Monthly Archives: July 2019

This Week’s News

On July 22, Derek Sheffield read a poem from Keetje Kuipers’s All Its Charms (BOA Editions) on Spokane, Washington NPR affiliate KPBX 91.1 FM’s Poetry Moment.

On July 15, Crime Reads published an article on Leonardo Padura, author of Grab a Snake by the Tail (trans. Peter Bush; Bitter Lemons Press).

On July 15, Publishers Weekly named Juan José Millás, author of From the Shadows (trans. Thomas Bunstead and Daniel Hahn; Bellevue Literary Press) on of its fall 2019 authors to watch.

In the July 2019 issue of Booklist, an article on recontextualizing the classics recommended pairing C.J. Farley’s Game World (Akashic Books) with Ellen Raskin’s classic The Westing Game.

On July 17, the Jewish Journal published an article about Jody Savin, author of Stitched & Sewn (Prospect Park Books).

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This Week’s Reviews

The Dinner Guest
Gabriela Ybarra | Transit Books | 9781945492242 | May 2019
“A significant accomplishment of The Dinner Guest is to portray the act of seeking, imagining order in our lives and deaths, all the while knowing that it will inevitably be interrupted.”—Words Without Borders

The Bird Boys
Lisa Sandlin | Cinco Puntos Press | 9781947627130 | August 2019
“I confess that as a Beaumonster who remembers that city in the early Seventies, the book has a special appeal; Sandlin gets so many details just right. But you don’t have to have lived there to be captivated by The Bird Boys. Its characters, wit, exquisite prose, and sense of redemption are so richly crafted that they’ll stick to most anyone like, well, a shirt to your skin on an August afternoon in Beaumont.”—Austin Chronicle

Houston Noir
edited by Gwendolyn Zepeda | Akashic Books | 9781617757068 | May 2019
“Editor Gwendolyn Zepeda has cannily divided the collection into four separate areas of the city, which only serves to multiply a reader’s certainty: Like the sodden sheet covering a much-lacerated corpse, all of Houston is pretty much dripping with crime. Best to experience it, we suggest, only between the covers of this new paperback.”—Austin Chronicle

Action in the Orchards
Fred Schmalz | Nightboat Books | 9781937658984 | April 2019
“Schmalz thus raises vital questions about what it means to encounter an artwork. What are the limits of such an encounter? When does an encounter with an artwork end? This seems like a straightforward question: you stand in front of a painting in a museum, then you move to the next one. Even when working with museum pieces, though, Schmalz stresses the strange duration of his encounters: they tend to persist, to haunt.”—Iowa Review

The Lake on Fire
Rosellen Brown | Sarabande Books | 9781946448231 | October 2018
“The beauty of Brown’s work. . . is that she has not written a Cinderella story: Chaya is not looking to be relieved of her class consciousness, even while she hopes to someday escape poverty. . . . [The Lake on Fire] gives insights into human hearts and debates whether love can overcome the economic realities of the world.”—The Reporter

Party: A Mystery
Jamaica Kincaid, illus. Ricardo Cortés | Akashic Books | 9781617757167 | June 2019
“Unique, uncommon, entertaining, and thoroughly ‘kid friendly’, Party: A Mystery is an extraordinary and highly recommended.”—Midwest Book Review

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This Week’s Reviews

Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song, 3rd edition
edited by Jim Perlman, Ed Folsom, and Dan Campion | Holy Cow! Press | 9780998601076 | June 2019
“First published in 1981, and now in a lovely third edition, with a new cover and tied to Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday (last month), this anthology is nearly 600 pages long and includes work from more than 100 writers who have been influenced by Whitman.”—Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

“This is the third edition of poetic tributes to Walt Whitman. . . . This large paperback includes photographs of Whitman, an extensive bibliography of poems, essays, parodies, lectures, recollections, and remarks in response to Whitman.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press

The Everything I Have Lost
Sylvia Zéleny | Cinco Puntos Press | 9781947627178 | September 2019
“Captures a girl’s blossoming understanding of violence, family dysfunction, and what it means to grow up.”—Foreword Reviews 

