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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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This Week’s Reviews

White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia
Kiki Petrosino | Sarabande Books | 9781946448545 | May 2020

“The result of deep historical research, impressive formal dexterity, and savvy storytelling, this volume of poetry combines genealogy, history, and verse in a way that reflects many American experiences.”—Foreword Reviews

Toxicon and Arachne
Joyelle McSweeney | Nightboat Books | 9781643620183 | April 2020
“Arachne subverts and elaborates upon Toxicon. Toxicon sharpens the cuts of Arachne. With these two texts—this book, Toxicon and Arachne—Joyelle McSweeney has created a work of incredible honesty, exploring suffering and trauma through the lens of the necropastoral. This landscape of moss and bugs and dilapidation.”—Empty Mirror

SLINGSHOT
Cyrée Jarelle Johnson | NIghtboat Books | 9781643620091 | September 2019
“A beautifully complex poetry collection, Johnson is defiantly sharp and humorous, with lines clearly from a technician. Themes include Black lives and organizing, disability, queerness, sex work, and societal devastation and care to name a few. If you want a book that flips formalism and confounds, Slingshot is a stunning addition to your self-isolation reading life.”—them

Above Us the Milky Way
Fowzia Karmi | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781646050024 | April 2020
“It is Fowzia Karimi the artist we shall remember after reading the book as much as Fowzia Karimi and her family, the exiles and victims of war. This is a wonderful book.”—The Modern Novel

Girls Lost
Jessica Schiefauer, trans. Saskia Vogel | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920954 | March 2020
“A dark exploration of magic and gender.”—Community of Literary Magazines and Presses

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The new and improved Consortium website is now live!

People Magazine recommended Joan Frank’s Where You’re All Going (Sarabande Books) as a new title to read this month.

Val Walker, author of 400 Friends and No One To Callchatted with Parade Magazine about how to stay social in the age of social distancing on March 21. Walker was also interviewed for an article on AARP.org on March 23.

The Rumpus put together a list of titles to read in honor of Women’s History Month on March 13, including two future Rumpus Book Club ReadsArrow by Sumita Chakraborty (Alice James Books) and Inconvenient Daughter by Lauren J. Sharkey (Akashic Books/Kaylie Jones Books. The full list includes Letters to a Young Brown GirlMuddy MatterhornA Nail the Evening Hangs OnObitand White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia.

Margo Jefferson recommended Tyehimba Jess’s Pulitzer Prize winning collection, Olio (Wave Books) in the New York Times on March 19. The Times Book Review also recommended A Long Way Off by Pascal Garnier (Gallic Books) on March 20.

Julia Cho (The Language Archive, Theater Communications Group), Aleshea Harris, (Is God Is / What to Send Up When It Goes Down, Theatre Communications Group), and Maria Tumarkin (AxiomaticTransit Books) were announced as recipients of Windham-Campbell Prizes.

Mark Bibbins’s 13th Balloon (Copper Canyon Press) was recommended in PEN America on March 20. Bibbins was also interviewed in Guernica on March 20.

A poem from Maya C. Popa’s American Faith (Sarabande Books) was published in the Poetry Society of America with a note from the author.

Collen Dunn Bates, publisher of Prospect Park Books, was interviewed in Publishers Weekly on March 24.

Juli Lopera Delgado, author of Fiebre Tropical (The Feminist Press at CUNY), was interviewed by 48 Hills on March 11.

The Texas Observer wrote about Deep Vellum Press on March 23, praising their “impressive series” of books in translation.

A profile of the Feminist Press at CUNY appeared in Forbes Magazine on March 20.

King Shaka: Zulu Legend by Luke W. Molver (Catalyst Books) won an Excellence in Graphic Literature Award.

A number of Consortium titles won awards from Foreword Reviews, including Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia by Kyle Sullivan, illus. Derek Sullivan (Hazy Dell Press); Immigration Reform: The Corpse That Will Not Die by Charles Kamasaki (Mandel Vilar Press); Thorn by Anna Burke (Bywater Books); and This is My Body by Cameron Dezen Hammon (Lookout Books)

The Publishers Weekly podcast talked about Apsara Engine by Bishakh Som (The Feminist Press at CUNY) on March 20.

