I’ve done 3 small press roundups for Metafilter in the past couple months—here they all are combined:

Akmaral by Judith Lindbergh (Regal House Publishing, 7 May 2024): Drawn from legends of Amazon women warriors from ancient Greece and recent archaeological discoveries in Central Asia, Akmaral is a sweeping tale about a powerful woman who must make peace with making war. (Amazon; Bookshop)

And Yet Held by T. De Los Reyes (Bull City Press, 6 Feb 2024): Knowing it takes a certain amount of gumption and surrender to lean towards vulnerability, this book is meant to be held by someone who is looking for poems about love and discovers it is also poems about the self—and in that discovering recognizes, “Finally, I am found.” (Amazon)

As the Andes Disappeared by Caroline Dawson, trans. Anita Anand (Book*hug Press, 14 Nov 2023): Caroline is seven years old when her family flees Pinochet’s regime, leaving Chile for Montreal on Christmas Eve, 1986. An expansive coming-of-age autobiographical novel on the 2024 Adult First Novel Category Shortlist. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Atlas of an Ancient World by Violeta Orozco (Black Lawrence Press, Apr 2024): A poetry collection that embodies the threshold between Mesoamerican and Chicanx mythologies, the book rewrites the sacred relationship brown and black folks have fostered with nature and land in the Americas. This is a world haunted by diaspora, the violence and beauty of cities and borderlands. (only from the publisher)

Bad Seed by Gabriel Carle, trans. Heather Houde (Feminist Press, 7 May 2024): A vibrant debut short story collection depicting the disillusionment that comes with being young and queer in Puerto Rico. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Between this World and the Next by Praveen Herat (Restless Books, 25 June 2024): Praveen Herat’s gripping literary thriller is a breathtaking exploration of power, identity, unconditional love, and the question of how far we’ll go to uncover the truth. Winner of the 2022 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. (Amazon; Bookshop)

The Black Antifascist Tradition: Fighting Back From Anti-Lynching to Abolition by Jeanelle K. Hope and Bill V. Mullen (Haymarket Books, 2 Apr 2024): The story of the fight against fascism across the African diaspora, revealing that Black antifascism has always been vital to global freedom struggles. (Amazon; Bookshop)

black has every right to be angry: poems by Ashley Elizabeth (Alternating Current Press, 7 Nov 2023): This poetry collection tells stories for those who can’t. Those who are scared. Those who are silenced. Those who need an extra push. (Amazon)

Blotter: The Untold Story of an Acid Medium by Erik Davis (The MIT Press, 30 Apr 2024): A richly illustrated exploration of the history, art, and design of printed LSD blotter tabs. (Amazon; Bookshop)

The Book Censor’s Library by Bothayna Al-Essa, trans. Sawad Hussain and Ranya Abdelrahman (Restless Books, 30 Apr 2024): A perilous and fantastical satire of banned books, secret archives, and the looming eye of an all-powerful government. (Amazon; Bookshop)

But The Girl by Jessica Zhan Mei Yu (Unnamed Press, 5 Mar 2024): Shortly after flight MAS370 goes missing, scholarship student Girl boards her own mysterious flight from Australia to London to work on a dissertation on Sylvia Plath. Though she is ambivalent toward academia and harbors ideas about writing a post-colonial novel, if only she could work out just what that means, Girl relishes the freedom that has come with distance from the expectations and judgements of her very tight-knit Malaysian-Australian family. At last Girl has an opportunity to live on her own terms. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Cartoons by Kit Schluter (City Lights Books, 21 May 2024): Set in the uncanny valley between Bugs Bunny and Franz Kafka, Cartoons is an explosive series of outrageous, absurdist tales. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Chicano Frankenstein by Daniel A. Olivas (Forest Avenue Press, 5 Mar 2024): A modern retelling of the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley classic that addresses issues of belonging and assimilation. (Amazon; Bookshop)

The Children of the Dead by 2004 Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek, trans. Gitta Honegger (Yale UP, 12 Mar 2024): The Alpenrose is a mountain resort nestled in Austria’s scenic landscape among historic churches and castles. It is a vacation idyll that attracts tourists from all over Europe. It is also a mass burial site. Amid the snow-topped peaks and panoramic vistas, ghosts haunt the forest: Edgar Gstranz, a young skier who died in a car crash; Gudrun Bichler, a philosophy student who committed suicide in her bathtub; and Karin Frenzel, a widow who (perhaps) died in a bus accident. As the three slip in and out of the hotel, engaging unsuspecting tourists and seeking a way to return to life, the soil begins to crack under their feet as the dead of the Holocaust awaken: zombies determined to exact their revenge. (Amazon; Bookshop)

