Welcome to Malvern Books!

BlogMalvern Books is a bookstore and community space in Austin, Texas. We specialize in visionary literature and poetry from independent publishers, with a focus on lesser-known and
emerging voices the world needs to hear.


New to Malvern Books

Chord
Chord

Poetry by Rick Barot
Paperback; $14.95

“Barot seamlessly weaves history, image, and etymology in ways that offer the reader new eyes to see language . . . Barot’s poems transfix and transform through his remarkable ability to pack and unpack narratives.”Publishers Weekly

 

I, Bartleby
I, Bartleby

Fiction by Meredith Quartermain
Paperback; $14.95

“With rich and quirky metaphors evoked by passing encounters, with her proud gendered sensibility while facing culture, with vivid details of the real and the imagined looping excitingly together—Quartermain has created a . . . book of great panache.” —Rachel Blau DuPlessis

 

Alamo Theory
Alamo Theory

Poetry by Josh Bell
Paperback; $16

“This is a speaker who has seen too much, felt too much, who cannot bear much more, but who still believes in us, and in his job, enough to try to bring back an accurate report from the large and the small broken heart.” —Jorie Graham

 

All the Conspirators
All the Conspirators

Fiction by Christopher Isherwood
Paperback; $15.95

“In Isherwood’s work, a magic potion of history and invention, the voice is clear, and, no matter how many times we hear it, it always seems to be speaking for the first time.” —New York Times Book Review

 

Living Wages
Living Wages

Poetry by Michael Chitwood
Paperback; $16.95

“Chitwood becomes fascinated by how things work, but his true subject is what the cover leaves out: the people who use the ingenious devices, and how the things they rearrange the world with secretly rearrange them.” —Indy Week

 

The Face: A Time Code
The Face: A Time Code

Memoir by Ruth Ozeki
Paperback; $9.99

“Her ruminations ripple out from personal and familial memories to wise and honest meditations on families and aging, race and the body.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

Emergency Brake
Emergency Brake

Poetry by Ruth Madievsky
Paperback; $17

“This is a new voice made of sunlight, knives, emergencies, heat, honesty, bottles of vodka, and a tanker full of talent. Madievsky has created something we should not go without.” —Matthew Dickman

 

The Weight of Things
The Weight of Things

Fiction by Marianne Fritz; translated by Adrian Nathan West
Paperback; $16

“Steps quietly and methodically into a heart of familial darkness. . . . The war haunts this novel, adding to the weight of everyday things and everyday evils that Fritz so ingeniously dissects.” —New York Times

 

Poem Without Suffering
Poem Without Suffering

Poetry by Josef Kaplan
Paperback; $13.95

“Produces catharsis of the most extreme kind, partly through the tensions it sustains throughout. To the lethal speed of bullets, Kaplan opposes a relentless durational performance. . . . Awful, and yet I’m in awe.” —Mónica de la Torre

 

The Pets
The Pets

Fiction by Bragi Ólafsson; translated by Janice Balfour
Paperback; $12.95

“Dark, strange, elusive, compelling, and oddly charming.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Dark, scary, and unbelievably funny.”
Los Angeles Times

 

Divorce Turkish Style
Divorce Turkish Style

Fiction by Esmahan Aykol; translated by Ruth Whitehouse
Paperback; $14.95

“An offbeat amateur sleuth with a distinctive narrative voice . . . the twist-filled plot careens through Istanbul as unpredictably as the traffic, the final destination ultimately less important than the scenic journey to get there.” —Publishers Weekly

 

Green Migraine
Green Migraine

Poetry by Michael Dickman
Paperback; $16

“Like stepping out of an overheated apartment building to be met, unexpectedly, by an exhilaratingly chill gust of wind.” —New Yorker
“These are lithe, seemingly effortless poems, poems whose strange affective power remains even after several readings.” —The Believer

 

Four-Legged Girl
Four-Legged Girl

Poetry by Diane Seuss
Paperback; $16

“A great passion issues from the pages . . . this book is a wise, wild, continuous gift. It will make you lean in and listen; it will make you this poet’s devotee. These poems are tremendous in every way. Diane Seuss: holy smoke!” —Terrance Hayes

 

Incarnadine
Incarnadine

Poetry by Mary Szybist
Paperback; $16

“A formally playful and carefully crafted book with a sense of wonder. Through a grace and a little humor, Szybist explores spirituality and intimacy in the quiet moments of life.” —Hazel & Wren

 

