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New Book News for April 22, 2020

Welcome to this month's New Book News, a place for writers to announce recently-published or soon-to-be-available books and chapbooks. New Book News is designed to foster community and lift writers up. Sharing news for other writers is one of the core values here at One Minnesota Writer.

And, now, here are this month's offerings. Click on the titles for information on where to get these publications.


You Do Not Have to be Good by Madeleine Barnes. Trio House Press, May 2020. Paperback, $14.00. From the author: Described by Deborah Landau as a “searing, necessary debut,” You Do Not Have to Be Good traverses the line of what is broken but still blooms. Structured around a series of absolving principals, this book interrogates tenderness, intimacy, disability, and rebellion. Wayne Koestenbaum calls this book “an artfully composed act of ambiguous witness.” Alex Carrigan describes it as “an emotionally imaginative debut, showcasing Barnes’ use of lyrical anecdotes to create a memorable and reflective collection of poetry. The collection is partially dedicated to 'all queer disabled women and non-binary folks everywhere,' and is one individuals in those categories should seek out.” For more information, please visit Trio House Press.

Open the Fist by Elya Braden. Finishing Line Press, June 2020. Chapbook, $14.99 (available now for presale). From the author: In this collection of poems, the poet navigates the primal impulses of sexuality, violation and reclamation. She shines a light into the dark corners of her family dynamics, grappling with what it means to be born a girl, to survive into womanhood and to look back. These poems bear witness to the healing power of truth-telling. Childhood trauma may cast its long shadow, but through the alchemy of poetry, Braden transforms her past into a path to forgiveness. In the end, the reader celebrates with the poet as she exclaims: "Risk the ricochet of fate/taunt the gods/with your raucous joy!" For more information, see https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/open-the-fist-by-elya-braden/

(aviary) by Genevieve Kaplan. Veliz Books, March 2020. Paperback, $17.00 (20% off if purchased during the month of April). From the publisher: The poems in (aviary) circle themes of enclosure, feminism, and the natural world. Much of the collection was initially composed in local public gardens, lending these poems an air of urgency, the stink of voyeurism, and the hum of participation. This collection owes much, too, to Mina Loy’s prose poem “Ladies in an Aviary,” which lends language and thematic play to Kaplan’s (aviary). For more information, please visit Veliz Books.

The Minuses by Jami Macarty. University Press of Colorado, March 2020. Paperback, $16.95. From the author: Conjuring the literature of the desert, such as Edmond Jabès’ If There Were Anywhere But Desert, Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire, and Mary Austin’s Land of Little Rain, Jami Macarty’s The Minuses beckons attention to ecological and feminist issues and the co-incidence of eating disorders, sexual harassment, family and intimate partner violence, homelessness, suicide, environmental destruction, and other forms of endangerment. Multi-perspective survivors claim voice as contemplators of natural splendors, and as seekers of incarnate desires, amplifying the precariousness that predicates women's lives and the natural world, laying bare the struggle and faith required to endure with integrity and spirit intact. For more information, visit University Press of Colorado.

Inside Out: Poems on Writing and Reading Poems by Marjorie Maddox. Kelsay Books, April 2020. Paperback, poetry and writing exercises, $16.00. From the book blurb: Marjorie Maddox knows poetry. If I had to pick one book to introduce students to the joy of writing poems, this would be it. Maddox creates a book full of original poems to show us the inside out of every kind of poem you could ever want to write. I dare you to read a page or two without reaching for your pen and composing a poem of your own. From alliteration to sonnets and the villanelle, Marjorie Maddox makes metaphors meaningful and memorable."—Charles Ghigna - FatherGoose®. For more information, please visit Kelsay Books.

