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Posted on October 22, 2009

Grisha The Scrivener coverGrisha

The Scrivener

Novel by Barbara Baer

Ghost Road Press, July 2009

ISBN-10: 0982504306

ISBN-13: 978-0982504307

Paperback: 120pp; $15.95

From website: Grisha the Scrivener tells the story of Gregory Gregorovich Samidze, an exiled Georgian journalist who keeps his head down under oppressive Soviet dominion while maintaining his own identity.


Sundays on Fourth Street coverSundays on Fourth Street

Picture Book by Amy Costales

Illustrated by Elaine Jerome

Piñata Books, November 2009

ISBN-10: 1558855203

ISBN-13: 978-1558855205

Hardcover: 32pp; $15.95

From website: Sundays spent on Fourth Street are magical, family outings that three young cousins eagerly anticipate.  Strolling down Fourth Street with their parents, the children encounter a bustling wonderland filled with music, food, and fun.


Illuminating Fiction coverIlluminating Fiction

Today's Best Writers of Fiction

Author Interviews by Sherry Ellis

Red Hen Press, April 2009

ISBN-10: 1597090689

ISBN-13: 978-1597090681

Paperback: 224pp; $19.95

From back cover: These interviews include questions drawn from the text of the authors' work, questions about narrative voice, character, place, point of view, plot, revision, questions about the arc of the story/novel, questions about writing process, questions about the trajectory of the writers' career, questions about the role and importance of writing courses and mentoring.


Five Kingdoms coverFive Kingdoms

Poetry by Kelle Groom

Anhinga Press, January 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1934695135

Paperback: 120pp; $15.00

From website: "Kelle Groom's poems are like underwater songs, sung from the submerged continent of the inner life, the life we don't often expose to the outer world, the one we don't speak of." - Tony Hoagland


congregations covercongregations

Poetry by David Highsmith

Plan B Press, 2009

Chapbook: 18pp; $6.00

From book: "the origin of pain / birth absent grace / an illuminated calendar / hurled into the fray / all our sick days / hanged upon a tree"


Dreaming the Biosphere coverDreaming the Biosphere

The Theater of All Possibilities

Nonfiction by Rebecca Reider

University of New Mexico Press, November 2009

ISBN-10: 0826346731

ISBN-13: 978-0826346735

Hardcover: 310pp; $39.95

At a time of growing tensions in the American environmental consciousness, the Synergians took on varied projects around the world that sought to mend the rift between humans and nature. In 1984, they bought a piece of desert to build Biosphere 2. Eco-enthusiasts competed to become the eight "biospherians" who would lock themselves inside the giant greenhouse world for two years to live in harmony with their wilderness, grow their own food, and recycle all their air, water, and wastes.


New & Noteworthy Books

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October 22, 2009


At the End of the Day, Phillip Lopage (Marsh Hawk Press) 

Ernesta, in the Style of Flamenco, Sandy McIntosh (Marsh Hawk Press) 

Five Kingdoms, Kelle Groom (Anhinga Press) 

He and I, Emmanuel Moses (Oberlin College Press) 

How Shadows are Bundled, Anne Valley-Fox (University of New Mexico Press) 

Last Call at the Tin Palace, Paul Pines (Marsh Hawk Press) 

The Snowbound House, Shane Seely (Anhinga Press) 

This Awkward Art, Conrad & Jane Hilberry (Mayapple Press) 

Your Wilderness & Mine, David Highsmith (BlazeVOX [books])



Congregations, David Highsmith (Plan B Press)

Don’t Waste Your Hands, Phil Grech (Overtime Chapbook Series)

The Home Front, Paul Silverman (Overtime Chapbook Series)

Shrimpers, William F. Roth (Overtime Chapbook Series)

Things Happen that Way, Billie Louise Jones (Overtime Chapbook Series)



The Elements, The Tinklers (Shattered Wig Press) 

Grisha the Scrivener, Barbara Baer (Ghost Road Press) 

Prose. Poems., Jamie Iredell (Orange Alert Press) 



Illuminating Fiction: Today’s Best Writers of Fiction, Ed. Sherry Ellis (Red Hen Press)



Baseball on Mars, Rafael Rivera, Jr., Tim Hoppey (Piñata Books)

René Has Two Last Names, René Colato Laínez (Piñata Books)

Sundays on Fourth Street, Amy Costales (Piñata Books)



Art as Performance, Story as Criticism, Craig S. Womack (University of Oklahoma Press) 

The Delicacy and Strength of Lace, Ed. Anne Wright (Graywolf Press) 

Dreaming the Biosphere: The Theater of All Possibilities, Rebecca Reider (University of New Mexico Press) 

The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012, Anthony Aveni (University Press of Colorado)