Monthly Archives: October 2019

This Week’s Reviews

The Night Angler
Geffrey Davis | BOA Editions | 9781942683780 | April 2019
“Davis has a quiet dynamism, a magnet that brings us close in. His crafted poems ache with truth, and in their thoughtful coherence connect us to the soul of art.”—Lambda Literary

My Real Name Is Hannah
Tara Lynn Masih | Mandel Vilar Press | 9781942134510 | September 2018

“Inspired by actual events, this novel for all readers should become a young adult classic.”—Federation Star

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This Week’s News

Andri Snær Magnason, author of On Time And Water (forthcoming from Open Letter Books), was featured prominently in The New Yorker on October 20.

Mark Haber, author of Reinhardt’s Garden was interviewed by Martin Riker, author of Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return (both Coffee House Press), in Believer Magazine on October 24.

Tony McAleer, author of The Cure for Hate (Arsenal Pulp Press), was on KMOX St. Louis on October 16, WOCA-AM Ocala, Florida’s AM Ocala Live! on October 30, and KKVI-FM and KYBS-FM Dallas, Texas’ the Valder Beebe Show on October 31. McAleer will appear on WHMP-AM Northampton, Massachusetts’ Bill Newman Showon November 12.

A profile of Steve Healey, author of Safe Houses I Have Known (Coffee House Press), was featured in Mpls.St.Paul Magazineon October 25.

Pen America interviewed Rivers Solomon, author of An Unkindness of Ghosts (Akashic Books), on October 24.

Literary Hub shared their top ten list of best essay collections of the decade on October 29, which included Rebecca Solnit’s The Mother of All Questions (Haymarket Books) and Valeria Luiselli’s Tell Me How It Ends (Coffee House Press). The alternative list contained Charlie Fox’s This Young Monster (Fitzcarraldo Editions) and Elena Passarello’s Animals Strike Curious Poses (Sarabande Books).

Critic Zack Graham recommended Brian Evenson’s Song for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House Press) in an interview with Literary Hub on October 23.

An excerpt from The Fragility of Bodies by Sergio Olguin (trans. Miranda France, Bitter Lemon Press) was published in CrimeReads on October 23.

Virgie Tovar, author of You Have the Right to Remain Fat (The Feminist Press at CUNY), talked to Kiese Laymon on Michigan Radio’s Same Same Differenton October 14.

LaToya Council, one of the authors of IntersectionAllies (Chelsea Johnson, Carolyn Choi, illus. Ashley Seil Smith, Dottir Press), was on WABE Radio Atlanta Georgia on October 25.

The Translator’s Bride (João Reis, trans. Sónia Oliveira, Open Letter) and The Remainder (Alia Trabucco Zerán, trans. Sophie Hughes, Coffee House Press) were recommended in the Chicago Review of Books on October 25.

Erica Etelson, author of Beyond Contempt (New Society Publishers), wrote an editorial for the Fulcrum on October 15.

Sarah Bowen, author of Spiritual Rebel (Monkfish Book Publishing), was interviewed on Lord Have Mercy on October 19.

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The Next Loves
Stéphane Bouquet, trans. Lindsay Turner | Nightboat Books | 9781643620053 | September 2019

“What’s queer about Bouquet is not just that his desire is for men, but that his poems embrace desire’s strangeness, perversity, and multiplicity.”— Full Stop

Life Went On Anyway
Oleg Sentsov, trans. Uilleam Blacker | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920879 | November 2019
“Life Went on Anyway is a must-read testimony of the indomitable human spirit that is beyond the reach of fascist regimes. The translation of this memoir into English is a deserved celebration of this unwavering human spirit against all odds.”—Asymptote Journal

The Neapolitan Chronicles
Anna Maria Ortese, trans. Ann Goldstein and Jenny McPhee | New Vessel Press | 9781939931511 | March 2018

