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Forthcoming Black Widow Press titles

How Our Bodies Learned by Marilyn Kallet

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

ISBN: 978-0-9971725-4-6
88 pages $15.00


Available December 2017
Tragic Lanterns: Selected Poems by Jean-Pierre Rosnay. Translated by J. Kates.

Born in 1926 in Lyons, at 16 he joined the French Resistance, operating under the code name . He took the assignment to assassinate Klaus Barbie in 1943 but was arrested

and confined in the infamous prison at L'Ecole de Sante Militaire in Lyons. He escaped four months later and joined the regular French army. After the war he quickly joined the

Parisian intellectual community, becoming associated with Boris Vian, Juliette greco, Isodore Isou, and many others. In 1949 Rosnay founded the J. A. R. (Young Writers Brought Together), a

publishing house dedicated to bringing out the work of young poets and writers. His own writing, derived from the "post-Surrealists" of pre-World War II Paris includes La Foire au Ludions,

and many others. He also founded the famed and still in existence Club de Poetes.

This comprehensive, fully bilingual volume covers the span of Rosnay's work and includes both poetry and prose poems

 

228 pages $19.95


Available November 2017
Pierre Coran: Fables of Town & Country by Pierre Coran. Translated by Norman R. Shapiro. Illustrated in full color by Olga Pastuchiv.

TRANSLATOR’S PREFACE

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

 

ISBN: 978-0-9971725-3-9
200 pages $24.00


Available August 2017
With Tuberculosis, Poets and Pancho Villa by Willis Barnstone
100 pages $19.95



Forthcoming Second Line Press titles
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Steamboat Gothic by Francis Parkinson Keyes. New introduction by Patricia Brady.
A Second Line Press title

ISBN: 978-0-0889627-3-6
579 pages $21.95


Available 2017


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Iron Angel by David Fulmer
A CCB Press title

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 FulmerDavid 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.

http://www.davidfulmer.com/

 

 

 

 

ISBN: 978-0-9986431-4-4
264 pages $18.00


Available August 2017
Lost River by David Fulmer
A CCB Press title

“The atmosphere Fulmer creates is rich, nuanced, and authentic.”
      — Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Valentin’s fourth case immediately draws the reader into its tapestry of the Big Easy in a memorable bygone era.”
     — Kirkus Reviews

“With his usual lucid prose, Fulmer details the grubby ‘crib’ life that exploited scores of women prostitutes while padding rich men’s wallets. Those looking for some jazzy early 20th- century chills won’t be disappointed.”
     — Publishers Weekly

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

About the Author

David FulmerDavid 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.

http://www.davidfulmer.com/

 

 

 

 

ISBN: 978-0-9986431-3-7
279 pages $18.00


Available July 25th, 2017
Eclipse Alley by David Fulmer
A CCB Press title

“St. Cyr is a great character, and the fascinating city and its larger-than-life denizens intrigue.”
     —Publishers Weekly

“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 FulmerDavid 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISBN: 978-0-9986431-5-1
320 pages $18.00


Available October 2017
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.

"One has to write with considerable authenticity to pull off a story steeped in magic and swamp water that examines race and class, death and rebirth, Haitian voodoo, and the beginnings of jazz in 1891 New Orleans. Maistros's gritty debut novel follows the interconnected lives of the Morningstar siblings--all lovingly named by their father after disease-- as they wrestle with a powerful demon, con outsiders, kill and die, die and are reborn. The plot is complex and magical, grounded in the history of the city, without being overly sentimental. There is a comfort with death as a part of life in this work that reveals deep feeling for the city and its past. Of course, every novel about New Orleans must have a good hurricane. Like the one in Zora Neale Hurston's classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, this hurricane destroys the city while making hope possible. Highly recommended for all fiction collections, especially where there is an interest in jazz." --Library Journal

"Louis Maistros has written a lyrical, complex, and brave novel that takes enormous risks and pulls them all off. He is a writer to watch and keep reading, a writer to cherish." -- Peter Straub

Maistros creates a city that is part dream, part hallucination. His New Orleans embodies both the grim reality of a particular time and the city's eternal, shimmering beauty. And, with the book's title, he provides us with a new and unforgettable metaphor for the sound of hammers at work, whether boarding up for a storm or rebuilding after one." -- Susan Larson, New Orleans Times-Picayune & USA Today

ISBN: 978-0-9986431-7-5
452 pages $19.95


Available Fall 2017