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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary World4 months ago
«Originally published in Portuguese in 1995, Bellotto's series opener introduces Remo Bellini, a private eye in the tradition of Spade and Marlowe but distinctively Brazilian…Bellotto's detective, less ironic and more earnest in his angst than his American counterparts, proves a compelling guide to the passionate world of São Paulo.»--Kirkus Reviews«Previously published in Brazilian rock musician Bellotto's native country, the São Paolo–set noir follows private detective Remo Bellini, who is investigating the disappearance of several women connected to the underworld and the related murder of a famed surgeon. Bellotto says he modeled his PI on Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, and that the plot, which involves prostitutes and live-sex performers, evokes two classically intertwined themes: sex and death.»--Publishers Weekly«Private detective Remo Bellini plunges into the underworld of São Paulo in search of [a] missing dancer at the behest of her married lover, a renowned surgeon, who soon turns up dead.»--Publishers Weekly, Included in Spring 2019 Announcements / Mysteries & Thrillers«Tony Bellotto has written his novel in the best noir tradition. The book, in the style of Edgar Allan Poe, grips the reader from beginning to surprising end. Bellini and the Sphinx is a landmark in Western crime fiction.»--Paulo Lins, author of City of God«Bellotto is one hell of a writer. With an elegant and quick narrative voice, he reaches a pinnacle of excellence and originality that’s hard to find around here.»--Reinaldo Moraes, author of Pornopopéia«If Marlowe and Harry Bosch are Los Angeles, Matt Scudder is New York and Maigret, Paris, the detective Remo Bellini is São Paulo's most complete translation.»--O GloboWho is the missing dancer Ana Cíntia Lopes? Why did her coworkers, Camila and Dinéia, disappear? What does the voluptuous prostitute Fatima want? Who killed renowned surgeon Dr. Samuel Rafidjian? And what is the role of the hulking live-sex performer known as the Indian?To confront the puzzle of several sphinxes, most of them female, private detective Remo Bellini plunges into the underworld of São Paulo. Little by little, the mysteries unravel in a surprising fashion, until the solving of the final enigma leaves Bellini perplexed, with a bitter taste in his mouth.Translated from Brazilian Portuguese into English by Clifford E. Landers.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary World5 months ago
“Sydney is a good choice for Akashic's first noir anthology set in Australia…The 14 uniformly strong selections feature familiar subgenre figures: gangsters, ethically compromised cops, and people bent on revenge for the loss of a loved one…Fans of dark crime fiction will want to seek out other works by these contributors, most of whom will be unfamiliar to American readers.”--Publishers Weekly“The former British penal colony provides fertile ground for dark doings, as these 14 tales demonstrate…The stories [Dale's] assembled offer ample variety in this cavalcade of crime Down Under.”--Kirkus ReviewsAkashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.Brand-new stories by: Kirsten Tranter, Mandy Sayer, John Dale, Eleanor Limprecht, Mark Dapin, Leigh Redhead, Julie Koh, Peter Polites, Robert Drewe, Tom Gilling, Gabrielle Lord, Philip McLaren, P.M. Newton, and Peter Doyle.From John Dale's introduction to the book:Nothing lasts in Sydney, especially good fortune: lives are upturned, shops are sold, roads dug up, trees and houses knocked down, premiers discarded, and entire communities relocated in the name of that economic mantra--growth and progress. Just when you think the traffic can't get any worse and the screech of the 747s descending over your roof can't get any louder, along comes a wild electrical storm that batters the buildings and shakes the power lines and washes the garbage off the streets and you stand, sheltered under your broken brolly in the center of Sydney, admiring this big beautiful city.What never changes, though, is the hustle on the street. My father was a detective in the vice squad shortly after the Second World War, and he told stories of busting SP bookies in Paddington and Surry Hills, collaring cockatoos stationed in the laneways of South Sydney, and arresting sly-groggers. Policing back then was hands-on for the poor and hands-off for the rich. Crime and Sydney have always been inseparable: a deep vein of corruption runs beneath the surface of even its most respectable suburbs.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary World5 months ago
Amsterdam is ranked as Europe’s eighth most popular tourist destination.Includes brand-new stories by: Michael Berg, Anneloes Timmerije, Murat Isik, René Appel, Josh Pachter, Simon De Waal, Hanna Bervoets, Karin Amatmoekrim, Christine Otten, Mensje van Keulen, Max van Olden, Theo Capel, Loes Den Hollander, Herman Koch, Abdelkader Benali, and Walter Van Den Berg.The following contributors are based domestically: Maria de Bruyn (Chapel Hill, NC).We have licensed the Dutch language rights to Ambo/Anthos in the Netherlands.Coeditor René Appel is considered the godfather of the Dutch psychological suspense novel, and his writing has won the prestigious Gouden Strop prize for Best Dutch Crime Novel (the Dutch equivalent to the Edgar Allen Poe Award).Appel is a best-selling novelist in the Netherlands.Coeditor Josh Pachter splits his time between the US (Herndon, VA) and the Netherlands and has published over seventy short crime stories in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and other magazines and anthologies.Pachter is the assistant dean for Communication Studies and Theater at Northern Virigina Community College.Several of the contributors are very well-known Dutch crime writers who have won several prestigious awards in the Netherlands.We are also making this title available in a simultaneous POD/NONRETURNABLE hardcover edition.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary World7 months ago
