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    She Would Be King A Novel Wayetu Moore
    9781555978174 Hardcover FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 11, 2018 Print Run: 30000
    $34.00 CAD 6.44 x 9.12 x 0.99 in | 312 pages Carton Quantity: 14 Canadian Rights: Y Graywolf Press
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      A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history—a dazzling retelling of Liberia’s formation

      Wayétu Moore’s powerful debut novel,She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved, bitten by a viper, and left for dead, but still she survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee. Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him. When the three meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them.

      Moore’s intermingling of history and magical realism finds voice not just in these three characters but also in the fleeting spirit of the wind, who embodies an ancient wisdom. “If she was not a woman,” the wind says of Gbessa, “she would be king.” In this vibrant story of the African diaspora, Moore, a talented storyteller and a daring writer, illuminates with radiant and exacting prose the tumultuous roots of a country inextricably bound to the United States.She Would Be Kingis a novel of profound depth set against a vast canvas and a transcendent debut from a major new author.

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      Wayétu Moore is the founder of One Moore Book and is a graduate of Howard University, Columbia University, and the University of Southern California. She teaches at the City University of New York’s John Jay College and lives in Brooklyn.
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      “Moore skillfully reconsiders the idealism of the early African-American settlers through their interactions with the indigenous peoples and braids together intimate story lines centered around universal themes: falling in love, defying familial expectations and the difficulties of doing the right thing.”The New York Times

      “[A] bold de´but. . . . The force and the symbolism of myth pervade Moore’s engrossing tale.”—The New Yorker

      “Reading Wayétu Moore’s debut novel,She Would Be King, feels a lot like watching a superb athlete’s performance. . . . Moore makes deft use of magical realism, and her plot and its details are compelling. . . . Like her remarkable protagonist Gbessa, the author has tapped into her own backstory–and emerged with literary superpowers.”TIME

      “This compelling debut novel by Wayétu Moore blends historical fiction with magical realism in an exhilarating tale of the formation of Liberia. Moore effortlessly weaves the threads of indigenous West African tribes, American and Caribbean slavery, and British colonialism together to tell the creation story of a new nation, complete with unforgettable characters and a dynamic voice.”Marie Claire

      “Hotly anticipated. . . . A breathtaking retelling of the founding of Liberia. . . . Wayétu Moore’s magical realism can make anyone believe in how connected humans are to the world around them.”Glamour

      “Fans of Gabriel Garcia Marquez will be intrigued by this debut novel, a reimagining of Liberia’s infancy in the 19th century.”Harper’s Bazaar

      “InShe Would Be King, debut novelist Wayétu Moore reimagines Liberia’s past, building a world so clear and evocative you would swear you were in it.”BuzzFeed

      “Moore’s debut unflinchingly depicts the convergence of brutal forces—colonialism, the slave trade—while brushing it with a glimmer of magic.”HuffPost

      “Moore's vivid characters, beguiling language and powerful subject matter engage us thoroughly. The book is unforgettable.”Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

      “Moore veers from fantasy to lush descriptions and sharp characterization, shedding light on the fleeting moment when the vast African diaspora reversed itself.”Vulture

      “Stunning. . . . It is an epic narrative, weaving together themes of diasporic conflict, the legacy of bondage, isolation, and community, and it offers a transcendent, important look at the ways in which the past is never fully behind us, and instead echoes throughout everything we do.”NYLON

      “Moore skillfully blends historical fiction with magical realism in this immersive interpretation of Liberia’s roots.”BUST

      “This dynamic novel leaves you both satisfied and full of anticipation for what’s to come, in fiction and in reality.”The Rumpus

      “Moore’s debut is magnetic.”Santa Fe New Mexican

      “Women everywhere will find themselves admiring the powerful Gbessa inShe Would Be King.”PopSugar

      “Moore’s insightful, emotional descriptions graft these stories right onto readers’ hearts .”BookPage

      “Composed and compelling, brimming with devastating truths and sparkling with ferocity, this is a masterpiece of a debut.”—BookReporter.com

      “The dialog is fluid and poetic, allowing readers to imagine the events, sights, smells, feelings, and sensations. As with Yaa Gyasi’sHomegoing, this work will appeal to lovers of African, African American, and literary fiction.”Library Journal, starred review

      “Moore uses an accomplished, penetrating style—with clever swerves into fantasy—to build effective critiques of tribal misogyny, colonial abuse, and racism.”Publishers Weekly

      “An ambitious, genre-hopping, continent-spanning novel. . . . Moore is a brisk and skilled storyteller who weaves her protagonists' disparate stories together with aplomb yet is also able to render her sprawling cast of characters in ways that feel psychologically compelling. In addition, the novel's various settings—Virginia, Jamaica, and West Africa—are depicted so lushly that readers will find themselves enchanted.”Kirkus Reviews

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    Scribe A Novel Alyson Hagy
    9781555978181 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: October 02, 2018 Print Run: 25000
    $21.00 CAD 5.67 x 8.25 x 0.51 in | 176 pages Carton Quantity: 56 Canadian Rights: Y Graywolf Press
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      A haunting, evocative tale about the power of storytelling

      A brutal civil war has ravaged the country, and contagious fevers have decimated the population. Abandoned farmhouses litter the isolated mountain valleys and shady hollows. The economy has been reduced to barter and trade.

