Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Recent and Upcoming Book Releases from 9L Contributors

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.



K.G. Schneider said...

Great list! Also, my essay, "Falling In," was published this October in the Kore Press anthology, "Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq," edited by Lisa Bowden and Shannon Cain. My apologies if you mentioned it earlier!

Sheilla May Baes said...

Hello guys, I just stumbled at your fall/winter 07-08 issue. I am not sure if the content is really that good but I came back the day after tomorrow to buy it, read the first 2 stories and fell in love with it. I have plans of subscribing and I wonder if I can still grab some back issues. The Ninth Letter inspires me to write beyond my expectations.