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
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
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
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
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
from DIY Mushroom Cultivation
by Willoughby Arevalo (New Society Publishers).
published an article by Sonia Patel, author of Bloody Seoul
(Cinco Puntos Press), on August 23.
Rumpus interviewed Trisha Low, author of Socialist Realism (Coffee
House Press), on August 21.
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.
Hardy of BookRiot recommended Curdella Forbes’s A Tall History of Sugar
(Akashic Books) in her Fall 2019 Preview e-newsletter.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
published an article by Staceyann Chin, author of Crossfire: A Litany for Survival (Haymarket Books), on August
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Asia Book Award for Children 2019 Highly Commended Books list.