It’s the summer of the drought, but thirteen-year-old Peter “Nemo” Grady has bigger problems on his mind than the weather. He hates his new home in the exclusive golf club community Willow Creek Landing. His parents are always fighting and he can’t escape the memory of his last seizure—when he flopped around the gymnasium floor like a fish out of water—earning him his dreaded nickname. To top it all off, Peter has no friends, but he receives plenty of unsolicited attention from Chipper, the boy scout super-bully who also happens to be a resident of Willow Creek. His only companion is his little sister, CJ, who thinks she is Wonder Woman. Peter is all too aware that you don’t need rain in the forecast to have dark clouds overhead. Things change when he meets his new neighbor, the mysterious Joshua, who predicts the drought will end with a storm of biblical proportions. Peter looks to his visiting, wheelchair-bound Uncle Herb, and his neighbors, Mr. James and Mr. Terry, for guidance as Josh prepares for imminent doom. With each passing day, Peter realizes that sooner or later he will have to rely on the strength of the lamest, most jelly-weak individual he knows—himself.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary World7 months ago
Bobby Sullivan is one of the cofounders of Akashic Books.Sullivan toured throughout North America and Europe in the 1980s as the frontman of Soulside (which also features Akashic publisher Johnny Temple on bass).Sullivan has been politically active for decades with a variety of organizations including Food Not Bombs, etc.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary World7 months ago
Includes brand-new stories by: Jason Y. Ng, Xu Xi, Marshall Moore, Brittani Sonnenberg, Tiffany Hawk, James Tam, Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang, Christina Liang, Feng Chi-shun, Charles Philipp Martin, Shannon Young, Shen Jian, Carmen Suen, and Ysabelle Cheung.The following contributors are based domestically: Charles Philipp Martin (Seattle, WA), Carmen Suen (New York, NY), and Xu Xi (splits time between New York, NY and Hong Kong). Coeditor Jason Y Ng. is a Hong Kong native and best-selling author still based in Hong Kong.Coeditor Susan Blumberg-Kason is an American who spent most of the 1990s in Hong Kong, leaving when Hong Kong was returned to China.Blumberg-Kason has numerous contacts in media in the US as well as Hong Kong/China, including high profile outlets including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, NPR Chicago, ABC TV News Chicago, Hong Kong Review of Books, South China Morning Post, etc. Several of the contributors also have very strong media ties, including: Los Angeles Times, CNN.com, GQ.com, Time, the Guardian, Free Press Hong Kong, TimeOut Hong Kong, etc.We are also making this title available in a simultaneous POD/NONRETURNABLE hardcover edition.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary World6 days ago
Jaime Manrique has been named the recipient of the 2019 Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, presented by the Publishing Triangle“A seasoned and venerated writer, Manrique sets his newest novel in his native Colombia, to reckon with the 'false positive' scandal, in which the military lured unsuspecting civilians to their deaths and then presented the bodies as defeated insurgents in order to inflate their victories…Manrique's elegant prose anchors this explosive storyline to the intimacy of love…Another excellent novel by a master storyteller.”--NBC News, included in 10 New Latino Books «Jaime Manrique's new literary novel of love and murder is based on a shocking (and little-reported in US media) crime--up to 10,000 poor and mentally disabled Colombian citizens were lured to remote areas of the country by the Colombian military, murdered, then presented to superiors as 'guerilla fighters' to inflate casualty numbers, in what's been dubbed the 'false positives' scandal. In Like This Afternoon Forever, two priests already forced to hide their forbidden love come across evidence of widespread government violence.”--CrimeReads, included in the Most Anticipated Crime Books of Summer 2019“Against the backdrop of guerrilla warfare in Colombia, two young men fall in love while studying to become Catholic priests. Manrique, a recipient of Colombia's National Poetry Award as well as a Guggenheim fellowship, weaves into his story the 'false positives' scandal, in which members of the Colombian military sought to drum up the number of guerilla fighters they'd killed by murdering and misidentifying innocent civilians.”--Publishers Weekly, included in LGBTQ Feature“Manrique's drama of a dangerous love affair in a world of blood, terror, displacement, and desperation grapples with profound and persistent conflicts.”--Booklist“The author's sixth novel weaves together a series of murders and the story of two gay Catholic priests who become lovers.”--New York Times Book Review, “Globetrotting,” April 2019«Inspired by the last 50 years of the devastation done to the Amazon, Indian communities and homesteaders by drug cartels, insurgent groups and the Colombian government, Like This Afternoon Forever by Colombian-born gay writer Jaime Manrique, centers on the 'visceral love story' of Lucas and Ignacio.”--Peach, included in Pride/Stonewall reading listFor the last fifty years, the Colombian drug cartels, various insurgent groups, and the government have fought over the control of the drug traffic, in the process destroying vast stretches of the Amazon, devastating Indian communities, and killing tens of thousands of homesteaders caught in the middle of the conflict.Inspired by these events, Jaime Manrique's sixth novel, Like This Afternoon Forever, weaves in two narratives: the shocking story of a series of murders known internationally as “the false positives,” and the related story of two gay Catholic priests who become lovers when they meet in the seminary. Lucas (the son of farmers) and Ignacio (a descendant of the Barí indigenous people) enter the seminary out of a desire to help others and to get an education. Their visceral love story undergoes stages of passion, indifference, rage, and a final commitment to stay together until the end of their lives. Working in a community largely composed of people displaced by the war, Ignacio stumbles upon the horrifying story of the false positives, which will put the lives of the two men in grave danger.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary World8 months ago