The Children of This Madness by Gemini Wahhaj (7.13 Books, 5 Dec 2023): In The Children of this Madness, Gemini Wahhaj pens a complex tale of modern Bengalis, one that illuminates the recent histories not only of Bangladesh, but America and Iraq. Told in multiple voices over successive eras, this is the story of Nasir Uddin and his daughter Beena, and the intersection of their distant, vastly different lives. As the US war in Iraq plays out a world away, and Beena struggles to belong to Houston’s tony Bengali American community—many of whom serve the same corporate masters she sees destroying Iraq—recently widowed engineering professor Nasir Uddin journeys to America not only to see Beena and her new husband but the many former students who make up the immigrant community Beena has come to view with ambivalence. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Colorful Palate: A Flavorful Journey Through a Mixed American Experience by Raj Tawney (Empire State Editions/Fordham Press, 3 Oct 2023): Raj Tawney shares his coming-of-age memoir as a young man born into an Indian, Puerto Rican, and Italian-American family, his struggles with understanding his own identity, and the mouthwatering flavors of the melting pot from within his own childhood kitchen. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Counting Feminicide: Data Feminism in Action by Catherine D’Ignazio (The MIT Press, 30 Apr 2024): Why grassroots data activists in Latin America count feminicide—and how this vital social justice work challenges mainstream data science. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Crocodile Tears Didn’t Cause the Flood by Bradley Sides (Montag Press, 6 Feb 2024): Bradley Sides merges the South with the weird in his latest collection of magical realism short stories: a boy creates a guide to his beloved pond monster, a parent weighs the consequences of the coming apocalypse, a young woman rejects ownership of her vampire family’s farm. (Amazon; Bookshop)

The Day of the Door by Laurel Hightower (Ghoulish, 23 Apr 2024): Once there were four Lasco siblings banded together against a world that failed to protect them. But on a hellish night that marked the end of their childhood, eldest brother Shawn died violently after being dragged behind closed doors. Though the official finding was accidental death, Nathan Lasco knows better, and has never forgiven their mother, Stella. Now two decades later, Stella promises to finally reveal the truth of what happened on The Day of the Door. Accompanied by a paranormal investigative team, the Lasco family comes together one final time, but no one is prepared for the revelations waiting for them on the third floor. (Amazon; Bookshop)

The Default World by Naomi Kanakia (Feminist Press, 28 May 2024): A trans woman sets out to exploit a group of wealthy roommates, only to fall under the spell of their glamorous, hedonistic lifestyle in tech-bubble San Francisco. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Defund: Conversations Toward Abolition by Calvin John Smiley (Haymarket Books, 21 May 2024): A collection of illuminating interviews with leading abolitionist organizers and thinkers, reflecting on the uprisings of summer 2020, the rise of #defund, and the work ahead of bridging the divide between reform and abolition. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Disobedience by Daniel Sarah Karasik (Book*hug Press, 21 May 2024): Shael lives in a vast prison camp, a monstrosity developed after centuries of warfare and environmental catastrophe. As a young transfeminine person, they risk abject violence if their identity and love affair with Coe, an insurrectionary activist, are discovered. But desire and rebellion flare, and soon Shael escapes to Riverwish, a settlement attempting to forge a new way of living that counters the camp’s repression. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Dispatches from the District Committee by Vladimir Sorokin, trans. Max Lawton (Dalkey Archive Press, 14 May 2024): Grotesque, deconstructive, and absolutely genius, Vladimir Sorokin’s short story collection Dispatches from the District Committee is a revelatory, offbeat portrait of Soviet life beyond the propaganda and state-sponsored realism. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Dispersals: On Plants, Borders, and Belonging by Jessica J. Lee (Catapult, 12 Mar 2024): A prize-winning memoirist and nature writer turns to the lives of plants entangled in our human world to explore belonging, displacement, identity, and the truths of our shared future. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Dozer by Sara Potocsny (Bull City Press, 28 May 2024): A 14 page chapbook of short stories including “Last Queer on Earth” and “Frozen Pigeon. ” (only from the publisher)