Nettles
Nettles

Poetry by Vénus Khoury-Ghata; translated by Marilyn Hacker
Paperback; $15

“[Khoury-Ghata’s] description of the war-ravaged earth as an abandoned wasteland where ghosts and disembodied shades wander is moving and affecting . . . we feel ourselves pulled forward, rising to meet the poem’s intensity.” —Women’s Review of Books

 

Beachy Head
Beachy Head

Poetry by Emily Toder
Paperback; $16.50

“I hear the currents of Alice Notley, of Bernadette Mayer, of Eileen Myles, and Sylvia Plath, through the book, with its sharp wit and grace, with its ‘separate set of physics’ and the ‘venerable uphill’ of music … I am so happy that this book is here.” —Dorothea Lasky

 

Cheer Up, Femme Fatale
Cheer Up, Femme Fatale

Poetry by Kim Yideum
Paperback; $12

“Objective cool, violence and despairing megalomania all rage with the crystal-clear bitterness of vulnerability. When you read her beautiful, terrifying poems, you will go to pieces.” —Aase Berg

 

Cup
Cup

Poetry by Jeredith Merrin
Paperback; $18.95

“Offers us an artful contemplation of what age brings: the strangeness of shifting perspectives, the quiet richness of sustained love, and the unabated force of old griefs. Both witty and meditative, these poems brim with insight and affection.” —Mark Doty

 

Private Life
Private Life

Fiction by Josep Maria de Sagarra; translated by Mary Ann Newman
Paperback; $20

“A delightful, intelligent and exciting novel, the best ever written about Barcelona.” —Quim Monzó

 

Gilgi
Gilgi

Fiction by Irmgard Keun; translated by Geoff Wilkes
Paperback; $16

“The overwhelming power of Keun’s work lies in her surprisingly raw, witty, and resonant feminine voices.” —Bookslut
“A formidable literary talent.” —Eileen Battersby’s Books of 2014, The Irish Times

 

Envy
Envy

Fiction by Yuri Olesha; translated by Marian Schwartz
Paperback; $14

“In his best novel, all wry humor and narrowed eyes, Olesha presents two sides of the same coin: a self-satisfied sausage king and a drunken failure the former picks up in the street. Poetic and satiric and quite an achievement, it is a novel everyone should read.” —Flavorwire

 

Tirra Lirra by the River
Tirra Lirra by the River

Fiction by Jessica Anderson
Paperback; $15.95

“Finely honed structurally and tightly textured, it’s a wry, romantic story that should make Anderson’s American reputation and create a demand for her other work.” —Washington Post
“Subtle, rich, and seductive…” —Library Journal

 

The Pure and the Impure
The Pure and the Impure

Fiction by Colette
Paperback; $14.95

“Redolent with exploits from the era when Colette, the ‘truth seeker,’ was coming into her own, both as a writer and as a sexual explorer, spelunking in the dark recesses of the French underworld.” —Bookforum

 

Tristano Dies: A Life
Tristano Dies: A Life

Fiction by Antonio Tabucchi; translated by Elizabeth Harris
Paperback; $18

“Tabucchi’s novel … chronicles the jagged course of a man’s life while simultaneously reminding the reader of the urgency of time and the illusoriness of memory.” —Star Tribune

 

Not on Fire, but Burning
Not on Fire, but Burning

Fiction by Greg Hrbek
Hardcover; $25.95

• An NPR Best Book of 2015
“Hrbek’s prose is sharp and trenchant, his voice remarkably complex yet assured, and this novel is an impressive achievement…” —The New York Times Book Review

 

Rules for Werewolves
Rules for Werewolves

Fiction by Kirk Lynn
Hardcover; $25.95

“Lynn’s compelling debut novel is a parable about loneliness, violence, and modern malaise. It is one of the first post-recession, post–housing crisis American novels of truly alienated youth and suburban fear.” —Publishers Weekly

 

GB84
GB84

Fiction by David Peace
Paperback; $16.95

“Peace’s terse, urgent sentences are perfectly suited to depicting a large-scale confrontation. . . . Alliteration and repetition establish a marching rhythm like massing pickets or policemen . . . Only a rare political novel manages that.” —London Review of Books

 

Not Dark Yet
Not Dark Yet

Fiction by Berit Ellingsen
Paperback; $15.99

“Fascinating, surreal, gorgeously written . . . it is art about science, climate change, activism, and it vitally explores how we as people deal with a world that is transforming in terrifying ways.” —BuzzFeed

