12 Short Stories and Their Making
An Anthology with Interviews
Paul Mandelbaum (Editor)

Here is a fascinating and enlightening book for fiction readers and writers alike. Written by some of our most powerful contemporary authors, the stories gathered here were selected as striking examples of one of the six elements of craft: character, plot, theme, structure, voice, and setting. In interviews that focus on the appropriate craft element, the authors discuss sources of inspiration and the challenges they faced.

Contributions by Sandra Cisneros, Kim Edwards, George Garrett, Ellen Gilchrist, Gail Godwin, Allan Gurganus, Charles Johnson, Walter Kirn, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ursula K. Le Guin, Elizabeth Tallent, and Tobias Wolff.

“This unique collection will appeal to aspiring short story writers and is a great read for those who enjoy this literary form.”
Library Journal

“Mandelbaum is very good at getting writers to reveal their secrets.…A marvelous curiosity is at work here, one that digs deep.”
—Shannon Ravenel, former Series Editor, Best American Short Stories

Paperback / $18.95 (Can $24.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-312-9 / 356 pages / Anthology


America Street
A Multicultural Anthology of Stories
Anne Mazer (Editor)

Welcome to America Street, where every story is as vital and unique as the friends, neighbors, and relatives we encounter every day. Here are fourteen stories about young people told by some of America's best storytellers.

Contributors include Duane Big Eagle, Toni Cade Bambara, Robert Cormier, Langston Hughes, Gish Jen, Francisco Jiménez, Mary K. Mazotti, Nicholasa Mohr, Toshio Mori, Leslie Namioka, Naomi Shihab Nye, Grace Paley, Gary Soto, and Michele Wallace.

“The sometimes rib-tickling, sometimes wrenching incidents chronicled in this highly readable volume provide first-rate entertainment while shedding light on the unique struggles and dreams of first-, second- and third-generation Americans.”
Publishers Weekly

“It is a treat to have [these stories] pulled together here, reflecting as they do the dignity of individuals and the strength of family bonds across different cultures.”
School Library Journal

Anne Mazer is the author of several widely acclaimed books, including the novels Moose Street and The Oxboy, and a picture book, The Salamander Room. She is the editor of the anthologies  Going Where I'm Coming FromA Walk in My World, and Working Days.

Paperback / $11.95 / ISBN 978-0-89255-191-0 / 160 pages / Anthology


The Best Sports Writing of Pat Jordan
Pat Jordan

Introduced and selected by Alex Belth

For decades, Pat Jordan has been one of the best sports writers in America. This engrossing book compiles twenty-six features from throughout his career, among them his most famous magazine pieces and a small selection of previously unpublished gems. Included is an exciting selection of Jordan's profiles of sports legends such as Wilt Chamberlain, Tom Seaver, Greg Louganis, Venus and Serena Williams, as well as an extraordinary sampling of the pieces with which Jordan made his name: those about athletes who are obscure, unsuccessful, or have fallen from grace. 

“[Jordan's] appreciative of authenticity and unimpressed by celebrity or notoriety. He's a good listener determined to discover the story and present it with energy and wit. The proof of his success is that the pieces in this collection have held up over the years.”
—Bill Littlefield, Boston Globe

Pat Jordan is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, and has published innumerable articles on sports and other subjects in The Atlantic, GQ, Esquire, Los Angeles Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, and elsewhere. He is author of a number of nonfiction books, including the acclaimed memoir A False Spring. Jordan lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Hardcover / $27.95 / ISBN 978-0-89255-339-6 / 480 pages / Sports


Big City Cool
Short Stories About Urban Youth
M. Jerry Weiss and Helen S. Weiss (Editors)

In these fourteen compelling stories, young people of all backgrounds—from immigrant to native-born, from privileged to the poor—make their way in this glamorous yet risky world.

Contributors include T. Ernesto Bethancourt (Upper West Side, New York City), Judith Ortiz Cofor (Paterson, New Jersey), Eugenia Collier (Baltimore), Joseph Geha (Chicago and Brooklyn), Ann Hood (Greenwich Village, New York City), Cherylene Lee (Los Angeles), Paul Many (Cleveland), Walter Dean Myers (Harlem, New York City), John H. Ritter (San Diego), Michael Rosovsky (Boston), Eleanora E. Tate (Morehead Ciry, North Carolina), Neal Shusterman (Las Vegas), Amy Tan (San Francisco), and Sharon Dennis Wyeth (Washington, D.C.). 

Paperback / $11.95 / ISBN 978-0-89255-278-8 / 192 pages / Young Adult Fiction / Anthology


A Boy From Ireland
Marie Raphael

Set in 1901, this is the exciting story of Liam, a fourteen-year-old, half-Irish, half-English boy who triumphs over a bully and a cycle of hatred through friendship and the love of a horse.  

“A poignant tale unsparing in its depiction of ethnic and racial prejudice and, at the same time, heartwarming in its portrayal of friendship and moral awakening. . . . This is a story you will want to share with every young teenager you know.”
—Howard Zinn

Marie Raphael is the author of the novel Streets of Gold. She has been a teacher in middle school, high school, and college. She lives in Redway, California.

Paperback / $11.95 (Can $12.99) / ISBN 978-0-89255-426-3 / 224 pages / Young Adult Fiction

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Bread Givers
Anzia Yezierska

Foreword and Introduction by Alice Kessler-Harris

This masterwork of American immigrant literature, set in the 1920s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against her father’s rigid conception of Jewish womanhood. Sarah’s struggle towards independence and self-fulfillment resonates with a passion all can share. Beautifully redesigned page for page with the previous editions, Bread Givers is an essential historical work with enduring relevance.

“Yezierska captures American hunger with extraordinary intensity.”
—Vivian Gornick, New York Times

Anzia Yezierska (ca. 1882-1970) is the author of many stories and novels about New York’s immigrant Jews, including How I Found America and The Open Cage and the memoir Red Ribbon on a White Horse

Paperback / $14.95 / ISBN 978-0-89255-290-0 / 336 pages / Fiction, Jewish Studies


Christine de Pizan: Her Life and Works
A Biography

Charity Cannon Willard

The result of more than forty years of research, this definitive biography vividly recounts Christine's rise from society poet to eminent writer, and discusses her work at length and in relation to her life and times. 

“The long-awaited biography...by the scholar who has devoted her career to the study of this 14th-century author...affords pleasure and profit.”
—Joan M. Ferrante, New York Times Book Review

“A valuable contribution to women's history.”
—Regina Minudri, San Francisco Chronicle

“A treasure trove of delights...her crisp and unpretentious prose makes this biography a pleasure to read.”
—Katharina Wilson, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature

Charity Cannon Willard, a noted scholar of medieval French literature, is internationally recognized as the foremost authority on Christine de Pizan. She is the translator of Christine de Pizan's A Medieval Woman's Mirror of Honor: The Treasury of the City of Ladies and the editor of Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan. 

Paperback / $14.95 / ISBN 978-0-89255-523-5 / 266 pages / Nonfiction


Crazy Weekend
Gary Soto

It’s summer in East Los Angeles, and Hector and his best amigo Mando are bored. But when they spend the weekend in Fresno with Uncle Julio, a freelance photographer, things heat up.

Uncle Julio takes the boys on a photo shoot up in a rickety old airplane. Flying over the highway, they spot an armored car heist, and Uncle Julio snaps some shots of the robbers. After they report was they saw to the local newspaper, pictures of Hector and Mando appear in the next morning's edition. The robbers—two of the most inept thugs ever to steal anything—decide to teach the boys a lesson. When the two dumb thugs and the two quick-witted boys meet up, the results are hilarious.

“A fun-paced adventure...Crazy Weekend has something for everyone.”

“Lighthearted and fast-paced.”
The Horn Book

Gary Soto is the award-winning author of many books for adults, young adults, and children, including The Effects of Knut Hamsun on a Fresno Boy, Baseball in April, Living Up the Street, Buried Onions, and Jessie De La Cruz: A Profile of a United Farm Worker. He lives in Berkeley, California. 

