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A selection of recent reviews our publishers’ books have received.

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Curb
Divya Victor | Nightboat Books | 9781643620701 | April 2021
“Curb highlights an ongoing injustice in this country: that the only thing that connects an immigrant to the American land after their death (or murder) will be a ‘written/ . . . scrap tied to a place / which holds your feet / to the ground.’ Victor’s collection is thus a must-read, in its offering of a moving critique of the South Asian immigrant experience within post 9/11 America.”—Ploughshares Blog

The Pocket Chaotic
Ziggy Hanaor, illus. Daniel Gray-Barnett | Cicada Books | 9781908714800 | April 2021
“From the witty title, to the delightful endpapers, The Pocket Chaotic is a charming story about becoming independent and growing up…Adult readers will wonder, is mom Nancy Machiavellian, or just messy? Either way, The Pocket Chaotic is both entertaining and comforting. That’s a neat (ha!) trick.”—Mr. Alex’s Bookshelf

The Night Walk
Marie Dorléans | Floris Books | 9781782506393 | April 2021
“Never hurried, this eloquent story is a beautifully measured tale not unlike one giant inhale (the journey) followed by a long, happy exhale (the closing spreads). Pick up a copy and make a night of it.”—Bookpage

Sadiq Wants to Stitch
Mamta Nainy, Niloufer Wadia | Karadi Tales Picturebooks | 9788193388914 | September 2020
The book with it’s happy ending, strong mother-son relationship, with information about the Bakarwals at the end of the book is a treat to read.”–Tales with Mimi

Above the Law: How “Qualified Immunity” Protects Violent Police
Ben Cohen | OR Books | 9781682192573 | June 2021
“Quick-paced, well-edited, and educational. The intelligent reader will find it cogent, reasonable and offering actions that can be supported or accomplished. . . . In the foreword, rapper Michael Render (“Killer Mike”) provides an excellent emotional overview of the events at hand. . . . Above the Law provides one example after another of the legal inanity that protects police.”—CounterPunch

Big Bad
Whitney Collins | Sarabande Books | 9781946448729 | March 2021

“[A] deliciously dark world in which anything is possible and the most horrifying is probable.”—Southern Review of Books

Paraguayan Sea
Wilson Bueno | Nightboat Books | 9781937658748 | November 2017
“Mar Paraguayo is a difficult but incredibly rewarding book that encourages us to pay attention to the sound and shape of languages and their fluid in-between spaces. Canadian poet Erín Moure’s extraordinary 2017 translation into ‘Frenglish’ and Guaraní gives the work new life in the Northern hemisphere.”—Literary Hub

The Book of Otto and Liam
Paul Griner | Sarabande Books | 9781946448767 | April 2021
“Paul Griner’s novel The Book of Otto and Liam manages to be dark, powerful, funny, and timely, often on the same page.”—Largehearted Boy

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Catapult
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

Sho
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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Untraceable
Sergei Lebedev, trans. Antonina W. Bouis | New Vessel Press | 9781939931900 | February 2021
“The topicality of this fierce novel risks overshadowing its literary and literary historical qualities. To my mind it invites comparisons with two beacons of extremism from the earlier twentieth century: Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon and the terrifyingly aestheticized war diaries of Ernst Jünger.”—Times Literary Supplement

The Foreign Girls
Sergei Olguín, trans. Miranda France | Bitter Lemon Press | 9781913394387 | March 2021
“Skillfully translated by Miranda France . . . . The Foreign Girls presents something more existential: being a woman in a world of men.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

The Power of Forgiveness
Eva Mozes Kor | Central Recovery Press | 9781949481440 | February 2021
“The Power of Forgiveness will be an asset for anyone looking to regain agency or move on from anger. For those in thrall to the atmosphere of toxic political animosity and victimhood culture, Kor’s words may create a path to productive dialogue.”—Washington Examiner

Sea Loves Me
Mia Couto | Biblioasis | 9781771963886 | February 2021
Sea Loves Me is a thrilling addition to Couto’s extraordinary body of work, bringing together new and old stories that evoke past and present Mozambique, memories and dreamscapes, natural and spirit worlds. War, race, sky and sea, death and desire—these are just a few of the eternal elements Couto uses to mold his wise, enchanting fiction.”—World Literature Today

