Briefly Noted: Rave Reviews for Jenny Johnson and Elena Passarello, New Cover Design for Fridlund's Catapault

Jenny Johnson receives a starred review for her debut poetry collection In Full Velvet, available February 14, 2017. 

"In this stunningly lyrical debut, Johnson probes issues of queer culture and love from an array of existential perspectives, creating a melodic and thought-provoking symphony on queer identity…. [A] miniature opus, alternately joyful and heartrending, achingly bittersweet.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Marie Claire and Martha Stewart Living give rave reviews to forthcoming collection of essays by Elena Passarello Animals Strike Curious Poses

“The essays in Elena Passarello’s Animals Strike Curious Poses are technically about animals you’ll find in history books, but really they’re about the worlds the creatures inhabit and the ways people intersect with them. That, and they’re fiercely fun.”  —Marie Claire
“Passarello is brilliant, and these essays exploring famous animals . . . will not disappoint in quirkiness, intelligence, and delight.”
—National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas, Martha Stewart Living, “10 Page-Turners for 2017"
 
The cover art for forthcoming story collection Catapult, by Emily Fridlund is here! Will be available for pre-order soon.
 
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Cover Art by Kristen Radtke  

Cover Art by Kristen Radtke

 

 

2017 Story Prize Spotlight Award goes to Randa Jarrar!

We are thrilled to announce that Randa Jarrar's short story collection Him, Me, Muhammad Ali has won the 2017 Story Prize Spotlight Award! The Story Prize Spotlight award goes to one short story collection of exceptional merit each year. Awards can be promising works by first-time authors, collections in alternative formats, or works that demonstrate an unusual perspective on the writer's craft. Jarrar joins Sarabande writer Kyle Minor, author of Praying Drunk, on this prestigious list of upcoming and noteworthy story collections.

This award comes after a series of glowing reviews and an impressive array of enthusiastic praise for Jarrar. New York Magazine writes, "Jarrar’s characters are memorable, with experiences and observations that oscillate between deeply moving and riotously funny—often on the same page—and she expertly incorporates occasional moments of magical realism in this truly excellent short-story collection." The Los Angeles Review of Books raves: “These stories showcase the strength and talent of a writer of immeasurable gift and grace, who confronts the poignant and often brutal realities her characters face with sass and verve.”

Sarabande warmly congratulates Randa Jarrar on this latest achievement and look forward to all that is to come for her in 2017!

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Sarabande Books at AWP 2017

AWP is right around the corner and we have all the info you'll need to keep up with Sarabande right here. Find us in the bookfair at Booth 729. We're stacking the books high with all our favorite titles from over the years, all our new titles, and a few you can snag early. We're also bringing back the photo booth! Snap a pic in animals masks inspired by Animals Strike Curious Poses with your friends and new books! Follow us on Twitter (@sarabandebooks) and Facebook, and look for updates in the official #AWP17 hashtag. 

Book SIGNING SCHEDULE: 

THURSDAY, February 9

Friday, February 10

 

FIND US ON PANELS AND READINGS:

THURSDAY, February 9

 FRIDAY, February 10

SATURDAY, February 11

 

 

Briefly Noted: Rave reviews in The San Francisco Chronicle and Booklist, Swallows and Waves and Kingdom of the Young named notable titles

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  • Matthew Neill Null's collection Allegheny Front received a rave review from The San Francisco Chronicle. Read the full review here
The nine stories in the collection are masterpieces of brutality and beauty, as Null casts a naturalistic eye on the raw reality of life in the hills, mines and backwoods of the “Wild, Wonderful” state, as its license plates insist. Each story is so carefully plotted, you simply cannot predict what will happen next, and only by the end will you be able to see the thematic complexity in Null’s mind. It will wash over you like an epiphany. . . . Null applies a poet’s voice and vision to the depiction of life and death in a world that is neither cruel or merciful, but, rather, spinning through time exhibiting only indifference to the hopes and sorrows of its passengers. This is the work of a master storyteller."                                 The San Francisco Chronicle
“This phenomenal collection documents the lives of particular animals from a wide range of species. . . . Passarello treats her subjects with dextrous care, weaving narratives together in a way that investigates, honors, and complicates her subjects. . . . Passarello has created a consistently original, thoroughly researched, altogether fascinating compendium.”         —Booklist, starred review
  • Paula Bohince's third collection Swallows and Waves was included on City Paper's "Eight notable titles by local authors this year"
  • Booklist gives Elena Passarello's forthcoming collection of essays Animals Strike Curious Poses a starred review! The full review can be found in the February 1 print edition of Booklist

Edie Meidav's collection of stories Kingdom of the Young is included in The Million's Most Anticipated: The Great 2017 Book Preview.

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A Writing Prompt from Neela Vaswani, author of YOU HAVE GIVEN ME A COUNTRY

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Each Friday we post one new writing prompt created by a Sarabande author. Prompts like this one are included in our online Reader's Guides along with discussion questions and suggested reading to accompany each title. So if you can't wait a week for the next prompt, visit our Reader's Guide page to find them all in one place!

This week's Friday Writing Prompt comes from Neela Vaswani, author of You Have Given Me a Country (2010).

First Love

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Write about your first love. This could be a book, a song, a parent, sibling, lover, etc. I gave this assignment to a fiction workshop and did the assignment along with them.