«Vancouver Noir is an excellent anthology that would appeal to short-story fans of all types--even those who don’t read the genre on a regular basis…Like the earlier volumes Toronto Noir and Montreal Noir, the new anthology serves as a fantastic introduction for those unfamiliar with the genre and a reminder that Canada, bursting with amazing writers, is one of the strongest countries for crime writing in the world.»--Quill & Quire, Starred review“The rain-soaked Pacific Northwest may not be a tradition setting for 'noir' but with a city in flux, like Vancouver, there's no shortage of incisive, mysterious, violent stories, touching on the city's housing crisis, its thriving movie industry, and many more mysteries. Contributors include Nathan Ripley, Sheena Kamal, and the collection's editor, Sam Wiebe. This is the perfect balance of captivating page-turners and hard-hitting social noirs.”--CrimeReads“Despite its rainy weather, Vancouver has a sunny disposition: diverse, optimistic, welcoming. But editor Wiebe maintains that it has its share of urban troubles: poverty, drugs, violence. Gentrification may make Vancouver's crime look a little less gritty, but it's just as corrosive…Given the book's mix of wily pros, moody misfits, bewildered bystanders, and a touch of the supernatural, Wiebe makes a strong case that as far as crime is concerned, Vancouver is 'a city like any other.'"--Kirkus Reviews“Weibe and the 13 other mostly Canadian contributors to this solid anthology expose the seedy underbelly that belies the Vancouver known to tourists and fans of the many films shot in Hollywood North…Noir aficionados will find plenty to like.”--Publishers WeeklyAkashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. Following the success of Montreal Noir and Toronto Noir, the Noir Series travels to the west coast of Canada.Brand-new stories by: Linda L. Richards, Timothy Taylor, Sheena Kamal, Robin Spano, Carleigh Baker, Sam Wiebe, Dietrich Kalteis, Nathan Ripley, Yasuko Thanh, Kristi Charish, Don English, Nick Mamatas, S.G. Wong, and R.M. Greenaway.From the introduction by Sam Wiebe:You might wonder what shadows could exist in Vancouver, rain-spattered jewel of the Pacific Northwest. Nestled between the US border and the Coast Mountains, the city's postcard charms are familiar, even to those who’ve never been here, thanks to the films and TV shows shot in Hollywood North: The X-Files and Deadpool, Rumble in the Bronx and Jason Takes Manhattan. Vancouver is the so-called City of Glass. A nice place, in any case, and much too nice for noir.Looked at from afar, Vancouver may seem idyllic. But living here is different--cold and baffling and occasionally hostile. While outsiders focus on high-test BC bud, locals see a heroin crisis: Vancouver is home to the first legalized safe-injection site in North America, now heavily taxed by overdoses resulting from street drugs cut with fentanyl. It's ground zero for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, a nationwide catastrophe involving the deaths and disappearances of hundreds of marginalized women. Money and status trample culture and community…If Vancouver is a City of Glass, that glass is underneath our feet.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary World8 months ago
“Murray's lucid meditations and living-in-the-moment attitude--e.g., providing simple pleasures like a favorite food to a sick child--serve as useful reminders to all of us that life is precious and fleeting and must be enjoyed to the fullest. It's a simple message but an important one. As much a eulogy to Chan as a testament to the joy of life, the book is a heartwarming tale of dealing with life-altering loss…A tender, love-filled story of how one woman dealt with the loss of a young child.”--Kirkus Reviews«Now You See the Sky is singular--as wise, beautiful, and elegiac as it is specific and in-the-moment. It's a rare memoir in that it gives the impression that time can be stopped. There are images in here, gestures of love, and its hard conversations, that a reader will remember forever.”--Rick Bass, author of For a Little While«Powerful! More than an intimate and heartbreaking story of parenting a child with leukemia, Now You See the Sky is a lesson in accepting the raw uncertainties of life. Murray gives the reader the gift of her hard-won fortitude and compassion to carry as our own.”--Melissa Coleman, author of This Life Is in Your Hands«Now You See the Sky might be set in Thailand but even after only a few pages this gorgeous debut memoir is located firmly in the reader's heart. I thank and applaud Catharine H. Murray for the openness, honesty, and beauty with which she tells this ungilded story of a mother's love for a dying child. An essential recommendation for those living with loss.”--Suzanne Strempek Shea, author of This Is Paradise«Catharine H. Murray’s Now You See the Sky is a deeply powerful, brave story about the kind of loss no parent ever wants to imagine. Set in an Eastern culture that embraces and honors that unimaginable loss, this stunning book will open the eyes and hearts of its readers to a different and soul-sustaining way of coping with the death of a beloved child.”