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Garage Elegies by Stephen Kessler.
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A poignant collection of personal poems by this multiple award winning poet and renowned translator of poetry.
135 pages $15.00
How Our Bodies Learned is Marilyn Kallet’s seventh book of lyric poems, offering a collection of love poems and sensual blues that enfold more difficult poems of witness. Each of the three chapters takes a hard look at historical events: the terrorist attack in Paris, November 2015; gun violence in Orlando and San Bernardino; the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. But Kallet is also a poet of dreams and humor. She reassures her readers with songs of healing and resilience. The influence of poets such as Baudelaire, Eluard, and William Carlos Williams adds resonance. “What Power Has Love?” Kallet asks in section One, after witnessing the events in Paris. This power, love: to sing, survive, and to “love harder.”
"Kallet's poems are like a huge box of chocolate, both light and dark, to be savored by anyone. They are exuberant and urgent. The ones wrapped in gold foil are hilarious." --Bobbie Ann Mason
The most comprehensive bi-lingual anthology of Jean-Pierre Rosnay's poetry available in the English language. Rosnay (1926-1909) was a prolific poet and resistance fighter who joined the Parisian intellectual community after WWII, becoming associated with Boris Vian, Isodore Isou, and many others. He became a central figure of the literary and artistic generation of the 1950's. He founded the famed and still existing Club de Poetes. His mission in life was, he said, “to make poetry contagious and inevitable.”
Translator J. Kates is an American poet, literary translator, and the president and co-director of Zephyr Press. He has been awarded three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and the Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation for the Selected Poems of Mikhail Yeryomin (White Pine Press, 2014). He has published three chapbooks of his own poems: Mappemonde (Oyster River Press) Metes and Bounds (Accents Publishing) and The Old Testament (Cold Hub Press) and a full book, The Briar Patch (Hobblebush Books). He is the translator of The Score of the Game and An Offshoot of Sense by Tatiana Shcherbina; Say Thank You and Level with Us by Mikhail Aizenberg; When a Poet Sees a Chestnut Tree and Secret Wars by Jean-Pierre Rosnay; Corinthian Copper by Regina Derieva; Live by Fire by Aleksey Porvin; Thirty-nine Rooms, by Nikolai Baitov; Genrikh Sapgir’s Psalms — and Muddy River, a selection of poems by Sergey Stratanovsky. He is the translation editor of Contemporary Russian Poetry, and the editor of In the Grip of Strange Thoughts: Russian Poetry in a New Era. A former president of the American Literary Translators Association, he is also the co-translator of four books of Latin American poetry.
280 pages $24.00
Since I introduced Pierre Coran (pseud. Eugène Delaisse) to my anglophone readers with the collection Fables in a Modern Key (2014), my translation of his Fables à l'air du temps, this whimsical octogenarian celebrated throughout his native Belgium as a preeminent “children’s poet” — though only, in truth, for the most precocious of children!— has imperceptibly grown a year older and added to his already enviable list of literary honors. I admiringly offer here these Fables of Town and Country— my version of his most recent collection, Fables des villes et des champs—though quite confident that, by time the manuscript goes to press, it will have been succeeded by several others, and probably by another round of literary honors as well.
Coran continues to live in the rural town of Jurbise in the Walloon province of Hainaut, with his actress wife Irène, always finding time for enriching and inspiring travel— and never without productive pen in hand ...
- Norman R. Shapiro
Pierre Coran, whose real name is Eugene Delaisse (born in 1934 in Mons ) is a poet and novelist of the Belgian French-language . He lives with his wife in the village 's Erbisoeul in the province of Hainaut. One of Belgium's most renowned poets with some 45 poetry books published to date. He is also the author of some 25 published novels, 24 books of fables, 100's of comic book stories, several screenplays, and a number of albums which have been translated into a dozen plus languages. His children stories and fables are widely published around the world but this is surprisingly only the second selection of his fables to be translated into English in a full length book format. Coran has been the recipient of all of Belgium's literary awards over the years. Translated by one of America's most award winning French translators Norman R. Shapiro. His second collaboration on Coran's work with Olga Pastuchiv illustrating.
Illustrated in full color by Olga Pastuchiv. Full color illustrations throughout.
Olga Pastuchiv is a children's book author, painter and commercial illustrator of things large and small, from murals, parade floats and theater backdrops, to a postcard for the St. Nicholas Anapafsas Monastery in Greece, a cookbook, several botany and poetry collections, including Anthony Walton's CRICKET WEATHER (Blackberry Press), and Glenn Shea's chapbooks CROSSING TO ARANMOR and FIND A PLACE (Vortex Press), and the poster for his reading at Shakespeare & Co. in Paris; and Michael J. Caduto's award-winning RIPARIA'S RIVER (Tilbury House). Her picture book MINAS AND THE FISH (Houghton Mifflin) is about a fisherman's boy she met on Karpathos Island while working on a fishing boat there. She has taught woodcut on both grade-school and college levels, and exhibited in galleries in several states and countries. She currently lives in Maine
Steamboat Gothic by Francis Parkinson Keyes. New introduction by Patricia Brady.
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Roach: A Romance & Nira Two short novels by Mebane Robertson
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Mebane Roberston is a published poet, writer, and musician. Though living in Brooklyn now, he is a former French Quarter bookseller who resided in New Orleans for a number of years.200 pages $18.00
No one cares much when a couple of street whores working the lowest rung on the prostitution ladder in 1914 New Orleans are murdered in the same fashion. But when a third sporting woman turns up dead in a crib, a small panic ensues, and Tom Anderson, now beginning his third decade as the King of Storyville, sends word from his hospital bed to Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr.