Threed, This Road Not Damascus by Tamara J. Madison. Trio House Press, May 2019. Poetry collection, $16.00. From the author: Threed, This Road Not Damascus is a dialogue between the speaker and an other-worldly persona, “Three-Breasted Woman,” exploring the speaker’s relationship to self, lineage, culture, community, and religion. “Three-Breasted Woman” defies feminine stereotypes of “damsels in distress;” she saves herself. Employing the ancestral and mythological, the poems confront the chaos of the contemporary social landscape with clarity and courage. For more information, please visit https://tamarajmadison.com/.


Tender Cuts by Jayne Martin. Vine Leaves Press, November 2019. Microfiction collection, paperback, $11.99. From the press release: If Joy Williams and Raymond Carver had a love child that was often left in the care of Lydia Davis it might grow up to be Jayne Martin. Martin’s writing evokes the literary DNA of those who have influenced her most, while in a style and voice that is uniquely her own. In these 38 tiny tales, everyday people do their best to manage the wounds life inflicts on all of us: A six-year-old beauty pageant contestant strives to please her demanding mother; a woman marries a 1985 Buick LeSabre; in a laundromat bored wives fall under the romantic spell of a lobster; a grown woman is still being fat-shamed by her deceased mother via a Ouija board; a widow carries her husband’s ashes around in Baggies. With pathos and humor, these and all of the characters in this collection will speak to the reader’s own wounded heart. For more information, visit https://jaynemartin-writer.com/.


Choice Words: Writers on Abortion Edited by Annie Finch. Haymarket Books, April 2020. Hardcover, $28.95. From the publisher's website: A landmark literary anthology of poems, stories, and essays,Choice Words collects essential voices that renew our courage in the struggle to defend reproductive rights. Twenty years in the making, the book spans continents and centuries. This collection magnifies the voices of people reclaiming the sole authorship of their abortion experiences. These essays, poems, and prose are a testament to the profound political power of defying shame. Contributors include Ai, Amy Tan, Anne Sexton, Audre Lorde, Bobbie Louise Hawkins. Camonghne Felix, Carol Muske-Dukes, Diane di Prima, Dorothy Parker, Gloria Naylor, Gloria Steinem, Gwendolyn Brooks, Jean Rhys, Joyce Carol Oates, Judith Arcana, Kathy Acker, Langston Hughes, Leslie Marmon Silko, Lindy West, Lucille Clifton, Mahogany L. Browne, Margaret Atwood, Molly Peacock, Ntozake Shange, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Sharon Doubiago, Sharon Olds, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Sholeh Wolpe, Ursula Le Guin, and Vi Khi Nao. For more information, please visit Haymarket Books.

Uber Empowerment Quotes: 500 Inspirational Quotes for Knowledge, Insight and Wisdom by Nancy Hovde. Creative Dreams Publishing, 2010. Paperback, $12.95. From the author: Daily reflection for empowering thoughts - Nancy Hovde's book, Uber Empowerment Quotes: 500 Inspirational Quotes for Knowledge, Insight & Wisdom, provides motivational quotes to guide, uplift & inspire you to integrate inspiration, mind-set and motivation into your daily life. **Note from One Minnesota Writer: This is not a recent book, but one that might be a good fit as we all find our balance during this pandemic. When Nancy contacted me, I decided to say yes to this because we need inspirational resources right now.

Survivor's Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity by Artress Bethany White. New Rivers Press, April 2, 2020. Paperback, $19.00. From the author: “Over the past decade, I have faced the challenge of raising a transracial family in the South, reckoned with being descended from one of the largest slaveholding families in America, and faced the history of a nineteenth-century ancestor being lynched by the KKK. As I worked to assess these realities, I marveled at how my experiences were echoed in the trauma of a nation under siege from domestic terrorism, gun violence, and racism. In the spirit of healing, I share Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity with a public searching for answers to America’s complex racial dilemma.” For more information, visit Small Press Distribution.

If you are a writer who would like to get in on this community effort, please share your author name, book title, publisher, release date and an optional <100-word description with me via my contact form on this site, which you can link to HERE. The next New Book News is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Here's to filling our bookshelves and our minds.

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