--Marianne Leone, author of Jesse: A Mother’s StoryNow You See the Sky is a memoir about love, motherhood, and loss. When Catharine H. Murray travels to a small town on the banks of the Mekong River to work at a refugee camp, she falls in love and marries a local man with whom she has three sons. When their middle son is diagnosed with cancer at age five, their pursuit of a cure takes them from Thailand to Seattle, before they eventually return to Thailand, settling on a remote mountaintop. Full of honesty and grace, Now You See the Sky--the debut selection in Ann Hood's new Gracie Belle imprint--allows the reader to witness the fathomless loss of a beloved child and learn how tragedy can transform us, expand our vision, and make us more fully alive.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary World9 months ago
Loewenstein's debut novel, Unmentionables, was the first release on our Kaylie Jones Books imprint and did very well for us.Imprint curator Kaylie Jones, a successful writer, will help in the promotion. So the book essentially has two authors working full-time to promote alongside Akashic.Similar to Unmentionables and Barbara J. Taylor's debut Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, the book has great regional potential; the novel is set in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl era (mid-1930s).Loewenstein proved highly effective in promoting her debut and we will rely on her again to do events in bookstores, libraries, historical societies, etc.Unmentionables was a MIBA Midwest Connections pick and received a starred Library Journal review.We are also making this title available in a simultaneous POD/NONRETURNABLE hardcover edition.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary World9 months ago
“Instead of crashing and burning, Bateman has found a life outside the maelstrom, ably described in this sharp, take-no-prisoners book.”--Kirkus Reviews“Razor-sharp…Rarely has anyone written so honestly about the experience of being famous. In the interest of better understanding the figures we claim to know and love, Bateman's book is a must-read.”--Booklist“Bateman delivers a blisteringly honest analysis of fame and her years in and out of the spotlight…Bateman's impassioned narrative points out to those who relentlessly seek fame that rather than a blessing, it can be a curse.”--Publishers Weekly«Justine Bateman was famous before selfies replaced autographs, and bags of fan mail gave way to Twitter shitstorms. And here's the good news: she took notes along the way. Justine steps through the looking glass of her own celebrity, shatters it, and pieces together, beyond the shards and splinters, a reflection of her true self. The transformation is breathtaking. Revelatory and raucous, fascinating and frightening, Fame is a hell of a ride.”--Michael J. Fox, actor, author of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future“If you've ever dreamed of being famous someday, you need to read this book. If you've ever called a celebrity, a 'has-been' or a 'flash in the pan' on social media, then you really need to read this book. Justine Bateman has crafted the most compelling and comprehensive treatise on the nature of fame that you're ever likely to read. Through a fearless act of self-examination, which she conducts with the scientific detachment of an anthropologist, Bateman illuminates both the short- and long-term effects of attempting to navigate the labyrinth of celebrity.”--Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One“Justine Bateman, in a voice both empathetic and take-no-prisoners, has produced a fascinating look at the psychology of present-day fame. She traces its roots down to humble beginnings in the injured psyche of every human, hoping to find a cure for what ails us all. In these early, heady days of the ascension of social media, in which everyone seems able to fulfill the Warholian dictum of fifteen minutes, Bateman casts a sober, never overly serious eye on today's media landscape and emerges without cynicism on the hard-won side of love and acceptance.”--David Duchovny, actor, author of Miss SubwaysEntertainment shows, magazines, websites, and other channels continuously report the latest sightings, heartbreaks, and triumphs of the famous to a seemingly insatiable public. Millions of people go to enormous lengths to achieve Fame. Fame is woven into our lives in ways that may have been unimaginable in years past.And yet, is Fame even real? Contrary to tangible realities, Fame is one of those “realities” that we, as a society, have made. Why is that and what is it about Fame that drives us to spend so much time, money, and focus to create the framework that maintains its health?Mining decades of experience, writer, director, producer, and actress Justine Bateman writes a visceral, intimate look at the experience of Fame. Combining the internal reality-shift of the famous, theories on the public's behavior at each stage of a famous person's career, and the experiences of other famous performers, Bateman takes the reader inside and outside the emotions of Fame. The book includes twenty-four color photographs to highlight her analysis.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary Worldlast month