Paperback / $10.95 / ISBN 978-0-89255-286-3 / 144 pages / Fiction


The Dragon Can't Dance
Earl Lovelace

In this novel, Carnival takes on social and political importance for the population of a shantytown called Calvary Hill. Usually invisible to the rest of society, these locals join the throng and flaunt their neighborhood personas in masquerade during the Carnival festivities. For some, these disguises help to realize secret longings and aspirations. But for Aldrick, the dashing “King of the Hill” who is dressed as a glorious dancing dragon, it will take one more masquerade—this time involving guns and hostages—before the illusion of power becomes reality.

The Dragon Can't Dance is a wonderful work filled with depth, insight, and truth. While the story is grounded in the milieu of Trinidad, its message is universal and timeless.”
Multicultural Review

Chicago Tribune

Earl Lovelace, the “consummate Caribbean man of letters” (Publishers Weekly), was born in Toco, Trinidad in 1935. His many books include the novels While Gods Are Falling, winner of the Independence Literary Award; Saltwinner of the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize; and A Brief Conversion and Other StoriesHe resides in his native Trinidad, and is on the faculty of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. 

Paperback / $16.95 / ISBN 978-0-89255-272-6 / 240 pages / Fiction


The Effects of Knut Hamsun on a Fresno Boy
Recollections and Short Essays
Gary Soto

Set mostly in Soto’s hometown, Fresno, and the San Francisco Bay area, the forty-eight pieces in this volume include the much lauded recollections “The Jacket” and “Like Mexicans,” as well as new, never-before-collected essays, among them “Childhood Worries, or Why I Became a Writer” and the title piece in which Soto fashions himself to be Fresno's own Knut Hamsun, the Norwegian writer of the 1920s who lived on nothing more than his five senses, who walked around his town observing the ordinary with amazement. 

Gary Soto is the award-winning author of novels, poems, and essays, most notably Buried Onions, Nickel and Dime, Living Up the Street, Crazy Weekendand the young adult biography Jessie De La Cruz: A Profile of a United Farm Worker. He teaches writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Paperback / $15.95 / ISBN 978-0-89255-254-2 / 206 pages / Nonfiction


The Eloquent Essay
An Anthology of Classic & Creative Nonfiction

John Loughery (Editor)

This anthology shows the essay form at its most varied and dramatic, arranged chronologically and written by some of our most engaging authors. Purposefully concise, it gathers together exemplars of the personal narrative, the argument, the anecdotal essay, digressive discourse, the “open letter,” and others.

Included in the collection are essays by George Orwell, W. H. Auden, Bruno Bettelheim, Eudora Welty, Martin Luther King Jr., Joan Didion, Edward Abbey, Leo Marx, I. F. Stone, Pico Iyer, Amy Tan, Lewis Thomas, Barbara Kingsolver, Ann S. Causey, Carl Sagan, Ellen Ullman, and Opal Palmer Adisa.

“Filled with humor, seriousness, skill in writing, and meaningful subjects.”
Library Journal

John Loughery is the author of the Pulitzer Prize Finalist John Sloane: Painter and Rebel, and the editor of First Sightings and Into the Widening World.

Paperback / $14.95 (Can $18.50) / ISBN 978-0-89255-241-2 / 192 pages / Nonfiction / Anthology

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The Eloquent Short Story
An Anthology of Narrative Forms

Lucy Rosenthal (Editor)

This concise anthology gathers twenty-four short stories that show the richness and vitality of the form. Each engaging, accessible story represents one of the many modes of storytelling now in our literature. Here are short stories in the guise of memoir or confession; written as a letter, a fable, a report; or accomplishing what we usually expect of a novel, an essay, a character study, a poem.

A uniquely contemporary collection, yet with an eye on tradition, the book includes long-revered as well as more recently heralded masters, including Margaret Atwood, Ann Beattie, Robert Olen Butler, Truman Capote, Raymond Carver, Junot Díaz, Louise Erdrich, Ian Frazier, Randall Kenan, Jhumpa Lahiri, Rick Moody, Lorrie Moore, Alice Munro, Tim O'Brien, ZZ Packer, Alice Walker, Eudora Welty, Joy Williams, and Richard Yates.

Paperback / $14.95 (Can $16.50) / ISBN 978-0-89255-292-4 / 256 pages / Fiction Anthology


Exiled Memories
A Cuban Childhood
Pablo Medina

Medina left Cuba with his family at the age of 12. In this short, personal memoir, he depicts a happy, middle-class childhood in pre-revolutionary Cuba in brief vignettes. He also shares the experience of being transplanted to the United States. He writes from the heart, seeking to recapture the essence of being Cuban despite the 30-year effort of Castro to transform Cuba. This volume provides one person's view of what that life was like.

“Medina writes from the heart, seeking to recapture the essence of being Cuban...filled with telling detail and humorous, insightful anecdotes.”
Library Journal

“A powerful work of literature.”
—Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, Yale University

Pablo Medina is the author of numerous volumes of poetry and three novels, including The Marks of Birth and The Return of Felix Nogara

Paperback / $14.00 (Can $20.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-280-1 / 144 pages / Memoir


Fishing For Chickens
Short Stories About Rural Youth
Jim Heynen (Editor)

In these seventeen short stories, some of our best writers take us into the lives of young people growing up in rural America from the backwoods of New England to a ranch in the West.

Contributors include Pickeny Benedict, Nancy K. Brown, Nora Dauenhauer, Eric Gansworth, Jim Heynen, Tomas Rivera, Wallace Stegner, Alma Villanueva, Jon Volkmer, Alice Walker, Vicky Wicks, and Hisaye Yamamoto, among others.

Paperback / $9.95 (Can $11.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-265-8 / 192 pages / Anthology


From the Fishouse
An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great
Camille T. Dungy, Matt O'Donnell & Jeffrey Thomson

Foreword by Gerald Stern

Derived from the From the Fishouse Web site, a one-of-a-kind online archive devoted to the oral and aural aspects of contemporary American poetry, the From the Fishouse print anthology is a jamboree of poetry at its acoustic best. It collects over 175 poems by nearly a hundred poets from the archive, dividing them into ten playful thematic sections. Each poem is a striking example of why poetry is meant not just to be read, but read aloud. To complement the poems, the book includes illuminating excerpts from the Web site's Q&As with the poets, and, in the Fishouse tradition of poetry as an oral/aural form, it comes with a compact disc that features dynamic recitations of 36 of the poems in the book. Indispensable for poetry lovers of any ilk, From the Fishouse is the most exciting, portable way to experience the array of poetry being written and performed in the United States in the first decade of the twenty-first century.  

Included are poems from Lindsay Ahl, Dan Albergotti, Kazim Ali, Lucy Anderton, Christian Barter, Curtis Bauer, Sherwin Bitsui, Rebecca Black, Adrian Blevins, Paula Bohince, Roger Bonair-Agard, Shane Book, Geoffrey Brock, Stacey Lynn Brown, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, and many others! 

Paperback / $25.95 (Can $28.50) / ISBN 978-0-89255-348-8 / 296 pages / Poetry Anthology


Gateway To Paradise
Matthew Vollmer

In these bold stories set in the mountains and small towns of the South, men and women looking for escape from dull routines and a culture of hype (whether of consumerism, sex, or religion) are led to places of danger and self-reckoning. A dentist on a tryst is seduced by and impregnates an impetuous ghost. A beleaguered young writing professor follows his imagination one step too far while escorting a famous writer he finds darkly alluring. Provoked by a radio talk show, a woman tests who is more intimate, her husband or her dog. In the novella-length title story, a young McDonald’s cashier sets off alone on a harrowing, surreal journey after her domineering boyfriend commits a murder in her name—a journey from nowhere and nothing to an epiphany in Gatlinburg, at the edge of the Smoky Mountains wilderness. 