      In this craggy, unwelcoming world, the central character ofScribeekes out a lonely living on the family farmstead where she was raised and where her sister met an untimely end. She lets a migrant group known as the Uninvited set up temporary camps on her land, and maintains an uneasy peace with her cagey neighbors and the local enforcer. She has learned how to make paper and ink, and she has become known for her letter-writing skills, which she exchanges for tobacco, firewood, and other scarce resources. An unusual request for a letter from a man with hidden motivations unleashes the ghosts of her troubled past and sets off a series of increasingly calamitous events that culminate in a harrowing journey to a crossroads.

      Drawing on traditional folktales and the history and culture of Appalachia, Alyson Hagy has crafted a gripping, swiftly plotted novel that touches on pressing issues of our time—migration, pandemic disease, the rise of authoritarianism—and makes a compelling case for the power of stories to both show us the world and transform it.

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      Alyson Hagy was raised on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She is the author of seven previous works of fiction, most recentlyBoleto. She lives in Laramie, Wyoming.
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      Scribe, which begins with the baying of hounds and ends with silence, reminds us on every page that humans remain the storytelling animal, and that therein might lie our salvation. . . . In this brave new world, a woman with a pen may prove mightier than a man with a sword.”The New York Times Book Review

      “It’s a hungry book—one where every sentence seems to imply a second that it never offers; where every page and every paragraph offers the ghost of a feast, but never lets you eat.”—NPR.org

      “Fans of Fiona Mozley’sElmet will revel in this genre-busting feminist folktale of a novel, which is as rooted in its own particular, peculiar time as it is relevant to the concerns of 2018.”Vanity Fair

      “[An] eerie, artfully etched post-apocalyptic tale.”BBC Culture

      “Though setting, identity and motivations are shrouded in Blue Ridge mist, Hagy’s language is intense and crisp. . . . Hagy does a splendid job of intertwining the strange threads in her novel, and readers with a taste for magical doings will not be disappointed.”Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

      “Rooted in [Hagy’s] Appalachia and yet otherworldly, bound by symbols and held just slightly out of time,Scribe is a storyteller’s book about the radical power and responsibility of words.”The Millions

      “An original addition to the post-apocalyptic genre, Scribe reaffirms the power of the pen and the surviving quality of the human spirit.”The Arkansas International

      “A slim and affecting powerhouse. . . . Hagy is a careful writer; each sentence feels as solid and sturdy as stone. . . . Timely and timeless; a deft novel about the consequences and resilience of storytelling.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      “Hagy probes the weight of responsibility and the desperation of survival in a deteriorated society in this evocative, opaque tale. . . . The vagueness of setting, supernatural elements, and only partially revealed histories amp up the eeriness of this disquieting novel.”Publishers Weekly

      “More than a novel. . . . [Scribe] defies the hush of a dying world with every breathtaking sentence.”—Hérnan Díaz

      “Alyson Hagy has written a lyrical, unsettling novel—part ghost story, part mystery, part love story, and thoroughly, jarringly, original.”—Elizabeth Crook

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    Children of God A Novel Lars Petter Sveen
    9781555978204 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: October 16, 2018 Print Run: 15000
    $21.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.76 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Graywolf Press
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      Daring and original stories set in New Testament times, from a rising young Norwegian author

      Lars Petter Sveen’sChildren of Godrecounts the lives of people on the margins of the New Testament; thieves, Roman soldiers, prostitutes, lepers, healers, and the occasional disciple all get a chance to speak. With language free of judgment or moralizing, Sveen covers familiar ground in unusual ways. In the opening story, a group of soldiers are tasked with carrying out King Herod’s edict to slaughter the young male children in Bethlehem but waver in their resolve. These interwoven stories harbor surprises at every turn, as the characters reappear. A group of thieves on the road to Jericho encounters no good Samaritan but themselves. A boy healed of his stutter will later regress. A woman searching for her lover from beyond the grave cannot find solace. At crucial moments an old blind man appears, urging the characters to give in to their darker impulses.