Deer Trails: San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 7 by Kim Shuck (City Lights Publishing) won the NCIBA Golden Poppy Award for Poetry.

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This Week’s Reviews

We Had No Rules
Corinne Manning | Arsenal Pulp Press | 9781551527994 | May 2020
“Wistful, funny, angry, bitter, raw—Manning both shocks and enthralls.”—Booklist, starred review

Temporary
Hilary Leichter | Coffee House Press | 9781566895668 | March 2020 
“The near-farcical chaos of the gig economy is explored in this story of a young woman’s journey through a series of increasingly wild job placements, from shining shoes to swabbing the deck of a pirate ship.”—Vogue

I Love Myself When I Am Laughing… And Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive
Zora Neale Hurston, edit. Alice Walker | The Feminist Press at CUNY | 9781936932733 | January 2020

“Hurston was the ultimate independent woman and one of the greatest writers who ever touched a pen. This collection was the first Hurston reader, edited by Walker and published in the 1970s . . . . While much of her work is very much about community, it, like her, in many ways stands alone.”—Seattle Times 

Growing Up Below Sea Level: A Kibbutz Childhood
Rachel Biale | Mandel Vilar Press | 9781942134633 | April 2020
“Rachel Biale’s fresh and vivid stories of her kibbutz childhood, raised in the biblical landscape of the Jordan River by European-born parents and community who had barely fled the Nazis, are pulsating with love and unblinking insight into the early kibbutz life. I read these stories with amazement and deep personal recognition. Literature is still the best path to grasping the heart Israel, and these stories touch on a pivotal moment in the young country’s history, geography, and social dreams.”—San Diego Jewish Review

Wage Slaves
Daria Bogdanska, trans. Hanna Strömberg | Conundrum International | 9781772620368 | May 2019
“In Wage Slaves, Bogdanska captures how distressing it can be to search for a new job, especially in a new country. This is definitely an important read if either of these have ever been applicable to you, but also imperative for those who have no relation to them; as a reminder of this privilege, and a step inside how bad things can be for others.”—Broken Frontier

Bigfoot Baby
Elias Barks, illus. Meg Hunt | Hazy Dell Press | 9781948931083 | April 2020
“From the Hazy Dell Flap Book series of innovative lift-the-flap adventures comes a new monster to explore with: a pintsized sasquatch. Durable, chunky pages and insets guarantee endless no-tear fun for small hands and inquisitive minds. Look around the forest for Bigfoot Baby, running wild through the trees, playing with bears, or reading in a camper’s tent, adorably furry and with one pointy tooth. Fairies, mushroom houses, and cheerful rhymes complete the multisensory experience.”—Foreword Reviews

The Joy of Movement
Mary Lynn Hafner | Redleaf Press | 9781605546421 | January 2019
“A practical manual filled with ready-to-use lesson plans that are both developmentally designed and respectful of the maxim that learning is fun. . . This gem of a book is surely useful in a preschool classroom. It may also be just the tool for energizing and motivating teachers who are ready to discover the joy of movement for themselves.”—Texas Child Care Monthly

Building Structures with Young Children
Ingrid Chalufour and Karen Worth | Redleaf Press | 9781929610501 | 2004
“Building Structures guides teachers with concrete and practical tips in the transition from open exploration of blocks—size, shape, and balance—to purposeful and focused explorations that produce an authentic understanding of how structures work. Most valuable, especially for teachers unfamiliar with the opportunities that block play offers, is a chapter devoted to getting ready—putting on a scientist mindset, building a teaching plan, and preparing the environment. . . This book has earned its place in your program’s library and regular attention in teacher development workshops.”—Texas Child Care Quarterly

