As we celebrate the release of our new issue, we can also share the good news of recent and upcoming book releases from past 9L contributors.
Vol. 1, Issue 1 contributor Katherine Vaz's Our Lady of the Artichokes and other Portuguese-American Stories was released by the University of Nebraska Press in October 2008.
Here is what Julia Glass said about the collection: "Katherine Vaz captures brilliantly the tragicomedy of people caught between ancient superstitions and modern values, people longing to cross over from one culture to another, from loneliness to love, from folly to grace. Her stories glow with a fairy-tale magic, yet they also feel uniquely and delightfully new."
Also, in October 2008 Scribner released The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on a True Story by Matt Bondurant (Vol. 4, Issue 2).
Publishers Weekly's review of the novel said: "Bondurant endows this gritty story with all the puzzle-solving satisfactions of a mystery. It's a gripping, relentless tale, delivered in no-nonsense prose."
Calamari Press recently released Ever, a novella, from Vol. 5, Issue 1 contributor Blake Butler.
Gary Lutz praised the novella saying, "Blake Butler is a daring invigorator of the literary sentence, and the room-ridden narrator of his debut novella, EVER, nerves her way into a hallucinative ruckus of rousing originality."
Erinn Batykefer (Vol. 5, Issue 1) won the 2008 Benjamin Saltman First Book Prize for her poetry collection, Allegheny, Monogahela. Red Hen Press will publish the collection in Feb. 2009.