Dressing the Saints by Aracelis González Asendorf (Black Lawrence Press, 26 Jan 2024): Set in the lushness of Cuba and Florida, and spanning decades, the stories chronicle lives left behind and new ones forged with struggle, melancholy, and hope. Old loves are reencountered, enemies confronted, family secrets are revealed, and women fight for agency. Memory, what can’t be forgotten and what is elusively fading away with the passage of time, is ever-present in the stories of people fiercely confronting fate with grace and compassion. (Amazon)

Everyday Something Has Tried to Kill Me And Has Failed: Notes From Periracial America by Kim McLarin (Ig Publishing, 14 Nov 2023): With accumulated wisdom and sharp-eyed clarity, Everyday Something Has Tried to Kill Me And Has Failed addresses the joys and hardships of being an older Black woman in contemporary, “periracial” America. Award-winning author Kim McLarin utilizes deeply personal experiences to illuminate the pain and power of aging, Blackness and feminism, in the process capturing the endless cycle of progress and backlash that has long shaped race and gender. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Flight of the Wild Swan by Melissa Pritchard (Bellevue Literary Press, 12 Mar 2024): Sweeping yet intimate, Flight of the Wild Swan tells the story of Florence Nightingale, a brilliant, trailblazing woman whose humanity has been obscured beneath the iconic weight of legend. From adolescence, Nightingale was determined to fulfill her life’s calling to serve the sick and suffering. Overcoming Victorian hierarchies, familial expectations, patriarchal resistance, and her own illness, she used her hard-won acclaim as a battlefield nurse to bring the profession out of its shadowy, disreputable status and elevate nursing to a skilled practice and compassionate art. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Giant On the Shore by Alfonso Ochoa, trans. Shook (Transit Children’s Editions, 14 May 2024): A tender fable about overcoming loneliness and welcoming new possibilities. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Grandma’s Hair Is Ankle Length / El cabello de Abuela le llega hasta los tobillos by Adriana Camacho-Church, ill. Carmen Lop (Arte Público Press, 31 May 2024): This bilingual picture book highlights the loving relationship between a child and her elder and the beauty of the natural world. (Amazon; Bookshop) Also from the same press is another bilingual picture book, about divorce and extended family, It Feels Like Family / Se siente como familia by Diane de Anda, ill. Roberta Collier-Morales. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Halfway Home: Thoughts from Midlife by Christina Myers (House of Anansi, 21 May 2024): Award-winning author Christina Myers navigates the uncharted territory of midlife in a time of rapid social, cultural, and environmental change. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Holy Food: How Cults, Communes, and Religious Movements Influenced What We Eat: An American History by Christina Ward (Feral House, 26 Sep 2023): Independent food historian Christina Ward’s Holy Food explores the influence of mainstream to fringe religious beliefs on modern American food culture. Author Christina Ward unravels the numerous ways religious beliefs intersect with politics and economics and, of course, food to tell a different story of America. It’s the story of true believers and charlatans, of idealists and visionaries, and of the everyday people who followed them–often at their peril. (Amazon; Bookshop)

How We Named the Stars by Andrés N. Ordorica (Tin House, 30 Jan 2024): Set between the United States and México, Andrés N. Ordorica’s debut novel is a tender and lyrical exploration of belonging, grief, and first love—a love story for those so often written off the page. Best Book of January at The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, and Alta Journal. (Amazon; Bookshop)

How You Were Born by Kate Cayley (Book*hug Press, 12 Mar 2024): This tenth-anniversary edition of the Trillium Book Award-winning collection includes three new stories. (Amazon; Bookshop)

I Hate It Here, Please Vote For Me: Essays on Rural Political Decay by Matthew Ferrence (West Virginia University Press, 1 Aug 2024): When a progressive college professor runs for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in a deeply conservative rural district, he loses. That’s no surprise. But the story of how Ferrence loses and, more importantly, how American political narratives refuse to recognize the existence and value of non-conservative rural Americans offers insight into the political morass of our nation. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Indian Winter by Kazim Ali (Coach House Books, 14 May 2024): A queer writer travelling through India can’t escape the regrets of his past, nor the impending ruin of his present. (Amazon; Bookshop)

