Monthly Archives: August 2019

This Week’s Awards

Justin Phillip Reed, author Indecency (Coffee House Press), Franny Choi, author of Soft Science (Alice James Books), and José Olivarez, author of Citizen Illegal (Haymarket Books) are all recipients of 2019 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

Kenton Nelson’s Water: California Idealism and Mary Lea Carroll’s Saint Everywhere: Travels in Search of the Lady Saints (both Prospect Park Books) are finalists for 2019 SCIBA Book Awards.

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This Week’s Reviews

Cyborg Detective 
Jillian Weise | BOA Editions | 9781942683858 | September 2019
“Always sharp-witted, sophisticatedly savvy, and commanding in surprisingly vulnerable ways, Weise’s poems remind me that the stakes are high, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun.”—The Rumpus

Permanent Exhibit 
Matthew Vollmer | BOA Editions | 9781942683681 | September 2018
“In this way, Permanent Exhibit would be an excellent text to survive a global calamity that would somehow render most of the records of our time unreadable. The people of the future who find this book will be able to read this text as a snapshot of current American moment. . . . Beyond its faith, there’s a deep magic to this book, maybe even an alchemy, combining contradictory, unpleasant things into something that shines and, possibly, enlightens.”—The Rupture Magazine

Unattended Sorrow: Recovering from Loss and Reviving the Heart
Stephen Levine | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781939681904 | February 2019
“Though mainly known (with his wife Ondrea) for his work with the dying, Unattended Sorrow encompasses all forms of grief, including what he calls “Our Most Ordinary Existential Grief.” All the unresolved grief of a lifetime surfaces when we face major loss. With his compassionate guidance, and overview as a spiritual seeker, he counsels us to gently, kindly, face our pain and begin to heal our hearts. His clear perception, poetic descriptions, metaphors and similies are easily grasped; his warm-hearted wisdom makes him a trusted friend to turn to in sorrow.”—Light of Consciousness Magazine

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This Week’s Hot News

The Minneapolis, MN Star Tribune interviewed Bao Phi, author of Thousand Star Hotel, and Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer (both Coffee House Press) about the contents of their bookshelves on August 23.

The meditation app Insight Timer released the first of four guided meditations based on Sarah Bowen’s Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective and Higher Purpose (Monkfish Book Publishing)

Literary Hub published an excerpt from Maria Tumarkin’s Axiomatic (Transit Books) on August 26.

Literary Hub published an excerpt of The Dishwasher by Stéphane Larue (trans. Pablo Strauss; Biblioasis), on August 23.

The August issue of Mother Earth News Magazine included three excerpts from DIY Mushroom Cultivation by Willoughby Arevalo (New Society Publishers).

Publishers Weekly published an article by Sonia Patel, author of Bloody Seoul (Cinco Puntos Press), on August 23.

The Rumpus interviewed Trisha Low, author of Socialist Realism (Coffee House Press), on August 21.

Archipelago podcast interviewed Naja Marie Aidt, author of When Death Takes Something from You Give it Back: Carl’s Book (trans. Denise Newman; Coffee House Press), on August 22.

Liberty Hardy of BookRiot recommended Curdella Forbes’s A Tall History of Sugar (Akashic Books) in her Fall 2019 Preview e-newsletter.

Whalebone Magazine published an interview with Glen E. Friedman, author of Dogtown: The Legend of the Z-Boys (Akashic Books), alongside a gallery of images from the book.

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This Week’s Awards

Farmer Falgu Goes to the Market and Farmer Falgu Goes to the Kumbh Mela were listed in the Bank Street College Board of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year list for 2019.

Tara Lynn Masih’s My Real Name is Hanna (Mandel Vilar Press) is the winner of the Boston Authors Club Julia Ward Howe Annual Award for Young Readers.

