Monthly Archives: February 2020

This Week’s Awards

CJ Farley won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth and Teens for the novel Around Harvard Square (Akashic Books).

Mary Ruefle’s Dunce (Wave Books) and Brian Evenson’s Song for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House Press) are finalists for theLA Times Book Prize.

When the Tree Falls was shortlisted for the Irish Times’ Poetry Now Award and the Farmgate Café National Poetry Award (Bloodaxe Books).

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This Week’s Reviews

Mentors: The Making of an Art Historian
Francis M. Naumann | Doppelhouse Press | 9780999754467 | May 2019

“Naumann allows the reader to see how patterns of sexual comradery among prominent male scholars reinforced the masculinization of art historical scholarship. Naumann broke with that sexist world when, to both Steinberg’s and Rewald’s befuddlement, he took an interest in the work of Beatrice Wood. . . . He played a tireless role in reigniting her art world career . . . something he has continued to do for other forgotten women Dada and Surrealist artists including Mary Callery, Henrietta Myers, and Maria Martins. Wood became Naumann’s “closest friend and confidant” until her death at 105 in 1998. . . . The course of Naumann’s life directed by his choice to adopt different aspects of his mentors, shows how we become ourselves through the ongoing transformation spawned by these relationships.”—Brooklyn Rail

Keeping / the window open
Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop, edit. Ben Lerner | Wave Books | 9781940696690 | May 2019
“Everyone will discover something new; this is a book for dedicated Waldrop fans and unacquainted readers alike.”—Full Stop

Where You’re All Going
Joan Frank | Sarabande Books | 9781946448507 | February 2020
“Several years ago, I read the first of the novellas, Biting the Moon, bound in this collection. I was blown away by the story of a woman remembering her lover, a film-music composer, after his death. On that day, I became a lifelong fan of Joan Frank’s writing.”—The Quivering Pen

I Am A Promise
Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce with Ashley Rousseau, illus. Rachel Moss | Akashic Books/Black Sheep | 9781617757648 | February 2020
“Takes readers on a journey from [Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce’s] childhood to the Olympics. It’s her story about dreaming big and turning those dreams into reality.”—New York Amsterdam News

Hilary Leichter | Coffee House Press | 9781566895668 | March 2020
“A shining debut novel.”—Necessary Fiction

The Book of Householder Koans
Eve Myonen Marko and Wendy Egyoku Nakao | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781948626088 | February 2020
“At every turn, the authors warmly urge us to reengage with our ordinary circumstances through an extra-ordinary lens. The book provides no pedantic solutions, instead offering itself as an open workbook with which to navigate the problems that come with being human.”—Buddhadharma

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This Week’s News

Two Haymarket authors were in the New York Times: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation) wrote an op-ed about Barack Obama’s legacy in the 2020 elections on February 5 and Rebecca Solnit (Whose Story Is This?) wrote a piece about the Harvey Weinstein verdict on February 25. Keanga-Yamahtta Taylor

gg, author of Constantly, (Koyama Press) talked to Smash Pages on February 18 about her new book.

Joan Frank, author of Where You’re All Going, (Sarabande Books) recommended books for Literary Hub on February 2. Frank was also interviewed by the Press Democrat on February 21.

Paige Lewis talked to Neon Pajamas about her new book, Space Struck (Sarabande Books), on February 19.

Villa of Delirium by Adrian Goetz (trans. Natasha Lehrer) and The Drive by Yair Assulin (trans. Jessica Cohen, both New Vessel Press) were recommended by New York Jewish Week on February 18 as new titles to read this spring.

Andrew Krivak wrote a post for Powell’s about the experience of writing The Bear (Bellevue Literary Press) on February 14.

An excerpt from Pain Studies by Lisa Olstein (Bellevue Literary Press) was shared by Post45 on February 24.

Vi Khi Nao, author of Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press) interviewed artist Tiffany Lin For Luna Luna Magazine on February 17.

New Life Quarterly shared an article about Karen Tei Yamashita’s I Hotel (Coffee House Press) for its ten year anniversary on February 11.

