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Out Magazine included Jericho Brown’s The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press), Franny Choi’s Soft Science (Alice James Books), and Camonghne Felix’s Build Yourself A Boat (Haymarket Books) on its April 5 list of “Queer Books to Read in April.”

In an interview with the Boston Globe on April 11, poet Major Jackson recommended Deborah Landau’s Soft Targets, Paisley Rekdal’s Nightingale, and Jericho Brown’s The Tradition (all Copper Canyon Press).

The May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine featured Paisley Rekdal’s The Nightingale (Copper Canyon Press) and Jan-Henry Gray’s Documents (BOA Editions).

Renewal: How Nature Awakens Our Creativity, Compassion and Joy by Andres Edwards (New Society Publishers was excerpted in Yes Magazine on April 10.

Book Riot’s April 15 list of “Queer Poetry Collections to Read During National Poetry Month” was dominated by Consortium titles: Franny Choi’s Soft Science (Alice James Books), Kenji C. Liu’s Monsters I Have Been (Alice James Books), Jericho Brown’s The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press), jayy dodd’s The Black Condition Ft. Narcissus (Nightboat Books), Alison C. Rollins’s Library of Small Catastrophes (Copper Canyon Press), Camonghne Felix’s Build Yourself A Boat (Haymarket Books), and Fatima Asghar & Safia Elhillo’s anthology The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 3: Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books).

Crime Reads interviewed Leye Adenle, author of When Trouble Sleeps (Cassava Republic Press), on April 11.

Elizabeth J. Coleman, editor of HERE: Poems for the Planet (Copper Canyon Press), was featured in an April 15 article on Literary Hub about climate change.

Lina Wolff’s The Polyglot Lovers (trans. Saskia Vogel; And Other Stories) was a Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week on April 15.

Michael Carroll, author of Stella Maris: And Other Key West Stories (Turtle Point Press), was interviewed on Gil Roth’s podcast, The Virtual Memories Show, on April 15.

The Adroit Journal interviewed Anna Moschovakis, author of Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love (Coffee House Press), on April 11.

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This Week’s Award Winners

The longlist for the 2019 Best Translated Book Awards includes Pretty Thingsby Virginie Despentes, translated by Emma Ramadan (Feminist Press); Bottom of the Sky by Rodrigo Fresán, translated by Will Vanderhyden (Open Letter); Bride and Groom by Alisa Ganieva, translated by Carol Apollonio (Deep Vellum); People in the Room by Norah Lange, translated by Charlotte Whittle (And Other Stories); Comemadre by Roque Larraquy, translated by Heather Cleary (Coffee House); Bricks and Mortar by Clemens Meyer, translated by Katy Derbyshire (Fitzcarraldo Editions); After the Winter by Guadalupe Nettel, translated by Rosalind Harvey (Coffee House); Transparent City by Ondjaki, translated by Stephen Henighan (Biblioasis); Öræfï by Ófeigur Sigurðsson, translated by Lytton Smith (Deep Vellum); Fox by Dubravka Ugresic, translated by Ellen Elias-Bursac and David Williams (Open Letter); and the easiness and the loneliness by Asta Olivia Nordenhof, translated by Susanna Nied (Open Letter).

The 2018 IPPY Award winners have been announced! Congratulations to Perfect Conditions, by Vanessa Blakeslee (Curbside Splendor Publishing); All We Know of Pleasure: Poetic Erotica by Women, edited by Enid Shomer (Blair/Carolina Wren Press); Paper is White, by Hilary Zaid (Bywater Books); The Fifth Woman, by Nona Caspers (Sarabande Books); When a Woman Rises, by Christine Eber (Cinco Puntos Press); Death’s Echoes, by Penny Mickelbury (Bywater Books); Love All, by Rachel Spangler (Bywater Books); andFreedom Fighters and Hell Raisers: A Gallery of Memorable Southerners, by Hal Crowther (Blair/Carolina Wren Press).

