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Posted on December 9, 2011


The Cyclist Conspiracy coverThe Cyclist Conspiracy

Fiction by Svetislav Basara

Translated from the Serbian by Randall A. Major

Open Letter, March 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-934824-58-0

Paperback: 280pp; $15.95

The Cyclist Conspiracy tells the tale of a secret Brotherhood who meet in dreams, gain esoteric knowledge from contemplation of the bicycle, and seek to move in and out of history, manipulating events. Told through a series of “historical documents”—memoirs, illustrations, letters, philosophical treatises, blue prints, and maps—the novel details the story of these interventions and the historical moments where the Brotherhood has made their influence felt, from the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand to a lost story of Sherlock Holmes.


Disclosure coverDisclosure

Cross-Genre by Dana Teen Lomax

Black Radish Books, November 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0982573174

Paperback: 81pp; $15.00

Disclosure is a book comprised entirely of documents from poet Dana Teen Lomax's life—from the mundane (parking tickets, receipts) to the personal (doctor's diagnoses, W2 forms, Google image results for the author). In today's world of social networking and constant connectedness, Lomax broaches questions of identity, relationship, and transparency.


Drive-By Vigils coverDrive-By Vigils

Poetry by R. Zamora Linmark

Hanging Loose Press, January 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1934909232

Paperback: 80pp; $18.00

R. Zamora Linmark has written two poetry collections, Prime Time Apparitions and The Evolution of a Sigh, and two novels, the best-selling Rolling The R’s, which he’s adapted for the stage, and the just-published Leche.


He Took a Cab coverHe Took a Cab

Poetry by Mather Schneider

NYQ Books, September 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1935520214

Paperback: 116pp; $14.95

Mather Schneider's second full-length collection of poems takes the reader on an unforgettable ride of a lifetime. With each poem, Schneider propels the reader into a mindset of having just hailed a cab in a David Lynch movie.


June Fourth ElegiesJune Fourth Elegies

Poetry by Liu Xiaobo

Translated from the Chinese by Jeffrey Yang

Graywolf Press, April 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-55597-610-1

Hardcover: 292pp; $26.00

When Liu Xiaobo was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, his chair at the ceremony was empty, as he was jailed in 2009 in China and is currently serving an eleven-year sentence. This, his first book of poetry, is a tribute to the Tiananmen Square protests of June 4, 1989.


Louisiana Purchase coverThe Louisiana Purchase

Poetry by Jim Goar

Rose Metal Press, November 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9846166-3-3

Paperback: 96pp; $15.95

The linked poems in The Louisiana Purchase carry the reader past Ozzie Smith and Thomas Jefferson into a world where the moon is an outlaw, a weeping elephant flees from the authorities, the Pinkertons upset the sky, effigies of Phil Niekro are burned, and a society made of words collapses.


Nod House coverNod House

Poetry by Nathaniel Mackey

New Directions Books, November 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8112-1946-4

Paperback: 148pp; $15.95

The fifth collection of poetry from Nathaniel Mackey, winner of the 2006 National Book Award for Poetry for Splay Anthem.


Oz at Night coverOz at Night

Poetry by Amanda J. Bradley

NYQ Books, October 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1935520450

Paperback: 80pp; $14.95

Amanda J. Bradley is also the author of Hints and Allegations (2009), also from NYQ Books. She has published poetry in many journals, including The Best American Poetry Blog, Paddlefish, Lips, Rattle, The New York Quarterly, Poetry Bay, and Barefoot Muse. A recent graduate of the MFA program at The New School, she holds a PhD in English and American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.


Small Hours coverSmall Hours

Poetry by Yu Yan Chen

NYQ Books, October 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1935520429

Paperback: 84pp; $14.95

Yu Yan Chen's debut collection takes us on a wandering across continents. Whether it is a courtyard in rural China, a ferry in Istanbul, or Times Square in New York, each poem is imbued with refreshing insights about family, home, identity and the quest for inner strength. Born in a fishing village in China, the author grew up in New York City and now lives in Brooklyn. She is an interpreter and literary translator, and her poems have been published in the US, UK and China.


New & Noteworthy Books
Full list of new & noteworthy books received

December 9, 2011


It's Always Been a War, American Creative Writers on Class, Ed. Shelly Reed, Big Wonderful Press


Children's/YA Fiction

Beasts of New York: A Children's Book for Grownups, Jon Evans, Porcupine's Quill


Children's/YA Nonfiction

Shannen and the Dream for a School, Janet Wilson, Second Story Press



Against the Workshop: Provocations, Polemics, Controversies, Anis Shivani, Texas Review Press



Disclosure, Dana Teen Lomax, Black Radish Books



Aftermath, Scott Nadelson, Hawthorne Books

Boarded Windows, Dylan Hicks, Coffee House Press

The Colors of Infamy, Albert Cossery, New Directions Books

The Cyclist Conspiracy, Svetislav Basara, Open Letter

Domestic Apparition, Meg Tuite, San Francisco Bay Press Pub

Girl with Oars & Man Dying, J.A. Tyler, Aqueous Books

The Iguana Tree, Michel Stone, Hub City Press

The Last Warner Woman, Kei Miller, Coffee House Press

Lost Story, Brane Mozetič, Talisman House, Pub

Nothing Can Make Me Do This, David Huddle, Tupelo Press

Partners in Crime, Rolando Hinojosa, Arte Publico Press

Time Between Trains, Anthony Bukoski, Holy Cow! Press

Windeye, Brian Evenson, Coffee House Press



Half in Shade: Family, Photography, and Fate, Judith Kitchen, Coffee House Press

The Love Lives of the Artists, Daniel Bullen, Counterpoint Press

My Dear Girl: The Art of Florence Hosmer, Helen Marie Casey, Black Lawrence Press

My Life as Laura: How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself, Kelly Kathleen Ferguson, Press 53



At Element, Leonard Schwartz, Talisman House, Pub

Check Points, Michael Casey, Adastra Press

Dissolves, Joseph Donahue, Talisman House, Pub

Doppelganger, Brian Henry, Talisman House, Pub

Drive-By Vigils, R. Zamora Linmark, Hanging Loose Press

Emblem, Richard Hoffman, Barrow Street Press

The Green Cottage, Michelle Gillett, Ledge Press

He Took a Cab, Mather Schneider, NYQ Books

I Want to Make You Safe, Amy King, Litmus Press

Into the Rumored Spring, Joannie Stangeland, Ravenna Press

June Fourth Elegies, Liu Xiaobo, Graywolf Press

Killing the Murnion Dogs, Joe Wilkins, Black Lawrence Press

Ladies & Gentlemen, Michael Robins, Saturnalia Books

Louisiana Purchase, Jim Goar, Rose Metal Press

Muck Fire, Rachel Peckham, Spring Garden Press

Nod House, Nathaniel Mackey, New Directions Books

O Bon, Brandon Shimoda, Litmus Press

Oz at Night, Amanda J. Bradley, NYQ Books

Secret Wounds, Richard M. Berlin, BkMk Press

Small Hours, Yu Yan Chen, NYQ Books

The Smoke of Distant Fires, Eduardo Chirinos, Open Letter

Surpassing Pleasure, John Slater, Porcupine's Quill

Traffic with Macbeth, Larissa Szporluk, Tupelo Press

Xing, Debora Kuan, Saturnalia Books