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This Week’s Reviews

The Next Loves
Stéphane Bouquet, trans. Lindsay Turner | Nightboat Books | 9781643620053 | September 2019

“What’s queer about Bouquet is not just that his desire is for men, but that his poems embrace desire’s strangeness, perversity, and multiplicity.”— Full Stop

Life Went On Anyway
Oleg Sentsov, trans. Uilleam Blacker | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920879 | November 2019
“Life Went on Anyway is a must-read testimony of the indomitable human spirit that is beyond the reach of fascist regimes. The translation of this memoir into English is a deserved celebration of this unwavering human spirit against all odds.”—Asymptote Journal

The Neapolitan Chronicles
Anna Maria Ortese, trans. Ann Goldstein and Jenny McPhee | New Vessel Press | 9781939931511 | March 2018

“A masterpiece. . . . Conveying the intricacies of Ortese’s style presents a challenge to the translator. . . . But, happily, Ann Goldstein and Jenny McPhee are the ones to tackle her knotty prose. Together, they crafted an English translation whose language is easy to read, while still strikingly strange.”—Public Books

Party: A Mystery
Jamaica Kincaid, illus. Ricardo Cortés | Akashic Books/Black Sheep | 9781617757167 | June 2019

“The book’s effervescent pictures, and its playful, secretive ending, will have young readers paging through it again and again, constructing stories and observations of their own. Party: A Mystery is an ideal gift for young readers. The book will put kids’ curiosity to work during a busy holiday season.”—Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back: Carl’s Book
Naja Marie Aidt | Coffee House Press | 9781566895606 | September 2019

“Just as the mind reconstructs the traumatic events in memories, the narrative constructs meaning through repetition, borrowed fragments, flashbacks. . . . These memories, like dried flowers, collected and assembled, carry Carl’s spirit, preserved for eternity.”—Words without Borders

Empty Words
Mario Levrero, trans. Annie McDermott | Coffee House Press | 9781566895460 | May 2019
Empty Words is strange in the best ways. . . . Levrero has a singular wit that McDermott captures with a light touch.”—Entropy Magazine

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This Week’s News

The Los Angeles Times featured Nina Revoyr’s Southland (Akashic Books) as one of 20 essential LA crime books on October 17.

The Seattle Times wrote a profile of an organic farm inspired by Jean-Martin Fortier, author of The Market Gardener (New Society Publishers) on October 15.

Joyce Carol Oates, editor of Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers (Akashic Books) was interviewed by CrimeReads on October 16.

Spiritseeker Magazine ran an excerpt from Wounds into Wisdom (Monkfish Book Publishing) by Rabbi Tirzah Firestone in its October issue.

Light of Consciousness Magazine featured an excerpt from Stephen Levine’s Unattended Sorrow (Monkfish Book Publishing) in its Autumn/Winter issue.

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This Week’s News

Adam Mansbach, author of Fuck, Now there Are Two of You (Akashic Books) was interviewed on KATUTV Portland’s AM Northwest and Afternoon Live on October 10 and ABC 10 KXTV Sacramento’s Your California Life on October 8.The AV Club also shared an exclusive video of the Larry David-narrated audiobook on October 10.

An excerpt of Naja Marie Aidt’s When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back (trans. Denise Newman, Coffee House Press), appeared in The Paris Review on October 9.

On October 15, Literary Hub named Natalie Diaz’s When My Brother Was an Aztec and Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky With Exit Wounds (both Copper Canyon Press) as two of the top ten poetry collections of the decade. C.D. Wright’s One With Others (Copper Canyon Press), Dawn Lundy Martin’s Good Stock Strange Blood (Coffee House Press), and Franny Choi’s Soft Science (Alice James Books) made the “dissenting opinions” list.

Curdella Forbes, author of A Tall History of Sugar (Akashic Books) was interviewed in The Rumpus on October 10.

Carley Moore, author The Not Wives (Feminist Press/Amethyst Editions) was interviewed for the Feminist Book Club Podcast on October 3.

A excerpt of Juliana Delgardo Lopez’s Fiebre Tropical (The Feminist Press at CUNY/Amethyst Editions) appeared in the September issue of The White Review.

An excerpt from Alejandro Frid’s Changing Tides: An Ecologist’s Journey to Make Peace with the Anthropocene appeared in YES! Magazine on September 19. YES! Magazine also spoke to Peter Kalmus, author of Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution (both New Society Publishers)on September 20.

Erica Etelson, author of Beyond Contempt: How Liberals Can Communicate Across the Great Divide (New Society Publishers)was cited in an article on Medium on September 27.

Janet Todd, editor of Jane Austen’s Sanditon (Global Book Sales/Fentum Press) was interviewed in Austenprose on October 15.  

Ways To Go Beyond and Why they Work by Rupert Sheldrake (Monkfish Book Publishing) was featured in Daily Meditations with Matthew Fox on October 11.

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This Weeks Awards

David Bowles’ They Call Me Guero: A Border Kid’s Poem (Cinco Puntos Press) was selected as part of the White Ravens International Youth Library.