Girls Lost
Jessica Schiefauer, trans. Saskia Vogel | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920954 | March 202
“While its plot is relatively easy to summarize—three teenagers discover that a mysterious plant can change them from boys to girls—Jessica Schiefauer’s Girls Lost doesn’t avoid the complexities that could arise from such a scenario. The ways in which desire and identity converge within the pages of this book have the power to haunt, even as the narrative moves forward at a rapid pace. It’s a page-turner that lingers.”—Words Without Borders

Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River
Jung Young Moon, trans. Yewon Jung | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920855 | December 2019
“Ridiculous in the best way.”—D Magazine

Temporary
Hilary Leichter | Coffee House Press | 9781566895668 | March 2020
“At a time when pop culture abounds with incisive takes on people’s relationship to their jobs — from Rob Hart’s dystopian The Warehouse to Bong Joon-ho’s acclaimed film Parasite—Leichter’s novel finds space for both intimacy and expansiveness. It’s like little else you’ll read, but its emotional resonance is all too familiar.”—Star Tribune

The Book of Anna
Carmen Boullosa, trans. Samantha Schnee | Coffee House Press | 9781566895774 | April 2020
“Threads characters from Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece into an innovative narrative caper that blends history, fiction, and fairytale. . . . The sheer innovation of Boullosa’s multi-layered narrative presents the reader with a nesting doll of fictions and histories—threads that intertwine questions of self-hood, artistic creation, and the many-layered voices of political change. The Book of Anna marks the rare achievement of a writer who balances the weight of Tolstoy’s complicated genius with her own interpretation of events, real and fictitious, with unmitigated brio and a touch of mischievous whimsy. It will surely become a modern classic.”—Paperback Paris

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The “bold and energetic” debut novel by Juli Delgado Lopera, Fiebre Tropical, was an NYTBR Editor’s Choice on March 12. Reviewer Dwight Garner complimented the
“ebullient and assertive” prose in his review on March 2. Check out the excerpt shared by the Rumpus on February 17, and see what Lopera talked about in an interview with the NYTBR on March 18.

Several award shortlists were announced this week and we were pleased to see many Consortium publishers represented. Socialist Realism by Trisha Low and Soft Targets by Deborah Landau both won Believer Book Awards on March 16, and books from Coffee House Press and Alice James Books were finalists. Titles from Bellevue Literary Press and Deep Vellum Publishing were named finalists for the Big Other Translation Prize, and winners will be announced May 16. The finalists for the Publishing Triangle Awards were also announced, which included titles from Alice James Books, Arsenal Pulp Press, BOA Editions, and Nightboat Books. Stay tuned for the award ceremony April 30.

Hilary Leichter’s Temporary continues to snatch up press attention. Leichter was interviewed by the NYTBR on March 18. The Wall Street Journal had high praise for this “delirious and deeply humane satire” of the gig economy on March 13. Guernica also recommended the title on the 13, calling it “delirious” and “dizzying.” Literary Hub included it on their new books to read this month list on March 3. Publishers Weekly included it on a roundup of new titles, along with John Elizabeth Stintzi’s Vanishing Monumentson March 17Finally, Buzzfeed recommended the title, along with Karen Tei Yamashita’s Sansei and Sensibilityin a roundup of the best new releases on March 12. 

Mary Ruefle, author of Dunce (Wave Books) won the Arthur Rense Poetry Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Poupeh Missaghi, author of trans(re)lating house one (Coffee House Press), wrote an essay for Literary Hub on March 12.

The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California nominated Thukpa for All by Praba Ram and Sheela Preuitt, illustrated by Shilpa Ranade (Karadi Tales), for their Distinguished Children’s Books list. 

Cartoonist Keiler Roberts talked to the podcast I’ll Follow You about her latest book, Rat Time (Koyama Press) on March 15.

Ben Passmore, author of Sports Is Hell (Koyama Press), talked to Make It Then Tell Everyone on March 12.

Traci Brimhall, author of Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod (Copper Canyon Press) was interviewed by the Adroit Journal on March 17.

