Books Launching in November 2022

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


Learned by Carellin Brooks

Book*hug Press | November 1, 2022

In this novel-in-verse, “the speaker trembles on the verge of discovery, pushing her physical limits through practices of pain, permission, and pleasure.”




The Strings Are Lightning and Hold You In by Chee Brossy

Tupelo Press | November 1, 2022

According to Jon Davis, “history and tribal knowledge appear naturally in these poems, as do the pleasures of life on the reservation—the food, the light, the air, the sights and sounds and smells.”




The African Desperate by Rocket Caleshu and Martine Syms

Nightboat Books | November 1, 2022

This screenplay “navigates the pitfalls of self-actualization and the fallacies of the art world.”




Dr. No by Percival Everett

Graywolf Press | November 1, 2022

Dr. No is “a sly, madcap novel about supervillains and nothing, really, from an American novelist whose star keeps rising.”




Find a Place for Me by Deirdre Fagan

Regal House Publishing | November 1, 2022

Find a Place for Me is “a memoir about facing a marriage’s last act—a spouse’s death—as a couple united in mind and holding hands.”




Homeward: Personal Stories on the Search for Belonging

The Birren Center | November 1, 2022

The fifty personal essays in this anthology, edited by Emma Fulenwider, “offer vulnerable and unique insights on the universal search for belonging.”




A Line in the World: A Year on the North Sea Coast by Dorthe Nors

Translated from the Danish by Caroline Waight

Graywolf Press | November 1, 2022

Nors’s first nonfiction book “chronicles a year she spent traveling along the North Sea coast—from Skagen at the northern tip of Denmark to the Frisian Islands in the Wadden Sea.”




Early Summer by Carol L. Paur

Orange Blossom Publishing | November 1, 2022

In this thriller for young adults, “there’s a string of missing girls. Helene immediately thinks a serial killer is loose.”





A Cat at the End of the World by Robert Perišić

Translated from the Croatian by Vesna Maric

Sandorf Passage | November 1, 2022

According to Nell Zink, this novel “moves past realism and insight into the realm of expression and symbol.”




Wolf Whistles Behind the Dumpster by Dan Provost

Roadside Press | November 1, 2022

According to John Sweet, in these poems “big moments nestle casually against smaller, everyday observations, and everything is treated with the same amount of respect.”




As the Den Burns by Forrest Rapier

Texas Review Press | November 1, 2022

This poetry collection “renders a sublime world on the verge of vanishing,” moving “from Tallahassee vigils to flooded gardens after a hurricane’s landfall.”




Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist by Marc Ribot

Akashic Books | November 1, 2022

Ribot “playfully interrogates our assumptions about music, life, and death” in these stories and essays.





But I Still Have My Fingerprints by Dianne Silvestri

CavanKerry Press | November 1, 2022

In this poetry collection, Silvestri “navigates the surreal world of chemotherapy, stem cell transplantation, and subsequent threats from graft vs. host disease and serious infections from weakened immunity.”




Black Snowflakes Smothering A Torch by Ryan Stovall

Woodhall Press | November 1, 2022

This poetry collection is “a primer serving to facilitate dialogue between those who have experienced the crushing arms of war and those who have not.”




Concentrate by Courtney Faye Taylor

Graywolf Press | November 1, 2022

According to Rachel Eliza Griffiths, “Concentrate is the mouth that refuses to swallow America’s blackest desires, which have too long centered their wealth on the lives and deaths of Black girls and women.”




The Empty Form Goes All The Way To Heaven by Brian Teare

Nightboat Books | November 1, 2022

First published in 2015, this poetry collection is “a book-length meditation on chronic illness, economic precarity, healing, and the work of abstract artist Agnes Martin.”




Little by David Treuer

Graywolf Press | November 1, 2022

First published in 1995, this novel “unfolds to reveal the deeply entwined stories of the three generations of Little’s family, including Stan, a veteran of the Vietnam War who believes Little is his son.”




No One Weeps for Me Now by Sergio Ramirez

Translated from the Spanish by Daryl R. Hague

McPherson & Company | November 3, 2022

Ramirez’s second volume of The Managua Trilogy “is infused with his mastery of complex narrative, sharp characterization, ironic humor, and ethos of human resilience.”




