In Brief: This Week’s News You Can Use

Sarah Schulman was interviewed about Maggie Terry by the Rumpus on August 29.

Bernice L. McFadden was interviewed about Praise Song for the Butterflies in the New Orleans Advocate on August 31.

Mark Anderson, co-author with Ralph Heibutzki of We Are the Clash, was interviewed on XRay in the Morning of Portland, Oregon, on September 4.

How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere by Andrew M. Davis and Philip Clayton was included in the Edge Magazine’s Fall 2018 New Books Round-up on September 1.

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Why You Should Be Reading Norah Lange’s People in the Room

People in the Room | Norah Lange, translated by Charlotte Whittle | 9781911508229 | And Other Stories | 08/21/2018 | Trade Paper | eBook Available

People in the Room is all atmosphere. . . . Lange captures adolescent uncertainty—of what lies ahead, of what meaning there is in the adult that has been kept at a distance from her (death, sex)—and the fear of facing it convincingly authentically—right down to the continuing sense of uncertainty about it all.”—Complete Review, August 11, 2018

On August 6, Words Without Borders published an excerpt of Cesar Aira’s introduction to People in the Room. The excerpt was picked up by Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s Afternoon Bites.

“Hallucinatory and unsettling, the prose vibrates like a high-tension wire.”—Spectator, August 3, 2018

On August 2, People in the Room was included on Book Riots list of “Hot Summer 2018 reads by Women in Translation.

The Guardian highlighted Lange on August 2, in an article that was picked up by Lit Hub Daily on August 3.

“Lange, who spent so much of her life confronting a male gaze that invited her performance of the role of literary muse, truly came into her own by directing her gaze at muses of her own invention—and witnessing the play of her voracious attention across the pages of People in the Room is precisely what makes this strange, thrilling novel so utterly captivating.”—Music and Literature, July 19, 2018

The April 2018 issue of Words Without Borders excerpted People in the Room.

On August 13, People in the Room was included in the Guardian’s “What Are You Reading This Week” Instagram round-up.

People in the Room is a lyrical portrait of adolescence that bridges the innocence of childhood and the unknown of adulthood.”—Foreword Reviews, September/October 2018

“Lange’s ability to magnify the tension of the uncertainty surrounding the sisters’ loneliness transforms this largely uneventful novel into a nerve-wracking ghost story.”—Publishers Weekly, June 25, 2018

“Readers who like unreliable protagonists and enjoy being kept on their toes will be up for the challenge.”—, June 22, 2018

“The writing is crisp and direct, in stark contrast to the intricate psychological darkness the narrator inhabits, and it leaves the reader questioning every detail. Unsettling and masterful, this short but dense novel should entice fans of literary giants like Virginia Woolf and Clarice Lispector.”—Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2018

“Lange deftly updates a classic fairy tale motif into this cryptic, telling, spellbinding piece of modernist writing.” —Laurie Greer, Politics & Prose, Washington, DC

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: The Adventures of a Midlist Author (Holy Cow! Press, 9780998601069, September 2018)

“Fedo has a lot of cred as an author, publishing hundreds of articles, essays and short stories in the nation’s top magazines and newspapers. . . . A ‘midlist author’ is one who writes steadily but isn’t in the big leagues and most authors are in that category. That doesn’t mean it’s a boring life. In Fedo’s 10th book, he writes of his newspaper days and encounters with celebrities such as James Stewart, and the pressures of freelance writing for a living.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press, September 2, 2018

The Children’s War (Biblioasis, 9781771962131, September 2018)

“C.P. Boyko proves the broad reach of his talents in The Children’s War. . . . His characters here are often intelligent and emotional, resulting in explosive conflicts. . . . Though the choices these characters make are not always effective, it is clear that Boyko understands this truth: action is always human and, even in failure, is often beautiful.”—Arkansas International, September 4, 2018

A New Garden Ethic (New Society Publishers, 9780865718555, September 2017)

A New Garden Ethic is at times reminiscent of Aldo Leopold’s style and an enjoyable read for those who take pleasure in more classic nature and garden writing.”—NY Botanical Garden Blog, August 30, 2018

Climate Wise Landscaping (New Society Publishers, 9780865718883, March 2018)

“The book is comprehensive enough to serve as a reference and inspiration for seasoned landscapers yet accessible enough for beginning gardeners.”—Los Altos Town Crier, August 29, 2018

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Chad Post Honored with Ottaway Award!

Presented annually, the James H. Ottaway, Jr. Award for the Promotion of International Literature aims to recognize “individuals who have taken extraordinary steps to advance literature in translation into English,” and Chad Post of Open Letter Books certainly fits the bill! Post was announced as the winner of the 2018 award in a press release by online literary magazine Words Without Borders on September 5, and the news was highlighted by Publishers Weekly the same day. The award will be presented at the 2018 Words Without Borders Gala on October 30 in New York City. Congratulations, Chad, and thank you for all you do to expand the world of literature in translation!

