Read the latest Communiqué newsletter (September 8, 2022) for gossips, political noir, and a Scotiabank Giller Prize nominee—plus, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor reviews Angela Davis: An Autobiography.
Playwright Michael R. Jackson appeared on CBS Sunday Morning on June 5 to discuss his award-winning Broadway play, A Strange Loop (Theatre Communications Group). Also on CBS Sunday Morning the previous week was Angela Davis, author of Angela Davis: An Autobiography and co-author of Abolition. Feminist. Now. (both from Haymarket Books).
Charco Press and Scribe have titles on the shortlist for the 2022 Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize.
We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration (Chin Music Press) is a finalist for Pop Culture Classroom’s Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards.
The Music Game by Stéfanie Clermont, trans. JC Sutcliffe (Biblioasis, February 2022)
“Clermont’s novel reminds us of the resilience of lifelong friendships and how they can triumph over the darker aspects of life. Any time a group of close friends reunites, even after a period marked by trauma, there is the possibility of finding solace by simply reconnecting with those who knew you when you looked at life through a more innocent lens.”—ZYZZYVA
The 2022 Nautilus Book Award winners include titles from Monkfish Book Publishing, New Society Press, and Sarabande Books.
Among CLMP’s 2022 Firecracker Awards finalists are titles from Biblioasis, Deep Vellum, Nightboat Books, and Transit Books.
Gentlemen Callers by Corinne Hoex, trans. Caitlin O’Neil (Dalkey Archive Press, March 2022)
“Humor is culturally specific, temporally tied, and situationally contextual, and all of these facets are amplified in the context of translation, where puns and plays become tangled in tongues. This is what makes Gentlemen Callers . . . a truly astonishing outlier. While French literature enjoys a fairly prolific publication rate in English, the kinds of literature chosen for publication are often cerebral, philosophical, and introspective. Hoex’s series of vignettes, too, are interiorized, in that they are dreamworlds, but they are also fleshy, sensuous, and gilded with a teasing tone firmly rooted (pun intended) in sexual exploration and fulfillment.”—Asymptote
Jordemoder: Poems of a Midwife by Ingrid Andersson (Holy Cow! Press, April 2022)
“At the heart of Jordemoder is the crossroads where the midwife works, the knife edge where a breath taken, or not, determines a celebration of birth and new life, or the loss and grief of death. Andersson inhabits that crossroads and writes from there with precision, empathy, and grace.”—Wisconsin People & Ideas