March Book Releases

March Fiction Book Releases

The Man Who Noticed Everything

Author: Adrian Van Young Publication Date: March 5, 2013

Synopsis:

Ruined dandies, obsessive loners, young men at loose ends and more than a few unaffiliated supernatural entities navigate with varying degrees of success the literal and figurative labyrinths of Adrian Van Young’s neo-Gothic universe. A chicken-hawk tobacco farmer in Depression-era rural Georgia welcomes a dangerous drifter into his diminished circle of trust. An amnesiac burn-victim hoping to escape his dubious past forges a series of ragged connections with the occupants of a small town after joining a crew of day laborers hired to exhume a graveyard on a rich man’s property. A lovesick son of the South pursues an unknown nemesis through Civil-War-era Virginia, attended by three grotesque spirits who prognosticate in riddles on the outcome of his quest. A man so quintessentially average-looking that he cannot be perceived by others finds himself the subject of a macabre plot that musters in the tunnels of the New York City subway system.

Reviews:

Adrian Van Young channels such a diversity of mighty literary voices, you’d think this book was an anthology collecting the work of the best young writers of the new generation. But in truth these stories were all written by one man: an astoundingly talented writer. - Ben Marcus

Adrian Van Young is the secret love-child of many authors I admire, from Ambrose Bierce to H.P. Lovecraft to Sherwood Anderson to Tobias Wolff. The stories in this collection are not easily forgotten. - John Wray

Picture of Adrian Van YoungAdrian Van Young teaches writing at Boston College, Boston University and Grub Street Writers Inc., a creative writing non- profit. At various points in time, he has also taught writing and literature at the Calhoun School, 826 NYC and the Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School. He received his B.A. in English from Vassar College, and his MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where he formerly taught as well. In 2008, he was the recipient of a Henfield Foundation Prize and was nominated by Columbia’s faculty for inclusion in the Best New American Voices 2010 AnthologyThe Man Who Noticed Everything, his first book of fiction, won Black Lawrence Press’ 2011 St. Lawrence Book Award, and is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press, an imprint of Dzanc Books, in January 2013. He is currently in the midst of writing a historical novel based on the life of William H. Mumler, the father of spirit photography, and his clairvoyant wife, Hannah Mumler. His fiction and non- fiction have been published or are forthcoming in LuminaGiganticLacuna and The Believer. He lives in Somerville, MA with his wife Darcy.

Author Website:

Adrian Van Young Website

March Nonfiction Book Releases

Tasting Home: Coming of Age in the Kitchen


Author: Judith Newton Publication Date: March 1, 2013

Synopsis:

The history of a woman’s emotional education, a romantic tale of a marriage between a straight woman and a gay man, and an exploration of the ways in which cooking can lay the groundwork not only for personal healing and intimate relation but for political community as well. Organized by decade and by cookbook, Tasting Home draws us into an extraordinary, but familiar, journey through the cuisines, cultural spirit, and politics of the 1940s through the 2000s. It comes with recipes.

Reviews:

“. . . in this elegantly written work  Newton manages to weave in the entire course of the culture, a reflection of her skills as an historian and an accomplished writer as well as a born storyteller.” –Jeanette Ferrary, author of Out of the Kitchen: Adventures of a Food Writer and Between Friends: M.F.K. Fisher and Me

“In this captivating memoir, Newton draws the reader into a world where major events
are brought to life with poignant food memories. . . . Each vignette is pitch-perfect, lively, and engaging, striking a delicate balance between self-disclosure and universal themes of acceptance, love, community-building, and political engagement.” –Janet A. Flammang, author of The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics, and Civil Society

Tasting Home is more than a food memoir. Influenced by the civil rights struggle, the women’s movement, and the AIDS epidemic, it is an odyssey of emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth.  Cooking serves as a powerful metaphor for the difficulties and pleasures of relations among mothers and daughters; husbands and wives; gays and heterosexuals; and racial-ethnic groups.  Tasting Home, like a grand meal, is a resounding success.”  –Belinda Robnett, author of How Long? How Long? African-American Women in the Struggle for Civil Rights.

