Monthly Archives: October 2018

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Salt Lake City, Utah NPR affiliate KUER’s RadioWest aired a program about Ellen Meloy on October 3. Meloy’s essays will be published in April 2019 by Torrey House Press as Seasons: Desert Sketches by Ellen Meloy.

Last week North Dakota NPR affiliate Prairie Public Radio interviewed Anastasia Higginbotham, author of Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Dottir Press).

NPR affiliate Virginia Public Radio interviewed Matthew Volmer, author of Permanent Exhibit (BOA Editions) on October 3.

Literary Hub published an excerpt from Martin Riker’s Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return (Coffee House Press) on October 5.

Longreads published an excerpt from Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love by Anna Moschovakis (Coffee House Press) on October 5, and NYLON editor Kristin Iverson recommended the book on BookMarks on October 3.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of Sketchtasy (Arsenal Pulp Press) recommended Myriam Gurba’s Mean (Coffee House Press) on an October 4 reading list for Literary Hub that was picked up by Bookforum.

Literary Hub published an excerpt from Amy Irvine’s Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness on October 10.

Latino Book Review interviewed Sandra Cisneros, author of Puro Amor (Sarabande Books), on October 1.

Publishers Weekly interviewed Hernán Diaz, author of In the Distance (Coffee House Press) on October 5.

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop recommended Letters to Memory by Karen Tei Yamashita (Coffee House Press) and Though I Get Home by YZ Chin (The Feminist Press at CUNY) on October 3.

Outside Magazine.com included Jonathan Thompson’s River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Spill in its October 2 list of “5 Books to Motivate You to Protect America’s Rivers.”

Yes! Magazine published an excerpt from Bruce Levine’s Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Being an Anti-Authoritarian—Strategies, Tools, and Models (AK Press) on October 2.

Colorlines included Feminisms in Motion: Voices for Justice, Liberation, and Transformation (AK Press) on its October 3 list of “Race-Focused Books We’re Reading This Fall.”

Charles Demers, author of Property Values (Arsenal Pulp Press) appeared on Marc Maron podcast WTF on October 8.

Permaculture Podcast interviewed L. Hunter Lovins, co-author of A Finer Future is Possible: Creating an Economy in Service to Life (New Society Publishers), on September 30.

An original essay by Nicole Skibola and an excerpt from her book Wakeful Night: A Structured Reflection On Loss and Illumination (Dottir Press) appeared on A Woman’s Thing on October 8.

Paris Review.org recommended Brad Phillips’s Essays and Fictions (Tyrant Books) on September 14.

Miss Nina’s Weekly Video Show featured Cynthia Weill’s Colores De La Vida: Mexican Folk Art Colors in English and Spanish (Cinco Puntos Press) on October 8.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Witch Wife
Kiki Petrosino | Sarabande Books | 9781946448033 | December 2017
“There is no moment of Witch Wife that slacks— Petrosino revels in the crafting of sculptural cats-cradle like poems: strange and beautiful, morbid and musical, Witch Wife confirms Petrosino as both magician and master, and certainly one of America’s most fascinating contemporary poets.”—Five Points

Indecency
Justin Phillip Reed | Coffee House Press | 9781566895149 | May 2018
“Reed’s wit and formal experimentation, quicksilver and luminous, shows the world as it is, while detailing how the very people that society most devalues, demeans, and seeks to destroy are its true visionaries.”—Adroit Journal

Good Stock Strange Blood
Dawn Lundy Martin | Coffee House Press | 9781566894715 | August 2017
“Martin charts new possibilities for subverting those (white) structures of domination and control that would reduce black subjectivity to a mute and endless re-inscription of its traumatized collective past.”—Poetry Northwest

Puro Amor
Sandra Cisneros | Sarabande Books | 9781946448217 | October 2018
Puro Amor explores perspective dually, giving readers both an intimate view of the protagonist’s daily life and the perspective of the townspeople looking in. . . . a juxtaposition that gives room for Cisneros to be both silly and reverent in her exploration of the inherent arduousness of partnership, and ultimately to show that animals do give the purest love.”—Arkansas International

The Lake on Fire
Rosellen Brown | Sarabande Books | 9781946448231 | October 2018
“A stunning work of historical fiction, filled with the sights and sounds of the Gilded Age in Chicago.”—Arkansas International

