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Posted on May 12, 2011


30 Under 30 cover30 Under 30

An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Younger Writers

Ed. Blake Butler, Lily Hoang

Starcherone Books, June 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9842133-3-7

Paperback: 304pp; $20.00

From the press release: "30 Under 30 gives readers a superb introduction to authors and forms that show the future of fiction."


The Cold War coverThe Cold War

Poetry by Kathleen Ossip

Sarabande Books, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-932511-95-6

Paperback: 80pp; $14.95

From the back cover: "The Cold War is jagged and thought-provoking. It questions the origins and premises of contemporary American culture."


A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People coverA Complete Encyclopedia of
Different Types of People

Poetry by Gabe Foreman

Coach House Books, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-55245-244-8

Paperback: 96pp; $17.95 CAD

From the press release: "Turn your stereotypes into verse with Gabe Foreman's debut poetry collection—a handy guide that's both hilarious and heartbreaking."


Cool Limbo coverCool Limbo

Poetry by Michael Montlack

NYQ Books, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-935520-40-5

Paperback: 120pp; $14.95

From the press release: "Cool Limbo is a series of dazzling portraits that are accessible yet complex, hilarious yet poignant, down-to-earth yet ethereal."


Dreams of Molly coverDreams of Molly

Fiction by Jonathan Baumbach

Dzanc Books, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9827975-3-2

Paperback: 144pp; $15.95

Joseph McElroy writes, "A knock at the door of memory, and everything answers, all the more we didn't know we really did want to know. A beautiful book."


An Empty Room coverAn Empty Room

Fiction by Mu Xin

Translated from the Chinese by Toming Jun Liu

New Directions Books, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8112-1922-8

Paperback: 160pp; $13.95

The first book by the celebrated Chinese writer Mu Xin to appear in English.


Glass coverGlass

Fiction by Sam Savage

Coffee House Press, September 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-56689-273-5

Paperback: 210pp; $15.00

"From the author of the bestselling, award-winning Firmin, comes the neurotic account of one widow's tumultuous past."


Here Lies Lalo coverHere Lies Lalo

The Collected Poems of Abelardo Delgado

Poetry by Abelardo Delgado

Arte Publico Press, April 2011

ISBN-13: 978-607-461-694-3

Paperback: 224pp; $19.95

From the press release: "Called 'the grandfather of Chicano literature' in his 2004 obituary in the New York Times, Abelardo 'Lalo' Delgado used his words to fight for justice and equal opportunity for people of Mexican descent living in the United States."


Kiss Me, Stranger coverKiss Me, Stranger

Fiction by Ron Tanner

Ig Publishing, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-935439-17-2

Paperback: 176pp; $14.95

"Featuring over fifty illustrations by the author, Kiss Me, Stranger is a comical and tragic commentary on war, violence, and consumerism."


The Language of Shedding Skin coverThe Language of Shedding Skin

Poetry by Niki Herd

Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-59948-267-5

Paperback: 80pp; $14.00

Randall Horton writes, "Say the name Gwendolyn Brooks. Say Audre Lorde. Say Lucille Clifton. Niki Herd is basking in their echo."


Left Glove coverLeft Glove

Drama by Mac Wellman

Solid Objects, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9844142-0-8

Paperback: 56pp; $12.00

"From three-time Obie Award-winner Mac Wellman comes this complex and provocative play about two simple events."


Next Analog Broadcast coverNext Analog Broadcast

Poetry by Charly Fasano

Sunnyoutside, July 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-934513-31-6

Paperback: 56pp; $13.00

From the press release: "Next Analog Broadcast is the story of the human condition in a lonely and ever-changing digital culture that extends the assumption that ultra-reality and clarity is the only way to document life experiences and share information."


Pinko coverPinko

Poetry by Jen Benka

Hanging Loose Press, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-934909-04-1

Paperback: 60pp; $18.00

Kevin Killian writes, "Into the combine of Pinko, Benka places some of her loveliest writing, to create a fresh, optimistic and instructional book."


Sleight coverSleight

Fiction by Kirsten Kaschock

Coffee House Press, October 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-56689-275-9

Paperback: 330pp; $16.00

From the press release: "Featured in the Wall Street Journal as one of the most anticipated debuts to emerge from a smaller press, Sleight takes the tension between the visual and the written, the embodied and the witnessed, and while inventing an art form of its own, has also renovated another: the novel as sublime artistry."


This New & Poisonous Air coverThis New & Poisonous Air

Fiction by Adam McOmber

BOA Editions, June 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-934414-51-4

Paperback: 180pp; $14.00

From the press release: "The stories collected in This New and Poisonous Air are visions of history that blend the fantastic and the macabre to create uncanny realms of genre.”


