The Winter 2022 Rain Taxi Review of Books is available at bookstands or by membership subscription and includes interviews with poet Dara Barrois/Dixon and multi-genre writer Carl Watson, features on novelist Pauline Melville and poet Susan Lewis, and reviews that will take readers from the classic literature of Stendhal to the contemporary cartooning of Kate Beaton and cover art by Roger Williamson. Check out the complete table of contents of issue 108 here.
The newest issue of Rain Taxi Review of Books includes an interview with Ryan Blacketter by Arthur Shattuck O’Keefe and an interview with Hillary Leftwich by Zack Koppl. There are also articles readers can enjoy: “Elements of the Icelandic Saga” by Emil Siekkinen, “The New Life” a comic by Gary Sullivan, and “On Writing in Public and Helping the Public Write” by Eric Elshtain, in addition to dozens of reviews of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and comics.
Tits on the Moon
Poetry by Dessa
Doomtree and Rain Taxi, October 2022
Tits on the Moon features a dozen “stage poems,” many of which Dessa performs at her legendary live shows; they’re funny, weird, and occasionally bittersweet. The collection opens with a short essay on craft (and the importance of having a spare poem around for when the power goes out). Published by Rain Taxi Review of Books in association with Doomtree, Tits on the Moon features a stunning cover pressed with gold foil and structurally embossed, designed by Studio on Fire. “Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and top-200 entries on the Billboard charts.”
Rain Taxi Review of Books is holding its first event of the 2022-2023 season on Wednesday, September 14, 3pm Central. Their first Fall event is a virtual “coffee break” visit to celebrate the new novel W. with Swedish author Steve Sem-Sandberg in conversation with the book’s English-language translator, Saskia Vogel. This event is free to attend, but registration is required.
W. (The Overlook Press) is a literary reimagining of one of modern literature’s touchstone texts, the play Woyzeck. Considered the first modern drama, Woyzeck tells the story of a poor soldier who kills the woman he loves. In 1836 this true story inspired Georg Büchner to write the play, unfinished at his death at just twenty-three years old.
Rain Taxi‘s Twin Cities Book Festival continues to offer virtual events. Events coming up include: “Speaking Up” with Veera Hiranandani, Ronald Smith, and Susan & Lexi Haas; Achy Obejas and Phillip B. Williams in conversation with Gary Dop; Kate DiCamillo and Sophie Blackall in conversation with Ann Patchett; and more.
Find out more about these free events and register at the Twin Cities Book Festival website.
The new Fall 2021 issue is hard to miss with a stunning cover by Minnesota poet and artist Paula Cisewski! Inside, you’ll find interviews with poet Mervyn Taylor and talk radio host turned author Peter Werbe, a visit with Tessa B. Dick, a closer look at the legacy of Braiding Sweetgrass, and reviews of books by Joan Mitchell, Richard Wright, Geoff Dyer, Will Alexander, Duo Duo, N. H. Pritchard, Allison Bechdel, and many more! More info at the Rain Taxi website.
Stop by and peruse our ever-growing Summer Online Edition! Escape into the world of “Dispatches from the Poetry Wars” as presented in an interview with creators Michael Boughn and Kent Johnson. Turn a corner with Kent and enter the synchronous world of César Aira in “How I Became the Narrator of a César Aira Novel.” Reviews of poetry by Nico Vassilakis; nonfiction exploring Black Mountain writers John Wieners and Larry Eigner; and more. See what else is online at the Rain Taxi website.
Rain Taxi Review of Books is proud to cap off its 25th year with our 100th issue. For those who know the magazine, many things about it are the same—issue #100 features dozens of reviews, interviews, and essays by a wide variety of contributors discussing an astonishing array of aesthetically adventurous books. It also includes special features like a full-page poetry comic by Gary Sullivan and a letter from editor Eric Lorberer reflecting on Rain Taxi’s life at this odd but exciting time. See the complete table of contents at our website and join us on the ride!
Rain Taxi Review of Books is an award-winning quarterly connecting readers to books of merits that might go otherwise overlooked. They cover fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, graphic novels, translations and more. Rain Taxi exists not just for readers and writers, but also for literary publishers of all shapes and sizes, booksellers, educators, and kindred spirits. They do their best to help keep books flourishing in a distracted society.
Besides their magazine, they also have a publishing arm which produces chapbooks and broadsides and they host a reading series and annual Twin Cities Book Festival. Each year, Rain Taxi also hosts a benefit auction. Their current auction runs through December 16th (only one more day left!). It officially ends at 5 PM CST.
This year’s auction includes first editions by Raymond Carver, Isabel Allende, and Paul Auster; counter-culture tomes; quirky titles from Bette Midler, John Updike, and Sharyn McCrumb; collectible treasures; and much, much more. Swing by their auction page to learn more and don’t forget to drop by their listing at NewPages.
Rain Taxi is also celebrating milestones, i.e. 25 years of publication and 100 issues published!