Monthly Archives: March 2019

This Week’s Hot News

Glamour included Camille Acker’s Training School for Negro Girls, Louise Meriwether’s Daddy Was a Number Runner, and Katharine Butler Hathaway’s The Little Locksmith: A Memoir (all Feminist Press at CUNY) on its March 8 list of reading recommendations from female writers.

Chicago Magazine interviewed Sandra Cisneros, author of Puro Amor (Sarabande Books) in its March issue.

In its March 11 ode to independent publishers, the Chicago Tribune gave shout outs to Hernan Diaz’s In the Distance, Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing (both Coffee House Press); Eve Ewing’s poetry collections Electric Arches and 1919 (Haymarket Books); Dave Hoekstra and Steve Dahl’s Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died and John Dugan’s The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ Years of Music / Friendly / Dancing (both Curbside Splendor Publishing).

Little Rock, Arkansas NPR affiliate KUAR’s Arts & Letters interviewed Joe Meno and featured excerpts from his novel Marvel And A Wonder (Akashic Books) on March 3.

On March 8, Hypable recommended Rivers Solomon’s An Unkindness of Ghosts (Akashic Books) for fans of Captain Marvel.

Amir Shefayee interviewed Pamela Hart, author of Mothers Over Nangarhar (Sarabande Books), for Afghan Voices on Medium on March 5.

CrimeReads published an excerpt from Martin Suter’s Allmen and the Pink Diamond (New Vessel Press) on March 8.

An excerpt from John Patrick Leary’s Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism (Haymarket Books) was published by Literary Hub on March 11.

Maggie Gee, author of Virginia Woolf in Manhattan (Global Book Sales/Fentum) published an essay on Literary Hub on March 6.

Nikki Darling, author of Fade Into You (The Feminist Press at CUNY) had a conversation with Lilliam Rivera about science fiction and characters of color for Literary Hub on March 1.

A poem from Ann Townsend’s Dear Delinquent (Sarabande Books) was the March 8 poem of the day on Poets.org.

Books and Bao interviewed Mui Poopoksakul, translator of Duanwad Pimwana’s Arid Dreams: Stories (The Feminist Press at CUNY) on February 28.

Carolyn Choi, LaToya Council and Chelsea Johnson, authors of IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All (Dottir Press) were interviewed for the University of Southern California’s Daily Trojan on March 6.  

Alan Hruska, author of The Inglorious Arts (Prospect Park Books), published an original essay on Criminal Element on March 2.

Trisha Low, author of Socialist Realism (Coffee House Press), wrote an original essay for Open Space on March 7.

School Library Journal’s 100 Scope Notes recommended Alicia Acosta and Luis Amavisca’s I Love My Colorful Nails (NubeOcho) on March 12.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Pretty Things
Virginie Despentes, trans. Emma Ramadan | The Feminist Press at CUNY | 9781936932276 | August 2018
“Throughout, the prose shines—Emma Ramadan does a terrific job translating the original French into poetic, descriptive lines. I found myself stopping over and again to admire sentences that got a lot of work done with economy. . . . Just gorgeous.”—Maximum RocknRoll

Secret Voice Vol. 1
Zack Soto | Floating World Comics | 9781942801870 | April 2019
“Zack Soto’s The Secret Voice Vol. 1 is a book that melds the flourish and electricity of avant-garde comics with the imagination and complex world-building of genre fantasy.”—Broken Frontier

Chlorine Gardens
Keiler Roberts | Koyama Press | 9781927668580 | September 2018
“We’re blessed with many fine graphic memoirists these days, but with Chlorine Gardens, Keiler Roberts firmly establishes herself as being at the head of the class.”—Four Color Apocalypse

Ghost Queen
Britt Wilson | Koyama Press | 9781927668610 | September 2018
“This was such a fun book to read. I love watching scary things just like Miri and Luey and it was exciting to see the scary movie come to life. The illustrations in this book really helped to tell what was happening in the story even though there was not a lot of talking between the characters.”—Kids Book Buzz

Evie and the Truth About Witches
John Martz | Koyama Press | 9781927668597 | September 2018
“I thought the plot was very interesting. . . . John did lovely illustrations that made the book come to life. Each page makes you excited about what is about to happen next. This book would fit kids of all ages. I would recommend this book to all the kids out there from one to seventeen years old.”—Kids Book Buzz

A Student of History
Nina Revoyr | Akashic Books | 9781617756641 | March 2019
“This is a pulpy, entertaining mystery. If the premise grabs you, I recommend giving it a read.”—MuggleNet

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Congratulations to our Foreword Indies Finalists!

