Posted March 4, 2008on:
It’s Small Press Month! In the USA, at any rate, but I’m not aware of a similar Canadian celebration so I’ll co-opt this one. I am only giving much of a hoot because Dan Pritch’s announcement coincided with my reading of another devastating Andre Dubus story collection (excerpt in previous post) published by David R. Godine, with which Mr. Pritch is associated. So why not take a look at the shelves and see which small press books were patiently waiting for me?
NYRB Classics may technically be an imprint rather than a press but I’m going to ignore that because it’s my blog. I may march on with Gallant for a story or two more but if it doesn’t make me pause for several minutes the way the Andre Dubus did I’ll probably switch to Tropic Moon by Simenon.
Other possible choices:
How I Became a Nun – Cesar Aira, translated by Chris Andrews
Bad Imaginings – Caroline Adderson and/or Walking in Paradise – Libby Creelman
The Wizard Swami – Cyril Dabydeen
One of my Peepal Tree Press books.
And I have a few other stuff by Graywolf, New Directions and Serpent’s Tail. I’ll see how it goes.
Readers, it’s a miracle. Sarah Hall managed to impress me with her latest novel. She’s not a genius, it’s not a masterpiece, but it’s actually asking some interesting questions here. It’s engaging! and not populated with drunken metaphors and promiscuous adjectives. I wasn’t at all impressed with the dystopian elements at all, but once she left all that description work behind and focused on the feminist community living out in the boonies, well, things picked up. I appreciated the situation the dystopian elements created but am too used to the global warming – oppressive police force – mindless drone work etc. scenario to be even mildly shocked.
I’m kinda interested in her first novel. Maybe Electric Michelangelo was just a phase.