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Awards galore for the week of August 30!

Sex Fantasy, Language Barrier, Anti-Gone, Comics for Choice and A Western World Nominated for Ignatz Awards

The Small Press Expo (SPX) has announced the 2018 Ignaz Awards nominees and Consortium titles are well represented! Sophia Foster-Dimino’s Sex Fantasy (Koyama Press) and Hannah K. Lee’s Language Barrier (Koyama Press) are nominated for Outstanding Collection. Comics for Choice, edited by Hazel Newlevant, Whit Taylor, and Sophia Foster-Dimino (Alternative Comics) is nominated for Outstanding Anthology. Connor Willumsen’s Anti-Gone (Koyama Books) is nominated for Outstanding Graphic Novel. Last but not least, Michael DeForge’s “Rhode Island Me” from A Western World (Koyama Press) is nominated for Outstanding Story. The winners will be announced on September 15. Congratulations and good luck to all these excellent authors!

Craig Morgan Teicher’s The Trembling Answers Wins Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

Our warmest congratulation to Craig Morgan Teicher, who has won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for his third collection, The Trembling Answers (BOA Editions). Awarded by the Academy of American Poets since 1994, this $25,000 prize recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous year. The judges wrote of The Trembling Answers: it is “a collection as ecstatic as it is solemn, and what this poetry shares with us about love, faith, doubt, and poetry itself is essential. From a state of bewilderment to the condition of omniscience, Craig Morgan Teicher’s poetry stands simultaneously inside and outside of common understanding, struggling to un-domesticate the mind even as it seeks to more deeply inhabit the intimacies of domestic life. This is a book of unflinching self-scrutiny, by turns meditative, plainspoken, funny, and profound, where answers are not stable solutions but achingly alert responses to the trauma and triumph of human existence.” Bravo, Craig!

Geffrey Davis’s Night Angler Wins James Laughlin Award

We’re thrilled to announce that Geffrey Davis’s forthcoming second poetry collection Night Angler (BOA Editions, February 2019) is the winner of the 2018 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets! The Award has been given since 1954 to recognize and support a second book of poetry forthcoming in the next calendar year. Davis will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and a one-week residency at the Betsy Hotel in Miami; the Academy of American Poets also distributes copies of the book to thousands of its members. Of Night Angler, the judges wrote: “The hooked lines of Night Angler fish in the headwaters of memory and the riverine flow of the present. What we catch are poems about coming to terms with a drug-addicted father, coming of age as a ‘black boy’ in America, and coming through the ‘wilderness of worry’ as a husband and new parent amid racial violence and environmental injustice. Throughout, the poet displays a fidelity to poetic craft and innovative technique that few second books ever achieve. While you will be lured into this book by its ‘blood-song for / the marrowed ache and awe of tomorrow,’ you will be released, upon reading the final poem, breathless.” Davis’s first collection, Revising the Storm, was published by BOA Editions in 2014.

Safia Elhillo and Hieu Minh Nguyen Win 2018 Ruth Lily and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships

Congratulations to the 2018 winners of the Ruth Lily and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships! This years winners include Safia Elhillo, co-editor of the forthcoming Breakbeat Poets Vol. 3: Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, April 2019), and Hieu Minh Ngyuen, author of Not Here (Coffee House Press). With an award of $25,800, the fellowship is among the largest and most prestigious awards available for young poets in the United States. The fellows will make their first joint appearance at the Dodge Poetry Festival in October, and the December 2018 issue of Poetry Magazine will feature a sampling of their work. Bravo to Safia and Hieu!

A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause Wins 2018 Krause Essay Prize

Congratulations to Shawn Wen, whose book A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause (Sarabande Books) has won the 2018 Krause Essay Prize! Founded in 2006, the Krause Essay Prize is awarded each year to the work that best exemplifies the art of essaying. As a celebration of inquiry, experimentation, discovery, and change, the Prize seeks to honor work that emphasizes the activity of a text, rather than that text’s status as a dispensary of information. Along with the other nominees A Twenty Minute Silence will become a primary text in a semester-long graduate writing seminar at the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. Wen will receive an award of $10,000. Bravo, Shawn!

Beautiful Music is 2018 Great Lakes Great Reads Adult Fiction Winner

We’re thrilled to share the news that Michael Zadoorian’s Beautiful Music (Akashic Books) has been named the Adult Fiction Winner for the 2018 Great Lakes Great Reads! The award, presented by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association, recognizes “excellence in writing for books about or written by authors with ties to the Great Lakes region.” Congratulations, Michael!

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All the news you can use from the week of August 30!