“The violent, dark stories in this anthology fit the bill perfectly with the intention, as editor Hennessy writes, to be social commentary. With a map to illustrate the location of each selection, the collection points to the setting of each disturbing story or crime. Tales by Jane Hamilton and Christi Clancy stand out, evidence that ordinary people can get swept up in hatred, even if they did not start out living with violence, drunkenness, or poverty.”--Library Journal“Milwaukee bookseller and writer Hennessy does justice to the harsher aspects of his hometown in this fine anthology…The 14 contributors show that violence is not a prerequisite to crafting a haunting depiction of despair…The selections make the different neighborhoods, seedy or otherwise, come to life, even for those who have never set foot in them.”--Publishers Weekly“Fourteen free-wheeling stories document the grit and glory of Milwaukee…A nod to Milwaukee's blue-collar heritage, a frank look at racial disharmony, and a peek at the future make Hennessy's collection a find for fans of urban noir.”--Kirkus Reviews«Akashic's distinctive series of crime fiction anthologies arrives in Brewtown. The fourteen contributors include familiar Wisconsin writers Valerie Laken, Jennifer Morales, Jane Hamilton, Larry Watson, Nick Petrie and my Journal Sentinel colleague James E. Causey. Like other volumes in this series, Milwaukee Noir foregrounds specific locations: for example, Watson's story has a Yankee Hill setting, and Morales' is set in the Silver City neighborhood.”--Milwaukee Journal-SentinalAkashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.Brand-new stories from: Jane Hamilton, Reed Farrel Coleman, Valerie Laken, Matthew J. Prigge, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Vida Cross, Larry Watson, Frank Wheeler Jr., Derrick Harriell, Christi Clancy, James E. Causey, Mary Thorson, Nick Petrie, and Jennifer Morales.From the introduction by Tim Hennessy:Presently, Milwaukee is going through a renaissance--abandoned factories being converted to condos, craft breweries and distilleries pushing out corner taverns--yet at the same time it is among the most segregated and impoverished big cities in the country. The gentrification of neighborhoods outside of downtown bear the impact of twentieth-century redlining efforts, forcing residents out due to housing demand, adding fuel to the affordable-housing crisis. Such an environment and atmosphere make excellent fodder for noir fiction…The book you're holding is the first of its kind--a short fiction collection about Milwaukee, by writers who've experienced life here. The crime/noir genre at its best can be one of the purest forms of social commentary. I've gathered contributors who can tell not just a fine story, but who can write about the struggles and resilience of the people who live here…I'm honored to compile a body of work that represents what I love, and fear, about Milwaukee. I love my city's lack of pretension; its stubbornness and pride in the unpolished corners. I fear that my city faces an uncertain future--that as it becomes more divided it may pushes our best and brightest to find somewhere else to shine.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary Worldlast month
“Zepeda's introduction notes her hometown's unique features, including the absence of any zoning laws, making Houston 'culturally diverse, internally incongruous, and ever-changing'…Noir aficionados will be pleased.”--Publishers Weekly“There's precious little comfort to be found in any of these Houston neighborhoods, most of which are set light-years away from the city's notoriously cushy new-money culture…Houston comes across as a haven of multiculturalism--though, as in all the 90-plus volumes of Akashic's 15-year-old series, the vision of the city that emerges isn't likely to jump-start tourism for any but the most ghoulishly inclined.”--Kirkus Reviews«Houston Noir has arrived, an ode to the grime, grit and glamour of Texas's largest, most fascinating (and, to be fair, probably ugliest) city. Houston is unique in Texas history in that it's a large, multicultural port city that has never had zoning laws. While that can mean oil refineries located right next to schools, it can also mean--and does mean--one of the least segregated cities in the United States, which, combined with urban sprawl, means every kind of story, in every kind of combination, is up for grabs as a Houston story. We can't wait to see all the different visions of this complex town!”--CrimeReads«Houston Noir is a great collection of fourteen noir mysteries in the always reliable, always intriguing Akashic Noir series. This collection was edited by Gwendolyn Zepeda who did a bang-up job of selecting writers and encouraging them to great noir.”--Tonstant Weader ReviewsAkashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.Brand-new stories by: Tom Abrahams, Robert Boswell, Sarah Cortez, Anton DiSclafani, Stephanie Jaye Evans, Wanjiku Wa Ngugi, Adrienne Perry, Pia Pico, Reyes Ramirez, Icess Fernandez Rojas, Sehba Sarwar, Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Larry Watts, and Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton.From the introduction by Gwendolyn Zepeda:In a 2004 essay, Hunter S. Thompson described Houston as a “cruel, crazy town on a filthy river in East Texas with no zoning laws and a culture of sex, money and violence. It's a shabby, sprawling metropolis ruled by brazen women, crooked cops and super-rich pansexual cowboys who live by the code of the West--which can mean just about anything you need it to mean, in a pinch.” For what it's worth, that quote is now posted on a banner somewhere downtown and regularly, gleefully repeated by our local feature writers.Houston is a port city on top of a swamp and, yes, it has no zoning laws. And that means it's culturally diverse, internally incongruous, and ever-changing. At any intersection here, I might look out my car window and see a horse idly munching St. Augustine grass. And, within spitting distance of that horse, I might see a “spa” that’s an obvious brothel, a house turned drug den, or a swiftly rising bayou that might overtake a car if the rain doesn't let up…Overall, this collection represents the very worst our city has to offer, for residents and visitors alike. But it also presents some of our best voices, veteran and emerging, to any reader lucky enough to pick up this book.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary Worldlast month
