Monthly Archives: January 2020

This Week’s Awards

They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems by David Bowles (Cinco Puntos Press) won a 2019 Whipporwill Award.

A Song for the River by Philip Connors (Cinco Puntos Press) and Retablos: Stories From a Life Lived Along the Border by Octavio Solis (City Lights Publishers) both won Border Regional Library Association’s Southwest Literary Awards.

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This Week’s Reviews

Honey, I Killed the Cats
Dorota Maslowska, trans. Benjamin Paloff | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920824 | October 2019

“Paloff deserves to be commended. His translation is as transparent as possible, literal without being wooden, lively yet not artificially so. Maslowska’s linguistic vigor communicates itself to English-language readers so readily that we are caught up in the quick current of her prose before we even know what the book is about.”—Reading in Translation

Mare Nostrum
Khaled Mattawa | Sarabande Books | 9781946448361 | Sarabande Books | August 2019
“This is a path to compassion without arrogance and mystery without indifference.”—World Literature Today

The Dinner Guest
Gabriela Ybarra, trans. Natasha Wimmer | Transit Books | 9781945492242 | May 2019
“Gabriela Ybarra grew up in death’s shadow. Before she was born, her grandfather was kidnapped and executed by Basque separatists . . . Ybarra explores this event as she learns about it years later, piecing together critical and often conflicting details from friends, family, and investigative research, to address not only her family’s experience of death, grief, and fear but also her own experience of absence, silence, and confusion. It is a narrative of conflicts, near-miracles, and ultimate tragedies that makes for an explosive and compelling read.”—World Literature Today

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This Week’s News

On January 13, Buzzfeed recommended Where You’re All Going by Joan Frank (Sarabande Books) and The OK End of Funny Town by Mark Polanzak (BOA Editions).

Literary Hub shared their list of most anticipated queer literature for 2020 on January 8, which included Fiebre Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopera (The Feminist Press at CUNY), Apsara Engine by Bishakh Som (The Feminist Press at CUNY), Vanishing Monuments by John Elizabeth Stintzi (Arsenal Pulp Press), and We Had No Rules by Corinne Manning (Arsenal Pulp Press).

An excerpt from Four White Horses and Brass Band by Violet McNeal (Feral House) was published by Ravishly on January 14.

Paige Lewis, author of Space Struck (Sarabande Books), was interviewed by the Adroit Journal on January 9.

On January 2, Comics Beat recommended Constantly by gg (Koyama Press), Sports Is Hell by Ben Passmore (Koyama Press), and Inappropriate by Gabrielle Bell (Uncivilized Press).

Benjamin Myers’ The Gallows Pole (Third Man Books) was recommended by Literary Hub as a folk horror read on January 6.

Sarah Bowen appeared on Big Universe to talk about her new book, Spiritual Rebel (Monkfish Book Publishing).

The Malevolent Volume by National Book Award-winning poet Justin Phillip Reed was Poets & Writers’ GalleyCrush on January 10.

Two poems from Abdulla Pashew’s collection, Dictionary of Midnight (trans. Alana Marie Levinson-Labrosse, Phoneme Media), were published on Literary Hub on January 8.

CrimeReads shared their most anticipated books of 2020 list on January 9 and included The Summer of Kim Novak by Hakan Nesser (trans. Saskia Vogel, World Editions) and several titles published by Akashic Books: The Committee by Sterling Watson, The Schrödinger Girl by Laurel Brett (Kaylie Jones Books imprint), Nairobi Noir edited by Peter Kimani, Columbus Noir edited by Andrew Welsh-Huggins, and Berkeley Noir edited by Jerry Thompson and Owen Hill.

The Rumpus recommended Savage Conversations by LeAnne Howe (Coffee House Press) on January 10.

Abby Manzella recommended Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passarello (Sarabande Books) in Literary Hub on January 6.

The Week’s list of books to read this year included 13th Balloon by Mark Bibbins (Copper Canyon Press), Sansei and Sensibility by Karen Tei Yamashita (Coffee House Press), and The Sprawl by Jason Diamond (Coffee House Press).

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This Week’s Reviews

Love Drones
Noam Dorr | Sarabande Books | 9781946448385 | July 2019
“Com­plex and thick with won­der and curios­i­ty.”—Jewish Book Council
Love Drones makes us reconsider what we take for granted and reveals new networks of communication — geopolitical, emotional, and aesthetic.”—Full Stop

Acting Out!: Avoid Behavior Challenged with Active Learning Games and Activities
Rae Pica | Redleaf Press | 9781605546964 | November 2019

“Research based, insightful, and accessible, Rae Pica’s newest professional development book is essential for teachers who want to understand, practice, and share the principles behind active learning.”—Texas Child Care Quarterly

Action in the Orchards
Fred Schmalz | Nightboat Books | 9781937658984 | April 2019
“The strength of Schmalz works lays in his willingness to conceal or reveal the source material. This frees the poems from the sources while not always detaching them from a tether to meaning. He approaches ekphrasis with nimbleness that serves the work and the reader well.”— Your Impossible Voice

Beautiful Aliens
Steve Abbott, edit. Jamie Townsend | Nightboat Books | 9781643620152 | December 2019
“When Steve Abbott drove his VW bug over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco in the summer of 1974, there was a palpable queer energy, like a hot wire, running through the City by the Bay. . . . Beautiful Aliens is a selection of Abbott’s essays, fiction, poems, and poetry cartoons, illustrating Abbott’s creative range and versatility.”—The Gay & Lesbian Review