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Let’s Tell This Story Properly
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi | Transit Books | 9781945492228 | April 2019
“Time after time, Makumbi succeeds in making the familiar strange, as well as the reverse. This is a collection to savor in bits and bite-sized portions; there are too many pungencies to swallow in one gulp.”—New York Journal of Books

Original Prin 
Randy Boyagoda | Biblioasis | 9781771962452 | May 2019
“One of the best satirical writers today. . . . immediately funny.”—The American Conservative

They Gall Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada 
Cecil Foster | Biblioasis | 9781771962612 | May 2019
“Mr. Foster’s well-written book about black train porters contains a wealth of information that is illuminating, revealing and, at times, disappointing. The beauty of the Canadian railroad had its ugly side, too.”—The Washington Times

Aurora Borealice
Joan Steacy | Conundrum Press | 9781772620375
“The art is printed in beautiful black and white—with rich, intense grays, which add atmosphere, depth and warmth…Alice has a big, open mind and her playful imagination is rendered and expressed in the aesthetic of the book.”—PRISM International

Around Harvard Square
C.J. Farley | Akashic Books | 9781617757143 | April 2019
“A smart, satirical novel about surviving the racial and cultural tensions ratcheted up in the elite Harvard hothouse. Farley has created a marvelously engaging and diverse set of characters, at the center of which is a nerdy Jamaican American with a philosophical bent and his cohort of oddballs struggling to win a spot on Harvard’s brainy humor magazine, which provides a springboard for Farley to dive into the ethics of comedy, among other subjects.”—The National Book Review

ESL or You Weren’t Here
Aldrin Valdez | Nightboat Books | 9781937658861 |
“In their debut collection of poems, Pinoy writer and visual artist Aldrin Valdez conjures a constellation of identity through the remnants. Memories, photographs, letters, transcriptions, artworks, and pop culture references cleave to reconcile the joy and trauma inherent in a duplicitous, multi-hyphenate world. . . . ESL or You Weren’t Here presents a portrait of their journey to awakening: they are American; they are Pinoy. They are gendered and non-gendered; a multi-lingual, multi-cultural, queer “bakla” all at the same time. The 27 multi-chaptered poems depict this tender, heart breaking, deeply intimate, open and satisfyingly sweet journey.”—The Brooklyn Rail

The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution: High-Production Methods for Small-Scale Farmers
Andrew Mefferd | New Society Publishers | 9780865718845 | March 2019
Article, Rapid City Journal, April 8, 2018
“The book has an excellent introductory conversation about how no-till systems work, its advantages and disadvantages. Though the book is aimed at small-scale farmers, there are strategies and information that can be easily utilized by backyard gardeners.”—The Rapid City Journal

Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories
May Lee Chai | Blair | 9780932112767 | October 2018
“[A] wonderfully quirky book of stories.”—Asian Review of Books

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A Year From Today
Stacy Szymaszek | Nightboat Books | 9781937658762 | September 2018
“‘Daily writing’ suggests both a method, writing through the temporal constraint of the journal, and a content, something like the metabolism of a life, maybe but not necessarily punctuated by excitement or crisis. . . . ‘Declare’ is Szymaszek’s signature verb of the journal form, which is to say that the method of observation, day by day, turns trivial content into a program for life-writing.”—Believer Logger

The Rosie Result
Grahame Simsion | Text Publishing | 9781925773828 | May 2019
“Simsion hits just the right balance between serious literary exploration of social issues and the delightfully humorous (mis)adventures of an unusual but good-intentioned modern family.”—New York Journal of Books

“Don’s voice is particular—his intelligence extraordinary—and he is oblivious of how funny he is. His relationships with others are unique and excellently written. . . . Simsion’s novel depicts autism in such unremarkable ways that its story becomes remarkable in the telling.”—Foreword Reviews

The A26
Pascal Garnier, trans. Melanie Florence | Gallic Books | 9781908313164 | April 2015
The Front Seat Passenger
Pascal Garnier, trans. Jane Aitken | Gallic Books | 9781908313638 | September 2014
The Islanders
Pascal Garnier, trans. Emily Boyce | Gallice Books | 9781908313720 | June 2015
“In Garnier’s narratives, character weaknesses often nudge fate into stark tragedy. He explored the frailties of human nature as they are revealed in ordinary situations that conceal forthcoming major consequences. . . . For all their action-filled plots, Garnier’s novels concentrate on how external forces—or imperceptible inner dynamisms—assail the vulnerable spots in individual defense mechanisms, setting off behavior that suddenly reshapes the here and now.”—Arts Fuse

