Monthly Archives: January 2019

This Week’s Hot News

Publishers Weekly interviewed T Fleischmann, author of Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through (Coffee House Press), for its January 18 issue.

On January 29 in Publishers Weekly, booksellers named Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport (Biblioasis) and Rachel DeWoskin’s Banshee (Dottir) as two of the hottest books at Winter Institute 2019.

Literal Magazine published an excerpt from Tony Bellotto’s Bellini and the Sphinx (Akashic Books) on January 22.

Attention, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel fans: on January 25, Angela Readman, author of Something Like Breathing (And Other Stories) compiled a reading list for Electric Literature of books by women set in or about the 1950s.

Literary Hub published an article about feminist sci-fi treasure Native Tongue (The Feminist Press at CUNY) on January 15.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Brat
Michael DeForge | Koyama Press | 9781927668603 | September 2018

Brat is at its playful best when viewed rather than merely read.”—PopMatters

Blood, Fire, Death: The Swedish Metal Story
Ika Johannesson & Jon Jefferson Klingborg | Feral House | 9781627310673 | November 2018

“Throughout the book, Johannesson and Klingberg insert themselves into the narrative, making no pretense to journalistic objectivity. They’re fans of the music, and they prefer to serve as informed tour guides.”—Rock and Roll Globe

Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return
Martin Riker | Coffee House Press | 9781566895286 | October 2018

“A worthwhile, thoughtful—and hilarious—read.”—New York Journal of Books

Zion’s Fiction: A Treasury of Israeli Speculative Fiction
Sheldon Teitelbaum, editor | Mandel Vilar | 9781942134527 | September 2018

“‘[T]reasury’ is exactly the right word to describe what we find in the collection. Buried in these fascinating exercises in imaginative fiction are glimpses of the anxieties and aspirations of the real Israel.”—Los Angeles Jewish Journal

An Orphanage of Dreams
Sam Savage | Coffee House Press | 9781566895309 | January 2019

“An elegiac collection of trim stories that is at times humorous and mischievous and at others bleak and illusory.”—Splice

Hi Jax & Hi Jinx: Life’s a Pitch – and Then You Live Forever
Dame Darcy | Feral House | 9781627310697 | December 2018

“Feels like the friend you always wanted to have: creative, bold, and ambitious–like the cool girl who walks down the halls of high school, when she bothers to show up, and throws a smile your way even though you’re not popular.”—LA Beat

Limbo
Dan Fox | Fitzcarraldo Editions | 9781910695807 | April 2019  

“A f*cking ideal read because it’s a well-written, intellectually vigorous long essay. . . . Limbo is clever, witty, emotive, articulate and fun. I’d recommend it.”—Triumph of the Now

In the Distance
Hernan Diaz | Coffee House Press | 9781566894883 | October 2017

“Diaz is a magician. We await more magic.”—Epiphany

Weegee: Serial Photographer
Max de Radigues, illus. Wauter Mannaert | Conundrum Press | 9781772620238 | May 2018

“Wauter Mannaert’s frenetic black-and-white illustrations are the perfect match for the iconic photography of Weegee, who was treated in his time as a hack, even though he is now seen as a true artist. This artistic take on his fascinating life is the perfect tribute.”—Digital Camera World

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

“What an incredible book!. . . . Brilliance in the dual sense of light and insight, or enlightenment of mind and spirit. I can’t think of another book as a parallel to the unique angle of this one, in its structure and in its content.”—Natural Spirituality

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Nine Consortium Titles Honored on 2019 Over the Rainbow Booklist

Congratulations to all the honorees on the 2019 Over the Rainbow Booklist! Selected annually by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Roundtable of the American Library Association (ALA-GLBTRT), the list recognizes the best contributions to queer publishing each year. We’re thrilled to have nine books on the list across multiple categories:

Top Ten Overall:

Mean by Myriam Gurba (Coffee House Press)

For Genre Fiction:

Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn (Arsenal Pulp Press)

An Unkindness of Ghosts by River Solomon (Akashic Books)

For Graphic Narrative:

Sugar Town by Hazel Newlevant (Alternative Comics)

For Literary and General Interest:

La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono (The Feminist Press at CUNY)

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead (Arsenal Pulp Press)

For Poetry:

Black Queer Hoe Britteney Black Rose Kapri (Haymarket Books)

full-metal indigiqueer: the pro(1,0)zoa by Joshua Whitehead (Talonbooks)

Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen (Coffee House Press)

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This Week’s Hot News

On January 22, the Chicago Tribune.com reported that Eve Ewing, author of Electric Arches and 1919 (both Haymarket Books) will write a Marvel adventure featuring Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man.

Pamela Hart’s Mothers Over Nangarhar (Sarabande Books) was included on Vulture’s January 14 list of January’s best poetry collections and the Millions January 8 list of January “Must-Read Poetry.”

