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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Rain and Other Stories
Mia Couto, trans. Eric M.B. Becker | Biblioasis | 9781771962667 | February 2019
“A Chekhovian subtly is achieved, even when their realism turns to the magical. . . . What’s most successful about this collection are the ways in which Couto repeatedly asks unanswerable questions, piquing reader curiosity. . .answers manifest through subtext, and the effect is both chilling and tragic. In this collection, Mia Couto, via Eric M. B. Becker’s aesthetically rich translation, packs an emotional resonance in each story—despite brevity, many only reaching five pages—that lingers with readers long after putting the book down.”—Arkansas International

Surge
Etel Adnan | Nightboat Books | 9781937658854 | August 2018
“In Surge, a new book of (mostly) taut prose formations, what she is thinking about at 93 seems to be the whole range of life on earth, explored with a more palpable sense of mortality than perhaps she could have expressed at 43 or 53. The moon, computers, volcanoes, the financial system, birds, marriage…nothing is too small, too large, too abstract nor too specific for her to meditate upon. The action of the book is like a sewing machine: jabbing deeply and decisively into a subject and then quickly moving on. . . . Such economy and philosophy could meet only in the work of a poet who has practiced for decades.”—VIDA Reviews

Geography of Rebels Trilogy
Maria Gabriela Llansol, trans. Audrey Young | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920633 | September 2018
“Reading Geography of Rebels is an unforgettable experience. Llansol’s hallucinatory prose is genuinely transfixing.”—Carolina Quarterly

Mephisto’s Waltz
Sergio Pitol, trans. George Henson | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920831 | January 2019
“A dizzying and, at times, disorienting read, yet surely this is what caused Pitol to light up an already-lit Latin scene. . . . Pitol’s biggest leaps forward—nesting stories inside one another, analyzing his writing like a critic, blurring the line between life and art—test the limits of what bookfolk today like to call autofiction. . . . Together, the fragments add up to a broad snapshot of a time and place and, in hindsight, make the narrative gymnastics of Bolaño seem inevitable.”—Southwest Review

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BUST included Melissa Michal’s Living on the Borderlines (The Feminist Press at CUNY) on its January 31 list of February books by women “That We Need to Read Immediately.”

Book Riot included Emily Carroll’s When I Arrived at the Castle (Koyama Press) on its February 12 list of LGBTQ comics and graphic novels to check out in 2019.

Book Riot included After the Winter by Guadalupe Nettel (trans. Rosalind Harvey; Coffee House Press), Roque Larraquy’s Comemadre (Coffee House Press), and Trifonia Melibea Obono’s La Bastarda (The Feminist Press at CUNY) on its January 31 list of recommended books written or translated by women.

On January 24, Words Without Borders interviewed translators about the process of translating humor, including Emma Ramadan, translator of Fouad Laroui’s The Curious Case of Dassoukine’s Trousers (Deep Vellum Publishing) Peter Bush, translator of Teresa Solana’s The First Prehistoric Serial Killer (Bitter Lemon Press).

The Millions included Hai-Dang Phan’s Reenactments on its February 7 list of Must-Read poetry for February.

Asja Bakić, author of Mars: Stories (trans. Jennifer Zoble; The Feminist Press at CUNY), was interviewed by Asymptote on February 6.

Angela Readman, author of Something Like Breathing (And Other Stories), created a Book Notes playlist for Largehearted Boy on February 12.

An excerpt from Mia Couto’s Rain: And Other Stories (trans. Eric M.B. Becker; Biblioasis) was published by Literary Hub on February 6.

On February 11, Book Marks’s Valentine’s Day reading recommendations included Anne Garréta’s Not One Day (trans. Emma Ramadan; Deep Vellum Publishing) and Lina Wolff’s The Polyglot Lovers (trans. Saskia Vogel; And Other Stories).

Crime Reads excerpted Evil Things by Katja Ivar (Bitter Lemon Press) on February 7.

Tony Bellotto, author of Bellini and the Sphinx (Akashic Books), was interviewed by Gabriela Pereira on her podcast DIY MFA on February 6.