“[Vollmer] has now conjoined his two writing brain halves, his formal ease with tradition and an impulse to upset your applecart. There is little to nothing else like it.”
The Brooklyn Rail

“A beautifully voiced, precise, hilarious, utterly serious, and extremely impressive book.”
—David Shields, author of Reality Hunger

Matthew Vollmer is also the author of inscriptions for headstones, essays. His work has appeared in Tin House, Glimmer Train, The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Best American Essays, The Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. He directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Virginia Tech.

Paperback / $15.95 (Can $18.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-466-9 / 184 pages / Fiction


The Girl in the Mirror
A Novel in Poems and Journal Entries

Meg Kearney

Lizzie, now 17, begins to search for her birth mother when another devastating loss overtakes her. Lizzie’s story chronicles how friendship and the profound bond of love between an adoptee and her parents—known and unknown—save her from emotional crisis.

“There is an honesty, a darkness, a steel fragility in these beautifully crafted words.  I suspect there are few readers who would not be swept into the tornado of Lizzie’s destructive grief. Kearney fully engages the reader in this very fine coming-of-age novel.”
—Karen Hesse

“Meg Kearney is a deft magician...It's amazing what [she] does with presences and absences—people who aren't quite there anymore remain potently everywhere—as Lizzie’s life unfolds. This book is a generous gift.”
—Naomi Shihab Nye

Meg Kearney is the author of The Secret of Me—the acclaimed novel that introduced Lizzie McLane—, When You Never Said Goodbye, the conclusion of Lizzie's story, and two collections of poetry for adults, most recently the award-winning Home By Now.

Paperback / $15.00 (Can $16.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-385-3 / 168 pages / Young Adult


Going Where I'm Coming From
Memoirs of American Youth

Anne Mazer (Editor)

14 personal memoirs by some of America’s finest writers, these stories are journeys of self discovery. Whether dealing with the complexities of being a new immigrant or growing up between two cultures, against urban or rural backdrops, this anthology showcases the diverse experiences of American youth.

Authors included are Judith Ortiz Cofer, Lee A. Daniels, Helen Epstein, Tracy Marx, Ved Mehta, Thylias Moss, Lensey Namioka, Naomi Shihab Nye, Susan Power, Luis J. Rodríguez, Willie Ruff, Graham Salisbury, Gary Soto, and Hisaye Yamamoto. 

Anne Mazer is the author of several widely acclaimed books, including the novels Moose Street and The Oxboy, and a picture book, The Salamander Room. She is the editor of the anthologies  America StreetA Walk in My World, and Working Days.

Paperback / $10.95 (Can $13.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-206-1 / 180 pages / Anthology


A Good Place for the Night
Savyon Liebrecht

This collection by one of Israel’s most popular authors turns upon issues of family, place and disconnection, and the stories have the dreamy, evocative smoothness of underwater films. As one character observes “I was frightened by the unfamiliar sensations flooding me, as if I'd lost my old place and still didn't have a new one.”
Disorientation afflicts Liebrecht's characters from the Israeli reporter in Munich to cover a Nazi war trial to the mentally handicapped man trying to make a life among unsympathetic members of a kibbutz.
In the last and finest story, “A Good Place for the Night,” a woman struggles to survive in an unnamed place virtually destroyed by a nuclear catastrophe. The permanent unsettledness of Israel is exported and globalized here; no matter where Liebrecht's characters go or what they do, they are never yet truly at home.

“I read these stories with bated breath...a wondrous and thrilling human and literary experience.”
—Orit Harel, MAARIV (Tel Aviv)

Savyon Liebrecht was born in Germany in 1948 and immigrated to Israel as a young child. She is an award-winning playwright and the author of six story collections and the novels A Man and a Woman and a Man and The Women My Father Knew. She lives in Tel Aviv. 

Paperback / $14.00 (Can $20.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-320-4 / 224 pages / Fiction


The Gray Lover
Three Stories
Carl Friedman

Friedman proves herself a master of the short story in these three moving, beautifully nuanced tales which explore Holocaust themes but also branch out in new directions.
In the title story, a fable set between the wars, Gershom Katz, a widowed 100-year-old Polish Jew, becomes the boarder of a wicked, greedy couple who work the old man to exhaustion.
“Holy Fire” charts the metamorphosis of an average Dutch Jewish teenager into a fanatical fundamentalist who moves to Brooklyn, joins a militant Hasidic sect and ultimately, as a settler on the West Bank, kills a Palestinian boy.
In the agonizing final story a Dutch woman cares for her terminally ill mother, Bette who is dying of cancer two years after she nursed her husband, an Auschwitz survivor, while on his deathbed. Now Bette's impending death should draw together her three children, but they remain strangers to one another, constantly at odds and bitter about their legacy.

“Among the emerging voices of the second generation of Holocaust survivors Carl Friedman deserves the highest rank.”
—Robert Taylor, The Boston Globe

Carl Friedman was born in 1952, the daughter of Holocaust survivors. She is the author of Nightfather  and The Shovel and the Loom. Ms. Friedman lives in Amsterdam and is working on a new collection of short stories. 

Paperback / $12.00 / ISBN 978-0-89255-296-2 / 176 pages / Fiction


Heart of the Order
Baseball Poems
Gabriel Fried (Editor), Foreword by Daniel Okrent

This anthology gathers together some of the finest poems written on baseball from the past seventy-five years. They represent the entire spectrum of verse-writing about the National Pastime, from stickball and sandlot games to Little League and the Majors, from spectators to scrubs to superstars.  In a myriad of voices—earnest to zany—they capture baseball's poetic sensibility, its rhythms, culture, and timelessness.  They evoke memories of youth and promise, of growing up and growing older. They bring us back to our personal and collective pasts.

Included in the roster are Hall-of-Famers and contemporary All-Stars: Richard Hugo, Marianne Moore, William Matthews, May Swenson, B. H. Fairchild, Linda Gregerson, Donald Hall, Yusef Komunyakaa, Edward Hirsch, Thomas Lux, Gail Mazur, Robert Pinsky, Quincy Troupe, and more than sixty others.

“A welcome addition to growing corpus of baseball poetry. Fried. . .has a keen ear for the sound of good baseball poetry and a good eye for a good baseball tale.”
—Kenneth Sammond, Aethlon: Journal of Sports Literature

“Baseball has a long history and season. While instant replay is the newest (though not terribly reliable) way to capture it, the carefully chosen words in Heart of the Order, conveying enthusiasm or disappointment and every emotion in between, remain one of the truest ways to experience it.”
—Patricia Contino, New Pages

Original Trade Paperback / $17.95 (Can $19.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-435-5 / 184 pages / Sports / Poetry / Anthology


The Holocaust Kid
Sonia Pilcer

Zosha Palovsky was born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany but has grown up in New York City, joined a Latina gang, and refused to attend a yeshiva. She’s a rebel—outspoken, sexually liberated, and determined to live her own life, free of her parents’ past. Yet, as daring and defiant as she is, Zosha cannot escape, obsessed with events that took place before her birth. She has dreams of Auschwitz, falls in love with “her own private Nazi,” and has an affair with a kinky Holocaust scholar.  Meanwhile, her parents are baffled by the life of their American daughter. With unflinching honesty and wild humor, this collection of autobiographical, linked stories captures what it means to be born in the shadows of death, and to live and love without forgetting.

“Fifteen finely crafted, interconnected stories, loosely based on the life of novelist Pilcer, that cumulatively reflect the tensions haunting the children of Holocaust survivors, . . . Fresh and affecting.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Wit and humor interface with stark realities and unanswerable questions... Provocative fiction, not just for the second generation but for all our collective memories.”

“...a life-affirming story told with verve, wit, and the kind of passion that is often missing from contemporary fiction.”
—Oscar Hijuelos

Sonia Pilcer is the author of the novels Teen Angel, Maiden Rites, Little Darlings, and The Last Hotel, as well as several theatrical productions. She teaches at Berkshire Community College and at the Writer’s Voice in New York City. 

Hardcover / $23.95 / ISBN 978-0-89255-261-0 / 180 pages / Fiction

How I Found America
Anzia Yezierska

Introduction by Vivian Gornick

In evoking the joy and pain of the Jewish immigrant experience, Anzia Yezierska has no peer. Her stories and novels, written from the 1920s to the 1960s, immortalized the Jews of New York’s Lower East Side and their struggle to escape poverty and to partake of America’s promise.  