After the Body
Cleopatra Mathis | Sarabande Books | 9781946448606 | July 2020
“Deeply moving, beautiful.”—Literary North

A Room with a Darker View
Claire Phillips | Doppelhouse Press | 9781733957908 | August 2020
“The book is incredibly informative and to the point regarding its subject matter but still remains a beautiful and tragic examination of a woman gradually losing her mother. Claire Phillips generously invites her readers into her world and shares her experience without any hesitation.”—Write or Die Tribe

Langosh and Peppi: Fugitive Days
Veronica Post | Conundrum Press | 9781772620443 | May 2020
“Examining the topic from an intriguingly different perspective Langosh & Peppi: Fugitive Days makes a valuable contribution to the growing list of comics works on the refugee crisis. . . . Another excellent example of Conundrum Press’s ever admirable approach to showcasing the widest variety of approaches to the form.”—Broken Frontier

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How To Betray Your Country
James Wolff | Bitter Lemon Press | 9781913394516 | May 2021

“Wolff—a “British government” employee writing under a pseudonym—imbues every page of this expertly crafted espionage thriller with authority and verisimilitude. The tale luxuriates in the plot’s margins for the first 200 pages or so, lulling readers into a false sense of security, before plunging headlong into the stuff of nightmares. Flashbacks to August’s marriage and work as an agent pepper the narrative, informing motivation while adding context and depth. John le Carré aficionados, this one’s for you.”—Mystery Scene Magazine

Bloom
Anne Booth, illus. Robyn Wilson-Owen | Tiny Owl Publishing | 9781910328637 | April 2021

“A heartfelt story with an important theme, BLOOM is a sweet picture book read about the importance of kind words and appreciation. Lovely illustrations add to the fun of this great read.”—YA and Kids Book Central

Husna and the Eid Party
Fawzia Gilani | KUBE Publishing | 9780860377429 | March 2020
“Perfect for children between the ages of 7-11 years old, especially if they enjoy learning about other cultures.”—Youth Services Book Review (starred review)

Tell Tail
CK Smouha, illus. Katie Brosnan | Cicada Books | 9781908714862 | April 2021

“This could be a great text for a parent and child to read together if a child is experiencing doubts about his or her self-identity.” —Youth Services Book Review

Joanna Stingray, author of Red Wave: An American in the Soviet Music Underground (with Madison Stingray, Doppelhouse Press) was interviewed on Radio Free Europe on March 23.

100 Miles of Baseball: Fifty Games, One Summer by Dale Jacobs and Heidi LM Jacobs was featured in The Globe and Mail and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Represented Immobilized
Rick Trembles | Conundrum Press | 9781772620542 | April 2021
“As a book, this collection not only immortalizes Trembles’ various memories, but also the moment in Montreal DIY culture that first spawned their initial publication.”—Montreal Review of Books

Eat the Mouth That Feeds You
Caribbean Fragoza | City Lights Publishers | 9780872868335 | March 2021

“A work of power and a darkly brilliant talisman that enlarges in necessary ways the feminist, Latinx, and Chicanx canons.”—Alta

The Adventures of China Iron
Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, trans. Fiona Macintosh and Iona Macintyre | Charco Press | 9781916465664 | October 2020
“Cabezón transformed the original epic into parallel coming-of-age stories, on the one hand, the story of the protagonist, China Iron, and, on the other, of Argentina itself.”—Spectre

Copper Canyon Press, Feminist Press, and Nightboat Books each have two titles named among the finalists for the 2021 Publishing Triangle Awards, which were announced on March 22.

Caribbean Fragoza, author of Eat the Mouth that Feeds You (City Lights Books), was profiled in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on March 23.

Alex Dimitrov, author of Love and Other Poems (Copper Canyon Press) was interviewed in BOMB Magazine on March 17.

Tor.com ran an excerpt of A River Called Time (Akashic Books) on March 17.

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