Hollywood Weekly recommended Satish Kumar’s Elegant Simplicity: The Art of Living Well  (New Society Publishers) on January 29.

John Moody, author of The Frugal Homesteader(New Society Publishers), was interviewed on Small Town Homestead podcast on January 27th.

The Spring 2019 issue of Watkins Mind Body Spirit Magazine included cover articles by Matthew Fox, author of Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action, Stephen Fulder, a contributor to Spiritual Transmission: Paradoxes and Dilemmas on the Spiritual Path, and Rupert Sheldake, author of The Physics of Angels (all Monkfish Book Publishing). It also included Fox, Fulder, and Sheldrake on its list of “The 100 Most Spiritually Influential People Living 2019.”

Translated Lit included Mariana Dimópulos’s All My Goodbyes (trans. Alice Whitmore; Transit Books), Guillermo Saccomanno’s 77 (trans. Andrea G. Labinger; Open Letter), and Zahia Rahmani’s “Muslim”: A Novel (trans. Matthew Reek; Deep Vellum Publishing), on its list January 30 of most anticipated books of February 2019.

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Vice/Broadly included adrienne marie brown’s Pleasure Activism (AK Press), Saskia Vogel’s Permission (Coach House Books), and Teresa Wong’s Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression (Arsenal Pulp Press) on its February 9 list of “9 Books to Get You Through 2019.”

Publishers Weekly included Kelsey Wroten’s Cannonball (Uncivilized Books), Emily Carroll’s When I Arrived at the Castle (Koyama Press), and Jericho Brown’s The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press) on its January 24 list of Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2019.

LeAnne Howe’s Savage Conversations (Coffee House Press) and C.D. Wright’s Casting Deep Shade (Copper Canyon Press) were both included on Literary Hub’s February 1 list of “13 Books You Should Read This February.”

CrimeReads recommended Leonardo Padura’s Grab a Snake by the Tail (Bitter Lemon Press) on February 5.

Publishers Weekly featured Tiny Owl Press in PW Daily on February 6, highlighting Samad Behrangi’s The Little Black Fish, Ahmadreza Ahmadi’s When I Colored the World, Beverley Naidoo’s Cinderella of the Nile, and Rumi adaptation The Parrot and the Merchant.

On January 31, Asheville, North Carolina radio station WPVM’s A Better World interviewed Bobby Sullivan, author of Revolutionary Threads: Rastafari, Social Justice, and Cooperative Economics (Akashic Books).

Jericho Brown’s The Tradition, C.D. Wright’s Casting Deep Shade, Natalie Scenters-Zapico’s Lima :: Limon (all Copper Canyon Press) and Paige Lewis’s Space Struck (Sarabande Books) are all featured on the Colorado Review’s February 1 list of 2019’s most exciting books.

Text Online published an excerpt from Trisha Low’s Socialist Realism (Coffee House Press) on February 5.

Rachel Zinman, author of Yoga for Diabetes: How to Manage your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda (Monkfish Book Publishing) was interviewed on Diabetes Strong on January 16 and late night talk radio show Divabetic on January 8.

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Virginia Woolf in Manhattan
Maggie Gee | Global Book Sales/Fentum Books | 9781909572102 | March 2019

“Concerned with the modern condition, relationships, and human connection, the novel is captivated by the conflict between people’s interior lives and their ability to express that interiority to others.”—Foreword Reviews

Celestial Joyride
Michael Waters | BOA Editions | 9781942683063 | May 2016

“By no means does Celestial Joyride ever stray far from what makes it an engaging read. With language that is as concise as it is provoking, the collection transports readers to a variety of locations, encounters, and time periods—some personal and others more universal in their approach.”—American Book Review

Invasive species
Marwa Helal | Nightboat Books | 9781937658939 | January 2018

“Candid and confident about its ecosystems of influence, at times wildly omnivorous and polylingual, purposefully pedestrian at others, the lyrical avatar of Invasive species is one whose existential impulse seems to be rabid availability—to the poet’s multitude of peoples and places—negotiated crossways by a slick, uppercutting investment in infiltration rather than naturalization, divergence (not ‘diversity’), and didacticism as a form of information smuggling.”—Adroit Journal

Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return
Martin Riker | Coffee House Press | 9781566895286 | October 2018

“A masterclass in writing compelling, well-crafted fiction.”—Boulevard Review

Comemadre
Roque Larraquy | Coffee House Press | 9781566895156 | July 2018

“[Comemadre] spins old unreliable narrator techniques into a freshly comic and grotesque examination of the various ways that we try to justify the unjustifiable.”—Barrelhouse

The Madeleine Project
Clara Beaudoux, trans. Alison Anderson | New Vessel Press | 9781939931498 | September 2017

“A coherent, compelling biography of a stranger. . . . With Twitter and other social media now used routinely—arguably, dominantly—to “out” the foibles and depredations of public figures, The Madeleine Project demonstrates a radically different possibility: the resurrection of another’s life—including delicate allusion to her secrets—with empathy, admiration, and the eye of a curator, or perhaps an artist.”—Book and Room

A Matter of Taste: A Farmer’s Market Devotee’s Semi-Reluctant Argument for Inviting Scientific Innovation to the Dinner Table
Rebecca Tucker | Coach House Books | 9781552453674 |November 2018

“Tucker cuts right to the core of the actual issues, without sepia-toned photos of rolling farm hills and accompanying folk guitar music.”—Adventures in Poor Taste

The House of Lost and Found
Martin Widmark, illus. Emilia Dziubak | Floris Books | 9781782505426 | September 2018

“Polish artist Emilia Dziubak’s illustrations contrast the gloom and doom of the old man’s sorrowful and lacking life in his rundown house with the life and comfort that just one flower and one little boy can bring. The old man’s despair is common in life and the story of his renewal is told and illustrated with compassion and hope.”—Vermont Country Sampler

It’s Only the End of the World
J.A. Henderson | Floris Books/Kelpies | 9781782505174 | November 2018

“Henderson’s cast of characters are a surprising array of society, from the best to the worst, with personalities to match. The witty banter will inspire many moments of merriment, and more than a few bouts of laughter. The growth of each character over the course of the tale gives hope for even the roughest personality, and the building of friend and family bonds tugs at the heart. This quick tale featuring a far-fetched conspiracy and looming Armageddon will fit most readers who enjoy Jeff Strand and Chris Grabenstein.”—Manhattan Book Review

Evie and the Strawberry Patch Rescue
Stefanie Dahle | Floris Books | 9781782505600 | May 2019

“The illustrations are very detailed and take a little time to see everything happening on the page —a beetle scooping water out of a flooded home, a butterfly flapping its wings to help dry a rug, and a small bug carrying a stack of tea cups.  I could see slowly reading this book with a young child so they can notice all the illustrations that enrich the text.”—Youth Services Book Review

Farmer Falgu Goes to the Kumbh Mela
Chitra Soundar, illus. Kanika Nair | Karadi Tales | 9788181903556 | September 2018

“The simple story is complemented by vivid, warm, deeply colored illustrations. Text appears in different colors and sizes, emphasizing the onomatopoeia and sensory experiences of Farmer Falgu. . . . Perfect for multicultural story time for ages 4-6, and for families seeking culturally relevant stories from Hindu mythology.”—Youth Services Book Review

Charlie’s Magical Carnival  
Marit Törnqvist | Floris Books | 9781782504603 | September 2018

Charlie’s Magical Carnival opens with a carnival that comes to town; but Charlie’s party hat, red balloon, and other embellishments are not to be found. Parents who choose this book for its unfolding pages (which likely won’t stand up to the rigors of library lending) will find colorful carnival fun depicted both visually and in text in this fun story.”—Midwest Book Review

The Wolf Who Learned Self-Control
Orianne Lallemand, illus. Eleonore Thuillier | Auzou | 9782733861479 | October 2018

The Wolf Who Learned Self-Control reviews the dilemma of a wolf whose moods change so fast, he confuses everyone around him. Obviously, he has little self-control over his emotions: the problem is, how does he learn this? Wolf may be “too excitable” but he is personable, and can be trained. His friends step in and unexpected results lend to a fine set of adventures as Wolf confronts his fears and his abilities and grows from his experience.”—Midwest Book Review