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This Week’s Reviews

i-Minds, 2nd Edition: How and Why Constant Connectivity is Rewiring Our Brains and What to Do About It
Mari Swingle | New Society Publishers | 9780865719019 | May 2019
“Swingle’s purpose is to arm readers with information needed to make informed decisions about these technologies, and she does this in a scholarly yet easy-to-read style. Highly recommended [for] all readers.”—Choice Magazine

Flem
Rebecca Rosen | Conundrum Press | 9781772620283 | November 2018
“A fever dream of a comic, Flem is both a technically accomplished use of the mechanics of the form to embed theme in presentation and a compelling character study of a damaged woman in crisis, desperately looking to find identity and purpose in activism and camaraderie.”—Broken Frontier

Arabicity: Contemporary Arab Art
edited by Rose Issa | Saqi Books | 9780863566882 | September 2019
“Provocative and reflective. . . . [a] wonderful collection of visual art which also serves as excellent introduction to the world of modern Arabic art. This book will be a worthwhile addition to anyone’s collection of contemporary visual arts.”—Blogcritics

Cozy Days: The Art of Iraville
Ira Sluyterman van Langeweyde | 3dtotal Publishing | 9781909414631 | October 2018
“A wonderful hardcover artbook for fans of her art. . . . Gorgeous, insightful and inspiring. . . . Fantastic addition to the 3dtotal illustrator series of artbooks.”—Parka Blogs

The Art of Heikala: Works and Thoughts
Heikala | 3dtotal Publishing | 9781909414815 | February 2019
“This book provides a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at how Heikala creates her work. There’s a lot of insight from the text as well. . . . A delightful visual and insightful treat.”—Parka Blogs

Sketch with Asia: Manga-inspired Art and Tutorials by Asia Ladowska
Asia Ladowska | 3dtotal Publishing | 9781909414662 | March 2019
“This is a great book put very well together with inspiring stories, good art and practical hands-on tutorial. It’s worth the money. Highly recommended to those who want to learn and get inspired.”—Parka Blogs

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This Week’s News

The New Statesman American interviewed Rebecca Solnit, author of Men Explain Things to Me and the forthcoming Whose Story Is This? (both Haymarket Books), on July 31.

Afropunk published an article by Staceyann Chin, author of Crossfire: A Litany for Survival (Haymarket Books), on August 6.

Good Men Project published an article about Rob Greenfield, author of Dude Making a Difference (New Society Publishers), on August 9.

An excerpt from Engage, Connect, Protect: Empowering Diverse Youth as Environmental Leaders by Angelo Ezeilo (New Society Publishers) was published by Yes Magazine on August 1 and reposted by Daily Kos and OpEd News on August 2.

Sarah Bowen’s Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective and Higher Purpose (Monkfish Book Publishing) was one of Spirituality & Health Magazine’s “100 Books We Love” in the September/October issue.

On August 14, Literary Hub recommended João Reis’s The Translator’s Bride (Open Letter), Zsofia Ban’s Night School (trans. Jim Tucker; Open Letter), Asja Bakić’s Mars (trans Jennifer Zoble; The Feminist Press at CUNY), Wioletta Greg’s Accommodations (trans. Jennifer Croft; Transit Books), and Alia Trabucco Zeran’s The Remainder (trans. Sophie Hughes; Coffee House Press) on a list of books in translation.

On August 18, BookRiot included Alia Trabucco Zeran’s The Remainder (trans. Sophie Hughes; Coffee House Press) and Maya Ombasic’s Mostarghia (trans. Donald Winkler; Biblioasis) in an article on August new releases.

On August 19, BookRiot recommended Yideum Kim’s Blood Sisters (trans. Jiyoon Lee; Open Letter), Sigrún Pálsdottír’s History. A Mess (trans. Lytton Smith; Open Letter), Alia Trabucco Zeran’s The Remainder (trans. Sophie Hughes; Coffee House Press), and Wioletta Greg’s Accommodations (trans. Jennifer Croft; Transit Books) on a list of books in translation by women.

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This Week’s Awards

Please Read This Leaflet Carefully, by Karen Havelin (Dottir Press), is shortlisted for the Guardian’s 2019 Not the Booker Prize.

Hap and Hazard and the End of the World, by Diane DeSanders (Bellevue Literary Press), is longlisted for the Crook’s Corner Book Prize.

