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Salt Lake City, Utah NPR affiliate KUER’s RadioWest aired a program about Ellen Meloy on October 3. Meloy’s essays will be published in April 2019 by Torrey House Press as Seasons: Desert Sketches by Ellen Meloy.

Last week North Dakota NPR affiliate Prairie Public Radio interviewed Anastasia Higginbotham, author of Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Dottir Press).

NPR affiliate Virginia Public Radio interviewed Matthew Volmer, author of Permanent Exhibit (BOA Editions) on October 3.

Literary Hub published an excerpt from Martin Riker’s Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return (Coffee House Press) on October 5.

Longreads published an excerpt from Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love by Anna Moschovakis (Coffee House Press) on October 5, and NYLON editor Kristin Iverson recommended the book on BookMarks on October 3.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of Sketchtasy (Arsenal Pulp Press) recommended Myriam Gurba’s Mean (Coffee House Press) on an October 4 reading list for Literary Hub that was picked up by Bookforum.

Literary Hub published an excerpt from Amy Irvine’s Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness on October 10.

Latino Book Review interviewed Sandra Cisneros, author of Puro Amor (Sarabande Books), on October 1.

Publishers Weekly interviewed Hernán Diaz, author of In the Distance (Coffee House Press) on October 5.

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop recommended Letters to Memory by Karen Tei Yamashita (Coffee House Press) and Though I Get Home by YZ Chin (The Feminist Press at CUNY) on October 3.

Outside included Jonathan Thompson’s River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Spill in its October 2 list of “5 Books to Motivate You to Protect America’s Rivers.”

Yes! Magazine published an excerpt from Bruce Levine’s Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Being an Anti-Authoritarian—Strategies, Tools, and Models (AK Press) on October 2.

Colorlines included Feminisms in Motion: Voices for Justice, Liberation, and Transformation (AK Press) on its October 3 list of “Race-Focused Books We’re Reading This Fall.”

Charles Demers, author of Property Values (Arsenal Pulp Press) appeared on Marc Maron podcast WTF on October 8.

Permaculture Podcast interviewed L. Hunter Lovins, co-author of A Finer Future is Possible: Creating an Economy in Service to Life (New Society Publishers), on September 30.

An original essay by Nicole Skibola and an excerpt from her book Wakeful Night: A Structured Reflection On Loss and Illumination (Dottir Press) appeared on A Woman’s Thing on October 8.

Paris recommended Brad Phillips’s Essays and Fictions (Tyrant Books) on September 14.

Miss Nina’s Weekly Video Show featured Cynthia Weill’s Colores De La Vida: Mexican Folk Art Colors in English and Spanish (Cinco Puntos Press) on October 8.

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Witch Wife
Kiki Petrosino | Sarabande Books | 9781946448033 | December 2017
“There is no moment of Witch Wife that slacks— Petrosino revels in the crafting of sculptural cats-cradle like poems: strange and beautiful, morbid and musical, Witch Wife confirms Petrosino as both magician and master, and certainly one of America’s most fascinating contemporary poets.”—Five Points

Justin Phillip Reed | Coffee House Press | 9781566895149 | May 2018
“Reed’s wit and formal experimentation, quicksilver and luminous, shows the world as it is, while detailing how the very people that society most devalues, demeans, and seeks to destroy are its true visionaries.”—Adroit Journal

Good Stock Strange Blood
Dawn Lundy Martin | Coffee House Press | 9781566894715 | August 2017
“Martin charts new possibilities for subverting those (white) structures of domination and control that would reduce black subjectivity to a mute and endless re-inscription of its traumatized collective past.”—Poetry Northwest

Puro Amor
Sandra Cisneros | Sarabande Books | 9781946448217 | October 2018
Puro Amor explores perspective dually, giving readers both an intimate view of the protagonist’s daily life and the perspective of the townspeople looking in. . . . a juxtaposition that gives room for Cisneros to be both silly and reverent in her exploration of the inherent arduousness of partnership, and ultimately to show that animals do give the purest love.”—Arkansas International

