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Posted on June 10, 2008

Acts of Faith coverActs of Faith

Nonfiction by Eboo Patel

Beacon Press, July 2008

ISBN-10: 0807077275

ISBN-13: 978-0807077276

Paperback: 216pp; $13.00

Acts of Faith is Eboo Patel's remarkable account of coming of age and coming to understand what led him toward religious pluralism rather than hatred. His story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people, and to the notion that we find the fulfillment of our identities in the work we do in the world.


Boring coverBoring

An Intrigue of Mundane Proportion

Novel by Zach Plague

Featherproof Books, August 2008

ISBN-10: 0977199258

ISBN-13: 978-0977199259

Paperback: 288pp; $14.95

When the mysterious gray book that drives their twisted relationship goes missing, Ollister and Adelaide lose their post-modern marbles. He plots revenge against art patriarch The Platypus, while she obsesses over their anti-love affair. Meanwhile, the art school set experiments with bad drugs, bad sex, and bad ideas. But none of these desperate young minds has counted on the intrusion of a punk named Punk and his potent sex drug. This wild slew of characters get caught up in the gravitational pull of The Platypus' giant art ball, where a confused art terrorism cell threatens a ludicrous and hilarious implosion. Zach Plague has written and designed a hybrid typo/graphic novel which skewers the art world, and those boring enough to fall into its traps.


Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick coverDistance Makes
the Heart Grow Sick

A Book of Postcards

Art by Cristy C. Road

Microcosm Publishing, September 2007

ISBN-10: 0978866517

ISBN-13: 978-0978866518

Paperback: 192pp; $15.00

Basking in the trenches of left over teen angst, punk rock, and brutal honesty - Cristy Road romanticizes the underdog like it's nobody's business! Here is the first collection of 5 years of her artwork featured on 90 postcards. Her work has appeared in the pages of Jane Magazine, Bitch and Bust, as well as doing artwork for Green Day, Plan-it X Records, INCITE, The Queers, Esther Bell, and other bands, books, and publications! Cristy is creating the visual voice of angry DIY punk rock youth.


Keep This Forever coverKeep This Forever

Poems by Mark Halliday

Tupelo Press, Septemer 2008

ISBN-10: 1932195726

ISBN-13: 978-1932195729

Paperback: 88pp; $16.95

There are many voices within these poems, each distinct and accessible, all of them subversive and disarmingly personal. This nimble poet deftly lures readers to his penetrating observations by not being afraid to open his own emotional veins; he often leads the way with a torch lit by his own pain. Yet his beguiling humor paradoxically occupies the same space as his deepest grief, bringing honest perspective and insight to the most sorrowful circumstance.


Primera Paginas coverPrimera Pagina

Poetry from the Latino Heartland

By Latino Writers Collective

Scapegoat Press, April 2008

ISBN-10: 0979129117

ISBN-13: 978-0979129117

Paperback: 173pp; $16.95

Primera Pagina is more than a book, more than an anthology. It's a community gathering seasoned voices, such as Gloria Vando, along with "pilot pens," like Tomas Riley.


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June 10, 2008



The Animal Within, Rebecca Kavaler (Hamilton Stone Editions) 

Keep This Forever, Mark Halliday (Tupelo Press)

Late Poems of Lu You, The Old Man Who Does As He Pleases, Trans. Burton Watson (Ahadada Books) 

The Old Man’s Verses, Ivan Divis (HOST Publications) 

Permanent Address, Lorna Knowles Blake (Ashland Poetry Press) 

Praying at Coffee Shops, Maureen A. Sherbondy (Main Street Rag)



Abbeville, Jack Fuller (Unbridled Books)

Adam the King, Jeffrey Lewis (Other Press)

Boring: an Intrigue of Mundane Proportion, Zach Plague (Featherproof Books)

In Hovering Flight, Joyce Hinnefeld (Unbridled Books)

The Holy Tortilla and a Pot Beans, Carmen Tafolla (Wings Press) 

Shelter Half, Carol Bly (Holy Cow Press)

Two Marriages, Phillip Lopate (Other Press)

The Young Man from Savoy, C-F Ramuz (HOST Publications) 



Primera Pagina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland, Latino Writers Collective (Scapegoat Press) 


Graphic Art

Distance Makes the Heart Grow Sick: A Book of Postcards, Cristy C. Road (Microcosm Publishing)



Acts of Faith, Eboo Patel (Beacon Press) 

The Chainbreaker Bike Book: A Rough Guide to Bicycle Maintenance, Shelley Lynn Jackson & Ethan Clark (Microcosm Publishing) 

Dwelling Portably, Bert and Holly Davis (Microcosm Publishing) 

Do-It-Yourself Screenprinting, John Isaacson (Microcosm Publishing) 

The Ground Under My Feet, Eva Kollisch (Hamilton Stone Editions) 

Humanity at Stake, Abraham Young (CreateSpace) 

Memoirs of my Grandmother, Lynn Pinkhum (Tate Publishing) 

Plain Secrets: An Outsider among the Amish, Joe Mackall (Beacon Press) 

Viva La Raza: A History of Chicano Identity & Resistance, Yolanda Alaniz and Megan Cornish (Red Letter Press)