For LGBT Fiction:
Paper Is White | Hilary Zaid | Bywater Books | 9781612941134 | March 2018
The Fifth Woman | Nona Caspers | Sarabande Books | 9781946448170 | August 2018

For Literary Fiction:
The Fifth Woman | Nona Caspers | Sarabande Books | 9781946448170 | August 2018

For Multicultural Fiction:
Love War Stories | Ivelisse Rodriguez | The Feminist Press at CUNY | 9781936932252 | July 2018

For Adult Historical Fiction:
My Real Name Is Hanna | Tara Lynn Masih | Mandel Vilar Press | 9781942134510 | September 2018

For Short Stories:
Perfect Conditions | Vanessa Blakeslee | Curbside Splendor Publishing | 9781945883156 | August 2018
Wattle & Daub | Brian Coughlan | Etruscan Press | 9780998750835 | November 2018

For Poetry:
Cenzontle | Marcelo Hernandez Castillo | BOA Editions | 9781942683537 | April 2018

For Comics & Graphic Novels:
Queen of Kenosha | Howard Shapiro, illus. Erica Chan | Animal Media | 9780997431520 | October 2018
Cecil and Jordan In New York | Gabrielle Bell | Uncivilized Books | 9781941250266 | October 2018
One Dirty Tree | Noah Van Sciver | Uncivilized Books | 9781941250273 | October 2018

For Essays:
Freedom Fighters and Hell Raisers: A Gallery of Memorable Southerners | Hal Crowther | Blair | 9780932112781 | October 2018
Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) | Rebecca Solnit | Haymarket Books | 9781608469468 | September 2018

For Anthologies:
All We Know of Pleasure: Poetic Erotica by Women | edited by Enid Shomer | Blair | 9780932112972 | November 2018

For Autobiography & Memoir:
Retablos: Stories From a Life Lived Along the Border | Octavio Solis | City Lights Publishers | 9780872867864 | October 2018

For Multicultural Nonfiction:
Radicals in the Barrio: Magonistas, Socialists, Wobblies, and Communists in the Mexican-American Working Class | Justin Akers Chacón | Haymarket Books | 9781608467754 | June 2018

For Political & Social Sciences:
Six by Ten: Stories from Solitary | edited by Mateo Hoke and Taylor Pendergrass | Haymarket Books |  9781608469567 | October 2018
The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup | Dana Frank | Haymarket Books | 9781608469604 | November 2018

For Business & Economics:
A Finer Future: Creating an Economy in Service to Life | L. Hunter Lovins, Stewart Wallis, Anders Wijkman, and John Fullerton | New Society Publishers | 9780865718982 | October 2018
An Economy of Well-Being: Common-sense Tools for Building Genuine Wealth and Happiness | Mark Anielski | 9780865718739 | May 2018

For Ecology & Environment:
Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future | Susan Reed and Ginny Stibolt | New Society Publishers | 9780865718883 | April 2018

For Education:
Freedom to Learn: Creating a Classroom Where Every Child Thrives | Art Wilans and Cari Williams | New Society Publishers | 9780865718784 | May 2018
Loose Parts 3: Inspiring Culturally Sustainable Environments | Miriam Beloglovsky and Lisa Daly | Redleaf Press | 9781605544663 | April 2018
STEAM Concepts for Infants and Toddlers | Nichole A. Baumgart and Linda R. Kroll | Redleaf Press | 9781605545547 | August 2018

For Family & Relationships:
Cracking the Boy Code: How to Understand and Talk with Boys | Adam Cox | New Society Publishers | 9780865718760 | May 2018

For Self-Help:
The Aging of Aquarius: Igniting Passion and Purpose as an Elder | Helen Wilkes | New Society Publishers | 9780865718944 | September 2018

For Travel:
Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do It Right and Be Polite! | Amy Chavez, illus. Jun Hazuki | Stone Bridge Press | 9781611720433 | June 2018

For Nature:
The Delightful Horror of Family Birding: Sharing Nature with the Next Generation | Eli J. Knapp | Torrey House Press | 9781937226916 | October 2018

For Picture Books:
The Truly Brave Princesses | Dolores Brown, illus. Sonja Wimmer | NubeOcho | 9788417123383 | October 2018

For Picture Books – Early Reader:
A Big Help | Daniel Fehr, illus. Benjamin Leroy | NubeOcho | 9788417123215 | November 2018

For Juvenile Fiction:
That Night, A Monster | Marzena Sowa, illus. Berenika Kolomycka | Uncivilized Books/ODOD | 9781941250303 | September 2018

For Young Adult Fiction:
My Real Name Is Hanna | Tara Lynn Masih | Mandel Vilar Press | 9781942134510 | September 2018

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Congratulations to our Triangle Award Finalists!