Picture of Judith Newton“Creating a tapestry of the personal and political, this evocative memoir weaves together stories of family, friendship and community, of love, birth and death that span seven decades from the 1930′s to the end of the 20th century. Punctuated by favorite recipes for thoughtfully prepared meals, this vivid narrative celebrates matters of both the kitchen and the heart.” –Wendy Martin, We Are The Stories We Tell and More Stories We Tell.

Judith Newton is Professor Emerita in Women and Gender Studies at U.C. Davis where she directed the Women and Gender Studies program and the Consortium for Women and Research. She is the author and co-editor of five works of nonfiction on nineteenth-century British women writers, feminist criticism, women’s history, and men’s movements. Four of these works were reprinted by Routledge and the University of Michigan Press in the fall of 2012. Her most current work has appeared in The Huffington Post (February 8, 2013), The Redwood Coast Review (Winter 2012),  poetalk (Summer, 2011). In 2011 and 2012 six chapters of her memoir won prizes in contests sponsored by Women’s Memoir. She is currently at work on a feminist mystery and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California where she tends her garden and cooks for family and friends.

March Poetry Book Releases

That Bird Your Heart

That Bird Your Heart Book Cover

Author: Tasha Cotter Publication Date: March 1, 2013

Reviews:

In one poem of Tasha Cotter’s new collection, That Bird Your Heart, the narrator asks, “When will the past be done with us?” The answer, judging from the bulk of the poems in this collection, is never. The past is ever-present. “Sonic Memory” ends this way: “I still recall the sound / of the rupture in orbit, how the sky pelted gray rocks that echoed / off our backs as white lightning tinged with indigo crashed our shores.” And in “Animal in a Bell Jar,” she writes: “She senses something has been locked up and she did the locking. She recalls a time when a small bird tried to land on her and how she wouldn’t let it.” Throughout the collection, we are repeatedly startled: “my throat glistens with an ice-slick lullaby,” and “This

Picture of Tasha Cotter house listens like a glass bottle,” and “Everyone was looking up music videos from the ‘90s and it was dark except for a strand of twinkle lights someone had thrown up.” These poems, like the twinkle lights, illuminate Cotter’s past by emphasizing the darkness. Prepare to be charmed. –Charles Rafferty, author of The Man on the Tower and Where the Glories of April Lead
A poetry collection full of mythical literary magic.

Tasha Cotter’s words dazzle and revive the senses.

In “Paris” I swear Frida Kahlo is born again. –Nikky Finney, National Book Award winning author of Head Off & Split

Tasha Cotter is the author of That Bird Your Heart (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and Some Churches (Gold Wake Press, 2014). Her work has appeared in journals such as Contrary Magazine, Country Dog Review, and Booth. Her fiction has been nominated for a storySouth Million Writers Award and her poetry was recently named a finalist for the Philip Booth Poetry Prize. She received her MFA in poetry from the Bluegrass Writers Studio. You can find her online at www.tashacotter.com.

 

Tea in Heliopolis


Author: Hedy Habra Publication Date: February 1, 2013

Synopsis:

Habra’s poems recreate through the lenses of the imagination and selective memory her recollections stemming from her moving from Egypt, to Lebanon, to Europe and then to the United States. The many flashbacks are presented through daydream lenses as static medallions and animated scenes, creating interplay between past and present.

Reviews:

“The poems of Tea in Heliopolis form the story of a family, sometimes tragic, sometimes searingly beautiful, and always exotic, seen through the eyes of a painter. The trope of life, as moments flowing from the paintbrush wielded skillfully by a poet, allows Hedy Habra to capture details redolent of old masters, exquisite and visceral, and creates her remembered world with the wild imagination and color of a Van Gogh. Moving through life in Egypt, to Beirut, then to America, with a kind of post-Newtonian sense of everything happening simultaneously, the chronicle captures the bravery it takes to remember and yet experience a beauty transcendent to pain. This is a remarkable book of poetry.”
Diane Wakowski, author of Emerald Ice

“Hedy Habra’s hospitable poems, lush with intricate landscapes of relating and remembering, are so rich they make me homesick. Here are worlds, both ancient and modern, spun and sung in shining wonder.”
Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Transfer

