Monthly Archives: February 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The United States Board on Books for Young People’s Outstanding International Books were The Pencil by Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula, illus. Charlene Chua (Inhabit Media); Thukpa for All by Praba Ram, Sheela Preuitt, and Shilpa Ranada (Karadi Tales); Questions I am Asked About the Holocaust by Hédi Fried, trans. Alice E. Olsson (Scribe); and The Parrot and the Merchant by Marjan Vafaeian, edit. and trans. Azita Rassi (Tiny Owl Publishing).
Ms. Magazine‘s monthly recommendations on February 3 included three much-buzzed-about titles: In Praise of Fragments by Meena Alexander (Nightboat Books), A Nail the Evening Hangs On by Monika Sok (Copper Canyon Press) and Include Me Out by María Sonia Cristoff, trans. Katherine Silver (Transit Books).
A profile of Ryan O’Callaghan, author of My Life on the Line (with Cyd Zeigler, Akashic Books/Edge of Sports) was published in the Advocate on February 1. O’Callaghan also appeared on PBS on January 31.
Compliments of Chicagohoodz: Chicago Street Gang Culture by James “Jinx” O’Connor, Damen “Mr. C” Corrado (Feral House Press) was featured in a Document Journal article on February 3.
An interview with María Fernanda Ampuero, author of Cockfight (trans. Frances Riddle, The Feminist Press at CUNY), from the Guadalajara Book Festival was published on January 24 on Words Without Borders.
Banyen Books & Sound featured Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work by Rupert Sheldrake and Animal Sutras by Stephen Levine (both Monkfish Publishing) in their winter/spring issue. Rupert Sheldrake was also interviewed on the Dr. Pat Show on January 28.
I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl’s Notes from the End of the World by Kai Cheng Thom (Arsenal Pulp Press) has been named an American Library Stonewall Book Award Honor Book in Nonfiction. The ALA LGBTQ+ Round Table selected The Tradition by Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press), Without Protection by Gala Mukomolova (Coffee House Press), and Thorn by Anna Burke (Bywater Books) for the Over the Rainbow Book List.