 

Bright Scythe: Selected Poems
Bright Scythe: Selected Poems

Poetry by Tomas Tranströmer; translated by Patty Crane
Paperback; $17.95

“It’s a haunting, mysterious, but ultimately warm and humanistic work, and a welcome introduction both to Tranströmer’s poetry and the debates over how best to translate it…” —Biographile

 

Shock By Shock
Shock By Shock

Poetry by Dean Young
Hardcover; $23

“Surrealism seldom seems as much like real life as in Young’s hilarious and cautionary poems.” —Booklist
“The language, the invention, the imagination, and the sheer fun of his poems are astounding.” —Charles Simic

 

The Father Of The Arrow Is The Thought
The Father Of The Arrow Is The Thought

Poetry by Christopher DeWeese
Paperback; $14.95

“Fantastic and strange but somehow reasonable, these poems report from a velocity where the familiar seems verging on explosion with unexpected equipoise.” —Dean Young

 

This Blue Novel
This Blue Novel

Poetry by Valerie Mejer; translated by Michelle Gil-Montero
Paperback; $12

“My experience with Valerie Mejer was one of startling revelation, of wonder: I knew nothing of her book, and hardly an hour later, closing it, my life was another.” —Raúl Zurita

 

We Women
We Women

Poetry by Edith Södergran; translated by Samuel Charters
Paperback; $17

“A beating drum is always behind the quietness of Edith Södergran’s poems. Their beauty coexists with a hideous knowledge of poverty, war, inequality, loss, and heartbreak.” —Bianca Stone

 

This Is the Homeland
This Is the Homeland

Poetry by Mary Hickman
Paperback; $18

“[These] agile, congenially profound poems designate that fingernail’s-width interval of incarnation working both ways, the body a … threshold between existence and obliteration…” —Joyelle McSweeney

 

The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven
The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven

Poetry by Brian Teare
Paperback; $18

“A kind of stillness gradually builds through these … pieces, a distilled poise in which one comes to hear Agnes Martin as one simultaneously sees the Zen koan that the collection itself … forms.” —Cole Swensen

 

The Argonauts
The Argonauts

Creative non-fiction by Maggie Nelson
Hardcover; $23

“So much writing about motherhood makes the world seem smaller after the child arrives, more circumscribed, as if in tacit fealty to the larger cultural assumptions about moms and domesticity; Nelson’s book does the opposite.” —The New York Times Book Review

 

Love Letters to Balled Fists
Love Letters to Balled Fists

Poetry by Ebony Stewart
Paperback; $15

“Her work offers a unique balance, often sought but rarely found, in performance poetry. It can be both aggressive and subdued; tough and tender; in your face and subtly clever.” —Jon Good, Emmy Nominee

 

The Rim of Morning
The Rim of Morning: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror

Fiction by William Sloane
Paperback; $18.95

“I can think of no other novels exactly like these two, either in style or substance. … [they] are best read after dark, I think, possibly on an autumn night with a strong wind blowing the leaves around outside.” — Stephen King

 

Black Cat Bone
Black Cat Bone

Poetry by John Burnside
Paperback; $16

“With his mellifluous pentameters, attention to the immaterial, and his turning aside from the ultramodern (though he remains modern), we might call Burnside Heaneyesque, though he is also Gothic, mythic, and almost (delightfully) morbid.” —Publishers Weekly

 

The Last Two Seconds
The Last Two Seconds

Poetry by Mary Jo Bang
Paperback; $16

“In focusing on time, Bang also blurs it, summoning authors, artists, and ideas from across history into often rapturous design. … A lively, lovely poetry that’s forward thinking in a few ways.”
The Boston Globe

 

In Hazard
In Hazard

Fiction by Richard Hughes
Paperback; $14.95

“The passages in literature that have thrilled me most have almost all been sea battles and storms. Now I have had the great and exhilarating pleasure of surviving yet another tempest. … The novel is superb.” —The Boston Globe

 

Tender Data
Tender Data

Poetry by Monica McClure
Paperback; $18

“Quick-witted and bold, McClure’s … debut enters the culturally constructed arenas of identity in order to resist and refuse them, arriving at consistently fresh takes on gender, race, and reproduction. McClure’s debut is as smart as it is fun.” —Publishers Weekly

 

Yudl
Yudl

Fiction by Layle Silbert
Paperback; $17.95

“Throughout this collection, Silbert’s photographic experience adds light and shadow to her settings … this is a slow-paced, thoughtful collection with elegant prose and ironic overtones.”
Historical Novel Society

