Monthly Archives: May 2019

This Week’s Awards & Honors

Linda L. Richards’s story “Terminal City” from Vancouver Noir (edited by Sam Weibe; Akashic Books) won the 2019 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story from the Crime Writers of Canada.

Rachel Brown’s Trace: Who Killed Maria James? (Scribe Publications) is longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Nonfiction from the Crime Writers Association.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Big Cabin
Ron Padgett | Coffee House Press | 9781566895491 | July 2019
“Deeply pleasing to read.”—The Paris Review Daily

Savage Conversations
LeAnne Howe | Coffee House Press | 9781566895316 | February 2018
Savage Conversations takes place somewhere in between its sources, between sanity and madness, between then and now, between the living and the dead. It pushes past the limitations of textual sources for telling indigenous history and accounts of insanity.”—Barrelhouse Reviews

Rust Belt
Sean Knickerbocker | Secret Acres | 9780999193549 | June 2019
“[A]n undeniably sobering graphic novel that is as much journalism and sociology as it is fiction.”—New York Journal of Books

Milwaukee Noir
edited by Tim Hennessy | Akashic Books | 9781617757013 | May 2019
“Known for manufacturers, booze, and a burgeoning immigrant city, Milwaukee is the perfect setting for these tales of intrigue, suspense, and mystery from a diverse allotment of authors. Captivating to the final page, Milwaukee Noir is especially recommended for connoisseurs of the genre!”—Midwest Book Review

Kwame Dawes | Akashic Books | 9781617757105 | April 2019
“A deftly crafted and absolutely riveting read.”—Midwest Book Review

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This Week’s Hot News

The Los Angeles Times named Shane Jones’s Vincent and Alice and Alice (Tyrant Books) one of its summer reading picks on May 24.

On May 24, the Hollywood Reporter announced that Hulu has greenlighted a television series based on Nathan Ballingrud’s short story collection North American Lake Monsters (Small Beer Press), to be directed by Mary Laws.

On May 23, Kickstarter published an article about Beehive Books and Braun Publishing/Niggli Verlag’s successful crowdfunding efforts, highlighting titles such as Grid Systems in Graphic Design by Josef Muller-Brockmann (Niggli Verlag) and The Temple of Silence: Forgotten Works & Worlds of Herbert Crowley by Justin Duerr (Beehive Books).

Nylon’s May 24 list of summer reads included Rachel DeWoskin’s Banshee (Dottir Press), Shane Jones’s Vincent and Alice and Alice (Tyrant Books), Alia Trabucco Zerán’s The Remainder (trans. Sophie Hughes; Coffee House Press), and Trisha Low’s Socialist Realism (Coffee House Press).

NewCity Lit interviewed Rachel DeWoskin about her new novel Banshee (Dottir Press) on May 27.

Jan-Henry Gray, author of Documents (BOA Editions), wrote an article for Teachers & Writers Magazine on May 20.

T Fleischmann’s Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through (Coffee House Press) was a Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week on May 24. An excerpt from the book was published by Music & Literature on May 22.

Bernice L. McFadden, author of Praise Song for the Butterflies, contribute to the June 2019 issue of Writer Magazine.

Elisa Callow, author of The Urban Forager (Prospect Park Books) was interviewed on Wichita, Kansas KNSS 1331 AM’s The Good Life on May 25.

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BEA or Bust!

Consortium and our publishers are gearing up for BookExpo America! If you’ll be there, swing by booth #829 to say hello and then browse the aisle to meet our exhibiting publishers. There are a number of giveaways and author signings—and snacks!—lined up; check out the full list below.

All publishers

  • Thursday, May 30, 4 pm: come to the Consortium aisle of publishers for a happy hour celebrating independent publishing. All are welcome!