      Children of Godwas a bestseller in Norway, where it won the Per Olov Enquist Literary Prize and gathered ecstatic reviews. Sveen’s subtle elevation of the conflict between light and dark focuses on the varied struggles these often-ignored individuals face. Yet despite the dark tone, Sveen’s stories retain a buoyancy, thanks to Guy Puzey’s supple and fleet-footed translation. This deeply original and moving book, in Sveen’s restrained and gritty telling, brings to light stories that reflect our owntime, from a setting everyone knows.

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      Lars Petter Sveen was named one of Norway’s ten best authors under thirty-five byMorgenbladet, and has received Tarjei Vesaas’ Debutant Prize and the Per Olov Enquist Literary Prize.Children of Godis his first book to be translated into English.
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      Children of God is an original and unsettling text, a ruthless dismantling of the Bible. . . . Sveen teases out every ambiguity and paradox in the biblical parables.”Star Tribune(Minneapolis)

      Children of Godexposes the turmoil of illumination, a striving that exists alongside what’s confusing, inscrutable, and seemingly contrary. Puzey’s impressive translation delivers an astounding voice to English-language literature.”Foreword Reviews, starred review

      “The world ofChildren of God is one of a kind of Gnostic duality, where every blessing can be undone by a curse, where every light is balanced with darkness.”Entropy

      “Written in muscular, gritty prose, . . . Sveen has brilliantly remade an old story into something compulsively readable and chillingly modern.”Publishers Weekly

      “Both historical fiction and allegory, the book is insightful in both contexts. . . . While reflecting individuals’ long-ago struggles for faith, autonomy, and survival, Sveen’s linked stories also have significant modern relevance that reaches a powerful crescendo by the book’s end.”Booklist

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    We Begin in Gladness How Poets Progress Craig Morgan Teicher
    9781555978211 Paperback LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry On Sale Date: November 06, 2018 Print Run: 12000
    $21.00 CAD 5.67 x 8.22 x 0.51 in | 176 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Graywolf Press
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      One of our most perceptive critics on the ways that poets develop poems, a career, and a life

      Though it seems, at first, like an art of speaking, poetry is an art of listening. The poet trains to hear clearly and, as much as possible, without interruption, the voice of his or her mind, the voice that gathers, packs with meaning, and unpacks the language he or she knows. It can take a long time to learn to let this voice speak without getting in its way. This slow learning, the growth of this habit of inner attentiveness, is poetic development, and it is the substance of the poet’s art. Of course, this growth is rarely steady, never linear, and is sometimes not actually growth but diminishment—that’s all part of the compelling story of a poet’s way forward.
      —from the Introduction

      “The staggering thing about a life’s work is it takes a lifetime to complete,” Craig Morgan Teicher writes in these luminous essays.We Begin in Gladness considers how poets start out, how they learn to hear themselves, and how some offer us that rare, glittering thing: lasting work. Teicher traces the poetic development of the works of Sylvia Plath, John Ashbery, Louise Glück, and Francine J. Harris, among others, to illuminate the paths they forged—by dramatic breakthroughs or by slow increments, and always by perseverance.We Begin in Gladness is indispensable for readers curious about the artistic life and for writers wondering how they might light out—or even scale the peak of the mountain.

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      Craig Morgan Teicher is an acclaimed poet and critic. He is the author of three books of poetry, includingThe Trembling Answers, and regularly writes reviews for theLos Angeles Times, NPR, andThe New York Times Book Review. He lives in New Jersey.
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      We Begin in Gladness is well worth reading for its celebration of the art, and for placing poetry as a necessity in today’s frenzied society. . . . Teicher’s examination of poets’ artistic maturation is an engaging topic.”—NPR

      “Craig Morgan Teicher explores how poets progress and learn from one another inWe Begin in Gladness. This fantastic collection of essays begins with insightful descriptions of poetry as ‘an art of listening’ and the poet’s task as hearing clearly. . . . Every section will deepen your understanding of the creative arc and will make you rethink what’s possible when one continues to forge ahead.”The Washington Post

      “In [We Begin in Gladness]—informed by Teicher’s considerable work as both a poet and a critic, and imbued with a sensibility that is as comfortable in the lyrical mode as it is in the critical—Teicher considers the idea of poetic voice, as well as its complement, form.”The Atlantic

      “This engaging set of essays may have been motivated by the question of a poet’s spark, but rather than focus on himself, Teicher looks for answers in how other poets are attracted to the poetic form of expression. Particularly fascinating are his insights into how poets influence other poets, and Teicher has a broad sweep on a wildly different set of poets from Constantine Cavafy to Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop and John Ashbury.”Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