The Oasis This Time: Living and Dying with Water in the West
Rebecca Lawton | Torrey House Press | 9781937226930 | March 2019
“Rebecca Lawton’s powerful and poetic The Oasis This Time celebrates water as a precious natural resource. The collection is as diverse as it is illuminating. Each essay addresses a unique topic, but all are anchored by keen observations of the environment and musings on alternative solutions to pressing environmental problems.”—Foreword Reviews

Je Nathanaël
Nathanaël | Nightboat Books | 9781937658915 | September 2018
“Nathanaël drastically, for instance, reconfigures presence and non-presence, identity and non-identity, of the author (speaker, lover, and so on) and the addressed, beloved reader. Where once, for Gide — and modernity writ large — the author was a metaphysical presence, an authority, whether absolute or negative, the author here is temporally-fixed and partial: self-aware, both author and reader, cognizant of the petite-celebrity the 20th C. author has since passed through, always calling attention to the writer’s predilection and finitude.”—Full Stop Magazine

Crosslight for Youngbird
Asiya Wadud | Nightboat Books | 9781937658878 | October 2018
“It is a poetics of responsibility as much as a poetics of response, an ethics of care and an erotics of promise—an interiority received, taken in, secreted. It is with this growing awareness of our own complacency amid the normalization of state violence and terror that Asiya Wadud begins Crosslight for Youngbird; by re-orienting our moral compass and the language by which we articulate and conceptualize migration or how we fail to, Wadud becomes both archivist and poet, itinerant and cartographer, inhabiting migratory routes as well as sites of detainment so as to show us our own subjective positions within this shared space we call our world.”—The Brooklyn Rail

All the Fierce Tethers
Lia Purpura | Sarabande Books | 9781946448309 | April 2019
“Witty, friendly, and provocative, Purpura fosters a belief in the authenticity of interaction.”—World Literature Review

“All the Fierce Tethers is both a marvel of language and a treatise on our taking the time to stop, look around, and pay attention to our surroundings and, concurrently, to acknowledge the interconnectedness of life and its objects. Written in vibrant, luxurious prose, Purpura leaves her readers looking at the world in a distinct and more vibrant way.”—Arkansas International

Sun and Earth/Sol Y Tierra: Views Beyond the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1988-2018
Emily Matyas | Daylight Books | 9781942084631 | May 2019
“Emily Matyas however does not engage in a discussion about border security but shows with a sympathetic eye scenes of what she has encountered when crossing the border between Mexico and the United States in the last 30 years which she has done dozens of times. . . . Sol y Tierra is a convincing illustration of empathy.”—F-Stop Magazine

Stella Maris: And Other Key West Stories
Michael Carroll | Turtle Point Press | 9781885983688 | April 2019
“Often brutal and painful, Stella Maris knifes into religion, whiteness, class, sex, beauty, Southernness, and aging at the margins of the United States’s southernmost point. . . . What’s sordid and tawdry is exposed as a pedestrian, communal obsession; Key West is just the place where everyone’s forced to admit it.” —Foreword Reviews

Letters to Goya: Poems, Titles and Letters to the Dead
James Magee | Cinco Puntos Press | 9781941026984 | January 2019
“This collection is an adventure in itself…Magee impresses with his concrete imagery, lyrical counterpoint, and subtle internal rhyme schemes.”—New York Journal of Books

Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action
Matthew Fox, Skylar Wilson, Jennifer Listug | Monkfish Books | 9781939681867 | July 2018
“Hats off once again to the inimitable Matthew Fox who refuses at the age of 76 to still his voice or diminish his vision.”—Spirituality and Practice

The Hope Fault
Tracy Farr | Gallic Books | 9781910709436  | October 2018
“Farr’s examination of amplectant bonds as equally capable of holding families together as they are of tearing them apart feels as real as fiction gets.”—World Literature Today

“Muslim” A Novel
Zahia Rahmani | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920756 | March 2019
“This is the ethical and political terrain at stake for Rahmani, whose literary fiction is an instrument for truths that as yet have nowhere else to be heard. That the very nature of our political regimes requires intervention by way of fiction suggests that literature has an indispensable role to play in the ongoing work of justice.”—Public Books

Revenge of the Translator
Brice Matthieussent, translated by Emma Ramadan | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920695 | September 2018
“Confusing, sexy, intelligent, funny, disarming, irresistible . . . one of the great metatextual novels of the 21st century (so far), and it’s difficult for me to be comfortable with a statement that bold, but honestly, it really is that good. If you enjoy the act of reading at all, get it, read it, teach it, savor it.”—Carolina Quarterly

Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma
Rabbi Tirzah Firestone | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781948626026 | April 2019
“Meaningful and relevant!”—Light of Consciousness Magazine

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Jason Novak’s Baseball Epic (Coffee House Press) was included on the Paris Review on April 5 and Wisconsin Public Radio on March 28.

