Monthly Archives: September 2018

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American Theatre’s most produced playwrights, continued: Dominique Morisseau, author Sunset Baby (Oberon); Lynn Nottage, author of Sweat (TCG); Karen Zacarias, author of Plays One (Oberon); Paula Vogel, author of Indecent (TCG); Lisa Kron, author of In the Wake (TCG); August Wilson, author of How I Learned What I Learned (TCG); Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, author of Gloria (TCGDuncan Macmillan, author of People, Places, and Things (Oberon); and Enda Walsh, author of Arlington (TCG).

Wyomia Tyus, co-author with Elizabeth Terzakis of Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story (Akashic Books), was interviewed on Atlanta, Georgia’s WAOK 1380 AM on September 20.

Anna Moschovakis, author of Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love (Coffee House Press), was interviewed on Portland, Oregon radio station KBOO 90.7 FM’s Today’s Best Writers in Conversation with David Naimon on September 24.

Crimereads included When Trouble Sleeps by Leye Adenle (Cassava Republic Press), The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories by Teresa Solana (trans. Peter Bush; Bitter Lemon Press), Vancouver Noir, edited by Sam Weibe (Akashic Books), and Hong Kong Noir, edited by Jason Y. Ng and Susan Blumberg-Kason (Akashic Books) on its list of most anticipated crime books on September 20.

Roman Muradov wrote an essay for Literary Hub about the process of designing the cover of Norah Lange’s People in the Room (trans. Charlotte Whittle; And Other Stories) on September 18.

An essay by Katherine Weber, author of Still Life with Monkey (Paul Dry Books), was published on Literary Hub on September 25.

On September 24, Literary Hub’s “12 Best Book Covers of September” included Justin Carder’s design for Esther Kinskey’s River (trans. Iain Galbraith; Transit Books)

After the Winter by Guadalupe Nettel (trans. Rosalind Harvey; Coffee House Press) and Camellia Street by Mercè Rodoreda (trans. David Rosenthal; Open Letter Books) were included on Bookriot’s September 19 list of “Fall 2018 New Releases in Translation.”

On September 25, Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return author Martin Riker was interviewed by the Millions about “Fatherhood, 19th-Century Literature, and the Beastie Boys.”

On September 18, Geek Dad wrote about Blue Delaquanti’s XOXO presentation on Meal (Iron Cicrus).

The Beacon Hill Times published an article about Joan Diver and her book When Spirit Calls: A Healing Odyssey (Monkfish Book Publishing) on September 20.

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Reviews: September 27, 2018

Things to Make and Break
May-Lan Tan | Coffee House Press | 9781566895279 | October 2018
“The desires sparking in Things to Make and Break spark again and again—as individual as heartbeats, as intertangled as cigarette smoke around fingers.”—Arkansas International

Struck: A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph
Douglas Segal | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551383 | October 2018
“This page-turning memoir by Douglas Segal examines love challenged by medical trauma and the resilience and recalibration of starting over.”—Hampton Sheet Magazine

Lucy and the Dragonfly
Lucie Papineau, illustrated by Caroline Hamel | Auzou | 9782733856208 | April 2018
“Soft illustrations complement the story about climate change.”—Omnilibros

Malva
Hagar Peeters, trans. Vivien Glass | DoppelHouse Press | 9780999754429 | September 2018
“A hypnotically poetic novel.”—Public Books

100 Days in Uranium City
Ariane Dénommé | Conundrum Press | 9781772620269 | September 2018
“A short yet meaningful read. . . .beautifully combines the two opposing elements of insightfulness in its message and intrigue in its plot, weaving them together to create an intricate storyline.”—Peak

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Bomb Magazine interviewed Emma Ramadan, translator of Brice Matthieussent’s Revenge of the Translator (Deep Vellum Publishing), on September 17.

Believer Magazine printed a conversation between Nikki Darling, author of Fade Into You (Feminist Press) and Myriam Gurba, author of Mean (Coffee House Press) in its September issue.

Lambda Literary Review’s September 4 round-up of new LGBTQ+ titles included Maggie Terry by Sarah Schulman (Feminist Press); She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak edited by Azeenarh Mohammed, Chitra Nagarajan & Rafeeat Aliyu (Cassava Republic Press); Changers Book Four: Forever by T Cooper & Allison Glock-Cooper (Akashic Books/Black Sheep); Flocks by L. Nichols (Secret Acres); 2 Degrees by Bev Prescott (Bywater Books); On My Way To Liberation by H. Melt (Haymarket Books); Black Queer Hoe by Britteney Black Rose Kapri (Haymarket Books); and Who Is Trixie the Trasher? and Other Questions by Jane Miller (Copper Canyon Press).