“A masterpiece. . . . Conveying the intricacies of Ortese’s style presents a challenge to the translator. . . . But, happily, Ann Goldstein and Jenny McPhee are the ones to tackle her knotty prose. Together, they crafted an English translation whose language is easy to read, while still strikingly strange.”—Public Books

Party: A Mystery
Jamaica Kincaid, illus. Ricardo Cortés | Akashic Books/Black Sheep | 9781617757167 | June 2019

“The book’s effervescent pictures, and its playful, secretive ending, will have young readers paging through it again and again, constructing stories and observations of their own. Party: A Mystery is an ideal gift for young readers. The book will put kids’ curiosity to work during a busy holiday season.”—Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back: Carl’s Book
Naja Marie Aidt | Coffee House Press | 9781566895606 | September 2019

“Just as the mind reconstructs the traumatic events in memories, the narrative constructs meaning through repetition, borrowed fragments, flashbacks. . . . These memories, like dried flowers, collected and assembled, carry Carl’s spirit, preserved for eternity.”—Words without Borders

Empty Words
Mario Levrero, trans. Annie McDermott | Coffee House Press | 9781566895460 | May 2019
Empty Words is strange in the best ways. . . . Levrero has a singular wit that McDermott captures with a light touch.”—Entropy Magazine

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This Week’s News

The Los Angeles Times featured Nina Revoyr’s Southland (Akashic Books) as one of 20 essential LA crime books on October 17.

The Seattle Times wrote a profile of an organic farm inspired by Jean-Martin Fortier, author of The Market Gardener (New Society Publishers) on October 15.

Joyce Carol Oates, editor of Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers (Akashic Books) was interviewed by CrimeReads on October 16.

Spiritseeker Magazine ran an excerpt from Wounds into Wisdom (Monkfish Book Publishing) by Rabbi Tirzah Firestone in its October issue.

Light of Consciousness Magazine featured an excerpt from Stephen Levine’s Unattended Sorrow (Monkfish Book Publishing) in its Autumn/Winter issue.

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Adam Mansbach, author of Fuck, Now there Are Two of You (Akashic Books) was interviewed on KATUTV Portland’s AM Northwest and Afternoon Live on October 10 and ABC 10 KXTV Sacramento’s Your California Life on October 8.The AV Club also shared an exclusive video of the Larry David-narrated audiobook on October 10.

An excerpt of Naja Marie Aidt’s When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back (trans. Denise Newman, Coffee House Press), appeared in The Paris Review on October 9.

On October 15, Literary Hub named Natalie Diaz’s When My Brother Was an Aztec and Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky With Exit Wounds (both Copper Canyon Press) as two of the top ten poetry collections of the decade. C.D. Wright’s One With Others (Copper Canyon Press), Dawn Lundy Martin’s Good Stock Strange Blood (Coffee House Press), and Franny Choi’s Soft Science (Alice James Books) made the “dissenting opinions” list.

Curdella Forbes, author of A Tall History of Sugar (Akashic Books) was interviewed in The Rumpus on October 10.

Carley Moore, author The Not Wives (Feminist Press/Amethyst Editions) was interviewed for the Feminist Book Club Podcast on October 3.

A excerpt of Juliana Delgardo Lopez’s Fiebre Tropical (The Feminist Press at CUNY/Amethyst Editions) appeared in the September issue of The White Review.

An excerpt from Alejandro Frid’s Changing Tides: An Ecologist’s Journey to Make Peace with the Anthropocene appeared in YES! Magazine on September 19. YES! Magazine also spoke to Peter Kalmus, author of Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution (both New Society Publishers)on September 20.

Erica Etelson, author of Beyond Contempt: How Liberals Can Communicate Across the Great Divide (New Society Publishers)was cited in an article on Medium on September 27.

Janet Todd, editor of Jane Austen’s Sanditon (Global Book Sales/Fentum Press) was interviewed in Austenprose on October 15.  

Ways To Go Beyond and Why they Work by Rupert Sheldrake (Monkfish Book Publishing) was featured in Daily Meditations with Matthew Fox on October 11.

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