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Four poems from Yi Sang: Selected Works (edit. Don Mee Choi, trans Jack Jung, Sawako Nakayasu, Don Mee Choi and Joyelle McSweeney, Wave Books) were published in BOMB.

A poem from Ted Kooser’s Red Stilts (Copper Canyon Press) ran in Literary Hub on September 9.

An excerpt from Celebrate Peoples History, edited by Josh MacPhee (The Feminist Press at CUNY), appeared in Hyperallergic onSept 7.

Skyland by Andrew Durbin (Nightboat Books) was featured in an essay about Hervé Guibert in The New Yorker in the September 21 issue.

Rachel Moss wrote an article for BookRiot about her experience illustrating Akashic’s LyricPop series on September 9.

Text, recipes, and photographs from Olive & Thyme by Melina Davies (Prospect Park Books) was excerpted in Magazine C on September 10.

A poem from Raised by Wolves by Amang (trans. Steve Bradbury, Phoneme Media) was featured in Literary Hub on September 11.

The Bishop’s Bedroom by Piero Chiara, trans. Jill Foulston (New vessel Press) was shortlisted for the 2020 Italian Prose in Translation Award.

Stunt by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press) and When I Arrived at the Castle by Emily Carroll (Koyama Press) were nominated for the 2020 Joe Shuster Awards.

Andrew Krivak’s The Bear (Bellevue Literary Press) is a finalist for the Banff Centre’s 2020 Mountain Book Competition.

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Neotenica
Joon Oluchi Lee | Nightboat Books | 9781643620206 | June 2020
“In this pandemic time—an endless moment of scarcity and paucity facilitated by a small few hoarding the earth’s wealth and resource—abundance is necessary, and Lee’s ample language suggests that examining subjectivity is a political act, as is his character’s navigating a queer Asian body through institutions like marriage, white supremacy, and the world.”—Brooklyn Rail

Easy Listening Acid Trip
Joseph Lanza | Feral House | 9781627310956 | November 2020

“A rather intoxicating companion to Elevator Music, Joseph Lanza’s seminal 1994 work, the square (in size and subject) Easy-Listening Acid Trip: An Elevator Ride Through ’60s Psychedelic Pop from the mighty Feral House is more spin-off than sequel, in which the author casts his ears and pen toward the flower-power era and its unlikely marriage of hippie music covered and co-opted by the chronically unhip. And thank God they did.”—Bookgasm

The Berlin Masterpieces in America
edit. Peter Jonathan Bell, Kristi A. Nelson | GILES | 9781911282631 | July 2020
“A compact and beautifully produced catalog.”— ARLIS/NA

Time
Etel Adan | Nightboat Books | 9781643620046 | June 2019
“Time is a place where language creates the meaningful space between souls, and the great threat to the truth. Time is a place where communication is sacred, where ‘love is the subversion of / death’, true living, and the body is a communicator of the self.”—Kenyon Review

Underworld Lit
Srikanth Reddy | Wave Books | 9781940696935 | August 2020
“These passages exist firmly in their own weirdness, while accumulating meaning. They stretch the book into a realm that spans prose and poetry; they ask for pause amid the momentum of plot.”—On the Seawall

The Sprawl
Jason Diamond | Coffee House Press | 9781566895828 | August 2020
“Diamond’s book is a supremely researched taxonomy of the American suburb. . . . His cataloging of suburban cultural touchstones is a crucial first step towards having a healthy conversation about the suburbs today.”—Ploughshares

Reason to Kill
Andy Weinberger | Prospect Park Books| 9781945551864 | August 2020

“Amos Parisman is one of the most unique PIs in literary history . . . a superb character study. . . . Parisman serves as a guide, leading readers from one crime scene to another while reflecting on mankind’s moral decay. His reflections on life are witty and insightful (and sometimes depressing). He provided me with many reasons for wanting to read future installments in the Amos Parisman Mystery series.”—Gumshoe Magazine

Raised by Wolves
Amang, trans. Steve Bradbury | Phoneme Media | 9781944700911 | September 2020