On January 15, Words Without Borders highlighted Zsófia Bán’s Night School: A Reader for Grownups (trans. Jim Tucker; Open Letter Books) on its January Watchlist.

Ploughshares interviewed Erika Meitner, author of Holy Moly Carry Me (BOA Editions), on January 9.  

The Comics Journal interviewed Mickey Zacchilli, author of Space Academy 123 (Koyama Press) on January 18.

Anastasia Higginbotham, author of Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Dottir Press), was interviewed by Pittsburgh NPR affiliate WESA.FM on January 22.  

On January 17th, Katharine Coles, author of Look Both Ways: A Double Journey Along My Grandmother’s Far-Flung Path (Turtle Point Press), was interviewed on Washington DC radio station WPFW’s On the Margin.

Let’s Talk Picture Books interviewed Elise R. Peterson, illustrator of The Nightlife of Jacuzzi Gaskett (Dottir Press) on January 18.

Extra Inks included Keiler Roberts’s Chlorine Gardens (Koyama Press) on its January 19 list of 2018 favorites.

Joan Diver, author of When Spirit Calls: A Healing Odyssey (Monkfish Book Publishing), was interviewed by host David McMillian on his show Strategies for Living Radio on January 18.  

LitReactor named Brian Evenson’s Song for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House Press) on of the “Most Anticipated Books of the First Half of 2019” on January 18.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

You & A Bike & A Road 
Eleanor Davis | Koyama Press | 9781927668405 | May 2017
“[G]ritty, funny, and triumphant in surprising ways.”—Outside Magazine.com

The Wolf Who Learned Self-Control
Orianne Lallemand, illus. Eleonore Thuillier | Auzou | 9782733861479 | October 2018
“Children who are learning self-control will benefit from the lessons Wolf learns. Themes of self-confidence and friendship are intertwined in the story.”—Oregon Coast Youth Book Preview Center

Amsterdam Noir
René Appel and Josh Pachter, editors | Akashic Books | 9781617756146 | January 2019
“An appealing compendium, with welcome doses of local color and atmosphere.”—New York Journal of Books

Not Here
Hieu Minh Nguyen | Coffee House Press | 9781566895095 | April 2018
“Again and again, [Nguyen] slowly drops you then catches you, from one revelatory juxtaposition to the next.”—Adroit Journal

Depeche Mode: Monument
Dennis Burmeister and Sascha Lange | Akashic Books | 9781617755934 | November 2017
“[T]his is a visually stunning and worthwhile read. It is both entrancing and heartfelt while at the same time informational, genuine and candid, and the reverence felt for the band by the author is contagious.”—Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal

Empty Words
Mario Levrero | Coffee House Press | 9781566895460 | May 2019
“One can take this genre as a diary, as a novel entirely imagined, as an autobiographical or purely psychological analysis, ‘an act of self-construction’ . . . .A Cartesian mind who wishes to decide would deprive himself of the healthy freedom that Mario Levrero offers him.”—Nouveaux Espaces Latinos

Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma
Rabbi Tirzah Firestone | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781948626026 | April 2019
“[B]oth a labor of love as well as an intellectual tour de force. . . . Rabbi Firestone teaches us how to listen, to ourselves and to others. Her book should be read by everyone who wishes personal healing and the healing of this traumatized world.”—Tikkun Magazine

The Heart of the Goddess: Art, Myth and Meditations of the World’s Sacred Feminine
Hallie Iglehart Austen | Monkfish Books Publishing | 9781939681942 | October 2018
“Regardless of how many books you own or have read about goddesses, I guarantee you that you’ve never encountered anything like this. Informative, spiritual, and filled with art pieces from antiquity to contemporary times, The Heart of the Goddess is, and will remain, a classic.”—Magical Buffet

Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story
Wyomia Tyus and Elizabeth Terzakis | Akashic Books/Edge of Sports | 9781617756580 | September 2018
“A must read. Written with clarity, candor, and boundless energy, it demonstrates the resolve of the human spirit to emerge victorious against the greatest odds.”—Jamaica Gleaner

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Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story
Wyomia Tyus and Elizabeth Terzakis | Akashic Books/Edge of Sports | 9781617756580 | September 2018
“It’s an interesting account, especially for what it shows about [Tyus’s] world, which became dramatically wider (she was raised in the rural south but traveled extensively as a result of her athletic expertise) as well as for the gender dynamics prevailing in the era when she was coming up as an Olympian.”—History News Network

Comemadre
Roque Larraquy | Coffee House Press | 9781566895156 | July 2018
“Reading Roque Larraquy’s excellent and twisted novel Comemadre is an exercise in duality: mind and body, present and past, science and art.”—New Letters