On September 13, Matthew Vollmer wrote an original essay for Literary Hub, and included an excerpt from his book Permanent Exhibit (BOA Editions).

Composer Olivia Block recommended Justine Bateman’s Fame: The Hijacking of Reality (Akashic Books) in an interview on Fifteen Questions in September.

Aish interviewed Doug and Susan Segal about the story behind Struck: A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph (Prospect Park Books) on September 12.

Publishers Weekly included Anastasia Higginbotham’s Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Dottir Press) in a September 6 article on “Prominent Picture Book Sequels.”

Book Post published an excerpt from Octavio Solis’s Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border on September 14.

Sisonke Msimang, author of Always Another Country (World Editions), will be a guest on an episode of Connections that will hit Minnesota radio waves on September 22 via KTNF AM950 on September 26 via NPR affiliate KJSN Minnesota Public Radio.

Matthew Fox, author of Order of the Sacred Earth author (Monkfish Book Publishing) was interviewed by Greg Voisen on his podcast Inside Personal Growth on September 19.

Gabrielle Bell, author of Cecil & Jordan in New York (Uncivilized Books) was interviewed by What Should We Do on September 11.

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Reviews: September 20, 2018

Flying Jenny
Theasa Tuohy | Akashic Books/Kaylie Jones Books | 9781617756214 | May 2018
“As entertaining a piece of historical fiction as I have read this year.”—Oklahoman

Mean
Myriam Gurba | Coffee House Press | 9781566894913 | November 2017
“Myriam Gurba’s witty, trenchant, and all too relevant account of a culture in which sexual violence exists as a frightening daily reality and is often confronted alone.”—Adroit Journal

Always Another Country
Sisonke Msimang | World Editions | 9781642860009 | September 2018
“I felt less like I was reading a static text and more like I was having a deep, meaning-making conversation with a close friend. . . . What I will remember most about Always Another Country is its brave intimacy. Msimang bears her soul to the reader, from her close relationship with her family to her search for home to her gradual political awakening.”—Bright Magazine

Monster ABC
Kyle Sullivan | Hazy Dell Press | 9780996578707| September 2018
Goodnight Krampus
Kyle Sullivan | Hazy Dell Press | 9780996578721 | September 2018
Hush Now, Banshee!: A Not-So-Quiet Counting Book
Kyle Sullivan | Hazy Dell Press | 9780996578752 | September 2018
Get Dressed, Sasquatch!
Kyle Sullivan | Hazy Dell Press | 9780996578738 | September 2018
Don’t Eat Me, Chupacabra! / ¡No Me Comas, Chupacabra!: A Delicious Story with Digestible Spanish Vocabulary
Kyle Sullivan | Hazy Dell Press | 9780996578776 | September 2018
“The stars of the Hazy Dell Monster Series are cuddly and comedic. They’re the strange beings that children, and all of us, can relate to sometimes.”—Clark County Columbian

The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle
Victoria Williamson | Floris Books/Kelpies | 9781782504900 | September 2018
“This compelling novel portrays the refugee experience after resettlement, a different sort of journey through scars of trauma and loss, navigating parents who are also wounded and struggling, beset by hostility from a new community, and plagued by homesickness in a foreign land. . . . This was one of my favorite reads.”—Orange Marmalade Books

My First Fairy Tales: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Marion Cocklico | Auzou | 9782733861493 | February 2019
My First Fairy Tales: The Three Little Pigs
Gwe | Auzou | 9782733861509 | February 2019
“What makes this book—and the series—stand out are all the moving parts that kids love. There are tabs to pull and wheels to turn and flaps to lift and more ingenious little hands-on items to use.  Not only is doing this fun, it really helps tell and illustrate the story.”—Youth Services Book Review

The House of Lost and Found
Martin Widmark, illustrated by Emilia Dziubak | Floris Books | 9781782505426 | September 2018
“With full-page spreads interspersed throughout that bleed beyond the borders of the book, it’s hard not to feel immediately drawn into this world and enraptured with its atmosphere.”—Let’s Talk Picture Books

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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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