This Week’s News and Reviews

Cosmogramma by Courttia Newland (Akashic Books, November 2021, 9781617759789)
“A collection that pushes the edges of sci-fi and Africanfuturism. . . . Newland’s cinematic storytelling and sense for justice often leave you feeling like things turned out the way they should.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

Kaddish: Before the Holocaust and After by Jane Yolen (Holy Cow! Press, October 2021, 9780998601090)
“These knockout poems span the origins of the Holocaust . . . They honor truth.”—American Jewish World

Tice Cin, author of Keeping the House (And Other Stories) interviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books on November 7.

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, author of The New Adventures of Helen (Deep Vellum Publishing), was interviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books on November 4.

Sami Grover, author of We’re All Climate Hypocrites Now (New Society Publishers) was interviewed by Gizmodo last month.

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The Village in the Valley by Carinna Sargood (Prospect Books, October 2021, 9781909248717)
“A beautiful volume detailing Sargood’s travels, meals and work in Mexico, with a few bonus essays added on about her travels.”—ArtsJournal

An Emotional Menagerie (The School of Life) is one of 10 winners of the 2021 California Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award.

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Best Books of 2021

Air & Space Magazine’s “Best Children’s Book of 2021”

Artforum’s “Best Books of 2021

Bloomberg’s “Best Books of 2021”

Book Mark’s “The Best Reviewed Books of 2021: Memoir and Biography

The Book Table’s “Best Books of 2021”

The Boston Globe’s “Best Books of 2021



The Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best Books 2021”





Horn Book’s “Fanfare 2021 Booklist

Independent Book Review’s “35 Impressive Indie Press Books of 2021

Kirkus Reviews

“Best Fiction Books of the Year”

  • Loop by Brenda Lozano, trans. Annie McDermott (Charco Press) 
  • Echo Tree by Henry Dumas (Coffee House Press)
  • Untraceable by Sergei Lebedev, trans. Antonina W. Bouis (New Vessel Press)
  • Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Shua Dusapin, trans. Aneesa Abbas Higgins (Open Letter) 

“Best Nonfiction 2021”

“Best Picture Books 2021”

Library Journal‘s “Best Short Stories of 2021

NPR’s “Best Books 2021”

Necessary Fiction’s “Recommended Reading 2021”

The New York Public Library’s “Best Books of 2021”




The New York Times

100 Notable Books of 2021

25 Best Children’s Books of 2021

Best Art Books of 2021

The Best Poetry of 2021

Times Critics’ Top Books of 2021

New Yorker’s “The Best Books We Read in 2021

  • Not One Day by Anne Garréta, trans. Emma Ramadan (Deep Vellum Publishing)

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s “The best books of 2021, to gift or read yourself”

Politics & Prose’s “2021 Children and Teen Favorites”

Powell’s “Best Books of 2021: Fiction”

The Progressive Magazine’s “Favorite Books of 2021

Publishers Weekly’s “Best Books of 2021”

Seminary Co-op’s “2021 Notables

School Library Journal’s Best Graphic Novels 2021

School Library Journal, A Fuse #8 Production

“2021 Board Books”

2021 Fairy Folk, and Religious Tales

2021 Translated Books for Kids

Tattered Cover’s “2021 Books of the Year”

TIME’s “The 100 Must-Read Books of 2021

Tombolo Books’s “Bestsellers of 2021”

Washington Post

“50 Notable Works of Fiction for 2021”

“Best Children’s Books of 2021”

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The Blue Book of Nebo by Manon Steffan Ros (Deep Vellum Publishing, November 2021, 9781646051007)
“The book has resonated across Wales and, increasingly, the world; its dark, moving account of the resourcefulness of hope and love has propelled the book to a special place in contemporary Welsh writing.”—Words without Borders

Never Have I Ever by Isabel Yap (Small Beer Press, February 2021, 9781618731821)
“These 13 captivating short stories entwine fantasy, horror, and science fiction to explore monsters, Filipino folklore, immigration, and queerness.”—BuzzFeed

The Art of Winold Reiss (GILES) was on the shortlist for the 2021 Alice Award.

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CURB by Divya Victor (Nightboat Books, April 2021, 9781643620701)
“Readers will feel like they have pressed and been pressed by this remarkable collection, which uses language as a weapon, as comfort, as demand, as identity, as gesture, and always, as connection.”—Los Angeles Review

Big Bad by Whitney Collins (Sarabande Books, March 2021, 9781946448729)
“Collins illuminates the very moments in a person’s life when those close by would look away. Not because of the gore, but because looking would show us the things that make everyday life unbearable, and the desperation that confronts all of us when we choose something insufficient to cling to.”—Cleveland Review of Books

Elaine Feeney, author of As You Were (Biblioasis), was interviewed on the latest episode of the podcast Across the Pond with Lori Feathers and Sam Jordison.

Eric Charles May spoke with Chicago Review of Books on October 12 about his novel, Bedrock Faith (Akashic Books), being selected as the 2021 One Book, One Chicago pick.

Paris Cat by Dianne Hofmeyr, illus. Piet Grobler (Tiny Owl Publishing), was featured in the Children’s Book Council’s Fall 2021 reading list, “All About Music.”

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