that makes me want to take out my own notebook and write something new and precise. In fact, each phrase of Brown’s poem ‘Write About This’ is a fresh prompt. And if years from now, you read a new poem that feels as if it might have been inspired by a line ‘about an evening full/ of squirrels flying between us,’ know Deborah Brown supplied the writing exercise.” —America: The Jesuit Magazine

Beginner’s Guide to Fantasy Drawing
edit. 3dtotal Publishing | 3dtotal Publishing | 9781909414921 | November 2019
“This is a very hands-on easy-to-follow drawing book that I can easily recommend to beginners.”—Parka Blogs

The Art of Heikala: Works and Thoughts
edit. 3dtotal Publishing | 3dtotal Publishing | 9781909414815 | March 2019
“When it comes to value, this hardback has it in abundance. And if it doesn’t inspire you to put down your stylus and pick up a paintbrush, we don’t know what will.”—ImagineFX Magazine

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