 

Companion Animal
Companion Animal

Poetry by Magdalena Zurawski
Paperback; $15

“Wise, forceful, honest, clean as a whistle yet with a shockingly foul mouth, and very doggy. Sometimes the nastiest parts are also the nicest parts. I find that inspiring” —Aaron Kunin

 

Rome
Rome

Poetry by Dorothea Lasky
Hardcover; $23.95

“Dark, fearlessly frank, unabashedly vulnerable and full of real live heart. In line after incantatory line, these poems catch me up, and the raw, stark truth of them holds me rapt … this is unforgettable work from a poet of urgent and inimitable voice.” —Tracy K. Smith

 

Piers Plowman
Piers Plowman

Poetry by William Langland
Paperback; $22.50

The book that Malvern Books is named for! (See here for details.)

“One of the most significant works of medieval literature. Astonishing in its cultural and theological scope…”

 

A Cat, A Man, and Two Women
A Cat, A Man, and Two Women

Fiction by Junichiro Tanizaki; translated by Paul McCarthy
Paperback; $14.95

“Tanizaki’s a really great writer. There’s a humor there that you don’t get in Yukio Mishima. Mishima wouldn’t know a joke if it flew up his nose and died there. But Tanizaki has got this warm ticklishness to his strangeness.” —David Mitchell

 

Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself
Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself

Poetry by Walt Whitman; illustrated by Allen Crawford
$28.95

“Artist Allen Crawford brings Whitman’s undying text to new life in gorgeous hand-lettering and illustrations, transforming the 60-page poem originally published in 1855 as the centerpiece of Leaves of Grass into a breathtaking 256-page piece of art.” —Maria Popova

 

A History of Money
A History of Money

Fiction by Alan Pauls; translated by Ellie Robbins
Hardcover; $24.95

“Profound, unique, utterly compelling and unforgettable. Truly, I have never read anything quite like it, nor been so impressed by a story with such a narrow focus yet at the same time such universal enormity.”
—Charles Larson

 

The Body Where I was Born
The Body Where I was Born

Fiction by Guadalupe Nettel; translated by J.T. Lichtenstein
Hardcover; $22.95

“Nettel’s eye … gives rise to a tension, subtle but persistent, that immerses us in an uncomfortable reality, disquieting, even disturbing—a gaze that illuminates her prose like an alien sun shining down on our world.” —Valeria Luiselli

 

Into the Go-Slow
Into the Go-Slow

Fiction by Bridgett M. Davis
Paperback; $16.95

“A beautiful allegory at the heart of a realist novel—an allegory of love, family, expansion, hope, and transformation—all of it worked out compassionately and with integrity…” —Chris Abani

 

Eat My Heart Out
Eat My Heart Out

Fiction by Zoe Pilger
Paperback; $17.95

“Pilger’s … narrator is everyone’s anti-Bridget Jones. An awareness of the pathology of romantic love, and a terror of what lies in its absence, lies at the heart of this brutally funny book.” —Chris Kraus

 

Refuge/es
Refuge/es

Poetry by Michael Broek
Paperback; $15.95

“These poems possess intelligence, erudition, gravitas and urgency. Serious and moving in voice and ambition, this passionately lyrical and articulate work reminds me very much of the capacious, fierce and intelligent work of Adrienne Rich.” —Tony Hoagland

 

Yearling
Yearling

Poetry by Lo Kwa Mei-en
Paperback; $15.95

“Birds and burdens are the glorious stuff of Mei-en’s stunning first collection … liberated and vulnerable, fierce yet open wide, Mei-en’s poems are bent on burnished edges, making fast breaks to the celestial, and unfurling in curiosity…” —Betsy Wheeler

 

Devil, Dear
Devil, Dear

Poetry by Mary Ann McFadden
Paperback; $15.95

“These poems are sly and full of generous humor and wisdom. To read McFadden is to be surprised, in poem after poem, by the ecstatic.” —Anne Marie Macari

 

The Ghost Network
The Ghost Network

Fiction by Catie Disabato
Paperback; $16.95

“A smart and thorny debut novel… presents the maze of modern culture with all its dead ends and truncations, but reveals treasure to those who walk the path.” —New York Times Book Review

 

