The Night Angler
Geffrey Davis | BOA Editions | 9781942683780 | April 2019
“Davis has a quiet dynamism, a magnet that brings us close in. His crafted poems ache with truth, and in their thoughtful coherence connect us to the soul of art.”—Lambda Literary
My Real Name Is Hannah
Tara Lynn Masih | Mandel Vilar Press | 9781942134510 | September 2018
“Inspired by actual events, this novel for all readers should become a young adult classic.”—Federation Star
Andri Snær Magnason, author of On Time And Water (forthcoming from Open Letter Books), was featured prominently in The New Yorker on October 20.
Tony McAleer, author of The Cure for Hate (Arsenal Pulp Press), was on KMOX St. Louis on October 16, WOCA-AM Ocala, Florida’s AM Ocala Live! on October 30, and KKVI-FM and KYBS-FM Dallas, Texas’ the Valder Beebe Show on October 31. McAleer will appear on WHMP-AM Northampton, Massachusetts’ Bill Newman Showon November 12.
Literary Hub shared their top ten list of best essay collections of the decade on October 29, which included Rebecca Solnit’s The Mother of All Questions (Haymarket Books) and Valeria Luiselli’s Tell Me How It Ends (Coffee House Press). The alternative list contained Charlie Fox’s This Young Monster (Fitzcarraldo Editions) and Elena Passarello’s Animals Strike Curious Poses (Sarabande Books).
The Translator’s Bride (João Reis, trans. Sónia Oliveira, Open Letter) and The Remainder (Alia Trabucco Zerán, trans. Sophie Hughes, Coffee House Press) were recommended in the Chicago Review of Books on October 25.
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:
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
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
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.
Adam Mansbach, author of Fuck, Now there Are Two of You (Akashic Books) was interviewed on KATU–TV 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.