Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

From the January/February 2010 issue of
Poets & Writers Magazine

On certain autumn days in New York City, the light seems to come from every direction." Little Boy Blues (Pantheon Books, January 2010) by Malcolm Jones. First book, memoir. Agent: Chris Calhoun. Editor: Dan Frank. Publicist: Katie Freeman.

"There were two kinds of truths, good truths and hurtful ones." Wild Child and Other Stories (Viking, January 2010) by T. C. Boyle. Twenty-first book, ninth story collection. Agent: Georges Borchardt. Editor: Paul Slovak. Publicist: Holly Watson.

"The room is small." The Patience Stone (Other Press, January 2010) by Atiq Rahimi. Fifth book, novel. Translator: Polly McLean. Agent: Alice Tassel. Editor: Judith Gurewich. Publicist: Elizabeth Shreve.

"That the hole in my skull never quite grows over / with mosses or brick." View From a Temporary Window (University of Pittsburgh Press, January 2010) by Joanie Mackowski. Second book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Deborah Meade. Publicist: Maria Sticco.

"A year ago this past autumn—a year before the old life so shockingly blew away—I made a long-contemplated trip to France and Belgium to see the cemeteries of the First World War." The Professor and Other Writings (Harper, January 2010) by Terry Castle. Fifth book, essay collection. Agent: Tina Bennett. Editor: Rakesh Satyal. Publicist: Rachel Elinsky.

"A high wind, a grand wind, blew in from the choppy sea on the night Sarafino Pomba returned from the dead." Stealing Fatima (Counterpoint, December 2009) by Frank X. Gaspar. Sixth book, second novel. Agent: Felicia Eth. Editors: Laura Mazer and Jack Shoemaker. Publicist: Tiffany Lee.

"Outside his Cincinnati windows, a street game in full swing." Approaching Ice (Persea Books, December 2009) by Elizabeth Bradfield. Second book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Gabriel Fried. Publicists: Tressa Canaday, Stephanie Kartalopoulos, and Latisha Linder.

"It was the cruelest winter." The Unnamed (Reagan Arthur Books, January 2010) by Joshua Ferris. Second book, novel. Agent: Julie Barer. Editor: Reagan Arthur. Publicist: Marlena Bittner.

"Exmoor dripped with dirty bracken, rough, colorless grass, prickly gorse, and last year's heather, so black it looked as if wet fire had swept across the landscape, taking the trees with it and leaving the moor cold and exposed to face the winter unprotected." Blacklands (Simon & Schuster, January 2010) by Belinda Bauer. First book, novel. Agent: Jane Gregory. Editor: Marysue Rucci. Publicist: Kimberly Cowser.

"A missing tooth and a fang." The Stranger Manual (Graywolf Press, January 2010) by Catie Rosemurgy. Second book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Jeffrey Shotts. Publicist: Erin Kottke.

"The cabin was dark then a light flickered inside." Then Came the Evening (Bloomsbury, January 2010) by Brian Hart. First book, novel. Agent: Esther Newberg. Editor: Anton Mueller. Publicist: Carrie Majer.

"Is it possible that spring could be / once more approaching?" Planisphere (Ecco, December 2009) by John Ashbery. Thirty-fourth book, twenty-ninth poetry collection. Agent: Georges Borchardt. Editor: Dan Halpern. Publicist: Michael McKenzie.