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New Books in Literature Marshall Poe

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Interviews with Writers about their New Books
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    Judy L. Mandel, "White Flag: A Memoir" (Legacy Book Press, 2022)

    Judy L. Mandel, "White Flag: A Memoir" (Legacy Book Press, 2022)

    Cheryl said many times that "I'm done with that life, I'll never go back to it." But she did. When her Aunt Judy finds her in jail after two years of thinking she may be dead, she hopes and prays this is a second chance for her niece. Her sensitive, funny, bookworm niece. Her big sister's eldest daughter, the sister who has since died. And through writing White Flag: A Memoir (Legacy Book Press, 2022), bestselling author Judy L. Mandel finds that it didn't start with Cheryl, but that the tentacles of trauma explored in her first book Replacement Child have grabbed hold of her niece too. She struggles with being powerless to help Cheryl, and she discovers that transgenerational trauma and epigenetics may have started this avalanche of pain. She wonders why some people can recover from addiction, and others cannot. Why some are able to raise their white flag of surrender.
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    • 24 min
    Denise Crittendon, "Where it Rains in Color" (Angry Robot, 2022)

    Denise Crittendon, "Where it Rains in Color" (Angry Robot, 2022)

    Denise Crittendon’s debut science fiction novel,Where it Rains in Color (Angry Robot, 2022), is set far in the future, long after the Earth has been destroyed, on the planet of Swazembi. Swazembi is a color-rich utopia and famous vacation center of the Milky Way. No one is used to serious trouble in this idyllic, peace-loving world, least of all the Rare Indigo. But Lileala’s perfect, pampered lifestyle is about to be shattered.
    Published on the cusp of Crittendon’s 70th birthday, the novel’s creation was decades in the making. Ideas were jotted down and relegated to a drawer while her work as a journalist and ghostwriter took front seat. Inspiration was gathered from her time in Zimbabwe and a recurring dream she had over many years.
    “The dream influenced the novel a great deal,” says Crittendon. “The novel was kind of built around the dream. When I finally started writing it again, then the dreams came back. And then I stopped and the dreams went away. When I finally got a chance to do that final push, I never had a dream again.”
    That experience layers an almost metaphysical presence to a story that already includes a different kind of worldbuilding from what we normally see in science fiction. From Swazembi’s galaxy-renowned wind-force public transit system and nuanced cultural greeting of “waves of joy” to the noted lack of violence throughout, the novel offers a fresh perspective on what sci fi can be.
    Before making the big leap into the world of sci-fi & fantasy, Denise Crittendon held a string of journalism jobs. In addition to being a staff writer for The Detroit News and The Kansas City Star, she was editor-in-chief of the NAACP’s national magazine, The Crisis. Later, she became founding editor of a Michigan-based lifestyle publication for black families. After self-publishing two manuals that empower youth, “Girl in the Mirror, A Teen’s Guide to Self-Awareness” and “Life is a Party That Comes with Exams,” she entered the new-age healing movement as a motivational speaker for teens. These days, she fulfills ghostwriting assignments for clients and writes speculative fiction on the side. She divides her time between Spring Valley, Nevada and her hometown, Detroit, Mich.
    Brenda Noiseux and Rob Wolf are co-hosts of New Books in Science Fiction.
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    • 47 min
    Angela Hui, "Takeaway: Stories from a Childhood Behind the Counter" (Trapeze, 2022)

    Angela Hui, "Takeaway: Stories from a Childhood Behind the Counter" (Trapeze, 2022)

    Food journalist Angela Hui grew up in rural Wales, as daughter to the owners of the Lucky Star Chinese takeaway. Angela grew up behind the counter, helping take orders and serve customers, while also trying to find her place in this small Welsh town.
    In her new memoir, Takeaway: Stories from a Childhood behind the Counter (Trapeze, 2022), she writes about the surprisingly central role the takeaway plays in rural Britain:
    Name me one other room where you can blow out birthday candles, watch a live drunken boxing match between two rowdy customers, enjoy a steam facial from the multiple Boxing Day hot pots bubbling away on portable gas stoves, witness a hen party aftermath where the bride-to-be is sick in the corner, host a high-stakes mahjong tournament with three tables going at once, and hold an unofficial Six Nations rugby viewing, where chips and fried rice is strewn everywhere whenever Wales score a try.
    Angela Hui is an award-winning journalist and editor from South Wales. Her work has been published in gal-dem, HuffPost, Independent, Refinery29 and Vice, among others. She lives in East London where she was formerly the Food and Drink writer at Time Out London. She runs the @chinesetakeawaysuk Instagram account documenting Chinese takeaways up and down the country and sharing the stories of unseen workers in the hospitality industry.
    You can find more reviews, excerpts, interviews, and essays at The Asian Review of Books, including its review of Takeaway. Follow on Twitter at @BookReviewsAsia.
    Nicholas Gordon is an associate editor for a global magazine, and a reviewer for the Asian Review of Books. He can be found on Twitter at@nickrigordon.
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    • 44 min
    C. P. Lesley, "Song of the Storyteller" (Five Directions Press, 2023)

