Monthly Archives: August 2019

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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This Week’s Reviews

Vintage 1954
Antoine Lauraine | Gallic Books | 978191047767 | June 2019
“Laurain’s Vintage 1954 is warm and witty and the cameos surprise us like bubbles in prosecco on a warm day.”—Seattle Book Review

“An enjoyable voyage into an idealistic Paris of the past. With elements of romance and science fiction interlaced within the narrative, Vintage 1954 is a light and fun read.”—Historical Novels Review

This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession
Cameron Dezen Hammon | Lookout Books | 9781940596327 | October 2019
“A moving, valuable look at the social structures of evangelical Christianity, the treatment of women artists, and the challenge of remaining present in a marriage. . . . Stories from her career are fascinating and touching, and they expose infuriating sexism.”—Foreword Reviews

The Goose Fritz
Sergei Lebedev, trans. Antonina W. Bouis | New Vessel Press | 9781939931641 | March 2019
The Goose Fritz is a fascinating variation of the ‘scapegoat’ narrative that according to René Girard underlies society’s organization around a sacrificial victim, upon which its evils can be projected. . . . Can any man or woman—escape the destiny of being stereotyped, based on his or her ethnic or national identity? It is a pertinent question to ask even in our so-called, modern times.”—Historical Novels Review

Berg
Ann Quin | And Other Stories | 9781911508540 | June 2019
“Desire is the air Quin’s characters breathe, but it’s an anarchic force that never conforms to the parameters of bourgeois life (or linear storytelling for that matter). If Quin’s novels were more readily available, Kathy Acker, whom Quin is often seen to prefigure, would surely have cribbed them. . . . An Oedipal farce set in a seedy British seaside resort, the book’s antihero lurches between plotting to murder his estranged father, who loves his ventriloquist’s dummy more than the son he abandoned, and trying to fuck his father’s younger girlfriend Judith, an obvious stand-in for his mother. In other words, the perfect beach read!”—BOMB Magazine

China Smart: What You Don’t Know, What You Need to Know— A Past & Present Guide to History, Culture, Society, Language
Larry Herzberg | Stone Bridge Press | 9781611720501 | May 2019
“An invaluable resource for travelers to China as well as those who want to learn more about the country in a succinct format without having the need to page through dry and dense history tomes.”—The Manhattan Book Review

The Wolf Who Solved the Mystery of the Missing Mask
Orianne Lallemand, illus. Eleonore Thuillier | Auzou | 9782733867402 | August 2019
“This is a great story for children ages six and under, and adults will enjoy reading it to their kid as they get to help solve a mystery and discover the wonders of a museum at the same time! – Reviewed By: Ania – Age 8”—Kids Book Buzz

Compliments of Chicagohoodz-Chicago Street Gang Art & Culture
Jinx & Mr C. | Feral House | 9781627310659 | May 2019
Compliments of Chicagohoodz is the true story—factual, researched, mapped, documented—the sources are legit. The photographs are portals into a time when now-high-rent districts of Chicago were wild with gunshots, broken bottles, symbolic graffiti, coded language and tribal warfare. If you live on the North or West Side, it may be fun to look at the maps in the back pages to see that you may live in a Latin King or Simon City Royal hood, that those chips in the bricks near your front door were made by bullets aimed at the heads of former residents.”—New City Lit

German Calendar, No December
Syllvia Ofili, Birgit Weyhe | Cassava Republic Press | 9781911115618 | May 2019
“Ofili and Weyhe both have backgrounds that bear similarities to Olivia’s, and although German Calendar‘s writing and artwork are superb, perhaps the book’s greatest strength is that it rings true. It’s a coming-of-age story that emphasizes personal growth, maturity, and a wider view of the world.”—Foreword Reviews

The Whale, the Sea and the Stars
Adrian Macho | Floris Books | 9781782505594 | July 2019
“Beautiful, organic illustrations filter light and shadow with decorative vines and swirling water, the result resembling antique etched woodwork. A whale crosses oceans to follow her heart and the stars in this magical underwater tale of happiness, homecoming, and new beginnings.”—Foreword Reviews

