Monthly Archives: November 2018

This Week’s News You Can Use

Book Page interviewed Octavio Solis, author of Retablos, on November 12.

Gala Mukomolova, author of Without Protection, was interviewed in the Michigan Quarterly on November 9.

A new poem by Ashley Toliver, author of Spectra, was published by LitHub on November 7.

An interview with Nick Zinner, photographer behind 131 Different Things, was published on Popular Photography on November 7.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Blue Label
Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles, translated by Paul Filev | Turtle Point Press | 9781885983572 | October 2018

“An interesting glimpse of Venezuelan life around 2000, Blue Label . . . capture[s] teenage self-awareness (and its limitation) well. . . . [Music] plays a prominent role in the story, background sound-color (and lyrics) giving the story a scored, cinematic feel.”—The Complete Review

My Real Name is Hanna
Tara Lynn Masih | Mandel Vilar Press | 9781942134510 | September 2018

“Masih’s telling manages to bring together a gripping, coming-of-age narrative with an impeccably researched setting. . . . Hanna’s veracity and indelible spirit honor the subject and the people exhibited by the author in this highly readable, affecting novel.”—Historical Novel Society

Permanent Exhibit
Matthew Vollmer | BOA Editions | 9781942683681 | September 2018

“Like so many of us, Vollmer is obsessed with the everyday occurrences that provide him immediate feedback, the small joys or indignities that make each day unique from the one that came before it, but it is all connected, like the smallest, most faint stars in the sky, to the enormous constellations that we can all see with the naked eye.”—Carve Magazine

The Remainder
Alia Trabucco Zerán | Coffee House Press | 9781566895507 | August 2019

“You could call The Remainder a literary kaleidoscope: look at it one way and you see how the past lays a crippling hand on the generation that follows political catastrophe; shift the focus and you’re plunged into a darkly comic road trip with a hungover trio in an empty hearse chasing a lost coffin across the Andes cordillera.”—The Spectator

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This Week’s News You Can Use

Doug Segal, author of the memoir Struck, was interviewed on the Jiggy Jaguar Show on November 1.

The Creative Nonfiction podcast interviewed Animals Strike Curious Poses author Elena Passarello on November 2.

Amy Irvine was interviewed about Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness by Adventure Journal on October 31.

The Just Bernard Show interviewed Hallie Iglehart Austen about The Heart of the Goddess: Art, Myth and Mediations of the World’s Sacred Feminine on October 23.

We Matter: Athletes and Activism author Etan Thomas was interviewed on Roland Martin Unfiltered on October 31.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

A Rebel in Gaza: Behind the Lines of the Arab Spring, One Woman’s Story
Asmaa al-Ghoul and Selim Nassib, translated by Mike Mitchell | DoppelHouse Press | 9780998777023 | November 2018

“Refreshing and eye-opening . . . . I would recommend this memoir to anyone interested in the ongoing conflict in Gaza, or to anyone who wishes to read a thrilling memoir by a strong, brave and inspiring woman living under difficult circumstances.”sister-hood

Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness
Amy Irvine | Torrey House Press | 9781937226978 | November 2018

“The slim volume is a lyrical and raw conversation between Irvine and Abbey that is part tribute, part memoir, and part polemic. It’ll get you thinking about the state of the desert, the fate of the wilderness movement and the actions we all need to take to save the places we love (including leaving them alone).”Adventure Journal

Follow the Sun
Edward J. Delaney | Turtle Point Press | 9781885983558 | June 2018

“A dramatic and action-filled climax that’s certainly worth waiting for.”—New Pages

How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere: An Anthology of Spiritual Memoirs
Edited by Andrew M. Davis and Philip Clayton | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781939681881 | September 2018

“A thought-provoking collection of personal accounts of panentheism, by 11 leading spiritual writers and teachers including Deepak Chopra and Rupert Sheldrake. Entirely compatible with modern science and astrophysics, panentheism is the contemporary spiritual shift away from a God located ‘up above’ toward an immanent Divine that exists right here, all around us, within everything and ourselves and suggests an interconnected cosmos in which each of its parts exist only in relationship to the other parts. Highly recommended.”—Yoga Magazine