The Lake on Fire
Rosellen Brown | Sarabande Books | 9781946448231 | October 2018
“A stunning work of historical fiction, filled with the sights and sounds of the Gilded Age in Chicago.”—Arkansas International

Permanent Exhibit
Matthew Volmer | BOA Editions | 9781942683681 | September 2018
“Several of the essays involve Vollmer riding his bike down a steep hill; we fear, along with him, a catastrophe, a collision. But the collision with which Permanent Exhibit is primarily concerned—that between the private archive of the mind and the public archive of the internet—has already occurred. And rather than catastrophic, this melding of mind and machine can be, as Vollmer says below, ‘magical.’”—Brooklyn Rail

So Many Islands: Stories from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian, and Pacific Oceans
edited by Nicholas Laughlin with Nailah Folami Imoji, introduction by Marlon James | Akashic Books | 9781617756702 | July 2018
“As an anthology, this collection of work is amazingly well-rounded . . . This collection is a unique and worthy addition to any library . . . These writers offer a window into genuine, unglazed local life in far-flung, ill-understood parts of the world. It’s a gift beyond price.”—Sinkhole Magazine

We Are The Clash: Reagan, Thatcher, and the Last Stand of a Band That Mattered
Mark Andersen and Ralph Heibutzki | Akashic Books | 9781617752933 | July 2018
We Are The Clash celebrates the struggle for humanity, both in a band and in the wider world community. Traveling the journey of The Clash’s final years is no train in vain. The benefits of understanding history allow readers to see that the future is unwritten, as long as mistakes from the past are not dutifully repeated, but learned from. . . . Now it’s up to you to get this book and enable your future.”—Slug Magazine

Liza Jane & the Dragon
Laura Lippman, illus. Kate Samworth | Akashic Books | 9781617756610 | October 2018
“Silly, funny and a joy to read. The illustrations are great, too. Get a copy for your little one, they’ll read it more than once!”—Journey of a Bookseller

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Look Both Ways: A Double Journey Along My Grandmother’s Far-Flung Path
Katharine Coles | Turtle Point Press | 9781885983589 | November 2018
“Tense, abundantly researched, and heartbreaking, this narrative drills into a dead marriage and finds characters so alive that they challenge Coles’s perceptions of her own marriage.”—Foreword Reviews

The Meaning of Blood and Other Tales of Perversity
Chuck Caruso | Global Book Sales/Cloud Lodge Books | 9781999587307 | November 2018
The Meaning of Blood promises a descent into a netherworld of blood and perversity, and it delivers on this as well as something even more heinous: the idea that ordinary people crave blood and perversity just as much as violent perverts. . . . Long after the unexpected has been established as the only possible outcome, stories continue to surprise. Prose mimics the camera, microphone, and soundtrack of a movie set, without sacrificing the written word’s unique ability to express characters’ thoughts and feelings.”—Foreword Reviews

In Country
Hugh Martin | BOA Editions | 9781942683704 | November 2018
“In the Iraq edition of wartime for American soldiers, fear of being blown to pieces by hidden explosives frequently loses out to the wiliest enemy of all—boredom. This is the wartime footing—six years in an M1A1 Abrams tank—that Iraq War veteran Hugh Martin makes use of to create his own masterful poetry.”—Foreword Reviews

Permanent Exhibit
Matthew Voller | BOA Editions| 9781942683681 | September 2018
“[O]ffers not only a comment on the digital norms we’ve created but a critique, perhaps, of our failure to fully explore the creative possibilities such spaces offer us.”—Fiction Advocate

The Caregiver: Poems
Caroline Johnson | Holy Cow! Press | 9780998601038 | May 2018
“Offer[s] honest and moving accounts of [Johnson’s] own journey as caregiver to her aging parents.”—Michigan Quarterly Review

The Fifth Woman
Nona Caspers | Sarabande Books | 9781946448170 | August 2018
“[I]ncredible. . . The Fifth Woman is an ecosystem of grief; a circular cloud of emotion, memory, and experience that bends towards the surreal, exploring, or so it seems, every nook and cranny of the aftermath of the death of a loved one.”—Empty Mirror