Publishers Weekly spotlighted Tirzah Firestone and Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma (Monkfish Books Publishing) in an article published April 8.

The A.V. Club published an exclusive preview of Ben Sears’s House of the Black Spot (Koyama Press) on April 9.

An interview with Nina Revoyr, author of A Student of History (Akashic Books), was published on CrimeReads on April 9.

World Literature Today included Bride & Groom (Deep Vellum Publishing) by Alisa Ganieva on their list of “Contemporary Russian Language Literature to Read Right Now” on March 29.

The Literary Hub’s list of “19 Books You Should Read This April” included the Lookout Books anthology Tresspass: Ecotone Essayists Beyond the Boundaries of Place, Identity, and Feminism.

Stacy Szymaszek was interviewed about A Year From Today (Nightboat Books) in Open Space Moma on March 29.

BOMB magazine interviewed Gracie Leavitt about her book Livingry (Nightboat Books) on March 19.

The Rumpus published two new poems by Kiki Petrosino, author of Witch Wife (Sarabande Books), on April 4.

Fast Company included Moon Shine by Rachel Boillot and Homelands (both Daylight Books) by Pieter de Vos on its list of “127 New Movies, TV Shows, Albums, and Books You Must Check Out This April.”

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Words Without Borders published a new short story by Alia Trabucco Zerán, author of The Remainder (Coffee House Press) in its April 2019 issue.

Gala Mukomolova’s Without Protection (Coffee House Press), Franny Choi’s Soft Science (Alice James Books), Michael Earl Craig’s Woods and Clouds Interchangeable (Wave Books), editors Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo’s The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 3: Halal If You Hear Me (both Haymarket Books), and Camonghne Felix’s Build Yourself a Boat (Haymarket Books) were all included on the Chicago Review of Books’s March 29 list of best April books.

André Alexis’s Days by Moonlight (Coach House Books), Elizabeth Kleinhenz’s Germaine: The Life of Germaine Greer (Scribe US), Jason Novak’s Baseball Epic (Coffee House Press), and Duanwad Pimwana’s Arid Dreams: Stories (trans. Mui Poopoksakul; The Feminist Press at CUNY) were included on Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s April 1 book preview.

Elisa Callow, author of The Urban Forager: Culinary Exploring & Cooking on L.A.’s Eastside (Prospect Park Books) was interviewed on Southern California radio station AM 830 KLAA’s SoCal Restaurant Showon March 28 and on local FOX station KTLA-5’s Morning News on March 26.

Ronald Frederick, author of Loving Like You Mean It: Use the Power of Emotional Mindfulness to Transform Your Relationships (Central Recovery Press), was interviewed on local FOX station KTLA-5’s Morning Show on March 30.

T Fleischmann, author of Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through (Coffee House Press), was interviewed on Literary Hub’s podcast on March 7.

Bangor, Maine’s Metro Magazine published an interview with Tracey Hecht, author of the Nocturnals series (Fabled Films Press), in its April 2019 issue.

Chico News & Review published an article about Brontez Purnell, author of Since I Laid My Burden Down (The Feminist Press at CUNY/Amethyst Editions) and The Nightlife of Jacuzzi Gaskett (illus. Elise R. Peterson; Dottir Press) on March 28.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Fludde: Poems
Peter Mishler | Sarabande Books | 9781946448194 | May 2018
“The poems of Fludde tend to resemble James Tate’s early and mid-career poems, albeit with less goofiness and more gravitas. Still, as in Tate’s best work, whimsical play and occasional moments of absurdist humor add texture to Mishler’s poems without deflecting our attention from the pain that is housed in the heart of the collection.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