Permanent Exhibit
Matthew Volmer | BOA Editions | 9781942683681 | September 2018
“Several of the essays involve Vollmer riding his bike down a steep hill; we fear, along with him, a catastrophe, a collision. But the collision with which Permanent Exhibit is primarily concerned—that between the private archive of the mind and the public archive of the internet—has already occurred. And rather than catastrophic, this melding of mind and machine can be, as Vollmer says below, ‘magical.’”—Brooklyn Rail

So Many Islands: Stories from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian, and Pacific Oceans
edited by Nicholas Laughlin with Nailah Folami Imoji, introduction by Marlon James | Akashic Books | 9781617756702 | July 2018
“As an anthology, this collection of work is amazingly well-rounded . . . This collection is a unique and worthy addition to any library . . . These writers offer a window into genuine, unglazed local life in far-flung, ill-understood parts of the world. It’s a gift beyond price.”—Sinkhole Magazine

We Are The Clash: Reagan, Thatcher, and the Last Stand of a Band That Mattered
Mark Andersen and Ralph Heibutzki | Akashic Books | 9781617752933 | July 2018
We Are The Clash celebrates the struggle for humanity, both in a band and in the wider world community. Traveling the journey of The Clash’s final years is no train in vain. The benefits of understanding history allow readers to see that the future is unwritten, as long as mistakes from the past are not dutifully repeated, but learned from. . . . Now it’s up to you to get this book and enable your future.”—Slug Magazine

Liza Jane & the Dragon
Laura Lippman, illus. Kate Samworth | Akashic Books | 9781617756610 | October 2018
“Silly, funny and a joy to read. The illustrations are great, too. Get a copy for your little one, they’ll read it more than once!”—Journey of a Bookseller

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Look Both Ways: A Double Journey Along My Grandmother’s Far-Flung Path
Katharine Coles | Turtle Point Press | 9781885983589 | November 2018
“Tense, abundantly researched, and heartbreaking, this narrative drills into a dead marriage and finds characters so alive that they challenge Coles’s perceptions of her own marriage.”—Foreword Reviews

The Meaning of Blood and Other Tales of Perversity
Chuck Caruso | Global Book Sales/Cloud Lodge Books | 9781999587307 | November 2018
The Meaning of Blood promises a descent into a netherworld of blood and perversity, and it delivers on this as well as something even more heinous: the idea that ordinary people crave blood and perversity just as much as violent perverts. . . . Long after the unexpected has been established as the only possible outcome, stories continue to surprise. Prose mimics the camera, microphone, and soundtrack of a movie set, without sacrificing the written word’s unique ability to express characters’ thoughts and feelings.”—Foreword Reviews

In Country
Hugh Martin | BOA Editions | 9781942683704 | November 2018
“In the Iraq edition of wartime for American soldiers, fear of being blown to pieces by hidden explosives frequently loses out to the wiliest enemy of all—boredom. This is the wartime footing—six years in an M1A1 Abrams tank—that Iraq War veteran Hugh Martin makes use of to create his own masterful poetry.”—Foreword Reviews

Permanent Exhibit
Matthew Voller | BOA Editions| 9781942683681 | September 2018
“[O]ffers not only a comment on the digital norms we’ve created but a critique, perhaps, of our failure to fully explore the creative possibilities such spaces offer us.”—Fiction Advocate

The Caregiver: Poems
Caroline Johnson | Holy Cow! Press | 9780998601038 | May 2018
“Offer[s] honest and moving accounts of [Johnson’s] own journey as caregiver to her aging parents.”—Michigan Quarterly Review

The Fifth Woman
Nona Caspers | Sarabande Books | 9781946448170 | August 2018
“[I]ncredible. . . The Fifth Woman is an ecosystem of grief; a circular cloud of emotion, memory, and experience that bends towards the surreal, exploring, or so it seems, every nook and cranny of the aftermath of the death of a loved one.”—Empty Mirror

The Moment Before Drowning
James Brydon | Akashic Books | 9781617756252 | July 2018
“James Brydon’s brilliant The Moment Before Drowning isn’t an easy read. Not because of its style, which is sensuous and elegant, but because of its subject matter: the brutality behind war’s front lines. . . . [a] heart-wrenching novel.”—Mystery Scene Magazine