The Union Jack
The Union Jack

Fiction by Imre Kertész; translated by Tim Wilkinson
Paperback; $11

“In explaining something of the … importance of Kertész’s subjects and creative achievements, it is hard to convey simultaneously the deftness and vivacity of his writing…” —The Nation

 

Boyfriend Mountain
The Dead All Have the Same Skin

Fiction by Boris Vian; translated by Paul Knobloch
Paperback; $18

“Vian pulps noir by running it through the blender of his rancid post-avant-garde imagination. This book is a brilliant, brutal, page-turner … simultaneously, it is one of the most intelligent novels dealing with race and racism in the United States…” —Stewart Home

 

Disagreeable Tales
Disagreeable Tales

Fiction by Léon Bloy; translated by Erik Butler
Paperback; $16.95

“Léon Bloy is a cathedral gargoyle who pours the waters of heaven down on the good and on the wicked.”—Barbey d’Aurevilly

“His fire is nurtured by the dung-heap of modern times.” Franz Kafka

 

The Sea
The Sea

Fiction by Blai Bonet; translated by M. Relano, M. Tennen
Paperback; $13.95

“A profound and radical descent into the depths of the human soul.” —Gerard de Cortanze
“Sordid and illuminating, beautiful, haunting, poetic, and full of love for its characters.” —Agustí Villaronga

 

The Racial Imaginary
The Racial Imaginary

Anthology of letters from poets; edited by Claudia Rankine, Beth Loffreda, and Max King Cap
Paperback; $19.95

“A platform for writers of all kinds to grapple with crucial questions about race and whiteness in the 21st century…” —Maggie Nelson

 

Sleeper Hold
Sleeper Hold

Poetry by Jibade-Khalil Huffman
Paperback; $15.95

“[This] collection of deceptively flippant poems is a jam of ventriloquy and frequencies and the plainest vernacular of our day: celebrity and low-brow entertainment and high aspirations for seeing and knowing, whiteness and blackness and the cryptic laughs available to us….”

 

Boyfriend Mountain
Boyfriend Mountain

Poetry by Kelly Schirmann & Tyler Brewington
Paperback; $15

“Reading Brewington & Schirmann’s split-book Boyfriend Mountain is like the best sleepover ever, that late-night freakout time when the real gets giddy and Truth-or-Dare demands only truth, more truth and forever truth…” —Mathias Svalina

 

Cats and Dogs
Cats and Dogs

Poetry by Andrew James Weatherhead
Paperback; $14

“These are beautiful poems because they’re true. Andrew James Weatherhead writes poems that mock, exalt, and describe, sometimes all in the same poem—they take amazing leaps, but you never feel that the ground has shifted under your feet.” —Matthew Rohrer

 

Short Talks
Short Talks

Poetry by Anne Carson
Paperback; $20

“Brick Books has reprinted an early work by Canada’s most famous (and famously enigmatic) poet … beautiful, sometimes baffling, brilliant.” —David Starkey

 

Raptor
Raptor

Poetry by Andrew Feld
Paperback; $18

“Feld’s poetry dissects violence and imbues it with drama, provoking the reader to feel the pain of betrayal and the futility of forgiveness for something that is already lost.” —Binh Nguyen

 

Dark Green
Dark Green

Poetry by Emily Hunt
Paperback; $17.95

“Emily Hunt is an accomplished lyricist, quiet ethnographer, and kooky observer of inner turbulences. She’s also a remarkable poet who has written a stunning first book…” —Peter Gizzi

 

The Bicycle Year
The Bicycle Year

Poetry by Caroline Cabrera
Paperback; $15.95

“What I love about The Bicycle Year is how it is suffused with duration, how it remembers itself as a way of creating itself, how invested the poetry is in creating an archaeology of time, a predictive fossil record…” —Nate Pritts

 

Splendor
Splendor

Poetry by Emily Bludworth de Barrios
Paperback; $15.95

“Mercilessly and glamorously displays heart and conscience sharp with observation, unflinching, careful, thoughtful and accomplished. This is a rare book, reading it provides such deeply involving occasions to look into one’s own heart.” —Dara Wier

 

Burn It Down
Burn It Down

Poetry by Katie Byrum
Paperback; $14.95

“The language-to-feeling ratio in Katie Byrum’s Burn It Down is just about perfect. Her ear for the music of speech is in sync with her passionate curiosity about the abandonments and fulfillments of domestic love and erotic life.” —Tom Sleigh

 

