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This Week’s Reviews

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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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This Week’s News

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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This Week’s Awards

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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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This Week’s Reviews

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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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This Week’s News

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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