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Posted on September 14, 2009

A Model Year coverA Model Year

Poetry by Gina Myers

Coconut Books, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0-578-02739-5

Paperback: 72pp; $15.00

Gina Myers is the author of numerous chapbooks. She writes, teaches, and makes books for Lame House Press in Saginaw, Michigan.


Shadowplay coverShadowplay

Fiction by Norman Lock

Ellipsis Press, October 2009

ISBN-10: 0963753630

ISBN-13: 978-0963753632

Paperback: 154pp; $13.00

From website: In Java, a master of the shadow-puppet theater seeks to possess-by his art-a woman, who perishes as though by the contagion of his unnatural desire. Shadowplay is a meditation on story-telling as an act of seizure, a parable of obsession and of the danger of confounding the real with its representations.


How Some People like their Eggs coverHow Some People like their Eggs

Flash Fiction by Sean Lovelace

Rose Metal Press, August 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0-9789848-7-8

Chapbook: 52pp; $12.00

From website: How Some People Like Their Eggs is a collection of 10 flash fictions about things falling apart, wrung out wrong, raveling and unraveling, from missing woodchucks to train-struck ferrets, from Bonnie and Clyde to Charlie Brown (a notorious fatalist and depressive), from meteorites to bear attacks to gunplay in the bait shop.


A Seed was Planted coverA Seed was Planted

Children's Fiction by Toulla Palazeti

Raven Tree Press, September 2009

ISBN-10: 193274889X

ISBN-13: 978-1932748895

Hardcover: 32pp; $16.95

From website: A wonderful cycle of giving begins when a seed is planted… Pieces and sprouts of walnut tree are passed along from one person to that person's friend and on and on and on and on… The circle of giving creates a new crop of trees and instills traditional values of sharing and caring… It also brings abut a spirit of hope and goodwill to the givers.


Israel vs. Utopia coverIsrael vs. Utopia

Essays by Joel Schalit

Akashic Books, October 2009

ISBN-10: 1933354879

ISBN-13: 978-1933354873

Paperback: 250pp; $15.95

From website: Israeli American journalist Joel Schalit distinguishes between the Israel he knows, and the image of it that exists in the imagination of Americans. Israel is a state of mind, Schalit argues, as much as it is its own sovereign state. Exploring this tension, in America, in Israel, employing a combination of personal observation, political, and cultural commentary, Schalit defines the instability of Israel, as a metaphor, and America's troubled love for it.


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September 14, 2009


Beauty Breaks In, Mary Ann Samyn (New Issues) 

Days Like This are Necessary, Walter Bargen (BkMk Press) 

Domestic Fugues, Richard Newman (Steel Toe Books) 

Exit Lines, Kevin Brown (Plain View Press) 

Globetrotter & Hitler’s Children, Amatoritsero Ede (Black Goat) 

Hello Sunshine, Ryan Adams (Akashic Books) 

Hunting and Pecking, Rich Murphy (ahadada books) 

Lovesick, Howie Good (The Poetry Press) 

Missing Her, Claudia Keelan (New Issues)

A Model Year, Gina Myers (Coconut Books)

Petals of Zero, Petals of One, Andrew Zawacki (Talisman House) 

Phoems for Mobile Vices, Rich Murphy (BlazeVOX) 

Talking Diamonds, Linda Nemec Foster (New Issues) 



How Some People Like Their Eggs, Sean Lovelace (Rose Metal Press)



Apparition & Late Fictions, Thomas Lynch (W.W. Norton)

Better, John O’Brien (Akashic Books) 

Her Highness’ First Murder, Peg Herring (Five Star)

Shadowplay, Norman Lock (Ellipsis Press) 

The Slow Vanishing, Maureen Sherbondy (Mint Hill Books/Main Street Rag) 

Swan Dive, Michael Burke (Pleasure Boat Studio)



The Best of Intentions: The Avow Anthology, Keith Rosson (Microcosm Publishing)

Days I Moved through Ordinary Sound, Ed. Chad Sweeney (City Lights) 

Doris: an anthology of zines + other stuff, Cindy Crabb (Microcosm Publishing)



The Adventures of Marco Flamingo Under the Sea, Sheila Jarkins (Raven Tree Press)

Last Night I Sang to the Monster, Benjamin Alire Saenz (Cinco Puntos Press) 

Moon Over the Mountain, Keith Polette (Raven Tree Press)

Oh, Crumps!, Lee Bock (Raven Tree Press)

On My Journey Now, Nikki Giovanni (Candlewick Press)

A Seed was Planted, Toulla Palazeti (Rave Tree Press)

Soap, Soap, Soap, Elizabeth O. Dulemba (Raven Tree Press)

Violet, Tania Duprey Stehlik (Second Story Press)



Hurry Down Sunshine, Michael Greenberg (Vintage Books)

In Search of the Lost Taste, Joshua Ploeg (Microcosm Publishing)

Israel vs. Utopia, Joel Schalit (Akashic Books) 

Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time, Patrick Alexander (Vintage Books)

So I Need to Lose 15 Pounds, Shiho Torii (One Peace Books)

The World’s Easiest Astronomy Book, Hitoshi Nakagawa (One Peace Books)