Philip Gerard, author of Cape Fear Rising (Blair), won the North Carolina Award for Literature.

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This Week’s Reviews

Native Tongue
Suzette Hadin Elgin | The Feminist Press at CUNY | 9781936932627 | July 2019
“Elgin’s genius resides in her ability to create compelling and memorable characters: the reader wants these women to survive, to succeed in their rebellions, and when terrible things transpire, it’s deeply upsetting. These characters will stay with the reader long after the last page—their lives, their joys and nearly unendurable suffering helping to humanize the deeply relevant and compelling feminist themes in the novel.”—Brooklyn Rail

The Scher Collection of Commemorative Medals
Stephen K. Scher | GILES | 9781907804878 | April 2019
“Proves that sculpture the size of a silver dollar can assume the presence of something monumental. . . . Surprisingly engaging.”—Sculpture Magazine

Iced in Paradise
Naomi Hirarara | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551598 | September 2019
“Hirahara’s affinity for showing the vagaries of families elevates Iced in Paradise. The Santiagos’ Japanese, Filipino and Anglo background allows Hirahara to show how the various cultures are incorporated into the family’s life. . . . A breathtaking view of Hawaii enhances the story. . . . We’ll look forward to more adventures of the Santiagos. Iced in Paradise will have you searching for shave ice in your community.”—South Florida Sun Sentinel

Without Protection
Gala Mukomolova | Coffee House Press | 9781566895439 | April 2019
“Vulnerability and openness stands strong in this rich collection that sings of grief and longing.”—Michigan Quarterly Review

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This week’s news

The Believer published an interview between Sandra Cisneros and her Puro Amor (Sarabande Books) translator Liliana Valenzuela from the 2018 Texas Book Festival on October 1.

Michael DeForge, author of Stunt (Koyama Press), was interviewed for Hazlitt on October 7.

The Millions called Paige Lewis’s Space Struck “one of the best debuts of the year” on October 1 (Sarabande Books). Lewis was also interviewed by The Poetry Foundation on October 7.

The Millions named Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne’s Holding On To Nothing (Blair) one of the most anticipated books of the month on October 2.

The East Bay Times interviewed Matthew Zapruder about his new collection Father’s Day (Copper Canyon Books) on October 3.

The Chicago Review of Books recommends Mark Haber’s Reinhardt’s Garden (Coffee House Press), Staceyann Chin’s Crossfire (Haymarket Books), and Kevin Coval’s Everything Must Go (illus. Langston Allston, Haymarket Books)as some of the best books of the month on October 1.

Brian Evenson was interviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books about his new short story collection, Song for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House Press), on October 8.

PEN America interviewed Geffrey Davis, author of Night Angler (BOA Editions Ltd.), on October 3.

Christopher Soto, editor of Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books) wrote an editorial for The Nation about undocumented writers and the struggle for migrant justice, citing the work and activism of poets Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (Cenzontle, BOA Editions) and Jan-Henry Gray (Documents, BOA Editions) on October 1.

Oracle 20-20 Magazine ran an excerpt from Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work: Seven Spiritual Practices for a Scientific Age (Monkfish Book Publishing) by Rupert Sheldrake in its October Issue.

11:11 Magazine featured an article by Sarah Bowen, author of Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective and Higher Purpose (Monkfish Book Publishing) in its October issue.

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This week’s awards

Kiki Petrosino’s Witch Wife (Sarabande Books) placed third in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association’s Elgin Awards for full-length poetry books.

Kao Kalia Yang (The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, Coffee House Press) won the Sally Award for Social Impact.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Last Pages
Oscar Mandel | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551512 | November 2019 |
“Witty and grim. . . . I would urge this upon anyone who is able to read.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

The Freedom Factory
Ksenia Buksha | Phoneme Media/Deep Vellum | 9781944700157 | December 2018
“In the author’s hands, this unpromising raw material is skillfully transformed into a genuinely and unexpectedly compelling narrative. . . . The Freedom Factory grabs its readers early on and carries them sadly, humorously, and always humanly to the end.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

HULL
Xandria Phillips | Nightboat Books | 9781643620084 | October 2019
“With resonant lyricism, Phillips charts a pattern of atrocities made distant from one another only by time and space.”—Poets.org

Party: A Mystery
Jamaica Kincaid, illus. Ricardo Cortés | Akashic Books | 9781617757167 | June 2019
Party has layers. It functions as a subtle message about what it means to witness horror to such a degree that we lose our language for it; it is a quiet story about coming of age, suddenly, as a young black girl because of what the world shows us. It is about the many words our silence can hold, the way our absences can ring as loudly and discordantly as the words we do feel able to say.”—Literary Hub

And the Bride Closed the Door
Ronit Matalon, trans Jessica Coehn | New Vessel Press | 9781939931757 | October 2019
“Delightful.”—The Jerusalem Post

Cyborg Detective
Jillian Weise | BOA Editions | 9781942683858 | September 2019
“In these new poems, Weise renders a powerful and sobering truth about the connection between visibility, vulnerability, and violence.”—3:AM Magazine

The Abolition of Species
Dietmar Dath, trans. Samuel P. Willcocks | Doppelhouse Press | 9780998777092 | May 2018
“A staggering work of imagination.”—Neelu.net

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This Week’s Awards & Honors

B Corporation named New Society Publishers one of the 2019 Best for the World Changemakers.

