Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

From the September/October 2011 issue of
Poets & Writers Magazine

My father’s mahogany leg arrives via priority mail.” Everyone But You (Random House, September 2011) by Sandra Novack. Second book, first story collection. Agent: Denise Shannon. Editor: Jennifer Hershey. Publicist: Bridget Fitzgerald.

“One September evening when Walter Lasher returned from the city after a hard day’s work and was walking to his car in the station parking lot, a man stepped out from between two cars, walked up to him, and slapped him hard in the face.” We Others: New and Selected Stories (Knopf, August 2011) by Steven Millhauser. Twelfth book, fifth story collection. Agent: Amanda Urban. Editor: Robin Desser. Publicist: Michelle Somers.

“Their names were Victoria, Ebbenezer, Noah, / Fannie, Travis, Alex, Pleasant, / William Christmas, and Jane.” Touch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, September 2011) by Henri Cole. Eighth book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Jonathan Galassi. Publicist: Angie Venezia.

THE CHILD, FLUORESCENT.” The Glitter Scene (Other Press, August 2011) by Monika Fagerholm. Fourth book, novel. Translator: Katarina E. Tucker. Agent: Szilvia Molnar. Editor: Corinna Barsan. Publicists: Sarah Reidy and Sophia Sherry. 

“Pa lost me on a bet he could not break, nor would, having other daughters to do for, and other debt besides.” Bohemian Girl (Bison Books, September 2011) by Terese Svoboda. Thirteenth book, fifth novel. Agent: None. Editor: Kristen Rowley. Publicist: Lauren Cerand.

“Shagged-gold, at rest the great haunches / as if axled, fur sleeked like a butter rug.” Water Puppets (University of Pittsburgh Press, August 2011) by Quan Barry. Third book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Alex Wolfe. Publicist: Maria Sticco.

“A woman—I ought to say a stranger—who caresses you, teases you, is sweet with you and brings you to the edge of a precipice.” Tres (New Directions, September 2011) by Roberto Bolaño. Fifteenth book, second poetry collection. Translator: Laura Healey. Agent: Andrew Wylie. Editor: Barbara Epler. Publicist: Tom Roberge.

“China’s turned on herself.” Salvage the Bones (Bloomsbury, September 2011) by Jesmyn Ward. Second book, novel. Agent: Jennifer Lyons. Editor: Kathy Belden. Publicist: Michelle Blankenship. 

“This morning, going against all convention, I turned right instead of left and took my circuit—one of my circuits—in reverse.” The Other Walk (Graywolf Press, September 2011) by Sven Birkerts. Eighth book, fourth essay collection. Agent: None. Editor: Fiona McCrae. Publicist: Marisa Atkinson. 

“His hand is growing cold; still she holds it.” I Married You for Happiness (Atlantic Monthly Press, September 2011) by Lily Tuck. Sixth book, fifth novel. Agent: Georges Borchardt. Editor: Elisabeth Schmitz. Publicist: Deb Seager.

“‘Joe who?’ my mother asked without guile from her hospital bed.” Yossarian Slept Here: When Joseph Heller Was Dad, the Apthorp Was Home, and Life Was a Catch-22 (Simon & Schuster, August 2011) by Erica Heller. First book, memoir. Agent: Henry Dunow. Editor: Sarah Knight. Publicist: Brian Ulicky.

“So I’m in the frozen food aisle / at Jewel, trying to find the right / veggie burger, and I realize / ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ is playing on / the store’s P.A.” Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems (Turtle Point Press, September 2011) by David Trinidad. Sixteenth book, thirteenth poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Jonathan Rabinowitz. Publicist: Molly Mikolowski.