The Moment Before Drowning
James Brydon | Akashic Books | 9781617756252 | July 2018
“James Brydon’s brilliant The Moment Before Drowning isn’t an easy read. Not because of its style, which is sensuous and elegant, but because of its subject matter: the brutality behind war’s front lines. . . . [a] heart-wrenching novel.”—Mystery Scene Magazine

Clues from the Animal Kingdom
Christopher Kennedy | BOA Editions | 9781942683643 | September 2018
“Kennedy’s words elicit emotional pangs that leave us more truthful than we were before. It is the lucidity of his language, the emotional force of his poems, that leave such a remarkable impression.”—Heavy Feather Review

Rebecca Rosen | Conundrum Press | 9781772620283 | October 2018
“A layered, colourful, and addictive piece of hallucinogenic comic art on the world. It is a book that deeply penetrates your body and settles in your bloodstream like a clot. It gives you a beating, moves and yet disturbs you.”—Bruzz

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Little Rock, Arkansas NPR affiliate KUAR 89.1 FM’s Arts & Letters talked to Steve Yarbrough, author of Bookmarked: Larry McMurty’s The Last Picture Show (Ig Publishing) on September 23. The episode aired again on September 28 and 30.

In his role as resident poet for the Paris Review’s Poetry Rx column, Kaveh Akbar, author of Callling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books) recommended a poem from Hai-Dang Phan’s Reenactments (Sarabande Books) on September 20.

Shawn Wen, author of A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause (Sarabande Books), was interviewed on Connecticut NPR affiliate WNPR’s The Colin McEnroe Show on August 30.

Team USA, the official website for the US Olympic and Paralympic Foundation website, published an interview with Wyomia Tyus, author of Tigerbelle: the Wyomia Tyus Story (Akashic Books/Edge of Sports) on September 27.

October is National Reading Group Month! The Women’s National Book Association selected Hernan Diaz’s In the Distance (Coffee House Press), Wyomia Tyus’s Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story (Akashic Books/Edge of Sports), and Helen Benedict’s Wolf Season (Bellevue Literary Press) for its 2018 list of recommended reading group picks. BookTrust selected Yaba Badoe’s The Secret of the Purple Lake (Cassava Republic Press) for its list of recommended reading for 10-11 year olds.

Signature Reads included Britteney Black Rose Kapri’s Black Queer Hoe (Haymarket Books) and Virgie Tovar’s You Have the Right to Remain Fat (The Feminist Press at Cuny) on its September 18 list of books celebrating contemporary queer writers of color.

The Bay Area Reporter included Laura Lippman’s Liza Jane & the Dragon on its September 26 list of recommended reading.

Spokane, Washington’s Inlander published an article about Laura read, author of Dresses from the Old Country (BOA Editions) on September 20.

An interview with Jim Kempton, author of First We Surf, Then We Eat (Prospect Park Books) was published in the October issue of Southern California AAA’s Westways Magazine.

An interview and photoshoot with Megan Boyle, author of Liveblog, was published by Fader on October 2.

The Center for the Art of Translation interviewed Guadalupe Nettel, author of After the Winter (Coffee House Press), on September 25.

Laurie Loewenstein, author of Death of a Rainmaker, wrote a guest post for CrimeReads on October 1.

Literary Hub included May-Lan Tan’s Things to Make and Break (Coffee House Press), Martin Riker’s Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return (Coffee House Press), Maria Gabriela Llansol’s Geography of Rebels Trilogy (trans. Audrey Young; Deep Vellum Press), and Tishani Doshi’s Girls Are Coming out of the Woods (Copper Canyon Press) on its October 1 list of books to read this fall.

On October 1, Vol. 1 Brooklyn included Martin Riker’s Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return (Coffee House Press) and Pablo Martin Sanchez’s The Anarchist Who Shared My Name (trans. Jeff Diteman; Deep Vellum Press) on its October books preview.

