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Posted on May 7, 2009

Of Mule and Man coverOf Mule and Man

Nonfiction by Mike Farrell

Akashic Books, May 2009

ISBN-10: 1933354755

ISBN-13: 978-1933354750

Paperback: 200pp; $15.95

From back cover: In May 2008—shortly after being named by the Los Angeles Times as a “Person of the Year”—Mike Farrell drove himself across the country on a book tour like no other. Networking with political groups (and friends like Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame), Farrell has redefined the very concepts of book touring and "promotion" through a progressive lens.


Departing at Daw coverDeparting at Dawn

A Novel of Argentina's Dirty War

Novel by Gloria Lise

The Feminist Press, August 2009

ISBN-10: 1558616039

ISBN-13: 978-1558616035

Paperback: 160pp; $14.95

From back cover: March 23, 1976. Berta watches as her lover, Atilio, a union organizer, is thrown from a window to his death on the sidewalk below. The next day, Colonel Jorge Rafael Videla stages a coup d'etat and a military dictatorship takes control of Argentina. Though never a part of Atilio's union efforts, Berta is on a list to be "disappeared" and flees to relatives in the countryside. There she becomes part of the family she knows only from old photographs: Aunt Avelina; Uncle Nepomuceno; and Uncle Javier. When Berta learns that government officials are still looking for her, she realizes she must run even further to save her life.


A Taste of Key West coverA Taste of Key West

Poetry by Francis Masat

Pudding House, 2009

ISBN-10: 1589986954

Chapbook: 31pp; $10.00

From back cover: After 35 years as a university professor inthe Midwest and New Jersey, Francis Masat moved to Key West in 1993. Drawing upon experience, Francis combines an unapologetic naturalism with clarity and insight.


Written on the Sky coverWritten on the Sky

Poems from the Japanese

Translated from the Japanese by Kenneth Rexroth

Edited by Eliot Weinberger

New Directions, April 2009

ISBN-10: 0811218376

ISBN-13: 978-0811218375

Paperback: 96pp; $12.95

From inside cover: Written on the Sky is a selection of Kenneth Rexroth's [. . .] translations from the Japanese, a first glimpse into one of the world's greatest poetries: an entire history made of small moments.


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May 7, 2009


to be hung from the ceiling by strings of varying length, Rick Reid (Black Goat)

The Woods have Words, Mignon Ariel King (Ibbetson Street Press) 



A Taste of Key West, Francis Masat (Pudding House)



Alice Fantastic, Maggie Estep (Akashic Books) 

Andean Express, Juan de Recacoechea (Akashic Books)

Azorno, Inger Christensen (New Directions) 

Curriculum Vitae, Yoel Hoffman (New Directions) 

Departing at Dawn, Gloria Lise (The Feminist Press) 

The Halfway House, Guillermo Rosales (New Directions) 

The Show that Smells, Derek McCormack (Akashic Books) 



Seattle Noir, Ed. Curt Colbert (Akashic Books) 

Portland Noir, Ed. Kevin Sampsell (Akashic Books) 

Songs of Love, Moon, & Wind: Poems from the Chinese, Trans. Kenneth Rexroth (New Directions)

Written on the Sky: Poems from the Japanese, Trans. Kenneth Rexroth (New Directions)



Love & Free, Ayumu Takahashi (One Peace Books) 

Of Mule and Man, Mike Farrell (Akashic Books)

Will Work for Drugs, Lydia Lynch (Akashic Books)