Monthly Archives: December 2018

This Week’s News You Can Use

Bustle recommended Love War Stories by Ivelisse Rodriguez for fans of HBO’s My Brilliant Friend in an article published on November 28.

An essay by Rosellen Brown, author of The Lake on Fire, was published in Lapham’s Quarterly on December 6.

An excerpt from Hong Kong Noir was published on CrimeReadson December 5.

Popular Photography included 131 Different Things by Zachary Lipez, Nick Zinner, and Stacy Wakefield on a list of “Books that Photographers Will Love” on December 7.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Marrakech Noir
Edited by Yassin Adnan | Akashic Books | 9781617754739 | August 2018

“Thanks to all of this diversity and difference found in just one place, Marrakech supplies everyone with what they’re looking for. The work, as a whole, does a stellar job at showcasing the city’s importance, influence, and cultures . . . Whether you’ve been to Marrakech or not, this anthology promises to take you there.”—Asymptote Magazine

Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism
John Patrick Leary | Haymarket Books | 9781608465446 | January 2019

“As[Leary] explores what our language has looked like, and the ugliness now embedded in it, [he] invites us to imagine what our language could emphasize,what values it might reflect. . . . His book reminds us of the alternatives that persist behind these keywords: our managers may call us as ‘human capital,’but we are also workers. We are also people.”—The Outline

Finding Peace in the Holy Land
Lauren Booth | Kube Publishing | 9781847741202 | December 2018

“An absolutely fascinating read from beginning to end. . . . [A]n extraordinary story and a welcome contribution to our current national dialogue regarding Muslim beliefs and compatibility with western cultural values.”—Midwest Book Review

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

“While this brand of meditation might seem disastrously unfocused to the yogis among us, the disaster for readers is a delicious one—Vollmer leaps from thought to thought in an associative mode which is at once intimate and goofy, juxtaposing the warm and familiar against the inconceivably catastrophic. The result is a poignant, rapturous collection that speaks to a new generation of internet addicts—a group for whom attention is wandering and complex, as frustrating as it is beautiful.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

One Dirty Tree
Noah Van Sciver | Uncivilized Books | 9781941250273 | October 2018

“Van Sciver’s art continues to be hugely appealing, and some of the imagery here is among his best.”—The Comics Journal

We Are the Clash: Reagan, Thatcher, and the Last Stand of a Band that Mattered
Mark Anderson and Ralph Heibutzki | Akashic Books | 9781617752933 | July 2018

“One of the most rewarding music books you’ll come across this year . . . Great music books catalyze critical reconsiderations; We Are the Clash does one better, inviting readers to consider what matters to them: the creative commodities that artists produce? Or the ideals, however complexly and clumsily human they may be, that often compel artists to create in the first place.”Johns Hopkins Magazine

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

“Afascinating immersion into historical documentation and imagined history.”—Words Without Borders

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This Week’s News You Can Use

An interview with Sketchtasy author Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore was published on Rookie Magazine on November 29.

Dottir Press publisher Jennifer Baumgardner was interviewed in Shelf Awareness on November 30.

May-Lee Chai, author of Useful Phrases for Immigrants, was interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle on November 27.

Order of the Sacred Earth author Jennifer Bertig Listug was interviewed on Conscious Talk Radio on December 3.

Jill Orr, author of The Good Byline, was interviewed on Four Foxes One Hound on November 30.

The Believer published a new essay by Idiophone author Amy Fusselman on November 30.

BBC Culture’s list of “10 Books to Read in December” included Hong Kong Noir, edited by Jason Y. Ng and Susan Blumberg-Kason.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Weegee: Serial Photographer
Max de Radiguès and Wauter Mannaert | Conundrum Press | 9781772620238 | May 2018

“A fascinating portrayal of a complex individual.”—Broken Frontier

Scenes from a Childhood
Jon Fosse, translated by Damion Searls | Fitzcarraldo Editions | 9781910695531 | November 2018

“Fosse’s style—straightforward, unembellished, but ranging from the concisely spelled out to the more rambling stream-of-(troubled-)consciousness—is crisp and beautifully polished, while the variety of piece here ensures the reader isn’t overwhelmed by the narrow focus of any single narrative.”—The Complete Review

Thirty Days
Annelies Verbeke, translated by Liz Waters | World Editions | 9781642860054 | November 2018

“While the novel Thirty Days, by Annelies Verbeke deals with these very contemporary, divisive themes of immigration, displacement, racism, and the rise of hate groups, it is not an overtly political novel, but an artful examination of the rich, interior life of one Senegalese immigrant, living in Belgium.” —The Literary Review

Mephisto’s Waltz
Sergio Pitol, translated by George Henson | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920831 | January 2019

“This collection spans decades in PItol’s career, and the stories found within it are set in numerous countries, giving a fantastic sense of the dizzying life of their author. Pitol’s storytelling often takes storytelling itself as the subject, and the winding and complex tales here fantastically evoke different modes of memory and narrative.”—Words Without Borders

Fame: The Hijacking of Reality
Justine Bateman | Akashic Books |
9781617756603 | October 2018

“Walking through the familiar trappings of stardom—false friendships, abusive management, trust issues—Bateman underlines with grit the misconceptions of being a luminary which oft lead many to its pursuit.”—Women’s Review of Books

Cruel Fiction
Wendy Trevino | AK Press/Commune Editions |
9781934639252 | September 2018

“Wendy Trevino’s Cruel Fiction tells the truth about life as we know and endure it, restlessly picking at the hangnails of both history and heartbreak.”—ARTFORUM

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