Susan Bernofsky with Jed Lipinski
Susan Bernofsky, widely considered to be one of the best English translators of German literature today, has translated the work of Robert Walser, Hermann Hesse, and Yoko Tawada.
Nonfiction: Large and LargesseBy Robert C. Morgan
Given the task at hand, this is a formidable booka volume replete with information, interpretation, and insight on contemporary Chinese arta phenomenon that has sustained itself within a myriad of contextual, social, political, economic, and cultural issues.
Fiction: Are You Experienced?By Meghan Roe
In a letter to the biographer William Hayley, William Blake writes of the thin line between the living and the dead in the minds of those alive to the memory of those who are not.
Nonfiction: When the Living's GoodBy Polly Rosenwaike
Alain de Botton would be a great guy to sit next to on a bus, get stuck with in an elevator, turn out to be your long lost brother. In his books, anyway, he seems to move through the world with just the right amounts of enthusiasm and irony, self-deprecation and show-offiness, sincerity and sport.
Nonfiction: All That's Gilded Isn't GoldBy Paul Devlin
Instead of finishing the business of giving African Americans equal opportunity and full citizenship during the post-Civil War years, the United States went corporate.
Poetry: The Problems of Pink and GreenBy Jackson Taylor
Frederick Seidel is a master builder. Using metaphor and concrete imagery he erects majestic properties of opulent proportion. But what he builds he also destroys, making him a closed system: an architect who contracts with both the muse and the devil.
RAPID TRANSITBy Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
If youve missed the Darwin train this year, then youre doubly behind. First, because its the bicentennial of Charles Henry Darwins birth. Second, its the 150th anniversary of his publication of The Origin of Species, whose principle of evolution is arguably the single most important discovery of all time.
TOKENSBy Charles Bernstein, Caroline Seklir, Paul Charles Griffin, Raina Lipsitz, and Cole Larsen
While Greg Amess novel, Buffalo Lockjaw, contains all the elements of a classic Buffalo storysnow, sports, drinking, despairAmes has created a narrator, James Fitzroy, who rises above caricature.
Fiction: The Show That SmellsBy Bruce Seymour
Mirror mazes, vampires and tuberculosis perfume Derek McCormacks latest. Its contemporary niche fiction leaning experimental, then waxing strange.
Fiction: Circle Takes The SquareBy Nicolle Elizabeth
Percival Everetts I Am Not Sidney Poitier is a veritable whos on first labyrinth of identity, cultural criticism and familial torture.
Fiction: Proof You Cant Escape YourselfBy Caroline Seklir
Charlie Haas debut novel The Enthusiast is a study in presence and absence.
Fiction: Yet Another Family DramaBy Raina Lipsitz
Kristina Riggles debut novel, Real Life & Liars, is full of unlikable characters who think and speak in clichés.