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This Week’s Reviews

Sansei and Sensibility
Karen Tei Yamashita | Coffee House Press | 9781566895781 | May 2020
“Karen Tei Yamashita contends with the Western canon in this astute, pitch-perfect, and wryly funny short story collection. . . . A genuine pleasure to read.”—Publishers Weekly

Sky Contains the Plans
Matthew Rohrer | Wave Books | 9781950268047 | April 2020
“Serene, odd, and quietly captivating, this is a celebration of the unconscious mind’s delights.”—Publishers Weekly 

The Walrus and the Caribou
Maika Harper, illus. Marcus Cutler | Inhabit Media | 9781772272567 | April 2020
“A fun final challenge asks readers to imagine the possibilities of creating their own animal.”—Booklist

A Shameful Life
Osamu Dazai, trans. Mark Gibeau | Stone Bridge Press | 9781611720440 | November 2018
“Dazai’s novel is unrelentingly bleak . . . but the joylessness here is unique, yet still strangely readable. It’s a grim portrait of post-war ennui and failure of nerve.”—Pacific Rim Review

The Rapture Index
Molly Reid | BOA Editions | 9781942683827 | May 2019
“But what’s so striking about The Rapture Index, in particular, is the way the narration and pacing work in concert to draw the reader in, make us a part of the narrator’s worry, her nagging sense that something is wrong in the world.”—Fiction Writers Review

Seeing Red
Lina Meruane, trans. Megan McDowell | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920244 | February 2016

“[A] searing autobiographical novel.”—Words Without Borders

Above Us the Milky Way
Fowzia Karmi | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781646050024 | April 2020
“The writing is seductive, compelling, horrifying, irresistible. The story is dreamlike in its framework and structure, with adult Karimi and the reader dragged back into a spectral but all-too-real childhood, and that is key: the dead are never really gone if they live on in the childhood memories she—and we—can never relinquish.”—Lone Star Literary

Carteras y carteros
Caracolino, Canizales | NubeOcho | 9788417673468 | June 2020
“To whom would you recommend this book? Spanish speaking families to share with their little ones or a great singing story for those learning Spanish.”—Youth Services Book Review

Dunce
Mary Ruefle | Wave Books | 9781940696997 | September 2020
“Reading this book of poems, maybe more than some of her others, is an experience that echoes reading her erasures. . . . Because reading erasures requires belief in the blankness and delight in what discoveries are found there, which is also true of these poems.”—Newfound

Evie and the Truth About Witches
John Martz | Koyama Press | 9781927668597 | October 2018
“This truly is an all-ages book, as its themes work on multiple levels—young readers will enjoy the spooky, unpredictable narrative, while older readers will appreciate the bittersweet message on the last page.”—Spooky KidLit

Get Off That Camel
AH Benjamin, illus. Krishna Bala Shenoi | Karadi Tales Picturebooks | 9788193903315 | October 2019
“The vibrant illustrations are superbly executed to capture the reader’s attention with a warm color palette that characterizes the humor of the text. The fun facts about camels included after the story are interesting… a delightful combination of humor and kindness makes this book uplifting and fun.”—BYU Children’s Book & Media Review

Girls Lost
Jessica Schiefauer, trans. Saskia Vogel | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920954 | March 2020
“A powerful novel about gender, sexuality and power relations that will have you turn page after page without even realizing it. Thanks to Saskia Vogel, the poetic and empathetic voice of this novel has found its way into the English version.”—24 Stories

Illustrated Animals: Caribou
Dorothy Aglukark and David Aglukark, illus. Amanda Sandland | Inhabit Media | 9781772272345 | January 2020
“This is a great quick read about caribou… The illustrations are rich and realistic, there is even an illustration of the skeleton of the Caribou for reference… this is an excellent resource for classrooms and students doing animal units or reports.”—Youth Services Book Review

La jirafa Rafa
Caracolino, illus. Canizales | NubeOcho | 9788417673444 | June 2020
“A delightful song book about a giraffe that lives on the savanna.”—Youth Services Book Review

