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This Week’s News

Will Arbery (Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Theater Communications Group) has been awarded the 2020 Whiting Award for Drama.

Poetry from John Freeman’s The Park (Copper Canyon Press) appeared in the March issue of the Adroit Journal.

Vi Khi Nao, author of Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press), was interviewed for BOMB Magazine’s spring issue.

Michael Zadoorian’s (The Narcissism of Small Differences, Akashic Books) interview on WDET 101.9 Detroit, Michigan was shared on March 30.

Sarah Bowen, author of Spiritual Rebel (Monkfish Book Publishing), was interview on Unity Online Radio on March 31.

Die My Love by Ariana Harwicz, trans. Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff, (Charco Press) was longlisted for the Millions Best Translated Book Awards.

Jane Clarke’s When the Tree Falls (Bloodaxe Books) was longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020.

Brian Teare, author of Doomstead Days (Nightboat Books), won the Four Quartets Prize.

Any Other Place by Michael Croley (Blair) won the Weatherford Fiction Award and the James Still Award.

Time is the Thing a Body Moves Through by T Fleischmann (Coffee House Press) and All the Fierce Tethers by Lia Purpura (Sarabande Books) were announced as finalists for the Big Other Nonfiction Prize.

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A poem from Justin Phillip Reed, author of The Malevolent Volume (Coffee House Press) was chosen for’s Poem-a-Day on March 10.

Mary Ruefle, author of Dunce (Wave Books) was interviewed by the New School on March 2.

Santa Fe Noir (Akashic Books) contributors Miriam Sagan, Elizabeth Lee and Kevin Atkinson talked to KSFR Sante Fe about the new anthology on March 2. In other Noir news, Columbus Monthly talked to Columbus Noir editor Andrew Welsh-Huggins on February 25.

Parabola Magazine ran excerpts from Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work by Rupert Sheldrake and Animal Sutras by Stephen Levine (both Monkfish Publishing) in their spring 2020 issue.  

The Book of Householder Koans by Eve Myonen Marko and Wendy Egyoku Nakao (Monkfish Book Publishing) was featured on Edge Magazine on March 1.

Four poems from Some Girls Walk into the Country They Are From by Sawako Nakayasu (Wave Books) were in the winter issue of BOMB Magazine.

Jericho Brown was nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award for The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press).

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Eve L. Ewing, author of 1919 (Haymarket Books), was featured on

Sara Bowen, author of Spiritual Rebel (Monkfish Book Publishing), featured on Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan podcast on February 12.

Valeria Luiselli, author of Tell Me How It Ends, The Story of My TeethFaces in the Crowd, and Sidewalks (Coffee House Press) wrote a piece for the Criterion Collection about the film Roma.

A poem from Tracing the Horse by Diana Marie Delgado appeared in Poetry Society.

Jan-Henry Gray, author of Documents (BOA Editions), was interviewed by the Kenyon Review on February 4.

Arundhati Roy’s 2020 Clark Lecture in English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, was published on Literary Hub on February 12. Roy’s next book, Azadi, is forthcoming this November from Haymarket Books.

Kim Hyun Sook and Ryan Estrada, authors of Banned Book Club (illus. Ko Hyung-Ju, Iron Circus Comics) were interviewed for the Foreword Reviews newsletter on February 13.

Erica Etelson, author of Beyond Contempt (New Society Publishers), was interviewed on Jefferson Public Radio on February 3.

John Moody, author of The Elderberry Book and DIY Sourdough (both New Society Publishers), was interviewed on North State Public Radio.

Roque Larraquy, author of Comemadre (trans. Heather Cleary, Coffee House Press), was interviewed by Words Without Borders on February 18.

