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

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 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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This Week’s Reviews

Doomstead Days
Brian Teare | Nightboat Books | 9781643620022 | April 2019
“Teare’s poetry matters for the depth of what it can bring to sensual life. Readers will be grateful to encounter our neurotic, medication-swollen, late-capitalist mess of an era alongside a sensibility so evocative and intense.”—Full Stop

The Remainder
Alia Trabucco Zerán, trans. Sophie Hughes | Coffee House Press | 9781566895507 | August 2019
“A haunted novel, awash with sinister and elegiac moods. It stands as a testament to the way the past can unsettle us.”—Star Tribune

Rodrigo Márquez Tizano, trans. Thomas Bunstead | Coffee House Press | 9781566895637 | November 2019
“Superb. . . this novel signals the arrival of a unique, important voice on the American literary landscape.”—Southwest Review

GG | Koyama Press | 9781927668726 | January 2020
GG is a master of the graphic short story.”—PopMatters

Further Up the Path
Daniel Oz, trans. Jessica Coehn | BOA Editions | 9781942683933 | November 2019

“The reader can tease out multiple meanings or simply enjoy the uncommon flow of Oz’s imagery. There are no moral lessons here, as in many classic fables; these can be dark stories, not for children. Oz looks at them not as riddles that have answers but as open questions.” – The Jewish Week

And the Bride Closed the Door
Ronit Matalon, trans. Jessica Cohen | New Vessel Press | 9781939931757 | October 2019
“A riotous satire of wedding-day jitters. Look deeper and it can also stand as a parable of a country divided, and most of all as an absurdist situation comedy of contemporary Israeli family life. . . . Elusive yet powerful, by turns laugh-out-loud funny and tragically sad.”—The Jewish Week

The Bishop’s Bedroom
Piero Chiara, trans. Jill Foulston | New Vessel Press | 9781939931740 | November 2019

“Gem of late 20th century Italian literature. . . . Taking an indirect approach to the thriller genre, Chiara has created a softly seductive narrative filled with nearly as many subtle mysteries as a gothic novel . . . Chiara keeps a weather eye open to larger existential questions as well as to his country’s failings, the underlying seriousness of these concerns benefits from a gentle touch. . . . The narrative also sparkles with a bemused, ironic and piquant humor.”—Seraillon
“It’s all very up-for-anything, postwar dolce vita . . . you’ll fall under the book’s pleasurable, slightly sinister spell and find satisfaction.”—Air Mail

Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince
Luke W. Molver | Story Press Africa | 9781946498984 | January 2018
King Shaka: Zulu Legend
Luke W. Molver | Story Press Africa | 9781946498908 | October 2019

“Imaginative, engaging, and innovative.”—Africa Access

The Love Story of the Century
Märta Tikkanen, trans. Stina Katchadourian | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920930 | February 2020

“Tikkanen has chosen each word carefully to construct a sharp reality where the reader is forced to consider – to very nearly take on for themselves – these conflicting emotions which saturate a life lived with addiction.”–The Nerd Daily

The City of Light
Theodore Bikel and Aimee Ginsburg Bikel, illus. Noah Phillips | MomentBooks | 9781942134619 | December 2019

“The book is perfectly complemented by Noah Phillips’ illustrations that illuminate the story.”—Bookpleasures

Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River
Jung Young Moon, trans. Yewon Jung | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920855 | December 2019

“Like little else you’ve read . . . for those who delight in language and unexpected connections between disparate concepts, there are delights aplenty to be found in this slim volume.”—The Watchlist

A Life of My Own
Donna Wilhelm | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920916 | November 2019
“Donna Wilhelm’s richly detailed new memoir examines both her ‘lifelong quest for enlightenment, connection, and a sense of belonging’ and her personal journey that became full of zigzags, reinventions, and unexpected twists before she finally discovered her life’s mission.”—Lone Star Literary Review

Simon & Louise
Max de Radiguès, trans. Aleshia Jensen | Conundrum International Press | 9781772620351 | August 2019
“In de Radiguès’ cleverly constructed parallel narratives we view two worlds that are intimately connected but in this bubble of time converge only tangentially. . . . There’s an existential verisimilitude to Simon & Louise that’s so profound that it leaves us with a sense that somehow their lives and stories will continue to exist and progress somewhere off the page.”—Broken Frontier