Ecological Footprint: Managing Our Biocapacity Budget
Mathis Wackernagel and Bert Beyers | New Society Publishers | 9780865719118 | September 2019
“Its examples documented with care, Ecological Footprint offers astute observations and recommendations for global improvement.”—Foreword Reviews

Accommodations
Wioletta Greg, trans. Jennifer Croft | Transit Books | 9781945492235 | July 2019
“Before beginning her career as a novelist, Greg was first and foremost a poet, which is perhaps why the best part about Accommodations is the way atmosphere is conveyed in Jennifer Croft’s heartbreakingly beautiful translation.”—Asymptote

StoryMaking: The Maker Movement Approach to Literacy for Early Learners
Michelle Kay Compton and Robin Chappelle Thompson | Redleaf Press | 9781605546032 | August 2018
“A worthy system for integrating learning goals in all developmental domains.”—Texas Child Care Quarterly

Dribble Drabble: Process Art Experiences for Young Children
Deya Brashears Hill | Redleaf Press | 9781605545288 | August 2016
Dribble Drabble will remind you why it’s the process and not the product that marks successful (and satisfying) art experiences for young children. . . . Some of the activities may be familiar to experienced teachers . . . but everyone—teachers and families alike—will find new and interesting ideas for enriching and encouraging art engagement.”—Texas Child Care Quarterly

The Fragility of Bodies
Sergio Olguin | Bitter Lemon Press | 9781912242191 | September 2019
“A deftly scripted and page-turner of a read from beginning to end, The Fragility of Bodies is an original and extraordinary novel by an author who exhibits a distinctively reader engaging narrative storytelling style.”—Midwest Book Review

Grab a Snake by the Tail
Leonardo Padura | Bitter Lemon Press | 9781912242177 |
“Another riveting read from the pen of a true master of the mystery genre.”—Midwest Book Review

The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me
Janet Pocorobba | Stone Bridge Press | 9781611720464 | March 2019
“This is a book that, once begun, sends assumptions tumbling, one after the other.”—Kyoto Journal

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This Week’s Hot News

On July 15, the Millions included Maria Tumarkin’s Axiomatic (Transit Books), Mark Haber’s Reinhardt’s Garden (Coffee House Press), Rodrigo Márquez Tizano’s Jarkarta (trans. Thomas Bunstead; Coffee House Press), Brandon Shimoda’s The Grave on the Wall (City Lights Publishers), and Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne’s Holding on to Nothing (Blair) on its list of most anticipated books.

On July 10, Literary Hub published a conversation between Arundhati Roy, author of My Seditious Heart: Collected Nonfiction (Haymarket Books) and Siddhartha Deb at the PEN America’s World Voices Festival in New York.

On July 9, Literary Hub published an essay by Randy Boyagoda, author of Original Prin (Biblioasis).

On July 2, Literary Hub included Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, Carolyn Choi, and Ashley Seil Smith’s IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All (Dottir Press) on its list of books to read in July.

On July 11, Los Angeles, California NPR affiliate 89.9 KCRW’s Bookworm interviewed editor David Trinidad, poet Amy Gerstler, and publisher Ruth Greenstein about Ed Smith’s Punk Rock Is Cool for the End of the World (Turtle Point Press).

On June 16, Milwaukee, Wisconsin NBC-TV affiliate TMJ 4’s The Morning Blend recommended Jill Orr’s The Ugly Truth: A Riley Ellison Mystery (Prospect Park Books).

On July 10, Washington, DC NPR affiliate 88.5 WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show interviewed Antonia Tricario, author of Frame of Mind: Punk Photos and Essays from Washington, DC, and Beyond, 1997–2017 (Akashic Books), and two of her contributors.

On July 16, James Hoggan, author of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot, 2nd Edition (New Society Publishers) was interviewed on SiriusXM station Urban View’s The Laura Coates Show.

On July 9, Psychology Today published an article by Don McPherson, author of You Throw Like a Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity (Akashic Books).

On July 15, Yes Magazine published an excerpt from Matthew Legge’s Are We Done Fighting (New Society Publishers).