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This Week’s Reviews

The Torture Machine
Flint Taylor | Haymarket Books | 9781608468959 | March 2019
“A meticulously detailed and authentic, truly appalling story of shame and disgrace.”—National Lawyers Guild

Facing the Climate Emergency: How to Transform Yourself with Climate Truth
Margaret Klein Salamon | New Society Publishers | 9780865719415 | April 2020
“One of several notable climate books due this year. Ms. Klein Salamon encourages us to feel the fright of the climate peril, so that we can effectively rise to meet the threat. She urges us to live in emergency mode.”—Common Dreams

The Ethical Meat Handbook
Meredith Leigh | New Society Publishers | 9780865719231 | February 2020
“The book is based on the belief that on a warming planet, divided by injustice and doubt and starvation on many levels, every eater has a way to conjure hope and empowerment, not tomorrow, but now.”—PR Newswire

A Little More Red Sun on the Human
Gillian Conoley | Nightboat Books | 9781643620114 | October 2019
“Through Conoley’s poems, we are reminded that, while we may often feel like the rulers of our universe, there will be days when we do not, and we must embrace the playfulness that arises when we aren’t so busy keeping track of time. The poet’s duality between frolic and wit shows us that we stifle ourselves when we constantly try to control what we feel, perceive, and expect in life. Through their inventive retrospection, Conoleys’ poems create new universals for our secular world.”—ZYZZYVA

Doomstead Days
Brian Teare | Nightboat Books | 9781643620022 | April 2019
Given the havoc of climate crisis around the world, Doomstead Days is an all too timely book. While its title may invoke a sense of doom, Teare’s poems accurately report what he finds on his walks, and yet at the same time inspire us to act with tenderness.”—Rain Taxi

Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River
Jung Young Moon, trans. Yewon Jung | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920855 | December 2019

“There are many novels by Western authors sojourning in Asia. Stories that go the other way around are as rare as hens’ teeth… Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River opens a window into a non-traditional narrative prose style.”—Asian Review of Books

The Committee
Sterling Watson | Akashic Books | 9781617757686 | January 2020
“Sharply-crafted . . . The Committee is the kind of story that makes you hope it can’t happen here—but reminds you that it already has.”—Tampa Bay Times

Hilary Leichter | Coffee House Press | 9781566895668 | March 2020

“As if Alice in Wonderland and The Odyssey hooked up at a party and conceived a child who, out of shame, tried their hardest to become a functioning member of society…I loved this book that manages to create fantastical lore out of the banality of office work, that idealizes the working class experience without being condescending, that offers whimsy to failure.”— Entropy Magazine

It’s Just a Plant: A Children’s Story about Marijuana
Ricardo Cortés | Akashic Books/Black Sheep | 9781617758003 | April 2020

“The fact is, kids who have parents who talk to them openly and respectfully about tough subjects are better able to navigate the chaos of the teen and young adult years. And for that reason, I am so here for this book.”—Momtastic

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Etel Adan | Nightboat Books | 9781643620046 | June 2019

“Adnan poetically navigates the currents of desperation and hope with a clarity placed on the page in short stanzas that we can pick up and roll over in our minds again and again… They can be worked over with a different temporality as we return to them for multiple readings, as we explore how they interact with the preceding or following ones, and as we observe how they take on new shapes.”—Asymptote Journal

Dictionary of Midnight
Abdulla Pashew, trans. Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse | Phoneme Media | 9781944700805 | December 2018
“Dictionary of Midnight shows the lasting haunt of exile, but also the evocative powers of writing as testament to personal strife and a people’s lifelong yearning for home.”–Asymptote Journal

The Spinster Diaries
Gina Fattore | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551734 | April 2020
“The ending is unexpected and delightful. Paying homage to women who self-actualize through their art, The Spinster Diaries focuses on two women separated by time who live out their beliefs.”—Foreword Reviews

All Its Charms
Keetje Kuipers | BOA Editions | 9781942683766 | April 2019
All Its Charms explores motherhood narratives by way of single parenthood by choice, in vitro fertilization, new romance and marriage after parenthood, and the inability to conceive again. Though these topics are relatively new in poetry, this territory feels less taboo in some ways than Kuipers’s entry into the world of sentiment. . . . Kuipers speaks things a poet is not supposed to say: professions of unabashed love.”—Georgia Review

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A recipe from Charles Phoenix’s Holiday Jubilee (Prospect Park Books) was shared by the Niagara Gazette on January 20.

An excerpt from Animal Sutras by Stephen Levine (Monkfish Publishing) appeared in the January issue of Spirit Seeker Magazine.