Cinderella of the Nile
Beverly Naidoo, illus. Marjan Vafaeian | Tiny Owl Press | 9781910328293 | July 2019
“Inspired by the earliest known accounts of a poor girl whose luck is changed with a prince and lost slipper, the book’s exotic illustrations conjure ancient times and customs, depicting a Cinderella with fiery hair, Grecian robes, and, in a nod to the master storyteller himself, a wise old friend named Aesop.”—Foreword Reviews

Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective and Higher Purpose
Sarah Bowen | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781948626040 | June 2019
“Bowen’s delightful book smashes assumptions and stereotypes while managing deep respect for diverse beliefs. As soon as I finished it, I knew that I wanted to read it again and again.”—Science of Mind Magazine

Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy
The School of Life | The School of Life | 9781999747145| September 2019
“Quirky, playful art graces the interior and end papers, helping to keep the mood of the book positive and the concepts appealing.”—Youth Services Book Review

A Million Dots
Sven Völker | Cicada Books | 9781908714664 | September 2019
“The modern graphics provided by Sven Volker make this book an interesting ‘read’ on the concept of numbers. . . . There is not a story but there can be some interesting discussion associated with this book. . . . As an added bonus, the last page opens up to reveal a panoramic page that is about 4 feet long—kids love this kind of thing!”—Youth Services Book Review 

When I Colored in the World
Tiny Owl Press | 9781910328491 | May 2019
“Ahmadi sends a powerful message of hope to young children today through this creative, inspiring story! Though When I Colored in the World is relatively short, its words speak loudly, magnifying messages of optimism and inspiration across its colorful pages.”—Tulsa Book Review

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This Week’s Hot News

Paul Gravett recommended Patrick Allaby’s Martin Peters (Conundrum Press), Aimee De Jongh’s Taxi: Stories from the Back Seat (Conundrum Press), Glynnis Fawkes’s Persephone’s Garden (Secret Acres), Keiler Roberts’s Rat Time (Koyama Press), Michael Deforge’s Stunt (Koyama Press) and Joel Orloff’s Twice Shy (Alternative Comics) in a round-up on July 19.

On August 6, Ryan O’Callaghan, author of My Life on the Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me, and Ended Up Saving My Life, was interviewed on Level Playing Field podcast.

On August 1, the Poetry Foundation published the first in a series of essays by Justin Phillip Reed, author of Indecency and The Malevolent Volume (both Coffee House Press).

Nylon included The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán (trans. Sophie Hughes) and Socialist Realism by Trisha Low (both Coffee House Press) in its August 1 round-up of recommended books for August.

The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán (trans. Sophie Hughes; Coffee House Press) was recommended by Vulture on August 5 and Literary Hub on August 1.

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Valeria Luiselli’s Tell Me How It Ends (Coffee House Press) was included on Bustle’s July 24 list of “15 Books About Asylum & Immigration That Every Person In The United States Needs To Read.”

Maria Tumarkin’s Axiomatic (Transit Books), Rachel Zucker’s SoundMachine (Wave Books), Shira Erlichman’s Odes to Lithium (Alice James Books), Staceyann Chin’s Crossfire: A Litany for Survival (Haymarket Books), and Cameron Dezen Hammon’s This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession (Lookout Books) were recommended by the Rumpus on its July 26 What-To-Read list.

Maggie Gee, author of Blood (Global Book Sales/Fentum Press), wrote an essay for Crime Reads on July 25.

Buenos Aires Noir, edited by Ernesto Mallo (Akashic Books), was included on Crime Reads’s July 29 list of crime novels of Buenos Aires.

An excerpt from Trisha Low’s Socialist Realism (Coffee House Press) was published by Literary Hub on July 25.

Lia Purpura, author of All the Fierce Tethers (Sarabande Books), was interviewed for Essay Daily on July 22.

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