“A volume of short stories that revolve around the history, geography and literary traditions of Berlin.”--New York Times Book Review, “Globetrotting,” April 2019“The 13 stories in this welcome entry in Akashic's noir series, all set in 21st-century Berlin, are less about traditional crime and more likely to involve gentrification, immigrants, or Airbnb…There's more than enough variety to entertain most readers.”--Publishers Weekly«A city with a rich noir past looks beyond its history to an equally unsettling present…Wörtche keeps his promise to show Berlin as 'always moving forward in the present' in this determinedly contemporary but genuinely noir collection.”--Kirkus Reviews“Dora” by Zoë Beck selected as Robert Lopresti's Best Mystery Story of the WeekAkashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.Brand-new stories by: Zoë Beck, Ulrich Woelk, Susanne Saygin, Robert Rescue, Johannes Groschupf, Ute Cohen, Katja Bohnet, Matthias Wittekindt, Kai Hensel, Miron Zownir, Max Annas, Michael Wuliger, and Rob Alef. Translated from German by Lucy Jones.From the introduction by Thomas Wörtche:Berlin does not make it easy to write noir fiction--or perhaps Berlin makes it too easy. Noir tradition casts a long, influential, and even daunting shadow. Alfred Döblin's and Christopher Isherwood's works, some of Bertolt Brecht's plays, the Morgue poems by Gottfried Benn, M by Fritz Lang, and many other narratives from the first third of the twentieth century, all of which are tinged with noir, set high intellectual standards, and literary and aesthetic benchmarks that are hard to surpass… Neither Döblin nor Benn, Brecht nor Lang, catered to any crime fiction traditions. They merely steeped their literary projects in a great deal of noir. And so it is with most of the stories in our anthology: they do not necessarily follow the usual patterns of crime fiction, but regard noir as a license to write as they wish, a certain way of approaching the city, and a prism through which its nature is viewed…What's left is history. It is omnipresent in Berlin at every turn; the city is saturated in a history full of blood, violence, and death.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary World10 months ago
Wyomia Tyus became the first person ever to win gold medals in the 100-meter spring in two consecutive Olympic Games--1964 and 1968.Tigerbelle includes a foreword by MSNBC TV host Joy Read and an afterword by the imprint's curator Dave Zirin.Like the film Hidden Figures, Tigerbelle tells an important and inspiring story that has not, until now, been told. The experience of black women athletes has been neglected by sports writers and sports historians for as long as women have competed, much to the detriment of each successive generation of black female athletes. Tyus's memoir represents an important interruption of this trend, not only filling a gap in the record but also providing inspiration for the athletes of today. Tyus dedicated her Olympic gold medal to 1968 protestors, John Carlos and Tommie Smith.With the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and the current “taking the knee” protests by athletes across the country, Tyus's story couldn't be more timely.Tyus was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, National Track and Field Hall of Fame, and the US Olympic Hall of Fame. Tyus's hometown, Griffin, Georgia, named a park in her honor, Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park.Tyus is a founding member of the Women's Sports Foundation and she continues to advocate women's equality in sports to this day.This is the fourth release in Dave Zirin's Edge of Sports imprint, following on the success, most notably, of Chasing Water by Anthony Ervin and Constantine Markides and Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Jessica Luther.We are also making this title available in a simultaneous POD/NONRETURNABLE hardcover edition.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary World3 months ago
Kwame Dawes has been named a 2019 Windham-Campbell Prize Recipient in poetry“An examination of grief and politics in a deftly written novel set in 1980s Jamaica…Astonishing prose.”--Kirkus Reviews“With…dreamlike sequences, this is best suited for readers who enjoy character studies as well as lovers of Jamaican fiction.”--Booklist“Dawes examines the complicated terrain of grief with uncanny insight and spare, lucid prose. What unfolds is a story about a man, a family, and a country searching for answers and new hope.”--Maaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze«Bivouac speaks in tongues so that the reader hears both the market and the courtroom, the orchestra of ancestral voices and the tone of individual conscience. Kwame Dawes's novel laughs and mourns, claps hands for the inventive communal spirit, and wrings those same hands as a result of political malfeasance. I was thrilled to see the writer channel his father's prose and summon pre-independence Jamaica. As readers we should celebrate Bivouac because of its celebration of Jamaica and, by extension, the Caribbean. The novel is replete with generational continuity and loyalty, from father to son, mother to child, the dead and the writer charged with the task of being custodian of their spirits.”--Fred D'Aguiar, author of Feeding the Ghosts“Kwame Dawes brings the beauty and subtle rhythms of his poetic voice to this moving, dreamlike novel where the past intercedes on the present. A deep pleasure to read and savor.”--Bernardine Evaristo, author of Mr. Loverman“Dawes's novel is a poetic patchwork of waiting, of sliding into the past, casting into the future, but mostly of slow, sensorial limbo in the present…Dawes exercises significant stylistic restraint…so that his flourishes appear like musical interludes, culminating in a final explosion of style and imagination that overwhelms the initial questions the story raises.”