The Inhumans and Other Stories: A Selection of Bengali Science Fiction ed./trans. Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay (MIT Press, 12 Mar 2024): The first English translation of a cult science fiction favorite by Hemendra Kumar Roy, one of the giants of early Bangla literature, and other sf stories from the colonial period in India. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Insurgent Labor: The Vermont AFL-CIO 2017–2023 by David Van Deusen (PM Press, 30 July 2024): Insurgent Labor tracks the trials and tribulations of bringing a formerly stagnant labor council into national relevance with an unapologetically left-wing agenda. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Juice: A History of Female Ejaculation by Stephanie Haerdle, trans. Elisabeth Lauffer (The MIT Press, 23 Apr 2024): The fascinating, little-known history of female sex fluids through the millennia. (Amazon; Bookshop)

The Last Bird of Paradise by Clifford Garstang (Black Rose Writing, 22 Feb 2024): Two women, nearly a century apart, seek to rebuild their lives when they reluctantly leave their homelands. Arriving in Singapore, they find romance in a tropical paradise, but also find they haven’t left behind the dangers that caused them to flee. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Lines of Flight by Madhu H. Kaza (Ugly Duckling Presse, 1 May 2024): The book-length essay follows echoes and associative logics across cultures and eras, from Ancient Greece to thirteenth-century Japan to sixteenth-century Mexico to our own time, in an attempt to unfix translation and dwell in the ongoingness of language. (only from the publisher)

Log Off: Why Posting and Politics (Almost) Never Mix by Katherine Cross (LittlePuss Press, June 2024): A blistering, informed, and hilarious argument on how social media and political activism are fated never to intertwine. (Amazon)

Lojman by Ebru Ojen, trans. Aron Aji and Selin Gökçesu (City Lights, 15 Aug 2023): Lojman tells, on its surface, the domestic tale of a Kurdish family living in a small village on a desolate plateau at the foot of the snow-capped mountains of Turkey’s Van province. Virtually every aspect of the family’s life is dictated by the government, from their exile to the country’s remote, easternmost region to their sequestration in the grim “teacher’s lodging”–or lojman–to which they’re assigned. When Selma’s husband walks out one day, he leaves in his wake a storm of resentment between his young children and a mother reluctant to parent them. (Amazon; Bookshop)

The Long Swim by Terese Svoboda (University of Massachusetts Press, 1 Mar 2024): A runaway circus lion haunts a small town where two lovers risk more than their respective marriages. A junket to Cuba and an ambassador’s dalliance with a niece hide dark secrets and political revolution. “I’ve always had a knife,” says the unstable stepson to his parents. Inventive, dark, and absurd, the stories in The Long Swim capture Terese Svoboda’s clear-eyed, wry angle on the world. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Lost in Living by Halyna Kruk, trans. Ali Kinsella and Dzvinia Orlowsky (Lost Horse Press, 25 May 2024): Kruk’s unpublished work from the immediate “pre-invasion” years when life in Ukraine was marked by turmoil but full-scale war was not yet normalized. Part of the Lost Horse Press Contemporary Poetry Series. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Love the World Or Get Killed Trying by Alvina Chamberland (Noemi Press, 15 Mar 2024): Through playful poetic prose, sharp social commentary and self-deprecating gallows humor Love the World or Get Killed Trying dives into the mind of Alvina, a trans woman on the eve of turning 30. The reader is invited to follow her journey through the breathtaking wilderness of Iceland and busy city boulevards of Berlin and Paris as she probes questions of eternity, sexuality, longing, death, love, and how hard it is to remain soft when you’re a ceaseless target of straight men’s secret lust and open disgust. Reaching its climax through an urgent wildfire scream-of-consciousness, cry-of-love-manifesto, Love the World or Get Killed Trying is a raw and vulnerable work of magical brutalist autofiction. (Amazon)

Man’s World by Charlotte Haldane (MIT Press, 12 Mar 2024): A new edition of a 1926 novel. In the not-too-distant future, England’s population quality and quantity are under scientific control: Only those deemed the fittest are permitted to procreate. Women are groomed to be “vocational mothers”—or else sterilized and put to other uses. Written by an author married to one of the world’s most prominent eugenics advocates, this ambivalent adventure anticipates both Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale. When a young woman rebels against her conditioning, can she break free? (Amazon; Bookshop)

A Map to the Spring by Lim Deok-Gi, trans. Kim Riwon and Karis J. Han (Codhill Press, 1 May 2024): With lyrical prose and profound insights, A Map to the Spring beckons readers to embrace the interconnectedness of all living things and find solace in the ever-renewing cycles of nature. (only from the publisher)

Morning & Evening by Jon Fosse, trans. Damion Searls (Dalkey Archive Press, re-issued 21 May 2024): Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2023. A child who will be named Johannes is born. An old man named Johannes dies. Between these two points, Jon Fosse gives us the details of an entire life, starkly compressed. (Amazon; Bookshop) Transit Books has also published his Nobel lecture, A Silent Language (Amazon).