Spirituality & Health Magazine featured an article by Sarah Bowen, author of Spiritual Rebel, on February 24

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This Week’s News

1919 by Eve L. Ewing

Eve L. Ewing, author of 1919 (Haymarket Books), was featured on

Sara Bowen, author of Spiritual Rebel (Monkfish Book Publishing), featured on Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan podcast on February 12.

Valeria Luiselli, author of Tell Me How It Ends, The Story of My TeethFaces in the Crowd, and Sidewalks (Coffee House Press) wrote a piece for the Criterion Collection about the film Roma.

A poem from Tracing the Horse by Diana Marie Delgado appeared in Poetry Society.

Jan-Henry Gray, author of Documents (BOA Editions), was interviewed by the Kenyon Review on February 4.

Arundhati Roy’s 2020 Clark Lecture in English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, was published on Literary Hub on February 12. Roy’s next book, Azadi, is forthcoming this November from Haymarket Books.

Kim Hyun Sook and Ryan Estrada, authors of Banned Book Club (illus. Ko Hyung-Ju, Iron Circus Comics) were interviewed for the Foreword Reviews newsletter on February 13.

Erica Etelson, author of Beyond Contempt (New Society Publishers), was interviewed on Jefferson Public Radio on February 3.

John Moody, author of The Elderberry Book and DIY Sourdough (both New Society Publishers), was interviewed on North State Public Radio.

Roque Larraquy, author of Comemadre (trans. Heather Cleary, Coffee House Press), was interviewed by Words Without Borders on February 18.

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This Week’s Reviews

The Torture Machine
Flint Taylor | Haymarket Books | 9781608468959 | March 2019
“A meticulously detailed and authentic, truly appalling story of shame and disgrace.”—National Lawyers Guild

Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth
Margaret Klein Salamon | New Society Publishers | 9780865719415 | April 2020
“One of several notable climate books due this year. Ms. Klein Salamon encourages us to feel the fright of the climate peril, so that we can effectively rise to meet the threat. She urges us to live in emergency mode.”—Common Dreams

The Ethical Meat Handbook
Meredith Leigh | New Society Publishers | 9780865719231 | February 2020
“The book is based on the belief that on a warming planet, divided by injustice and doubt and starvation on many levels, every eater has a way to conjure hope and empowerment, not tomorrow, but now.”—PR Newswire

A Little More Red Sun on the Human
Gillian Conoley | Nightboat Books | 9781643620114 | October 2019
“Through Conoley’s poems, we are reminded that, while we may often feel like the rulers of our universe, there will be days when we do not, and we must embrace the playfulness that arises when we aren’t so busy keeping track of time. The poet’s duality between frolic and wit shows us that we stifle ourselves when we constantly try to control what we feel, perceive, and expect in life. Through their inventive retrospection, Conoleys’ poems create new universals for our secular world.”—ZYZZYVA

Doomstead Days
Brian Teare | Nightboat Books | 9781643620022 | April 2019
Given the havoc of climate crisis around the world, Doomstead Days is an all too timely book. While its title may invoke a sense of doom, Teare’s poems accurately report what he finds on his walks, and yet at the same time inspire us to act with tenderness.”—Rain Taxi

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

“There are many novels by Western authors sojourning in Asia. Stories that go the other way around are as rare as hens’ teeth… Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River opens a window into a non-traditional narrative prose style.”—Asian Review of Books

The Committee
Sterling Watson | Akashic Books | 9781617757686 | January 2020
“Sharply-crafted . . . The Committee is the kind of story that makes you hope it can’t happen here—but reminds you that it already has.”—Tampa Bay Times

Hilary Leichter | Coffee House Press | 9781566895668 | March 2020

“As if Alice in Wonderland and The Odyssey hooked up at a party and conceived a child who, out of shame, tried their hardest to become a functioning member of society…I loved this book that manages to create fantastical lore out of the banality of office work, that idealizes the working class experience without being condescending, that offers whimsy to failure.”— Entropy Magazine

It’s Just a Plant: A Children’s Story about Marijuana
Ricardo Cortés | Akashic Books/Black Sheep | 9781617758003 | April 2020

“The fact is, kids who have parents who talk to them openly and respectfully about tough subjects are better able to navigate the chaos of the teen and young adult years. And for that reason, I am so here for this book.”—Momtastic

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This Week’s Awards

Karadi Tales and Karadi Path have been shortlisted for three London Book Fair International Excellence Awards.

