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This Week’s News

The United States Board on Books for Young People’s Outstanding International Books were The Pencil by Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula, illus. Charlene Chua (Inhabit Media); Thukpa for All by Praba Ram, Sheela Preuitt, and Shilpa Ranada (Karadi Tales); Questions I am Asked About the Holocaust by Hédi Fried, trans. Alice E. Olsson (Scribe); and The Parrot and the Merchant by Marjan Vafaeian, edit. and trans. Azita Rassi (Tiny Owl Publishing).

Ms. Magazine‘s monthly recommendations on February 3 included three much-buzzed-about titles: In Praise of Fragments by Meena Alexander (Nightboat Books), A Nail the Evening Hangs On by Monika Sok (Copper Canyon Press) and Include Me Out by María Sonia Cristoff, trans. Katherine Silver (Transit Books).

A profile of Ryan O’Callaghan, author of My Life on the Line (with Cyd Zeigler, Akashic Books/Edge of Sports) was published in the Advocate on February 1. O’Callaghan also appeared on PBS on January 31.

Compliments of Chicagohoodz: Chicago Street Gang Culture by James “Jinx” O’Connor, Damen “Mr. C” Corrado (Feral House Press) was featured in a Document Journal article on February 3.

An interview with María Fernanda Ampuero, author of Cockfight (trans. Frances Riddle, The Feminist Press at CUNY), from the Guadalajara Book Festival was published on January 24 on Words Without Borders.

Ben Passmore, author of Sports is Hell (Koyama Press), was interviewed on Newsarama on February 3.

Banyen Books & Sound featured Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work by Rupert Sheldrake and Animal Sutras by Stephen Levine (both Monkfish Publishing) in their winter/spring issue. Rupert Sheldrake was also interviewed on the Dr. Pat Show on January 28.

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This Week’s Reviews

Time
Etel Adan | Nightboat Books | 9781643620046 | June 2019

“Adnan poetically navigates the currents of desperation and hope with a clarity placed on the page in short stanzas that we can pick up and roll over in our minds again and again… They can be worked over with a different temporality as we return to them for multiple readings, as we explore how they interact with the preceding or following ones, and as we observe how they take on new shapes.”—Asymptote Journal

Dictionary of Midnight
Abdulla Pashew, trans. Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse | Phoneme Media | 9781944700805 | December 2018
“Dictionary of Midnight shows the lasting haunt of exile, but also the evocative powers of writing as testament to personal strife and a people’s lifelong yearning for home.”–Asymptote Journal

The Spinster Diaries
Gina Fattore | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551734 | April 2020
“The ending is unexpected and delightful. Paying homage to women who self-actualize through their art, The Spinster Diaries focuses on two women separated by time who live out their beliefs.”—Foreword Reviews

All Its Charms
Keetje Kuipers | BOA Editions | 9781942683766 | April 2019
All Its Charms explores motherhood narratives by way of single parenthood by choice, in vitro fertilization, new romance and marriage after parenthood, and the inability to conceive again. Though these topics are relatively new in poetry, this territory feels less taboo in some ways than Kuipers’s entry into the world of sentiment. . . . Kuipers speaks things a poet is not supposed to say: professions of unabashed love.”—Georgia Review

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This Week’s News

A recipe from Charles Phoenix’s Holiday Jubilee (Prospect Park Books) was shared by the Niagara Gazette on January 20.

An excerpt from Animal Sutras by Stephen Levine (Monkfish Publishing) appeared in the January issue of Spirit Seeker Magazine.

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This Week’s Awards

Believer Magazine’s longlist for their annual book awards included Permission by Saskia Vogel (Coach House Books), Soft Science by Franny Choi (Alice James Books), The Problem of the Many by Timothy Donnelly (Wave Books), Safe Houses I Have Known by Steve Healey (Coffee House Press), Soft Targets by Deborah Landau (Copper Canyon Press), HULL by Xandria Phillips (Nightboat Books) and Socialist Realism by Trisha Low (Coffee House Press)

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