This Week’s News and Reviews

A Ghost in the Throat
Doireann Ní Ghríofa | Biblioasis | 9781771964111 | June 2021
“A detailed tapestry that threads Eibhlín Dubh’s family histories with the author’s own translations of her poem from the Irish, Ní Ghríofa’s essayistic and intimate style recalls the inter-disciplinary perambulations of W.G. Sebald and the uncompromising feminism of Maggie Nelson… A Ghost in the Throat is a kaleidoscopic book of ‘homemaking’ that centers the intuitive knowledge of the body in order to learn to live—again, again, and again.”—Chicago Review of Books

Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas
Henry Dumas | Coffee House Press | 9781566896078 | May 4 2021
“Dumas’s fiction can take us to unexpected places. . . .[Echo Tree] surely does underscore Dumas’s talent as a writer of fiction, although at the same time reminding us that he was so barbarously prevented from fully harvesting that talent.”—Fullstop

Improvisation without Accompaniment
Matt Morton | BOA Editions Ltd. | 9781942683957 | April 2020
“Morton’s poetry moves beyond the cliché argument that language is empty; he explores the power of language itself to describe, determine, and perhaps to provide hope to our lives.”—Los Angeles Review

Or friends at IPS interviewed Nightboat Books’ director and publisher Stephen Motika about the press’s boundary-transcending list and commitment to engaging new readers, and Nightboat author Rosie Stockton wrote an essay about Permanent Volta for Poetry Society’s In Their Own Words series.

Rinaldo Walcott’s On Property (Biblioasis) was longlisted for the 2021 Toronto Book Award. Pop Culture Classroom selected James Otis Smith’s Black Heroes of the Wild West (TOON Books) as the Best in Children’s Nonfiction winner of the 2021 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards. Danny Noble’s Shame Pudding and Bishakh Som’s Spellbound, both from Street Noise books, were finalists in the Best in YA Nonfiction category.

NAEYC titles have been racking up awards recently: Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves and From Children’s Interests to Children’s Thinking are Academics’ Choice winners, and Anti-Bias Education and Powerful Interactions were honored by the 2021 Excel Awards.

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