“From Egypt to Lebanon to the freshwater coastline of Michigan, Hedy Habra’s Tea in Heliopolis is a collection full of ancestral gestures, sensual imaginings, and songs turning unerringly into legend. Shapely, timeless lyrics that range from continent to continent, past to present, with a wisdom born of Rita Hayworth, African drums, and almond trees, Habra has a knack of turning phrases that make us reconsider our own place on earth. And in a prodigious and moving poem like ‘Raoucheh,’ she gives voice to a forcibly silenced people as only a true poet can. This is a necessary and rhapsodic book of poems.”
Ravi Shankar, author of Instrumentality

Picture of HEDY HABRATea in Heliopolis is an irresistible book, offering poems of exquisite charm and sensibility. Both cinematic and painterly, moving across vast swaths of ancient geography, Habra’s work brings to our senses the world of Lebanese parlors and Cairo streets, of women lost in prayers and men playing backgammon in tea houses, but she doesn’t stop there. With her wise and compassionate language she invites us to understand and share their lives. Cavafy and Adonis come to mind, but Habra is a poet uniquely herself. Led by her masterly pen we cannot help but respond to her invitation. Tea in Heliopolis takes you on a voyage richly textured with Old World mystery and New World urgency.”
Pablo Medina, author of Cubop City Blues

Hedy Habra was born in Egypt and is of Lebanese origin. She is the author of a short story collection, Flying Carpets, and a book of literary criticism, Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa. She has an MA and an MFA in English and an MA and PhD in Spanish literature, all from Western Michigan University, where she currently teaches. She writes poetry and fiction in French, Spanish, and English and has more than 150 published poems and short stories in numerous journals and anthologies, including Drunken Boat, Bitter Oleander, Cutthroat, Nimrod, Puerto del Sol, The New York Quarterly, Cider Press Review, Poet Lore, Poetic Voices Without Borders 2 and Inclined to Speak more information, visit www.hedyhabra.com.

Other Publications and Book Reviews:

Next Big Thing Interview

Flying Carpets

Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa

 

 

Tongue Lyre


Author: Tyler Mills Publication Date: March 13, 2013

 

Synopsis:

“In Tongue Lyre, Tyler Mills weaves together fragments of myth and memory, summoning the works of Ovid, Homer, and James Joyce to spin a story of violence and the female body. Introducing the recurring lyre figure in the collection—a voice to counter the violence—is Ovid’s Philomena, who, while cruelly rendered speechless, nonetheless sets the reader on an eloquent voyage to discover the body through music, art, and language. Other legendary figures making appearances within—Telemachos, Nestor, Cyclops, Circe, and others—are held up as mirrors to reflect the human form as home. In this dynamic collection, the female body and its relationship to the psyche traverse mythic yet hauntingly familiar contemporary settings as each presents not a single narrative but a progressive exploration of our universal emotional experience.

Reviews:

“From violins to ossuaries, Tongue Lyre is a lovely debut humming with the gift of a lyric ear. Tyler Mills composes a musical odyssey of the human soul where ‘flames ice the grass.’ Whether riding a bicycle ‘the length of an island,’ cleaning a lyre with rice, or caring for ‘a child / found in an empty factory,’ Mills wisely reminds us that ‘when language fails, there is sound.’ A beautiful collection, refreshing in its allusive and tonal valences.”—Karen An-hwei Lee, Author of Phyla of Joy

“There is an aural intelligence in Tongue Lyre that tests its lines as if they were part of an instrument, which, indeed, they are. It is no accident that much of the matter in Tyler Mills’ poems involves the subject of music—honoring it, evoking it, making it. But the poet’s vocal skills are easily matched by her rich visual brilliance—in so many ways Mills’ poetry is the example of how the imagination becomes a narrative less told than sung.”—Stanley Plumly

Picture of Tyler MillsTyler Mills is the author of Tongue Lyre (winner of the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, Southern Illinois University Press, 2013). Her poems have received the Crab Orchard Review’s Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, the Third Coast Poetry Prize, and the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize. Her work has also appeared in AGNI, Best New Poets 2007, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Mills received a BA from Bucknell University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois–Chicago.

Other Accomplishments:

Tyler Mills Next Big Thing Interview

Valentine’s Day curation in the Atlantic