This Week’s News

A poem from Without Protection by Gala Mukomolova (Coffee House Press) was featured on the Slowdown Show on February 4.

Where You’re All Going by Joan Frank (Sarabande Books) and trans(re)lating house one by Poupeh Missaghi (Coffee House Press) were featured in a Craft Literary roundup on February 4.

Ploughshares interviewed Poupeh Missaghi about trans(re)lating house one.

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This Week’s Awards

Written and Drawn by Henrietta by Liniers (TOON Books) and My Favorite Memories by Sepideh Sarihi (illus. Julie Völk, trans. Elisabeth Lauffer Blue Dot Kids Press, originally published as Meine Liebsten Dinge Müssen) and were awarded the Bologna Ragazzi Award at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

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This Weeks’ Reviews

Black Forest
Valérie Mréjen, trans. Katie Shireen Assef | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781944700904 | October 2019
“In seventy-two pages (including translator’s note), Mréjen stalks no less than great Death itself, in all its various tragic or capricious or mundane or shocking or brutal or funny guises.”—Three Percent

Sphinx
Anne Garréta, trans. Emma Ramadan | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920091 | April 2015
“Verve, loss, mourning, death. All in a moment which come upon us. Perhaps we wouldn’t talk so much about this book if not for its feats. But its narrator driven to give tangibility and record to memory, too leaves a lasting image.”—More Bedside Books

Stunt
Michael DeForge | Koyama Press | 9781927668696 | September 2019
Stunt will feel confusing and mysterious like much of the rest of his work. But never has DeForge’s work felt so honest or so connected. Never has it been so heartbreaking.”—Solrad

Race Man: Selected Works 1960-2015
Julian Bond, edit. Michael G. Long | City Lights Publishers | 9780872867949 | February 2020
“As the nation confronts another period of ethnic and racial backlash and upheaval, Michael G. Long has edited a wonderful collection of Bond’s own words. . . . Bond’s life of activism and service . . . offers a powerful example of servant leadership that could serve as a roadmap for Americans today.”—Chapter 16

Meat & Bone
Kat Verhoeven | Conundrum Press | 9781772620337 | May 2019

“Kat confronts her own struggles and polyamourous leanings in a fictional reality with an ensemble of fully realized and diverse characters that has never been seen to this degree in comics before and will stick with you.”—Speech and Bubble

Plummet
Sherwin Tija | Conundrum Press | 9781772620405 | October 2019
“It’s the clarity of the book’s accessible cartooning style in bringing the concept of a world in descent to life that impresses equally as much as its more overt themes.”—Broken Frontier

In Praise of Fragments
Meena Alexander | Nightboat Books | 9781643620121 | February 2020
“Alexander’s last work is a lesson in impermanence, transcendence, and the beauty and futility of trying to capture meaning in two hands and two eyes. Her fragments are time immemorial.”—Vagabond City

Witch Wife
Kiki Petrosino | Sarabande Books | 9781946448033 | December 2017
“In Petrosino’s poems about reluctance to become a mother, readers discover something new and remarkable: a quandary whispered about but not often publicly discussed. . . . What Petrosino demonstrates in Witch Wife is that an increased self-awareness begins with the very prospect of parenthood as a woman seesaws between distinguishing what she wants for her future from that which is socially accepted or expected.”—West Branch

Your New Feeling is the Artifact of a Bygone Era
Chad Bennett | Sarabande Books | 9781946448484 | January 2020

“At once daring, humorous, and tender, these poems show the mind at work exploring what it means to live in the body, to desire and be desired.”—American Literary Review

Jakarta
Rodrigo Márquez Tizano, trans. Thomas Bunstead | Coffee House Press | 9781566895637 | November 2019
“Tizano’s distinctive style and his boundless imagination are a thrill to read.”—Locus Magazine

Alisoun Sings
Caroline Bergvall | Nightboat Books | 9781643620015 | November 2019
“There’s something echt modernist about Caroline Bergvall’s longterm project of turning over, repurposing, and generally fucking around with the western canon. . . . Bergvall’s Alisoun has the linguistic panache, the historical learning, and the theoretical chops not merely to rehearse a thousand years of oppression and resistance, but to offer in the poem’s final passages an infectiously uplifting — even for the cynical — call to arms.”—Hyperallergic

