This Week’s News and Reviews

Emily Fridlund | Sarabande Books | 9781946448057 | October 2017
“Catapult’s title suggests you’re entering a world galvanized by great thrusts of forward momentum, hurtling through space-time, upward and outward and onward — and if you rush through Emily Fridlund’s first short story collection. . .you might agree, given how much surface movement there appears to be across rooms and states, families and friendships. . . . But the slower you think through it, the more you realize a catapult is a red herring, that this isn’t about action at all, that it’s about all that tied-up tension before a launch and after a landing.”—200 Words about Culture

Douglas Kearney | Wave Books | 9781950268153 | April 2021
“Sho twists and turns across poetic forms, all written in a language Kearney cobbles together from dialects traditionally considered both high and low.”—Ploughshares

The Witch of Eye
Kathryn Nuernberger | Sarabande Books | 9781946448705 | February 2021
“This is quintessential reading not just for the wannabe witches among us, but for its nuanced telling of a cruel and silenced.”—The Rumpus

The Youngest Boy
Jim Heynen, illus. Tom Pohrt | Holy Cow! Press | 9781513645599 | April 2021
“Jim Heynen’s latest book focuses as its title suggests on the youngest of his archetypal figures of rural boyhood, a shapeshifting and mercurial personage who is by turns frolicsome and introspective, mischievous and vulnerable.”—Star Tribune

NPR Illinois broadcast the audio of Richard Gilman Opalsky’s TedX talk, “What Does Love Have to Do with Communism?” Opalsky is the author of The Communism of Love (AK Press).

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