How I Found America gather together all of Yezierska’s short fiction: the two collections published during her lifetime—Hungry Hearts and Children of Loneliness—and seven additional tales. Each story is authentic and immediate, as memorable as family history passed from one generation to the next. Taken together, they constitute an enduring portrait of a time and a people.  

“All the stories in How I Found America are rich with a primitive energy that rises with volcanic force.”
Los Angeles Times

Anzia Yezierska was born around 1880 in Russian Poland and immigrated to New York City in the 1890s. In addition to her stories, she is the author of many novels, including the classic Bread Givers and The Open Cage, and a memoir, Red Ribbon on a White Horse. She died in 1970. 

Paperback / $11.95 (Can $17.99) / ISBN 978-0-89255-298-6 / 314 pages / Fiction


Human Landscapes from My Country
Nazim Hikmet

An Epic Novel in Verse, Translated from the Turkish by Randy Blasing and Mutlu Konuk, Foreword by Edward Hirsch

Written during the Second World War while Hikmet was serving a thirteen-year sentence as a political prisoner, his verse-novel, Human Landscapes from My Country, uses cinematic techniques to tell the story of the emergence of secular, modern Turkey by focusing on the always-entertaining stories of sundry characters from every social class. As vignettes of Turkish life flash before our eyes at movie-like speed, it becomes clear that the poet is also telling the turbulent story of the twentieth century itself and of the ongoing global struggle between tradition, which trusts in God, and modernity, which entrusts the world to human hands. This is the first complete English translation of Hikmet’s epic masterwork. 

“A human landscape of the twentieth century.”
The Washington Post Book World

“A lastingly fascinating work.”
Publishers Weekly

Banned in his own country for thirty years, the poetry of Turkey's foremost modern poet, Nazim Hikmet (1902-1963), has been translated into more than fifty languages. Today Hikmet is recognized around the world as one of the essential voices of our time.

Paperback / $20.00 (Can $22.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-349-5 / 466 pages / Fiction / Poetry


Imagining America
Stories from the Promised Land

Wesley Brown and Amy Ling (Editors)

Thirty-seven short stories from 1900 to the present, written by some of our best authors—African, Asian, European, Jewish, Middle Eastern, and Native American—follow the waves of immigration into and migration within the United States. These stories are unique in time and circumstance, yet they address a common dilemma: how to reconcile America's mythologized “promise” with its more complex reality.

Contributors include Sui Sin Far, Toshio Mori, Bernard Malamud, Amiri Baraka, Junot Díaz, Chiyra Divakaruni, Jessica Hagedorn, Edwidge Danticat, Sherman Alexie, Oscar Hijuelos, Monfoon Leong, Sandra Cisneros, Grace Paley, Alice Walker, Hisaye Yamamoto, among others

“An excellent tool for exposing YAs to the multicultural experience.”
School Library Journal

Wesley Brown and Amy Ling also edited the anthology Visions of America.

Paperback / $18.95 (Can $24.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-277-1 / 404 pages / Anthology

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Into the Widening World
International Coming-of-Age Stories
John Loughery (Editor)

The twenty-six short stories gathered here come from twenty-two countries and are written by recognized masters as well as by new, emerging writers. They represent the richness of world literature and, at the same time, offer unusual insight into a changing world.
The stories in this collection draw us in by their powerful images of a special time of life, images culled not only from our own backyard but from the many yards across the globe and brought to life by some of the world’s greatest authors.

Contributions by Nissim Aloni, Peter Carey, Michelle Cliff, Margaret Drabble, Jorge Edwards, Margareta Ekström, Nadime Gordimer, Ha Jin, Charles Johnson, Thomas King, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Mario Vargas Llosa, Naguib Mahfouz, Gabriel García Márquez, John McGahern, Yukio Mishima, Rohinton Mistry, Bharati Mukherjee, Charles Mungoshi, Alice Munro, V.S. Naipaul, Ben Okri, Mercè Rodoreda, Tatyana Tolstaya, Zoe Wicomb, and B. Wongar.

John Loughery is the author of the Pulitzer Prize Finalist John Sloane: Painter and Rebel, and the editor of First Sightings and The Eloquent Essay.

Format / $15.95 (Can $20.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-204-7 / 268 pages / Anthology


Jessie De La Cruz
A Profile of a United Farm Worker

Gary Soto

Born into a family of migrant workers, Jessie De La Cruz worked in the fields of the San Joaquin Valley from the age of 5, picking cotton, grapes, cantaloupes, onions, and more. She rose to become a member of the fledgling United Farm Workers union in 1966, and then, at the request of its leader Cesar Chavez, became its first woman organizer. Jessie fought injustice toward Mexican and all farm workers, seeking ways for workers to purchase their own farmland.  As an activist, she became a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, testified before the Senate, and met the Pope.

Jessie De La Cruz is a role model for all– an ordinary person who became extraordinary by making change happen, not only for herself but for others.

“A portrait of a true American heroine.”
—Studs Terkel

Chicano writer Soto (who worked in the fields in high school and college) has written [De La Cruz’s] biography, based on personal interviews...teens will be caught by the facts of her hardship and struggle.”

“The author effectively personalizes the struggle of farm workers in a manner that will enable students to understand and care about their triumphs.”
School Library Journal

Gary Soto is a beloved and award-winning author of many novels, stories, memoirs, and collections of poetry, including Crazy Weekend and The Effects of Knut Hamsun on a Fresno Boy

Paperback / $11.95 / ISBN 978-0-89255-285-6 / 128 pages / Young Adult Nonfiction


The Laura (Riding) Jackson Reader
Laura (Riding) Jackson

Some see Laura Riding and Laura (Riding) Jackson as virtually two separate writers, the former a strikingly original Modernist poet and critic, the latter a supposedly reclusive thinker on man and woman, language, meaning, and truth. However, encountering her work in this rich cross-section, one discovers a remarkable consistency of theme developing throughout, from the earliest poems and stories to the "post-poetic" writings of her final years. The selections presented here span sixty-four years (1923-1987) and include famous works of poetry and prose—some long out of print or difficult to find—significant lesser-known writings, and an important previously unpublished late essay, “Body & Mind and the Linguistic Ultimate.”

Laura (Riding) Jackson (1901-1991) is the author of more than forty books of poetry, criticism, and story. In 1991, just months prior to her death, she was awarded the Bollingen Prize for lifelong service to poetry.

Paperback / $21.95 / ISBN 978-0-89255-263-4 / 380 pages / Criticism


Life’s Good, Brother
Nâzim Hikmet

Translated from the Turkish By Mutlu Konuk Blasing

Set in 1925 in Izmir, Turkey, protagonist-narrator, Ahmet, a Communist Party member who shares many biographical details with Hikmet himself, is hiding out in a stone cottage. Ahmet is being pursued by the secret police as he sets up an underground printing press. Using a cinematic technique, Hikmet experiments with the fluidity of time and memory, flashing back to his/Ahmet’s earlier years in Turkey and Russia and forward to the years and experiences to come. Present events and memory freely mix and merge, capturing everyday exigencies as well as the passionate undercurrents of Hikmet’s tumultuous life.

“One of the first and most important ‘European’ novels written in Turkey: its horizons are not limited to the national issues of Turkey, it explores the basic values of life, and its heroes live cosmopolitan lives.”
—Orhan Pamuk

“A man’s never-ending search for life’s truths and loves...Humorous...exciting...profound.”
—James Burt, ForeWord Reviews

Nâzim Hikmet (1902-1963) is “one of the essential poets of the twentieth century” (Edward Hirsch). Life's Good, Brother has been translated into more than fifteen languages. This first English version is by Mutlu Konuk Blasing, the co-translator (with Randy Blasing) of Hikmet’s poetry and the author of the biography Nazim Hikmet: The Life and Times of Turkey's World Poet.