Clare Beams’s We Show What We Have Learned and Other Stories (Lookout Books) won the 2019 Bard Prize.

Armonía Somers’s The Naked Woman (trans. Kit Maude; The Feminist Press at CUNY), Ersi Sotiropoulos’s What’s Left of the Night (trans. Karen Emmerich; New Vessel Press), and Oliverio Girondo’s Decals (trans. Rachel Galvin and Harris Feinsod; Open Letter Books) were shortlisted for the 2019 National Translation Awards!

William E. Glassley’s A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice (Bellevue Literary Press) was named a finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in the Nature/Environment category.

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This Week’s Reviews

We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan
Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma, editors | Nightboat Books | 9781643620176 | September 2019
“This fascinating publication reveals the personal musings of Lou Sullivan, a trans mans who lived in both Milwaukee and San Francisco during his lifetime. Through his journals, Sullivan, one of the first openly gay trans men to medically transition, earnestly details his various desires, heartbreaks, and triumphs. The book also provides a vivid and complex snapshot of LGBTQ culture in the latter half of the 20th century.”—Lambda Literary

Iced in Paradise
Naomi Hirahara | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551598 | September 2019
“While I enjoyed the unusual characters and the surprising conclusion, what set this apart from most mysteries was the unique politics of the island. . . . What adds realism to the story is the author’s occasional use of Hawaiian dialect by the islanders.”—Mystery Scene Magazine

The Big Impossible: Novellas + Stories​
Edward J. Delaney | Turtle Point Press | 9781885983743 | September 2019
“Deeply nuanced, delicately crafted, and empathetic works of near magic.”—Chicago Review of Books

Bradley of Him
Connor Willumsen | Koyama Press | 9781927668733 | November 2019
Bradley of Him feels like a new cult classic, an addition to the lexicon of modern outsider storytellers and haunted urban dreamers.”—The Comics Beat

The Not Wives
Carley Moore | The Feminist Press at CUNY/Amethyst Editions | 9781936932689 | September 2019
“Moore . . . writes with assurance and rueful humor. The tight chapters, which shift among the three storylines, give the book a fast pace, and Moore intersperses them with captivating list-poems about husbands, wives, and children.”—The Rumpus

Flowers of Mold
Ha Seong-nan, trans. Janet Hong | Open Letter | 9781940953960 | April 2019
Flowers of Mold offers readers an alternative perspective on city life, relationships, and ambition; and while it may be dark and unrelenting, it is also hauntingly lyrical.”—World Literature Today

Night School
Zsófia Bán, trans. Jim Tucker | Open Letter | 9781940953885 | January 2019
“Chiseling some of the great monuments of cultural history into pebbles, Bán ends up rearranging the pieces in intriguing forms, to the delight of the already learned student.”—World Literature Today

Ascend Ascend
Janaka Stucky | Third Man Books | 9780997457834 | April 2019
“This book is necessary for our dying, troubled world. There needs to be a massive transformation in how we view ourselves and our relationship to the world around us, one that is not informed by the abject quest for wealth, for validation, for war. This is one of many beginnings toward that end, and I could envision us all buzzing Hallelujah into the abyss.”—Tarpaulin Sky

King Shaka, Zulu Legend
Luke W. Molver | Catalyst Press/Story Press Africa | October 2019
“A bright, brilliant, dark, and turbulent story.”—New York Journal of Books

Empires
John Balaban | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595707 | September 2019
“Each poem is multilayered, which enables multiple interpretations. There are many ways to enjoy poems, and Balaban satisfies all in this collection of permanent memories, memories of war, showgirls, coyotes, and so many more.”—New York Journal of Books

Jacques and Jacqueline Groag, Architect and Designer: Two Hidden Figures of the Viennese Modern Movement
Ursula Prokop, trans. Jonee Tiedemann and Laura McGuire | DoppelHouse Press | 9780999754436 | July 2019
“With skills in architecture, interior design, textiles, paintings, and other aspects of art and design, the Groags were capable of creating complete environments.”—Archidose

The Ugly Truth
Jill Orr | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551444 | June 2019
“Orr’s books are fast and fun reads that leave you wondering what will happen next in Ellison’s life.”—Virginia Living Magazine

A Children’s Guide to Arctic Butterflies 
Mia Pelletier, illus. Danny Christopher | Inhabit Media | 9781772271775 | August 2019
“Though there only several dozen butterfly species found on the tundra in the North American Arctic, this attractively illustrated volume teaches about the life cycle of twelve different species, how they survive the Arctic winters and each includes a ‘Fluttering Fact’ about it.”—Youth Services Book Review

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