On July 11, Smash Pages interviewed Ben Sears about his latest book House of the Black Spot (Koyama Press).

On July 15, n+1 published an excerpt of Trisha Low’s Socialist Realism (Coffee House Press).

The July issue of Spiritseeker Magazine included an article by Sarah Bowen, author of Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective and Higher Purpose (Monkfish Book Publishing).

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This Week’s News

New York Magazine referenced Salvatore Settis’s If Venice Dies (New Vessel Press) in an article on July 8.

NPR affiliate Minnesota Public Radio 89.3 The Current’s Rock and Roll Book Club featured Glen E. Friedman’s Keep Your Eyes Open: The Fugazi Photographs of Glen E. Friedman and Antonia Tricarico’s Frame of Mind: Punk Photos and Essays from Washington, DC, and Beyond, 1997-2017 (both Akashic Books) on July 10.

The July 2019 issue of the Louisville Voice Tribune included article about Sarabande Press on the occasion of its twenty-fifth anniversary. The June 28 Literary Hub Daily newsletter picked up the article.

Literary Hub’s July 9 “Most Anticipated Books of 2019, Part 2” included Naja Marie Aidt’s When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back (trans. Denise Newman; Coffee House Press), Brandon Shimoda’s The Grave on the Wall (City Lights Publishing), Rebecca Solnit’s Whose Story Is This? Old Conflicts, New Chapters, Staceyann Chin’s Crossfire, Kevin Coval’s Everything Must Go (all Haymarket Books), Matthew Zapruder’s Father’s Day (Copper Canyon Press), Silvina Ocampo’s The Promise (trans Suzanne Jill Levine and Jessica Powel) and Forgotten Journey (trans. Suzanne Jill Levine and Katie Lateef-Jan; both City Lights Publishing), and H.J. Golakai’s The Score (Cassava Republic Press).

Full Stop published an excerpt from T Fleischmann’s Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through (Coffee House Press) on July 3.

BookRiot’s monthly Indie Press Round-Up on July 2 included Wioletta Greg’s Accommodations (trans. Jennifer Croft; Transit Books), Hwang Sok-Yong’s At Dusk (trans. Sora Kim-Russell; Scribe US), and Claudia D. Hernandez’s Knitting the Fog (The Feminist Press at CUNY).

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This Week’s Reviews

Reenactments
Hai-Dang Phan | Sarabande Books | 9781946448286 | February 2019
“It is an ambitious addition to Vietnam War literature and a fearless contribution to the small, albeit energetic, body of verse by the new generation of Vietnamese American refugees. . . . Aren’t we lucky to be indicted by a poet with a voice this strong?”—World Literature Today

Seven Samurai Swept Away in A River
Jung Young Moon, trans. Yewon Jung | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920855 | November 2019
“Impressive fluidity. . . . Like a lucid dream.”—Foreword Reviews

Please Read This Leaflet Carefully: Keep This Leaflet. You May Need to Read It Again.
Karen Havelin | Dottir Press | 9781948340052 | May 2019
“Havelin writes boldly about the often overlooked maladies that women face and the almost comical lengths that they sometimes have to take to address them.”—Columbia Magazine

The Tiny Journalist
Naomi Shihab Nye | BOA Editions | 9781942683728 | April 2019
“In this moment of our history, many poets feel called to the poetry of witness and resistance. This is not new work for Naomi Shihab Nye, who has always woven those threads into her poetry, but never more consistently than in this collection. It is a brave collection from a pair of brave souls.”—Rhino Poetry

A Million Dots
Sven Völker | Cicada Books | 9781908714664 | September 2019
“One, two, ten, even one hundred—you can see that number of people or items in your mind. It’s hard, though, especially for children, to visualize a thousand, a hundred thousand, a half a million, even a million. In his stylish book, Sven Völker translates these numbers into dots and uses them to create images that are both humorous and awe-inspiring. . . . An entertaining and educational way to relay the idea of number to kids at home or in the classroom, A Million Dots will elicit multiple exclamations of ‘Wow!’ as the numbers add up.”—Celebrate Picture Books

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