Paperback / $17.95 (Can $19.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-418-8 / 191 pages / Fiction


A Man and a Woman and a Man
Savyon Liebrecht

Translated from the Hebrew by Marsha Pomerantz

From one of Israel’s most acclaimed authors, here is a powerful novel of intertwined passion and mourning. In the unlikely setting of a Tel Aviv nursing home, Hamutal, wife and mother, falls in love “in a blinding storm of emotion.” While visiting her mother, a Holocaust survivor with Alzheimer’s, she meets a man tenderly caring for his father in the room across the hall. After an exchange of only a few words, she cannot forget him. As her mother begins to reveal disturbing secrets from the war and painful memories are awakened, Hamutal grows more and more obsessed, until finally she believes that only this man can bring her joy in the midst of such sadness. 

“A finely wrought novel....strikes an original note.”
Washington Post Book World

“Rewarding psychological depth...A true and resonant and meaningful story...[told] with a sure storyteller's skill.”
Jerusalem Post

Savyon Liebrecht is the author of many collections of short stories, including Apples from the Desert and Women My Father KnewA Man and a Woman and a Man was a critically acclaimed  bestseller in Israel. 

Paperback / $14.00 (Can $21.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-297-9 / 250 pages / Fiction


A Mannered Grace
The Life of Laura (Riding) Jackson
Elizabeth Friedmann

This authorized biography of Laura (Riding) Jackson (1901-1991) sheds clarifying light on the work of this great modernist and American poet and on the controversies of her personal life that have dominated other biographical accounts. Written by the woman that (Riding) Jackson took into her confidence and with full access to all of her papers, here is the accurate story of (Riding) Jackson’s Socialist family origins in New York, her education and rise to literary prominence in the 1920s and 1930s, her literary circle here and abroad, her 13-year relationship with Robert Graves, her many publications, the small press she ran, her activism in Europe during the Second World War, as well as her return to the U. S. in 1939 when she and Graves parted, her last years in rural Florida—until now largely untold—married to Schuyler Jackson, running a citrus grove, avoiding the publishing world but still writing, and concluding with her death in 1991, only months after she received the prestigious Bollingen Prize for lifetime achievement in poetry.

“Because of its new material, its depth of scholarship, and it first-hand witness from the subject herself, this is the new standard against which other biographies of Jackson will be read.”
—Laurel Blossom, American Book Review

Elizabeth Friedmann met Laura (Riding) Jackson in 1985, after five years of correspondence, and worked with her until her death. She has edited/co-edited many volumes by (Riding) Jackson, including First Awakenings: The Early Poems of Laura Riding, The Word “Woman,” Four Unposted Letters to Catherine, and Chelsea 69, a special issue of later works. She lives in Florida.

Hardcover / $37.50 (Can $54.50) / ISBN 978-0-89255-300-6 / 570 pages / Biography


Miss Peabody’s Inheritance
Elizabeth Jolley

A New York Times Notable Book

Miss Peabody, a lonely spinster in a London suburb, writes a fan letter to an Australian novelist, Diana Hopewell. In reply, Hopewell sends installments of her novel-in-progress, the bawdy misadventures of a trio of gently lesbian ladies, a headmistress and two companions, touring Europe with a hapless female student. With each mail delivery, Miss Peabody’s fascination with Hopewell and her characters intensifies, until fantasy and reality poignantly merge. A memorable duet of art and life.

“Wonderful . . . like letters from a faraway friend…. the double narrative ends with a flourish of perfect closure… Jolley’s best surprise.”
—Thomas Disch, New York Times Book Review

“Treads the ‘too thin…line between truth and fiction’ to memorable effect.”
—Elizabeth Ward, Washington Post Book World

“Delicately and ironically told, informed by a warm sympathy that tinges even the funniest scenes with rue.”
Publishers Weekly

Elizabeth Jolley was born in 1923 in England and moved to Australia when she was in her thirties. She published her first book when she was fifty-three and went on to become one of Australia’s most celebrated authors. In the United States, her novels were excerpted in The New Yorker and elsewhere, and critically acclaimed. Her works include Foxybaby, Mr. Scobie’s Riddle, The Sugar Mother, and The Vera Wright Trilogy. She died in 2007.

Paperback / $15.95 (Can $17.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-370-9 / 157 pages / Fiction


Mr. Scobie’s Riddle
Elizabeth Jolley

A New York Times Notable Book

An accident lands octogenarian Mr. Scobie in a ramshackle nursing home in Australia, run by the domineering Matron Hyacinth Price. At first he spends his time listening to classical music and reciting Wordsworth and the Bible, but gradually a disturbing side of the home reveals itself: nocturnal card sharks, carousing fueled by medicinal brandy, and an ongoing extortion of the residents’ financial assets. Scobie decides he must get out as quickly as possible. To protect himself (and his fragile memories and dreams) he rebels through a unique recourse—his very simple riddle. Can a voice calling for dignity be heard?

“With the publication of Mr. Scobie’s Riddle, Elizabeth Jolley joins the handful of Australian writers... of whom it may be said that their books are able to alter the direction of one’s inner life.”
—Elizabeth Ward, Washington Post Book World

“A satire of great verve and acerbity.”
—Thomas Disch, New York Times Book Review

Elizabeth Jolley was born in 1923 in England and moved to Australia when she was in her thirties. She published her first book when she was fifty-three and went on to become one of Australia’s most celebrated authors. In the United States, her novels were excerpted in The New Yorker and elsewhere, and critically acclaimed. Her works include Foxybaby, Mr. Scobie’s Riddle, The Sugar Mother, and The Vera Wright Trilogy. She died in 2007.

Paperback / $15.95 (Can $17.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-369-3 / 226 pages / Fiction


Nazim Hikmet
The Life and Times of Turkey’s World Poet

Mutlu Konuk Blasing

This important critical biography draws from a myriad of Turkish sources and presents Hikmet as neither the dangerous subversive the military feared nor the legendary figure that he came to be, but as the sum of his opposites. Blasing has given us a moving portrait of a poet for the ages whose life was acted out on the world stage of the twentieth century.

“This evocative biography reveals a towering figure who, up to now, has remained largely unknown beyond his homeland and the Republic of Poetry. Nâzim Hikmet captured the spirit of the new nation with simple but deeply stirring words, and also plunged into the great social and political conflicts of his age. Anyone seeking to understand the twentieth century will be enriched by reading the story of his passionate life. It is a tale full of beauty, and beautifully told.”
—Stephen Kinzer

“Nazim Hikmet is one of the heroes of the twentieth-century poetry. His work arrived to poets in the United States with a great rush of purity, power, and inspiration from a literary culture to which and a poet to whom we were all but oblivious. To have a biography of this singular monumental presence who, like Pablo Neruda, embodied so much history in a life of conviction, commitment, and passion for justice is another gift for which we should be grateful.”
—C.K Williams

Mutlu Konuk Blasing, a native of Istanbul and a professor of English at Brown University, is the author of four books of literary criticism, most recently Lyric Poetry (Princeton). She is also the co-translator (with Randy Blasing) of Persea’s renowned English versions of Nâzim Hikmet’s poetry, among them Poems of Nazim Hikmet and Human Landscapes from My Countryand the translator of Hikmet's last work, the autobiographical novel Life's Good, Brother.

Hardcover / $27.95 (Can $29.50) / ISBN 978-0-89255-417-1 / 294 pages / Biography


Carl Friedman

Tell us a story, the children say. It is the 1960s; the Second World War is in the past. Yet their father begins: “When I was in the camp...” He cannot stop telling stories about the concentration camp. Any ordinary event can evoke a memory and another story. The children are his frightened witnesses, his spellbound audience. They live in the everyday world of school and friends, and also in their father's nightmare world. The enormous tragedy of the Holocaust is passed down from parent to child through the powerful bond of love that ties them.

