Once I posted New Books By Geat Writers, I realized that there were an entire world of books that I left out. Of course, I can't possibly list them all but here are eleven more. Its a long list so get ready to scroll. And it is comprised of black, white, indie published , mainstream, accomplished, beginning, women and men, poetry, fiction and nonfiction.
Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride by Frank X Walker. (Release party at at Morris Book Shop at 7 p.m. on September 17.) In these poems, Frank X Walker immerses himself in the story of legendary African-American jockey Isaac Murphy (1861-1896). The son of a slave, Murphy rose to the top of thoroughbred racing in a brilliant career that brought him wealth and fame. In Murphy’s time, thoroughbred racing was dominated by African-American jockeys. In the poems imagined/spoken here by Frank X Walker we hear the voices of Murphy and his wife Lucy, his trainer Eli Jordan, and his parents James and America Burns. The poems shine a light on the life of America’s most celebrated black jockey, his family and community, and the historical canvas on which his extraordinary life played out. --product information from publisher. Click here for a link to Old Cove Press where you can purchase the book. Or go to Morris Books for more information about the releae party.
Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (Sarah Mills Hodge Fund Publication) by Natasha Tretheway (release date September 1, 2010) Beyond Katrina is poet Natasha Trethewey’s very personal profile of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and of the people there whose lives were forever changed by hurricane Katrina. Trethewey spent her childhood in Gulfport, where much of her mother’s extended family, including her younger brother, still lives. As she worked to understand the devastation that followed the hurricane, Trethewey found inspiration in Robert Penn Warren’s book Segregation: The Inner Conflict in the South, in which he spoke with southerners about race in the wake of the Brown decision, capturing an event of wide impact from multiple points of view. Weaving her own memories with the experiences of family, friends, and neighbors, Trethewey traces the erosion of local culture and the rising economic dependence on tourism and casinos. And more.She recently appeared in a great interview on NPR's FreshAir and this past Sunday's New York Times.
The Blessings of the Animals: A Novel (P.S.) by Katrina Kittle (author of Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, and the Kindness of Strangers) (released August 3, 2010)Veterinarian Cami Anderson has hit a rough patch. Stymied by her recent divorce, she wonders if there are secret ingredients to a happy, long-lasting marriage or if the entire institution is outdated and obsolete. Couples all around her are approaching important milestones. Her parents are preparing to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. Her brother and his partner find their marriage dreams legally blocked. Her former sister-in-law—still her best friend—is newly engaged. The youthfully exuberant romance of her teenage daughter is developing complications. And three separate men—including her ex-husband—are becoming entangled in Cami's messy post-marital love life. But as she struggles to come to terms with her own doubts amid this chaotic circus of relationships, Cami finds strange comfort in an unexpected confidant: an angry, unpredictable horse in her care. With the help of her equine soul mate, she begins to make sense of marriage's great mysteries—and its disconnects. See all of Katrina's wonderful book tours, interviews and reviews here.
Billie Girl (LeapLit) by Vickie Weaver (release date September 1, 2010) Abandoned as in infant because of her incessant crying, Billie Girl is raised by two women who are brothers. Her life, a gender-bending puzzle filled with dark humor, is a series of encounters with strangers who struggle along with what they are given: a bigamist husband, a long-lost daughter named after a car, a lesbian preacher's wife, a platonic second husband who loved her adoptive father. Twin themes of sexuality and euthanasia run throughout. In a journey from hard-dirt Georgia farm to end-of-life nursing home, Billie Girl comes to understand the mercy of killing. For more information on Vickie see her website here.
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans (release date September 23, 2010) Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self is a collection of eight short stories, some of which have appeared in magazines and anthologies including The Paris Review, A Public Space, Best American Short Stories, and New Stories From the South. Read her interview with the wonderful Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of Wench at SheWrites. She's 26 years old and a writer to watch.
Some Sing, Some Cry: A Novel by Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayez (release date September 14, 2010) award-winning writer Ntozake Shange and real-life sister, award-winning playwright Ifa Bayeza achieve nothing less than a modern classic in this epic story of the Mayfield family. Opening dramatically at Sweet Tamarind, a rice and cotton plantation on an island off South Carolina's coast, we watch as recently emancipated Bette Mayfield says her goodbyes before fleeing for the mainland. With her granddaughter, Eudora, in tow, she heads to Charleston. There, they carve out lives for themselves as fortune-teller and seamstress. Dora will marry, the Mayfield line will grow, and we will follow them on an journey through the watershed events of America's troubled, vibrant history—from Reconstruction to both World Wars, from the Harlem Renaissance to Vietnam and the modern day. Shange and Bayeza give us a monumental story of a family and of America, of songs and why we have to sing them, of home and of heartbreak, of the past and of the future, bright and blazing ahead. See an interview with the sisters on PW.
Ok folks, we have a lot of reading to do!