New & Noteworthy Books

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Posted on July 22, 2010


All the Whiskey in Heaven coverAll the Whiskey in Heaven

Selected Poems

Poetry by Charles Bernstein

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, March 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-374-10344-6

Hardcover: 300pp; $26.00

A new retrospective of one of America’s most innovative poets. All the Whiskey in Heaven brings together a diverse selection of Bernstein’s work from the past thirty years.


Argentinos Stories coverArgentinos Stories

Fiction by Mariana Dietl

Ahadada Books, June 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9812744-5-4

Paperback: 165pp; $15.00

From website: A dazed adulteress, an accordion missing keys, an encounter between strangers that may (or may not) have taken place, a fallen man rummaging through garbage, a young woman starting a new life in Spain, another one contemplating ending hers in Buenos Aires and a border dispute between beggars are a few of the subjects of Argentinos: stories. //


Drain coverDrain

Novel by Davis Schneiderman

TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern Univ Press, June 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-8101-5215-1

Paperback: 259pp; $22.95

From website: It’s the year 2039, and Lake Michigan is mysteriously emptied of water. The planet’s atmosphere and magnetic field are failing, and fires burn ominously throughout the empty lake bed. In this seemingly endless desert east of Chicago, three factions are locked in conflict.


Essays from the Nick of Time coverEssays from the Nick of Time

Reflections and Refutations

Nonfiction by Mark Slouka

Graywolf Press, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-55597-571-5

Paperback: 194pp; $16.00

Essays collected over fifteen years. //


The F Factor coverThe F Factor

YA Fiction by Diane Gonzales Bertrand

Arte Publico Press, April 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-55885-598-4

Paperback: 244pp; $12.95

From website: Javier Avila knows tenth grade is going to be exciting, even though everyone says sophomore year is so dull even the teachers get bored. Sophomores are nobodies, according to the upperclassmen at St. Peter’s High School, but suddenly—and against his will—Javier finds himself front and center as the anchorman for the school’s brand-new televised announcements. //


Gospel Earth coverGospel Earth

Poetry by Jeffery Beam

Skysill Press, March 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-907489-01-3

Paperback: 242pp; $17.00

Described by the poet as a work intended to "invigorate the startling propulsion of haiku's accessible simplicity & minimalism, while creating a more active canvas."


Hour of Unfolding coverHour of Unfolding

Poetry by Candace Pearson

Briery Creek Press, March 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9824880-3-4

Paperback: 63pp; $10.95

The 2010 winner of The Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry judged by Jan Beatty.


In This Alone Impulse coverIn This Alone Impulse

Poetry by Shya Scanlon

Noemi Press, February 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-934819-10-4

Paperback: 72pp; $15.00

An investigation into interiority, Shya Scanlon's debut collection...breaks language down into strange, new elements, and constructs a voice at once private and eerily resonant.


Klausen coverKlausen

Fiction by Andreas Maier

Translated from the German by Kenneth J. Northcott

Open Letter, August 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-934824-16-0

Paperback: 144pp; $14.95

From website: Nobody knows exactly what happened in the small town of Klausen, or rather, everyone knows: a bomb went off on the autobahn, or at a shack near the autobahn, or someone was shooting at the town from a bridge; it all stems from a fight over measuring noise pollution on the town square, or it was the work of eco-terrorists, or Italians. //


Redemption in Indigo coverRedemption in Indigo

Fiction by Karen Lord

Small Beer Press, July 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1931520669

Paperback: 200pp; $16.00

From website: In this debut novel—which won the Frank Collymore Award—Paama frees herself from a troublesome and capricious husband, only to become the unwitting heroine in a fantastic struggle to reconcile the supernatural forces of fate with humanity’s free will. //


The Wrong Blood coverThe Wrong Blood

Fiction by Manuel de Lope

Other Press, September 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1590513095

Paperback: 288pp; $14.95

From website: In the Basque Country in northern Spain, just before the Civil War, three men in dinner suits stop for a drink at a bar before continuing on their way to a wedding. Their trip is interrupted when their leader, the wealthy Don Leopoldo, has a stroke in the restroom. This event, bizarre and undignified though it is, begins to weave together the lives of two remarkable women: the bride, the beautiful and distinguished Isabel Cruces, and María Antonia Etxarri, the bar owner’s adolescent daughter.


New & Noteworthy Books

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July 22, 2010


Firebrands, Ed. Shaun Slifer, Bec Young, Microcosm Pub //


Children's/YA Fiction

The F Factor, Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Arte Publico Press //



The Ambassador, Bragi Olafsson, Open Letter

Argentinos, Mariana Dietl, Ahadada Books //

Crossing to Tadoussac, Frederick E. Bryson, 8th House Pub //

The Dissemblers, Liza Campbell, Permanent Press //

Drain, Davis Schneiderman, Northwestern Univ Press

How to Survive A Natural Disaster, Margaret Hawkins, Permanent Press //

Klausen, Andreas Maier, Open Letter //

The Quickening, Michelle Hoover, Other Press

Redemption in Indigo, Karen Lord, Small Beer Press //

The Rounders, Max Evans, Univ of New Mexico Press //

The Sixty-Five Years of Washington, Juan Jose Saer, Open Letter //

The Wrong Blood, Manuel de Lope, Other Press



Essays from the Nick of Time, Mark Slouka, Graywolf Press //



All the Whiskey in Heaven, Charles Bernstein, Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Gospel Earth, Jeffery Beam, Skysill Press

Hour of Unfolding, Candace Pearson, Briery Creek Press

iatrogenic: their testimonies, Danielle Pafunda, Noemi Press

In this alone impulse, Shya Scanlon, Noemi Press

The Perfect Heart, Geof Hewitt, Mayapple Press //

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