My Body Is Paper: Stories and Poems by Gil Cuadros (City Lights Books, 4 June 2024): Since City of God (1994) by Gil Cuadros was published 30 years ago, it has become an unlikely classic (an “essential book of Los Angeles” according to the LA Times), touching readers and writers who find in his work a singular evocation of Chicanx life in Los Angeles during and leading up to the AIDS epidemic, which took his life in 1996. Little did we know, Cuadros continued writing exuberant prose and poems in the period between his one published book and his untimely death at the age of 34. This recently discovered treasure is a stunning portrait of sex, family, religion, culture of origin, and the betrayals of the body. (Amazon; Bookshop)

One Tuesday, Early by Annalisa Crawford (Vine Leaves Press, 14 May 2024): It’s 6:05am one Tuesday morning, and Lexi Peters is alone. Her partner, her friends, her neighbours have all vanished without a trace. The entire town is deserted. Gathering every ounce of courage, she sets out to explore the streets, seeking any sign of life. On the same morning, her partner Finn awakens to an empty house. Recalling the blazing argument they had the night before, he assumes Lexi has snuck off somewhere to cool down. But she doesn’t return. Time passes. Or not. (Amazon; Bookshop)

That Pinson Girl by Gerry Wilson (Regal House Publishing, 6 Feb 2024): In a bleak Mississippi farmhouse in 1918, Leona Pinson gives birth to an illegitimate son whose father she refuses to name, but who will, she is convinced, return from the war to rescue her from a hardscrabble life. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Pocketknife Kitty by Shannon Riley (Ghoulish, 24 June 2024): Jamie is a thirty-year-old banker wedged between grief and newfound freedom. Through a domino cascade beyond her control, she winds up stuck in her suffocating hometown. The monotony is broken swiftly when, following a night of spite-fueled impulse, Jamie soon begins to undergo a rapid and gruesome transformation. (only from the publisher)

A Professional Lola and Other Stories by E. P. Tuazon (Red Hen Press, 7 May 2024): A collection of short stories that embodies the joy, mystery, humor, sadness, hunger, and family that inhabit modern-day Filipino American virtues. (Amazon; Bookshop)

The Queen of Steeplechase Park by David Ciminello (Forest Avenue Press, 7 May 2024): The absolutely, positively, practically, almost-true story of infamous burlesque queen and magic meatball maker Belladonna Marie Donato. (Amazon; Bookshop)

A Question of Belonging: Crónicas by Hebe Uhart, trans. Anna Vilner (Archipelago Books, 28 May 2024): “It was a year of great discovery for me, learning about these people and their homes, ” Hebe Uhart writes in the opening story of A Question of Belonging, a collection of texts that traverse Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Spain, and beyond. Discoveries sprout and flower throughout Uhart’s oeuvre, but nowhere more so than in her crónicas, Uhart’s preferred method of storytelling by the end of her life. (Amazon; Bookshop)

The Rain Artist by Claire Rudy Foster (Moonstruck Books, 24 Feb 2024): Book One in the Clepsydra Series. In a future where rain is a luxury enjoyed exclusively by the ultra-rich, the world’s only umbrella-maker is framed for the high-profile murder of the quadrillionaire patriarch who controls the earth’s last natural resources. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Remembering Che: My Life with Che Guevara by Aleida March, trans. Pilar Aguilar (Seven Stories Press, 25 June 2024): Che Guevara’s widow remembers a great revolutionary romance tragically cut short by Che’s assassination in Bolivia. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Rotten Evidence: Reading and Writing in an Egyptian Prison by Ahmed Naji, trans. Katharine Halls (McSweeney’s, 17 Oct 2023): In February 2016, Ahmed Naji was sentenced to two years in prison for “violating public decency,” after an excerpt of his novel Using Life reportedly caused a reader to experience heart palpitations. Naji ultimately served ten months of that sentence, in a group cellblock in Cairo’s Tora Prison. Rotten Evidence is a chronicle of those months. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Roxy and Coco by Terese Svoboda (West Virginia University Press, 1 Feb 2024): Sisters Roxy and Coco are two glamorous harpies—mythical bird women—attempting to outrun extinction and fix the planet by preventing child abuse, one child at a time. When Roxy is suddenly attracted to her human supervisor at a social work agency a hundred years too early, Coco is very suspicious. Luring Roxy with his scent, Tim is also on the payroll of a fake conservationist intent on her less-than-legal collection. Coco swoops in to vet Tim, but Interpol is hot on her trail for a series of curious homicides. (Surveillance has a very hard time convincing his boss of what he’s monitoring.) (Amazon; Bookshop)