Winner of the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement: Jaime Manrique
Like This Afternoon Forever | Jaime Manrique | Akashic Books/Kaylie Jones Books | 9781617757150 | June 2019
Cervantes Street | Jaime Manrique | Akashic Books | 9781617751264 | September 2012

For the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
Not Here | Hieu Minh Nguyen | Coffee House Press | 9781566895095 | April 2018
Cenzontle | Marcelo Hernandez Castillo | BOA Editions | 9781942683537 | April 2018

For the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction:
Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice | Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha | Arsenal Pulp Press | 9781551527383 | October 2018

For the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Varient Literature:
Some Animal | Ely Shipley | Nightboat Books | 9781937658793 | May 2018

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Congratulations to our Lammy Finalists!

For Lesbian Fiction:
La Bastarda | Trifonia Melibea Obono | The Feminist Press at CUNY | 9781936932238 | April 2018
The Fifth Woman | Nona Caspers | Sarabande Books | 9781946448170 | August 2018
Maggie Terry | Sarah Schulman | The Feminist Press at CUNY | 9781936932399 | September 2018
Sodom Road Exit | Amber Dawn | Arsenal Pulp Press | 9781551527161 | April 2018
The Tiger Flu | Larissa Lai | Arsenal Pulp Press | 9781551527314 | October 2018

For Gay Fiction:
Jonny Appleseed | Joshua Whitehead | Arsenal Pulp Press | 9781551527253 | May 2018

For Transgender Fiction:
Little Fish | Casey Plett | Arsenal Pulp Press | 9781551527208 | May 2018
Sketchtasy | Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | Arsenal Pulp Press | 9781551527291 | October 2018

For Lesbian Poetry:
Obits. | Tes Liem | Coach House Books | 9781552453766 | October 2018
Surge | Etel Adnan | Nightboat Books | 9781937658854 | August 2018
Who Is Trixie the Trasher? And Other Questions | Jane Miller | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595400 | September 2018

For Gay Poetry:
ESL or You Weren’t Here | Aldrin Valdez | Nightboat Books | 9781937658861 | October 2018
Indecency | Justin Phillip Reed | Coffee House Press | 9781566895149 | May 2018
Not Here | Hieu Minh Nguyen | Coffee House Press | 9781566895095 | April 2018

For Bisexual Poetry:
Cenzontle | Marcelo Hernandez Castillo | BOA Editions | 9781942683537 | April 2018

For Transgender Poetry:
Some Animal | Ely Shipley | Nightboat Books | 9781937658793 | May 2018

For Lesbian Romance:
Beowulf For Cretins: A Love Story |Ann McMan | Bywater Books | 9781612941172 | June 2018

For LGBTQ Erotica:
Crossplay | Niki Smith | Iron Circus Comics | 9781945820144 | May 2018

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Evil Things
Katja Ivar | Bitter Lemon Press | 9781912242092 | February 2019
“One of the finest books to be released this season.”—Mystery Scene Magazine
“[A] chilling entry in this three-part series.”—New York Journal of Books

What’s Left of the Night
Ersi Sotiropoulos, trans. Karen Emmerich | New Vessel Press | 9781939931610 | October 2018
“Imaginative. . . . Karen Emmerich does a wonderful job translating the original Greek, with an English that flows easily, while keeping the feel of poetry. A well-researched, sympathetic novel, it should inspire readers to discover or rediscover Cavafy’s poetry.”—The Gay & Lesbian Review

Lima :: Limón
Natalie Scenters-Zapico | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595318 | May 2019
“Powerful. . . . The collection is resolute in its treatment of the violence and brutality inflicted upon women. It confronts abuse in all its complexity.”—Latino Book Review

