Monthly Archives: March 2019

This Week’s Hot Reviews

Fludde: Poems
Peter Mishler | Sarabande Books | 9781946448194 | May 2018
“The poems of Fludde tend to resemble James Tate’s early and mid-career poems, albeit with less goofiness and more gravitas. Still, as in Tate’s best work, whimsical play and occasional moments of absurdist humor add texture to Mishler’s poems without deflecting our attention from the pain that is housed in the heart of the collection.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

Hong Kong Noir
edited by Jason Y. Ng and Susan Blumberg-Kason | Akashic Books | 9781617756726 | December 2018
“Crime fiction has to work hard to compete in a city where dismembered bodies make conspicuous appearances in news headlines. . . . The result is natives and expats mingle with returning Cantonese and displaced mainlanders, each (often correctly) suspicious of the others’ motives. . . .  As far as the city itself is concerned, this collection represents Hong Kong to its very core.”—Asian Review of Books

The Lake on Fire
Rosellen Brown | Sarabande Books | 9781946448231 | October 2018
“[A] poetic and moving meditation on the choices we make to achieve the lives we imagine.”—Seattle Book Review

A Rebel in Gaza: Behind the Lines of the Arab Spring, One Woman’s Story
Asmaa al-Ghoul, Selim Nassib, trans. Mike Mitchell | DoppelHouse Press | 9780998777054 | November 2018
“In recent years, translations of al-Ghoul’s Arabic-language journalism and political commentary have come to the attention of the international media. . . . Al-Ghoul [makes] much of literature’s ability to subvert doctrinaire conceptual frameworks. . . . [In so] doing, [she] enables Palestinian society to retain a measure of psychological health. Nothing could be more important, as the sad truth is that the occupation shows no sign of coming to an end.”—Believer Logger

The Goose Fritz
Sergei Lebedev, trans. Antonina W. Bouis | New Vessel Press | 9781939931641 | March 2019
“Lebedev’s novel abounds with the sweep of history, but by filtering the experience of several generations through the perspective of one deeply introverted character, he achieves a decidedly intimate take on the form. Hanging over the proceedings is a question of national identity, which adds another dimension to the narrative.”—Words Without Borders

The Lost Boys: Inside Muzafer Sherif’s Robbers Cave Experiment
Gina Perry | Scribe US | 9781947534605 | April 2019
“Perry writes about Sherif’s complicated past, why he was able to carry out the test, and how the boys banded against each other at the camp. But she also digs into the theory behind it, which feels spookily relevant now: the idea that we easily pick sides based on arbitrary circumstances, and that can lead to violence.”—Outside Magazine

Collage by Women: 50 Essential Contemporary Artists
edited by Rebeka Elizegi | Promopress | 9788416851775 | May 2019
“Born from the belief that women’s voices are of the utmost relevance in all cultural and social fields, the book will surely contribute to a healthier, more comprehensive, more inclusive understanding of our reality.”—Empty Mirror

Beyond the Face: New Perspectives on Portraiture
edited by Wendy Wick Reaves | GILES | 9781911282204 | September 2018
“Useful not just for art historians but those interested in identity politics and American cultural history.”—ARLIS/NA

Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma
Rabbi Tirzah Firestone | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781948626026 | April 2019
“Rabbi Firestone has emerged as a moral leader who has come through the eye of her own life’s needle, and who is thus able to see a future beyond tragedy.”—Tikkun

The Chancellor and the Citadel 
Maria Capelle Frantz | Iron Circus Comics | 9781945820267 | February 2019
“A uniquely stunning debut graphic novel.”—Multiversity Comics

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This Week’s Hot News

Franny Choi, author of Soft Science (Alice James Books), was interviewed by Lumina Journal on March 21, the Iowa Review on March 15, and Michigan Quarterly Review on March 13. Poems from Soft Science were published in the Spring 2019 issues of the Paris Review and Arkansas International and read on Spokane, Washington NPR affiliate KPBX’s Poetry Momenton March 7.

AK press author Patrick Strickland, author of Alerta! Alerta!: Snapshots of Europe’s Anti-fascist Struggle (AK Press) wrote an article about the white nationalist Christchurch massacre in New Zealand for the New Republic on March 15, for which he interviewed Alexander Reid Ross, author of Against the Fascist Creep (AK Press).

Without Protection by Gala Mukomolova (Coffee House Press), Death Threat by Vivek Shraya and Ness Lee, Disintegrate/Dissociate by Arielle Twist (both Arsenal Pulp Press) and Soft Science by Franny Choi (Alice James Books) were included on Autostraddle’s March 21 list of “20 New Books by or About Queer Women to Read This Spring.”