The Silence of the Choir by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, trans. Alison Anderson (Europa Editions, 14 May 2024): A polyphonic tale of immigration and community by “the most promising Senegalese writer of his generation” (Le Monde). Mohamed Mbougar Sarr’s previous novel The Most Secret Memory of Men was longlisted for the National Book Award. (Amazon; Bookshop)

The Sisters K by Maureen Sun (Unnamed Press, 11 June 2024): After years of estrangement, Minah, Sarah, and Esther have been forced together again. Called to their father’s deathbed, the sisters must confront a man little changed by the fact of his mortality. Vicious and pathetic in equal measure, Eugene Kim wants one thing: to see which of his children will abject themselves for his favor— and more importantly, his fortune. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Some Things You Love With Your Insides, Your Guts by Joshua Rodriguez (Thirty West, 30 May 2024): Convinced the Earth is flat and that he’s been duped by an untrustworthy world for too long, Carter’s father is dragging him to an encampment that is both a cult and an uprising. (Bookshop)

The Story Game: A Memoir by Shze-Hui Tjoa (Tin House, 21 May 2024): A memoir that reenacts, in tautly novelistic fashion, the process of healing that author Shze-Hui Tjoa moved through to recover memories lost to complex PTSD and, eventually, reconstruct her sense of self. Stunning in its originality and intimacy, The Story Game is a piercing tribute to selfhood and sisterhood, a genre-shattering testament to the power of imagination, and a one-of-a-kind work of art. (Amazon; Bookshop)

The Stricken by Morgan Shamy (CamCat Books, 5 Mar 2024): Every day in Clara’s world, a dark cloud descends upon her town. The storm comes like clockwork, erasing everyone’s memories. Everyone except Clara. But after Clara’s father mysteriously disappears, things change. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Tannery Bay by Steven Dunn and Katie Jean Shinkle (University of Alabama Press / Fiction Collective 2, 15 Feb 2024): In the enchanted town of Tannery Bay, it’s July 37, and then July 2 again, but the year is a mystery. Trapped in an eternal loop, the residents embark on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery, unity, and defiance against the forces that seek to divide them. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Tender Hoof: Stories by Nicole Rivas (Thirty West, 26 Jan 2024): In these pages, Rivas compactly merges the brutal with the surreal, blurring the line between safety and danger, sinner and saint. Twin girls accept a strange man’s invitation; a young author’s purported reincarnation leads to fame and misfortune; a lone bicyclist cycles her way through a lifetime of peril; not even a fairytale can save children from the flaws of their parents. (Amazon; Bookshop)

These Letters End In Tears by Musih Tedji Xaviere (Catapult, 12 Mar 2024): Set in a country where being gay is punishable by law, this is the heart-wrenching forbidden love story of a Christian girl with a rebellious heart and a Muslim girl leading a double life. (Amazon; Bookshop)

This House by Sian Northey, trans. Susan Walton (3TimesRebel Press, 21 March 2024): Anna has lived alone for decades. She is cocooned by, and marooned in, an isolated cottage called Nant yr Aur in the Welsh mountains. The arrival of Siôn, a young man who seems strangely at home in the house, leads to an unpicking of Anna’s past. (Amazon)

The Three Lives of St Ciarán by Inés Gregori Labarta (Blackwater, 20 Apr 2024): A young girl, un-dead and un-alive, brought to the shores of Iberia and nurtured to become the saviour of Madrid. A crippled boy drowning in the waters of Loughmichnois, called to preserve the secrets of a civilisation. A nun who instigates the bombing of Neo Dublin to reset a futureless people and start afresh. Times of darkness, worlds seemingly beyond salvation, people who have never known joy. What do they have in common? Three entirely different versions of Saint Ciarán to restore hope, faith, and brightness for humankind. (Amazon)