      “Teicher’s best insights are ultimately about poetry’s connection to the sublime.”The Christian Science Monitor

      “Part guidebook for emerging poets and part homage to a wide range of major poets, Teicher’sWe Begin in Gladness . . . is one of the most enjoyable books about poetry I have encountered.”Zyzzyva

      We Begin in Gladness . . . takes readers on a poetic journey through the development of voice by examining how the works of several poets changed over the course of their careers. In this insightful and delightful collection, Teicher looks at his own poetic development alongside others to show how our voices develop together.”The Arkansas International

      “Teicher’s reasoning is sound, articulate, and accessible to readers of all poetic fluency levels, but also so original that even experts will find new ways of thinking about old favorites.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

      “Craig Morgan Teicher is an artist of the first order.”—Hilton Als

      “This collection of thoughtful, readable essays by a very attentive poet and critic . . . . is very inviting and sometimes very wise.”—Stephanie Burt

      “Teicher’s smart and sturdy essays will be of use to poets trying to understand how artistic growth happens, and to anyone out to glimpse the miraculous.”—Mark Doty

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    Human Hours Poems Catherine Barnett
    9781555978143 Paperback POETRY / American On Sale Date: September 04, 2018 Print Run: 10000
    $21.00 CAD 6.54 x 8.97 x 0.33 in | 80 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Graywolf Press
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      Winner of theBeliever Book Award

      The triumphant follow-up collection toThe Game of Boxes, winner of the James Laughlin Award

      Catherine Barnett’s tragicomic third collection,Human Hours, shuttles between a Whitmanian embrace of others and a kind of rapacious solitude. Barnett speaks from the middle of hope and confusion, carrying philosophy into the everyday. Watching a son become a young man, a father become a restless beloved shell, and a country betray its democratic ideals, the speakers try to make sense of such departures. Four lyric essays investigate the essential urge and appeal of questions that are “accursed,” that are limited—and unanswered—by answers. What are we to do with the endangered human hours that remain to us? Across the leaps and swerves of this collection, the fevered mind tries to slow—or at least measure—time with quiet bravura: by counting a lover’s breaths; by remembering a father’s space-age watch; by envisioning the apocalyptic future while bedding down on a hard, cold floor, head resting on a dictionary.Human Hourspulses with the absurd, with humor that accompanies the precariousness of the human condition.

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      Catherine Barnett is the author ofInto Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are PiercedandThe Game of Boxes. She has received a Whiting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in New York City.
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      “A fast-paced but unflappable tour of hotels, airports, college drop-offs, gynecologists’ offices and the cafes of Lower Manhattan. . . . The moments of stillness in Human Hours are equally compelling.”The New York Times Book Review

      “[Human Hours] brim[s] with emotional intelligence.”The New York Times Style Magazine

      “Barnett’s marvelous third collection is populated by devastatingly wry (and wryly devastating) poems about aging, time, and the existential predicaments—violence, trauma, consciousness itself. . . . Iconoclastic and penetrating, the speaker of these poems unsettles and enlivens.”Vulture

      “[Human Hours] unspools in a conversational, free-associative idiom. . . . Even in our darkest hours, the poems insist, company and comedy are never far away.”—BOMB.com

      “[Catherine Barnett’s] new poems, collected inHuman Hours, display a new and beautifully-feathered sense of doubt. They say in the kindest way that doubt, in its best form, can be a way of knowing. . . . Watching each of these poems dive after a target and swerve away is simply breathtaking.”—John Freeman,Literary Hub

      “A book-long meditation on time marked by vigorous inquiry. . . . Barnett’s interrogations are unrelenting, occasionally riddles, like koans, posed in response to life’s challenges. . . . But there is a constant search for answers, through an interrogation of the everyday.”American Poets

      “Barnett’s style is conversational, convivial. . . . The poems inHuman Hours both disrupt time and hold it in place.”Ploughshares

      “[Barnett] thread[s] in little lines of soaring lyric grace, laying them comfortably alongside mundane concerns.”On the Seawall

      “Elegantly understated. . . . The emotional depth and observational nuance of these poems is something to behold.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

      “These unforgettable poems, interrogating a singular life so precisely, draw us into the precarious nature of being human.”—Claudia Rankine

      “Barnett uses her extraordinary poetic skills not simply to manage her not-knowing but to unleash it. . . .These poems are elixir, and they burn.”—Mary Szybist

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    Hey, Marfa Poems Jeffrey Yang
    9781555978198 Paperback POETRY / American On Sale Date: October 02, 2018 Print Run: 7500
    $26.00 CAD 7.02 x 8.85 x 0.47 in | 184 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Graywolf Press
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      An extraordinary lyric and visual meditation on place, nature, and art rippling out from Marfa, Texas

      Situated in the outreaches of southwest Texas, the town of Marfa has long been an oasis for artists, immigrants looking for work, and ranchers, while the ghosts of the indigenous and the borders between languages and nations are apparent everywhere. The poet and translator Jeffrey Yang experienced the vastness of desert, township, sky, and time itself as a profound clash of dislocation and familiarity. What does it mean to survive in a physical and metaphorical desert? How does a habitat long associated with wilderness and death become a center for nourishment and art?

