We love independent publishers, but great indie publications have a way of getting past us. Enter the Indie Roundup, a monthly review of new books we’re excited about, from independent, university, and small presses we love. Here’s what we’re most looking forward to among late summer releases:
1. Operation Massacre, by Rodolfo Walsh, translated by Daniella Gitlin (Seven Stories Press)
On September 17, this classic of Latin American literature will become available for the first time in English. A game-changing true crime novel, Operation Massacre was first released in Argentina in 1957, by a Latin American literary hero whose truth-seeking eventually condemned him to death. NYC-based Seven Stories Press, founded in 1995, publishes imaginative works and political titles, and is most widely known for its books on politics, human rights, and social and economic justice.
2. Here Come the Warm Jets, by Alli Warren (City Lights)
This debut volume by Bay Area poet Alli Warren, forthcoming on September 10, takes its title from the Brian Eno classic. Jets jumbles gender, class, and space-time perspective into a chorus of contemporary idioms and lyrical longings. Against a contemporary backdrop, Warren launches her missives of desire, in writing that is at once raw and sly. For over fifty years, City Lights has been a champion of progressive thinking, fighting against the forces of conservatism and censorship. Committed to publishing works of social responsibility, and to maintaining a tradition of translating renegade literature from other parts of the world into English, they continue to publish cutting-edge contemporary fiction and brilliant new nonfiction.
3. Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time, by Adrian Miller (UNC Press)
In this insightful and eclectic history, Miller delves into the influences, ingredients, and innovations that make up the soul food tradition. Building each chapter around the culinary and social history of one dish (such as fried chicken, chitlins, yams, greens, and “red drinks”), Miller uncovers how it got on the soul food plate, and what it means for African American culture and identity. Founded in 1922, the University of North Carolina Press was the first university press in the South, and among the first in the nation.
4. As Flies to Whatless Boys, by Robert Antoni (Akashic Books)
Antoni’s tragic historical novel (released September 3), accented with West Indian cadences and captivating humor, provides an unforgettable glimpse into nineteenth-century Trinidad & Tobago. Akashic is a Brooklyn-based press dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction by authors who choose to work outside the realm of major publishers.
What indie releases are you most looking forward to this fall?