It has been an exciting fall so far, and we are so thrilled for all the authors who have received recent awards attention for their work.
Congratulations to Hoa Nguyen (A THOUSAND TIMES YOU LOSE YOUR TREASURE) and Douglas Kearney (SHO), whose books have been named finalists for the 2021 National Book Awards. The National Book Award Finalist Reading will be presented virtually in partnership with The New School on November 9th at 7pm ET and the winners will be announced on November 17th at the 72nd National Book Award Ceremony, which also will be held virtually. Be sure to follow @wavepoetry on social media for important updates about the details of these events.
We are so thrilled that Don Mee Choi (DMZ COLONY, HARDLY WAR) has been awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship in poetry and translation for "bearing witness to the effects of military violence and U.S. imperialism on the civilians of the Korean Peninsula." DMZ COLONY was the winner of the National Book Award in 2020, and it is exciting that these honors continue to bring visibility to her powerful work. In Don Mee's words, "The question I often I ask myself is, does my art perpetuate historical oblivion? I hope that my work generates literary resistance against geopolitical borders, including the borders of linguistic and literary conventions."
In anticipation of the imminent publication of AMANDA PARADISE: Resurrect Extinct Vibration by CAConrad on September 7th, CAConrad has created stunning chapbooks to accompany the book. To receive one of these limited edition, signed chaps, visit Open Books online, preorder AMANDA PARADISE and purchase one other poetry title of your choosing.
Open Books: A Poem Emporium is a Seattle all-poetry bookstore, with more than ten thousand new, used, and out-of-print poetry and poetry-related books. Their website features staff picks and curated browsing, which allows readers from all over the world browse their collection. When Open Books opened in Wallingford in 1995, it was only the second poetry-only bookstore in the US, after Grolier Books in Cambridge, MA (est. 1927).
I hope this news finds you doing well and enjoying your summer. As many of you are aware, the last year has brought many changes to the publishing world, and some of them have brought some unique opportunities to share Wave titles with you in ways that seemed unimaginable only a year and a half ago.
In this spirit, we are excited to share that Wave Books now offers a video catalog, which includes recordings of each author reading from their forthcoming books. Each catalog is organized by season on Wave’s YouTube page, and currently we have catalogs for the current spring and forthcoming fall 2021 titles. We hope that you enjoy these generous readings from these authors, and if you have any questions about scheduling readings (virtual or in-person) or to request a review copy of any book, please reach out to Wave’s publicist, Catherine (firstname.lastname@example.org).
From now through December 30, both of these softcover titles will be 30% off and the hardcovers will be 20% off. As always, the shipping is free through regular mail in the US. Also, if both of these books intrigue you, consider purchasing them together for 40% off their retail price, right around $21, as a Winter 2020/2021 Bundle.
We hope that you have a safe and warm holiday season!
Wave Books staff
Animal Days by Joshua Beckman
Enacting both the pain and heightened awareness of a body in crisis, Joshua Beckman’s latest collection of carefully assembled poetic fragments seeks to elucidate the synthetic reality of being sick and being medicated. Written from inside of illness and gathered over several years, these fragments or moments invite readers to contemplate how the compromised body transforms our conceptions of selfhood and our sense of the world. With a sincere reaching curiosity, the poems present a record of daily experience, but with the constant undermining presence of decay, memory, and death.
Dunce (softcover) by Mary Ruefle
Finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize
Long listed for the 2019 National Book Award
Long listed for the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award
Finalist for the 2019 LA Times Book Prize
In Dunce Mary Ruefle returns to the poetic practice that has always been at her core. With her startlingly fresh sensibility, she enraptures us in poem after poem by the intensity of her attention, with the imaginative flourishes of her being-in-the-world, always deep with mysteries, unexpected appearances, and abiding yearning.
With the publication day only a few days away for Underworld Lit by Srikanth Reddy and Mad World, Mad Kings, Mad Composition by Lisa Fishman, we would like to let you know about a sale Wave Books is having.
From now through August 4, these softcover titles will be 30% off and the hardcovers will be 20% off. As always, the shipping is free through regular mail in the US.** Also, if both of these books intrigue you, consider purchasing them together for 40% off their retail price, right around $24, as a Summer 2020 Bundle.
Underworld Lit by Srikanth Reddy
Simultaneously funny and frightful, Srikanth Reddy's Underworld Lit is a multiverse quest through various cultures' realms of the dead. Couched in a literature professor's daily mishaps with family life and his sudden reckoning with mortality, this adventurous serial prose poem moves from the college classroom to the oncologist's office to the mythic underworlds of Mayan civilization, the ancient Egyptian place of judgment and rebirth, the infernal court of Qing dynasty China, and beyond—testing readers along with the way with diabolically demanding quizzes. It unsettles our sense of home as it ferries us back and forth across cultures, languages, epochs, and the shifting border between the living and the dead.
Mad World, Mad Kings, Mad Composition by Lisa Fishman
Spanning 16 years of notebooks, teaching notes, and improvisations, Lisa Fishman's Mad World, Mad Kings, Mad Composition upends time itself in lyric, prose, and visual forms. Sharing Paul Klee's intuition that "the eye travels along the path cut out for it in the work," this deeply multifaceted book moves between observational directness and maddened speech, places and persons, humor and alarm. Tempted by Laura Riding's renunciation of poetry yet rich with life-forms of all kinds (vegetable, animal, processual), it is a work of immediate presence and continuous change, enacting an ever-renewing ecology of connection in peril.
Thank you, and have a lovely summer!
Wave Books staff