The Sketchbook of Loish
Lois van Baarle | 3dtotal Publishing | 9781909414549 | April 2018

“This is a beautiful and inspiring artbook. One of 2018’s best artbooks. I highly recommend it to fans of her work. You’ll appreciate her art more when you know the effort she has put in to come to where she is today.”—Parka Blogs

Post-Traumatic Hood Disorder
David Tomas Martinez | Sarabande Books | 9781946448095 | March 2018

“The wild ostentation of late 20th- and early 21st-century America becomes the prism through which readers of David Tomas Martinez’s Post Traumatic Hood Disorder. . . perceive might and right, ennui and love and solitude and the oceanic depths of history.”—America: The Jesuit Review

131 Different Things
Zachary Lipez, photos by Nick Zinner, design by Stacy Wakefield | Akashic Books | 9781617756672 | November 2018

“A spot-on take on urban life, frustration, and flawed humanity, with distinctive visuals to accompany the knowing prose.”—LitHub

Vancouver Noir
Edited by Sam Wiebe | Akashic Books | 9781617756597 | November 2018

“The beauty of the Akashic series of noir short story anthologies is that they offer local writers a chance to say ‘here’s our town.’ This crop of writers, assembled and edited by Sam Wiebe, succeeds in a gritty, moody way.”—New York Journal of Books

Death of a Rainmaker: A Dust Bowl Mystery
Laurie Loewenstein | Akashic Books | 9781617756658 | October 2018

Death of a Rainmaker is far more than a murder mystery set in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. It is a poignant recollection of the desperation of farmers whose land, livestock, and household are in foreclosure, a stunning description of a dust storm that leaves imaginary specks of dirt on the reader’s neck, a sensitive rendering of tough times and their toll on the psyche.”—Historical Novel Society

Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story
Wyomia Tyus and Elizabeth Terzakis | Akashic Books | 9781617756580 | September 2018

Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story is a book all fans of any sport, but particularly those who love track and field, will enjoy. But it also covers an equally important slice of history, both for HBCUs and women’s sports, that should never be forgotten nor undervalued.”—Tennessee Tribune

Since When
Bill Berkson | Coffee House Press | 9781566895293 | November 2018

“Berkson was the ultimate fly on the wall, and through his evocative writing the reader gets to be the same.”—Ploughshares

Betwixt-and-Between
Jenny Boully | Coffee House Press | 9781566895101 | April 2018

“Boully’s lyric essays, which wander through disparate histories, myths, and stories, produce emotional truth in their ordering of disorder. Her essays, like lovers, follow desire in the hope that it will take them somewhere new.”—Ploughshares

The Anarchist Who Shared My Name
Pablo Martín Sánchez, translated by Jeff Diteman | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920718 | December 2018

“Martín Sánchez gives a good picture of the Spanish-émigré scene in Paris and the revolutionary ambitions—including the role of Blasco Ibáñez—as well as the anarchist scene of the early twentieth century more generally. . . . An impressive picture of the Spain (and the exiled-Spaniards) situation of those years.”—The Complete Review

All Soul Parts Returned
Bruce Beasley | BOA Editions | 9781942683452 | September 2017

“This is a major book by an astounding writer. . . . Beasley reminds us that great writing is great writing wherever you find it.”—America: The Jesuit Review

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In Brief: This Week’s News You Can Use

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore was interviewed in the Metro Weekly about her book Sketchtasy on October 25.

An excerpt from Camille Acker’s Training School for Negro Girls was published in Electric Literature on October 24.

On October 24, Michelle Tea was interviewed in the Austin Chronicle for her book Against Memoir.

Elaine Katzenberger, publisher at City Lights, was highlighted on Literary Hub on October 26.

Anastasia Higginbotham was interviewed about Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness on Atlanta NPR affiliate WABE’s Closer Look with Rose Scott on October 26.

On October 27, Nicole Skibola was interviewed in Marin County Independent Journal about her book Wakeful Night.

An excerpt from A Stranger’s Pose by Emmanuel Iduma was published on the Millions on October 29.

Hallie Inglehart Austen was interviewed about her book Heart of the Goddess on The Spark with Stephanie James on October 17.