Akashic Books (#830A)

Giveaways (while supplies last):

  • A Tall History of Sugar by Curdella Forbes (also available in ABA Galley Room)
  • The Freedom Artist by Ben Okri
  • Fuck, Now There Are Two of You by Adam Mansbach, illus. Owen Brozman
  • Party: A Mystery by Jamaica Kincaid, illus. Ricardo Cortés (only available in ABA Galley Room)

Events (location: Indie Publisher Stage):

  • Wednesday, May 29, 12:35-1:05pm: Indie Insights: Children’s (Picture Books and Middle Grade); presentation on I Am a Promise by Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce. Thursday, May 30, 10:10-10:50am: Indie Insights: First Novels and Mystery; presentation on Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime from Women Writers edited by Joyce Carol Oates.
  • Thursday, May 30, 2:10-2:50pm: Indie Insights: Memoirs & Biographies; presentation on My Life on the Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me by Ryan O’Callaghan.Thursday, May 30, 2:55-3:20pm: Indie Insights: YA & New Adult; presentation on Home Girl by Alex Wheatle. Location:

City Lights (#832A)

Giveaway (while supplies last):

  • Troublemaker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington

Coach House Books (#828)

Giveaways (while supplies last):

  • Disfigured: On Fairy-tales, Disability, and Making Space / Leduc / 9781552453957
  • Heroine / Scott / 9781552453919
  • The Ticking Heart by Andrew Kaufman

Fabled Films (#833B)


  • The Chestnut Challenge by Tracey Hecht (available in the ABA Galley Room)

Author signings:

  • Wednesday, May 29, 3:30-4:30pm: Illustrator Josie Yee signing copies of The Kooky Kinkajou

Bonus items:

  • Enter to win a Nocturnals Face Painting Party for your bookstore or library, complete with a face painter paid for by Fabled Films, signed books, an activity kit, and more
  • Free storyline kits available to ABA members

Haymarket Books (#832B)


  • Thursday, May 30, 12:35-1:05pm: Indie Insights: Current Events; presentation on Whose Story Is This? by Rebecca Solnit. Location: Indie Publisher Stage.

Scribe (#828)

Giveaways (while supplies last):

  • Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith
  • The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook by Michael Brooks
  • Lux by Elizabeth Cook
  • Made in Sweden: How The Swedes are Not Nearly So Egalitarian, Tolerant, Hospitable, or Cozy As They Would Like to (Have You) Think by Elisabeth Åsbrink


  • Thursday, May 30, 10:10-10:50am: Indie Insights: First Novels and Mystery; presentation on Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith. Location: Indie Publisher Stage.
  • Thursday, May 30, 12:35-1:05pm: Indie Insights: Current Events; presentation on Pills, Powder, and Smoke by Antony Loewenstein, and Made in Sweden by Elisabeth Åsbrink.  Location: Indie Publisher Stage.

Theatre Communications Group (#830B)

Giveaways (while supplies last):

  • 100 Plays for the First Hundred Days by Suzan-Lori Parks
  • Appropriate/An Octoroon: Plays by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
  • Dear Evan Hansen by Steven Levenson, Justin Paul, and Benj Pasek
  • The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth
  • Indecent by Paula Vogel
  • The Prisoner by  Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
  • Thom Pain (based on nothing) [Revised Edition] by Will Eno
  • Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Author signings:

  • Thursday, May 30, 12:30-1pm: Tracy Letts signing his play Mary Page Marlowe
  • Thursday, May 30, 2-2:30pm: Martyna Majok signing her play Cost of Living (2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama)

World Editions (#833A)


  • Wednesday, May 29, 3pm: Welcome to America by Linda Bostrӧm Knausgård
  • Thursday, May 30, 11am: A Devil Comes to Town by Paolo Maurensig

Author signings:

  • Thursday, May 30, 2pm: Gary Barker signing galleys of The Museum of Lost Love


  • Thursday, May 30, 10:10-10:50am: Indie Insights: First Novels and Mystery; presentation on Real Life by Adeline Dieudonné. Location: Indie Publisher Stage.

Bonus items:

  • Wednesday, May 29, 2pm: Learn about the Dutch tradition of Boekenweek and enjoy Stroopwafels
  • Friday, May 31, 10 am: Celebrate Pierre Jarawan’s The Storyteller with Baklava

For a full list of World Editions’ BEA plans, visit their website.