      Out of those experiences and questions, Yang has fashioned a fascinating, multifaceted work—an anti-travel guide, an anti-Western, a book of last words—that is a lyrical, anthropological investigation into history, culture, and extremity of place. Paintings and drawings of Marfa’s landscapes and substations by the artist Rackstraw Downes intertwine with Yang’s texts as mutual nodes and lines of energy.Hey, Marfa is a desert diary scaled to music that aspires to emit particles of light.

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      Jeffrey Yang is the author of two previous poetry books,Vanishing-Line andAn Aquarium, winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. He is the translator of the Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo’sJune Fourth Elegies. Yang lives in Beacon, New York.
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      “Yang’s third book of poems is an ode to the past and present of, yes, Marfa. . . . Yang collaborates here with the artist Rackstraw Downes, and the elegant precision of Downes’s paintings and drawings of an electrical substation is nicely matched by Yang’s playfully exacting lines.”The New York Times Book Review, The Best Poetry of 2018

      “Hugely rich, insightful, and moving. . . . Yang has done no less than to bring many parts of the world and its history into a very small place on the American map.”BOMB

      “[Yang] ushers us down a rabbit hole of [Marfa’s] history, unleashing a series of investigations that fuel this prosimetrum’s lyrics, newspaper clippings, and memoirs—and paintings and drawings by Rackstraw Downes—to present a kaleidoscopic portrait of this iconic little city.”Poetry Magazine

      “A truly unique project of text and visuals and a synthesis of lyric and history and landscapes.”Poetry Society of America

      “Part-love-song-part-historical-exposé, Jeffery Yang’sHey, Marfa is a multi-faceted portrait of Marfa, Texas. . . . A blend of both traditional and experimental forms,Hey, Marfa gives voices of the past space in the present.”Electric Literature

      “Marfa is lucky to earn such a quicksilver ode from Yang, whose poems are flexible, expansive, sonorously clever.”The Millions

      “[Hey, Marfa is] part versified diary, part commonplace book, shot through with desert father-like meditations on oblivion.”The New York Review of Books

      “Remarkably blended, with references from Bach to Hollywood showing how Marfa fired Yang’s imagination, just as he will fire yours.”Library Journal, starred review

      “Yang . . . has constructed an Escher-like collage by weaving together musings on Southwest America’s past and accounts of current art movements. Illustrated with the sublime paintings and drawings of British artist Rackstraw Downes,Hey, Marfa is itself an art object as much as a book of exacting poetry. . . . A collection to read in wonder and then reread, discovering something new.”Booklist

      “As Marfa grows in the cultural zeitgeist,Hey, Marfacaptures the spirit of this eccentric, idiosyncratic, incomparable town.”The Culture Trip

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    Half-Hazard Poems Kristen Tracy
    9781555978228 Paperback POETRY / American On Sale Date: November 06, 2018 Print Run: 7500
    $21.00 CAD 6.34 x 8.94 x 0.25 in | 72 pages Carton Quantity: 104 Canadian Rights: Y Graywolf Press
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      Half-Hazard is the Winner of the Emily Dickinson First Book Award from the Poetry Foundation for a debut by an American poet over forty.

      Half-Hazardis a book of near misses, would-be tragedies, and luck. As Kristen Tracy writes in the title poem, “Dangers here. Perils there. It’ll go how it goes.” The collection follows her wide curiosity, from growing up in a small Mormon farming community to her exodus into the forbidden world, where she finds snakes, car accidents, adulterers, meteors, and death-marked mice. These wry, observant narratives are accompanied by a ringing lyricism, and Tracy’s knack for noticing what’s so funnyabout trouble and her natural impulse to want to put all the broken things back together. Full of wrong turns, false loves, quashed beliefs, and a menagerie of animals,Half-Hazard introduces a vibrant new voice in American poetry, one of resilience, faith, and joy.