Princess Jill Never Sits Still
Margarita del Mazo, illus. José Fragoso | NubeOcho | 9788417123833 | April 2020
“It’s a fun tale of acceptance and unconventional talents that is suitable for storytimes or one-on-one reading.”—Booklist

Repetition Nineteen
Monica de la Torre | Nightboat Books | 9781643620145 | March 2020
Repetition Nineteen is an interactive book of opportunity and possibility, a spirited exploration of the cultural differences of the use of language… Language in any form is a versatile gift, and de la Torre presents it to us, wraps and unwraps it, each time with a new balance and resonance.”—Vagabond City

Santa Fe Noir
edit. Ariel Gore | Akashic Books | 9781617757228 | March 2020
“Because each story is identified by the neighborhood or specific location in which it takes place, Santa Fe Noir is a veritable road map of the city and surrounding area. It stretches from El Dorado to the Southside, Casa Solana and Cerrillos Road to the Santa Fe National Forest. The protagonists of the stories are psychotherapists, vagrants, teenagers, and gig workers. They drink and smoke. They drop acid and have sex. And more than a few are guilty of murder (or at least of justifiable homicide).”—Sante Fe New Mexican
“There is a real charm to the local specificity of Santa Fe Noir, and it’s a pleasure to discover how different imaginations can channel the chiaroscuro energy of well-known places.”—Santa Fe Reporter

Tanna’s Owl
Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, illus. Yong Ling Kang | Inhabit Media | 9781772272505 | January 2020
Kang’s digital art in line and watercolor style is low key in its streamlined figures but perceptive in its inclusion of details about Tanna’s Canadian Inuit lifestyle. . . . This is a different kind of wildlife story that’s more about the rigors of service than the temptation of ownership, and kids will appreciate the realism and humor as well as the eventual reward. A note about Inuktitut pronunciation is included.”—The Bulletin from the Center for Children’s Books

The Clever Tailor
Srividhya Venkat, illus. Nayantara Surendranath |
Karadi Tales Picturebooks | 9788193388907 | September 2019
“Venkat skillfully incorporates well-placed words that are likely unfamiliar to western audiences, thus adding realism to the story while a glossary allows readers to learn their definitions. Vibrant jewel-toned, pastel and colored pencil illustrations literally swirl through the pages of the book, supporting readers’ understanding of the unfamiliar words while also propelling the storyline. This is an excellent multicultural book with a message of upcycling and creativity that will inspire young readers to think twice before throwing something away.”—BYU Children’s Book & Media Review

The Problem of the Many
Timothy Donnelly | Wave Books | 9781940696492 | October 2019
“But what ultimately makes this book work, what keeps its brilliant leaps from becoming performative and its capacious hunger from consuming itself, is Donnelly’s adherence to form. His respect for the line, as a unit of composition, remains absolute, and this formal discipline allows him to bottle the lightning: the endless associations of his disobedient mind.”—Rain Taxi

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A poem from Justin Phillip Reed, author of The Malevolent Volume (Coffee House Press) was chosen for poets.org’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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This Week’s Reviews

The Summer of Kim Novak
Håkan Nesser, trans. Saskia Vogel | World Editions | 9781642860191 | June 2020
“Nesser sensitively probes the agonies and ecstasies of adolescence, making this an exquisite example of Nordic noir’s ability to reveal the darkest emotional depths beneath a cloudless summer sky.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Tree and the Vine 
Dola de Jong, trans. Kristen Gehrman | Transit Books | 9781945492341 | May 2020
“Bea’s inability to face, let alone name, her true sexual desires drives this spare, elegant, and ultimately haunting novel. . . . Gehrman’s beautiful new translation returns the book to the spotlight where it belongs. . . . A jewel hidden in plain sight.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

We Had No Rules
Corinne Manning | Arsenal Pulp Press | 9781551527994 | May 2020
“Manning’s debut collection exquisitely examines queer relationships with equal parts humor, heartache, and titillation. This enriching view of queer worlds unpacks narratives that have always been there, even if they’re not often seen.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Black Forest
Valérie Mréjen, trans. Katie Shireen Assef | Deep Vellum | 9781944700904 | October 2019
“A sparse and elegiac novel.”—Kenyon Review

