Monthly Archives: September 2018

In Brief: This Week’s News You Can Use

An original essay by Miriam Belgolvsky and Lisa Daly, co-authors of Loose Parts 3: Inspiring Culturally Sustainable Environments (Redleaf Press) was published in the September issue of Our Children, the national magazine of the Parent Teacher Association.

Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return by Martin Riker (Coffee House Press); Things to Make and Break by May-Lan Tan (Coffee House Press); Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker (The Feminist Press at CUNY); Ursula K. Le Guin’s posthumous So Far So Good: Poems 2014 – 2018 (Copper Canyon Press); and Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border by Octavio Solis (Cinco Puntos Press) were all included in Literary Hub’s September 11 “Ultimate Fall 2018 Books Preview.”

Jackson Lears discussed Danny Goldberg’s In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea (Akashic Books) in an article for the September 27 New York Review of Books.

Adam Smyer, author of Knucklehead (Akashic Books) curated a reading list for Electric Literature on September 4.

Brooklyn Rail excerpted Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return by Martin Riker (Coffee House Press) on September 4.

CrimeReads published an excerpt from Teresa Solana’s The First Prehistoric Serial Killer (Bitter Lemon) on September 6.

The Comics Journal published an exclusive preview of John Martz’s Evie and the Truth About Witches (Koyama Press) on September 12. School Library Journal’s 100 Scope Notes included Evie in its list of fall kids books of note on September 11.

Poets & Writers published Isako Isako author Mia Ayumi Malhotra’s “Writers Recommend” essay on September 6.

Rock & Ice Magazine published an excerpt from Amy Irvine’s Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness (Torrey House Press) on September 5.

Stephanie Woodward’s American Apartheid: The Native American Struggle for Self-Determination and Inclusion (Ig Publishing) was excerpted in Yes! Magazine on September 3.

Ben Sears, author of The Ideal Copy (Koyama Press), appeared on Make It Then Tell Everybody podcast on September 11.

Cate Marvin, author of Fragment of the Head of a Queen, Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, and World’s Tallest Disaster (all Sarabande Books), was a guest on Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People) podcast on September 5.

How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere authors Andrew M. Davis and Philip Clayton, were interviewed by Tripp Fuller for his podcast Homebrewed Christianity on August 30.

Insider’s Guide to Spas recommended Order of the Sacred Earth by Matthew Fox, Skylar Wilson, and Jennifer Berit Listug (Monkfish Book Publishing) in early September.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Oscar
Mauricio Segura, trans. Donald Winkler | Biblioasis | 9781771962254 | June 2018
“An enchanting and lyrical novel of the tragic consequences losing a loved one may have—and the dangers of impulsively grasping at greatness.”—World Literature Today, Nota Benes selection

Zion’s Fiction: A Treasury of Israeli Speculative Literature
Sheldon Teitelbaum, editor | Mandel Vilar Press | 9781942134527 | September 2018
“[A]  remarkably varied and engaging collection. . . . Zion’s Fiction is not only an excellent collection of speculative fiction from Israel but also a book that makes us think anew about the real challenges the world must face in the future.”—World Literature Today

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable
Michael Bennett with Dave Zirin | Haymarket Books | 9781608468935 | April 2018

“[Bennett] exudes bravado and confidence, and doesn’t care if it’s unacceptable. . . . He loves football, he loves his teammates, he loves hating quarterbacks, but ‘the league itself, the violence you put your body through to play, is not fun.’ He writes about CTE, the lack of integration in the NFL with respect to owners and coaches, anthem protests and activism, and how his wife and three daughters inform his feminism. And he’s very witty.”—Shelf Awareness for Readers

Praise Song for the Butterflies
Bernice L. McFadden | Akashic Books | 9781617756269 | August 2018
“This is a novel brave enough to cast an unblinking eye on one of the most disturbing chapters in the ongoing history of female oppression, and humane enough to have found the means for a redemptive and fulfilling read.”—New York Journal of Books

Isako Isako
Mia Ayumi Malhotra | Alice James Books | 9781938584947 | September 2018
“The strength in Isako Isako lies in the tributaries of its different voices, how they are arranged together, how they echo each other and, finally, how they run aground into the same voice, the same story.”—KQED.org

After the Winter
Guadalupe Nettel, trans. Rosalind Harvey | Coffee House Press | 9781566895255 | September 2018
“Nettel has fashioned a powerful and luminous novel, one that portrays absence, presence and human imperfection with a unique and penetrating voice.”—Ploughshares

Öræfi: The Wasteland
Ófeigur Sigurðsson, trans. Lytton Smith | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920671 | October 2018
“Readers who are willing to yield to Öræfi, to open themselves to the unpredictable, will find in these pages one of the most vivacious, most ferociously inventive novels available in any language today.”—Splice

Hometown Pasadena
Colleen Dunn Bates, editor | Prospect Park Books | 9781938849992 | August 2018
“Regarded as the go-to Pasadena resource since its first edition dropped nearly 13 years ago, Hometown Pasadena is the masterstroke of Prospect Park Books publisher and editor Colleen Dunn Bates and features the work of multiple acclaimed neighborhood writers and notable locals.”—Arcadia Weekly

River
Esther Kinsky, trans. Ian Galbraith | Transit Books | 9781945492174 | September 2018
“Kinsky’s prose has a hypnotic quality . . . it encourages reflection, opens up avenues for fresh observations of our own surroundings, however familiar, and inspires renewed appreciation of the small and precious memories we carry with us from our pasts, our childhoods and our travels.”—Music & Literature