Castle of Concrete by Katia Raina (Young Europe Books) is an Assembly on Literature for Adolescents Pick for January.

Bloody Seoul by Sonia Patel (Cinco Puntos Press) was an In the Margins Top Ten book of 2020. Girl Gone Missing by Marcie Rendon (Cinco Puntos Press) was on the Recommended Fiction list.

Insistence by Ailbhe Darcy (Bloodaxe Books) won the Wales Book of the Year Award.

A Finer Future by L. Hunter Lovins, Stewart Wallis, Anders Wijkman, and John Fullerton was a feature focus for the Nautilus Book Awards.

Two Cinco Puntos titles were nominated for the Reading the West Book Awards, Bird Boys by Lisa Sandlin and A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant Son by Sergio Troncoso.

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A poem from Without Protection by Gala Mukomolova (Coffee House Press) was featured on the Slowdown Show on February 4.

Where You’re All Going by Joan Frank (Sarabande Books) and trans(re)lating house one by Poupeh Missaghi (Coffee House Press) were featured in a Craft Literary roundup on February 4.

Ploughshares interviewed Poupeh Missaghi about trans(re)lating house one.

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This Week’s Awards

Written and Drawn by Henrietta by Liniers (TOON Books) and My Favorite Memories by Sepideh Sarihi (illus. Julie Völk, trans. Elisabeth Lauffer Blue Dot Kids Press, originally published as Meine Liebsten Dinge Müssen) were awarded the Bologna Ragazzi Award at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

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This Week’s Reviews

Black Forest
Valérie Mréjen, trans. Katie Shireen Assef | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781944700904 | October 2019
“In seventy-two pages (including translator’s note), Mréjen stalks no less than great Death itself, in all its various tragic or capricious or mundane or shocking or brutal or funny guises.”—Three Percent

Anne Garréta, trans. Emma Ramadan | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920091 | April 2015
“Verve, loss, mourning, death. All in a moment which come upon us. Perhaps we wouldn’t talk so much about this book if not for its feats. But its narrator driven to give tangibility and record to memory, too leaves a lasting image.”—More Bedside Books

Michael DeForge | Koyama Press | 9781927668696 | September 2019
Stunt will feel confusing and mysterious like much of the rest of his work. But never has DeForge’s work felt so honest or so connected. Never has it been so heartbreaking.”—Solrad

Race Man: Selected Works 1960-2015
Julian Bond, edit. Michael G. Long | City Lights Publishers | 9780872867949 | February 2020
“As the nation confronts another period of ethnic and racial backlash and upheaval, Michael G. Long has edited a wonderful collection of Bond’s own words. . . . Bond’s life of activism and service . . . offers a powerful example of servant leadership that could serve as a roadmap for Americans today.”—Chapter 16

Meat & Bone
Kat Verhoeven | Conundrum Press | 9781772620337 | May 2019

“Kat confronts her own struggles and polyamourous leanings in a fictional reality with an ensemble of fully realized and diverse characters that has never been seen to this degree in comics before and will stick with you.”—Speech and Bubble

Sherwin Tija | Conundrum Press | 9781772620405 | October 2019
“It’s the clarity of the book’s accessible cartooning style in bringing the concept of a world in descent to life that impresses equally as much as its more overt themes.”—Broken Frontier

In Praise of Fragments
Meena Alexander | Nightboat Books | 9781643620121 | February 2020
“Alexander’s last work is a lesson in impermanence, transcendence, and the beauty and futility of trying to capture meaning in two hands and two eyes. Her fragments are time immemorial.”—Vagabond City

Witch Wife
Kiki Petrosino | Sarabande Books | 9781946448033 | December 2017
“In Petrosino’s poems about reluctance to become a mother, readers discover something new and remarkable: a quandary whispered about but not often publicly discussed. . . . What Petrosino demonstrates in Witch Wife is that an increased self-awareness begins with the very prospect of parenthood as a woman seesaws between distinguishing what she wants for her future from that which is socially accepted or expected.”—West Branch