--Maple Tree Literary Supplement«Bivouac is Kwame Dawes's dark novel about death, politics, family, and sex in a Jamaica that has a 'scarcely understood sense of temporariness and dislocation,' with dialogue that puts you right onto the streets of Kingston.”--New West Indian GuideWhen Ferron Morgan's father dies in suspicious circumstances, his trauma is exacerbated by the conflict within his family and among his father's friends over whether the death was the result of medical negligence or if it was a political assassination. Ferron grew up in awe of his father's radical political endeavors, but in later years he watched as the resurgence of the political right in the Caribbean in the 1980s robbed the man of his faith.Ferron's response to the death is further complicated by guilt, particularly over his failure to protect his fiancée from a brutal assault. He begins to investigate the direction of his life with great intensity, in particular his instinct to keep moving on and running from trouble.This is a sharply focused portrayal of Jamaica at a tipping point in its recent past, in which the private grief and trauma condenses a whole society's scarcely understood sense of temporariness and dislocation.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary World10 months ago
Praise for the Changers series:«Changers should appeal to a broad demographic. Teenagers, after all, are the world’s leading experts on trying on, and then promptly discarding, new identities.»--New York Times Book Review“Fantastic and poignant.”--John GreenWhen we left Kim Cruz in Changers Book Three, she'd just come out to her best friend. In Changers Book Four: Forever, Kim discovers that this is only one small part of understanding who she is and where she belongs. Soon enough, she changes again, into the body and social status of her dreams. What she does with her newfound power will come to haunt her. In this final installment of the provocative Changers series, our hero learns what it means to be the person everybody loves without actually being known at all; what it's like to be given the benefit of the doubt when you don't deserve it; and how easily opportunity comes when you look the part. Changers Book Four explores what it means to find yourself--even as your self keeps changing--and how in the end we become the person whose story we want to finish.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary World3 months ago
Included in Publishers Weekly's Spring 2019 Children's Announcements«In his new novel, Around Harvard Square, Farley writes about a scandal strikingly similar to how Singer helped parents and coaches allegedly exploit athletic programs of schools like Yale, Georgetown, and USC.»--Fox 5 (New York)“In this throwback coming-of-age novel, an ensemble of freshmen on the margins struggle for self-definition amid the race and class complexities of Harvard…Through the whirlwind of their journey, they begin to question the purpose of jokes and the consequences of laughter--when it's not just about the joke, but also about who's making it and why (a significant, timely exploration as comedy culture today struggles to demarcate ethical boundaries)…The diverse ensemble of core characters defy and refuse reductive stereotypes…For those who would like to take a trip through the hallowed Harvard halls of the past, this goes out to you…”--Kirkus Reviews«Wry, sly, and ferociously funny, Around Harvard Square is not just the satire Ivy League college life deserves, but the one it's been waiting for.”--Marlon James, Man Booker Prize–winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings«Brimming with humor and heart, Around Harvard Square is a delight.”--Andy Borowitz, creator of the New Yorker's “The Borowitz Report”«The first year of college can feel as dramatic as the first moon landing and somehow C.J. Farley also turns it into a painfully funny adventure. Around Harvard Square is a coming-of-age tale that blends J.D. Salinger's rueful tones with Paul Beatty's biting humor and becomes something entirely its own. I had so much fun running around with these kids, it felt like seeing old friends: laughing and crying and laughing some more.”--Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling“A hysterical romp through one memorable freshman year. At Farley's Hahvahd, it's survival of the funniest, comedy means never having to say you're sorry, and growing up is hard to do. A provocative pleasure.”--Gish Jen, author of Typical American“In this sharp and imaginative satirical fantasy, C.J. Farley explores the complex realms of race and privilege at college with humor, insight, and edge.”--Walter Isaacson, author of Leonardo da Vinci«Finally a young brother with a powerful voice, not afraid to say it loud and proud. I welcome him!”--Terry McMillan“Farley plays the nineties American Zeitgeist like a violin. But don't let the laughs deceive you. He hits some literary home runs about a whole bunch of issues: politics, race, and sex.”--Ishmael ReedTosh Livingston, superstar student-athlete from small-town USA, thinks he's made it big as a rising freshman at Harvard University. Not so fast! Once on campus, he's ensnared in a frenzied competition to win a spot on Harvard's legendary humor magazine, the Harpoon. Tosh soon finds that joining the Harpoon is a weird and surprisingly dangerous pursuit. He faces off against a secret society of super-rich kids, gets schooled by a philosophy professor who loves flunking everyone, and teams up with a genius student-cartoonist with an agenda of her own. Along the way, Tosh and his band of misfit freshman friends unearth long-buried mysteries about the Ivy League that will rock the Ivory Tower and change their lives forever…if they can survive the semester.With its whip-smart humor and fast-paced narrative, Around Harvard Square will appeal to readers of all ages interested in exploring the complicated roles that race and class play in higher education.