“Friedman writes without ever compromising her compassion or extinguishing her sense of hope....a shocking and touching first novel.”
New York Times Book Review

“A terse, haunted novel....with the tone and rhythm of a child's tale....heart-wrenching.”
—Margo Jefferson, New York Times

Like Anne Frank's diary, [Nightfather] transcends genres, addressing adults and children alike....it retains a deep humanity in a pared-down, skeletally beautiful style....An extraordinary novel, written with passion, lucidity, and restraint...A noble addition to the literature of Holocaust survivors and their children.”
The Forward

Carl Friedman was born in the Netherlands in 1952. She now lives in Amsterdam. Her books include The Gray Lover and The Shovel and the Loom.

Paperback / $9.95 (Can $11.50) / ISBN 978-0-89255-210-8 / 136 pages / Fiction


Normal People Don't Live Like This
Dylan Landis

At the center of this startling fiction debut is Leah Levinson, a teen at sea in the anonymous ordeals of a middle-class upbringing on the Upper West Side in the 1970s. In ten installments, written from varying perspectives, we witness her uneasy relationships with faster, looser peers—girls she is drawn to but also alienated by.

No one, though, alienates Leah more than her mother, Helen. Estranged yet intertwined, they struggle within the confines of their personalities, unaware of how similar their paths are. Just when they seem at a lonely impasse, each makes an impulsive change—Leah taking a risky trip abroad, Helen renting a secret room in a welfare hotel. Jolted from their old patterns, the two of them independently glimpse the possibility of a more hopeful life.

“Nothing pleases and startles a reader like a well done short story, and in Normal People Don't Live Like This, debut author Dylan Landis provides 10 of them, each a star turn. Landis knows when to be dreamy, and she knows when to be sharp, a perfect match for her themes of female desire, the quest for knowledge. [Her] precisely observed women are on the verge of everything, capable of anything.”
—Susan Larson, New Orleans Times Picayune

“Dylan Landis has a gift for creating characters... it is in her character details that the writing comes to life.... Leah is a female Holden Caulfield.... As for Landis, watch her very carefully. Once you can create characters like Leah (or Angeline, Rainey and Helen), there's no stopping you”
—Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

“The characters in Dylan Landis's debut short story collection, Normal People Don't Live Like This are blessedly extraordinary.”
—Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair

Dylan Landis has published stories in BombTin HouseBest American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. A former journalist, she has won a Poets & Writers California Voices Award and other honors for her fiction. She lives in Washington, DC.

Paperback / $15.00 (Can $16.50) / ISBN 978-0-89255-354-9 / 182 pages / Fiction


Our House in the Last World
Oscar Hijuelos

35th Anniversary Edition, featuring a new forward by Pablo Medina

Pulitzer Prize winner Hijuelos’s debut depicts the struggle of an American-born son of Cuban immigrants to make sense of his “Cubanness” amid the harsh realities of 1960s New York City. 

Filled with the sights and sounds of Cuba’s Oriente province and New York City, the music and films of the fifties, lusty fantasies and the toughest of life’s realities, it is the unforgettable story of Hector Santinio who is haunted by tales of “home” (a Cuba he has never seen) and by the excesses and then the death of his loving father.

“Just about the finest first novel ever written… one of those great works of art that breaks your heart and yet miraculously makes you whole - a towering achievement.”
—Junot Díaz

“Virtuoso writing that describes immigrant life in New York… a novel of great warmth and tenderness.”
New York Times Book Review

“What a pleasure that Our House in the Last World, in a new edition, will be readily available when we most need it, a story that stands up for the dignity of American immigrants.”
—Esmeralda Santiago, author of When I Was Puerto Rican

Oscar Hijuelos (1951-2013) was born in New York City. He is the author of nine novels and a memoir. Our House in the Last World (1983) won the Rome Prize, given by the American Academy in Rome. In 1990, he became the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. Hijuelos's novels have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Paperback / $15.95 (Can $21.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-484-3 / 242 pages / Fiction



Outside Rules
Short Stories About Nonconformist Youth
Claire Robson (Editor)

These compellingly readable stories focus on the vulnerability and resilience of teens who are too brainy, unathletic, poor, the “wrong” religion, emotionally fragile, from non-traditional families, not model-thin, or simply bent on following a unique path.

Among the contributors are Sandra Cisneros, Rand Richards Cooper, Chris Fisher, K. Kvashay-Boyle, Wally Lamb, Reginald McKnight, Sandell Morse, Katharine Noel,  Rebecca Rule, Annette Sanford, Akhil Sharma, seventeen-year-old Caitlin Lonning, and others.

“This thought-provoking collection of short stories evokes the many expressions of the outsider. Neither edgy nor extreme, each story can provide material for discussion about alienation, fitting in, and compassion for the self and for others who are or are perceived as different.”

Paperback / $9.95 (Can $12.50) / ISBN 978-0-89255-316-7 / 178 pages / Young Adult Fiction / Anthology


The Return of Felix Nogara
Pablo Medina

The dictator is dead and suddenly the exiles can return. So begins Pablo Medina’s most compelling work to date, a novel set on Barata, an imaginary Caribbean island (not unlike Cuba). Sent to the United States at the age of twelve, Felix Nogara has remained attached to his native land through dissident fellow exiles and through his family legacy. Thirty-eight years later, he returns, and with a wise and sardonic cab driver as his guide, he travels through the ruined landscape to recover his lost history, his lost happiness.  With wit, imagination, and visionary insight, Medina takes the reader to an island in chaos in order to explore the deepest regions of an exile’s heart. 

“Medina...writes a gritty yet graceful prose. [A] searching and lyrical second novel.”
—John Freeman, Washington Post Book World

“[D]elicious, astute, darkly funny...this novel is right on target.”
—Bob Shacochis, New York Times Book Review

Pablo Medina is the author of eleven books of poetry and prose including Exiled Memories and The Marks of Birth. He is on the core writing faculty of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers in Asheville, North Carolina, and is Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Paperback / $15.00 / ISBN 978-0-89255-279-5 / 272 pages / Fiction

Also available as a hardcover


Earl Lovelace

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize

Guinea John, mythical ancestor of Blackpeople in Trinidad, put two corncobs under his armpits and flew away from the scene of his enslavement, back to Africa. But his descendants, having eaten salt, were too heavy to fly and would not follow....
One hundred years after official Emancipation, the diverse people of Trinidad—Africa, Asian, and European—still have not settled into the New World. Two men set out to free them from “old captivities” and to welcome them to their island homeland. Around them swirl a cast of unforgettable men and women, each telling his own story in his own voice, each striving with passion and wit to make sense of life in a still-young country where the roles of enslaved and landowner still linger, but “the sky, the sea, every green leaf and tangle of vines sing freedom.”

“A novel confident in its rhythms, in the authority of its selling, driven by an exultant compassion for its characters.”
—Derek Walcott

“[Lovelace’s] generous, torrential prose...seems to hold every complexity—of history, of ethnicity, of reason and magic alike—within its rushing energy.”
The New York Times Book Review

Earl Lovelace was born and still resides in Trinidad. Among his many award-winning books are the novel The Dragon Can't Dance and A Brief Conversion and Other Stories

Paperback / $17.95/ ISBN 978-0-89255-235-1 / 260 pages / Fiction


The Secret of Me
A Novel in Poems

Meg Kearney

Fourteen-year-old Lizzie and her older brother and sister were adopted as infants, a fact of life in the McLane household. But dry facts rarely encompass feelings, and what it feels like to be adopted is something Lizzie never dares openly discuss with her loving parents—or with outsiders, including her boyfriend. In this vivid, heartfelt tale, told entirely through her own poetry, Lizzie finds the courage to speak the secret of her identity.

An Afterword by the author discusses her experience as an adopted child and how writing can help make sense of one’s life. Also included are a Guide to this Book’s Poetics, Some Poems Lizzie Loves (reprints of poems by Lucille Clifton, Hayden Carruth, Anne Sexton, Donald Hall, and others), and Recommended Books and Links about adoption and poetry. 

