Monthly Archives: December 2019

This Week’s News

Gar Anthony Haywood, author of Good Man Gone Bad (Prospect Park Books), wrote an essay for CrimeReads on December 11. Alison Moore, author of He Wants (Biblioasis), also contributed an essay on December 16.

An excerpt from Rough Road to the North by Jim Christy, reiussed by Feral House this year, was published in Literary Hub on December 13. 

A poem by Hai-Deng Phan, “Initial Encounter with Locals,” from her collection Reenactments (Sarabande Books) was feautred on Tracy K. Smith’s The Slowdown Show on December 12.

A new poem by Dorothea Lasky, author of Animal (Wave Books) was published in the New Yorker on December 12.

Charles Phoenix, author of Holiday Jubilee (Prospect Park Books), was on Cincinnati Public Radio WVXU on December 13.

Caroline Bergvall, author of Alisoun Sings (Nightboat Books) was interviewed in BOMB Magazine on December 13.

Bluets by Maggie Nelson (Wave Books) was recommended in a W Magazine shopping guide on December 6 celebrating the Pantone Color of the Year, Classic Blue.

The LAist included two Prospect Park Books cookbooks, L.A. Mexicano by Bill Esparza with photographs by Staci Valentine, and The Urban Forager by Elisa Callow with photographs by Ann Elliott Cutting in a list of essential L.A. cookbooks on December 11.

Jillian Weise, author of Cyborg Detective (BOA Editions), was interviewed in the December-January issue of Brooklyn Rail.

Milwaukee Noir edited by Tim Hennessy (Akashic Books) was recommended in a list of Boswell Book Company’s best gift tiles for the holidays from WUWM 89.7 Milwaukee, WI.

The January issue of Spirit Seeker Magazine will run an excerpt from The Book of Householder Koans by Eve Myonen Marko and Wendy Egyoku Nakao (Monkfish Book Publishing).

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This Week’s Reviews

Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson
Mark Bourrie | Biblioasis | 9781771962377 | June 2019

“An incredible, head-spinning tale. . . . An engaging biography of this ‘eager hustler with no known scruples.”—Star Tribune

Jakarta
Rodrigo Márquez Tizano, trans. Thomas Bunstead | Coffee House Press | 9781566895637 | November 2019
“The rewards that come from reading Jakarta are manifold. . . . This is Tizano’s first novel, ably translated by Thomas Bunstead, but he has the boldness of someone who’s been at it for decades. It’s the beginning of a promising literary career. ”—Star Tribune

Reading Quirks
Andrés de la Casa Huertas and Javier García del Moral, illus. Laura Pacheco | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920893 | December 2019
“A lighthearted collection of cartoons about the kinds of strange little habits common among those who love to read.”—Dallas Morning News

The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me
Janet Pocorobba | Stone Bridge Press | 9781611720464 | March 2019
“Sometimes Janet and Sensei argue, sometimes Sensei favors other students over Janet, but each encounter offers a little more insight into music, Japanese culture, and into Janet herself.”—Education About Asia

The Aosawa Murders
Riku Onda, trans. Alison Watts | Bitter Lemon Press | 9781912242245 | February 2020 
“Author Onda’s masterpiece  is so filled with observations on the human condition that smitten readers might be tempted to tear out and frame certain pages —or at least copy them down.”—Mystery Scene Magazine

Mare Nostrum
Khaled Mattawa | Sarabande Books | 9781946448361 | August 2019
“There would be easy ways to categorize this book and the poems in it. We could try political poetry or the poetry of witness. Those are fine, of course, but it is more than enough to simply think of these poems as memorable reminders of the horrors that we allow to stay on the periphery of our experience. Mattawa does not let us forget.”—Rupture Magazine

Space Struck
Paige Lewis | Sarabande Books | 9781946448446 | October 2019
“Embracing both humor and prayer, Lewis breaks barriers between nature and humanity—bringing nature into our homes, onto our front porches—while examining how every-day life is changing and what we stand to lose in a time defined by climate change.”—The Arkansas International

The Remainder
Alia Trabucco Zerán, trans. Sophie Hughes | Coffee House Press | 9781566895507 | August 2019

“Trabucco Zerán urges readers to value subtext just as much as the official narrative. . . . A smart, vivid, and richly layered story.”—Adroit Journal

The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow
Emily Ilett | Floris Books/Kelpies | 9781782506072 | February 2020
“There’s a pleasing lyricism to this Scottish import, its quietly lovely prose and magical realist elements supporting Gail’s emotional journey as she rediscovers and honors the bond between sisters.”–The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Socialist Realism
Trisha Low | Coffee House Press | 9781566895514 | August 2019
“Like a transgressive Binx Bolling . . . she takes away equally cathartic feelings from the experimental films of Chantal Ackerman as she does from a documentary about One Direction.”—Rupture Magazine

Spiritual Rebel
Sarah Bowen | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781948626040 | June 2019
“A spiritual guidebook for the modern-day seeker. Bowen takes the reader on a journey of finding and redefining their beliefs.”­—Reedsy

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This Week’s News

Ben Okri talked about his upcoming novel, The Freedom Artist (Akashic Books), in Publisher’s Weekly on December 6.

BookBub’s December 5 roundup of new crime novels included Gar Anthony Haywood’s Good Man Gone Bad (Prospect Park Books).

Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work by Rupert Sheldrake (Monkfish Book Publishing) was recommended by the Edge on December 1.

Richard Powers, author of The Overstory, recommended C.D. Wright’s Casting Deep Shade (Copper Canyon Press) at PBS.org on November 29.