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This Week’s Reviews

Brat
Michael DeForge | Koyama Press | 9781927668603 | September 2018
“Avid readers will still find all of the classic DeForge hallmarks here-themes of body horror and physical transformation, science-fiction scenarios interspersed with mundane scenes from the real world, in-jokes about artists and creatives, yet the work should be accessible to any fan of contemporary comics or post-modern literary fiction.”—The Comics Journal

Aurora Borealice
Joan Steacy | Conundrum Press | 9781772620375 | April 2019
“A striking and thoughtful portrait of someone who didn’t initially know what they wanted to do in life, but who came to find herself and her place in the world. It is a portrait of an artist with a happy ending.”—The Comics Journal

Library of Small Catastrophes
Alison C. Rollins | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595394 | April 2019
“A professional librarian, Rollins writes of urban communities and larger ecosystems with a librarian’s thoroughness, attending to all of the choices, even those deep in the past, that create the present moment.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cyborg Detective
Jillian Weise | BOA Editions | 9781942683858 | September 2019
“[Weise] points out the bullshit with biting wit, dark humor, and a punk rock, cyborg attitude.”—New Pages

Iced Out
CK Smouha, illus. Isabella Bunnell | Cicada Books | 9781908714626 | November 2019
“Bright and expressive illustrations capture the narrative in this engaging tale about friendship and being happy with who you are.  Great fun!”—The Book Activist

A Visit to Grandad: An African ABC
Sade Fadipe, illus. Shedrach Ayalomeh | Cassava Republic Press | 9781911115816 | July 2019
“The art is bright and fresh, filling the pages with color and glimpses of home life and the landscape. On each page, there are other items that start with that same letter of the alphabet. The art is structured so well though, that it is easy to miss that these elements are even there until you are encouraged to look for them at the end of the book.”—Waking Brain Cells

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This Week’s Hot News

Patti Smith is enjoying Yuri Herrera’s Signs Preceding the End of the World (trans. Lisa Dillman; And Other Stories)! She shared another picture of it with her 446k Instagram followers on August 7, calling it “an unexpected gift.”

Brontez Purnell, author of Since I Laid My Burden Down (The Feminist Press at CUNY/Amethyst Editions), was interviewed in the August issue of Believer Magazine.

Duanwad Pimwana, author of Arid Dreams (trans. Mui Poopoksakul; The Feminist Press at CUNY), was interviewed by PEN America on August 8.

Peter Mishler, author of Fludde, interviewed Hai-Dang Phan, author of Reenactments (both Sarabande Books), for Literary Hub on August 13.

Mary Lynn Hafner, author of The Joy of Movement: Lesson Plans and Large-Motor Activities for Preschoolers (Redleaf Press), was interviewed on The Preschool Podcast on August 12.

Kevin Allred, author of Ain’t I a Diva?: Beyoncé and the Power of Pop Culture Pedagogy (The Feminist Press at CUNY), was interviewed by Salt Lake City, Utah’s City Weekly on July 25.

T Fleischmann, author of Time is the Thing a Body Moves Through (Coffee House Press), was interviewed by The Rumpus on August 8.

Alia Trabucco Zerán, author of The Remainder (trans. Sophie Hughes; Coffee House Press), was interviewed by the Southwest Review on August 7.

On July 30, Reading Envy podcast recommended books for Women in Translation Month, including La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono (trans. Lawrence Schimel; The Feminist Press at CUNY), Arid Dreams (trans. Mui Poopoksakul; The Feminist Press at CUNY), Mars by Asja Bakić (trans. Jennifer Zoble; The Feminist Press at CUNY), August by Romina Paul (trans. Jennifer Croft; The Feminist Press at CUNY), and American Fictionary by Dubrakva Ugresic (trans. Celia Hawkesworth and Ellen Elias-Bursac; Open Letter).

Trisha Low, author of Socialist Realism (Coffee House Press), was interviewed by Believer Magazine Logger on August 13.

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This Week’s Awards & Honors

This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman (Gallic Books/Aardvark Bureau) is a finalist for best novel in the 2019 Ngaio Marsh Awards, which honor the best in New Zealand crime writing. 

Bank Street College of Education’s 2019 list of Best Spanish Language Picture Books included ¿Quieres ser mi amigo? by Amy Hest, illustrated by Jenni Desmond (NubeOcho); Un poco perdido by Chris Haughton (NubeOcho); Por todo nuestro alrededor by Xelena González, illustrated by Adriana M. Garacia (Cinco Puntos Press); Adoptar un dinosaurio by José Carlos Andrés, illustrated by Ana Sanfelippo (NubeOcho); and Vivan las uñas de colores! By Alicia Acosta and Luis Amavisca, illustrated by Gusti (NubeOcho).

Farmer Falgu Goes to the Kumbh Mela by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Kanika Nair (Karadi Tales) was included on the South Asia Book Award for Children 2019 Highly Commended Books list.

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