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      Kristen Tracy is a poet and the acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels for young readers. Her poems have been published inPoetry,Prairie Schooner, andTheThreepenny Review, among other magazines. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.
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      “The edgy, surprising poems in Kristen Tracy’sHalf-Hazard. . . are as readable as good fiction. Tracy, the author of a dozen novels for young readers . . . here delivers a more personal and introspective work. . . .The writing is delightfully crisp and wry, and always walks a tightrope between hope and disaster.”The Washington Post

      “When you open this book, the energy pops off the page. It’s a free-wheeling, lack of fear of language. Maybe the confidence that lights up the word comes from years of writing novels, sharpening so many pencils and ideas. Whatever makes for the holy fire, I love it. Tracy is so real you can almost touch her with her observations, mishaps, wry information. There’s sadness here, too. Who can avoid this? But something wonderful holds everything up like a gleaming net under an acrobat’shigh-wire act.”Washington Independent Review of Books

      “Kristen Tracy’s collectionHalf-Hazard . . . was twenty years in the making. And so, it should come as no surprise that time plays a pivotal role in this outstanding collection. Time is the medium across which cruelty unfolds towards the plants, animals, and people that we share the world with—and it is the medium through which we bear witness.”The Arkansas International

      “Tracy, a prolific author of tween and teen fiction, debuts in verse with an irresistible collection selected for the Poetry Foundation’s Emily Dickinson First Book Award. These energetic poems showcase a writer who knows how to draw readers in—with short sentences, quick turns, and a comic edge that courts disaster.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

      “Nearly 20 years in the making, this debut collection from a prolific children's author won the Poetry Foundation's Emily Dickinson First Book Award . . . evidently, it was worth the wait. Written in an open, conversational voice. . . . Empathetic accessible reading.”Library Journal

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    Bunk The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News Kevin Young
    9781555978167 Paperback HISTORY / United States On Sale Date: September 04, 2018 Print Run: 20000
    $23.50 CAD 6.23 x 9.08 x 1.45 in | 576 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Graywolf Press
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      Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction

      “There Kevin Young goes again, giving us books we greatly need, cleverly disguised as books we merely want. Unexpectedly essential.” —Marlon James

      Has the hoax now moved from the sideshow to take the center stage of American culture?

      The award-winning poet and critic Kevin Young traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly American phenomenon—the legacy of P. T. Barnum’s “humbug” culminating with the currency of Donald J. Trump’s “fake news.” Disturbingly, Young finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion, with race being the most insidious American hoax of all. He chronicles how Barnum came to fame by displaying figures like Joice Heth, a black woman whom he pretended was the 161-year-old nursemaid to George Washington, and “What Is It?,” an African American man Barnum professed was a newly discovered missing link in evolution.

      Bunk then turns to the hoaxing of history and the ways that forgers, plagiarists, and frauds invent backstories and falsehoods to sell us lies about themselves and about the world in our own time, from the pretend Native Americans Grey Owl and Nasdijj to the deadly imposture of Clark Rockefeller, from the made-up memoirs of James Frey to the identity theft of Rachel Dolezal. This brilliant and timely work asks what it means to live in a post-factual world of “truthiness” where everything isup for interpretation and everyone is subject to a contagious cynicism that damages our ideas of reality, fact, and art.

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      Kevin Young is the author of a previous book of nonfiction,The Grey Album, aNew York Times Notable Book, and of eleven books of poetry. He is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the poetry editor forThe New Yorker.
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      Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Guide to the 100 Best Books of the Year 2017, Long-listed
      NPR Best Book of the Year 2017, Long-listed
      Los Angeles Times Holiday Books Guide 2017, Long-listed
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      “[Young’s] scrupulous feel for archival traces — for the urgent materiality of memory — is one of the superpowers he brings to both his poems and nonfiction. The newest example isBunk, Young’s enthralling and essential new study of our collective American love affair with pernicious and intractable moonshine. . . .Bunk is a sort of book that comes along rarely: the encompassing survey of some vast realm of human activity, encyclopedic but also unapologetically subjective. . . .Bunk, a panorama, a rumination and apolemic at once, asks more of the reader. It delivers riches in return. . . . Bunk is a reader’s feast, a shaggy, generous tome with a slim volume of devastating aphorisms lurking inside; it also shimmers with moments of brief personal testimony."—Jonathan Lethem,The New York Times Book Review

      “InBunk, Kevin Young exhaustively tracks our longtime ambivalence toward ‘hoaxes, humbug, plagiarists, phonies, post-facts, and fake news.’ In these pages our founding father isn’t George Washington, who supposedly couldn’t tell a lie, but rather showman P.T. Barnum, who brazenly exhibited an old black woman as Washington’s 161-year-old childhood nurse. . . . There’s so much to enjoy and learn from in this encyclopedic anatomy of American imposture and chicanery.”The Washington Post