Rebecca Solnit, author of Call Them By Their True Names: American Crises (Haymarket Books), wrote an original essay for Literary Hub on August 28 titled “Why the President Must Be Impeached.”

Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses (Sarabande Books), discussed her book on Evansville, Illinois local ABC station WEHT Tristate’s Local Lifestyle program on August 2.

On August 13, Words Without Borders recommended “31 Recent Works by Women Writers to Read for #WITMonth,” including Verónica Gerber Bicecci’s Empty Set (trans. Christine MacSweeney; Coffee House Press), Noémi Lefebvre’s Blue Self-Portrait (trans. Sophie Lewis; Transit Books), Alisa Ganieva’s Bride and Groom (trans. Carol Apollonio; Transit Books), Alicia Kopf’s Brother in Ice (trans. Mara Faye Lethem; And Other Stories), Dubravka Ugrešic’s Fox (trans. Ellen Elias-Bursać & David Williams; Open Letter Books), Julie Demers’s Little Beast (trans. Rhonda Mullins; Coach House Books), Bianca Tarozzi’s The Living Theatre (trans. Jeanne Foster & Alan Williamson; BOA Editions), Anna Maria Ortese’s Neapolitan Chronicles (trans. Ann Goldstein & Jenny McPhee; New Vessel Press), Bae Suah’s North Station (trans. Deborah Smith; Open Letter Books), Myriam Fraga’s Purifications or the Sign of Retaliation (trans. Chloe Hill; White Pine Press), and Ash Erdoğan’s The Stone Building and Other Places (trans Sevinç Türkkan; City Lights Publishers).

Publishers positioned Hernan Diaz’s In the Distance (Coffee House Press) as the future of the Western in an article on August 24.

Electric Literature included Norah Lange’s People in the Room (trans. Charlotte Whittle; And Other Stories) and Valeria Luselli’s The Story of My Teeth (trans. Christine MacSweeney; Coffee House Press) in its August 24 list of Women in Translation Month recommended reads.

Literary Hub’s Book Marks named its “5 Book Recommendations for Women in Translation Month” on August 27, including Virginie Despentes’s Pretty Things (trans. Emma Ramadan; The Feminist Press at CUNY), Norah Lange’s People in the Room (trans. Charlotte Whittle; And Other Stories), and Esther Kinsky’s River (trans. Ian Galbraith; Transit Books)

Book Riot’s August 23 list of the “50 Must-Read Books by Women in Translation” included Swallowing Mercury (Wioletta Greg, trans. Eliza Marcinak; Transit Books), The Iliac Crest (Cristina Rivera Garza, trans. Sarah Booker; The Feminist Press at CUNY), Moonbath (Yanick Lahens, trans. Emily Gogolack; Deep Vellum Publishing), People in the Room (Norah Lange, trans. Charlotte Whittle; And Other Stories), Before (Carmen Boullosa, trans. Peter Bush; Deep Vellum Publishing), Eve Out of Her Ruins (Ananda Devi, trans. Jeffrey Zuckerman; Deep Vellum Publishing), The Story of My Teeth (Valeria Luiselli, trans. Christine MacSweeney; Coffee House Press), The Geography of Rebels Trilogy (Maria Gabriela Llansol, trans. Audrey Young; Deep Vellum Publishing), Sphinx (Anne Garréta, trans. Emma Ramadan; Deep Vellum Publishing), August (Romina Paula, trans. Jennifer Croft; The Feminist Press at CUNY), A Greater Music (Suah Bae, trans. Deborah Smith; Open Letter Books), Pretty Things (Virginie Despentes, trans. Emma Ramadan; The Feminist Press at CUNY), and Fox (Dubravka Ugrešic, trans. Ellen Elias-Bursać & David Williams; Open Letter Books).

Comics Workbook published a two-part excerpt from Michael DeForge’s Brat (Koyama Press) on August 20 and August 23. Read part one here

The Tucson, Arizona Daily Star recommended Rachel M. Harper’s This Side of Providence (Prospect Park Books) on August 24.

Talkhouse published an excerpt from The Residents’s The Brickeaters (Feral House/Process Media) on August 28.

Members of the Mudgirls Natural Building Collective, authors of Mudgirls Manifesto: Handbuilt Homes, Handcrafted Lives (New Society Publishers), were interviewed on Alternet on August 20.

Mark Andersen and Ralph Heibutzki, authors of We Are the Clash (Akashic Books), were interviewed by Vol. 1 Brooklyn on August 22.

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Everyone’s talking about Virgie Tovar’s You Have the Right to Remain Fat!

you have the right to remain fat

You Have the Right to Remain Fat | Virgie Tovar | 9781936932313 | $14.95 | 08/14/2018 | Trade Paper | eBook Available

Tovar published a “Reading List for the Fat Babe Feminist Revolution” on Electric Literature on August 1.

