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News & Reviews
The Los Angeles Review of Books delves into Du Bois’s theory of visible racism, Danzy Senna’s New People, and what happens when the body becomes an “inconsistently locked home.”
Presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization, the $10,000 award honors a writer with a “pioneering spirit in the world of literature.” Chee is the sixth recipient of the award.
Inspired by Emma Lazarus’s “The New Colussus,” Sinclair’s ode to America laments, “White is a state of mind. Spangled. Blinding,/ Shining sky awash in all its shining.”
DC Theatre Scene calls McCraney’s play about African American drag ball culture “beautiful, raw, and real.”
In Lenny Letter, Danzy Senna remembers what it was like to be a teenager in 1985 – big hoop earrings, cigarette budgets, and a disapproving mother – and recalls her sister reading Doug E. Fresh’s palm in a hotel bedroom.
The new literary magazine from Platypus Press discusses the importance of naming in McCrae’s collection, writing “Shane demonstrates the way whiteness writes itself into a false sense of safety.”
In the Wall Street Journal, Klam learns to like – or at least tolerate – whiskey, a drink he had previously deemed “like old socks soaked in gasoline.”
Electric Literature says LaValle’s latest novel about the horrors of fatherhood is a “masterpiece” that will “haunt your dreams.”
The Times praises Klam’s ability to make a well-documented topic – a middle-aged male artist having an affair – seem fresh, and writes that Klam’s new novel “feels like a little miracle.”
In The New York Times, six photographers share work inspired by American poems, including “’N’em” by Jericho Brown and “Ladies’ Arm Wrestling Match at the Blue Diner” by Jenny Johnson.
Christian Lorentzen delves into themes of love, anxiety, and innocence in Lacey’s new novel, which he writes are “managed by Lacey to woozy and disquieting effect.”
“What are you demanding/ That we feel? Have you stolen something?” In a poem for The Nation, Smith interrogates the experience of being an immigrant in America.
In the Oxford American, Offutt writes about pre-packaged biscuits, pre-sliced bananas, and why chefs are like magicians.
In a new poem for The Nation, United States poet laureate Tracy K. Smith tells a story of familiar sorrow, and unexpected hope.
In the latest novel from horror-master LaValle, new father Apollo Kagwa navigates the dark corners of NYC in a world where “the wildness had only begun.”
USA Today reviews LaValle’s modern-day fairytale about a new dad who shares too many pictures of his son on social media, calling the novel “creepily good” and giving it four out of four stars.
Tulathimutte talks about why empathy is “overrated” in the literary community and the rhetorical tools that “make language effective.”
In the New York Review of Books, Pinckney unpacks the life of "vagabond poet" Claude McKay, who left Jamaica for Harlem and never went back.
Publications & Productions
In what GQ calls "the funniest book of the year," the year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. At the end of the school year, Selin heads to Hungary to teach English, journeying further inside herself to come to grips with first love and becoming a writer.
Maria and Khalil are the perfect couple, "King and Queen of the Racially Nebulous Prom." They're starring in a documentary about "new people" blurring the old boundaries. Everything Maria knows she should want lies before her -- yet she can't stop daydreaming about another man, dredging up dangerous secrets from the past. "Everyone should read it," writes Vogue.
Plagued by bizarre symptoms, Mary Parsons seeks relief from a holistic treatment. To cover the cost, Mary lands a job as Emotional Girlfriend in the “Girlfriend Experiment”―the brainchild of an infamous actor, Kurt Sky. With so little to lose, Mary falls headfirst into Kurt’s ego-driven simulacrum of human connection. The New York Times calls Lacey "the real thing."
Vulture says horror fans "can't miss" LaValle's latest novel, about Apollo, who's settling into his new life as a parent. When his wife commits a horrific act and vanishes, Apollo travels to a forgotten island, a graveyard full of secrets, and a forest trying to solve the mystery.
At an arts conference in New England, once-famous cartoonist Rich finds himself trying not to think about his failing career and the shameless shenanigans of his colleagues. Is his own very real desire for love and human contact going to rescue or destroy him? Jennifer Egan calls Klam's latest "an electric amalgam of frustration and tenderness."
Sayrafiezadeh's play, starring a character named Saïd, explores growing up Iranian and Jewish-American during the Iran hostage crisis. As he and his well-meaning collaborators try to stage his script, things go quickly and hilariously from bad to worse, leading Saïd to wonder if he will ever be able to fit in.
In this collection, poems selected from Cox's thirty-year career converse with each other across books and across time. They explore essential connections--one's relationship to poetic tradition, the reader, the natural world, other lives, language itself.
Set in Bolton, in the near future, Winter Hill centers on a group of eight local women as they deal with the ramifications of land on nearby Winter Hill being sold to developers to create a luxurious skyscraper hotel. Timberlake Wertenbaker’s new play explores how a group of seemingly ordinary women endeavour to protect their local community, no matter the cost.
Beginning with Yuka, a 39,000 year old mummified woolly mammoth, each of the essays in Animals Strike Curious Poses investigates a different famous animal named and immortalized by humans. "This book will leave little doubt that Passarello is one our country’s most gifted young prose writers," writes Héctor Tobar.
Nathaniel Mackey’s Late Arcade opens in Los Angeles and details Jazz musicians and artist invention. Bookforum calls the Jazz novel's lyricism "exquisite."
WHEREAS confronts the language of the United States government in its responses, treaties, and apologies to Native American peoples and tribe. Booklist writes that the collection is “searingly intelligent, masterfully crafted, and unarguably important."
Vang is based on Swander's research into recent Iowa immigrant farmers. Through interviews and photographs, Swander has created a play about the struggles, survival skills, and connection to the land of Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese and Dutch immigrants.