Clues from the Animal Kingdom
Christopher Kennedy | BOA Editions | 9781942683643 | September 2018
“Kennedy’s words elicit emotional pangs that leave us more truthful than we were before. It is the lucidity of his language, the emotional force of his poems, that leave such a remarkable impression.”—Heavy Feather Review

Flem
Rebecca Rosen | Conundrum Press | 9781772620283 | October 2018
“A layered, colourful, and addictive piece of hallucinogenic comic art on the world. It is a book that deeply penetrates your body and settles in your bloodstream like a clot. It gives you a beating, moves and yet disturbs you.”—Bruzz

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In Brief: This Week’s News You Can Use

Little Rock, Arkansas NPR affiliate KUAR 89.1 FM’s Arts & Letters talked to Steve Yarbrough, author of Bookmarked: Larry McMurty’s The Last Picture Show (Ig Publishing) on September 23. The episode aired again on September 28 and 30.

In his role as resident poet for the Paris Review’s Poetry Rx column, Kaveh Akbar, author of Callling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books) recommended a poem from Hai-Dang Phan’s Reenactments (Sarabande Books) on September 20.

Shawn Wen, author of A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause (Sarabande Books), was interviewed on Connecticut NPR affiliate WNPR’s The Colin McEnroe Show on August 30.

Team USA, the official website for the US Olympic and Paralympic Foundation website, published an interview with Wyomia Tyus, author of Tigerbelle: the Wyomia Tyus Story (Akashic Books/Edge of Sports) on September 27.

October is National Reading Group Month! The Women’s National Book Association selected Hernan Diaz’s In the Distance (Coffee House Press), Wyomia Tyus’s Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story (Akashic Books/Edge of Sports), and Helen Benedict’s Wolf Season (Bellevue Literary Press) for its 2018 list of recommended reading group picks. BookTrust selected Yaba Badoe’s The Secret of the Purple Lake (Cassava Republic Press) for its list of recommended reading for 10-11 year olds.

Signature Reads included Britteney Black Rose Kapri’s Black Queer Hoe (Haymarket Books) and Virgie Tovar’s You Have the Right to Remain Fat (The Feminist Press at Cuny) on its September 18 list of books celebrating contemporary queer writers of color.

The Bay Area Reporter included Laura Lippman’s Liza Jane & the Dragon on its September 26 list of recommended reading.

Spokane, Washington’s Inlander published an article about Laura read, author of Dresses from the Old Country (BOA Editions) on September 20.

An interview with Jim Kempton, author of First We Surf, Then We Eat (Prospect Park Books) was published in the October issue of Southern California AAA’s Westways Magazine.

An interview and photoshoot with Megan Boyle, author of Liveblog, was published by Fader on October 2.

The Center for the Art of Translation interviewed Guadalupe Nettel, author of After the Winter (Coffee House Press), on September 25.

Laurie Loewenstein, author of Death of a Rainmaker, wrote a guest post for CrimeReads on October 1.

Literary Hub included May-Lan Tan’s Things to Make and Break (Coffee House Press), Martin Riker’s Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return (Coffee House Press), Maria Gabriela Llansol’s Geography of Rebels Trilogy (trans. Audrey Young; Deep Vellum Press), and Tishani Doshi’s Girls Are Coming out of the Woods (Copper Canyon Press) on its October 1 list of books to read this fall.

On October 1, Vol. 1 Brooklyn included Martin Riker’s Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return (Coffee House Press) and Pablo Martin Sanchez’s The Anarchist Who Shared My Name (trans. Jeff Diteman; Deep Vellum Press) on its October books preview.

On October 1, the Millions included May-Lan Tan’s Things to Make and Break (Coffee House Press) on its October book preview.

The Comics Journal published a preview of Britt Wilson’s Ghost Queen (Koyama Press) on September 28.

Bruce E. Levine, author of Resisting Illegitimate Authority (AK Press), was interviewed on the Chicago, Illinois radio station WNUR’s This Is Hell radio show on September 22.

Issue 29 of Two Lines Journal published an excerpt from Sergio Pitol’s Mephisto’s Waltz (trans. George Henson; Deep Vellum Publishing) on September 27.

Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb interviewed Tracey Farr, author of The Hope Fault (Gallic Books) on September 22.

Nicole Skibola, author of Wakeful Night: A Structured Reflection on Loss and Illumination (Dottir Press) wrote an original essay for Girls at Library on in early October.

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