Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tavern authors in new Penguin Anthology

Congrats are in order for two Tavern Books authors, Adrian C. Louis and Charles Simic. Both poets are showcased in Rita Dove's new edition of the Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry.

When we think of Tavern Books, we think of it as an ongoing and expanding anthology, a catalog that represents the kinds of poets and poetry from around the world that deserve inclusion in what we've termed The Living Library.

Happy reading, and check back often. We have over a dozen exciting full-length paperbacks under contract and in the production queue.


Book Drive going strong!

Over the past few months, Tavern Books has been gathering poetry books and distributing them to some of  Oregon's more remote, underfunded, and small public libraries. Since we got the ball rolling on this project we've placed well over 1,000 books in libraries across the state.

Of course, we couldn't be doing this without all of the incredible support we've received from individuals, publishers, and institutions. Just this week we received 2 boxes of amazing poetry books in pristine shape from Lannan Foundation.

And we're just getting started. As this program continues to develop, we will add another page to our website with a list of libraries that are participating in our program, as well as a list of all the good folks who have donated books, time, and money to this very worthwhile cause.

We want everyone to have access to poetry books, no matter where they live or how small their local public libraries may be.

Click here for more information about this project. And remember, no donation is too small. Every book and every dollar counts.

Cheers, and heartfelt thanks to those who have supported this book drive with the gift of books and financial donations.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Zubair Ahmed reading in San Francisco Nov 19th

Tavern author Zubair Ahmed will be reading from his book Ashulia November 19 at the Hungryman Gallery in San Francisco. Joining him will be Jesse Nathan and Yosefa Raz. This reading will mark the closing reception for the current exhibit at Hungryman, IMPACT. For more information, click here. The reading and closing reception run from 6 - 10 pm.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Congrats Jesmyn Ward!

Congrats are in order for Jesmyn Ward, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction. Jesmyn is a friend of Tavern Books, and we can't congratulate her enough for her stunning and well-deserved achievement. Here's to Salvage the Bones!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tavern author Di Piero publishes new poetry collection

Congratulations are in order for Tavern Books author W. S. Di Piero (Night of Shooting Stars). His newest collection of poetry, Nitro Nights, is just out from Copper Canyon Press. Click here for ordering information.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tranströmer's "Six Winters" broadside now available

To complement our publication of Tomas Tranströmer's For the Living and the Dead, we've published this broadside featuring the book's cover art (an ink drawing by our in-house artist Cecilia Yang) and an excerpt from "Six Winters." Click here for ordering information.


Tranströmer's For the Living and the Dead ready for pre-order

John F. Deane's translation of Tomas Tranströmer's 1989 collection For the Living and the Dead (För levande och döda) originally appeared with The Dedalus Press (Ireland) in 1994. Published in the United States for the first time, this new edition contains a revised translation as well as a new introduction and translator's note. For the Living and the Dead contains some of Tranströmer's most widely anthologized poems, including “Vermeer” and “Romanesque Arches.” At long last, this important work from one of the world's most celebrated poets is back in print in a single volume.

For the Living and the Dead is the fourth and final Tranströmer book we're publishing this year. This book is available for pre-order through our website--click here for more details. Also available is a broadside featuring an excerpt from Tranströmer's poem "Six Winters."

On For the Living and the Dead, translator John F. Deane notes:

Tranströmer's power with imagery is unsurpassed; a poem of his gathers disparate images from several sources and offers a poetry that is immensely rich, deep and wide-ranging. The imagery remains true to the actual world and yet discovers mysteries that touch on a universal human memory. His power emanates from such conjunctions, going beyond what he calls the “truth barrier.” His work honours his native Sweden and yet ranges the world... His is a deeply human and resonating voice, capacious, exciting, and immensely readable.