Tomorrowing by Terry Bisson (Duke University Press, 12 April 2024): For twenty years, Terry Bisson published a regular “This Month in History” column in the science fiction magazine Locus. Tomorrowing collects these two decades of memorable events—four per month—each set in a totally different imaginary yet possible, inevitable yet avoidable future. From the first AI president to the first dog on Mars to the funeral of Earth’s last glacier, these stories are speculative SF at its most (and least) serious. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Unbuild Walls: Why Immigrant Justice Needs Abolition by Silky Shah (Haymarket Books, 7 May 2024): Drawing from over twenty years of activism on local and national levels, this striking book offers an organizer’s perspective on the intersections of immigrant rights, racial justice, and prison abolition. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Uncle Rabbit and the Wax Doll by Silvestre Pantaleón Esteva, trans. Jonathan D. Amith (Deep Vellum, 7 May 2024): Follow the classic tale of the trickster Brer Rabbit in a one-of-a-kind trilingual edition, featuring Nahuatl, Spanish, and English languages alongside traditional amate bark paintings. (Amazon; Bookshop)

The Under Hum by Simone Muench & Jackie K. White (Black Lawrence Press, 10 May 2024): Collaborative poetry called “a gorgeous panoply of golden shovels, centos, and tangy tercets” by Denise Duhamel & Maureen Seaton. (Amazon)

Upcountry: A Novel by Chin-Sun Lee (Unnamed Press, 7 Nov 2023): A middle-class ex-Manhattanite, a cash-strapped single mother, and a young member of an obscure religious “sect,” become entangled in a Catskills town. (Amazon; Bookshop)

We Speak Through the Mountain by Premee Mohamed (ECW Press, 18 June 2024): The enlivening follow-up to the award-winning sensation The Annual Migration of Clouds (Amazon; Bookshop). Traveling alone through the climate-crisis-ravaged wilds of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, 19-year-old Reid Graham battles the elements and her lifelong chronic illness to reach the utopia of Howse University. But life in one of the storied “domes” — the last remnants of pre-collapse society — isn’t what she expected. (Amazon; Bookshop)

What Every Radical Should Know about State Repression: A Guide for Activists by Victor Serge (Seven Stories Press, 28 May 2024): This classic 1926 manual on repression by revolutionary activist Victor Serge offers fascinating anecdotes about the tactics of police provocateurs and an analysis of the documents of the Tsarist secret police in the aftermath of the Russian revolution. (Amazon; Bookshop)

The Wildcat Behind Glass by Alki Zei, trans. Karen Emmerich (Restless Books, 28 May 2024): For Melia and her sister Myrto, summer means a break from Grandfather’s history lessons and weeks of running free at the seaside with their ragtag group of friends. Best of all, cousin Nikos will visit and tell his fabulous stories about the taxidermied wildcat, which opens its blue glass eye when it wants to do good deeds and its black one when it makes trouble. Set in Greece during the 1930s, when the nation was torn apart by fascism, this is an unforgettable tale of family, humanity, and what it means to be free. From its 1963 release to the dozens of international editions and honors that followed including a Mildred L. Batchelder Award, the novel has enchanted generations of young readers. Now, a fresh English translation—the first in over 50 years—breathes new life into the timeless story. (Amazon; Bookshop)

Women Twice Removed by Christina Lloyd (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2 Apr 2024): Christina Lloyd’s poetry, in Women Twice Removed, is intense and tautly eloquent. The poems are prominently tethered to Lloyd’s grandmother, Esperanza, whose name means “hope,” and who journeyed from Spain to the Philippines and on to California. Life, it is said, begins with a stumble, and so here begins the life of these arresting poems, which delve into what Christina and her grandmother experienced along the way. (Amazon)

Zulaikha by Niloufar-Lily Soltani (Inanna Publications, 9 Nov 2023): In the winter of 2007, returning home from visiting her son in Amsterdam, Zulaikha accidentally runs into Kia, a family friend she hasn’t seen for many years. Kia’s father has passed away and he is flying home to attend his funeral. In a shocking twist, Zulaikha suspects that Kia may have had information about Zulaikha’s missing brother, Hessam, who disappeared shortly following the murder of their mutual friend, Abbass, during the Iran–Iraq War. When the flight is suddenly cancelled, Zulaikha is taken into custody and questioned about her relationship with Kia by the European airport security. A day later, in Tehran, the Iranian authorities have their own agenda for intimidating her. A tense thriller explores the impacts of war and oppression through a sprawling, tender, imperfect love story, scored with the notes of the Arabic and Persian music and poetry that grace so many Middle Eastern lives. (Amazon.ca)

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