“Readers of this delightfully hybrid collection can only win. [Raised by Wolves] is an invitation to partake in a feast of words that agree to disagree, that clash and dissolve to reemerge in another language.”—Asymptote Journal

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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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DMZ Colony
Don Mee Choi | Wave Books | 9781940696959 | April 2020
“Choi strips down Ahn’s language to its most guttural, a siren-like scream of pain.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

The Wolf’s Trail
Thomas D. Peacock | Holy Cow! Press | 9781513645629 | June 2020
“These universal stories manifest teachings of morality, how to treat others (both human and non-human) and how to live a virtuous life. But Tom [Peacock] wrote them, too, with the specific hope of encouraging the younger Ojibwe generation to treasure and keep their collective story.”—Lake Superior Magazine

Vigilance is No Orchard
Hazel White | Nightboat Books | 9781937658823 | June 2018
“White’s is a book on building, unbuilding, collecting and assembling, articulating how language, structures and gardens are constructed, both naturally and artificially.”—Rob McLennan’s Blog

Skyland
Andrew Durbin | Nightboat Books | 9781643620275 | July 2020
“Epochs collide in Skyland: ancient Greece, Paris at the peak of the AIDS crisis, Summer 2017 on Patmos, and, for today’s readers, the moment of racial reckoning we’re witnessing now.”—Gayletter

Every Day We Get More Illegal
Juan Felipe Herrera | City Lights Publishers | 9780872868281 | September 2020
“This latest collection from Herrera continues his legacy as poet, performer, and activist. . . . A timely and propulsive work.”—Library Journal, starred review

The Offing
Benjamin Myers | Third Man Books | 9781733350143 | October 2020
“Myers writes beautifully and insightfully. . . . Highly sensory and inviting. . . . There is plenty of wit and depth to be found in Myers’ lyrical writing and in the captivating way he envisions an unlikely friendship.”—Book Page

Stranger Faces
Namwali Serpell | Transit Books | 9781945492433 | September 2020
“A delightful deep dive.”—Vulture

Underworld Lit
Srikanth Reddy | Wave Books | 9781940696935 | August 2020
“If there is hope to be found in Reddy’s powerful collection, it is in the possibility of a literature that might repair our relationship with the dead.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

How to Carry Water
Lucile Clifton edit. Aracelis Giramay | BOA Editions | 9781950774142 | September 2020 
“No one writes like Lucille Clifton, and yet, if it were possible to open a voice, like a suitcase, to see what it carries inside, I believe that within the voices of many contemporary U.S. poets are the poems of Lucille Clifton.”—The Paris Review

The Game is Not A Game
Robert Scoop Jackson | Haymarket Books | 9781642590968 | March 2020
The Game Is Not a Game was published before the protests in response to George Floyd’s death and the creation of the NBA bubble, but Jackson predicts a revolution in sports that will spread to the greater public. . . . For Jackson, the game is the game, but there’s still the game itself, which is not a game.”—New York Review of Books

Inner Child
Henry Blackshaw | Cicada Books | 9781908714817 | September 2020 |
“The wrap-up works to recover an upbeat, empathic tone . . . but readers may come away thinking that Peter Pan was on to something after all.”—Publishers Weekly 

Grove: A Field Novel
Esther Kinsky, trans. Caroline Schmidt | Transit Books | 9781945492389 | July 2020

“An exquisite and elusive diaristic work comprised of entries analogous to a researcher’s field notes. . . . Kinsky is a photographer’s novelist; her prose unravels like a roll of film as visual meditation.”—Publishers Weekly

To the Mountain
Erik Raschke | Torrey House Press | 9781948814324 | February 2021
“At its peak, this novel of a parent and child in trouble is a harrowing and engaging tale of survival.”—Kirkus Reviews

The Girl Who Was Convinced Beyond All Reason That She Could Fly
Sybil Lamb | Arsenal Pulp Press | 9781551528175 | November 2020
“Lamb conjures an eccentric and original world and writes with a fantastical style that leaves readers perpetually wide-eyed in wonder.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Morris Kight: Humanist, Liberationist, Fantabulist
Mary Ann Cherry | Process Media | 9781934170809 | May 2020