Lucy Ellmann, author of Ducks, Newburyport (Biblioasis), was interviewed by the Adroit Journal on December 4. Denise Newman, translator of When Death Takes Something from You Give it Back (Coffee House Press) by Naja Marie Aidt, was also interviewed on December 9.

An excerpt from And the Bride Closed the Door (Ronit Matalon, trans. Jessica Cohen, New Vessel Press) was shared in Tablet Magazine on December 9.

Zoom Street’s Holiday roundup on December 8 included C’est la Vie by Pascal Garnier (Gallic Books), Baby by Annaleese Jochems (Scribe), and Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime edited by Joyce Carol Oates (Akashic Books).

Curdella Forbes, author of A Tall History of Sugar (Akashic Books), put together a playlist for Largehearted Boy on December 3.

Wounds into Wisdom by Tirzah Firestone was the cover feature for the December issue of Oracle 20/20 Magazine.

Animation Magazine announced on September 25 that Graham Roumieu’s In Me Own Words: The Autobiography of Bigfoot (Manic D Press) is being exclusively animated for MONDO. The trailer is available on YouTube.

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This Week’s Reviews

Reinhardt’s Garden
Mark Haber | Coffee House Press | 9781566895620 | October 2019
“Hilarious and thrilling. . . this novel may look like something new, but it reads like that timeless treat, a rollicking good yarn”—Star Tribune

A Little More Red Sun
Gillian Conoley | Nightboat Books | 9781643620114 | October 2019

“Gillian Conoley’s A Little More Red Sun on the Human uses silence, rupture, and elision to reveal grammar as one possible way of organizing thought among many.”—Los Angeles Review of Books Blog
“[Conoley’s] work encourages analysis of the meaning of our lives as humans, our place in constructed society and forced imposition on nature. The weight of our sins and choices lay heavily upon us as a collective; these poems are lights illuminating our individual responsibilities.”—Vagabond City Lit

The Death of Baseball
Orlando Ortega-Medina | Cloud Lodge Books | 9781999587352 | November 2019 
“A tight, Gothic tale of rejection, personal struggle, and acceptance.”—Foreword Reviews

Animal Sutras: Animal Spirit Stories
Stephen Levine | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781948626064 | September 2019
“These memoirs, essays, and poems comprise an openhearted, vulnerable, sometimes apologetic, and often humorous exploration of the mystical importance of animals in the cultivation of meaning and purpose in our lives, and how they can teach us compassion and empathy.”—Creations Magazine

Creating Characters for the Entertainment Industry: Develop Spectacular Designs from Basic Concepts
Kenneth Anderson | 3dtotal Publishing | 9781909414860 | October 2019
“This is an insightful book with real world application. Great for those who want to get serious with character design.”—Park Blogs

The Aosawa MurdersRiku Onda, trans. Alison Watts | Bitter Lemon Press | 9781912242245 | February 2020 
“This is a splendid work of fiction with a fascinating plot by a very careful and talented writer.”—Durango Telegraph
“Riveting. . . . The Aosawa Murders is an intricate and devastating search for the facts behind a complicated crime.”—Foreword Reviews

Whose Story Is This? : Old Conflicts, New Chapters
Rebecca Solnit | Haymarket Books | 9781642590180 | September 2019
“A thought-provoking and accessible exploration of the roles social and cultural narratives play in our thinking about gender, race, history and more.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Step into the Circle : Writers in Modern Appalachia
Edit. Amy Greene and Trent Thomson | Blair | 9781949467123 | December 2019

“With Step into the Circle, editors Amy Greene and Trent Thomson present their own nuanced vision, bringing together Appalachian writers and photographers to profile some of the region’s most beloved literary forces. . . . Generosity of spirit permeates this book, owing to the deep respect these profilers show for their subjects.”—Chapter 16

Beautiful Aliens
Steve Abbott, edit. Jamie Townsend | Nightboat Books | 9781643620152 | December 2019
“Whatever his genre—prose, poetry, or comics—Abbott wrote from the margins, a position inseparable from his own queerness, and one that gave political and moral credence to his work. As one of the key figures of New Narrative, he was at the center of a West Coast literary uprising that saw little distinction between writing and socializing; both connect the messy lone consciousness to the rest of the world.”—4Columns

When I Arrived at the Castle
Emily Carroll | Koyama Press | 9781927668689 | April 2019
“I loved the mix of familiar horror tropes, dramatic art and feminist themes in this graphic novella, and look forward to Carroll’s next work.”—Geist

Song for the Unraveling of the World
Brian Evenson | Coffee House Press | 9781566895484 | June 2019
“[Evenson’s prose is] coldly beautiful, like a meticulously sketched fractal pattern.”—Rain Taxi

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This Week’s Awards

Daniel Saldaña París, author of Among Strange Victims (trans. Christina MacSweeney, Coffee House Press) won the 2019 Eccles Center and Hay Festival Writer’s Award on November 25.

Sophie Hughes (translator of The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán, Coffee House Pres), Iain Gailbraith (translator of The River by Esther Kinsky, Transit Books), translator Sarah Booker and editor Lauren Rosemary Hook (The Iliac Crest by Cristina Rivera Garza, The Feminist Press at CUNY), translator Charlotte Whittle and editor Bella Bosworth (People in the Room by Norah Langé, And Other Stories), Charlotte Coombe (Fish Soup by Margarita García Robayo, Charco Press), Nancy Forest-Flier (The Story of Shit by Midas Dekkers, Text Publishing) were shortlisted for several awards from the Society of Authors’s 2019 Translation Prize on December 1.

Resistance by Julián Fuks (trans. Daniel Hahn, Charco Press) won the 2019 Jabuti Award.

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