Our currently featured books, “The Prodigal’s Brother,” by Paul Castellani, “A Woman Always Knows,” by Libby Belle and “Cummiskey Alley,” by Tom Sexton can be found by scrolling down below this post, or by clicking the author’s name on our Authors page.
UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, NOVEMBER 2-8
“WITCHES’ DANCE,” BY ERIN EILEEN ALMOND.
Witches’ Dance explores the charged relationship between a teenage violinist named Hilda Greer and her teacher, Phillip Manns, a former prodigy who believes he is the reincarnation of Niccolo Paganini. When Phillip becomes romantically involved with Hilda’s mother, it causes Hilda to question her own feelings for her teacher, as well as her belief in him as Paganini. The climax of the novel takes place in Genoa, Italy, as Hilda prepares to compete in the prestigious Premio Paganini, the contest where Phillip’s career — and, perhaps, his madness – began.
“BE THE THING OF MEMORY,” BY CARRIE OLIVIA ADAMS.
Drawing on found text from a variety of historical sources, Be the thing of memory is composed of four long poems built from erasures, specifically from the autobiography of Sophia Tolstoy, a mid-century girl scout handbook, an auditory testing guide, and writings on or by Sarah Hackett Stevenson and Alice Magaw, two of the earliest women in medicine in the United States. Part archivist, part architect, Carrie Olivia Adams excavates the stories of women—famous, forgotten, and ordinary—from history and enters into dialogue with them, giving voice to the continuity of experience and humanity that is our shared foundation. The poems move from feral fields to a dark trail in the woods to the fire of the mind while the weight of tiny things converges with the weight of story itself. Uncertainty. Disbelief. Resilience. Tell me What do you hear And with what ear do you hear it?
“COLD BLESSINGS,” BY MAXMILIAN WERNER,
From the poet: “I wrote Cold Blessings for my MFA dissertation, which I finished way back in 1997. Most of these poems were written just as the internet was taking off, so they belong to another world.
“Cold Blessings is at once lyrical and meditative, mournful and celebratory. The book is both timely and relevant even as it honors the poetics of the past. Readers will hear echoes of Whitman and Rilke, Roethke and Wright, and yet at no time will they ever doubt that Werner’s voice is wholly his own.”
FIRST TUESDAY REPLAY
This month, we will revisit “Abloom and Awry,” by Tina Kelley, “Finders of Lost Objects,” by Susie Hara, “Restless Souls,” by Dan Sheehan, “Just Another Week in Suburbia,” by Les Zig, “Metaphysical Graffiti,” by Randall Auxier and “Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul,” by Laura Jean Cannady.