Authors Skylar Wilson and Jennifer Listug were interviewed on The Spirit Seeker BlogTalk Radio show on October 18 about Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action.

BlogTalk Radio’s La Femme de Prose interviewed Doug Segal about Struck on October 29.

An excerpt from Now You See the Sky by Catharine H. Murray was published in Inspired Parenting Magazine’s October 2018 issue.

Justine Bateman was interviewed on The Adam Carolla Show podcast on October 24 about her book Fame: The Hijacking of Reality.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

100 Days in Uranium City
Ariane Dénommé | Conundrum Press | 9781772620269 | September 2018
“A compassionate and fascinating portrayal of miners in a northern Saskatchewan town in the 1970s.”—Maisonneuve Magazine

Old Ground
Noel Friebert | Koyama Press | 9781927668504 | September 2017
“Freibert finds horror in the desecration of tradition and humor in the face of death’s uncertainty.”—Diabolique Magazine

What’s Left of the Night
Ersi Sotiropoulos | New Vessel Press | 9781939931610 | October 2018
“Sotiropoulos’s prose (and Emmerich’s glistening translation) glazes multiple pasts and presents on top of one another, blissfully dizzying the reader. . . . Strikes a chord of dark beauty, visceral grossness, and ironic humor indistinguishable from the experience of reading Cavafy’s poetry.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

False Calm
María Sonia Cristoff | Transit Books | 9781945492143 | October 2018
False Calm is fascinating, informative, and ultimately a pleasure to read.”—World Literature Today

My Year of Dirt and Water Journal of a Zen Monk’s Wife in Japan
Tracy Franz | Stone Bridge Press | 9781611720426 | July 2018
“Franz has written a moving account of her experiences, not just what it’s like to be the wife of a Zen priest who is also a gaijin, but of what it’s like when you finally understand.”—Asian Review of Books

When Trouble Sleeps
Leye Adenle | Cassava Republic Press | 978911115632 | April 2019
“Leye Adenle’s debut, Easy Motion Tourist, took the international crime scene by storm, with its impeccably choreographed action sequences, clever division of Lagos into set-pieces that showcase the highs and lows of the city, and easy-to-root-for human rights worker heroine, Amaka Mbadiwe. In Adenle’s second in the series, When Trouble Sleeps, Amaka returns in her role of savior of the sex workers to combat a prominent politician with some vicious little secrets.”—CrimeReads

Roaming Foliage
Patrick Kyle | Koyama Press | 9781927668641 | October 2018
“Profound and silly, abstract yet story-driven, Roaming Foliage encompasses all of the nuances of the wildly talented Canadian comics artist Patrick Kyle. . . . This is Kyle at his finest, using abstract imagery alongside goofball character antics to tell a larger story about friendship and the importance of community.”—Your Chicken Enemy

Holy Moly Carry Me
Erika Meitner | BOA Editions | 9781942683629 | September 2018
“With Holy Moly Carry Me, Erika Meitner has written a collection we very much need in 2018. And at the end of the day, much of this collection is about these intersections of public and private spaces. We see the world’s terrors and must digest them to keep ourselves moving forward. It’s depressing. It’s terrifying. Still, there are hints of hope in the little moments: how the bag boy rides shopping carts in the Food Lion parking lot; the ordinary magic of letting something go in the library’s drop box. Small things. The things we try to savor every day.”—Colorado Review

After the Winter
Guadalupe Nettel | Coffee House Press | 9781566895255 | September 2018
“In a tale of intertwining fates and the threads of interiority that connect the most disparate souls, Mexico City–based Guadalupe Nettel perfectly explicates the loneliness of expatriation as well as the gravity of a momentary meeting when one longs for love.”—World Literature Today

New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Tano)
Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani, editors | Akashic Books | 9781617756238 | April 2018
Tano is exquisitely composed and designed. This is a boxed set to be collected—and coveted.”—World Literature Today

Connecting Animals and Children in Early Childhood
Patty Born Selly | Redleaf Press | 9781605541563 | June 2014
“Author Patty Born Selly begins by outlining the rationale for connecting children with animals in deep and meaningful ways in their early childhood. . . . Recommended for early childhood educators, parents would also find relevance in the book’s information and activities.”—Green Teacher

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