Not Something We Discuss Often by Sarah Cedeño

Harbor Editions | November 4, 2022

According to Sarah Freligh, “Cedeño refuses to look away from the hard and inevitable truth and in doing so, she offers up instruction on how to live.”




Where the Men Come From by N. W. Downs

fifth wheel press | November 4, 2022

Where the Men Come From is a poetry chapbook “exploring religion’s conflict with the queer body, asking whether either of them remain sacred after [god] has been called in to account for his actions.”




Against the Grain by Anne Dimock

Woodhall Press | November 8, 2022

In this novel set in Jamestown, New Jersey, in 1962-1964, “six characters intersect in a conflict of change and complacency.”




The Dug-Up Gun Museum by Matt Donovan

BOA Editions | November 8, 2022

Donovan’s poetry collection “confronts our country’s obsession with guns to explore America’s deep-seated political divisions and issues linked to violence, race, power, and privilege.”




Is This How You Eat a Watermelon? by Zein El-Amine

Radix Media | November 8, 2022

The seven stories in this collection “span war-torn Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the United States to tell stories of transit and survival.”




A Queen in Bucks County by Kay Gabriel

Nightboat Books | November 8, 2022

This poetry collection is “an epistolary sequence about sex, exchange and social space set along the Northeast Corridor.”




Team Photograph by Lauren Haldeman

Sarabande Books | November 8, 2022

In this graphic novel, Haldeman “layers the warfare of soccer over the battlefields now called Bull Run Regional Park, where, growing up, her soccer team would practice and compete.”




Halfway from Home by Sarah Fawn Montgomery

Split/Lip Press | November 8, 2022

In these essays, Montgomery “excavates the stories and scars we bury, unearthing literal and metaphorical childhood time capsules and treasures.”




New Weathers: Poetics from the Naropa Archive

Nightboat Books | November 8, 2022

This collection of lectures, edited by Anne Waldman and Emma Gomis and transcribed from the audio archives of Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, represents “a continuing lineage of experimental literary movements.”




Leave the Night to God by R. L. Peterson

Regal House Publishing | November 8, 2022

According to Matthew J. Pallamary, this novel is “a true to life ‘great escape’ seen through the eyes of an eleven-year-old.”




Flutter, Kick by Anna V. Q. Ross

Red Hen Press | November 8, 2022

In this poetry collection, Ross “plumbs motherhood, migration, childhood, and the cycles of violence and renewal that recur in each.”




The Age of Goodbyes by Li Zi Shu

Translated from the Chinese by YZ Chin

Feminist Press | November 8, 2022

According to Karen Cheung, this novel is “a sprawling Southeast Asian epic featuring kopitiams, mosquito coils, and serialized television dramas; a sequence of not-quite-love stories that aches with longing; and an utterly self-conscious commentary on the limits of narratives.”




Headless World, or, The Problem of Time by Ascher/Straus

McPherson & Company | November 10, 2022

“Impressionistic, disruptive, and hermetically philosophical,” this novel “confronts the invention of Time within the universe of human experience, memory and desire.”




Soliloquy with the Ghosts in Nile by Hussain Ahmed

Black Ocean | November 15, 2022

The war Hussain Ahmed accounts in this poetry collection “is both physical and psychological, and the survivor within these poems uses his voice as a way to tell the stories of those who were lost.”




Becoming Couldn’t Sing for Anyone by Theresa Senato Edwards

Harbor Editions | November 11, 2022

According to Cyril Wong, “these poems do not hold back in exposing the pulsing arteries of relationships and the recoveries from death and loss that make up the totality of time and existence.”




Torohill by Donna Reis

Deerbrook Editions | November 11, 2022

According to Janet Hamill, “Reis’ gift for mapping the irony, hurt, love and loss of her geography is given its best expression in Torohill.”




The Last Days of Terranova by Manuel Rivas

Translated from the Galician by Jacob Rogers

Archipelago Books | November 15, 2022

This novel “tells of Vicenzo Fontana, the elderly owner of the long-standing Terranova Bookstore, on the day it’s set to close due to the greed of real-estate speculators.”




Suede Mantis / Soft Rage by Jennifer Soong

Black Sun Lit | November 11, 2022

According to Imogen Cassels, this poetry collection is “a series of lyric refractions which wrangle a self and the experience of the world into language.”