Hong Kong Noir
edited by Jason Y. Ng and Susan Blumberg-Kason | Akashic Books | 9781617756726 | December 2018
“Crime fiction has to work hard to compete in a city where dismembered bodies make conspicuous appearances in news headlines. . . . The result is natives and expats mingle with returning Cantonese and displaced mainlanders, each (often correctly) suspicious of the others’ motives. . . .  As far as the city itself is concerned, this collection represents Hong Kong to its very core.”—Asian Review of Books

The Lake on Fire
Rosellen Brown | Sarabande Books | 9781946448231 | October 2018
“[A] poetic and moving meditation on the choices we make to achieve the lives we imagine.”—Seattle Book Review

A Rebel in Gaza: Behind the Lines of the Arab Spring, One Woman’s Story
Asmaa al-Ghoul, Selim Nassib, trans. Mike Mitchell | DoppelHouse Press | 9780998777054 | November 2018
“In recent years, translations of al-Ghoul’s Arabic-language journalism and political commentary have come to the attention of the international media. . . . Al-Ghoul [makes] much of literature’s ability to subvert doctrinaire conceptual frameworks. . . . [In so] doing, [she] enables Palestinian society to retain a measure of psychological health. Nothing could be more important, as the sad truth is that the occupation shows no sign of coming to an end.”—Believer Logger

The Goose Fritz
Sergei Lebedev, trans. Antonina W. Bouis | New Vessel Press | 9781939931641 | March 2019
“Lebedev’s novel abounds with the sweep of history, but by filtering the experience of several generations through the perspective of one deeply introverted character, he achieves a decidedly intimate take on the form. Hanging over the proceedings is a question of national identity, which adds another dimension to the narrative.”—Words Without Borders

The Lost Boys: Inside Muzafer Sherif’s Robbers Cave Experiment
Gina Perry | Scribe US | 9781947534605 | April 2019
“Perry writes about Sherif’s complicated past, why he was able to carry out the test, and how the boys banded against each other at the camp. But she also digs into the theory behind it, which feels spookily relevant now: the idea that we easily pick sides based on arbitrary circumstances, and that can lead to violence.”—Outside Magazine

Collage by Women: 50 Essential Contemporary Artists
edited by Rebeka Elizegi | Promopress | 9788416851775 | May 2019
“Born from the belief that women’s voices are of the utmost relevance in all cultural and social fields, the book will surely contribute to a healthier, more comprehensive, more inclusive understanding of our reality.”—Empty Mirror

Beyond the Face: New Perspectives on Portraiture
edited by Wendy Wick Reaves | GILES | 9781911282204 | September 2018
“Useful not just for art historians but those interested in identity politics and American cultural history.”—ARLIS/NA

Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma
Rabbi Tirzah Firestone | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781948626026 | April 2019
“Rabbi Firestone has emerged as a moral leader who has come through the eye of her own life’s needle, and who is thus able to see a future beyond tragedy.”—Tikkun

The Chancellor and the Citadel 
Maria Capelle Frantz | Iron Circus Comics | 9781945820267 | February 2019
“A uniquely stunning debut graphic novel.”—Multiversity Comics

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Franny Choi, author of Soft Science (Alice James Books), was interviewed by Lumina Journal on March 21, the Iowa Review on March 15, and Michigan Quarterly Review on March 13. Poems from Soft Science were published in the Spring 2019 issues of the Paris Review and Arkansas International and read on Spokane, Washington NPR affiliate KPBX’s Poetry Momenton March 7.

AK press author Patrick Strickland, author of Alerta! Alerta!: Snapshots of Europe’s Anti-fascist Struggle (AK Press) wrote an article about the white nationalist Christchurch massacre in New Zealand for the New Republic on March 15, for which he interviewed Alexander Reid Ross, author of Against the Fascist Creep (AK Press).

Without Protection by Gala Mukomolova (Coffee House Press), Death Threat by Vivek Shraya and Ness Lee, Disintegrate/Dissociate by Arielle Twist (both Arsenal Pulp Press) and Soft Science by Franny Choi (Alice James Books) were included on Autostraddle’s March 21 list of “20 New Books by or About Queer Women to Read This Spring.”

On March 25, Ladan Osman, author of Exiles of Eden (Coffee House Press), published the first in a series of essays in World Literature Today.

Deborah Landau’s Soft Targets, Natalie Scenters-Zapico’s Lima :: Limón (both Copper Canyon Press), and Franny Choi’s Soft Science (Alice James Press) were included on Bustle’s March 22 list of spring 2019 must-read poetry collections.