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This Week’s Awards

Pretty Things by Virginie Despentes (trans. Emma Ramadan; The Feminist Press at CUNY), Bricks and Mortar by Clemens Meyer (trans. Katy Derbyshire; Fitzcarraldo Editions), Öræfï: The Wasteland by Ófeigur Sigurðsson (trans. Lytton Smith; Deep Vellum) and Fox by Dubravka Ugresic (trans. Ellen Elias-Bursac and David Williams; Open Letter) are shortlisted for the 2019 Best Translated Book Award. The winner will be announced on May 29.

Hiroshima Boy by Naomi Hirahara (Prospect Park Books) is nominated for an Anthony Award for Best Original Paperback.

Meal by Blue Delliquanti and Solei Ho (Iron Circus Comics) is nominated for a 2019 Prism Award.

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This Week’s Hot News

A May 19 article in the Los Angeles Times about Edward Abbey praised Amy Irvine’s Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness (Torrey House Press).

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Let’s Tell This Story Properly (Transit Books), Téa Mutonji’s Shut Up You’re Pretty (Arsenal Pulp Press), Elise Levine’s This Wicked Tongue (Biblioasis) were included on Bustle’s May 20 list of recommended short story collections.

Crime Reads included editor Gwendolyn Zepeda’s Houston Noir (Akashic Books), Jamie Manrique’s Like This Afternoon Forever (Akashic Books/Kaylie Jones Books), Marcie Rendon’s Girl Gone Missing (Cinco Puntos Press), Leonardo Padura’s Grab a Snake by the Tail (Bitter Lemon Press), Lisa Sandlin’s The Bird Boys (Cinco Puntos Press), J. Golakai’s The Score (Cassava Republic Press)  on its May 16 list of most anticipated crime books of the summer.

An excerpt from Houston Noir, edited by Gwendolyn Zepeda (Akashic Books), was published by Crime Reads on May 16.

An original essay by Sean Carswell, author of Dead Extra (Prospect Park Books), was published by Crime Reads on May 13.

Anjula Devi, author of Spice for Life: One Hundred Healthy Indian Recipes (Global Book Sales/Clearview) demonstrated a recipe from her book on Chicago, Illinois WGN 9-TV on May 21.

Andres R. Edwards, author of Renewal: How Nature Awakens Our Creativity, Compassion, and Joy (New Society Publishers), was interviewed by northern Minnesota NPR affiliate 91.7 KAXE/90.5 KBXE’s The Morning Show on May 13.

On May 17, the Chicago Tribune’s summer reading recommendations included Alia Trabucco Zerán The Remainder (trans. Sophie Hughes), Véronica Gerber Bicecci’s Empty Set, and T Fleischmann’s Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through (all Coffee House Press). Also on May 17, the Tribune published its list of “25 hot books” which included Arundhati Roy’s My Seditious Heart: Collected Nonfiction (Haymarket), Eve L. Ewing’s 1919 (Haymarket), and a second feature for Fleischmann’s Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through!

On May 10 Out Magazine included Vivek Shraya & Ness Lee’s Death Threat (Arsenal Pulp Press) and editors Amos Mac & Rocco Kayiatos’s Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture (The Feminist Press at CUNY) on its list of queer books to read in May.

On May 17, them. interviewed Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture editors Amos Mac & Rocco Kayiatos about the 10-year anniversary book from the Feminist Press at CUNY. 

Literary Hub published an excerpt from Annie McDermott’s translator’s note about her work on Mario Levrero’s Empty Words (Coffee House Press) on May 15.

The Spring/Summer/Fall 2019 issue of Branches of Light Magazine featured Rabbi Tirzah Firestone’s Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma on the front cover and recommended it along with Sarah Bowen’s Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective and Higher Purpose, Stephen Levine’s Unattended Sorrow: Recovering from Loss and Reviving the Heart, Gregory Blann’s When Oceans Merge: The Contemporary Sufi and Hasidic Teachings of Pir Vilayat Khan and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, and Bruno Barnhart’s The Future of Wisdom: Toward a Rebirth of Sapiential Christianity (all Monkfish Book Publishing).

