Books Launching in July 2022

Support independent literary publishers by picking a read from the list below, which features new books forthcoming in July 2022 from CLMP members.


A Good Girl by Johnnie Bernhard

Texas Review Press | July 1, 2022

This novel, published in a second edition, “examines the numbing work of raising children and burying parents through six generations.”





How We Came to Be by Johnnie Bernhard

Texas Review Press | July 1, 2022

In this novel, “Karen Anders, a high school English teacher and the adoptive mother of Tiffany, comes to terms with being a single-parent and a clumsy drunk in the multicultural melting pot of Houston, Texas.”




Brenner by Hermann Burger

Translated from German by Adrian Nathan West

Archipelago Books | July 5, 2022

In this novel, “writing and smoking become intertwined through the act of remembering, as Brenner, a fallible, wounded, yet lovable antihero, searches for epiphany, to unearth memories just out of reach.”




Future Library: Contemporary Indian Writing

Red Hen Press | July 5, 2022

Edited by Anjum Hasan and Sampurna Chattarji, this anthology “brings together one hundred contemporary Indian poets and fiction writers working in English as well as translating from other Indian languages.”




Most Dangerous, Most Unmerciful: Stories from Afghanistan by J. Malcolm Garcia

Seven Stories Press | July 5, 2022

This book of literary reporting, which includes new writing since the US pull-out in 2021, “shows the impact of years of occupation and war—and the sudden and harsh changes as new occupiers push in—on a people and their culture.”




Nein, Nein, Nein!: One Man’s Tale of Depression, Psychic Torment, and a Bus Tour of the Holocaust by Jerry Stahl

Akashic Books | July 5, 2022

Stahl’s memoir “stands out as a triumph of strange-o reporting, a tale that takes us from gang polkas to tour-rash to the truly disturbing snack bar at Auschwitz.”




Creatures of Passage by Morowa Yejidé

Akashic Books | July 5, 2022

This novel “shows us an unseen Washington filled with otherworldly landscapes, flawed super-humans, and reluctant ghosts, and brings together a community intent on saving one young boy in order to reclaim itself.”




Refuse to Disappear by Tara Betts

The Word Works | July 7, 2022

Betts’s poetry collection “calls up the language of both science and witchery to call roll on Black women.”




Weight by Fran Schumer

Choeofpleirn Press | July 8, 2022

In this poetry chapbook, Schumer “explores several epiphanic moments, from learning what her weight would be on other planets and the sun to realizing that love, even the unconditional kind, can be painful.”




Best Microfiction 2022

Pelekinesis | July 10, 2022

Edited by Meg Pokrass and Gary Fincke, this anthology features Tania Hershman serving as final judge and “provides recognition for outstanding literary stories of 400 words or fewer.”





There Must Be a Reason People Come Here by Brian Foley

Black Ocean | July 12, 2022

Foley’s new poetry collection “refuses to conform to the norms of what poetry is and how it must say things.”




The Latin America Diaries by Ernesto Che Guevara

Seven Stories Press | July 12, 2022

This sequel to The Motorcycle Diaries “includes letters, poetry, and journalism that document young Ernesto Che Guevara’s second Latin American journey following his graduation from medical school in 1953.”




Three Days in the Pink Tower by EV Knight

Creature Publishing | July 12, 2022

In this novella of speculative autofiction, Knight “reclaims the narrative of her own past in an exploration of trauma, agency, and survival.”




La Movida by Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta

Nightboat Books | July 12, 2022

In this poetry collection, Luboviski-Acosta “explores the radical love inherent in revolutionary work through cultural objects, adolescent affect, and queerness from within the fall of empire.”




Remembering Che by Aleida March

Translated from Spanish by Pilar Aguilar

Seven Stories Press | July 12, 2022

In this memoir, “Che Guevara’s widow remembers a great revolutionary romance tragically cut short by Che’s assassination in Bolivia.”




when the daffodils die by Darah Schillinger

Yellow Arrow Publishing | July 12, 2022

In this debut poetry collection, Schillinger explores “young love, a mother’s love, self-love, spiritual love, all-encompassing love.”




Till the Wheels Fall Off by Brad Zellar

Coffee House Press | July 12, 2022

Zellar’s latest book is a novel “about rural Midwestern life, nostalgia, neurodiversity, masculinity, and family—with a built-in soundtrack.”




City Slicker by Stephanie Barbé Hammer

Bamboo Dart Press | July 15, 2022

In this poetry collection, Barbé Hammer “runs in and out of sprinklers in a Manhattan playground, picks up a slug by accident in the Cascades, reads about sequoia on 5th avenue, make an uncomfortable journey to the Hôpital américain in Paris, strolls a surprisingly sensual Geneva Switzerland at 2 am,” and more.




Missing by Cornelia Spelman

JackLeg Press | July 15, 2022

“Using everything from letters and interviews to the family’s quotidian paper trail,” Spelman’s memoir “reconstructs her mother’s life and untimely death.”




The Mirror & The Monkey by R. S. Deese and Chuck Wadey

Pelekinesis | July 15, 2022

This novel-length fable “is both new and old, full of novelties yet awash in motifs warm from the folk unconscious.”




Orbital Debris by Amy Lerman

Choeofpleirn Press | July 15, 2022

Lerman’s poetry chapbook was selected by Laura Read as winner of the Jonathan Holden Poetry Chapbook Contest.




Cuba: A Brief History by Sergio Guerra Vilaboy and Oscar Loyola Vega

Translated from Spanish by Mary Todd

Seven Stories Press | July 19, 2022

This book is “a concise, readable and thoroughly revised overview of Cuba written by Cubans for anyone interested in quickly understanding the island country’s turbulent history.”




What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking by Tina Oziewicz

Translated from Polish by Jennifer Croft

elsewhere editions | July 19, 2022

Illustrated by Aleksandra Zając, this children’s book “surprises and soothes, inspires us to feel.”




The Shehnai Virtuoso by Dhumketu

Translated from Gujarati by Jenny Bhatt

Deep Vellum | July 26, 2022

According to Publishers Weekly, “Complex characters, vibrant imagery, and descriptions of rural Gujarat State bolster each of the stories.”




Isles of Firm Ground by Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez

Translated from Spanish by Mike Soto

Deep Vellum | July 26, 2022

Ruiz-Pérez’s poems “express a metaphysical shift where the laws of heaven and earth are suspended, transformed into a terrain of the journey inward, reflecting a cosmos of the self.”




Intimacies in Borrowed Light by Darius Stewart

EastOver Press | July 26, 2022

Stewart’s poetry collection “coalesces around themes of love, addiction, violence, sexual identity, and the corporeal body to betray the intimate moments that illuminate, especially, Black gay male experiences.”