A poem from Ed Bok Lee’s Mitochondrial Night (Coffee House Press was published by Literary Hub on March 25.

The Rumpus interviewed Nina Revoyr, author of A Student of History (Akashic Books) on March 22.

The Cut’s No Man’s Landmagazine interviewed Eve Ewing, author of 1919 and Electric Arches (Haymarket Books) on March

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, author of Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma (Monkfish Book Publishing) wrote an article for the March 6 issue of Tikkun Magazine.

Asja Bakić, author of Mars: Stories (trans. Jennifer Zoble; The Feminist Press at CUNY) wrote an essay for Literary Hub on March 21. Eastern Iowa’s The Gazette wrote an article about Bakić on March 10.

Tentacle by Rita Indiana (trans. Acny Obejas; And Other Stories), All My Goodbyes by Mariana Dimópulos (trans. Alice Whitmore; Transit Books), Arid Dreams: Stories by Duanwad Pimwana (trans. Mui Poopoksakul; The Feminist Press at CUNY), and Flowers of Mold & Other Stories by Ha Seong-Nan (trans. Janet Hong; Open Letter Books) were included on Book Riot’s March 8 list of most exciting 2019 books in translation.

Consortium titles dominated Book Riot’s March 22 list of “50 of the Best Poetry Books from Authors of Contemporary Works,” which included Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s Oceanic (Copper Canyon Press), Aja Monet’s My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter (Haymarket Books), Chen Chen’s When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions), Dorothea Lasky’s Milk (Wave Books), Erika Meitner’s Holy Moly Carry Me (BOA Editions), Etel Adnan’s Night (Nightboat Books), Eve L. Ewing’s Electric Arches (Haymarket Books), Hieu Ming Nguyen’s Not Here (Coffee House Press), Javier Zamora’s Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon Press), Jericho Brown’s The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press), José Olivarez’s Citizen Illegal (Haymarket Books), Justin Phillip Reed’s Indecency (Coffee House Press), Kaveh Akbar’s Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books), Marcelo Hernandez Castillo’s Cenzontle (BOA Editions), Natalie Diaz’s When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon Press), Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky With Exit Wounds(Copper Canyon Press), Rachel McKibbins’s Blud(Copper Canyon Press), Ursula K. Le Guin’s So Far So Good (Copper Canyon Press), Victoria Chang’s Barbie Chang (Copper Canyon Press), and The Breakbeat Poets Vol.2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books).

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Carmen Suen, a contributor to Hong Kong Noir (Akashic Books), wrote an article about the book for the inaugural issue of Vogue Hong Kong. See a photo on Carmen’s Twitter.

The German film version of Martin Suter’s Allmen and the Dragonflies (New Vessel Press) is now available to stream with English subtitles on MHz Choice.

Erika Meitner, author of Holy Moly Carry Me (BOA Editions), was interviewed on NPR affiliate WVTF Virginia Public Radio on March 14. Literary Hub published a poem from the collection on March 11.

Naomi Shihab Nye, author of The Tiny Journalist (BOA Editions) was interviewed on NPR affiliate Utah Public Radio’s Access Utah on March 12.

Bestselling author Michael Pollan praised Jeffrey J. Kripal’s “provocative . . . mindblowing” book The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge (Bellevue Literary Press) on Twitter on March 14.

Bestselling author Laura Lippman praised Nina Revoyr’s “outstanding” new book A Student of History (Akashic Books) on Twitter on March 13.

Rob Greenfield, author of Dude Making a Difference: Bamboo Bikes, Dumpster Dives, and Other Extreme Adventures Across America (New Society Press) was interviewed by National Geographic and Fox35 Orlando’s Good Dayon March 15, and by Treehugger on March 13.

A poem from Keetje Kuipers’s All Its Charms (BOA Editions) is featured in the final print issue of Tin House in March.

Asymptote Journal selected “Muslim”: A Novel, by Zahia Rahmani (Deep Vellum Publishing), for its February Book Club and interviewed translator Matt Reeck on March 14.

LeAnne Howe, author of Savage Conversations (Coffee House Press), wrote an essay for Lapham’s Quarterly on March 14.

Yalie Kamara, a contributor to New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Tano) (Akashic Books), was interviewed by Adroit Journal on March 14.