On October 1, the Millions included May-Lan Tan’s Things to Make and Break (Coffee House Press) on its October book preview.

The Comics Journal published a preview of Britt Wilson’s Ghost Queen (Koyama Press) on September 28.

Bruce E. Levine, author of Resisting Illegitimate Authority (AK Press), was interviewed on the Chicago, Illinois radio station WNUR’s This Is Hell radio show on September 22.

Issue 29 of Two Lines Journal published an excerpt from Sergio Pitol’s Mephisto’s Waltz (trans. George Henson; Deep Vellum Publishing) on September 27.

Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb interviewed Tracey Farr, author of The Hope Fault (Gallic Books) on September 22.

Nicole Skibola, author of Wakeful Night: A Structured Reflection on Loss and Illumination (Dottir Press) wrote an original essay for Girls at Library on in early October.

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American Theatre’s most produced playwrights, continued: Dominique Morisseau, author Sunset Baby (Oberon); Lynn Nottage, author of Sweat (TCG); Karen Zacarias, author of Plays One (Oberon); Paula Vogel, author of Indecent (TCG); Lisa Kron, author of In the Wake (TCG); August Wilson, author of How I Learned What I Learned (TCG); Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, author of Gloria (TCGDuncan Macmillan, author of People, Places, and Things (Oberon); and Enda Walsh, author of Arlington (TCG).

Wyomia Tyus, co-author with Elizabeth Terzakis of Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story (Akashic Books), was interviewed on Atlanta, Georgia’s WAOK 1380 AM on September 20.

Anna Moschovakis, author of Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love (Coffee House Press), was interviewed on Portland, Oregon radio station KBOO 90.7 FM’s Today’s Best Writers in Conversation with David Naimon on September 24.

Crimereads included When Trouble Sleeps by Leye Adenle (Cassava Republic Press), The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories by Teresa Solana (trans. Peter Bush; Bitter Lemon Press), Vancouver Noir, edited by Sam Weibe (Akashic Books), and Hong Kong Noir, edited by Jason Y. Ng and Susan Blumberg-Kason (Akashic Books) on its list of most anticipated crime books on September 20.

Roman Muradov wrote an essay for Literary Hub about the process of designing the cover of Norah Lange’s People in the Room (trans. Charlotte Whittle; And Other Stories) on September 18.

An essay by Katherine Weber, author of Still Life with Monkey (Paul Dry Books), was published on Literary Hub on September 25.

On September 24, Literary Hub’s “12 Best Book Covers of September” included Justin Carder’s design for Esther Kinskey’s River (trans. Iain Galbraith; Transit Books)

After the Winter by Guadalupe Nettel (trans. Rosalind Harvey; Coffee House Press) and Camellia Street by Mercè Rodoreda (trans. David Rosenthal; Open Letter Books) were included on Bookriot’s September 19 list of “Fall 2018 New Releases in Translation.”

On September 25, Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return author Martin Riker was interviewed by the Millions about “Fatherhood, 19th-Century Literature, and the Beastie Boys.”

On September 18, Geek Dad wrote about Blue Delaquanti’s XOXO presentation on Meal (Iron Cicrus).

The Beacon Hill Times published an article about Joan Diver and her book When Spirit Calls: A Healing Odyssey (Monkfish Book Publishing) on September 20.

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Reviews: September 27, 2018

Things to Make and Break
May-Lan Tan | Coffee House Press | 9781566895279 | October 2018
“The desires sparking in Things to Make and Break spark again and again—as individual as heartbeats, as intertangled as cigarette smoke around fingers.”—Arkansas International

Struck: A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph
Douglas Segal | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551383 | October 2018
“This page-turning memoir by Douglas Segal examines love challenged by medical trauma and the resilience and recalibration of starting over.”—Hampton Sheet Magazine

Lucy and the Dragonfly
Lucie Papineau, illustrated by Caroline Hamel | Auzou | 9782733856208 | April 2018
“Soft illustrations complement the story about climate change.”—Omnilibros