The Brueghel Moon
The Brueghel Moon

Fiction by Tamaz Chiladze; translated by Maya Kiasashvili
Paperback; $14.95

“A short novel of great psychological insight from an accomplished contemporary writer… Chiladze discloses great insight into the nature of personal relationships…” —Kirkus Reviews

 

Faces in the Crowd
Faces in the Crowd

Fiction by Valeria Luiselli
Paperback; $15.95

“Luiselli’s haunting debut novel … erodes the concrete borders of everyday life with a beautiful, melancholy contemplation of disappearance.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

Street of Thieves
Street of Thieves

Fiction by Mathias Énard; translated by Charlotte Mandell
Paperback; $15.95

“A howling elegy for thwarted youth … Énard’s relentless, incisive prose underscores his thesis that ‘men are dogs’ incapable of determining their fate…” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

Wild Grass on the Riverbank


Wild Grass on the Riverbank

Poetry by Hiromi Itō; translated by Jeffrey Angles
Paperback; $12

“A challenging linguistic undertaking deftly translated by Jeffrey Angles, this is a stunningly brutal and relentlessly innovative book by Japan’s ‘shamaness of poetry.’” —Lee Ann Roripaugh

 

Skin
Skin

Poetry by Tone Škrjanec; translated by Matthew Rohrer & Ana Pepelnik
Paperback; $17

“These poems are solitary reports from the edge of loneliness.”
—Emily Kendal Frey

 

The Countries We Live In
The Countries We Live In

Poetry by Natan Zach; translated by Peter Everwine
Paperback; $17

“A tenacious ironist, deeply aware of human isolation and the elaborate illusions we construct as our refuges (the refuge of poetry included)….” —Peter Everwine

 

Lemonworld & Other Poems
Lemonworld & Other Poems

Poetry by Carina Finn
Paperback; $15

“How does one read a book with this many hooks? Some may eat it like cake, but I prefer: ‘We’ll fill our mouths with cinnamon now.’ It’s funny, scary and beautiful.” —Johannes Görannson

 

Wastoid
Wastoid

Poetry by Mathias Svalina
Paperback; $14

“These unforgettable poems are full of feverish imagination as well as gorgeous blood currents of anger and mourning that drive Wastoid deep into our consciousness.” —Cathy Park Hong

 

Aphoria
Aphoria

Poetry by Jackie Clark
Paperback; $14.95

“Clark’s attempts to connect the abstract decor of the psyche and the inorganic and organic furnishings of a personal life are bracing and alluring.” —The Huffington Post

 

The Use of Man
The Use of Man

Fiction by Aleksandar Tišma
Paperback; $15.95

“A masterly evocation of fortitude, resignation, turpitude and sheer bloody-minded self-preservation in the face of fear, violent repression, and leaden-jawed dogma.” —The Times (London)

 

Tweaky Village
Tweaky Village

Poetry by Kevin Killian
Paperback; $15

“Kevin Killian’s unparalleled nimbleness with the stuff of our public and privates lives makes him … one of the most ‘continually incandescent’ (to take from Sontag) writers writing today.” —Entropy

 

The Chain of Chance
The Chain of Chance

Fiction by Stanislaw Lem
Paperback; $15.95

“[Lem is] a Jorge Luis Borges for the Space Age, who plays in earnest with every concept of philosophy and physics, from free will to probability theory.” —New York Times Book Review

 

Millennial Teeth
Millennial Teeth

Poetry by Dan Albergotti
Paperback; $15.95

“Albergotti’s poems address the terrors of being—war, madness, cruelty—but with such tenderness and heart that on the last page one is left with hope…” —Barbara Hamby, author of Divine Love

 

The Abundance of Nothing
The Abundance of Nothing

Poetry by Bruce Weigl
Paperback; $16.95

“One has to go back to the poetry of James Wright to find a writer who has used the fallen industrial landscape of the Midwest as effectively as Bruce Weigl…” —The Nation

 

Dan
Dan

Fiction by Joanna Ruocco
Paperback; $16

“This outrageously hilarious book is also a warning against how others will happily use our hope, our empathy, and our imaginations against us … even while they are eating our hot pretzels.” —Drunken Boat

 

The Wallcreeper
The Wallcreeper

Fiction by Nell Zink
Paperback; $16

“Nell Zink is a writer of extraordinary talent and range. Her work insistently raises the possibility that the world is larger and stranger than the world you think you know.” —Jonathan Franzen

 

Nothing
Nothing

Fiction by Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon
Paperback; $12

“A marvelously scathing indictment of a generation that has no choice but to burn … a riveting first piece of scripture from our newest prophet of misspent youth.” —Paste

 

Agostino
Agostino

Fiction by Alberto Moravia; translated by Michael F. Moore
Paperback; $14

“Originally published in 1945, this novel about the loss of innocence shines in a new translation. … Perceptive and razor-sharp insights into the agony of adolescence.” —Kirkus starred review

 

Salsa
Salsa

Poetry by Hsia Yü; translated by Steve Bradbury
Paperback; $18

Originally published in Chinese in 1999, Salsa has been Hsia Yü’s most successful collection of poetry, selling thousands of copies in Taiwan and Hong Kong alone.

