Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

From the November/December 2011 issue of
Poets & Writers Magazine

He always wanted to live in New York.” Zone One (Doubleday, October 2011) by Colson Whitehead. Sixth book, fifth novel. Agent: Nicole Aragi. Editor: William Thomas. Publicist: Alison Rich.

“When I get the call about my brother, / I’m on a stopped train leaving town / & the news packs into me—freight— / though it’s him on the other end / now, saying finefine—” Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, October 2011) by Aracelis Girmay. Second book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Peter Conners. Publicist: Albert Abonado.

“The walls were kittens and puppies.” Ghost Lights (Norton, October 2011) by Lydia Millet. Eighth book, seventh novel. Agent: Maria Massie. Editor: Tom Mayer. Publicist: Jessica Purcell.

“A light, floating slumber / it seemed.” Nod House (New Directions, November 2011) by Nathaniel Mackey. Tenth book, fifth poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Jeffrey Yang. Publicist: Tom Roberge.

“Sobriety is its own kind of altered state of consciousness.” Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood (Soft Skull Press, October 2011) by Peter Bebergal. Second book, memoir. Agent: Matthew Elblonk. Editors: Denise Oswald and Laura Mazer. Publicist: Sarah Cantor.

“I remember all those great bands.” Power Ballads (University of Iowa Press, October 2011) by Will Boast. First book, story collection. Agent: Gail Hochman. Editor: James McCoy. Publicist: Allison Means.

“The night that cats were wished away was a hard one full of wine, tears, and spectacle.” Death Wishing (Ig Publishing, October 2011) by Laura Ellen Scott. First book, novel. Agent: None. Editor: Robert Lasner. Publicist: Robert Lasner.

“To provoke the pasture’s ladder, to wash out the cat’s message, / What you hear through the walls is panic coming here.” The Blue Tower (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2011) by Tomaž Šalamun. Eleventh book, poetry collection. Translators: Michael Biggins and Tomaz Salamun. Agent: None. Editor: Drenka Willen. Publicist: Liz Anderson.

“The minivan bumped along the hills that hugged Lake Titicaca.” Black Elephants (Bison Books, October 2011) by Karol Nielsen. First book, memoir. Agent: None. Editor: Bridget Barry. Publicist: Cara Pesek.

“The light filters through the window into the still, dark air.” Tales of the New World (Black Cat, November 2011) by Sabina Murray. Fifth book, second story collection. Agent: Esmond Harmsworth. Editor: Elisabeth Schmitz. Publicist: Stephanie Gilardi.

“We wonder if this matters.” Sweet Nothing (Lowbrow Press, October 2011) by Nate Pritts. Fifth book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Matt Ryan. Publicist: Nate Pritts.

“To start with, look at all the books.” The Marriage Plot (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 2011) by Jeffrey Eugenides. Third book, novel. Agent: Lynn Nesbit. Editor: Jonathan Galassi. Publicist: Jeff Seroy.