Thread coverThread

Poetry by Michael Palmer

New Directions Books, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8112-1921-1

Paperback: 96pp; $15.95

Joshua Clover writes in the Village Voice, "The most influential avant-gardist working, and perhaps the greatest poet of his generation. His genius is for making the world strange again.”


Waking coverWaking

Poetry by Ron Rash

Hub City Press, October 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1891885-82-2

Paperback: 80pp; $14.95

Bob Hicok writes, "Ron Rash the poet is back and giving us poems that are both the river stones and the water making them shine."


What's This, Bombardier? coverWhat's This, Bombardier?

Poetry by Ryan Flaherty

Pleiades Press, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8071-3879-3

Paperback: 62pp; $16.95

Selected by Alan Michael Parker for the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize.


New & Noteworthy Books

Full list of new & noteworthy books received


May 12, 2011


30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Younger Writers, Ed. Blake Butler, Lily Hoang, Starcherone Books

Encyclopedia Volume II F-K, Ed. By Tisa Bryant, Miranda Mellis and Kate Schatz, The Encyclopedia Project  


Children's/YA Fiction

Stinky Kids and the Runaway Scissors, Britt Menzies, Raven Tree Press

The Adventures of Marco Flamingo in the Jungle, Sheila Jarkins, Raven Tree Press

Amazingly Wonderful Things, Marla J. Hohmeier, Raven Tree Press

Mr. Biggs in the City, Kevin Bloomfield, Raven Tree Press

The Park Our Town Built, Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Raven Tree Press



Left Glove, Mac Wellman, Solid Objects  



The Beautiful One Has Come, Suzanne Kamata, Wyatt-MacKenzie Pub  

The Book of Happenstance, Ingrid Winterbach, Open Letter  

Dreams of Molly, Jonathan Baumbach, Dzanc Books

An Empty Room, Mu Xin, New Directions Books

Glass, Sam Savage, Coffee House Press  

The Guinea Pigs, Ludvik Vaculik, Open Letter  

In Caddis Wood, Mary Francois Rockcastle, Graywolf Press  

The Jackets, Liz Dejesus, Arte Publico Press  

Kiss Me, Stranger, Ron Tanner, Ig Publishing

The Monkey's Wedding and Other Stories, Joan Aiken, Small Beer Press

Mostly Redneck, Rusty Barnes, Sunnyoutside

On Hallowed Ground, A Willie Cuesta Mystery, John Lantigua, Arte Publico Press  

Sleight, Kirsten Kaschock, Coffee House Press

This New & Poisonous Air, Adam McOmber, BOA Editions



The Frantic Force: Essays, Norman Ball, Petroglyph Books  

Rethinking Popular Culture and Media, Ed. Elizabeth Marshall, Ozlem Sensoy, Rethinking Schools  

Smoke Damage: Voices from the Front Lines of America's Tobacco Wars, Michael Schwalbe, Univ of Wisconsin Press

Writer in Residence: Memoir of a Literary Translator, Mark Spitzer, Univ of New Orleans Press



The City From Nome, James Grinwis, National Poetry Review

The Cold War, Kathleen Ossip, Sarabande Books

A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People, Gabe Foreman, Coach House Books  

Cool Limbo, Michael Montlack, NYQ Books  

Field Work: Notes, Songs, Poems 1997-2010, David Hadbawnik, BlazeVOX [books]

Framed in Silence, Lynn Domina, Main Street Rag Pub Co  

from unwritten histories, Eugenijus Alisanka, Host Publications  

Here Lies Lalo: The Collected Poems of Abelardo Delgado, Abelardo Delgado, Arte Publico Press  

Lines of Flight, Catherine Chandler, Able Muse Press  

Match, Helen Guri, Coach House Books

The Memory of Water, Jack Myers, New Issues Poetry & Prose  

Music for the Black Room, Sarah Maclay, Univ of Tampa Press  

Naked Woman Listening at the Keyhole, Sophia Rivkin, Mayapple Press  

Negro Marfil/Ivory Black, Myriam Moscona, Les Figues Press  

Nevertheless, Wendy Videlock, Able Muse Press  

Next Analog Broadcast, Charly Fasano, Sunnyoutside  

Pinko, Jen Benka, Hanging Loose Press  

Rip-Tooth, Dennis Hinrichsen, Univ of Tampa Press  

Talking About Movies with Jesus, David Kirby, Louisiana State Univ Press

The Language of Shedding Skin, Niki Herd, Main Street Rag Pub Co  

This Strange Land, Shara McCallum, Alice James Books  

Thread, Michael Palmer, New Directions Books

Waking, Ron Rash, Hub City Press  

West of Midnight: New and Selected Poems, Franz Douskey, NYQ Books  

What's This, Bombardier?, Ryan Flaherty, Pleiades Press