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Posted on November 3, 2011


-gape-seed cover-gape-seed

Anthology edited by Ice Gayle Johnson, Jane Ormerod, Brant Lyon, Thomas Fucaloro

Uphook Press, September 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9799792-3-1

Paperback: 144pp; $15.00

This new collection is the third anthology of spoken word artists from Uphook Press, published with the goal of promoting a nationwide community of performing poets.


The Night Before Christmas coverThe Night Before Christmas

Fiction by Nikolai Gogol

Translated from the Russian by Constance Garnett

New Directions Books, November 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8112-1947-1

Paperback: 80pp; $9.95

Available in English for the first time, this novella by Russian master Nikolai Gogol is a dark Christmas tale. On Christmas Eve in the Russian countryside, the devil steals the moon and hides it in his pocket. His main goal is to torment the town blacksmith, whose love for a vain girl leads him to battle the devil himself.


Pier coverPier

Poetry by Janine Oshiro

Alice James Books, September 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-882295-88-3

Paperback: 80pp; $15.95

This first book from Janine Oshiro is the winner of the 2011 Kundiman Prize, awarded to established or new Asian-American poets.


The Taste of Fog coverThe Taste of Fog

Fiction by David Chorlton

Rain Mountain Press, June 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0983478324

Paperback: 148pp; $12.00

Vienna, 1962. Detectives are about to bring in a man suspected of being the Fog Murderer. A year earlier, in a nearby town, a thirteen year old girl is raped and stabbed to death. A man in a leather coat is seen climbing through a hole in the park fence near where the body lies. Walking with a limp, he disappears into the heavy fog. The trail grows cold. Postcards sent to the dead girl’s parents by the killer taunt them and the police. […] The Taste of Fog takes the reader into many rooms as the vice tightens around the accused: the interrogation rooms, the courtrooms, the rooming houses where the isolated and emotionally repressed survivors of the Hitler period live.


The Tin Ticket coverThe Tin Ticket

The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women

Nonfiction by Deborah J. Swiss

Berkley Books, November 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0425243077

Paperback: 384pp; $16.00

The Tin Ticket tells the stories of four women, convicted of minor crimes, who were exiled to what is now Tasmania as the British government attempted to establish a foothold in Australia. Overcoming cruelty, heartbreak, and abuse, these pioneer women became part of a country that eventually would lead the world in women's rights.


New & Noteworthy Books
Full list of new & noteworthy books received

November 3, 2011


-gape-seed, Ed. Ice Gayle Johnson, Jane Ormerod, Brant Lyon, Thomas Fucaloro, Uphook Press



The Funny Man, John Warner, Soho Press

Gathered Here Together, Garrett Socol, Ampersand Books

Mr. Fox, Helen Oyeyemi, Riverhead Books

The Night Before Christmas, Nikolai Gogol, New Directions Books

South of Superior, Ellen Airgood, Riverhead Books

The Taste of Fog, David Chorlton, Rain Mountain Press

Three Ways of the Saw, Matt Mullins, Atticus Books



At Risk: Latino Children's Health, Ed. Rafael Perez-Escamilla and Hugo Melgar-Quinonez, Arte Publico Press

Checking In/Checking Out, Christopher Schaberg and Mark Yakich, NO Book

Crossing Borders, Personal Essays, Sergio Troncoso, Arte Publico Press

Eat Local: Simple Steps to Enjoy Real, Healthy, & Affordable Food, Jasia, New World Publishing

Soldier of the Revolution: From the Cane Fields of Oriente to General of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Luis Alfonso Zayas, Pathfinder Press

The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women, Deborah J. Swiss, Berkley Books

A Voice of My Own: Essays and Stories, Rolando Hinojosa, Arte Publico Press



All of the Above, Jim Daniels, Adastra Press

The Bounty: Four Addresses, Kate Schapira, Noemi Press

Escape to Nowhere, Flower Conroy, Rain Mountain Press

Evensong, Ingrid Wendt, Truman State Univ Press

Little Winter Theater, Nancy Kuhl, Ugly Duckling Presse

One Bird Falling, CB Follett, Time Being Books

One Sleeps the Other Doesn't, Jacqueline Waters, Ugly Duckling Presse

Pier, Janine Oshiro, Alice James Books

Slot, Jill Magi, Ugly Duckling Presse

Sweet Nothing, Nate Pritts, Lowbrow Press