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trans(re)lating house one
Poupeh Missaghi | Coffee House Press | 9781566895651 | February 2020
“Powerful writing. . . . Throughout her searing novel, Missaghi not only seeks to map the spaces that are left over when those who occupied those spaces are gone, but also questions whether her cartography can be a memorial to the lost.”—Star Tribune

Constantly
GG | Koyama Press | 9781927668726 | January 2020
“GG brings craft and insight to an intimate vignette of depression and anxiety.”—Broken Frontier

Sports is Hell
Ben Passmore | Koyama Press | 9781927668757 | February 2020
“[E]very moment in Sports Is Hell is a loaded metaphor for race relations in America, and they’re all laid out easily and deeply.”—Multiversity
Amid the story’s chaos and the exhausting noise of politics today, Sports Is Hell provides an unexpected clarity on the complex schisms of modern American culture while serving up a ton of laughs.”—Broken Frontier
“This tale is a myth without a moral — which makes it a dead-on parody of the good-and-evil, triumph-and-tragedy narratives fostered by organized sports.”—Wisconsin Public Radio

Hull
Xandria Phillips | Nightboat Books | 9781643620084 | October 2019
“Vast in both ambition and scope, striving to capture the depths and complexity of queer diasporic African identity in verse that is as fierce as it is tender and searing as it is celebratory. And, like the oceanic waters of the Middle Passage that serve as its fulcrum, Hull has immeasurable depths and dangers swirling beneath its surface.”—Adroit Journal

This Is Play
Julia Luckenbill, Aarti Subramaniam, and Janet Thompson | The National Association for the Education of Young Children | 9781938113536 | October 2019
“A much-needed addition to the literature written for early childhood educators. The book is easy to read, provides many concrete examples, and is inclusive of the varied needs of children.”—Teachers College Record

Gather & Nourish: Artisan Foods – The Search for Sustainability and Well-being in a Modern World
3DTotal Publishing/Canopy Press | 9781909414853 | March 2020
“A theme that runs through the book: the joy of making things with our hands, of learning and inventing, and thus of making a bridge between the products of nature and human society… Gather & Nourish is a beautiful gift book, but it is also a political document.”—Food Society

Safe Houses I Have Known
Steve Healey | Coffee House Press | 9781566895613 | September 2019
“The poems are immediate. They bring human reality to code words, clandestine terminology, ruse and deception. . . . Throughout we discover Healey’s superlative skill in conveying emotion through poetry.”—Decatur Daily

SPEECH
Jill Magi | Nightboat Books | 9781643620077 | September 2019
“It is unsurprising to learn that Magi is also a weaver, knitter, and sewer. You feel this quality in the way her impossible citizen walks—or, better yet, weaves—through the city, pulling its various histories and injuries into this text. A true cosmopolitan may, perhaps, be a loom. Maybe Magi’s impossible citizen isn’t not possible, but rather, her ways are unrecognized. Her manner is to create.”—Ploughshares Blog

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The United States Board on Books for Young People’s Outstanding International Books were The Pencil by Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula, illus. Charlene Chua (Inhabit Media); Thukpa for All by Praba Ram, Sheela Preuitt, and Shilpa Ranada (Karadi Tales); Questions I am Asked About the Holocaust by Hédi Fried, trans. Alice E. Olsson (Scribe); and The Parrot and the Merchant by Marjan Vafaeian, edit. and trans. Azita Rassi (Tiny Owl Publishing).

Ms. Magazine‘s monthly recommendations on February 3 included three much-buzzed-about titles: In Praise of Fragments by Meena Alexander (Nightboat Books), A Nail the Evening Hangs On by Monika Sok (Copper Canyon Press) and Include Me Out by María Sonia Cristoff, trans. Katherine Silver (Transit Books).

A profile of Ryan O’Callaghan, author of My Life on the Line (with Cyd Zeigler, Akashic Books/Edge of Sports) was published in the Advocate on February 1. O’Callaghan also appeared on PBS on January 31.