Complete Gary Lutz
Gary Lutz | Tyrant Books | 9781733535915 | December 2019

“Lutz is the best contemporary American writer and theorist of loneliness.”—New York Review of Books

Temporary
Hilary Leichter | Coffee House Press | 9781566895668 | March 2020

“A batty, playful satire, Temporary twists the jargon and anxieties of a millennial gig economy into a dreamscape of spires and scaffolding through which we swing as our narrator seeks out her steadiness.”—Los Angeles Times

Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River
Jung Young Moon, trans. Yewon Jung | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920855 | December 2019
“It is a slim and beautiful volume. That’s important for this particular book because this is a piece of art. This is something that you want to hold dear and treasure.”—Read the World

The Love Story of the Century
Märta Tikkanen, trans. Stina Katchadourian | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920930 | February 2020
“Harrowing and singular, this novel charts the unsettling experience of being in a thoroughly flawed marriage, its title looming ominously over the proceedings. But then Tikkanen offers glimpses of better days, and the reader has a sense of how this particular marriage has curdled over time. It’s a haunting look at the fault lines of a relationship.”—Words without Borders

Girls Lost
Jessica Schiefauer, trans. Saskia Vogel | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920954 | March 2020
“This is the story of a group of girls who go to school and are treated pretty poorly by the boys in the school. They have one place where they are able to go together that’s their safe haven. One day they plant a seed, and it allows them to change gender into boys. I’m super excited about it… This is going to be one of those power-packed little books.”–Ink and Paper Blog

The Phoenix of Persia
Sally Pomme Clayton, illus. Amin Hassanzadeh Sharif | Tiny Owl Publishing | 9781910328439 | March 2020
“Bold colors and textures pop, while traditional instruments accompany a free audio version available online. Reed flutes, zithers, lutes, dulcimers, and a Kurdish drum each represent a character from the tale, creating a culturally accurate, multisensory experience.”—Foreword Reviews

Sports is Hell
Ben Passmore | Koyama Press | 9781927668757 | February 2020
“Addresses the chaotic place where sports, capitalism, and anti-blackness meet.”—Guttermouth

The Bishop’s Bedroom
Piero Chiara, trans. Jill Foulston | New Vessel Press | 9781939931740 | November 2019

“Sensual and melancholy in equal measure, The Bishop’s Bedroom is also a beautifully observed book.”—Afar

Safari Honeymoon
Jesse Jacobs | Koyama Press | 9781927668047 | June 2014
Crawl Space
Jesse Jacobs | Koyama Press | 9781927668412 | May 2017
By This Shall You Know Him
Jesse Jacobs | Koyama Press | 9780986873980 | May 2012
“Probably, each of Jesse Jacobs’s five creations are comic books, though their standalone natures (and hifalutin levels of creativity) suggest they might be called “graphic novellas” or some such. Whatever their genre or format, each is a standalone bit of delicious storytelling that takes–for this reader, anyway–roughly the length of an album to intake, at least for the first time. . . . Passing by with the effortless ease of self-contained storytelling in any medium, there’s plenty to return to later in all of them.”—Aquarium Drunkard

Columbus Noir
Andrew Welsh-Huggins | Akashic Books | 9781617757655 | March 2020
“Femmes fatales, shady clubs and antiheroes: all the elements are here in Columbus Noir, a satisfying collection of 14 stories by some of Ohio’s best authors.”—Akron Beacon Journal

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Harriet Shugarman, author of How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change (New Society Publisher) wrote an article for Open Democracy on February 11.

Taras Grescoe, author of Possess the Air (Biblioasis) was interviewed by Foreword Reviews on February 28.