 

The Elusive Moth
The Elusive Moth

Fiction by Ingrid Winterbach
Paperback; $14.95

“In her latest novel, Ingrid Winterbach is at her best: complex, funny, smart, mischievous, and without equal.” —Beeld

 


The Sailor from Gibraltar
The Sailor from Gibraltar

Fiction by Marguerite Duras
Paperback; $12.95

“[Duras’s] sentences lodge themselves slowly in the reader’s mind until they detonate with all the force of fused feeling and thought.”
—New York Review of Books

 

The Discoverer
The Discoverer

Fiction by Jan Kjaerstad
Paperback; $17.95

“Veering from the broadly comic to the beautifully sad, with detours for deadpan mediations on the ‘Norwegian national character,’ this book is not just big, but big-hearted.” —New York Times

 

Navidad & Matanza


Navidad & Matanza

Fiction by Carlos Labbé
Paperback; $12.95

“What makes Navidad & Matanza great is its ambiguity, its ethereal quality … you wonder if you’ve even read a novel at all.”
—J.T. Mahany, Three Percent

 

The First 4 Books of Sampson Starkweather
The First 4 Books of Sampson Starkweather

Poetry by Sampson Starkweather
Paperback; $24

“This staggeringly ambitious debut collection is, in sum, to quote its author … ‘To be reckoned with, or perhaps, / reckoned by.'”
—Seth Abramson, The Huffington Post

 

Mule
Mule

Poetry by Shane McCrae
Paperback; $15.95

“The ethereality of McCrae’s poems of merging and parting belies their emotional power, which comes like a gut punch.” —Katherine Litwin, The Poetry Foundation

 

Rise in the Fall
Rise in the Fall

Poetry by Ana Božičević
Paperback; $18

• Lambda Literary Award Winner for Best Lesbian Poetry
“Bracingly honest poems … highly recommended.” —Seth Abramson, The Huffington Post

 

Transfer Fat
Transfer Fat

Poetry by Aase Berg; translated by Johannes Göransson
Paperback; $15

“Berg finds daring, odd, beautiful, and altogether innovative ways to represent the reality of motherhood for a twenty-first century literature.” —Julia Guez, BOMBLOG

 

Scary, No Scary
Scary, No Scary

Poetry by Zachary Schomburg
Paperback; $14.95

“Schomburg is possibly the man who will save poetry…. A playful, mournful, and sometimes sweet collection full of fantastic images and odd dialogue.” —Huffington Post

 

Trances of the Blast
Trances of the Blast

Poetry by Mary Ruefle
Paperback; $22

“Ruefle’s poems are deeply personal but don’t feel intrusively confessional. An excellent choice for any collection looking to expand poetry beyond the obvious.” —Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

 

Orange Roses
Orange Roses

Poetry by Lucy Ives
Paperback; $18

“Brilliant, hard-earned and honest…. The erasures and reappearances of figure and ground—that hard drama—have rarely been so movingly undertaken. A heartbreakingly beautiful work.” —Jorie Graham

 

The Meatgirl Whatever
The Meatgirl Whatever

Poetry by Kristin Hatch
Paperback; $15.95

• Winner of the National Poetry Series
“Glee and melancholy, revulsion and beauty, lyric and satire … combine.” —K. Silem Mohammad, judge, National Poetry Series

 

People on Sunday
People on Sunday

Poetry by Geoffrey G. O’Brien
Paperback; $18

“This [collection] proves to be an intriguing, thoughtful, and ambitiously layered collection, drawing from the past to hold a mirror to the present.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

The Guest Cat
The Guest Cat

Fiction by Takashi Hiraide; translated by Eric Selland
Paperback; $14.95

“This is a beautiful, ornate read, brimming with philosophical observation, humor and intelligence, leaving the reader anticipating more … works of Hiraide.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