Compliments of Chicagohoodz: Chicago Street Gang Culture by James “Jinx” O’Connor, Damen “Mr. C” Corrado (Feral House Press) was featured in a Document Journal article on February 3.

An interview with María Fernanda Ampuero, author of Cockfight (trans. Frances Riddle, The Feminist Press at CUNY), from the Guadalajara Book Festival was published on January 24 on Words Without Borders.

Ben Passmore, author of Sports is Hell (Koyama Press), was interviewed on Newsarama on February 3.

Banyen Books & Sound featured Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work by Rupert Sheldrake and Animal Sutras by Stephen Levine (both Monkfish Publishing) in their winter/spring issue. Rupert Sheldrake was also interviewed on the Dr. Pat Show on January 28.

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This Week’s Awards

I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl’s Notes from the End of the World by Kai Cheng Thom (Arsenal Pulp Press) has been named an American Library Stonewall Book Award Honor Book in Nonfiction. The ALA LGBTQ+ Round Table selected The Tradition by Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press), Without Protection by Gala Mukomolova (Coffee House Press), and Thorn by Anna Burke (Bywater Books) for the Over the Rainbow Book List.

Mitochondrial Nightby Ed Bok Lee and Safe Houses I Have Known by Steve Healey (both Coffee House Press) were announced as finalists for the Minnesota Book Awards.

Spectra by Ashley Toliver (Coffee House Press) and The Chancellor and the Citadel by Maria Capelle Frantz (Iron Circus Comics) were announced as finalists for the Oregon Book Awards.

Valeria Luiselli won the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature. She is the author of Tell Me How It Ends, The Story of My TeethFaces in the Crowd, andSidewalks (Coffee House Press).

Brian Evenson’s Songs for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House Press) was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award.

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An excerpt from The Book of Householder Koans by Eve Myonen Marko and Wendy Egyoku Nakao (Monkfish Book Publishing) will appear in the March issue of Lion’s Roar.

Words without Borders published interviews with author of Die My Love (trans. Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff, Charco Press) Ariana Harwicz and Charco Press publisher Carolina Orloff on January 22.

An essay from Sarah Ruhl’s 44 poems for you (Copper Canyon Press) was in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers.

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This Week’s Reviews

The Walrus and the Caribou
Maika Harper, illus. Marcus Cutler | Inhabit Media | 9781772272567 | April 2020
“The illustrations provided by Marcus Cutler show a wide range of emotions in Guk, the walrus, and the caribou… I think this leads the story to be read aloud with a great deal of emotion and animation which I believe is the original intent of Inuit storytelling.”—Youth Services Book Review

Un Poco Perdido
Chris Haughton | NubeOcho | 9788417673130 | October 2019

Un Poco Perdido will be a hit and one that kids will return to again and again.”—Kids’ BookBuzz

Taxi: Stories from the Back Seat
Aimée de Jongh | Conundrum Press | 9781772620399 | September 2019
“This is a simple, somewhat indirect and brilliant memoir. De Jongh’s art is, as always, stunning.”—Library Comic

Cesare
Jerome Charyn | Bellevue Literary Press | 9781942658504 | January 2020
“Often shocking and occasionally confounding, this darkly resonant novel is a dystopian rendering of World War II Germany on the cusp of its slow slide into defeat.”—Comics Grinder

Tender Points
Amy Berkowitz | Nightboat Books | 9781643620282 | October 2019
“[Berkowitz] demonstrates incisive wit and a tight control of language. Culturally wide-ranging, she draws on Freud, fiction writer Richard Brautigan, Sarah Winchester, the Riot Grrl punk-music movement, and Sex and The City, to texture and color [her work].”—Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine

Possess the Air: Love, Heroism, and the Battle for the Soul of Mussolini’s Rome
Taras Grescoe | Biblioasis | 9781771963237 | March 2020
“Artful and detailed. . . . Set in Mussolini’s Rome, which lives and breathes thanks to Grescoe’s storytelling. . . . Alarming parallels emerge to the contemporary rise of populism, autocracy, and racial and religious intolerance. In this regard, Possess the Air is, just like de Bosis’s leaflets were as they drifted down on the streets of Rome, an inspirational message for all of those who love democracy.”—Foreword Reviews