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This Week’s Awards

Believer Magazine’s longlist for their annual book awards included Permission by Saskia Vogel (Coach House Books), Soft Science by Franny Choi (Alice James Books), The Problem of the Many by Timothy Donnelly (Wave Books), Safe Houses I Have Known by Steve Healey (Coffee House Press), Soft Targets by Deborah Landau (Copper Canyon Press), HULL by Xandria Phillips (Nightboat Books) and Socialist Realism by Trisha Low (Coffee House Press)

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They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems by David Bowles (Cinco Puntos Press) won a 2019 Whipporwill Award.

A Song for the River by Philip Connors (Cinco Puntos Press) and Retablos: Stories From a Life Lived Along the Border by Octavio Solis (City Lights Publishers) both won Border Regional Library Association’s Southwest Literary Awards.

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Honey, I Killed the Cats
Dorota Maslowska, trans. Benjamin Paloff | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920824 | October 2019

“Paloff deserves to be commended. His translation is as transparent as possible, literal without being wooden, lively yet not artificially so. Maslowska’s linguistic vigor communicates itself to English-language readers so readily that we are caught up in the quick current of her prose before we even know what the book is about.”—Reading in Translation

Mare Nostrum
Khaled Mattawa | Sarabande Books | 9781946448361 | Sarabande Books | August 2019
“This is a path to compassion without arrogance and mystery without indifference.”—World Literature Today

The Dinner Guest
Gabriela Ybarra, trans. Natasha Wimmer | Transit Books | 9781945492242 | May 2019
“Gabriela Ybarra grew up in death’s shadow. Before she was born, her grandfather was kidnapped and executed by Basque separatists . . . Ybarra explores this event as she learns about it years later, piecing together critical and often conflicting details from friends, family, and investigative research, to address not only her family’s experience of death, grief, and fear but also her own experience of absence, silence, and confusion. It is a narrative of conflicts, near-miracles, and ultimate tragedies that makes for an explosive and compelling read.”—World Literature Today

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On January 13, Buzzfeed recommended Where You’re All Going by Joan Frank (Sarabande Books) and The OK End of Funny Town by Mark Polanzak (BOA Editions).

Literary Hub shared their list of most anticipated queer literature for 2020 on January 8, which included Fiebre Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopera (The Feminist Press at CUNY), Apsara Engine by Bishakh Som (The Feminist Press at CUNY), Vanishing Monuments by John Elizabeth Stintzi (Arsenal Pulp Press), and We Had No Rules by Corinne Manning (Arsenal Pulp Press).

An excerpt from Four White Horses and Brass Band by Violet McNeal (Feral House) was published by Ravishly on January 14.

Paige Lewis, author of Space Struck (Sarabande Books), was interviewed by the Adroit Journal on January 9.

On January 2, Comics Beat recommended Constantly by gg (Koyama Press), Sports Is Hell by Ben Passmore (Koyama Press), and Inappropriate by Gabrielle Bell (Uncivilized Press).

Benjamin Myers’ The Gallows Pole (Third Man Books) was recommended by Literary Hub as a folk horror read on January 6.

Sarah Bowen appeared on Big Universe to talk about her new book, Spiritual Rebel (Monkfish Book Publishing).

The Malevolent Volume by National Book Award-winning poet Justin Phillip Reed was Poets & Writers’ GalleyCrush on January 10.

Two poems from Abdulla Pashew’s collection, Dictionary of Midnight (trans. Alana Marie Levinson-Labrosse, Phoneme Media), were published on Literary Hub on January 8.

CrimeReads shared their most anticipated books of 2020 list on January 9 and included The Summer of Kim Novak by Hakan Nesser (trans. Saskia Vogel, World Editions) and several titles published by Akashic Books: The Committee by Sterling Watson, The Schrödinger Girl by Laurel Brett (Kaylie Jones Books imprint), Nairobi Noir edited by Peter Kimani, Columbus Noir edited by Andrew Welsh-Huggins, and Berkeley Noir edited by Jerry Thompson and Owen Hill.

The Rumpus recommended Savage Conversations by LeAnne Howe (Coffee House Press) on January 10.

Abby Manzella recommended Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passarello (Sarabande Books) in Literary Hub on January 6.

The Week’s list of books to read this year included 13th Balloon by Mark Bibbins (Copper Canyon Press), Sansei and Sensibility by Karen Tei Yamashita (Coffee House Press), and The Sprawl by Jason Diamond (Coffee House Press).

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