“A sincere, at times poignant, novel-in-verse reads like a memoir…. A real balance of personal exploration as an adoptee and new teenage emotions creates a powerful blend in a warm character ready to connect and sustain that bond to readers.…[Adolescents] will get a good dose of real poetry with unique and inspiring language.… Substantive backmatter… makes this a first-rate offering.”
Kirkus Reviews

Meg Kearney is the author of An Unkindness of Ravens, When You Never Said Goodbye and The Girl in the Mirror. She is the director of the Solstice Creative Writing Programs of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. 

Paperback / $13.95 (Can $18.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-336-5 / 136 pages / Young Adult


An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, & Other Short Prose Forms
Alan Ziegler (Editor)

Here are hundreds of pieces of no more than 1250 words, from twenty-four Western countries, written by nearly two hundred contributors, from the sixteenth century to the present. They run the gamut, from short-short stories, prose poems, and brief essays to pieces that stretch and defy genre, such as tableaus, apothegms, sketches, and tropisms. They are mysterious, humorous, delightful, shocking, magical, profound, highly entertaining, laced with emotion—and addictive.

“Essential reading for anyone interested in the short form.... The array of writers is unprecedented, and the pieces are fabulous, engaging, and, well, they’re short!”  
—Gary Shteyngart

Contributors include Michel de Montaigne, Joseph Joubert, Giacomo Leopardi, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Rimbaud, Gertrude Stein, Max Jacob, Robert Walser, Robert Musil, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, Daniil Kharms, Stanley Kunitz, Samuel Beckett, E. M. Cioran, Czesław Miłosz, Octavio Paz, Clarice Lispector, Zbigniew Herbert, Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, W. S. Merwin, Donald Barthelme, Tomas Tranströmer, Russell Edson, Charles Simic, Luisa Valenzuela, Margaret Atwood, Seamus Heaney, Ron Padgett, Diane Williams, Lydia Davis, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jamaica Kincaid, Anne Carson, Meena Alexander, Ana María Shua, Jean-Michel Maulpoix, Jayne Anne Phillips, Kimiko Hahn, Etgar Keret, Ben Marcus, Dave Eggers, Ben Lerner, Amelia Gray, and many more.

Paperback / $18.95 / ISBN 978-0-89255-432-4 / 354 pages / Anthology


The Shovel and the Loom
Carl Friedman

Chaya, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, lives in the old Jewish quarter of Antwerp, Belgium. Twenty years old, a philosophy student (and nonbeliever), she takes care of the children of a Hasidic family by day. At night she stays up reading - Nietzsche, Einstein, the Baal Shem Tov. The more she reads, the less she seems to understand. Does God exist? What does it mean to be a Jew? Chaya questions the reasons for anti-Semitism, the role of women in Judaism, the reasons for suffering. Mr. Apfelschnitt, an old friend of her father, tells Chaya that Creation is a masterpiece, that Science can’t replace God or the Torah. But her father advises her to study physics. Trying to put her Auschwitz past behind her, Chaya’s mother obsesses over baking, tea, and weaving. Her advice to Chaya: go out dancing. 

Finally, it is Chaya’s love for Simeha, the three-year-old boy in her care, that provides the key. She clashes with his tradition-bound father, then propelled by a tragic accident, learns just how much she is tied to her people and her faith. 

“In The Shovel and the Loom, Carl Friedman perfectly accomplishes the delicate task of making unspeakable stories at once accessible and shocking.”
—Katherine Albert, The New York Times Book

“One this is certain: Friedman’s vivid emotional power. Her prose is spare and reticent and her narrative gifts impressive. Among the emerging voices of the second generation of Holocaust survivors she deserves high rank.”
—Robert Taylor, The Boston Globe

Carl Friedman was born in 1952 and now lives in Amsterdam. She is the author of Nightfather and The Gray Lover

Paperback / $12.00 (Can $17.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-231-3 / 168 pages / Fiction

Show Me A Hero
Great Contemporary Stories about Sports
Jeanne Schinto (Editor)

Combining two great American traditions—sports and short fiction—this anthology presents twenty-one first-string stories written by many of our most revered contemporary North American writers. It offers a glimpse into the world beyond winning and losing that lies deep within us all. 

Contributors include Toni Cade Bambara, T. C. Boyle,  Mark Helprin, Ann Packer, John Sayles, Elizabeth Spencer, John Edgar Wideman, and more.

Jeanne Schinto is the author of three books, Shadow Bands: Stories; Children of Men, a novel; and Huddle Fever: Living in the Immigrant City. She has also edited the short fiction anthologies Virtually Now and The Literary Dog: Great Contemporary Dog Stories. Ms. Schinto teaches literature and creative writing at Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts. 

Paperback / $13.95 (Can $20.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-209-2 / 265 pages / Anthology


Sudden Flash Youth
65 Short-Short Stories

Christine Perkins-Hazuka, Tom Hazuka, Mark Budman (Editors)

A unique collection: the only anthology of short-short stories to focus on youth.

In no more than 1000 words, young protagonists examine crucial moments of decision and challenge, involving love, faith, sports, accidents, toys, pets, slavery, the end of the world—from the historical past into virtual reality and beyond. Whether action-packed or meditative, realistic or fantastical, these brief stories brim with the vitality and intensity of youth.

Among the contributors are Steve Almond, Peter Bacho, Richard Bausch, Daphne Beal, Gayle Brandeis, Richard Brautigan, Ron Carlson, Kelly Cherry, Stuart Dybek, Dave Eggers, Pia Z. Ehrhardt, Jim Heynen, Meg Kearney, Anne Mazer, Naomi Shihab Nye, Maryann O'Hara,Pamela Painter, Sonia Pilcer, Bruce Holland Rogers, Robert Shapard, and Alice Walker.

Paperback / $13.95 (Can $18.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-371-6 / 224 pages / Short Stories / Anthology / Ages 15+


Starting With “I”
Personal Essays by Teenagers
Youth Communication

Edited by Andrea Estepa and Philip Kay, Foreword by Edwidge Danticat

In thirty-five frank and intimate personal essays, teens express their views on serious issues like violence, racism, and teen parenting, as well as common teen experiences like dating, getting a first job, and starting college. Their stories resonate with their desire to discover who they are, through the written word, and to share their discoveries with their peers.

“A rich and varied collection with themes to which teens from all kinds of backgrounds will be able to relate. An inspiration to aspiring young authors.”
School Library Journal

Youth Communication, based in New York City, helps teenagers develop their reading and writing skills so they can acquire the information they need to make thoughtful choices about their lives. They are also the authors of The Heart Knows Something Different.

Paperback / $15.95 (Can $20.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-228-3 / 200 pages / Young Adult Essays / Ages 12+


Streets of Gold
Marie Raphael

It is 1901. Marisia and her family flee Poland ahead of the czar's soldiers. But at Ellis Island, her sister and parents are turned away. Now Marisia and her brother, Stefan, must find their way in the New World alone.

Marisia dreams of becoming an artist. Can she overcome the hardships of immigrant life on New York's Lower East Side, the struggle to find work, and the tyrannical views of those who would stand in her way? With only her wits, her talent, and her feisty spirit to guide her, she sets out to turn dream into reality.

Streets of Gold will carry young people to another time and place. Readers won't want the story to end!”
—Diana Pardue, Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Marie Raphael is a life-long educator who has worked with young people at many levels and in many situations—from a Harlem pre-school in New York City to college classrooms in Boston and California to a rural junior high school. Presently, she lives in northern California and supervises student teachers at Humboldt State University. She is also the author of A Boy From Ireland.

Paperback / $12.95 / ISBN 978-0-89255-256-6 / 216 pages / Fiction

Travels in Vermeer
A Memoir
Michael White

Longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award in Nonfiction

Part travelogue, part soul-searching investigation into romantic love and intimate discourse on art, this erudite and lyrical memoir encompasses the author’s past—his difficult youth, stint in the Navy, alcoholism, and the early death of his first wife—and ends with his finding grace and transformation through deeply affecting encounters with the paintings of Vermeer, an artist obsessed with romance and the inner life, who has captivated millions, from the seventeenth century until now.

