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Gray, Allen, Overwatch, Grey Sparrow Press, November 1st, 2011, Hardcover and Paperback. ISBN-13:978-0983553007. Poet Allen Gray has given us an intimate view of war; a compendium of poems written with brevity and elegance--and words that generate the power of an IED; exploding the landscape of war. Available here.
Fox, Hugh, Approaching: Poems of Brazil, Portuguese and English, Grey Sparrow Press, October 16, 2011, ISBN-13:978-1466440562. Poetry Monograph. Poet Hugh Fox said, "Thirty plus years ago my wife, Bernadete, opened the door into total Brazilian culture and never closed it." Hugh's poems reflect the trends and times, written with a certain joie de vivre, even as he battled final stage cancer. In Portuguese and English. Available here.
Owens, Joseph Michael, Shenanigans! Grey Sparrow Press, February 1st, 2012, Finalist for the 2012/13 Canadian Indie Book Awards, Hardcover and Paperback. ISBN-13: 978-0983553014. Owens's first book finds Benjamin "Benji" Palko simply trying to get by, to fly under life's radar. But random events keep happening to those he cares about most that make him question what he thinks he knows along the way.
At work, Ben gets entangled in a strange and humiliating coffee debacle that results in a trip to the Emergency Room. Later, Ben has a standoff with his dog over a routine toenail trimming. A bike ride in the Rocky Mountains turns into a learning experience in dressing climate-appropriate. Ben's nunchucks-wielding neighbor provides an odd sense of calm in the wake of a rash of home invasions. Available here.
Stobierski, Timothy, Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer, River Otter Press, October 25, 2012. Hardcover and Paperback. ISBN-13: 978-0983553021. A compendium of poems honoring all the ways that love comes to us. Available here.
Atkinson, David. Bones Buried in the Dirt, River Otter Press, January 2, 2013, Hardcover and Paperback. ISBN-13: 978-0983553038. Atkinson's first book features a young boy named Peter. Ranging from ages four to twelve, his stories focus on the moments in childhood that get buried in the mind but never get fully absorbed, the moments that constantly come to the surface later in life and shape identity. The result is a sonar picture of the individual Peter will become. Available here.
Hawley, Luke, The Northwoods Hymnal, River Otter Press, February 6, 2013, Hardcover and Paperback. “Honors” for the Nebraska Book Awards, 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0983553045. The Northwoods Hymnal is full of stories about connecting and coping, hoping that a little community will keep out the cold of winter. Hawley's characters, from young punk rockers to tight-permed, white-haired women, accomplish that in a myriad of ways: drizzling the world in almond bark, a sauna, and a jump in the snow, disinterring loved ones only to bury them closer to home. The stories are wholly Midwestern, unassuming and funny, and you'll find they stay with you through the bleak winter, help with the coping, without asking much in return. And that's just the stories. The songs, also quiet, also sneaky in the way they win you over, will keep you warm all the winter long. Word of Praise "There's nothing new under the sun, so we're told, but that just goes to show how wrong Ecclesiastes can be. Luke Hawley, a man of prodigious gifts, offers us a collection of twice-told tales: stories he's written once in music and once in prose. Available here.
Singer, Ron, Look to Mountains, Look to Sea, River Otter Press, July 21, 2013, Hardcover and Paperback. ISBN-13:978-0983553052. Look to Mountains, Look to Sea" chronicles Ron Singer's summer sojourns in Maine since 1969. The thirty-one poems are set in two very different milieux; Deer Isle, on Penobscot Bay, and Weld, in the western mountains. The reader will enjoy Singer's vivid sense of place and his mimicry of Maine's acerbic, funny voices. Available here.
Perchik, Simon, Almost Rain, River Otter Press, September 1, 2013, Hardcover and Paperback. ISBN-13:978-0983553069. Monograph published for Snow Jewel. “Perchik is the most widely published unknown poet in America. Though his untitled, idiosyncratic lyrics have been consistently appearing in magazines as diverse as The New Yorker and Exquisite Corpse for decades, his books have been hard to find... a poet who may well be our era’s Emily Dickinson…Often dense, often difficult, Perchik’s poems nevertheless lead to strange, unanticipated conclusions that usually reward the pursuit.” Library Journal. Available here.
Kon, Desmond Zhicheng-Mingdé, Singular Acts of Endearment. Jointly published by Grey Sparrow Press and Squircle Line Press. October 1, 2014. Listed by Asymptote's Lee Yew Leong as Favourite Book of the Year on the portal Singapore Poetry. Paperback. ISBN: 978-981-09-1341-0. Called "utterly engrossing" and "exhilarating" by Pushcart Prize recipient Valerie Sayers, Singular Acts of Endearment is an epistolary novel, authored by inaugural Gardens by the Bay writer-in-residence Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé. These are the letters of Jasmine Lee-Heschel, who watches her Ah Gong slowly die of liver cancer. A caretaker at a plant nursery, Ah Gong is bent on building a garden for their HDB flat. Jasmine’s caregiver task? To take Ah Gong to what small enclaves of nature still exist in Singapore. There's, of course, a boy. And there's Nina, who saw an angel. But everything stands still, like a tree in the middle of pasture. This book was chosen as 2014's Favourite Book by Lee Yew Leong, editor of Asymptote. Available here. Grey Sparrow co-published Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé's book Singular Acts of Endearment. It just won the Beverly Hills International Book Award (for poetry and visionary fiction). The book placed with Silver for Inspirational Fiction at this year's Living Now Book Awards in the US.
Whittingham, Katy E., The Serial Killer Served Pound Cake & Other Sufficiently Slanted Tales, Grey Sparrow Press, September 1st, 2015, Paperback. ISBN: 978-0-9835530-9-0. Available at Amazon.com soon. Whittingham's folk tales take place in a seemingly normal realm, but quickly grow strange. From a reluctant Snow White making a way for herself in modern day New England to a dying woman who has an interesting take on motherly duties, the characters are both familiar and other worldly, ordinary and extraordinary. Morals are tested when a man confronts haunting memories and a split second life/death decision and when a father and husband fights a losing battle with his own ego and unrealistic expectations. Questions of identity arise when an unassuming widow finds difficulty in reconciling her reality and dream life. Like a good campfire story, this brand of storytelling jolts you out of that comfortable state and keeps you guessing about where that sound came from or who is behind that tree. Available here.