Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

From the November/December 2010 issue of
Poets & Writers Magazine

My name is Orlando Zaki.” Voice of America (Harper, November 2010) by E. C. Osondu. First book, story collection. Agent: Jin Auh. Editor: Tim Duggan. Publicist: Leslie Cohen.

“I was born in 1948, the year of the supernova in the Mixed Spiral galaxy.” The Turquoise Ledge (Viking, October 2010) by Leslie Marmon Silko. Eighth book, second memoir. Agent: Jin Auh. Editor: Paul Slovak. Publicist: Holly Watson.

“Your first presence / is that of a con man / down on his luck.” Stranger in Town (City Lights Books, October 2010) by Cedar Sigo. Second book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Garrett Caples. Publicist: Stacey Lewis.

“A seagull stood on the windowsill, uttering its cry, as if the Baltic itself were in its throat, high as the foaming crests of the waves, keen, sky-coloured, its call died away over Königsplatz where all was quiet, where the theatre now lay in ruins.” The Blindness of the Heart (Grove Press, October 2010) by Julia Franck. Sixth book, novel. Translator: Anthea Bell. Agents: Katrin Meerkamp and Barbara Perlmutter. Editor: Lauren Wein. Publicist: Martin Wilson.

“You are, clearly, on a beach, and judging by the diminutive waves and the soft, brushed surface of the water it is a lake, or a small sea, Lake Como perhaps, or the Black Sea.” Ventrakl (Ugly Duckling Presse, October 2010) by Christian Hawkey. Third book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Anna Moschovakis. Publicist: Anna Moschovakis.

“At dawn on September 13, 1994, a chill ran through the Arab Quarter of East Jerusalem, as word of Hind Husseini’s death spread from house to house even before Radio Jerusalem broadcast the news.” Miral (Penguin Books, October 2010) by Rula Jebreal. First book, novel. Translator: John Cullen. Agent: Thomas Colchie. Editor: Kathryn Court. Publicist: Gabrielle Gantz.

“Renee sealed the beef heart inside a black bag and dropped it like a final beat—thud!—into the trashcan at the end of our sandy red driveway.” Non/Fiction (Edge Books, November 2010) by Dan Gutstein. First book, story collection. Agent: None. Editor: Rod Smith. Publicist: Rod Smith.

“For almost a year now, he has been taking photographs of abandoned things.” Sunset Park (Henry Holt, November 2010) by Paul Auster. Twenty-third book, sixteenth novel. Agent: Carol Mann. Editor: Frances Coady. Publicist: James Meader.

“It is Saturday, eleven in the morning, so Angelina sits and waits by the phone.” The Company of Heaven: Stories From Haiti (University of Iowa Press, October 2010) by Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell. Second book, first story collection. Agent: None. Editor: Charlotte Wright. Publicist: Allison Means.

Talk to him.” Great House (Norton, October 2010) by Nicole Krauss. Third book, novel. Agent: Melanie Jackson. Editor: Star Lawrence. Publicists: Louise Brockett, Camille McDuffie, and Grace McQuade.

“Tomorrow afternoon I’ll see yr face < / for the last time—see you for the lass / lass time I really cyaaan imagine th- / at yu know.” Elegguas (Wesleyan University Press, October 2010) by Kamau Brathwaite. Twenty-fourth book, twenty-third poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Suzanna Tamminen. Publicist: Stephanie Elliott

“It smells like home.” One With Others: A Little Book of Her Days (Copper Canyon Press, November 2010) by C. D. Wright. Fourteenth book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Michael Wiegers. Publicist: Lena Williams.

An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the number of books Kamau Brathwaite has published. Elegguas is his twenty-fourth book and his twenty-third poetry collection.