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“Simultaneously odd and intriguing.”--Kirkus ReviewsThe Kaleidoscope Sisters is a debut novel hinging on the indomitable spirit of young women. It centers on fifteen-year-old Quinn and her younger sister, Riley, who is dying from a degenerative heart defect. As the novel opens, Riley is weeks away from her seventh birthday, and her decline is obvious. Years in and out of hospitals have left the family with no support system, but Quinn is determined to save her younger sister. In her quest, Quinn discovers a portal to another realm peppered with characters based in history, all of whom disappeared mysteriously. Aiding Quinn throughout her journey in the Other Realm is Meelie. Quinn learns that a new heart for Riley can be harvested in the Other Realm, but not without sacrifice. While Meelie helps Quinn come to terms with an impossible decision, Quinn uncovers the truth about Meelie’s disappearance and why she never returned home. The book chronicles Quinn’s journey, focusing on the inevitability of loss and the realization that no matter what Quinn decides, her mother must lose one of her daughters.The Kaleidoscope Sisters is the second release in the Oddities Kaylie Jones Books series, an e-first line that focuses on unconventional, edgy, risk-taking novels that boldly defy the traditional forms and conventions of the literary novel, with a focus on YA, horror, and mystery.
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Akashic Booksadded a book to the bookshelfReverse-Gentrification of the Literary Worldlast year
“An engrossing novel that truly is a praise song for survivors everywhere.”--Kirkus Reviews“This harrowing yet compelling tale is not for the faint of heart but does promise redemption in the most trying of circumstances.”--Booklist«On the heels of her American Book Award- and NAACP Image Award-winning novel The Book of Harlan, McFadden's 10th novel, Praise Song for the Butterflies, gives us the story of Abeo, a privileged 9-year-old girl in West Africa who is sacrified by her family into a brutal life of ritual servitude to atone for the father's sins. Fifteen years later, Abeo is freed and must learn how to heal and live again. A difficult stor that, according to Kirkus, McFadden takes on with 'riveting prose' that 'keeps the reader turning pages.'"--The Millions, included in Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2018 Book Preview“A tale set in [West Africa], where a girl is given up by her family, endures a very hard life, and, once set free, must find a way to heal and live forward.”--Philadelphia Inquirer, Included in Must-Read Books for Summer 2018«Recent favorites [at Mahogany Books in Washington, DC] include…award-winning novelist Bernice L. McFadden's forthcoming Praise Song for the Butterflies, about a nine-year-old West African girl sacrified into religious servitude.”--Vanity Fair, included in a feature on Mahogany BooksIncluded in BookRiot's “22 Upcoming Releases by Authors of Color Featured at BEA”“Abeo is unrelenting--a fiery protagonist who sparks in every scene. Bernice L. McFadden has created yet another compelling story, this time about hope and freedom.”--Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Here Comes the SunPraise for the previous works of Bernice L. McFadden:“McFadden works a kind of miracle--not only do her characters retain their appealing humanity; their story eclipses the bonds of history to offer continuous surprises…Beautiful and evocative.”--Jesmyn Ward, New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice), on Gathering of Waters“Simply miraculous.”--Washington Post on The Book of HarlanAbeo Kata lives a comfortable, happy life in West Africa as the privileged nine-year-old daughter of a government employee and stay-at-home mother. But when the Katas' idyllic lifestyle takes a turn for the worse, Abeo's father, following his mother's advice, places the girl in a religious shrine, hoping that the sacrifice of his daughter will serve as atonement for the crimes of his ancestors. Unspeakable acts befall Abeo for the fifteen years she is held in the shrine. When she is finally rescued, broken and battered, she must struggle to overcome her past, endure the revelation of family secrets, and learn to trust and love again.In the tradition of Chris Cleave's Little Bee, this novel is a contemporary story that offers an eye-opening account of the practice of ritual servitude in West Africa. Spanning decades and two continents, Praise Song for the Butterflies will break your heart and then heal it.
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