“All the sorrow of love is compressed into White’s memoir.  But so, too, is all the consolation of art. Nothing I’ve read...suggests so eloquently what [Vermeer's paintings] hold for a contemporary viewer…. Figures it took a poet to get it this beautifully, thrillingly right.”
—Peter Trachtenberg

[Travels in Vermeer] touches on the mysteries of seduction, loss, and the artistic impulse.  It shows how time can be interrupted.”
—Clyde Edgerton

“This book is a treasure and a guide. It is a type of healing for the intellect and the heart.”
—Rebecca Lee

Michael White is the author of four award-winning collections of poetry including Vermeer in Hell. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, and heads the creative writing department at UNC-Wilmington.

Paperback / $17.95 (Can $20.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-437-9 / 178 pages / Memoir


The Vera Wright Trilogy
My Father’s Moon / Cabin Fever / The Georges’ Wife

Elizabeth Jolley

Set in 1940s wartime England, the trilogy follows young Vera, who leaves her cultivated Midlands home to become a nurse in a military hospital and is catapulted into adulthood through unorthodox love entanglements with both men and women, two illegitimate children, and finally emigration to Australia, where, from her new vantage point—now a doctor and writer—she looks back on her life’s journey.
Combining the beauty of Virginia Woolf with the spare, heartbreaking insightfulness of Jean Rhys, the trilogy is both a literary tour-de-force and an accessible, universal portrait of a woman in search of sustaining love. 

“A haunting portrait of a woman who came of age during WWII in England, forging her identity in courageous circumstances. . . [A] lyrically written, imaginatively observed and emotionally compelling work.”
Publishers Weekly

Elizabeth Jolley was born in 1923 in England and moved to Australia when she was in her thirties. She published her first book when she was fifty-three and went on to become one of Australia’s most celebrated authors. In the United States, her novels were excerpted in The New Yorker and elsewhere, and critically acclaimed. Her works include Foxybaby, Miss Peabody’s Inheritance, Mr. Scobie’s Riddle, and The Sugar Mother. She died in 2007.

Paperback / $19.95 (Can $22.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-352-5 / 560 pages / Fiction


Virtually Now
Stories of Science, Technology and the Future

Jeanne Schinto (Editor)

In this unique anthology, you will find an intriguing mix of first-rank science fiction writers and mainstream literary writers. All are using the power of storytelling to explore the human costs and rewards of living in an era increasingly dominated by science and technology. Here, futuristic tales of alien-earthling encounters, cyberlife, and new social orders stand easily alongside stories about more immediate realities, such as e-mail romance, bio-technology, and high-tech warfare. 

Contributors include Margaret Atwood, Thomas Fox Averill, Alsion Baker, Michael Bishop, Terry Bisson, Michael Blumlein, Octavia E. Butler, Stephen Dixon, Audrey Ferber, Karen Joy Fowler, Richard Goldstein, Ursula K. Le Guin, Dorris Lessing, Ralph Lombreglia, and Simon Ortiz.

Jeanne Schinto is the author of three books, Shadow Bands: Stories; Children of Men, a novel; and Huddle Fever: Living in the Immigrant City. She has also edited the short fiction anthologies Show Me A Hero and The Literary Dog: Great Contemporary Dog Stories. Ms. Schinto teaches literature and creative writing at Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts. 

Paperback / $13.95 (Can $20.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-220-7 / 254 pages / Anthology


Visions of America
Personal Narratives from the Promised Land

Wesley Brown and Amy Ling (Editors)

In this diverse collection, three dozen 20th-century writers muse about their experiences in and observations of America. Though the essays are organized in rough chronological fashion, some emphasize place, others identity, others the immigrant experience or the changing times. Some Americans must leave home to find insights, while some non-Americans come here to observe. Amidst the play of ideas and emotions surrounding ethnicity and identity, these essays celebrate the enduring truths of the land.

Contributors include James Baldwin, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Joan Didion, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Vivian Gornick, Maxine Hong Kingston, Ron Kovic, Sonia Pilcer, Mario Puzo, Adrienne Rich, Monica Sone, Gary Soto, and more.
Wesley Brown and Amy Ling are the editors of Imagining America.

Paperback / $20.00 (Can $22.50) / ISBN 978-0-89255-174-3 / 369 pages / Multicultural Anthology


A Walk in My World
International Short Stories about Youth
Anne Mazer (Editor)

This volume of sixteen stories, written by some of the world's best writers—including three Nobel Prize winners—will transport readers to all parts of the globe to meet kindred spirits in other cultures on their journeys to adulthood.

Included are stories by Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), Toni Cade Bambara (United States), Italo Calvino (Italy), Anita Desai (India), Elizabeth Jolley (Australia), Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt), Frank O’Connor (Ireland), V. S. Pritchett (England), Valentin Rasputin (Russia), Cora Sandel (Norway), and Xiao Hong (China), among others. 

“High in literary merit and accessible to teens.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This collection offers many compelling tales for pleasure reading or classroom discussion.”
School Library Journal

Anne Mazer is the author of several widely acclaimed books, including the novels Moose Street and The Oxboy, and a picture book, The Salamander Room. She is the editor of the anthologies America Street, Going Where I'm Coming From. and Working Days.

Paperback / $12.95 (Can $14.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-249-8 / 220 pages / Young Adult Fiction / Anthology

When You Never Said Goodbye
An Adoptee’s Search for Her Birth Mother
A Novel in Poems and Journal Entries

Meg Kearney

Eighteen-year-old adoptee and aspiring poet, Liz McLane, transfers to NYU in Greenwich Village for two reasons: New York City is the place to be a writer, and it’s where she last saw her birth mother, when, at five months old, she was given away. Liz is determined to find the answers to the questions that have always haunted her: “Who was the woman who gave me life?” and “Why was I given away?” Supported by her sister and friends, and with the help of a compassionate social worker and a private investigator, she pursues her search to its surprising conclusion.

“I loved everyone I met in these pages and felt every moment of deep love and deep loss. When You Never Said Goodbye is a gift to the world, a book you’ll want to read slowly, savoring both the eloquent writing and the brave, beautiful story.”
—Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming

“An all-around sparkling story of self-discovery.”
—Briana Shemroske, Booklist

Meg Kearney is an award-winning poet and author of two previous of books about Liz McLane, The Secret of Me and The Girl in the Mirror.

Hardcover / $17.95 (Can $23.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-479-9 / 280 pages / Young Adult Novel


The Women My Father Knew
Savyon Liebrecht
Translated from Hebrew by Sondra Silverston

A literary mystery, set in New York City and bohemian Tel Aviv, by one of Israel’s most admired popular authors.

After his successful first novel, Meir suffers writer’s block. Then his father, poet and charmer of women, who supposedly died decades earlier, contacts him and they arrange to meet. Fragmented, troubling memories of a forgotten childhood time spent alone with his father rise to Meir’s consciousness. Swirling floodwater, a man hiding from the Gestapo, a woman flirting, a bloodstained sheet. What happened during that time, and why did his father disappear?
While solving these riddles of the past, Meir inhabits the borderland between memory and artistic creation. There he finds emotions so deeply tangled in his being that they can only be expressed through art. He begins to write again—a story of a loving son who witnessed a seduction and perhaps also a murder.

“… totally enthralling, The Women My Father Knew is a must-read… mysterious, tremendously thought-provoking… a quick read with enough suspense that you won’t want to put it down.”
—Maayan Jaffe, Baltimore Jewish Times

“One of the most important writers of our generation.… [In The Women My Father Knew] Liebrecht legitimizes the return to ourselves, to our personal biography.”
MAARIV (Tel Aviv)

“Liebrecht knows how to delve into the archaeological layers of her characters… She empathizes with them and she loves them—and love is contagious.”
Modern Hebrew Literature

Savyon Liebrecht was born in Germany to Holocaust survivors, and immigrated to Israel as a yong child. An award-winning playwright and author, her published books include the story collections Apples from the Desert and A Good Place for the Night, and the novel, A Man and a Woman and a Man. She lives in Tel Aviv. 

Paperback / $16.95 (Can $18.50) / ISBN 978-0-89255-356-3 / 214 pages / Fiction