Flowers of Mold & Other Stories
Seong-Nan Ha, trans. Janet Hong | Open Letter | 9781940953960 | April 2019
“The ten well-crafted works of short fiction. . . . make the skin-crawl—not by overly explicit description, although there can be that too, but rather by imbuing her characters with a certain inescapable creepiness.”—Asian Review of Books

The Eye: An Insider’s Memoir of Masterpieces, Money, and the Magnetism of Art
Philippe Costamagna, trans. Frank Wynne | New Vessel Publishing | 9781939931580 | August 2018
“Fascinating. . . . Takes the reader on a historical, personal and detective-like global exploration of the art world.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune

Malva
Hagar Peeters, trans. Vivien Glass | DoppelHouse Press | 9780999754429 | September 2018
“The writing is lyrical, sensuous, animated by Latin passion and flights of the imagination.”—Full Stop

Exiles of Eden
Ladan Osman | Coffee House Press | 9781566895446 | May 2019
“Exile here is a daily longing, a gift and curse of an outsider eye, an experience that grapples with the word ‘relative’ in all its meanings.”—The Adirondack Review

Things to Make and Break
May-Lan Tan | Coffee House Press | 9781566895279 | October 2018
“Studded with beautifully blunt, at times merciless, sentences, Things to Make and Break peels back the physical and social world with the point of a scalpel.”—The Caroline Quarterly

Swinging on a Star
David Trinidad | Turtle Point Press | 9781933527970 | October 2017
“These poems are pure, simple fun. They undermine any literary pretensions, smug gratuitous cleverness, or post-modern ventriloquy, giving us instead the agile acuity of a truly brilliant American poet.”—Pleiades

The Wolf Who Wanted to Fall in Love
Orianne Lallemand, illus. Eléonore Thuilllier | Auzou | 9782733852446 | December 2017
“In this funny picture book children will encounter a wolf who has a very familiar problem. He gets advice from all kinds of well-meaning friends, but in the end it turns out that love is a quixotic thing that cannot be forced.”—Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews

Lunch Quest
Chris Kuzma | Koyama Press | 9781927668658 | June 2019
“This comic is a great way of introducing non-naturalistic storytelling to young readers, reconnecting them to basic concepts of shape and showing them how it can tell a story.”—High-Low

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This Week’s Hot News

Amy Irvine, author of Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness (Torrey House Press), was interviewed by NPR affiliate Utah Public Radio on February 25 and by Orion Magazine on March 5.

Brian Evenson’s Song for the Unraveling of the World, Sam Savage’s An Orphanage of Dreams (both Coffee House Press), Sarah Pinsker’s Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea (Small Beer Press), and Alison C. Rollins’s Library of Small Catastrophes (Copper Canyon Press) were all featured on the Goodreads list “Most Anticipated Small Press Books of 2019” on February 20.

Ed Bok Lee’s Mitochondrial Night (Coffee House Press) and Sarah Pinsker’s Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea (Small Beer Press) were included on Chicago Review of Books’s February 8 list of March’s best books.

Chicago Review of Books interviewed Peter Mishler, author of Fludde (Sarabande Books) on February 26.

John Feffer, author of Frostlands (Haymarket Books) was interviewed by Truthout on March 3. Truthout published an excerpt from Frostlands on February 28.

On March 5, two poems from Ed Bok Lee’s Mitochondrial Night (Coffee House Press) were excerpted by The Margins and Lee appeared on Poets & Writers podcast.

CrimeReads published an excerpt from Tony Bellotto’s Bellini & The Sphinx (Akashic Books) on February 28.

CrimeReads included New Orleans Noir: The Classics (edited by Julie Smith; Akashic Books) on its March 5 list “New Orleans: The Crime Fiction of Carnival.”

Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s podcast The Slowdown Show featured a poem from Kiki Petrosino’s Witch Wife (Sarabande Books) on February 18.

Pros & Prose podcast interviewed Wyomia Tyus, author of Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story (Akashic Books), on February 2019

Thrive Global quoted Nevin Harper’s Nature Based Therapy: A Practitioner’s Guide to Working Outdoors with Children, Youth, and Families (New Society Publishers) in an article on taking a walk during your workday on March 1.
Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, author of Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma (Monkfish Book Publishing), was interviewed on Boulder, Colorado KGNU Public Radio Womyn Air on February 25.

Skylar Wilson and Jennifer Listug, authors of Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action (Monkfish Book Publishing), were interviewed by Dr. Zohara Hieronimus on her show 21st Century Radio on February 24.  

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