The Night Monster
Sushree Mishra, illus. Sanket Pethkar | Karadi Tales | 9788181903310 | September 2018

“The pictures are engaging, dark and muted, adding a dream-like quality to the book. They bring a sense of mystery and superbly illustrate Avi’s fear, stopping short of being scary. Some of the letters are only revealed by lifting flaps, adding reader interest and participation to the story. This is a great read-aloud book for younger children.”—BYU Children’s Book & Media Review

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Publishers Weekly interviewed T Fleischmann, author of Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through (Coffee House Press), for its January 18 issue.

On January 29 in Publishers Weekly, booksellers named Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport (Biblioasis) and Rachel DeWoskin’s Banshee (Dottir) as two of the hottest books at Winter Institute 2019.

Literal Magazine published an excerpt from Tony Bellotto’s Bellini and the Sphinx (Akashic Books) on January 22.

Attention, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel fans: on January 25, Angela Readman, author of Something Like Breathing (And Other Stories) compiled a reading list for Electric Literature of books by women set in or about the 1950s.

Literary Hub published an article about feminist sci-fi treasure Native Tongue (The Feminist Press at CUNY) on January 15.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Brat
Michael DeForge | Koyama Press | 9781927668603 | September 2018

Brat is at its playful best when viewed rather than merely read.”—PopMatters

Blood, Fire, Death: The Swedish Metal Story
Ika Johannesson & Jon Jefferson Klingborg | Feral House | 9781627310673 | November 2018

“Throughout the book, Johannesson and Klingberg insert themselves into the narrative, making no pretense to journalistic objectivity. They’re fans of the music, and they prefer to serve as informed tour guides.”—Rock and Roll Globe

Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return
Martin Riker | Coffee House Press | 9781566895286 | October 2018

“A worthwhile, thoughtful—and hilarious—read.”—New York Journal of Books

Zion’s Fiction: A Treasury of Israeli Speculative Fiction
Sheldon Teitelbaum, editor | Mandel Vilar | 9781942134527 | September 2018

“‘[T]reasury’ is exactly the right word to describe what we find in the collection. Buried in these fascinating exercises in imaginative fiction are glimpses of the anxieties and aspirations of the real Israel.”—Los Angeles Jewish Journal

An Orphanage of Dreams
Sam Savage | Coffee House Press | 9781566895309 | January 2019

“An elegiac collection of trim stories that is at times humorous and mischievous and at others bleak and illusory.”—Splice

Hi Jax & Hi Jinx: Life’s a Pitch – and Then You Live Forever
Dame Darcy | Feral House | 9781627310697 | December 2018

“Feels like the friend you always wanted to have: creative, bold, and ambitious–like the cool girl who walks down the halls of high school, when she bothers to show up, and throws a smile your way even though you’re not popular.”—LA Beat

Limbo
Dan Fox | Fitzcarraldo Editions | 9781910695807 | April 2019  

“A f*cking ideal read because it’s a well-written, intellectually vigorous long essay. . . . Limbo is clever, witty, emotive, articulate and fun. I’d recommend it.”—Triumph of the Now

In the Distance
Hernan Diaz | Coffee House Press | 9781566894883 | October 2017

“Diaz is a magician. We await more magic.”—Epiphany

Weegee: Serial Photographer
Max de Radigues, illus. Wauter Mannaert | Conundrum Press | 9781772620238 | May 2018

“Wauter Mannaert’s frenetic black-and-white illustrations are the perfect match for the iconic photography of Weegee, who was treated in his time as a hack, even though he is now seen as a true artist. This artistic take on his fascinating life is the perfect tribute.”—Digital Camera World

How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere: An Anthology of Spiritual Memoirs
Andrew M. Davis & Philip Clayton | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781939681881 | September 2018

“What an incredible book!. . . . Brilliance in the dual sense of light and insight, or enlightenment of mind and spirit. I can’t think of another book as a parallel to the unique angle of this one, in its structure and in its content.”—Natural Spirituality