Liana Finck wrote a list of favorite books for Document on May 20 which included Keiler Roberts’s Chlorine Gardens and Eleanor Davis’s You & A Bike & A Road (both Koyama Press).

Daniel Hahn, translator of Gabi Martínez’s In the Land of Giants (Scribe US), Eduardo Halfon’s Mourning (Bellevue Literary Press), Paulo Scott’s Nowhere People (And Other Stories) and others, was interviewed by the Economist on May 21 about the increasing prominence of translators. Sophie Hughes, translator of Alia Trabucco Zerán’s The Remainder (Coffee House Press), was also mentioned. 

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This Week’s Top Reviews

The Tiny Journalist 
Naomi Shihab Nye | BOA Editions | 9781942683728 | April 2019
“In deceptively simple syntax and universally relevant terms, Nye’s poems call on us to grapple with what it means to be human in the midst of conflict.”—Arkansas International

Dear Delinquent
Ann Townsend | Sarabande Books | 9781946448347 | May 2019
“Ann Townsend has borrowed her title, Dear Delinquent, from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s method of addressing her lover, Salomón de la Selva. The lyric eroticism in this book, however, is Townsend’s alone, a volume of allowed and disallowed passions, a painfully precise investigation of love, probed, categorized, and dissected by Townsend’s disciplined, sharply delicate lyric stylus.”—New York Journal of Books

Dead Extra
Sean Carswell | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551475 | May 2019
Dead Extra explores the nebulous land that is Hollywood in the late ’40s. With more than a tip of the fedora to those masters of crime noir, Chandler and Hammett, Dead Extra paints a post-war portrait of corruption and violence in the land where fantasy rules.”—New York Journal of Books

Original Prin
Randy Boyagoda | Biblioasis | 9781771962452 | May 2019
“That Boyagoda can take on faith, global capitalism, religious terrorism, upper-middle-class preciousness and self-delusion—all the while implicating Canada in traditionally ‘American’ problems—attests to his talent. It also manages to be a taut and funny novel throughout.”—America Magazine

The Fifth Woman
Nona Caspers | Sarabande Books | 9781946448170 | August 2018
“I learned much about craft and tone from reading The Fifth Woman. I found myself constantly plunging into and then climbing out of dark holes. I reveled in rooting into the dark, icy ground, digging my nails into the rocky dirt. And I exulted when I finally surfaced, gulping air and blinking into the clear, bright light. Caspers’s brilliance rests in her light yet firm touch: a use of language that is simultaneously tempered yet lush.”—The Cincinnati Review

The Lake on Fire
Rosellen Brown | Sarabande Books | 9781946448231
“[A] deceptively addictive, grand saga of life and love leavened by Chicago’s Gilded Age seductions.”—Daily North Shore

The Naked Woman
Armonia Somers | The Feminist Press at CUNY | 9781936932436 | November 2018
“Its language explodes and sparkles and it is continuously open to astonishing images. . . . The Naked Woman works both as a visionary linguistic experience, and an allegory of the female body’s dark powers.”—Full Stop

How Do You Smoke a Weed? 
Lin Visel and Joseph Bergin III | Iron Circus Comics | 9781945820168 | April 2019
“A perfect comic (and guide) that dispels helpful information without being too preachy.”—Quirktastic

Death Threat
Vivek Shraya and Ness Lee | Arsenal Pulp Press | 9781551527505 | May 2019
“In transcending hate and ignorance with strength and vulnerability Shraya, with the assistance of Ness Lee and [colorists] Emmett Phan and Hieng Tang, deliver a message of hope and courage to all trans women.”—Gay League

The Oasis This Time: Living and Dying with Water in the West
Rebecca Lawton | Torrey House Press | 9781937226930 | March 2019
“A powerful call for smarter water policy . . . [Lawton’s] perspectives as an Oregon native, a geologist, a birder and a river guide culminate in ‘a constant grief about climate and water’ as she confronts the short- and long-term effects of human behavior on desert, river, coastal, forest and other landscapes. Closing an essay on the 2017 wildfires in Northern California, she offers an observation that applies just as well to humans’ only oasis in this universe: ‘We’re all hunkered down in the same refuge.'”—The Oregonian