Your New Feeling is the Artifact of a Bygone Era
Chad Bennett | Sarabande Books | 9781946448484 | January 2020

“At once daring, humorous, and tender, these poems show the mind at work exploring what it means to live in the body, to desire and be desired.”—American Literary Review

Rodrigo Márquez Tizano, trans. Thomas Bunstead | Coffee House Press | 9781566895637 | November 2019
“Tizano’s distinctive style and his boundless imagination are a thrill to read.”—Locus Magazine

Alisoun Sings
Caroline Bergvall | Nightboat Books | 9781643620015 | November 2019
“There’s something echt modernist about Caroline Bergvall’s longterm project of turning over, repurposing, and generally fucking around with the western canon. . . . Bergvall’s Alisoun has the linguistic panache, the historical learning, and the theoretical chops not merely to rehearse a thousand years of oppression and resistance, but to offer in the poem’s final passages an infectiously uplifting — even for the cynical — call to arms.”—Hyperallergic

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trans(re)lating house one
Poupeh Missaghi | Coffee House Press | 9781566895651 | February 2020
“Powerful writing. . . . Throughout her searing novel, Missaghi not only seeks to map the spaces that are left over when those who occupied those spaces are gone, but also questions whether her cartography can be a memorial to the lost.”—Star Tribune

GG | Koyama Press | 9781927668726 | January 2020
“GG brings craft and insight to an intimate vignette of depression and anxiety.”—Broken Frontier

Sports is Hell
Ben Passmore | Koyama Press | 9781927668757 | February 2020
“[E]very moment in Sports Is Hell is a loaded metaphor for race relations in America, and they’re all laid out easily and deeply.”—Multiversity
Amid the story’s chaos and the exhausting noise of politics today, Sports Is Hell provides an unexpected clarity on the complex schisms of modern American culture while serving up a ton of laughs.”—Broken Frontier
“This tale is a myth without a moral — which makes it a dead-on parody of the good-and-evil, triumph-and-tragedy narratives fostered by organized sports.”—Wisconsin Public Radio

Xandria Phillips | Nightboat Books | 9781643620084 | October 2019
“Vast in both ambition and scope, striving to capture the depths and complexity of queer diasporic African identity in verse that is as fierce as it is tender and searing as it is celebratory. And, like the oceanic waters of the Middle Passage that serve as its fulcrum, Hull has immeasurable depths and dangers swirling beneath its surface.”—Adroit Journal

This Is Play
Julia Luckenbill, Aarti Subramaniam, and Janet Thompson | The National Association for the Education of Young Children | 9781938113536 | October 2019
“A much-needed addition to the literature written for early childhood educators. The book is easy to read, provides many concrete examples, and is inclusive of the varied needs of children.”—Teachers College Record

Gather & Nourish: Artisan Foods – The Search for Sustainability and Well-being in a Modern World
3DTotal Publishing/Canopy Press | 9781909414853 | March 2020
“A theme that runs through the book: the joy of making things with our hands, of learning and inventing, and thus of making a bridge between the products of nature and human society… Gather & Nourish is a beautiful gift book, but it is also a political document.”—Food Society

Safe Houses I Have Known
Steve Healey | Coffee House Press | 9781566895613 | September 2019
“The poems are immediate. They bring human reality to code words, clandestine terminology, ruse and deception. . . . Throughout we discover Healey’s superlative skill in conveying emotion through poetry.”—Decatur Daily

Jill Magi | Nightboat Books | 9781643620077 | September 2019
“It is unsurprising to learn that Magi is also a weaver, knitter, and sewer. You feel this quality in the way her impossible citizen walks—or, better yet, weaves—through the city, pulling its various histories and injuries into this text. A true cosmopolitan may, perhaps, be a loom. Maybe Magi’s impossible citizen isn’t not possible, but rather, her ways are unrecognized. Her manner is to create.”—Ploughshares Blog

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