On March 25, Ladan Osman, author of Exiles of Eden (Coffee House Press), published the first in a series of essays in World Literature Today.

Deborah Landau’s Soft Targets, Natalie Scenters-Zapico’s Lima :: Limón (both Copper Canyon Press), and Franny Choi’s Soft Science (Alice James Press) were included on Bustle’s March 22 list of spring 2019 must-read poetry collections.

A poem from Ed Bok Lee’s Mitochondrial Night (Coffee House Press was published by Literary Hub on March 25.

The Rumpus interviewed Nina Revoyr, author of A Student of History (Akashic Books) on March 22.

The Cut’s No Man’s Landmagazine interviewed Eve Ewing, author of 1919 and Electric Arches (Haymarket Books) on March

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, author of Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma (Monkfish Book Publishing) wrote an article for the March 6 issue of Tikkun Magazine.

Asja Bakić, author of Mars: Stories (trans. Jennifer Zoble; The Feminist Press at CUNY) wrote an essay for Literary Hub on March 21. Eastern Iowa’s The Gazette wrote an article about Bakić on March 10.

Tentacle by Rita Indiana (trans. Acny Obejas; And Other Stories), All My Goodbyes by Mariana Dimópulos (trans. Alice Whitmore; Transit Books), Arid Dreams: Stories by Duanwad Pimwana (trans. Mui Poopoksakul; The Feminist Press at CUNY), and Flowers of Mold & Other Stories by Ha Seong-Nan (trans. Janet Hong; Open Letter Books) were included on Book Riot’s March 8 list of most exciting 2019 books in translation.

Consortium titles dominated Book Riot’s March 22 list of “50 of the Best Poetry Books from Authors of Contemporary Works,” which included Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s Oceanic (Copper Canyon Press), Aja Monet’s My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter (Haymarket Books), Chen Chen’s When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions), Dorothea Lasky’s Milk (Wave Books), Erika Meitner’s Holy Moly Carry Me (BOA Editions), Etel Adnan’s Night (Nightboat Books), Eve L. Ewing’s Electric Arches (Haymarket Books), Hieu Ming Nguyen’s Not Here (Coffee House Press), Javier Zamora’s Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon Press), Jericho Brown’s The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press), José Olivarez’s Citizen Illegal (Haymarket Books), Justin Phillip Reed’s Indecency (Coffee House Press), Kaveh Akbar’s Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books), Marcelo Hernandez Castillo’s Cenzontle (BOA Editions), Natalie Diaz’s When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon Press), Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky With Exit Wounds(Copper Canyon Press), Rachel McKibbins’s Blud(Copper Canyon Press), Ursula K. Le Guin’s So Far So Good (Copper Canyon Press), Victoria Chang’s Barbie Chang (Copper Canyon Press), and The Breakbeat Poets Vol.2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books).

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Carmen Suen, a contributor to Hong Kong Noir (Akashic Books), wrote an article about the book for the inaugural issue of Vogue Hong Kong. See a photo on Carmen’s Twitter.

The German film version of Martin Suter’s Allmen and the Dragonflies (New Vessel Press) is now available to stream with English subtitles on MHz Choice.

Erika Meitner, author of Holy Moly Carry Me (BOA Editions), was interviewed on NPR affiliate WVTF Virginia Public Radio on March 14. Literary Hub published a poem from the collection on March 11.

Naomi Shihab Nye, author of The Tiny Journalist (BOA Editions) was interviewed on NPR affiliate Utah Public Radio’s Access Utah on March 12.

Bestselling author Michael Pollan praised Jeffrey J. Kripal’s “provocative . . . mindblowing” book The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge (Bellevue Literary Press) on Twitter on March 14.

Bestselling author Laura Lippman praised Nina Revoyr’s “outstanding” new book A Student of History (Akashic Books) on Twitter on March 13.

Rob Greenfield, author of Dude Making a Difference: Bamboo Bikes, Dumpster Dives, and Other Extreme Adventures Across America (New Society Press) was interviewed by National Geographic and Fox35 Orlando’s Good Dayon March 15, and by Treehugger on March 13.

A poem from Keetje Kuipers’s All Its Charms (BOA Editions) is featured in the final print issue of Tin House in March.

Asymptote Journal selected “Muslim”: A Novel, by Zahia Rahmani (Deep Vellum Publishing), for its February Book Club and interviewed translator Matt Reeck on March 14.

