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Posted on 12 July 2012


The Branches, the Axe, the Missing coverThe Branches, the Axe, the Missing

Chapbook by Charlotte Pence

Black Lawrence Press, June 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0-9828766-7-1

Chapbook: 28pp; $9.00

She is the author of two chapbooks, one of which won Black Lawrence’s Black River Chapbook Award. The chapbook, The Branches, the Axe, the Missing, is scientific yet sexy, and explodes with startling imagery as it explores evolution, paranoid schizophrenia, and the nuclear family.


Kodoku coverKodoku

Children’s/YA Fiction by William Emery

Heyday Books, September 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-59714-173-4

Hardcover: 32pp; $16.95

In 1962 a young adventurer, Kenichi Horie, left the shores of his native Japan in a small sailboat he called the Mermaid. Three months later he reached San Francisco, becoming the first person to sail across the Pacific Ocean alone. Author William Emery and artist Hanae Rivera recreate this legendary tale of a courageous boy who dared to follow his dreams.


Lady Business coverLady Business

A Celebration of Lesbian Poetry

Sibling Rivalry Press, August 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-937420-18-5

Paperback: 146pp; $16.95

It’s our Sapphic sisters turn to shine! In the spirit of Assaracus comes Lady Business: A Celebration of Lesbian Poetry, featuring some of the most talented and diverse voices from established and emerging female poets, including Sally Bellerose, Brit Blalock, Cassandra Christenson, Marty Correia, Teresa De La Cruz, Julie R. Enszer, Gina R. Evers, Andy Izenson, Ronna Magy, Mary Meriam, Maureen Seaton, and Jan Steckel. Cover art by Bil Donovan.


Paper Sons and Daughters coverPaper Sons and Daughters

Growing up Chinese in South Africa

Nonfiction by Ufrieda Ho

Ohio Univ Press / Swallow Press, September 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0-8214-2020-1

Paperback: 248pp; $18.95

It tells the story of a stowaway, Ho Sing Kee, who hid for long weeks aboard a ship crossing the Indian Ocean. Leaving behind his village and his ancestors, he looked to the “mountain of gold” in Johannesburg as an escape from his bleak life in devastated 1950s China. In South Africa he became a “paper son,” a literal translation of the phrase used to refer to the illegal immigrants who bought or borrowed new identities from more established Chinese families to avoid detection by the authorities.


The Purple Runner coverThe Purple Runner

Fiction by Paul Christman

Aqueous Books, May 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0-9847399-8-1

Paperback: 400pp; $16.99

The Purple Runner concentrates upon two stories evolving in London, one about a New Zealand marathoner looking to break her cycle of mediocre clockings in marathon running, and the other surrounding a mysterious world-class runner with a disfigured face. His return to competition finally occurs in spectacular fashion when both runners compete in the London Marathon.


Tell Everyone I Said Hi coverTell Everyone I Said Hi

Fiction by Chad Simpson

Univ of Iowa Press, October 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-60938-126-4

Paperback: 138pp; $16.00

These eighteen stories by Chad Simpson roam the small-town playgrounds, blue-collar neighborhoods, and rural highways of Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky to find people who’ve lost someone or something they love and have not yet found ways to move forward.


Without a Net coverWithout a Net

Poetry by Ana Maria Shua

Translated from the Spanish by Steven J. Sewart

Hanging Loose Press, September 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-934909-28-7

Paperback: 128pp; $18.00

“Taking the circus as a creative pretext, Shua’s stories create an exhibition of double and triple flips, of walking a tightrope and performing the most difficult narrative acrobatics, all from an effervescent and powerful imagination.”
—José María Merion (member of the Royal Spanish Academy)


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Posted 12 July 2012


Lady Business: A Celebration of Lesbian Poetry, Sibling Rivalry Press

Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down: An Anthology of Women’s Poetry, Ed. Andrena Zawinski, Scarlet Tanager Books


Black Birds: Blue Horse: An Elegy, Natalie Peeterse, Gold Line Press

The Branches, the Axe, the Missing, Charlotte Pence, Black Lawrence Press

Circle Straight Back, Noel Sloboda, Cervena Barva Press

So Below, Noel Sloboda, Sunnyoutside

To The One Wo Raped Me, Dustin Brookshire, Sibling Rivalry Press

Children’s/YA Fiction

Animal Jamboree: Latino Folktales, Judith Oritz Cofer, Arte Publico Press

Body Slammed!, Ray Villareal: Arte Publico Press

Dancing with the Devil: And Other Tales from Beyond, Rene Saldana, Jr., Arte Publico Press