The detective steps grudgingly into the investigation that propels The Iron Angel, the fifth novel in the acclaimed Storyville series. There's a second tale brewing within these pages. In a convent in Terrabonne Parish, a mysterious woman who is alone and adrift draws the interest of the local sheriff. Valentin works the serial murders as the killer taunts the police, using the moniker Gregory. The detective's old nemesis Captain Picot is furious when he's ordered to let him have the run of the streets; until, that is, he notices something oddly familiar in a message from Terrabonne Parish that mentions a mysterious woman named Evangeline.
Gregory at first keeps one step ahead of Valentin, but the detective is soon checking him and his bloody campaign at every turn. With the detective closing in on him, he devises a plan to offer the captain a deal with the devil. But instead of keeping his end of the bargain, Gregory decides to betray Picot and goes after the mystery woman on his own.
As Valentin races to save Evangeline - whoever she might be - a storm sweeps across the bayou, heading for New Orleans and drives the tale to a wild climax. With The Iron Angel, David Fulmer revives an extraordinary time and place with the same deeply evocative skill that earned the four previous novels such critical acclaim.
Critical acclaim for The Valentin St. Cyr Series
“A beautifully constructed, elegantly presented time trip to a New Orleans of the very early 1900s. The characters are memorable and the period is brilliantly recaptured.” -- The Los Angeles Times
“The best part of this very good book is the writing, the see-it, feel-it, touch-it style. It's a tribute to the power and demands of friendship, and an explication of the curse of the musical genius....” -- The Times-Picayune
“Fulmer is both a fine plotter and a marvelously evocative writer with an eye for character.” -- The Washington Post Book World
“With language that can get as rough as his characters, he paints a realistic picture of one of this country's most famous underworlds--and the beginnings of its greatest indigenous art.” -- The Boston Globe
About the Author
David Fulmer is the author of eleven critically-acclaimed and award-winning novels. Chasing the Devil's Tail was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Barry Award, and a Falcon Award, was on Borders' "Best of 2003 List," and won the 2002 Shamus Award. Jass was nominated for the "Best of 2005" lists by Library Journal, Deadly Pleasures Magazine, and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Rampart Street was rated New York Magazine's "Best Novels You've Never Read" and the audiobook won a Benjamin Franklin Award. The Dying Crapshooter's Blues received the BookPage "Ice Pick of the Month Award" among other plaudits and The Blue Door was nominated for the Shamus Award for Best Novel. His books have received superlative reviews from The Times Picayune, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, BookList, Kirkus Reviews, The Baltimore Sun, Mystery Review, The Detroit News, The Telegraph (UK), The Plain Dealer, Crime Spree Magazine, The Boston Globe, Crimetime UK, The Tennessean, Library Journal, Jazz Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and numerous other publications and book websites. His novels have been released in audiobook and have been translated into Italian, French, Japanese, and Turkish. A native of central Pennsylvania, David Fulmer lives in Atlanta with his wife Sansanee Sermprungsuk.
“St. Cyr is a great character, and the fascinating city and its larger-than-life denizens intrigue.”
“A wonderful rendition of a particular world at a very distinctive time.”
—The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
The latest title in the award winning and critically acclaimed Valentin St. Cyr Mystery series. In the darkness of a May night in 1916, two “sporting girls” walking home through New Orleans’ Storyville district come upon a body that’s been hideously ravaged. And so begins Eclipse Alley, the latest title in the award winning and critically acclaimed Valentin St. Cyr Mystery series.
David Fulmer is the author of eleven critically-acclaimed and award-winning novels. A native of central Pennsylvania, Fulmer lives in Atlanta with his wife Sansanee Sermprungsuk.
|The Sound of Building Coffins by Louis Maistros|
A CCB Press title
Coming Fall 2017: A New Orleans Classic! First paperback edition of a book often mentioned as one of the several best books ever to be set in New Orleans. This New Orleans cult classic of magic realism has been out of print for years, but as its following continues to grow, The Sound of Building Coffins sees print once again in this first-ever paperback edition—expanded with over a hundred pages of previously unpublished material from the original manuscript.
It is 1891 in New Orleans, and young Typhus Morningstar cycles under the light of the half-moon to fulfill his calling, re-birthing aborted foetuses in the fecund waters of the Mississippi River. He cannot know that nearby, events are unfolding that will change his life forever - events that were set in motion by a Vodou curse gone wrong, forty years before he was born. In the humble home of Sicilian immigrants, a one-year-old boy has been possessed by a demon. His father dead, lynched by a mob, his distraught mother at her wits' end, this baby who yesterday could only crawl and gurgle is now walking, dancing, and talking - in a voice impossibly deep. The doctor has fled, and several men of the cloth have come and gone, including Typhus' father, warned off directly by the clear voice of his Savoir. A newspaper man, shamed by the part he played in inciting the lynch mob that cost this boy his father, appalled by what he sees, goes in search of help. Seven will be persuaded, will try to help...and all seven will be profoundly affected by what takes place in that one-room house that dark night. Not all will leave alive, and all will be irrevocably changed by this demonic struggle, and by the sound of the first notes blown of a new musical form: jazz.