The Spinster Diaries
Gina Fattore | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551734 | April 2020
“Paying homage to women who self-actualize through their art, The Spinster Diaries focuses on two women separated by time who live out their beliefs. . . . Gina’s story develops in tandem with Fanny’s. Both adopt The Spinster Way, prioritizing writing over the typical feminine protocol of marriage and children. Their relationships with their sisters highlight the importance of women’s friendships, while their resilience and humor are dominant and infectious. Fanny inspires Gina to maintain hope in the face of death, even as she herself outlives everyone she loves. The ending is unexpected and delightful.” Foreword Reviews

The Unseen
Roy Jacobsen, trans. Don Shaw and Don Bartlett | Biblioasis | 9781771963190 | April 2020
“A pearlescent tribute to the alchemy of the sea. . . . The Unseen works toward an end that’s as much a beginning—a tight-woven net cast into the unknown.”—Foreword Reviews

Beautiful Aliens
Steve Abbott, edit. Jamie Townsend | Nightboat Books | 9781643620152 | December 2019
“Upon opening Beautiful Aliens, it becomes quickly apparent that Abbott’s most abundant talent was in making connections. Abbott edited his own little mag (the influential and vaunted Soup), wrote reviews for Poetry Flash and a variety of gay newspapers, and continued to labor over his own creative pieces, all while having an active love life and raising a daughter as a solo parent during a period when such domestic arrangements were virtually unheard of. It is a testament to his rare talent, then, that so much of his writing is of such a high caliber.”—Full Stop
“Abbott’s work through this collection, much of it widely available for the first time, has a wonderful and wild energy to it, moving in multiple directions simultaneously, and jumping from project to project. The book itself is a curious collage of styles and experiments, as Abbott’s literary shifts echoed very clearly the shifts in his own interests and concerns, all with an urgency that moves back and forth from wildly energized to desperate.”—rob mclennan’s blog

Above Us the Milky WayFowzia Karmi | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781646050024 | April 2020
“A legend, the text walks the borderlands of what exists for Karimi, what might have existed, and what exists within us all as we project its pages into the strange afterlife of imagination.”—Foreword Reviews

Girls Lost
Jessica Schiefauer, trans. Saskia Vogel | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920954 | March 2020

Girls Lost is captivating as its three leads explore the universal challenges of teenage angst, conflicts between perception and reality, and the power of another’s gaze to free or entrap you.”—Foreword Reviews

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Time
Etel Adan | Nightboat Books | 9781643620046 | June 2019

“Adnan poetically navigates the currents of desperation and hope with a clarity placed on the page in short stanzas that we can pick up and roll over in our minds again and again… They can be worked over with a different temporality as we return to them for multiple readings, as we explore how they interact with the preceding or following ones, and as we observe how they take on new shapes.”—Asymptote Journal

Dictionary of Midnight
Abdulla Pashew, trans. Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse | Phoneme Media | 9781944700805 | December 2018
“Dictionary of Midnight shows the lasting haunt of exile, but also the evocative powers of writing as testament to personal strife and a people’s lifelong yearning for home.”–Asymptote Journal

The Spinster Diaries
Gina Fattore | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551734 | April 2020
“The ending is unexpected and delightful. Paying homage to women who self-actualize through their art, The Spinster Diaries focuses on two women separated by time who live out their beliefs.”—Foreword Reviews

All Its Charms
Keetje Kuipers | BOA Editions | 9781942683766 | April 2019
All Its Charms explores motherhood narratives by way of single parenthood by choice, in vitro fertilization, new romance and marriage after parenthood, and the inability to conceive again. Though these topics are relatively new in poetry, this territory feels less taboo in some ways than Kuipers’s entry into the world of sentiment. . . . Kuipers speaks things a poet is not supposed to say: professions of unabashed love.”—Georgia Review

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A recipe from Charles Phoenix’s Holiday Jubilee (Prospect Park Books) was shared by the Niagara Gazette on January 20.

An excerpt from Animal Sutras by Stephen Levine (Monkfish Publishing) appeared in the January issue of Spirit Seeker Magazine.

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