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Nine Consortium Titles Honored on 2019 Over the Rainbow Booklist

Congratulations to all the honorees on the 2019 Over the Rainbow Booklist! Selected annually by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Roundtable of the American Library Association (ALA-GLBTRT), the list recognizes the best contributions to queer publishing each year. We’re thrilled to have nine books on the list across multiple categories:

Top Ten Overall:

Mean by Myriam Gurba (Coffee House Press)

For Genre Fiction:

Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn (Arsenal Pulp Press)

An Unkindness of Ghosts by River Solomon (Akashic Books)

For Graphic Narrative:

Sugar Town by Hazel Newlevant (Alternative Comics)

For Literary and General Interest:

La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono (The Feminist Press at CUNY)

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead (Arsenal Pulp Press)

For Poetry:

Black Queer Hoe Britteney Black Rose Kapri (Haymarket Books)

full-metal indigiqueer: the pro(1,0)zoa by Joshua Whitehead (Talonbooks)

Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen (Coffee House Press)

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On January 22, the Chicago Tribune.com reported that Eve Ewing, author of Electric Arches and 1919 (both Haymarket Books) will write a Marvel adventure featuring Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man.

Pamela Hart’s Mothers Over Nangarhar (Sarabande Books) was included on Vulture’s January 14 list of January’s best poetry collections and the Millions January 8 list of January “Must-Read Poetry.”

On January 15, Words Without Borders highlighted Zsófia Bán’s Night School: A Reader for Grownups (trans. Jim Tucker; Open Letter Books) on its January Watchlist.

Ploughshares interviewed Erika Meitner, author of Holy Moly Carry Me (BOA Editions), on January 9.  

The Comics Journal interviewed Mickey Zacchilli, author of Space Academy 123 (Koyama Press) on January 18.

Anastasia Higginbotham, author of Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Dottir Press), was interviewed by Pittsburgh NPR affiliate WESA.FM on January 22.  

On January 17th, Katharine Coles, author of Look Both Ways: A Double Journey Along My Grandmother’s Far-Flung Path (Turtle Point Press), was interviewed on Washington DC radio station WPFW’s On the Margin.

Let’s Talk Picture Books interviewed Elise R. Peterson, illustrator of The Nightlife of Jacuzzi Gaskett (Dottir Press) on January 18.

Extra Inks included Keiler Roberts’s Chlorine Gardens (Koyama Press) on its January 19 list of 2018 favorites.

Joan Diver, author of When Spirit Calls: A Healing Odyssey (Monkfish Book Publishing), was interviewed by host David McMillian on his show Strategies for Living Radio on January 18.  

LitReactor named Brian Evenson’s Song for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House Press) on of the “Most Anticipated Books of the First Half of 2019” on January 18.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

You & A Bike & A Road 
Eleanor Davis | Koyama Press | 9781927668405 | May 2017
“[G]ritty, funny, and triumphant in surprising ways.”—Outside Magazine.com

The Wolf Who Learned Self-Control
Orianne Lallemand, illus. Eleonore Thuillier | Auzou | 9782733861479 | October 2018
“Children who are learning self-control will benefit from the lessons Wolf learns. Themes of self-confidence and friendship are intertwined in the story.”—Oregon Coast Youth Book Preview Center

Amsterdam Noir
René Appel and Josh Pachter, editors | Akashic Books | 9781617756146 | January 2019
“An appealing compendium, with welcome doses of local color and atmosphere.”—New York Journal of Books

Not Here
Hieu Minh Nguyen | Coffee House Press | 9781566895095 | April 2018
“Again and again, [Nguyen] slowly drops you then catches you, from one revelatory juxtaposition to the next.”—Adroit Journal

Depeche Mode: Monument
Dennis Burmeister and Sascha Lange | Akashic Books | 9781617755934 | November 2017
“[T]his is a visually stunning and worthwhile read. It is both entrancing and heartfelt while at the same time informational, genuine and candid, and the reverence felt for the band by the author is contagious.”—Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal

Empty Words
Mario Levrero | Coffee House Press | 9781566895460 | May 2019
“One can take this genre as a diary, as a novel entirely imagined, as an autobiographical or purely psychological analysis, ‘an act of self-construction’ . . . .A Cartesian mind who wishes to decide would deprive himself of the healthy freedom that Mario Levrero offers him.”—Nouveaux Espaces Latinos

Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma
Rabbi Tirzah Firestone | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781948626026 | April 2019
“[B]oth a labor of love as well as an intellectual tour de force. . . . Rabbi Firestone teaches us how to listen, to ourselves and to others. Her book should be read by everyone who wishes personal healing and the healing of this traumatized world.”—Tikkun Magazine

The Heart of the Goddess: Art, Myth and Meditations of the World’s Sacred Feminine
Hallie Iglehart Austen | Monkfish Books Publishing | 9781939681942 | October 2018
“Regardless of how many books you own or have read about goddesses, I guarantee you that you’ve never encountered anything like this. Informative, spiritual, and filled with art pieces from antiquity to contemporary times, The Heart of the Goddess is, and will remain, a classic.”—Magical Buffet

Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story
Wyomia Tyus and Elizabeth Terzakis | Akashic Books/Edge of Sports | 9781617756580 | September 2018
“A must read. Written with clarity, candor, and boundless energy, it demonstrates the resolve of the human spirit to emerge victorious against the greatest odds.”—Jamaica Gleaner

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Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story
Wyomia Tyus and Elizabeth Terzakis | Akashic Books/Edge of Sports | 9781617756580 | September 2018
“It’s an interesting account, especially for what it shows about [Tyus’s] world, which became dramatically wider (she was raised in the rural south but traveled extensively as a result of her athletic expertise) as well as for the gender dynamics prevailing in the era when she was coming up as an Olympian.”—History News Network

Comemadre
Roque Larraquy | Coffee House Press | 9781566895156 | July 2018
“Reading Roque Larraquy’s excellent and twisted novel Comemadre is an exercise in duality: mind and body, present and past, science and art.”—New Letters

Betwixt-and-Between
Jenny Boully | Coffee House Press | 9781566895101 | April 2018
“Boully has given us a supple and suggestive volume, one dedicated to multiplying literary possibilities even as it names and forcefully critiques the economic and institutional forces that construct and constrain such possibility.”—Georgia Review

Struck: A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph
Doug Segal | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551383 | October 2018
“Heartbreaking, inspiring, unflinchingly honest, and often funny as hell. . . as spellbinding as the best binge-worthy TV show. Except that every moment of this story is real.”—Arizona Jewish Post

Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman
Jeffreen M. Hayes | D. Giles | 9781911282228 | October 2018
“A welcome addition to the scant coverage of this important and influential American artist.”—ARLIS/NA

The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler’s Cross: Rescuing a Symbol of Peace from the Forces of Hate
T. K. Nakagaki | Stone Bridge Press | 9781611720457 | September 2018
“[Nakagaki] details the swastika’s Eastern roots and traces its use in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. All these uses predate the Nazi’s appropriation of the symbol by centuries.”—Lion’s Roar

Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories
Vandana Singh | Small Beer Press | 9781618731432 | February 2018
“Vandana Singh tells sci-fi stories that stray far from the norm. . . . Ambiguity Machines is a remarkable and thought-provoking collection.”—Virginia Living

The Summer of Dead Birds
Ali Liebegott | The Feminist Press at CUNY | 9781936932504 | March 2019
“[A] wondrous accomplishment. . . . The Summer of Dead Birds doesn’t want to lift you up. It wants to excite you about the natural history of sorrow and to point out the similarity between freedom and grief. . . . [T]he book is sly and surprising, melding sadness and comedy.”—Women’s Review of Books

Under Water
J.L. Powers | Catalyst Press | 9781941026031 | January 2019
“[Under Water] is not a Disneyfied version of life for a young girl in a South African community, but a true-to-life examination of adolescence, cultural complexities, and global issues. For young adult readers, this is a book that will not sugar coat and will provoke thoughtful conversation about many difficult topics.”—New Pages

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