This Week’s News and Reviews

The Book of Otto and Liam
Paul Griner | Sarabande Books | 9781946448767 | April 2021
“The Book of Otto and Liam is a biting literary novel that protects a fragile truth with its endearing story of fatherly love.”—Foreword Reviews

Repetition Nineteen
Monica de la Torre | Nightboat Books | 9781643620145 | March 2020
“An essential read for anyone interested in translation, Repetition Nineteen combines object lessons and treatises, ultimately asking whether any act of replication can be faithful, or if every act births new creation. Through humor and experimentation, de la Torre makes the philosophical playful and the playful profound.”—Rhino Poetry

Hotel Almighty
Sarah J. Sloat | Sarabande Books | 9781946448644 | September 2020
“At a time when many contemporary poets experiment with and teach erasure as a poetic technique, Sloat’s collection showcases the many potentials of the form. Sloat’s visual compositions occur on three or four levels at once, as she aligns the forms of the source text, the verbal text, the collage, and the collection. I believe this multi-level resonance sets new parameters for poetry. With her flexibility with syntax and fluid subjects, Sloat forges new insights that call us to question the way we relate to what confines us, and to re-set the limits of a poem. I’ve loved reading and re-reading Hotel Almighty. I find something new each time I open the book, and I continue to learn from the box of many boxes Sloat presents here.”—The Diagram

The Sunflower Cast a Spell To Save Us From The Void
Jackie Wang | Nightboat Books | 9781643620367 | February 2021
“The spell of this book preserves the multiple-layered, multiple-petaled nature of life. Wang’s collection professes the potency of dream and sunflower; it professes the persistence of powers that save.”—The Brooklyn Rail

Tokyo Junkie
Robert Whiting | Stone Bridge Press | 9781611720679 | April 2021
“Whiting’s memoir is packed with insights and extremely funny in places. Historians of the postwar period will learn much about the nexus of politics, money, media and organized crime that helped fuel Japan’s phoenix-like rise from the ashes of defeat. [Robert Whiting] is probably the only person on the planet capable of telling us what it was like to be there at that particular moment in time.”—Nikkei Asia

Check out these longlists! A number of Consortium titles were finalists for the Big Other Book Award for Fiction, the Lambda Literary Awards, and Foreword Reviews Awards.

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