A House in the Jungle
Nathan Gelgud | Koyama Press | 9781927668627 | September 2018
“Gelgud lets this story unfold with a precise, comical deadpan that rejects traditional paneling in favor of a more free-form flow. . . . Each moment becomes a building block for what follows, and Gelgud peppers these depictions with some calm psychedelics to bring outwards what we couldn’t possibly see otherwise.”—Comics Beat

Seven Pablos
Jorge Luján, illus. Chiara Carrer, trans. Mara Lethem | Enchanted Lion Books | 9781592702534 | June 2018
“One of my favorite titles in 2018 is this exquisite, poignant view of humanity’s differences and commonalities. . . . The plainspoken yet eloquent text delivers but a morsel of a boy’s story, sparks our curiosity, teases our hearts, before fluttering on to the next. . . . Italian artist Chiara Carrer’s powerful graphite drawings ground each page in strength and dignity. . . . A quiet stunner for ages 5 through adult.”—Orange Marmalade Books

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In Brief: This Week’s News You Can Use

Sarah Schulman was interviewed about Maggie Terry by the Rumpus on August 29.

Bernice L. McFadden was interviewed about Praise Song for the Butterflies in the New Orleans Advocate on August 31.

Mark Anderson, co-author with Ralph Heibutzki of We Are the Clash, was interviewed on XRay in the Morning of Portland, Oregon, on September 4.

How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere by Andrew M. Davis and Philip Clayton was included in the Edge Magazine’s Fall 2018 New Books Round-up on September 1.

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Why You Should Be Reading Norah Lange’s People in the Room

People in the Room | Norah Lange, translated by Charlotte Whittle | 9781911508229 | And Other Stories | 08/21/2018 | Trade Paper | eBook Available

People in the Room is all atmosphere. . . . Lange captures adolescent uncertainty—of what lies ahead, of what meaning there is in the adult that has been kept at a distance from her (death, sex)—and the fear of facing it convincingly authentically—right down to the continuing sense of uncertainty about it all.”—Complete Review, August 11, 2018

On August 6, Words Without Borders published an excerpt of Cesar Aira’s introduction to People in the Room. The excerpt was picked up by Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s Afternoon Bites.

“Hallucinatory and unsettling, the prose vibrates like a high-tension wire.”—Spectator, August 3, 2018

On August 2, People in the Room was included on Book Riots list of “Hot Summer 2018 reads by Women in Translation.

The Guardian highlighted Lange on August 2, in an article that was picked up by Lit Hub Daily on August 3.

“Lange, who spent so much of her life confronting a male gaze that invited her performance of the role of literary muse, truly came into her own by directing her gaze at muses of her own invention—and witnessing the play of her voracious attention across the pages of People in the Room is precisely what makes this strange, thrilling novel so utterly captivating.”—Music and Literature, July 19, 2018

The April 2018 issue of Words Without Borders excerpted People in the Room.

On August 13, People in the Room was included in the Guardian’s “What Are You Reading This Week” Instagram round-up.

People in the Room is a lyrical portrait of adolescence that bridges the innocence of childhood and the unknown of adulthood.”—Foreword Reviews, September/October 2018

“Lange’s ability to magnify the tension of the uncertainty surrounding the sisters’ loneliness transforms this largely uneventful novel into a nerve-wracking ghost story.”—Publishers Weekly, June 25, 2018

“Readers who like unreliable protagonists and enjoy being kept on their toes will be up for the challenge.”—Booklist.com, June 22, 2018

“The writing is crisp and direct, in stark contrast to the intricate psychological darkness the narrator inhabits, and it leaves the reader questioning every detail. Unsettling and masterful, this short but dense novel should entice fans of literary giants like Virginia Woolf and Clarice Lispector.”—Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2018

“Lange deftly updates a classic fairy tale motif into this cryptic, telling, spellbinding piece of modernist writing.” —Laurie Greer, Politics & Prose, Washington, DC

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: The Adventures of a Midlist Author (Holy Cow! Press, 9780998601069, September 2018)

“Fedo has a lot of cred as an author, publishing hundreds of articles, essays and short stories in the nation’s top magazines and newspapers. . . . A ‘midlist author’ is one who writes steadily but isn’t in the big leagues and most authors are in that category. That doesn’t mean it’s a boring life. In Fedo’s 10th book, he writes of his newspaper days and encounters with celebrities such as James Stewart, and the pressures of freelance writing for a living.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press, September 2, 2018

The Children’s War (Biblioasis, 9781771962131, September 2018)

“C.P. Boyko proves the broad reach of his talents in The Children’s War. . . . His characters here are often intelligent and emotional, resulting in explosive conflicts. . . . Though the choices these characters make are not always effective, it is clear that Boyko understands this truth: action is always human and, even in failure, is often beautiful.”—Arkansas International, September 4, 2018

A New Garden Ethic (New Society Publishers, 9780865718555, September 2017)

A New Garden Ethic is at times reminiscent of Aldo Leopold’s style and an enjoyable read for those who take pleasure in more classic nature and garden writing.”—NY Botanical Garden Blog, August 30, 2018

Climate Wise Landscaping (New Society Publishers, 9780865718883, March 2018)

“The book is comprehensive enough to serve as a reference and inspiration for seasoned landscapers yet accessible enough for beginning gardeners.”—Los Altos Town Crier, August 29, 2018

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Chad Post Honored with Ottaway Award!

Presented annually, the James H. Ottaway, Jr. Award for the Promotion of International Literature aims to recognize “individuals who have taken extraordinary steps to advance literature in translation into English,” and Chad Post of Open Letter Books certainly fits the bill! Post was announced as the winner of the 2018 award in a press release by online literary magazine Words Without Borders on September 5, and the news was highlighted by Publishers Weekly the same day. The award will be presented at the 2018 Words Without Borders Gala on October 30 in New York City. Congratulations, Chad, and thank you for all you do to expand the world of literature in translation!

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