Kodoku, William Emery, Heyday Books

Children’s/YA Nonfiction

Fat No More: A Teenager’s Victory over Obesity, Alberto Hidalgo-Robert, Arte Publico Press


Apostle Islands, Tommy Zurhellen, Atticus Books

The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men, Adam Prince, Black Lawrence Press

Bonsai, Alejandro Zambra, Melville House Pub

For You, Madam Lenin, Kat Meads, Livingston Press

Hold It ‘Til It Hurts, T. Geronimo Johnson, Coffee House Press

The Hound of Westover County, Glynn Custred, Aqueous Books

The House Enters the Street, Gretchen E. Henderson, Dzanc Books

The House of Jasmine, Ibrahim Abdel Meguid, Interlink Publishing Group

Human Wishes / Enemy Combatant, Edmond Caldwell, Say It with Stones

The Invisibles, Hugh Sheehy, Univ of Georgia Press

Kind One, Laird Hunt, Coffee House Press

A Last Resort for Desperate People, Jeremy Griffin, Stephen F. Austin State Univ Press

A Million Heavens, John Brandon, McSweeney’s Books

Miss Peabody’s Inheritance, Elizabeth Jolley, Persea Books

Mr. Scobie’s Riddle, Elizabeth Jolley, Persea Books

The Naming of Ghosts, Steve Mitchell, Press 53

Other Kinds, Dylan Nice, Short Flight/Long Drive Books

A Prayer to Saint Jude, Vicki Salloum, Mint Hill Books

Priors, Marcel Jolley, Black Lawrence Press

The Pulpit vs. the Hole, Jay Shearer, Gold Line Press

The Purple Runner, Paul Christman, Aqueous Books

The Radiance of Fossils, Pat Carr, Mint Hill Books

Revelation, Colin Winnette, Mutable Sound

Rondo and Fugue for Two Pianos, Lawrence Dunning, Mint Hill Books

Safe as Houses, Marie-Helene Bertino, Univ of Iowa Press

Sudden Death, Over Time, John Rember, Wordcraft of Oregon

Tell Everyone I Said Hi, Chad Simpson, Univ of Iowa Press

Trading Dreams, J.L. Morin, Harvard Square Editions

Wanderers, Edward Belfar, Stephen F. Austin State Univ Press


American Literature on Stage and Screen: 525 Works and Their Adaptations, Thomas S. Hischak, McFarland

Beyond the Screenplay: A Dialectical Approach to Dramaturgy, Zachariah Rush, McFarland

The Language of Men, Anthony D’Aries, Hudson Whitman

Legends of Vietnam: An Analysis and Retelling of 88 Tales, Nghia M. Vo, McFarland

Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures, Mary Ruefle, Wave Books

Masters of the “Humdrum” Mystery: Cecil John Charles Street, Freeman Wills Crofts, Alfred Walter Stewart and the British Detective Novel, 1920-: Curtis Evans, McFarland

Nancy Hale: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master, Ed. Dan Chaon, Norah Hardin Lind, Phong Nguyen, Pleiades Press

Paper Sons and Daughters: Growing up Chinese in South Africa, Ufrieda Ho, Ohio Univ Press / Swallow Press

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, Jonathan Gottschall, Houghton Mifflin Co

Stripping Down, Sheila Hageman, Pink Fish Press


Cemetery Chess: Selected and New Poems, Sandy McIntosh, Marsh Hawk Press

Congress of Strange People, Stephanie Lenox, Airlie Press

The Custom House, Dennis Daly, Ibbetson Street Press

Fledge: A Phenomenology of Spirit, Stacy Doris, Nightboat Books

For the Comfort of Automated Phrases, Jane Cassady, Sibling Rivalry Press

From the Belly, Virginia Bell, Sibling Rivalry Press

And, God Said: Let there be Evolution, Steve Henn, NYQ Books

The Hello Delay, Julie Choffel, Fordham Univ Press

Music for Porn, Rob Halpern, Nightboat Books

The Obituary, Gail Scott, Nightboat Books

Robinson Alone: A Novel in Poems, Kathleen Rooney, Gold Wake Press

Shine, Donelle McGee, Sibling Rivalry Press

Singing Back the Darkness, KP Liles, NYQ Books

Snake, Gary Lemons, Red Hen Press

Then Go On, Mary Burger, Litmus Press

Upper Level Disturbances, Kevin Goodan, Univ Press Colorado

Uttering the Holy, Adam Hughes, NYQ Books

The Wishing Tomb, Amanda Auchter, Perugia Press

Without a Net, Ana Maria Shua, Hanging Loose Press

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