My Mother’s Secret: A Novel of the Jewish Autonomous Region by Alina Adams

History Through Fiction | November 15, 2022

Adams’s novel “is rooted in detailed research about a little known chapter of Soviet and Jewish history while exploring universal themes of identity, love, loss, war, and parenthood.”




Thirst by K. L. Barron

Sea Crow Press | November 15, 2022

In this novel, “a stunning betrayal forces a young woman to flee a relationship and forge a new life in one of the most brutal landscapes on earth.”




Bigger Than Bravery: Black Resilience and Reclamation in a Time of Pandemic by Valerie Boyd

Lookout Books | November 15, 2022

Boyd’s essay collection “explores comfort and compromise, challenge and resilience, throughout the Great Pause that became the Great Call.”




Prescribee by Chia-Lun Chang

Nightboat Books | November 15, 2022

This poetry collection “casts world-historical hierarchies in an aspic mold and serves them back to us on a warped platter.”




In & Out of Place by Gabrielle Civil

Texas Review Press | November 15, 2022

In this book combining “diary entries, images, performance texts, critical commentary, and current reflections,” Civil “explores–and expands–the parameters of her own body, artistic process, heritage, and culture.”




Dissonance Engine by David Dowker

Book*hug Press | November 15, 2022

Dowker’s poetry collection “is an exploration of time, cognition and loss; the intersection of dream and alternate reality amidst myriad systems of control.”




Vicious is My Middle Name by Kevin Dunn

Fitzroy Books | November 15, 2022

In this children’s book set in the Appalachian Mountains, “Sydney discovers that a shady corporation is planning to build an environmentally damaging asphalt plant right next to the school.”




Mailer’s Last Days by J. Michael Lennon

Etruscan Press | November 15, 2022

These essays by Norman Mailer’s biographer “collect personal and literary reminiscences, insights, and investigations from the last half century.”




Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness by Lyn Lifshin

Texas Review Press | November 15, 2022

This poetry collection, released in a second edition, “outlines the life of the champion horse before his fame, highlighting the beauty and grace of the young colt from his birth, through his youth, and finally to his time as a champion on the track.”




Secretariat: The Red Freak, The Miracle by Lyn Lifshin

Texas Review Press | November 15, 2022

This poetry collection, released in a second edition, “focuses on Secretariat’s life before the track, outlining the playfully perfect foal who found his way into the hearts of many.”




The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian by Lyn Lifshin

Texas Review Press | November 15, 2022

The Licorice Daughter, released in a second edition, is “a deeply emotional collection of poems that highlights the filly behind the legend of The Licorice Daughter, Ruffian.”





Bird/Diz [an erased history of be-bop] by Warren C. Longmire

BUNNY/Fonograf Editions | November 15, 2022

This erasure chapbook “navigates the personal and artistic lives of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie through the author’s own roving imagination.”




Zóbel Reads Lorca | Poetry, Painting, and Perlimplín In Love

Translated from the Spanish by Fernando Zóbel

Swan Isle Press | November 15, 2022

This collection includes Lorca’s “haunting play about the wounds of love” as well as contextual essays from several scholars.




MacLeish Sq. by Dennis Must

Red Hen Press | November 15, 2022

According to Jack Smith, “MacLeish Sq. is a compelling psychological novel about personal identity, about loss, about delusion, and about the power of literature, of story, to make sense of one’s life.”




The Cyclone Release by Bruce Overby

Madville Publishing | November 15, 2022

According to Danielle Girard, this novel “speaks to the unpredictability of love and loss and the seemingly heartless way life changes on a dime, while offering readers an intimate view into the bizarre landscape of the Silicon Valley tech start-up.”




The Parting Glass by Lisa J. Parker

Madville Publishing | November 15, 2022

The poems in this collection “raise a glass to those still at the table and to those already gone, to homecomings and deployments, to the navigation of love and grief.”




Design Flaw by Hugh Sheehy

Acre Books | November 15, 2022

This collection of thirteen stories “draws heavily from the genres of horror, mystery, science fiction, and myth.”




