December Books from Our Members

Support small presses and indie bookstores by picking a read from the list below, which features dozens of new books forthcoming in December from CLMP members. (Take a look at last month’s releases as well.)


Belgrade Noir

Akashic Books; December 1, 2020

Edited by Milorad Ivanović, this installment in the Akashic Noir series features all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within Belgrade.



Accra Noir

Akashic Books; December 1, 2020

This installment in the Akashic Noir series—edited by Nana-Ama Danquah—features stories by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Kwame Dawes, and more, all set in the capital of Ghana.




In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

Graywolf Press; December 1, 2020

Now available in paperback, Carmen Maria Machado’s In the Dream House is “a searing account of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman.”




Trimming England by M.J. Nicholls

Sagging Meniscus; December 1, 2020

Set in a near future, M.J. Nicholls’s book “is a stark and uncompromising account of the bizarre and regrettable period when the British government set about trimming England.”




Tupelo Press; December 1, 2020

According to Dana Levin, Beeder’s third poetry collection “offers worlds past and contemporary in diction nearly Elizabethan, in poems as witty and sly as any from that virtuosic literary era.”



To Reach the Spring: From Complicity to Consciousness in the Age of Eco-Crisis by Nathaniel Popkin

New Door Books; December 1, 2020

Popkin’s latest book asks, “In the shadow of an escalating eco-crisis—a looming catastrophe that will dwarf the fallout from COVID-19—how can we explain our society’s failure to act?”


[Elegies] by Roberto Carlos Garcia 

Flower Song Press; December 1, 2020

In his third poetry collection, Garcia “explores the complexities of modern life and death through his clear, unflinching, embodied perspective.”



Mrs. Murakami’s Garden by Mario Bellatin

Deep Vellum; December 1, 2020

Translated by Heather Cleary, the latest work in English by Mario Bellatin is “a short, allegorical novel that questions truth, art, language, and the split between East and West.”



A Pedestrian’s Recent History of Dallas by Zac Crain

Deep Vellum; December 1, 2020

This collection of photographs, “taken on phones and during lunch breaks, show Dallas from a human perspective.”



Meditations on Being by Rachel Fox 

Deep Vellum; December 1, 2020

In this poetry collection, Fox “pulls readers through life’s bittersweet journeys, one poem at a time, offering the reader a chance to pause, to reflect, and to breathe in the midst of the chaos of life.”



I See You Big German by Zac Crain

Deep Vellum; December 1, 2020

This lyric essay “follows Dallas Mavericks star player Nowitzki’s 21-year career, charting the highs and lows of his career and what he means to the city of Dallas.”



Capital by Mark Hage 

A Public Space; December 1, 2020

This photo essay on New York City “reframes the story of gentrification in a meditation on vestiges and accidental composition.”



Marking the Occasion

Wendy’s Subway; December 1, 2020

Edited by Jaime Shearn Coan and Tara Aisha Willis, this collection gathers archival materials from residents of the 2019 Watershed Residency at Mount Tremper Arts. 




The Candlelight Master by Michael Longley

Wake Forest University Press; December 1, 2020

In his latest poetry collection, Longley “looks back over formative experiences, and over the forms he has given them.”





Wising Up Press; December 1, 2020

The forty-three writers included in this anthology—edited by Charles Brockett and Heather Tosteson—consider “goodness in such difficult social realities as homelessness, imprisonment, and more intimate ones like illness, families, marriage, aging.”



22 Under 22

Flexible Press; December 1, 2020

Edited by Emma Harrington, Madelaine Formica, Abby Doty, and Kayla Gray, this anthology features “fiction, essay, and poetry by 22 people under the age of 22 speaking up about what they believe, what they want, and what keeps them going.”



Dear DeeDee by Kat Meads

Regal House Publishing; December 4, 2020

According to Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers, Dear DeeDee is an “elliptical novel that integrates the death of a lineage into a reflection on personal mortality.”



Faces and Frames by Talia An Green

Assure Press Publishing; December 9, 2020

This collection of poems “explores the complexities of eating disorder recovery, crossing the intersections of mental health, feminism, and healing.”



The Heart Is a Full-Wild Beast by John L’Heureux

A Public Space; December 15, 2020

This posthumous collection of short stories “explores head-on life’s biggest questions, and the moments—of joy, doubt, transcendence—that alter the course of life.”



Loosen by Kyle Potvin

Hobblebush Books; December 15, 2020

According to Linda Pastan, in this debut poetry collection “looks at the difficult world of sadness and pain and shows us with fine imagery… the beauty we often fail to see.”



Glaring by Benjamin Krusling

Wendy’s Subway; December 15, 2020

This debut poetry collection “investigates the things that haunt daily life and make love difficult, possible, necessary.”