Book Riot‘s February 27 roundup of anticipated books included Here I Am! by Pauline Holdstock (Biblioasis), Disfigured by Amanda Leduc (Coach House Books), Temporary by Hilary Leichter (Coffee House Press), Made in Saturn by Rita Indiana, trans. Sydney Hutchinson (And Other Stories), Bluebeard’s First Wife by Seong-nan Ha, trans. Janet Hong (Open Letter), Four by Four by Sara Mesa, trans. Katie Whittemore (Open Letter), We Had No Rules by Corinne Manning (Arsenal Pulp Press), Slum Virgin by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, trans. Frances Riddle  (Charco Press), The Names of All the Flowers by Melissa Valentine (The Feminist Press at CUNY), and Grove by Esther Kinsky, trans. Caroline Schmidt (Transit Press).

The Speech Bubble podcast interviewed Michael DeForge about his latest book, Stunt (Koyama Press) on March 2.

Annie Koyama of Koyama Press was interviewed on the Money Moves podcast on February 25.

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Sports is Hell
Ben Passmore | Koyama Press | 9781927668757 | February 2020
“[Passmore] uses America’s obsession with football to explore themes of racism, resistance, white supremacy, allyship, identity, and alienation to do this, and he manages to do it in just sixty pages, which is a phenomenal feat to accomplish.”—The Comics Beat
Sports Is Hell is a distorted funhouse-mirror look at contemporary American socio-political and cultural divisions that uses the hyper-violent capitalist spectacle that is the Super Bowl as both a metaphorical and literal case study of, essentially, every damn thing that’s wrong with our body politic today.”—Solrad

Read Me, Los Angeles
Katie Orphan | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551680 | March 2020
“The book is a chatty guide to literary tourism in the city, but it has surprising depth. . . . While Read Me is a light romp, it has the potential to open new doors to familiar territory— namely the city itself.”—Alta Journal of California

Two Blankets, Three Sheets
Rodaan Al Galidi, trans. Jonathan Reeder | World Editions | 9781642860450 | January 2020
“At once funny and bleak, this novel by the Iraq-born Dutch novelist draws on his personal experiences to expose the cruel and often absurd procedural challenges that immigrants must endure . . . an engrossing and exasperating novel. Two Blankets, Three Sheets is a tale of belonging and what it means to be human in a world that deems people less important than government protocols.”—Words Without Borders

Roxy
Esther Gerritsen, trans. Michele Hutchison | World Editions | 9781642860405 | March 2020
“Introspective as it traces Roxy’s tragic fall, the novel is arresting (…) Rich and a little bitter, Roxy is powered by the monumental weight of Esther Gerritsen’s intense and insatiable prose, which is beautifully translated by Michele Hutchison. Consume it with coffee, dark chocolate, or red wine.”—Foreword Reviews


Beautiful Aliens
Steve Abbott, edit. Jamie Townsend | Nightboat Books | 9781643620152 | December 2019
“A reader is the ideal format for Abbott’s sprawling work. Just as Abbott was capable of moving between many different communities, his relation with genre is similarly porous… Townsend’s editing work on Beautiful Aliens makes it possible to see Abbott’s development in these different genres, together with thoughtful contrasts that variously clarify and complicate Abbott’s developing sensibility over the years.”—The Poetry Project Newsletter

Wonder: The Art and Practice of Beatrice Blue
Beatrice Blue | 3dtotal Publishing | 9780955153099 | January 2020
“There’s a lot to see in this book, and there’s plenty of commentary with Beatrice talking about her inspiration, career, how she makes her own paint, digital vs traditional, and her creative process. . . . This is a beautiful artbook I can recommend to those who like picture book illustrations, or who are fans of Beatrice Blue. Highly recommended.”—Parka Blogs

Alisoun Sings
Caroline Bergvall | Nightboat Books | 9781643620015 | November 2019
“Bergvall turns ‘illegibility’ on its head: she insists on a poetics that is neither merely read nor impossible to read. Instead, Bergvall attempts to offer another way of being, necessarily multiple. This affords space for unknowing, for the unrecognizable, where political vision and perhaps even political intimacy and solidarity does not require immediate recognition within our normative configurations of the sensible and knowable.” —The Poetry Project Newsletter

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