This Week’s News

National Book Award finalist Ilya Kaminsky recommended his favorite new poetry collections of the year for The Week on August 31—including Victoria Chang’s Obit.

Dance on Saturday by Elwin Cotman was in the New York Times Book Review on August 27: “The six stories in Dance on Saturday are long, deep and rich, each so thoroughly engrossing and distinctive in its style that I had to take long breaks between them.” Out of Mesopotamia also appeared in the NYTBR on September 1, and was praised for “shining a brilliant, feverish light on the nature of not only modern war but all war, and even of life itself.” 

Craig Hodges, author of Long Shot: The Triumphs and Struggle of an NBA Freedom Fighter, has been all over the news this week! On August 30, USA Today wrote about Hodges’ political activism in 1992, and how he was essentially blacklisted from the NBA for his antiracist protests. Hodges was interviewed on NBC Sports on August 27, CNN on August 29, and CBS Sports on August 30 about the recent player boycotts.

CLMP spotlighted Transit Books with an interview of Adam and Ashley Levy on August 28.

Excerpts from The Sprawl by Jason Diamond (Coffee House Press) appeared in The Paris Review, Literary Hub, and Business Insider on August 26.

An excerpt from Azadi (Haymarket Books) appeared in Literary Hub on September 1.

Joon Oluchi Lee, author of Neotenica (Nightboat Books) was interviewed by Corinne Manning, author of We Had No Rules (Arsenal Pulp Press), in Lambda Literary on August 12.

Olive & Thyme (Prospect Park Books) author Melina Davies was interviewed on The Happy Place Presents on August 18. A recipe from her cookbook was shared on Leite’s Culinaria.

Mike Soto, author of A Grave is Given Supper (Deep Vellum Publishing), wrote an essay for Literary Hub on August 26.

Mama Amazonica by Pascale Petit (Bloodaxe Books) was shortlisted for The Laurel Prize 2020.

Father’s Day by Matthew Zapruder (Copper Canyon Press) and A Little More Red Sun on the Human by Gillian Conoley (Nightboat Books) are finalists for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry.

Where’s the Math by Mary Hynes-Berry and Laura Grandau and This is Play by Julia Luckenbill, Aarti Subramaniam, and Janet Thompson (both National Association for the Education of Young Children) won Academics Choice Awards.

An excerpt from American Madness by Tea Krulos (Feral House) appeared in Literary Hub on August 25.

Nigel Cawthorne appeared on The Heirpod to talk about his new book, Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace (Global Book Sales / Gibson Square).

Red Wave by Joanna and Madison Stingray (DoppelHouse Press) was the cover feature of Beverly Hills Weekly on August 27.

A poem from Philip Metres’ Shrapnel Maps (Copper Canyon Press) appeared in the New York Times Magazine on August 27.

Capitalism and Disability by Marta Russell, edited by Keith Rosenthal (Haymarket Books) is the September book for the Noname Book Club.

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