Dawn by Sevgi Soysal

Translated from the Turkish by Maureen Freely

Archipelago Books | November 15, 2022

According to Alev Scott, in this novel “Soysal unflinchingly exposed the suffering and defiance of women in 1970s Turkey, and more broadly the conflicts inherent in personal and political loyalties which continue to resound in our time.”




Drumming with Dead Can Dance and Parallel Adventures by Peter Ulrich

Red Hen Press | November 15, 2022

In this memoir, Ulrich “recounts his experiences as drummer/percussionist with Dead Can Dance through the 1980s, contributor to This Mortal Coil, and guest on other 4AD recordings.”




Hillbilly Madonna by Sara Moore Wagner

Driftwood Press | November 15, 2022

This poetry collection “is a harrowing and ultimately hopeful lens into rural life and the opiod crisis.”




Leaving Earth by DJ Hills

Split Rock Press | November 16, 2022

The poems in this chapbook “are meditations on the slippery, intangible notion of home.”




Autobiography by Rebecca Macijeski

Split Rock Press | November 16, 2022

Macijeski’s poetry chapbook is “a celebration of the experience of discovering, recovering, and re-envisioning the self.”




Winter Work by Stephen Meadows

Nomadic Press | November 19, 2022

Each poem in Meadows’s collection “is a clean and reverent gesture of understanding–natural elements, the damage we inflict upon the land, our history.”




Jaguars and Other Game by Brynn Barineau

Orange Blossom Publishing | November 22, 2022

According to Lynn Cullen, this novel is the “tale of three bold women who more than held their own in the rough-and-tumble world of 1808 Rio de Janeiro. ”




Too Much Tongue by Adrienne Marie Barrios and Leigh Chadwick

Autofocus Books | November 22, 2022

Too Much Tongue is a series of prose poems “in which the writers imagine themselves into each other’s lives, stretching and bending language into constant delight and surprise.”




Hunger Heart by Karen Fastrup

Translated from the Danish by Marina Allemano

Book*hug Press | November 22, 2022

Hunger Heart is “a sensual, profound work of autofiction about love, relationships, mental illness, and recovery by one of Denmark’s most celebrated literary writers.”




Septology by Jon Fosse

Translated from the Norwegian by Damion Searls

Transit Books | November 22, 2022

The three volumes of Jon Fosse’s Septology collected here for the first time—The Other Name, I is Another, and A New Name—are “a transcendent exploration of the human condition, and a radically other reading experience.”




Almost Deadly, Almost Good by Alice Kaltman

word west press | November 22, 2022

In this linked story collection, Kaltman “explores how human nature is just a flip-floppy beautiful mess, and the difference between good and bad is near impossible to discern.”




Music Is in Everything by Ziggy Marley

Akashic Books | November 22, 2022

This picture book is “based on Ziggy Marley’s popular song celebrating music’s many forms, from the sounds of ocean waves to laughter in the family kitchen.”




Concealed Words by Sin Yong Mok

Translated from the Korean by Brother Anthony

Black Ocean | November 22, 2022

This collection offers “a selection of poems from Sin Yong-mok’s earlier collections, intended to serve as an illustration of his evolution as a poet, alongside a complete translation of the poems from his fourth collection, When Someone Called Someone, I Looked Back.”




Shiny Happy People: A Children’s Picture Book by R.E.M.

Akashic Books | November 22, 2022

Shiny Happy People is “a heartwarming picture book whose story is told through the lyrics of R.E.M.’s joyful tune of the same name.”




Texas Reporter, Texas Radical: The Writings of American Journalist Dick J. Reavis by Dick J. Reavis

Texas Review Press | November 28, 2022

This collection of Reavis’s writings, compiled and introduced by Michael Demson, “brings into focus the voice and political commitments of this critical, contemporary, Texas writer.”




Best of Isele Anthology

Iskanchi Press | November 30, 2022

In this anthology of poetry, fiction, essays, and more, edited by Ukamaka Olisakwe and Tracy Haught, writers “hold a prism to humanity, opening minds to new ways of seeing, of knowing.”




Selected Poems by Patrick Kavanagh

Wake Forest University Press | November 30, 2022

Edited and introduced by Paul Muldoon, this collection features Kavanaugh’s “best and best-known poems, beginning with some of his earliest publications in 1930 and continuing chronologically into the 1960s with essentials from his career, as well as highlights left unpublished during his lifetime.”