Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

From the January/February 2013 issue of
Poets & Writers Magazine

“I once hung out with this shit group of kids and they were just such shit.” Spectacle (Graywolf Press, January 2013) by Susan Steinberg. Third short story collection. Agent: None. Editor: Steve Woodward. Publicist: Marisa Atkinson.

“Men in groups take their shirts off and chase basketballs across city pavement.” Appetite (University of Pittsburgh Press, December 2012) by Aaron Smith. Second poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Ed Ochester. Publicist: Maria Sticco.

“When Ambassador Dengue Fever told me that Billy wasn’t dead after all but half alive and back in town, skulking through the Transit System’s blackened veins feral and broken and scrawling weird mambo-jahambo on the walls with chalk—chalk! as if spraypaint never existed—I pretty much just shrugged a whatever shrug and kept on selling hydroponic sinsemilla to stainless steel refrigerator owners living in neighborhoods that had just been invented, and hoping Karen would let me back in the apartment soon, me being her son and all…” Rage Is Back (Viking, January 2013) by Adam Mansbach. Seventh book, fourth novel. Agent: Richard Abate. Editor: Amber Qureshi. Publicist: Lindsay Prevette.

“It’s bedtime. Tell me a story / as the leaves fly // again, even as we love them / & cannot see them.” Vanitas, Rough (Persea Books, December 2012) by Lisa Russ Spaar. Fourth poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Gabriel Fried. Publicist: Gabriel Fried. 

“The security personnel of EL AL Airlines descended upon me like a flock of vultures.”
Searching for Zion (Grove/Atlantic, January 2013) by Emily Raboteau. Second book, first memoir. Agent: Amy Williams. Editor: Elisabeth Schmitz. Publicist: Jodie Hockensmith.

“We have been circling the city now at an altitude of between seven thousand and ten thousand feet for, according to our best estimates, around twenty years.” The Miniature Wife and Other Stories (Riverhead Books, January 2013) by Manuel Gonzales. First book, short story collection. Agent: P. J. Mark. Editor: Megan Lynch. Publicist: Claire McGinnis.

“The first time I tried to use paints, in his studio, I didn’t know where to begin.” Ignorance (Bloomsbury USA, January 2013) by Michèle Roberts. Twenty-second book, thirteenth novel. Agent: Ayesha Karim. Editor: Nancy Miller. Publicist: Michelle Blankenship.

“Is this your first visit to the 30th century?” Special Powers and Abilities (Coffee House Press, January 2013) by Raymond McDaniel. Third poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Erika Stevens. Publicist: Kelsey Shanesy.

“It was a beautiful Sunday. The sky was a cloudless dome of sunlight. Out on the square, leaves fluttered in a gentle breeze along the pavement.” Revenge (Picador, January 2013) by Yoko Ogawa, translated from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder. Fourth book in translation, first short story collection. Agent: Anna Stein. Editor: Elizabeth Bruce. Publicist: Gabrielle Gantz. 

“I’m dumb about the world.” The Talking Day (Sibling Rivalry Press, January 2013) by Michael Klein. Fifth book, third poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Bryan Borland. Publicist: Seth Pennington.

“The twelvemonth and a day being up, I was still at a loss. If anything I was more at a loss.” Artful (Penguin Press, January 2013) by Ali Smith. Tenth book, fifth short story collection. Agent: Andrew Wylie. Editor: Scott Moyers. Publicist: Yamil Anglada.

“Near the end of summer. / Wheatfield with lark. With swift, / longspur, and sparrow.” Odessa (Milkweed Editions, December 2012) by Patricia Kirkpatrick. Second poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Daniel Slager. Publicist: Meredith Kessler.