“[Author] performs an invaluable service by recounting aspects of the modern LGBTQ movement that are too often ignored in an era when competing mythologies about the movement’s origins threaten to drown out the voices of those still alive to tell the tales.”—Bay Area Reporter

Made in Saturn
Rita Indiana, trans. Sydney Hutchinson | And Other Stories | 9781911508601 | March 2020
“[Indiana’s] focus on dismantling mythologies and rebuilding from the rubble appears in her most recent novel, Made in Saturn. The book follows Argenis Luna, a young artist sent to a heroin detox programme in Cuba by his father, the decorated revolutionary hero and Dominican politician José Alfredo. As he recovers from his illness, Luna tries to make sense of his father’s legacy – at one point staring at a photo negative of his father throwing Molotovs at police as though it could hold hidden answers. For characters like Luna, family lore, failed revolutions, past traumas and the histories of the Caribbean are both an open wound and a badge of honour. Towards the end of the novel, Luna describes how ‘the love his old man felt for him came to him unblemished, like the homemade bomb at the feet of police’. What he’s inherited from his father is both a beacon, lighting a path for him, and a destructive weapon, forcing him to forge his own way into the unknown.”—Frieze Magazine

Repetition Nineteen
Monica de la Torre | Nightboat Books | 9781643620145 | March 2020
“By presenting the reader with twenty-five different translations of the same poem—which deliberately raises questions about what it means for multiple poems to have ‘sameness,’ or to come from the same ‘source’ poem—de la Torre implicitly argues for the translations as a sort of palimpsest or layering-over.”—Colorado Review

Love & Peace: 37 Eternal Reflections
Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave | GILES | 9781911282587 | September 2020
“This special gift book with gilded edges takes the reader on an uplifting journey with inspirational quotes that are as relevant today as they were years, even centuries, ago.”—Eden Magazine

Duran Duran, Imelda May, and Me
Lorine Mapa | Coundrum Press | 9781772620115 | September 2017
“Mapa is a charming host with a strong memory for detail, yet able to avoid becoming bogged down in irrelevance. . . . Anyone reading Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos and Me will spend time with a raconteur, laugh and maybe even shed a tear before wondering where the time went.”—The Slingers and Arrow

The Pencil
Susan Avingaq, Maren Vsetula, Charlene Chua | Inhabit Media | 9781772272161 | September 2019
“Based on the author’s childhood memories of growing up in an iglu, this story is about being responsible for belongings and community.”—Omnilibros

Small Mercies
Bridget Krone, illus. Karen Vermeulen |
Catalyst Press | 9781946395177 | February 2020
“Bridget Krone’s debut novel shines as an example of life in the new South Africa. While realistic about the effects of poverty, caregivers’ struggle to provide effective care, and child abuse, the narrative is not message-heavy. These themes are subtly integrated with others about an endearing child who needs love and security, who closely observes what is happening around her and sometimes finds it confusing or worrisome, and who ultimately finds her voice.”—Africa Access Online

On the Run with Mary
Jonathan Barrow | New Vessel Press | 9781939931245 | November 2015
“Words fail to adequately describe the twisted–and rousing–experience of reading this bizarre little book . . . reading it feels like running a marathon at full tilt: every other sentence quickens the pace of an already breakneck cavalcade of horror and humor.”—Bloom

Skyland
Andrew Durbin | Nightboat Books | 9781643620275 | July 2020
“Certainly, there is more than meets the eye in this slim novella. Skyland tells a story of lust and desire — for men, sure, but for something more complex, too. It’s a story about reaching new planes of discovery within one’s creative practice. Ultimately, Durbin is most interested in pushing the boundaries of what is considered fiction.”—Full Stop

Salvation Canyon
Ed Rosenthal | DoppelHouse Press | 9781733957977 | June 2020
“The writing is marvelous, the language wholly appropriate, with snatches of humor defying the reality. Salvation Canyon is a wondrous cautionary tale, enjoyable because of what can only be termed ‘a happy ending.’”—Manhattan Book Review

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