Hagar Peeters, trans. Vivien Glass | DoppelHouse Press | 9780999754429 | September 2018
“A hypnotically poetic novel.”—Public Books

100 Days in Uranium City
Ariane Dénommé | Conundrum Press | 9781772620269 | September 2018
“A short yet meaningful read. . . .beautifully combines the two opposing elements of insightfulness in its message and intrigue in its plot, weaving them together to create an intricate storyline.”—Peak

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Bomb Magazine interviewed Emma Ramadan, translator of Brice Matthieussent’s Revenge of the Translator (Deep Vellum Publishing), on September 17.

Believer Magazine printed a conversation between Nikki Darling, author of Fade Into You (Feminist Press) and Myriam Gurba, author of Mean (Coffee House Press) in its September issue.

Lambda Literary Review’s September 4 round-up of new LGBTQ+ titles included Maggie Terry by Sarah Schulman (Feminist Press); She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak edited by Azeenarh Mohammed, Chitra Nagarajan & Rafeeat Aliyu (Cassava Republic Press); Changers Book Four: Forever by T Cooper & Allison Glock-Cooper (Akashic Books/Black Sheep); Flocks by L. Nichols (Secret Acres); 2 Degrees by Bev Prescott (Bywater Books); On My Way To Liberation by H. Melt (Haymarket Books); Black Queer Hoe by Britteney Black Rose Kapri (Haymarket Books); and Who Is Trixie the Trasher? and Other Questions by Jane Miller (Copper Canyon Press).

On September 13, Matthew Vollmer wrote an original essay for Literary Hub, and included an excerpt from his book Permanent Exhibit (BOA Editions).

Composer Olivia Block recommended Justine Bateman’s Fame: The Hijacking of Reality (Akashic Books) in an interview on Fifteen Questions in September.

Aish interviewed Doug and Susan Segal about the story behind Struck: A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph (Prospect Park Books) on September 12.

Publishers Weekly included Anastasia Higginbotham’s Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Dottir Press) in a September 6 article on “Prominent Picture Book Sequels.”

Book Post published an excerpt from Octavio Solis’s Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border on September 14.

Sisonke Msimang, author of Always Another Country (World Editions), will be a guest on an episode of Connections that will hit Minnesota radio waves on September 22 via KTNF AM950 on September 26 via NPR affiliate KJSN Minnesota Public Radio.

Matthew Fox, author of Order of the Sacred Earth author (Monkfish Book Publishing) was interviewed by Greg Voisen on his podcast Inside Personal Growth on September 19.

Gabrielle Bell, author of Cecil & Jordan in New York (Uncivilized Books) was interviewed by What Should We Do on September 11.

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Reviews: September 20, 2018

Flying Jenny
Theasa Tuohy | Akashic Books/Kaylie Jones Books | 9781617756214 | May 2018
“As entertaining a piece of historical fiction as I have read this year.”—Oklahoman

Myriam Gurba | Coffee House Press | 9781566894913 | November 2017
“Myriam Gurba’s witty, trenchant, and all too relevant account of a culture in which sexual violence exists as a frightening daily reality and is often confronted alone.”—Adroit Journal

Always Another Country
Sisonke Msimang | World Editions | 9781642860009 | September 2018
“I felt less like I was reading a static text and more like I was having a deep, meaning-making conversation with a close friend. . . . What I will remember most about Always Another Country is its brave intimacy. Msimang bears her soul to the reader, from her close relationship with her family to her search for home to her gradual political awakening.”—Bright Magazine

Monster ABC
Kyle Sullivan | Hazy Dell Press | 9780996578707| September 2018
Goodnight Krampus
Kyle Sullivan | Hazy Dell Press | 9780996578721 | September 2018
Hush Now, Banshee!: A Not-So-Quiet Counting Book
Kyle Sullivan | Hazy Dell Press | 9780996578752 | September 2018
Get Dressed, Sasquatch!
Kyle Sullivan | Hazy Dell Press | 9780996578738 | September 2018
Don’t Eat Me, Chupacabra! / ¡No Me Comas, Chupacabra!: A Delicious Story with Digestible Spanish Vocabulary
Kyle Sullivan | Hazy Dell Press | 9780996578776 | September 2018
“The stars of the Hazy Dell Monster Series are cuddly and comedic. They’re the strange beings that children, and all of us, can relate to sometimes.”—Clark County Columbian

