New & Noteworthy Books

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Posted on June 9, 2011


At-Risk coverAt-Risk

Fiction by Amina Gautier

Univ of Georgia Press, September 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8203-3888-0

Hardcover: 160pp; $24.95

Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.


Between Parentheses coverBetween Parentheses

Essays, Articles, and Speeches, 1998-2003

Nonfiction by Roberto Bolano

Translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer

New Directions Books, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8112-1814-6

Hardcover: 400pp; $24.95

Editor Ignacio Echevarria writes, "Taken together, they make up a surprisingly rounded whole; offering in their entirety a personal cartography of the writer: the closest thing, among all his writings, to a kind of fragmented autobiography."


Circle's Apprentice coverCircle's Apprentice

Poetry by Dan Beachy-Quick

Tupelo Press, April 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-932195-97-2

Paperback: 96pp; $16.95

From the back cover: "Building upon the visceral and conceptual fascinations of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay “Circles,” these poems trace patterned tensions to connections in existence on many levels, from molecular to millennial.”


The Double Life of Alfred Buber coverThe Double Life of Alfred Buber

Fiction by David Schmahmann

The Permanent Press, June 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-57962-218-3

Hardcover: 198pp; $28.00

Arthur Golden writes, "David Schmahmann has created a character with the vividness of J. Alfred Prufrock or Humbert Humbert."


Erasue coverErasure

Fiction by Percival Everett

Graywolf Press, November 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-55597-599-9

Paperback: 272pp; $15.00

Jennifer Berman writes, "With equal measures of sympathy and satire, [Erasure] craftily addresses the highly charged issue of being 'black enough' in America."


Flower Cart coverFlower Cart

Poetry by Lisa Fishman

Ahsahta Press, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-934103-21-0

Paperback: 96pp; $17.50

From the press release: "Being alive in acts of reading is writing in Fishman's fourth book, where the materiality of words, weather, plant life, handwriting, and decay are engrafted in a hybrid ecology that is archival and lyric."


Guadalajara coverGuadalajara

Fiction by Quim Monzo

Translated from the Catalan by Peter Bush

Open Letter, July 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-934824-19-1

Paperback: 125pp; $12.95

"Quim Monzo is today's best known writer in Catalan. He is also, no exaggeration, on of the world's great short-story writers."


Journal of American Foreign Policy coverJournal of American Foreign Policy

Poetry by Jeff Hoffman

New Issues Poetry & Prose, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-930974-97-5

Paperback: 77pp; $15.00

Winner of the 2010 New Issues Poetry Prize, selected by Linda Gregerson.


Mid Drift coverMid Drift

Poetry by Kate Hanson Foster

Loom Press, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-931507-27-4

Paperback: 62pp; $15.00

Major Jackson writes, "Hanson Foster dramatizes life (real people and places) in language; and thus, her brilliant poems are to my ears vivid and courageous."


Northerners coverNortherners

Poetry by Seth Abramson

New Issues Poetry & Prose, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-930974-96-8

Paperback: 72pp; $15.00

Winner of the 2010 Green Rose Prize.


Smith Blue coverSmith Blue

Poetry by Camille T. Dungy

Southern Illinois Univ Press, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8093-3031-7

Paperback: 70pp; $15.95

Alan Shapiro calls Smith Blue "a gorgeous and powerful book,one of the best I've read in recent years."


The Could No Longer Contain Themselves coverThey Could No Longer Contain Themselves

A Collection of Five Flash Chapbooks

Fiction by Elizabeth J. Colen, John Jodzio, Tim Jones-Yelvington, et al

Rose Metal Press, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9846166-1-9

Paperback: 248pp; $15.95

Sherrie Flick writes, "A wonderful range of voices comes at you from this collection of flash fictions with stories that haunt, that tell of grit and love and loss and longing with the kind of detail and patience that makes your teeth ache."


New & Noteworthy Books

Full list of new & noteworthy books received

June 9, 2011


101 Best Sex Scenes Ever Written: An Erotic Romp Through Literature for Writers and Readers, Ed. Barnaby Conrad, Quill Driver Books

Children's/YA Fiction

I Kick the Ball/Pateo el balon, Gwendolyn Zepeda, Piñata Books

Pepita and the Bully, Ofelia Dumas Lachtman, Piñata Books

The Land of Lost Things/El Pais De Las Cosas Perdidas, Dina Bursztyn, Piñata Books


After Lyletown, K.C. Frederick, The Permanent Press 

Assumption, Percival Everett, Graywolf Press 

At-Risk, Amina Gautier, Univ of Georgia Press

The Double Life of Alfred Buber, David Schmahmann, The Permanent Press

Erasure, Percival Everett, Graywolf Press 

The Fool's Errand, R. Charles McLravy, Arbutus Press 

Guadalajara, Quim Monzo, Open Letter

Lunar Savings Time, Alex Epstein, Clockroot Books

Normally Special, xTx , Tiny Hardcore Press 

The Redemption of George Baxter Henry, Conor Bowman, The Permanent Press 

The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom & Party Girl, Marc Schuster, The Permanent Press 

They Could No Longer Contain Themselves: A Collection of Five Flash Chapbooks, Elizabeth J. Colen, John Jodzio, Tim Jones-Yelvington, et al., Rose Metal Press


The Autobiography of an Execution, David R. Dow, Twelve

Between Parentheses, Essays, Articles, and Speeches, 1998-2003, Roberto Bolano, New Directions Books 

The Concession Stand: Exaptation at the Margins, Arpine Konyalian Grenier, Otoliths

The Pitcher's Kid, Jack Olsen, Aequitas Books 

So You Know It's Me, Brian Oliu, Tiny Hardcore Press


Circle's Apprentice, Dan Beachy-Quick, Tupelo Press

Coming To That, Dorothea Tanning, Graywolf Press 

Flower Cart, Lisa Fishman, Ahsahta Press 

I Am Not a Pioneer, Adam Fell, H_NGM_N BKS 

Journal of American Foreign Policy, Jeff Hoffman, New Issues Poetry & Prose 

Mid Drift, Kate Hanson Foster, Loom Press

Northerners, Seth Abramson, New Issues Poetry & Prose 

Smith Blue, Camille T. Dungy, Southern Illinois Univ Press

Undone, Maxine Scates, New Issues Poetry & Prose

The Unemployed Man Who Became a Tree, Kevin Pilkington, Black Lawrence Press

Vanishing-Line, Jeffrey Yang, Graywolf Press 

Xicano Duende: A Select Anthology, Alurista, Bilingual Review Press