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The glowing reviews for Catapult by Emily Fridlund keep coming! Pick up your copy of The New York Times Book Review and check out "Other People's Minds: Four Short Story Collections" where Fridlund is among good company with other indie presses like Two Dollar Radio and Dzanc. You'll also find Catapult in the November issue of O, The Oprah Magazine and the December issue of Martha Stewart Living. Clearly, you should pick up this "laugh-out-loud collection as wise as it is funny" today!  

Kiki Petrosino's third poetry collection from Sarabande, Witch Wife"crackles" in her starred Publishers Weekly review, and The Millions includes it in its list of "Must-Read Poetry: December 2017." We can't wait for this book to hit the shelves December 12 and enchant you with its magic. Pre-order is available below! 

We all survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but if you're looking for the perfect book for your favorite bibliophile this holiday season, head over to The New York Times "100 Notable Books of 2017" where you'll find Elena Passarello's Animals Strike Curious Poses.

Head on over to Lit Hub for a lovely interview with Sarabande poets Peter Mishler (Fludde, forthcoming May 2018) and Jenny Johnson (In Full Velvet). Mishler interviews Johnson about how her poems' "ahead-of-ness" helped her explore her queer identity growing up in a rural Virginian town.

"Assuming that my poems often know more than I do, I’ve found that the work for me is one of learning what to trust in an early draft; I try to listen to or follow the moments of strangest authority," Johnson says. 

Are you searching for inspiration this winter? You can check out Poets & Writers's Best Books for Writers list where you'll find Mary Ruefle's chapbook, On Imagination, and discover how your imagination can play to your creativity. This list is a great resource for any writer looking to be inspired! 

We're pleased to announce that Joe Sacksteder's story collection, The Game in the Sand, has been selected for the 2017 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature! In such a tough competition, we'd also like to applaud two noteworthy manuscripts, poetry collection Field of Iron Feathers by Madeleine Wattenberg and story collection Quantum Convention & Other Stories by Eric Schlich. 

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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! 


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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.