The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle
Victoria Williamson | Floris Books/Kelpies | 9781782504900 | September 2018
“This compelling novel portrays the refugee experience after resettlement, a different sort of journey through scars of trauma and loss, navigating parents who are also wounded and struggling, beset by hostility from a new community, and plagued by homesickness in a foreign land. . . . This was one of my favorite reads.”—Orange Marmalade Books

My First Fairy Tales: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Marion Cocklico | Auzou | 9782733861493 | February 2019
My First Fairy Tales: The Three Little Pigs
Gwe | Auzou | 9782733861509 | February 2019
“What makes this book—and the series—stand out are all the moving parts that kids love. There are tabs to pull and wheels to turn and flaps to lift and more ingenious little hands-on items to use.  Not only is doing this fun, it really helps tell and illustrate the story.”—Youth Services Book Review

The House of Lost and Found
Martin Widmark, illustrated by Emilia Dziubak | Floris Books | 9781782505426 | September 2018
“With full-page spreads interspersed throughout that bleed beyond the borders of the book, it’s hard not to feel immediately drawn into this world and enraptured with its atmosphere.”—Let’s Talk Picture Books

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An original essay by Miriam Belgolvsky and Lisa Daly, co-authors of Loose Parts 3: Inspiring Culturally Sustainable Environments (Redleaf Press) was published in the September issue of Our Children, the national magazine of the Parent Teacher Association.

Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return by Martin Riker (Coffee House Press); Things to Make and Break by May-Lan Tan (Coffee House Press); Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker (The Feminist Press at CUNY); Ursula K. Le Guin’s posthumous So Far So Good: Poems 2014 – 2018 (Copper Canyon Press); and Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border by Octavio Solis (Cinco Puntos Press) were all included in Literary Hub’s September 11 “Ultimate Fall 2018 Books Preview.”

Jackson Lears discussed Danny Goldberg’s In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea (Akashic Books) in an article for the September 27 New York Review of Books.

Adam Smyer, author of Knucklehead (Akashic Books) curated a reading list for Electric Literature on September 4.

Brooklyn Rail excerpted Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return by Martin Riker (Coffee House Press) on September 4.

CrimeReads published an excerpt from Teresa Solana’s The First Prehistoric Serial Killer (Bitter Lemon) on September 6.

The Comics Journal published an exclusive preview of John Martz’s Evie and the Truth About Witches (Koyama Press) on September 12. School Library Journal’s 100 Scope Notes included Evie in its list of fall kids books of note on September 11.

Poets & Writers published Isako Isako author Mia Ayumi Malhotra’s “Writers Recommend” essay on September 6.

Rock & Ice Magazine published an excerpt from Amy Irvine’s Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness (Torrey House Press) on September 5.

Stephanie Woodward’s American Apartheid: The Native American Struggle for Self-Determination and Inclusion (Ig Publishing) was excerpted in Yes! Magazine on September 3.

Ben Sears, author of The Ideal Copy (Koyama Press), appeared on Make It Then Tell Everybody podcast on September 11.

Cate Marvin, author of Fragment of the Head of a Queen, Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, and World’s Tallest Disaster (all Sarabande Books), was a guest on Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People) podcast on September 5.

How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere authors Andrew M. Davis and Philip Clayton, were interviewed by Tripp Fuller for his podcast Homebrewed Christianity on August 30.

