JARRAR WINS PEN OAKLAND AWARD, FRIDLUND AND PASSARELLO LAND ON YEAR-END "BEST OF" LISTS

Randa Jarrar has won a PEN Oakland award for her novel Him, Me, Muhammad Ali. She will be honored at the annual awards ceremony on December 2 at the African American Library and Museum in Oakland, California. Congratulations, Randa! 

We're thrilled to see the praise keep rolling in for Emily Fridlund's Catapult, published last month. See why this collection of eleven "brilliant, often bracing" short stories has already landed on Kirkus Reviews's 100 Best Fiction Books of 2017 list by picking up your copy today. 

And we can't forget that Publishers Weekly has also named Elena Passarello's Animals Strike Curious Poses one of the Best Books of 2017! See how "Passarello dazzles in this wildly inventive essay collection" by picking up a copy for yourself!

A round of applause for these wonderful writers! 

 

Catapult Receives Rave Reviews, Shawn Wen Gives Voice to Marceau, and Kiki Petrosino Shares Favorite Lit Journals

The reviews for our latest title, Catapult by Emily Fridlund, are in! Here are a few snippets from our favorites this week: 

"[Catapult] shines a light on the ugly truths in relationships, discovers all the ways in which its characters aren’t quite compatible with one another and forces them into (often quiet) confrontations. This collection is as intelligent as it is incisive."
The Masters Review, October Book Review 

"Fridlund writes exceptional character-driven fiction, and her stories bristle with a menacing domestic intensity that few writers can capture."
Sinkhole Mag, "Under the Microscope"

Catapult is available now. Pick up your copy today! 

Shawn Wen's A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause continues to receive praise as readers discover her portrait of famed mime Marcel Marceau: 

"Wen is infusing every word with as much power as Marceau used in each muscle to mime, say, kissing a woman, or drawing a last breath, in a way that was artistic but also human."
IndyWeek, "Shawn Wen’s Unorthodox Book About Mime Somehow Gives Voice to the Eloquent Silence of Marcel Marceau

You can order A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause below. 

Kiki Petrosino, author of Witch Wife (available 12/12/17), sat down with Poets & Writers Magazine for their Literary MagNet feature to discuss her favorite literary journals. Check out Kiki's recommendations for great journals like Grimoire, Crazyhorse, and Spoon River Poetry Review here

Witch Wife is available for pre-order now. 

CATAPULT AVAILABLE TODAY

Kirkus Reviews, "100 Best Fiction Books of 2017" 
O, The Oprah Magazine, "Ten Titles to Pick Up Now"
W Magazine, "10 Books to Read Right Now"
Washington Post, "9 Short-Story Collections We Can't Wait to Read This Fall"
Chicago Review of Books, "15 Must-Read Books This October" 
Poets & Writers, "Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin"
Buzzfeed, "28 Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Fall"
The Masters Review, "17 Books We're Looking Forward To This Year"

Selected by Ben Marcus as winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short FictionCatapult follows Emily Fridlund's acclaimed debut novel History of Wolves. Sometimes calculating, at other times bewildered, Catapult's characters orbit around each other, enacting a deeply human tragicomedy of wit, misunderstanding, and loss. With dexterous, atmospheric, and darkly comic prose, Fridlund conjures worlds where longing is open-ended, intentions misfire, and the line between comfort and cruelty is often difficult to discern. This is a gripping collection, unsettling as much in its familiarity as in its near-gothic strangeness.

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Photo credit Doug Knutson

Emily Fridlund grew up in Minnesota and currently resides in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Her fiction has appeared in a variety of journals, including Boston Review, Zyzzyva, Five Chapters, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. Fridlund's first novel, History of Wolves (Atlantic Monthly Press), shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection and a #1 Indie Next pick. 

Eleven stories of misshapen families and broken friendships disturb and unsettle. Fridlund follows History of Wolves (2017), her marvelous and preternaturally accomplished first novel, with a collection of jarring and polished short fiction. The craft is evident in the perfect titles and the observational acuity of the sentences. . . . Her stories evoke Flannery O’Connor’s masterly way with grotesquery but deviate in Fridlund’s contempt for faith. Bracing, often brilliant stories deliver a shock to the routine narratives we tell.
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Eleven brilliant short stories showcase childhood, adolescence, marriage, and families, and how the appearances of these events and relationships in life can hide the strangeness and emptiness that pervade beneath the surface. . . . Fridlund unpacks these situations with such thoughtful diction and complex characters that her subdued and controlled language sets what is unsaid at the fore, unveiling hope, despair, and the paradoxes that are often ignored in such close relationships. Fridlund’s intelligent and conversational voice impressively manipulates the emotional atmosphere of her stories.
Booklist, starred review
Fridlund’s ability to conjure humor in the darkest moments is clear in her blending of sitcom set-ups with bleak undercurrents. Her breathtaking prose and sly expressions make for compulsive reading.
Publishers Weekly
Emerging talent Emily Fridlund explores a dark and eerie side of human nature in Catapult, stepping into Gothic territory while generously weaving humor and moments of comic truth into her characters. . . . Fridlund’s sophomore effort, published by edgy indie press Sarabande, is the kind of book that readers who crave riskier, more experimental, and out-there storytelling will appreciate.
W Magazine, “10 Books to Read Right Now”