    C. P. Lesley, "Song of the Storyteller" (Five Directions Press, 2023)

    Today I talked to C. P. Lesley about Song of the Storyteller (Five Directions Press, 2023). 
    It’s 1546, and Ivan the Terrible is about to be coronated and married off. Government nobles are given 6 weeks to choose the most beautiful, highborn, fertile, and politically expedient brides from around the country. Before Tsar Ivan makes his choice, 16-year-old Lyuba is forced to go through a series of examinations as a potential bride, but she’s in love with someone else and planning to do everything she can to make herself as unappealing as possible. But anything too obvious could backfire, and her family would pay the price if she was anything but delighted to be a candidate.
    CP Lesley was born in England and lived in the states from the age of eleven. She earned a PhD in Russian History from Stanford and has always loved telling stories. Author of The Not Exactly Scarlet Pimpernel, The Golden Lynx, The Winged Horse, The Swan Princess, The Vermilion Bird, and The Shattered Drum (Five Directions Press), she is currently working on the sixth book in her Songs of Steppe & Forest series, Song of the Steadfast. The series includes Song of the Siren (2019), Song of the Shaman (2020) Song of the Sisters (2021), Song of the Sinner (2022), and now Song of the Storyteller (2023). CP Lesley also hosts New Books in Historical Fiction, a podcast channel on the New Books Network. When not thinking up new ways to torture her characters, she edits other people’s manuscripts, reads voraciously, maintains her website, and practices classical ballet.
    G. P. Gottlieb is the author of the Whipped and Sipped Mystery Series and a prolific baker of healthful breads and pastries. Please contact her through her website (GPGottlieb.com).
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    • 26 min
    Sanaë Lemoine, "The Margot Affair" (Hogarth, 2021)

    Sanaë Lemoine, "The Margot Affair" (Hogarth, 2021)

    Sanaë Lemoine is the author of The Margot Affair and a 2022 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow. She was born in Paris to a Japanese mother and French father, and raised in France and Australia, and now live in New York. She received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University.
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    Chris Holmes is Chair of Literatures in English and Associate Professor at Ithaca College. He writes criticism on contemporary global literatures. His book, Kazuo Ishiguro as World Literature, is under contract with Bloomsbury Publishing. He is the co-director of The New Voices Festival, a celebration of work in poetry, prose, and playwriting by up-and-coming young writers.
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    • 48 min
    Anthony Valerio et al., "Charles Street Trio: A Novel in Three Voices" (2022)

    Anthony Valerio et al., "Charles Street Trio: A Novel in Three Voices" (2022)

    Charles Street Trio: A Novel in Three Voices (2022) is a series of books that collectively form a tapestry of life in the form of a sprawling epic of a novel. 
    Here in Book 1: The Early Years attend a birthday party, spend a day at the hairdresser’s, have your heart broken, experience teen awareness of class difference, loss of a beloved parent, a harrowing accident with your mom, take a bike ride around the corner. All intermingled with a visual feast of original collages and photographs.

    “We met in that small sanctuary of a place on Charles Street decades ago. One of us said she saw a ghost dance across the kitchen. Even our ghosts are lively. About their own business. Another of us said recently that convening again after forty years of life, love and work, we must be angels. Have a seat. Plenty of chairs all around.”
    --The Authors (2022)

    Meet the Artists:
    Pamela Manché Pearce, prose writer, poet and visual artist. About Pearce’s Widowland, critics have said: “Widowland provides, as a collection, an assortment of beautiful and raw moments that tackle an active life without the poet’s other. Without his living presence. The themes of loss and grief, of course are hardly new…there is a canon, and Pearce arrives in it with her own exquisite verse.”

    Anthony Valerio, prose writer. Anthony Valerio’s fiction bears likeness to our best dreams, when the fantastical elements of the subconscious play themselves out in a vivid replica of reality.--—The Baltimore Sun.
    “He’s just crazy enough. He knows his characters, he knows his craft. He gets in, tells his story and gets out. It’s what good writing should be.—Shel Silverstein

    Kate Farrell, prose and screen writer. Farrell oversees several hit television series. She is a four-time Emmy Award winning sports producer and has produced an award-winning documentary for HBO.
    Caleb Zakarin is the Assistant Editor of the New Books Network. (https://newbooksnetwork.substa...)
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    • 44 min

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