Insider’s Guide to Spas recommended Order of the Sacred Earth by Matthew Fox, Skylar Wilson, and Jennifer Berit Listug (Monkfish Book Publishing) in early September.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Mauricio Segura, trans. Donald Winkler | Biblioasis | 9781771962254 | June 2018
“An enchanting and lyrical novel of the tragic consequences losing a loved one may have—and the dangers of impulsively grasping at greatness.”—World Literature Today, Nota Benes selection

Zion’s Fiction: A Treasury of Israeli Speculative Literature
Sheldon Teitelbaum, editor | Mandel Vilar Press | 9781942134527 | September 2018
“[A]  remarkably varied and engaging collection. . . . Zion’s Fiction is not only an excellent collection of speculative fiction from Israel but also a book that makes us think anew about the real challenges the world must face in the future.”—World Literature Today

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable
Michael Bennett with Dave Zirin | Haymarket Books | 9781608468935 | April 2018

“[Bennett] exudes bravado and confidence, and doesn’t care if it’s unacceptable. . . . He loves football, he loves his teammates, he loves hating quarterbacks, but ‘the league itself, the violence you put your body through to play, is not fun.’ He writes about CTE, the lack of integration in the NFL with respect to owners and coaches, anthem protests and activism, and how his wife and three daughters inform his feminism. And he’s very witty.”—Shelf Awareness for Readers

Praise Song for the Butterflies
Bernice L. McFadden | Akashic Books | 9781617756269 | August 2018
“This is a novel brave enough to cast an unblinking eye on one of the most disturbing chapters in the ongoing history of female oppression, and humane enough to have found the means for a redemptive and fulfilling read.”—New York Journal of Books

Isako Isako
Mia Ayumi Malhotra | Alice James Books | 9781938584947 | September 2018
“The strength in Isako Isako lies in the tributaries of its different voices, how they are arranged together, how they echo each other and, finally, how they run aground into the same voice, the same story.”—

After the Winter
Guadalupe Nettel, trans. Rosalind Harvey | Coffee House Press | 9781566895255 | September 2018
“Nettel has fashioned a powerful and luminous novel, one that portrays absence, presence and human imperfection with a unique and penetrating voice.”—Ploughshares

Öræfi: The Wasteland
Ófeigur Sigurðsson, trans. Lytton Smith | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920671 | October 2018
“Readers who are willing to yield to Öræfi, to open themselves to the unpredictable, will find in these pages one of the most vivacious, most ferociously inventive novels available in any language today.”—Splice

Hometown Pasadena
Colleen Dunn Bates, editor | Prospect Park Books | 9781938849992 | August 2018
“Regarded as the go-to Pasadena resource since its first edition dropped nearly 13 years ago, Hometown Pasadena is the masterstroke of Prospect Park Books publisher and editor Colleen Dunn Bates and features the work of multiple acclaimed neighborhood writers and notable locals.”—Arcadia Weekly

Esther Kinsky, trans. Ian Galbraith | Transit Books | 9781945492174 | September 2018
“Kinsky’s prose has a hypnotic quality . . . it encourages reflection, opens up avenues for fresh observations of our own surroundings, however familiar, and inspires renewed appreciation of the small and precious memories we carry with us from our pasts, our childhoods and our travels.”—Music & Literature

A House in the Jungle
Nathan Gelgud | Koyama Press | 9781927668627 | September 2018
“Gelgud lets this story unfold with a precise, comical deadpan that rejects traditional paneling in favor of a more free-form flow. . . . Each moment becomes a building block for what follows, and Gelgud peppers these depictions with some calm psychedelics to bring outwards what we couldn’t possibly see otherwise.”—Comics Beat

Seven Pablos
Jorge Luján, illus. Chiara Carrer, trans. Mara Lethem | Enchanted Lion Books | 9781592702534 | June 2018
“One of my favorite titles in 2018 is this exquisite, poignant view of humanity’s differences and commonalities. . . . The plainspoken yet eloquent text delivers but a morsel of a boy’s story, sparks our curiosity, teases our hearts, before fluttering on to the next. . . . Italian artist Chiara Carrer’s powerful graphite drawings ground each page in strength and dignity. . . . A quiet stunner for ages 5 through adult.”—Orange Marmalade Books

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