Betwixt-and-Between
Jenny Boully | Coffee House Press | 9781566895101 | April 2018
“Boully has given us a supple and suggestive volume, one dedicated to multiplying literary possibilities even as it names and forcefully critiques the economic and institutional forces that construct and constrain such possibility.”—Georgia Review

Struck: A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph
Doug Segal | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551383 | October 2018
“Heartbreaking, inspiring, unflinchingly honest, and often funny as hell. . . as spellbinding as the best binge-worthy TV show. Except that every moment of this story is real.”—Arizona Jewish Post

Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman
Jeffreen M. Hayes | D. Giles | 9781911282228 | October 2018
“A welcome addition to the scant coverage of this important and influential American artist.”—ARLIS/NA

The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler’s Cross: Rescuing a Symbol of Peace from the Forces of Hate
T. K. Nakagaki | Stone Bridge Press | 9781611720457 | September 2018
“[Nakagaki] details the swastika’s Eastern roots and traces its use in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. All these uses predate the Nazi’s appropriation of the symbol by centuries.”—Lion’s Roar

Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories
Vandana Singh | Small Beer Press | 9781618731432 | February 2018
“Vandana Singh tells sci-fi stories that stray far from the norm. . . . Ambiguity Machines is a remarkable and thought-provoking collection.”—Virginia Living

The Summer of Dead Birds
Ali Liebegott | The Feminist Press at CUNY | 9781936932504 | March 2019
“[A] wondrous accomplishment. . . . The Summer of Dead Birds doesn’t want to lift you up. It wants to excite you about the natural history of sorrow and to point out the similarity between freedom and grief. . . . [T]he book is sly and surprising, melding sadness and comedy.”—Women’s Review of Books

Under Water
J.L. Powers | Catalyst Press | 9781941026031 | January 2019
“[Under Water] is not a Disneyfied version of life for a young girl in a South African community, but a true-to-life examination of adolescence, cultural complexities, and global issues. For young adult readers, this is a book that will not sugar coat and will provoke thoughtful conversation about many difficult topics.”—New Pages

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This Week’s Hot News

A January 14 Minneapolis, Minnesota Star Tribune article about the growth of poetry interviewed Hieu Minh Nguyen, author of Not Here and Bao Phi, author of Thousand Star Hotel and discussed Justin Phillip Reed’s Indecency (all Coffee House Press) and Franny Choi, author of Soft Science (Alice James Books).

Hello Giggles named Angela Readman’s Something Like Breathing (And Other Stories) one of “The Best New Books To Read This Week” on January 14.

Book Riot’s January 14 list of “50 Must-Read 2019 Poetry Collections” included seventeen Consortium titles! From Copper Canyon Press: Jericho Brown’s The Tradition C.D. Wright’s Casting Deep Shade: An Amble, Deborah Landau’s Soft Targets, and Tishani Doshi’s Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods; from Coffee House Press: Ed Bok Lee’s Mitochondrial Night, Ladan Ali Osman’s Exiles of Eden, and Justin Phillip Reed’s Indecency; from Haymarket Books: Eve Ewing’s 1919, editors Fatimah Asghar & Safia Elhillo’s Halal If You Hear Me: The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3, and José Olivarez’s Citizen Illegal; from Alice James Books: Andres Cerpa’s Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy and Franny Choi’s Soft Science; from The Feminist Press at CUNY: Ali Liebegott’s The Summer of Dead Birds and Claudia D. Hernandez’s Knitting the Fog; from Wave Books: Magdalena Zurawski’s The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom and Michael Earl Craig’s Woods and Clouds Interchangeable; and from Nightboat Books: Marwa Helal’s Invasive Species.

Jericho Brown, author of The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press), was included in Publishers Weekly’s “Authors and Books to Watch” feature in its annual Winter Institute supplement.

On January 9, in Comics Beat’s Annual Creator Survey, Emma Rios named Emily Carroll’s When I Arrived at the Castle (Koyama Press) as the biggest comic of 2019, and Tom Kaczynski gave shoutouts to Uncivilized Books’ Cannonball by Kelsey Wroten and Stonebreaker by Peter Wartman

Alia Trabucco Zerán, author of The Remainder (Coffee House Press), wrote an essay for PEN Transmissions on December 21.  

Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s January 11 Morning Bites highlighted Rita Indiana’s Tentacle (And Other Stories) and T Fleischmann’s Time is a Thing a Body Moves Through (Coffee House Press).

On January 2, the Millions published a conversation between Maggie Terry by Sarah Schulman, author of Maggie Terry (The Feminist Press at CUNY) and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of Sketchtasy (Arsenal Pulp Press)

As a Publishers Weekly Rising Star Honoree, Akashic’s Director of Publicity and Social Media Susannah Lawrence participated in a roundtable on the future of publishing for the January 7 Publishers Weekly.