Joe Sacksteder | Sarabande Books | 9781946448323 | April 2019
“This collection by Joe Sacksteder is filled with characters who find themselves in varying states of mature and immature, in trying to know and be known, accepting and rejecting the identities they’re constantly creating. They also play the piano. Several characters do, at least, and the way that Sacksteder writes music into their lives gave me a surprising desire, in the middle of reading, to go off and learn to play piano myself. (I’m not sure that this was the intended outcome, but it was an outcome for me nonetheless.)”—Into the Void

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This Week’s Award Winners

StoryMaking: The Maker Movement Approach to Literacy for Early Learners by Michelle Kay Compton and Robin Chappelle Thompson (Redleaf Press) and Green Card Entrepreneur Voices (Green Card Voices) won a Midwest Book Awards.

Two stories from Teresa Solana’s collection The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories are longlisted for Short Story Dagger and Gianrico Carofiglio’s The Cold Summer (both Bitter Lemon Press) is longlisted for the International Dagger from the Crime Writers Association.

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This Week’s Reviews

Savage Conversations
LeAnne Howe | Coffee House Press | 9781566895316 | February 2018
“Part fever dream, part extended meditation on madness, Howe’s Savage Conversations is a bracing commentary on the nature of guilt and grief.”—Historical Novel Society

Premonitions: Selected Essays on the Culture of Revolt
AK Thompson | AK Press | 9781849353380 | December 2018
“Thompson navigates a variety of encounters through which he tries to understand our frustrated desires for a better world. He does this primarily in order to return us to those desires more clear-eyed and ready for the next battle. . . . He often fuses absurdity, despair, and an unwillingness to give up with the aid of a sly, sad joke.”—Tarpaulin Sky

Kelly Forsythe | Coffee House Press | 9781566895170 | August 2018
“The sad fact is violence endures; it is perennial. But so too are the girls who have to face it, who have to live through it, who have to find ways to behave that will not make them targets of this rage. Forsythe’s book offers us the chance to be devastated into awareness and awareness into action, if only we will listen and let it go to seed.”—American Micro Reviews

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This Week’s Hot News

Buzzfeed included Michelle Tea’s Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions, & Criticisms (The Feminist Press at CUNY), Sarah Pinsker’s Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea: Stories (Small Beer Press), Marcie Rendon’s Girl Gone Missing (Cinco Puntos Press), and Katia D. Ulysse’s Mouths Don’t Speak (Akashic Books) on its May 8 book roundup.

Shelf Awareness for Readers honored the tenth anniversary editions of Paul Harding’s Tinkers (Bellevue Literary Press) on May 10.

The Orange County Register published an article about Mary Lea Carroll’s Saint Everywhere: Travels in Search of the Lady Saints (Prospect Park Books) on May 9.

PEN America published two poems from Deborah Landau’s Soft Targets (Copper Canyon Press) on May 10.

Vivek Shraya, author of Death Threat (Arsenal Pulp Press), was interviewed by the Comics Journal on May 14. 

Literary Hub recommended Franny Choi’s Soft Science (Alice James Books) and Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth on May 10.

An excerpt from Berlin Noir, edited by Thomas Wörtche (Akashic Books), was published by Crime Reads on May 13.

Wyomia Tyus, author of Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story (Akashic Books/Edge of Sports) was interviewed on Los Angeles, California Spectrum News 1’s Inside the Issues with Alex Cohen on April 25.

Book Riot included The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz (Saqi Books), on its May 9 list of books to read during Ramadan.

Book Riot included Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers, edited by Joyce Carol Oates (Akashic Books), on its May 9 list of “Best Noir Fiction Retellings.”

Natalie Scenters-Zapico’s Lima::Limón (Copper Canyon Press) was a Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week on May 10.

Dallas, Texas’s D Magazine published an article in support Omar Suleiman, author of Prayers of the Pious (Kube Publishing), on May 13. An op-ed by Suleiman was published by the Dallas News on May 12.

Sean Carswell, author of Dead Extra (Prospect Park Books), was interviewed by Nancie Clare on Speaking of Mysteries Podcast on March 13.

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