This Week’s News and Reviews

The Book of Otto and Liam
Paul Griner | Sarabande Books | 9781946448767 | April 2021
“The Book of Otto and Liam is a biting literary novel that protects a fragile truth with its endearing story of fatherly love.”—Foreword Reviews

Repetition Nineteen
Monica de la Torre | Nightboat Books | 9781643620145 | March 2020
“An essential read for anyone interested in translation, Repetition Nineteen combines object lessons and treatises, ultimately asking whether any act of replication can be faithful, or if every act births new creation. Through humor and experimentation, de la Torre makes the philosophical playful and the playful profound.”—Rhino Poetry

Hotel Almighty
Sarah J. Sloat | Sarabande Books | 9781946448644 | September 2020
“At a time when many contemporary poets experiment with and teach erasure as a poetic technique, Sloat’s collection showcases the many potentials of the form. Sloat’s visual compositions occur on three or four levels at once, as she aligns the forms of the source text, the verbal text, the collage, and the collection. I believe this multi-level resonance sets new parameters for poetry. With her flexibility with syntax and fluid subjects, Sloat forges new insights that call us to question the way we relate to what confines us, and to re-set the limits of a poem. I’ve loved reading and re-reading Hotel Almighty. I find something new each time I open the book, and I continue to learn from the box of many boxes Sloat presents here.”—The Diagram

The Sunflower Cast a Spell To Save Us From The Void
Jackie Wang | Nightboat Books | 9781643620367 | February 2021
“The spell of this book preserves the multiple-layered, multiple-petaled nature of life. Wang’s collection professes the potency of dream and sunflower; it professes the persistence of powers that save.”—The Brooklyn Rail

Tokyo Junkie
Robert Whiting | Stone Bridge Press | 9781611720679 | April 2021
“Whiting’s memoir is packed with insights and extremely funny in places. Historians of the postwar period will learn much about the nexus of politics, money, media and organized crime that helped fuel Japan’s phoenix-like rise from the ashes of defeat. [Robert Whiting] is probably the only person on the planet capable of telling us what it was like to be there at that particular moment in time.”—Nikkei Asia

Check out these longlists! A number of Consortium titles were finalists for the Big Other Book Award for Fiction, the Lambda Literary Awards, and Foreword Reviews Awards.

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The Dewdrop ran an excerpt from Barbara McHugh’s Bride of the Buddha (Monkfish Book Publishing).

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Emporium
Aditi Machado | Nightboat Books | 9781643620299 | October 2020
“A thickly-textured, richly-sensed collection, Emporium is porous and deft, as aware of the  limits of the self and language as it is the potential to be alive and awake to the physical world and the powers pulsating through it.”—EcoTheo Review

Temporary
Hilary Leichter | Coffee House Press | 9781566895668 | March 2020
“For readers who see the outlines of an emerging feudal society in the cruelties of recent years, Temporary by Hilary Leichter is a necessary read.”—The Millions

The New Baby and Me
Christine Kidney | Tiny Owl Publishing | 9781910328187 | November 2020
“This is a wonderful activity book for a young child who is expecting a new sibling. . . . I think both of these sections are a great way to make an older sibling feel important—especially during a time when a lot of attention will be given to a new baby.”—Youth Services Review

Evie and the Strawberry Surprise
Stefanie Dahle | Floris Books | 9781782506386 | April 2021

“This book is perfect for children between the ages of four and eight years old. Children who love all things fairy will also enjoy this book. Great for kids with a vivid imagination.”—Youth Services Review

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Dance on Saturday
Elwin Cotman | Small Beer Press | 9781618731722 | September 2020

“Cotman wields a compelling literary voice packing both a wallop and a deft touch.”—Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Improvisation Without Accompaniment
Matt Morton | BOA Editions | 9781942683957 | April 2020
“Morton’s book is playful and unsolemn, but it is most certainly of substance. Indeed, it delivers both the unfussy ease promised by its title and the most profound consequences of real life: grief and beauty.”—Southern Indiana Review

“Cerberus-like, these collections peer respectively beyond, within, and backward from the self, but all three are at their best when they examine in nuanced ways how exterior and interior worlds abrade, alter, and reinforce one another.”—Poetry Northwest

The Adventures of Drippy the Newsboy 3: The Dripping Boat
Julian Lawrence | Conundrum Press | 9781772620450 | April 2020
“Overall, The Dripping Boat is an engaging, fast-paced survival story featuring a charming cast and a captivating mix of funny and somber moments.”—Broken Pencil Magazine

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Arno and His Horse by Jane Godwin, illus. Felicita Sala (Scribe) was one of Book Riot’s 25 Must-Read 2021 Picture Books for Your Child’s Bookshelves.

Come Home, Indio by Jim Terry (Street Noise Books) was named one of the 100 best graphic novels of the decade by Comics in Education.

Face by Justine Bateman (Akashic Books) was recommended as one of the best books for spring 2021 in Town and Country Magazine.

Creatures of Passage by Morowa Yejidé (Akashic Books), On Time and Water by Andri Snær Magnason, trans. Lytton Smith (Open Letter), and Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018 by Daniel Borzutzky (Coffee House Press) were Chicago Review of Books top books for March.

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