You Have the Right to Remain Fat was included on BUST’s list of “11 New Books by Women Coming Out in August” on August 1.

On August 22, Tovar appeared in conversation with author Mara Altman on B!tch.

Fatventure Mag reviewed You Have the Right to Remain Fat on August 9.

Tovar was interviewed on the Fearless Rebelle Radio podcast on August 7.

On August 12, Tovar was interviewed by the Woman of Size podcast.

Real Talk Radio podcast interviewed Tovar on August 15.

An interview with Tovar will run in NYLON.

Tovar will be interviewed by The Ladies Room web show at Refinery29.

“[Tovar] excels at critiquing diet culture; describing how it matches the American narrative of failure and success as personal endeavors and how dieting and fatphobia are ideologies that rely upon inducing inferiority. . . . Combining aspects of feminism and women’s health, Tovar’s impassioned call to action challenges Western beauty norms and how women (and girls) develop self-esteem. Ideal for YA crossover.”—Library Journal, July 1, 2018


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Extra, extra! Check out these stellar reviews!

Zion’s Fiction: A Treasury of Israeli Speculative Fiction (Mandel Vilar, 9781942134527, September 2018)

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. . . . [It] opens our eyes to the creativity and literary invention happening beyond our borders and makes us long for more.”—World Literature Today, September 2018

Lagos Noir (Akashic Books, 9781617755231, June 2018)

“Covering one of the widest spectrums of genre-inspired stories, Chris Abani is as masterful as he is meticulous in his assembly of noir. . . . Lagos Noir is a colorful and harrowing vision preserving the distinct voice of each contributor contained within its pages. The collection carries a moving and self-contained quality while simultaneously sparking hope that the Noir series will eventually forge its way into further explorations of Africa.”—World Literature Today, September 2018

Rail (BOA Editions, 9781942683582, April 2018)

“Anybody who has stepped off the usual path will recognize the power of travel in facilitating introspection, and it is this recipe—let’s call it one part adventure, three parts reflection—that poet Kai Carlson-Wee nails so masterfully in his debut collection, Rail.”—Kenyon Review, August 2018

Havana Libre (Akashic Books, 9781617755835, December 2017)

“Arellano’s world of clinic doctors, hotel hustlers, secret police, and neighborhood spies is as rich and vibrant a place as I’ve come across in fiction in a long while. His style has something of Bolaño’s cynical, madcap energy, but with Graham Greene’s eye for the small absurdities in life, the same absurdities that, under the right (or wrong) circumstances, spin out into an international catastrophe.”—Literary Hub, August 17, 2018

After the Winter (Coffee House Press, 9781566895255, September 2018)

“What Nettel understands with such sensitivity are the contradictory desires we have to both live alone in our apartments, our self-made mausoleums, and to escape them, to leave them behind and seek out human connection.”—Arkansas International, August 24, 2018

Farmer Falgu Goes to the Market (Karadi Tales, 9788181903129, April 2018)

“Broad outlines and bold colors join a riot of expressive exclamations as exotic Indian sights, sounds, and smells sizzle, honk, bump, and dunk along the road with an optimistically determined Falgu and his oxen until they finally reach their destination, rumpled wares and all.”—Foreword Reviews, March/April 2018

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Dunbar-Ortiz Wins Heyday History Award!

Congratulations to Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, who, along with Daniel Ellsberg, will be awarded the Heyday History Award for her “longstanding commitments to illuminating truth and fighting injustice” at the Heyday Harvest Gala Dinner on October 4 at the African American Museum and Library in Oakland, California. Heyday is a nonprofit cultural institution that cofounded the California Historical Society Press and works closely with the California Historical Society. Dunbar-Ortiz is the author of many books, including Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment (City Lights Publishing). We’re thrilled to see Roxanne honored for her incredible work!

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Everyone’s talking about Poso Wells!

Poso Wells | Gabriela Alemán, translated by Dick Cluster | 9780872867550 | City Lights Publishers | $14.95 | 8/21/2018 | Trade Paper

An interview with Alemán was published by the American Booksellers Association on July 17.

“Alemán’s first novel to be translated into English is a wild, successful satire of Ecuadorian politics and supernatural encounters. . . . Alemán’s singular voice keeps the ride fresh and satisfying.”—Publishers Weekly, July 23, 2018

“A savage satire of a political rally in the barrio of [fictional town of] Poso Wells. . . . Aleman’s voice, as translated from the Spanish by Dick Cluster, is fresh and deliciously absurd.”––, July 19, 2018

An excerpt from Poso Wells was published on Words Without Borders on July 13.

“One part Thomas Pynchon, one part Gabriel García Marquez, and one part Raymond Chandler, Alemán’s novel contains mystery, horror, humor, absurdity, and political commentary. . . . A concoction of political thriller and absurdist literary mystery that never fails to entertain.”—Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2018

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