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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