LeAnne Howe, author of Savage Conversations (Coffee House Press), wrote an essay for Lapham’s Quarterly on March 14.

Yalie Kamara, a contributor to New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Tano) (Akashic Books), was interviewed by Adroit Journal on March 14.

Deborah Schein, author of Inspiring Wonder, Awe, and Empathy: Spiritual Development in Young Children (Redleaf Press), was interviewed by Amanda Morgan on Episode 22 of her podcast Not Just Cute.

Joan Diver, author of When Spirit Calls: A Healing Odyssey (Monkfish Book Publishing) will be interviewed on the Donna Seebo Show on March 29.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Holy Moly Carry Me 
Erika Meitner | BOA Editions | 9781942683629 | September 2018
“[T]hinking of this volume as an elegant mixtape does not feel like a stretch. Often, individually and collectively, its poems represent an amalgamation of samplings—coalescing into a reading experience suffused with the speaker’s private griefs and unexpected delights, a humor of juxtapositions, as the poet anticipates when her reader needs a mood change when to fade slowly in or out.”—The Adroit Journal

Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through
T Fleischmann | Coffee House Press | 9781566895477 | June 2019
“Non-fiction piled on top of an art critique balanced on photographs and spun around by poetry.”—Columbia Journal

Invasive species
Marwa Helal | Nightboat Books | 9781937658939 | January 2019
“This is a real project book, rather than the collections of shiny one-offs I’m used to seeing in first books, and it doesn’t have a ton of perfect little lyrics of the type I’d like to quote to hook you—it builds as it goes, and its perspective and emotion feels earned.”—Fence Digital

The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge
Jeffrey J. Kripal | Bellevue Literary Press | 9781942658528 | March 2019
“Wonderfully rich. . . . Reading this book is an embodied experience; it is yoga for the mind. The Flip is an important book that deserves a broad readership both inside and outside the academy.”—Reading Religion

The Early Sprouts Cookbook
Karrie Kalich, Lynn Arnold, and Carole Russell | Redleaf Press | 9781605540429 | October 2011
“The book makes food science and wholesome nutrition exciting, accessible, and factual. . . . a boon for program cooks and classroom teachers eager to share the joys of tasty and nutritious foods.” —Texas Child Care Quarterly

131 Different Things
Zachary Lipez, photographs by Nick Zinner, design by Stacy Wakefield | Akashic Books | 9781617756672 | November 2018
“This is an entertaining pub-crawl saga like no other. . . . This book captures the angst, the joys and the struggles with love and career that young people experience. Lipez uses authentic language of the pop culture and the bar scene to create a raw, often very funny, and certainly realistic story.”—The Berkshire Eagle

Now You See the Sky
Catharine H. Murray | Akashic Books/Gracie Belle | 9781617756665 | November 2018
“[S]o real, so tender and so painful that its impact will be felt long after the last page. . . . It must have been very difficult for Murray to tell this story, so personal yet so necessary, but she writes with such honesty and clarity, sure to evoke strong reader reactions.”—Kennebec Journal

Death of a Rainmaker: A Dust Bowl Mystery
Laurie Loewenstein | Akashic Books/Kaylie Jones Books | 9781617756658 | October 2018
“Laurie Loewenstein’s new mystery novel . . . expertly evokes the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. . . . Loewenstein’s novel sometimes reads like a combination of a Western and a mystery. But that genre mishmash works.”—Washington City Paper

Gracie Leavitt | Nightboat Books | 9781937658892 | October 2018
“Leavitt shows us that shrapnel is crucial. The broken invigorating. To collect is not to put back together. To be eternally dormant, emerging, coming out, coming into, a volcano of influence, an endless network of feeling roots. To write a deeply female lyric is not a disorder or a cry for help. To plant, to sew, to take up, to bring care, to call for care is not a biography or an invitation to the room.”—Tarpaulin Sky

The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle
Victoria Williamson | Floris Books/Kelpies | 9781782504900| September 2018
“The author does an incredible job of showing how important feelings of pre-teens are in their decision making process, and how adults and peers can influence this.  It was fascinating to see her develop a friendship between two girls who, from the outside, appear to be drastically different yet face similar internal struggles of belonging and where they fit in their family.”—The Children’s Book Review

The Joy of Movement: Lesson Plans and Large-Motor Activities for Preschoolers
Mary Lynn Hafner | Redleaf Press | 9781605546421 | January 2019
“Exceptionally well organized and presented, The Joy of Movement is ideal and very highly recommended curriculum resource for center[s], preschool, and kindergarten teachers and support staff.” —The Midwest Book Review

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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

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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