On January 2, Vikki Warner, author of Tenemental: Adventures of a Reluctant Landlady (The Feminist Press at CUNY), published an essay on Electric Literature.

Claire McFall’s Outcasts (Floris Books) was included in the 2019 Publishers Marketplace BuzzBooks campaign beginning January 16.

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Seattle, Washington NPR affiliate NUOW’s The Record interviewed Catharine Murray, author of Now You See the Sky (Akashic Books) on December 18.

Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers’s December 21 Year in Reading list for the Millions included Tracy Franz’s book My Year of Dirt and Water (Stone Bridge Press).

Yardenne Greenspan wrote an essay about her experience reading Asmaa al-Ghoul’s memoir A Rebel in Gaza (DoppelHouse Press) for Ploughshares on January 7.

Joan Diver, author of When Sprit Calls (Monkfish Book Publishing) wrote an article for Awareness Magazine’s September/October 2018 issue.

Cultura Colectiva included Trisha Low’s Socialist Realism (Coffee House Press) on a December 27 list of  “5 Beautiful Book Covers You’ll Want to Show Off While Riding the Subway.”

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

The Vagabond Valise
Siris | Conundrum Press/BDANG | 9781772620276 | October 2018
“What starts out as a comic that is likely to give you PTSD ends up as one that will much more likely inspire you, maybe even settle you.”—Comics Beat

Weegee: Serial Photographer
Max de Radigues & Wauter Mannaert | Conundrum Press | 9781772620238 | May 2018

“It’s pretty cool to see this other side of Weegee, the slightly more human side of the guy with the big camera and the bad attitude, and Mannaert’s art really brings the era and the photos to life.”—Smash Pages

Knucklehead
Adam Smyer | Akashic Books | 9781617755873 | February 2018

“Funny, astute, multidimensional Hayes, by opining on his own experience, resists being read as a stereotype. . . . Knucklehead would not be out of place on a shelf of books by Ellison, Wright, Dreiser, Fitzgerald, Updike, and other writers who have tried to capture what it means to live in America.”—Literary Chick

First We Surf, Then We Eat: Recipes from a Lifetime of Surf Travel
Jim Kempton | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551338 | September 2018

“This is a beautiful book that should belong on the coffee table or in the kitchen of every surfer, foodie, traveler and anyone with a lust for life.”—Coast News

The Discovery of Fireworks and Gunpowder
Phil Amara and Oliver Chin, illus. Juan Calle | Immedium | 9781597021425 | November 2018

“Emma and Ethan meet a talking red panda named Dao who takes them on a trip back in time to explain how gunpowder and fireworks were invented in China. The narrative begins with a story element but is primarily non-fiction, with clear but simple facts, supported by a glossary in the back. There is a little bit of chemistry as well as history that is appropriate for the intended audience. The full-color cartoon artwork is lively.”—Association of Children’s Librarians, Bayviews, December 2018

A House in the Jungle
Nathan Gelgud | Koyama Press | 9781927668627 | October 2018

“Gelgud’s most intriguing oddities occur at a deeper meta-level. A House in the Jungle isn’t just a story—it’s a comics story exploring the comics form that contains it.”—PopMatters

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

The Horseman’s Song
Ben Pastor | Bitter Lemon Press | 9781912242115 | March 2019

“An expertly crafted mystery by a master of the genre, The Horseman’s Song is an especially recommended addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections.”—Midwest Book Review

The Lake on Fire
Rosellen Brown | Sarabande Books | 9781946448231 | October 2018

“Despite its obvious relevance to contemporary matters, the novel is not merely a critique of the present disguised as a narrative set in the past, nor are the characters simply thinly veiled excuses for pitting different political ideologies against each other; their psychologies extend far beyond the views they embody.”—Women’s Review of Books

Your Golden Sun Still Shines
Denise Sullivan | Manic D Press | 9781945665059 | October 2017

“. . . . San Francisco’s golden sun still shines even as times change. This collection shows a snapshot of a city in transition.”—KCET of Los Angeles

Sweet Little C*nt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet
Anne Elizabeth Moore | Uncivilized Books | 9781941250280 | December 2018

Though it can be theoretically dense, Moore’s great gift to scholarship on Doucet’s work and/or the history of non-cis-male comic-makers, is her focus on the details of Doucet’s comics: from her alertness to moments when a character’s foot kicks through the outline of a panel because of the foot’s enthusiasm, to all of the graphic elements that add up to a sequence being a ‘dreamoir’ (dream memoir), to the relative fragility of lettering and line weight. Moore’s attention is razor sharp and brings imagery that one may not have seen in person in many years to the forefront of our consciousness.Hyperallergic

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