      “A wild, incisive, exhilarating tour through Western culture’s sideshows and dark corners. Like a sideshow barker, Young writes with unbridled enthusiasm, a showman’s conviction, and a carny’s canny, telling a story that at times defies belief. And every word of it is true.”Los Angeles Times

      “Kevin Young . . . reflects on hoaxers and events as diverse as P.T. Barnum, Rachel Dolezal, the forged Hitler Diaries, Binjamin Wilkomirski’s fabricated Holocaust memoir, James Frey, Stephen Glass and Lance Armstrong. What could be timelier in the age of post-truth politics, science denial and fake news?”Newsweek

      “[A] fascinating, dense, and hyper-referential look into the strange forms and contours of our indigenous cultural b.s.”O, The Oprah Magazine

      “Riveting. . . . Young covers, and uncovers, America’s long and varied history of deceptive practices.”Elle

      “[A] thorough examination of two centuries of hoaxing. . . . Original and illuminating.”BBC Culture

      “Brilliant . . . that rare thing, a trove of fresh and persuasive insights. . . . Impeccably, even superhumanly erudite. . . . [Young's] subject, a procession of outlandish, inventive, theatrical, and utterly brazen liars, is inherently entertaining.”Slate

      “ConsiderBunk to be an endlessly fascinating fact-check on everything we think we know about integrity.”Vulture

      “[Young’s] copious research, his talents in literary analysis and his associative skills as a poet are on acrobatic display as he argues convincingly that the hoax is all too often an underrecognized mechanism for maintaining white — and to a concurrent extent, male — supremacy. . . . As we enter the second year of the Trump administration . . . this book could scarcely be more timely or useful.”Chicago Tribune

      Bunk is a fiercely intelligent account of the lies public figures tell us and the lies we tell ourselves, and it’s one of the mostimportant books you’ll read all year.”Nylon

      “ReadingBunk, one may get the sense that Young’s history of the secret themes of our society has suddenly moved out of the shadows and into full view. It’s equal parts enlightening and unnerving.”Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

      “Young . . . assumes the daunting task of cataloguing America’s obsession with deception . . . [and] diligently explores how marginalization of 'the other' breathes life into deceit. . . .Bunk is the thrilling fun house at the state fair one wishes to never exit.”Atlanta Journal-Constitution

      “This enlightening, entertaining and timely tome is just what we need to understand and protect against the pervasive cynicism that threatens our nation to our very core.”Detroit Free Press

      “Young entertains with his erudition and solid facts, his original thinking and impeccable narrative writing skills.”—KMUW

      “[A] profoundly erudite new study of the ways truthiness, as Stephen Colbert used to call it, travels through America’s fabric.”Literary Hub

      “Thick and information-laden as the internet cacophony, Young’s book proves a worthy and exhaustingly researched read.”Paste

      Bunk is a barefisted reckoning with American culture, an extension of sorts of his whip-smart book-length essayThe Gray Album that coils, swerves, and diverts out at right angles from itself. . . . Young is a pure essayist in the vein of Emerson and Montaigne. Reading Young, you feel like you’re making connections along with him, and it’s exciting, at times flabbergasting, to peel back the layers of the American psyche together.”—Jeffery Gleaves,The Paris Review Staff Picks

      “Young is a fine poet—incoming poetry editor ofThe New Yorker, no less—and his often recursive, textured prose is the perfect delivery for the cyclical nature of literary lies.”The Millions

      “Young goes over this fakery at great length, not simply to reveal the origins of fake news today but to demonstrate something deeper, which he calls a ‘narrative crisis.’ . . . Young writes from the perspective of his vocation as a poet and with the commitment to what can be understood as poetic truth.”New York Review of Books

      “[Kevin Young is] second to none in his ability to make unlikely pop cultural connections and bring in a vast and complex sense of history.”Vol. 1 Brooklyn

      “Expansive. . . . We have yet to see what forms may materialize to counter the rise of fake news. They will have to offer different emotions with different pleasures. Until such a counter-genre emerges, the best we can do is, like Young, provide a history of how we got here.”The New Inquiry

      “Kevin Young’s magisterial study,Bunk . . . should set many back on their heels. . . . Choosing to read [this] book that systematically—and with a great deal of entertainment—exposes and explains the promulgation of 'fake news' would be a perfect way to resist the dumbing down of America.”Signature Reads

      “Thoroughly researched and consistently illuminating. . . .Bunk serves as a necessary reference book you can dip in and out of as you like, or else turn to any time the president says anything.”The Stranger

      “A powerful, far-reaching read.”BookPage

      “As exhaustive as its subtitle: part survey of modern imposture, part detective story about the origins of American fakery. . . . It’s an important book for 2017, not only because ‘fake news’ is a part of the zeitgeist, but because public discourse about white supremacy and political hucksterism suffers from citizens’ short memory. . . .Bunk is a consistently incisive look at the nature of American imposture and epistemology itself: How do we know what we know, how do we learn? How do we undo what we learn, and how do we avoid making the same mistakes?”Harvard Magazine