Nox
Nox

Poetry by Anne Carson
Hardback; $35.00

“An assemblage of words and images so artfully arranged that they make us reconsider not only what poetry can do and should do but even what a book is…” —Andrew Ervin, The Believer

 

Hawthorn & Child
Hawthorn & Child

Fiction by Keith Ridgway
Paperback; $15.95

“Breathtakingly unpredictable and unapologetically strange. And the writing is perfectly assured and elegant.” —Ian Rankin, The Guardian

 


The Rings of Saturn
The Rings of Saturn

Fiction by W.G. Sebald; translated by Michael Hulse
Paperback; $15.95

“The book is like a dream you want to last forever … It glows with the radiance and resilience of the human spirit.”—Roberta Silman, The New York Times Book Review

 

The Big Game
The Big Game (Le grand jeu)

Poetry by Benjamin Péret; translated by Marilyn Kallet
Paperback; $21.95

“Humour gushes here as if from its very source” —André Breton
“… the poetic principle itself, pared down to its quintessential imaginary nerve” —Charles Simic

 

Selected Prose and Poetry of Jules Supervielle
Selected Prose and Poetry of Jules Supervielle

Jules Supervielle; edited by Nancy Kline
Paperback; $19.95

“The poet of metempsychoses, of metamorphoses, of mysterious telepathies, thanks to which all things communicate invisibly, exchanging their fluids & their messages.” —Marcel Raymond

 

Pirate Talk
Pirate Talk or Mermalade

Fiction by Terese Svoboda
Paperback; $14.95

“This book is something entirely new: a novella that’s also a sort of poetry … Pirate Talk is a strange & nastily beautiful book.” —Emily St. John Mandel, The Millions

 

Famous Writers I Have Known
Famous Writers I Have Known

Fiction by James Magnuson
Hardcover; $25.95

“The single wickedest satire I’ve read in years. Flat-out hilarious (and disturbing, in the most genial kind of way).” —T.C. Boyle 

 


Our Andromeda
Our Andromeda

Poetry by Brenda Shaughnessy
Paperback; $16.00

• Featured on the NYT Book Review’s 100 Best Books of 2013 list
• Shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize 2013
“A heady, infectious celebration.” —The New Yorker

 

The Adventures of Telemachus
The Adventures of Telemachus
Fiction by Louis Aragon; translated by Renée Riese
Paperback; $13.95

“In this inventive translation … Aragon’s farce is a funhouse of double-think and mirror readings; the wise reader enters with disbelief well suspended…” New York Times Book Review

 

Holy Land
Holy Land

Poetry by Rauan Klassnik
Paperback; $12.95

As a wide-ranging, metaphoric look at death, sublimity, despair, and anguish, Holy Land succeeds even as it terrifies and, yes, turns the stomach. A remarkable achievement…” —Huffington Post

 

Rising, Falling, Hovering
Rising, Falling, Hovering

Poetry by C.D. Wright
Paperback; $17

Rising is about conflict, local and global, and how failures of the heart bring disaster on every scale. Wright wakes the reader … to the saving beauty of clear sight.” —Griffin Poetry Prize citation

 

The Correspondence Artist
The Correspondence Artist

Fiction by Barbara Browning
Paperback; $16

“Browning’s mysterious romance capably relays the sensation of [a] perilously ambiguous world. The narrator is so offhandedly intelligent that it makes the book a pleasure to read.” —Ben McLeod

 

The Difficult Farm
The Difficult Farm

Poetry by Heather Christle
Paperback; $12

“Christle’s savage and wild and surprising and critical book contains multitudes, and in doing so forges new pathways…” —Chris Hosea

 

Dark Elderberry Branch
Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva

Poetry by Marina Tsvetaeva
Paperback with CD (readings in the original Russian); $15

“This new selection from her poems and prose brought me a closer and more intimate sense of her and her voice and presence than I had before … this Dark Elderberry Branch is magic.” —W.S. Merwin

 

Here Bullet
Here, Bullet

Poetry by Brian Turner
Paperback; $15.95

Here, Bullet is a book of poems about the war in Iraq, written by a veteran whose eye for the telling detail is as strategic as it is poetic.” —The Globe and Mail

 

Lake Antiquity
Lake Antiquity

Poetry/collage by Brandon Downing
Paperback; $40.00

“Downing’s greatest achievement so far. … Lake Antiquity makes it clear that Downing is a genius of juxtaposition.” —The Stranger