The Road to Urbino
Roma Tearne | Gallic Books/Aardvark Bureau | 9781910709481 | January 2020
The Road to Urbino is an original literary experience that begs consumption in moments of quiet relaxation in which it may fully cast its spell—and it will cast that spell.”—Foreword Reviews

Sketch Every Day
Simone Grünewald | 3DTotal Publishing | 9781909414907 | November 2019
“The text is clear, concise, easy to follow, and written in an engaging and accessible manner. I really enjoyed reading about her career, on how she started out, progress, develop her style and going into freelance. This is a great book for those who want to start drawing, or draw more consistently.”—Parka Blogs

Creating Characters for the Entertainment Industry
Keith Anderson | 3DTotal Publishing |
9781909414860 | August 2019
“[The tutorials are] a fascinating chance to look at what goes into designing the same character for different platforms and how these subtle changes help them to achieve unique goals. And as well as being useful artistically, these tutorials elegantly show how to tackle the various feedback hurdles you’re likely to encounter when working as a pro.”—ImagineFX Magazine

Jakarta
Rodrigo Márquez Tizano, trans. Thomas Bunstead | Coffee House Press 9781566895637 | November 2019
“A taut novel, with lyrical prose.”—World Literature Today

From the Shadows
Juan José Millás, trans. Thomas Bunstead and Daniel Hahn | Bellevue Literary Press | 9781942658665 | August 2019
“A seductive narrator, brisk dialogue, and a unique claustrophobic setting contribute to a distinctive blend of Kafka’s surrealism and Pirandello’s absurdism. The slim novel is a quick, riveting read.”—World Literature Today

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

“A free-floating thought experiment with loads of laughs.”—Cyn’s Workshop

Honey, I Killed the Cats
Dorota Maslowska, trans. Benjamin Paloff | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920824 | October 2019

“Masłowska is able to explore the psychological impact of living in the nightmarish hypercapitalist system she has created—a terrifying fun-house take on our own—with moving depth and precision.”—World Literature Today

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This Week’s News

The “mighty” Fat, Pretty, and Soon to be Old by Kimberly Dark was recommended by the Advocate on January 2.

Big Other published their most anticipated books of 2020 list on January 3. It included Your New Feeling Is the Artifact of a Bygone Era by Chad Bennett (Sarabande Books), Bit Tyrants by Rob Larson (Haymarket Books), A Nail the Evening Hangs On by Monica Sok (Copper Canyon Press), Pain Studies by Lisa Olstein (Bellevue Literary Press), Social Poetics by Mark Nowak (Coffee House Press), Repetition Nineteen by Monica de la Torre (Nightboat Books), The Malevolent Volume by Justin Phillip Reed (Coffee House Press), Rue by Kathryn Nuernberger (BOA Edition), DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi (Wave), The Sky Contains the Plans by Matthew Rohrer (Wave Books), Obit by Victoria Chang (Copper Canyon Press), Apsara Engine by Bishakh Som (The Feminist Press at CUNY), Year of the Dog by Deborah Paredez (BOA Editions), Shrapnel Maps by Philip Metres (Copper Canyon Press).

School Library Journal recommended Comics: Easy as ABC by Ivan Brunetti (TOON Books/TOON Graphics) in a December 27 roundup of nonfiction picture books. It also recommended The White Snake by Ben Nadler (TOON Books/TOON Graphics) in two roundups of fairytales, folktales, and religious tales on December 14 and unconventional children books on December 25.

An excerpt from Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work by Rupert Sheldrake (Monkfish Book Publishing) and an article by Tirzah Firestone (Wounds into Wisdom, Monkfish Book Publishing) appeared in the December/February Edition of Common Ground Magazine. Firestone was also interviewed on the Dr. Pat Show on January 6.

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This Week’s Reviews

The Cursed Hermit
Kris Bertin, Alexander Forbes | Conundrum Press | 9781772620306 | December 2019
“Bertin and Forbes play their influences deftly, incorporating them into a work that feels wholly original.”—Portland Mercury
“Every page pays off and the story is still gripping.”—Toronto Star

What I Knew
Eleni Sikelianos | Nightboat Books | 9781937658991 | May 2019

What I Knew is a long poem of the glocal. Entangling the personal with worlding language, this book explores the dreamy, private, and mysterious shelters of poetry from public bombardments, search engine algorithms, violent news headlines, and mass media.”—Jacket2

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This Week’s News

If you still need a gift for someone this season, Rupture Magazine shared a holiday gift guide in its December issue that included The Breakbeat Poets Volume 3 edited by Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo, Build Yourself a Boat by Camonghne Felix (Haymarket Books), Feast Day of the Cannibals by Norman Lock (Bellevue Literary Press), Make/Shift by Joe Sacksteder (Sarabande Books), Monsters I Have Been by Kenji C. Liu (Alice James Books), and This Wicked Tongue by Elise Levine (Biblioasis).

Trisha Low, author of Socialist Realism, and Myriam Gurba, author of Mean (both Coffee House Press), recommended books for Vogue Magazine on December 23.

On December 18, Asymptote Journal talked to Denise Newman about her work translating When Death Takes Something from You, Take it Back by Naja Marie Aidt (Coffee House Press).

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