      “If you're ready for a riveting lesson on a loaded subject, immerse yourself in award-winning poet and critic Kevin Young’sBunk.”—Elle.com

      “A persuasive and exhaustive examination of the history and ubiquity of the hoax.”4Columns

      “Young chronicles a distinctly American brand of deception in this history of hoaxers, fabricators, liars, and imposters. . . . [He] astutely declares the hoax a frequent metaphor for a ‘deep-seated cultural wish’ that confirms prejudicial ideas and stereotypes. . . . Young’s remarks on race and his comparison of Trump and Barnum, both of whom gained power from spectacle, in the book’s coda are well worth sifting through.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

      “As we adjust to life with a president who plays fast and loose with the truth and whose backstory arouses growing skepticism, this examination of the long and colorful history of hoaxes and cons is most welcome. . . . Compelling and eye-opening.”Booklist, starred review

      “Fake news and alternative facts have a long and complex history in American culture. Young, an award-winning poet and director of the New York Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, explores the deep roots of hoaxing in entertainment, literature, journalism, sports, and public life. . . . The final chapter touches on the current ‘post-fact’ world and its rejection of expertise, raising important questions about how we can know the truth. This dense and wide-ranging critique offers a fascinating view of the impact of fraud on truth.”Library Journal, starred review

      “A fascinating, well-researched look at the many ways Americans hoodwink each other, often about race.”Kirkus Reviews

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    Notes from No Man's Land American Essays Eula Biss
    9781555978235 Paperback LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays On Sale Date: November 06, 2018 Print Run: 10000
    $21.00 CAD 5.67 x 8.24 x 0.74 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Graywolf Press
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      Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism

      Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

      Acclaimed for its frank and fascinating investigation of racial identity, and reissued on its ten-year anniversary,Notes from No Man’s Landbegins with a series of lynchings, ends with a list of apologies, and in an unsettling new coda revisits a litany of murders that no one seems capable of solving. Eula Biss explores race in America through the experiences chronicled in these essays—teaching in a Harlem school on the morning of 9/11, reporting from an African American newspaper in San Diego, watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from a college town in Iowa, and rereading Laura Ingalls Wilder in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. What she reveals is how families, schools, communities, and our country participate in preserving white privilege.Notes from No Man’s Land is an essential portrait of America that established Biss as one of the most distinctive and inventive essayists of our time.

      Bio
      Eula Biss is the author ofOn Immunity: An Inoculation, selected as one of the Ten Best Books of 2014 byThe New York Times Book Review. Her essays have appeared in theBeliever,Harper’s Magazine, andThe New York Times Magazine. She lives in the Chicago area.
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      Notes From No Man's Land is the most accomplished book of essays anyone has written or published so far in the 21st century. . . . Unlike all but a handful of the best books I have ever read, it is unimpeachably great.”Salon

      “Graywolf Press has reissued Biss’ penetrating essay collection—a wise and welcome decision. In a moment when geography seems to have a stranglehold on political sensibilities, Notes from No Man’s Land delivers nuanced regional dispatches from New York, California and the Midwest.”Los Angeles Times

      “Biss' pairings of ideas, like those of most original thinkers, have the knack of seeming brilliant and obvious at the same time . . . forceful, beautiuful essays.”—NPR

      “Biss is telling us the story of our country--one we never saw coming.”The Chicago Tribune

      “Biss's examination of America's complicated racial heritage offers penetrating insight.”Time Out New York

      “Biss’s compelling investigation of race and privilege in the United States remains as timely and relevant as ever.”The Brooklyn Rail

      “Powerful essays on the nature of identity, national and racial and personal. . . . Containing the music and force of [Biss's] singular thought.”Orion Magazine

      This book is as relevant today as it was a decade ago.”Pioneer Press

      “[A] wondrous book. . . . [Biss] picks and worries at the idea of race in America—incarceration, education, social welfare. . . . Lyrical she may be, but she is also exhilaratingly bold.”The Spectator (UK)

      "Two of the qualities that make Eula Biss’s essays inNotes from No Man’s Land compelling and beautiful are precision and independence—independence from orthodoxies of the right and left and the conventions of literary essays and their displays of sensibility and sensitivity. And whatever topic she takes up she dissects and analyzes with startling insight that comes from deep reading and original thinking. She’s important to this moment, important to opening up what essays can be, important for setting a standard of integrity and insight, and she’s also a joy toread."—Rebecca Solnit

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