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Stories by Juan Villoro
Translated by Kimi Traube
THE BELIEVER'S Favorite Books of 2015:
"Magical realism is fun, but someone still has to clean up afterwards. Villoro’s stories, always beleaguered but never brooding, sift soberly through the debris and extract an earthbound, workaday kind of enchantment."
"Villoro’s point, punctuated by each of the stories in this powerful book, is that modern Mexico is finished, finally, trying to conform to outside notions of its tragedies." -The New York Times Book Review
"At last an English translation brings his seriously funny take on identity to new audiences." -The Los Angeles Book Review
"Villoro expertly places the personal dramas of his characters within a recent context of unprecedented cartel violence and government corruption without sacrificing his keen sense of humor. Like his Mexican compatriots Valeria Luiselli and Enrique Vila-Matas as well as such U.S. writers as Kirstin Valdez Quade and Luis Alberto Urrea, Villoro rewards readers with refreshing, unforgettable stories." -Booklist
THE GUILTY is a brilliant, prize-winning collection of stories by Mexico’s most important living writer. From the semiotics of pet iguanas to the disillusionment of mariachi singers, Villoro reveals the deep dissatisfactions and absurdities of life in Mexico and its carnivalesque capital. We encounter a border trucker making a movie about illegal migrants, a cuckolded football superstar, and a gluten-free American journalist seeking the authentic Mexican experience. A master of the post-modern narrative, Villoro gives us contemporary Mexico through a complex interplay of culture and character psychology in the most surprising, fresh and humorous ways.
by George Braziller
"The heyday of small publishers may have run its course, or given way to the Web, but it is worth recalling the time of Barney Rosset, at Grove; James Laughlin, at New Directions; and Braziller, who has published this charming memoir just short of his hundredth birthday. Braziller served in the war and then published writers as disparate as Janet Frame, Henri Alleg, Nathalie Sarraute, and Orhan Pahmuk. The book is made up of brief chapters––glimpses into a life of integrity and taste, of war, commerce, and literature. There’s also a nifty scene with Marilyn Monroe. Braziller retired when he was ninety-four, handing the reins to his sons. It’s clear that he did so with some regret: his work and the people he met were sources of abiding pleasure." -The New Yorker
"[Braziller] is known for both his early acquisition and promotion of international literary stars." Read more of this wonderful review of Encounters in The Guardian
"…none is more powerful as a new memoir by George Braziller, who in 1955, founded an eponymous press that did very big things." Read the review in The New Republic
We are pleased to announce the publication this summer of ENCOUNTERS, MY LIFE IN PUBLISHING completed by our founder, George Braziller, at age 99. A window into the golden age of independent publishing and a beautiful visual book with many pages in full color. In Encounters, Braziller recounts his Depression-era childhood in Brooklyn, his political awakening with the Spanish Civil War, starting his own book clubs, his active duty in the European Theatre of World War II, and building his independent publishing company, George Braziller, In. In a series of candid, humorous vignettes, Braziller relates his experiences as publisher of literary figures like Orhan Pamuk and Jean-Paul Sartre, as well as encounters with Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, and friendships with Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe, and many others who inspired him and enabled his publishing house to flourish.
"This sweet and nostalgic chronicle...represents a bygone era in publishing that's worth revisiting." -Publishers Weekly
A THINKING PERSON'S GUIDE TO AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS
Edited by Robert Manning, Rolf Diamant, Nora Mitchell, David Harmon
In twenty-three essays, richly illustrated with more than 350 color photographs, authors with personal and professional connections to the national parks share their deep and invaluable knowledge. “A beautiful road map to inspiring the next generation of park stewards.” Frank Dean, President & CEO, Yosemite Conservancy. Learn more about the book here.
by Chris Wallace-Crabbe
Afternoon in the Central Nervous System is a rich culling of a remarkable body of work, built up over sixty years by a poet whose writing has been instrumental to the evolution of contemporary Australian poetry. By turns philosophical, comic, elegiac, and witty, Chris Wallace-Crabbe (1934-) has forged an utterly unique voice. Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne, Wallace-Crabbe has published over twenty volumes of verse and thirty other books. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.
GEORGE INNESS AND THE VISIONARY LANDSCAPE
By Adrienne Baxter Bell
The essential book on the innovative American landscape painter, with a new preface by the author. This eloquent examination of Inness' most important paintings illuminates the artist’s philosophical and religious preoccupations. It provides an overview of his life and situates Inness within the contexts of key issues in American history, such as the Hudson River School, Transcendentalism, Swedenborgianism, and the work of William James. It explains for the first time how Inness treated landscape painting as a form of philosophical inquiry that could communicate his holistic belief in the unity of nature and spirit. In her new preface, Adrienne Baxter Bell expands on her previous ideas; adding new developments in Inness scholarship.
YOU'RE NOT EDITH
Essays by Allison Gruber
In YOU'RE NOT EDITH, newcomer Allison Gruber offers a searing reflection on life as a young lesbian and breast cancer survivor. Through discussions of madness, religion, gender and feminism, Gruber captivates with heartbreaking candor and wit. From her teenage Dian Fossey to her Virginia Woolf of Drama Club, she invites us into a world of brash, bookish hilarity, as she navigates an unusual life, interrupted. In this gutsy first collection, Gruber asks herself how best to live and finds answers big enough for all of us.
"These stories are especially moving for their simplicity and for Gruber's honest, straightforward manner of storytelling. The result is a slim but powerful book." -Publishers Weekly
"in-your-face funny and heartbreakingly sad." -Booklist
"Through Allison Gruber’s ten delightful essays, we get to know her and a wide cast of friends and family well because she takes the time to give us her thoughts, her stories, her private moments, making it a book well worth the read."-New Pages
"...as enthralling as it is unflinching." -Lambda Literary Review
Poems by Philip Hodgins
Edited by Paul Kane
FIRST LIGHT brings together the best work of the legendary Australian poet, Philip Hodgins. Published in The New Yorker and The Paris Review, Hodgins was internationally renowned for his unflinchingly honest and mordant account of country life in Australia. In a vivid and lucid style, his astonishing poems reveal the complexities, depths and urgencies of living at the edge of life and death. Celebrated for his sophisticated yet understated craftsmanship, Hodgins writes with subtlety, humor and heartbreaking intensity.
Braziller is renowned for publishing the work of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Will Barnett, Henri Matisse, Red Grooms, Philip Guston, and George Inness, as well as its pioneering architecture series. A leader in contemporary literary fiction and nonfiction, Braziller introduced the work of Nathalie Sarraute, Claude Simon, Orhan Pamuk, Charles Simic, Janet Frame and Buchi Emecheta to American readers. We continue in this tradition with our current series of contemporary Australian poetry, a first collection by essayist Allison Gruber, and the first English translations of renowned Mexican writer, Juan Villoro.