Deborah Schein, author of Inspiring Wonder, Awe, and Empathy: Spiritual Development in Young Children (Redleaf Press), was interviewed by Amanda Morgan on Episode 22 of her podcast Not Just Cute.

Joan Diver, author of When Spirit Calls: A Healing Odyssey (Monkfish Book Publishing) will be interviewed on the Donna Seebo Show on March 29.

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Holy Moly Carry Me 
Erika Meitner | BOA Editions | 9781942683629 | September 2018
“[T]hinking of this volume as an elegant mixtape does not feel like a stretch. Often, individually and collectively, its poems represent an amalgamation of samplings—coalescing into a reading experience suffused with the speaker’s private griefs and unexpected delights, a humor of juxtapositions, as the poet anticipates when her reader needs a mood change when to fade slowly in or out.”—The Adroit Journal

Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through
T Fleischmann | Coffee House Press | 9781566895477 | June 2019
“Non-fiction piled on top of an art critique balanced on photographs and spun around by poetry.”—Columbia Journal

Invasive species
Marwa Helal | Nightboat Books | 9781937658939 | January 2019
“This is a real project book, rather than the collections of shiny one-offs I’m used to seeing in first books, and it doesn’t have a ton of perfect little lyrics of the type I’d like to quote to hook you—it builds as it goes, and its perspective and emotion feels earned.”—Fence Digital

The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge
Jeffrey J. Kripal | Bellevue Literary Press | 9781942658528 | March 2019
“Wonderfully rich. . . . Reading this book is an embodied experience; it is yoga for the mind. The Flip is an important book that deserves a broad readership both inside and outside the academy.”—Reading Religion

The Early Sprouts Cookbook
Karrie Kalich, Lynn Arnold, and Carole Russell | Redleaf Press | 9781605540429 | October 2011
“The book makes food science and wholesome nutrition exciting, accessible, and factual. . . . a boon for program cooks and classroom teachers eager to share the joys of tasty and nutritious foods.” —Texas Child Care Quarterly

131 Different Things
Zachary Lipez, photographs by Nick Zinner, design by Stacy Wakefield | Akashic Books | 9781617756672 | November 2018
“This is an entertaining pub-crawl saga like no other. . . . This book captures the angst, the joys and the struggles with love and career that young people experience. Lipez uses authentic language of the pop culture and the bar scene to create a raw, often very funny, and certainly realistic story.”—The Berkshire Eagle

Now You See the Sky
Catharine H. Murray | Akashic Books/Gracie Belle | 9781617756665 | November 2018
“[S]o real, so tender and so painful that its impact will be felt long after the last page. . . . It must have been very difficult for Murray to tell this story, so personal yet so necessary, but she writes with such honesty and clarity, sure to evoke strong reader reactions.”—Kennebec Journal

Death of a Rainmaker: A Dust Bowl Mystery
Laurie Loewenstein | Akashic Books/Kaylie Jones Books | 9781617756658 | October 2018
“Laurie Loewenstein’s new mystery novel . . . expertly evokes the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. . . . Loewenstein’s novel sometimes reads like a combination of a Western and a mystery. But that genre mishmash works.”—Washington City Paper

Gracie Leavitt | Nightboat Books | 9781937658892 | October 2018
“Leavitt shows us that shrapnel is crucial. The broken invigorating. To collect is not to put back together. To be eternally dormant, emerging, coming out, coming into, a volcano of influence, an endless network of feeling roots. To write a deeply female lyric is not a disorder or a cry for help. To plant, to sew, to take up, to bring care, to call for care is not a biography or an invitation to the room.”—Tarpaulin Sky

The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle
Victoria Williamson | Floris Books/Kelpies | 9781782504900| September 2018
“The author does an incredible job of showing how important feelings of pre-teens are in their decision making process, and how adults and peers can influence this.  It was fascinating to see her develop a friendship between two girls who, from the outside, appear to be drastically different yet face similar internal struggles of belonging and where they fit in their family.”—The Children’s Book Review

The Joy of Movement: Lesson Plans and Large-Motor Activities for Preschoolers
Mary Lynn Hafner | Redleaf Press | 9781605546421 | January 2019
“Exceptionally well organized and presented, The Joy of Movement is ideal and very highly recommended curriculum resource for center[s], preschool, and kindergarten teachers and support staff.” —The Midwest Book Review

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