Cyborg Detective
Jillian Weise | BOA Editions | 9781942683858 | September 2019
“Cyborg Detective looks into the past as it pushes into the future. Moving deftly between engaging with canonical authors and broken engagements, between Torah and Tinder, Weise focuses on the many ways we see the parts and not the whole and the consequences thereof.”—American Literary Review
“Jillian Weise identifies as a cyborg. Perhaps that explains her outsized wit, exceptional word skills, and confidence.”—Foreword Reviews

Scratching the Head of Chairman Mao
Jonathan Tel | Turtle Point Press | 9781885983725 | January 2020
“Deliciously tangled. . . the book experiments with form in fascinating ways.”—Foreword Reviews

Iced Out
CK Smouha, illus. Isabella Bunnell | Cicada Books | 9781908714626 | November 2019
“Warm colors brighten frigid waters in this humorous tale about standing out, fitting in, and staying cool.”—Foreword Reviews

The Boy with the Butterfly Mind
Victoria Williamson | Kelpies | 9781782506003 | November 2019
“The Boy with the Butterfly Mind is an excellent story for any young reader who has ever felt that they are the cause of their family’s problems.”—Foreword Reviews

My Big Bear, My Little Bear, and Me
Margarita del Mazo, illus. Rocio Bonilla | Kelpies | 9788417123505 | October 2019
“Audiences will follow [the little girl] footprints in the snow alongside Big Bear’s much larger ones, appreciate her sunny outlook, and hopefully recognize the osos grandes and the osos pequeños in their own lives.”—Foreword Reviews 

School Garden Curriculum
Kaci Rae Christopher | New Society Publishers | 9780865719057 | April 2019
“This book offer[s] a comprehensive approach to engaging all elementary/middle grade levels in meaningful garden tasks.”—School Garden Doctor

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This Week’s News

An excerpt from The School of Life: An Emotional Education (School of Life) was published in Yes Magazine on November 19.

A poem from Little Hill by Alli Warren (City Lights) was shared in the December issue of Harper’s Magazine.

A round-up on November 25 in the Chicago Tribune of small presses to support during the holiday season included Coffee House Press. Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport (Bilioasis) was also a recommended read.

Casting for the stage adaptation of Valeria Luiselli’s Faces in the Crowd (Coffee House Press) was announced in Broadway World on November 28.

Camonghne Felix, author of Build Yourself a Boat (Haymarket Books) was chosen as an author of the year in Out Magazine on November 26.

An excerpt from Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River (Jung Young Moon, trans. Yewon Jung, Deep Vellum Publishing) was published on Literary Hub on November 20.

Michael DeForge, author of Stunt (Koyama Press), was interviewed by It’s Nice That on November 21.

A poem by Ladan Ali Osman (Exiles of Eden, Coffee House Press) was shared by Poetry Daily on November 20.

An interview between Naja Marie Aidt, author of When Death Takes Something From You, Give it Back: Carl’s Book (trans. Denise Newman, Coffee House Press), and John Freeman was shared on Literary Hub on December 3.

Sonoma Index-Tribune wrote a profile of Andy Weinberger, author of An Old Man’s Game (Prospect Park Books) on  November 25.

Profiles of Gary Lutz (The Complete Gary Lutz, Tyrant Books) were published in Bookforum’s December/January issue and 3am Magazine on December 1.

Douglas Glover (Erotics of Restraint, Biblioasis) was interviewed by Fiction Writers Review on November 21.

EcoWatch’s November 4 round up of the best environmental books of the month included Engage, Connect, Protect (New Society Publishers).

Carley Moore’s The Not Wives (The Feminist Press at CUNY/Amethyst Editions)was included in Dazed Digital’s winter reads roundup on November 18.

Literary Hub recommended Holding on to Nothing (Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne, Blair) as an audiobook to give as a holiday gift on November 25.

Annie Koyama, publisher at Koyama Press, was interviewed by Chimera Obscura on November 24.

David Bollier, author of Free, Fair, and Alive (Silke Helfrich, New Society Publishers) wrote an article about the book at The Good Men Project on November 11.

Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma, editors of We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan (Lou Sullivan, Nightboat Books), were interviewed by Hazlitt on November 26.

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