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The Universal Physics of Escape by Elizabeth Gonzalez
Winner 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

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​“Elizabeth Gonzalez is a master of dialogue, an artist at creating vivid settings, and an encyclopedia of knowledge about the world surrounding her characters. These stories uncover truths that makes the reading experience memorable and each story remarkable.”

Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher, Press 53, who served as final judge
Crosscurrents and Other Stories by Gerry Wilson

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Gerry Wilson's stories are about the essential tugs between desires: for safety or risk; for adventure or comfort; for sanctioned action or the indubitably un. Her characters are in mortal combat, most often with themselves. This is a very exciting and compelling collection of stories; I loved reading it.

Antonya Nelson, author of Funny Once: Stories

she: robed and wordless by Lou Ella Hickman
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

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These terse little poems are often bright nuggets of insight into the psyches not only of the Biblical women who speak through this poet’s imagination, but they are also deep insights into our own psyches. Although the voices imagined here are the voices of many women from the Bible, the truths revealed are universal. These new takes on stories that are often familiar make for fascinating reading. Lou Ella Hickman has provided here a fine testimony to the power of imagination and myth. 

David Bottoms, Georgia Poet Laureate and author of We Almost Disappear

Twelve Women in a Country Called America: Stories by Kelly Cherry

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Kelly Cherry’s tenth work of fiction delivers twelve compelling stories about women of the American South. These are women struggling to find their way through the everyday workings of life while also navigating the maze of self. From a young woman’s nightmare piano lesson to an elderly woman’s luminous last breath, Twelve Women in a Country Called America takes readers on a journey sometimes dark, sometimes funny, and always enlightening.

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The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories
by Wendy J. Fox
Winner of the 2014 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

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What happens when a still life speaks? Wendy J. Fox invites us to eavesdrop. These beautiful, lyrical stories describe ordinary lives: speckled eggshells, creeping vines. Here’s the threat of fire out east and endless rain when the map meets Seattle. Here are characters so real you know them already. They’ve misplaced your keys and borrowed your car.

Carol Guess, author of Darling Endangered and Doll Studies: Forensics

New Anthology Travels the World
Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet
edited by Clifford Garstang

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Travel invigorates and enlightens, and so does reading. You don’t have to go to the Congo to gain an understanding of the challenges women face there. You don’t have to go to Iran to sample Persian culture and anguish. When it’s done right—as the stories in this anthology are—fiction can transport you and show you the essential details, the soul of a place.  Read the book. Explore the globe. But remember, it’s a dangerous world.

—from the Introduction, by Clifford Garstang, editor
Hotel Worthy by Valerie Nieman

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What are we to do with the lost, broken, failed things of our lives? How do we piece together the shards of relationships that didn't last, salvage the ghosts of our younger selves? Like a daring archeologist, the poems of Hotel Worthy dig [deeply] into the intimate layers of years, excavating the fossils of memory, love, loss, and family history. These poems compel us to have the courage to emerge from our past shipwrecks and embark anew. This collection is a roadmap for beginning again.

Ansel Elkins, author of Blue Yodel, winner of the 2014 Yale Series of Younger Poets

Paradise Drive by Rebecca Foust
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection
Winner 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry

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“There is great music in these poems, and sonnet after sonnet is masterful. Not since Berryman’s Henry have I been so engaged by a persona: Pilgrim, who ‘like most of we’ is good and bad, hapless sometimes, other times approaching wisdom, always sending deeper and deeper her primary roots.”

Thomas Lux, author of Child Made of Sand and God Particles
Fissures: One Hundred 100-Word Stories by Grant Faulkner

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Grant Faulkner’s sharply observed, darkly funny, heart-breaking bursts of highly compressed prose offers a startling view of what reality might look like through a funhouse microscope. Fissures pushes the boundaries of flash prose, and thank goodness for that. Sometimes less is so much more.

Dinty W. Moore, author of Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals

Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers: Second Edition by Joseph Mills

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…a must-have for all wine lovers. No ideology here, just perspective. Mills has a keen sense for why wine is so improbably important to so many of us, and on page after page, the wine lover will say, "Oh yes, that's me."

Dave McIntyre, Washington Post

Baby's on Fire by Liz Prato

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In her terrific debut, Baby’s on Fire, Liz Prato pulls off the ultimate balancing act: the stories are at once beautifully written and tremendously compelling—not to mention filled with characters so full of life that they feel as real as people we know. A knockout collection.

Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans
Under Brushstrokes by Hedy Habra

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Hedy Habra’s Under Brushstrokes is a rich tapestry of images, sounds and meanings. Like any tapestry the complexity of weaving, the craft and artistry are often under or subliminal to the larger images, and in this way the book lives up to its title in that there is so much foundation that goes into the building of an image and giving the image not only meanings but breath and life itself. Enjoy Under Brushstrokes, it is meant to be read and read again.

J.P. Dancing Bear, Editor, The American Poetry Journal 

Nobody Calls Me Darling Anymore by Dannye Romine Powell

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Dannye Romine Powell’s marvelous new collection gives us a generous offering of poems that document the tender mercies of a woman ruminating on the cusp of endtime. Shockingly insightful, the poems look away from no aspect of a woman’s life, fully entering (and suffering) both the joys and the agonies entailed by our deep commitments to others. In plain style language and a lucid, epigrammatic form, Powell’s poems arrest us again and again with their brutal intelligence and emotional authenticity.  

Kate Daniels, author of A Walk in Victoria’s Secret

Stay by Kathleen McGookey
​A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

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​There is such pain and such beauty in Stay, and there are so many astonishing moments of what I can only call distilled reverie, I feel nothing short of awe after reading this collection. McGookey's poems shimmer with a profound sense of love and loss and wonder. Each one is like a section of stained glass window. Together they are an illumination. 

Nin Andrews, author of Why God Is a Woman

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Lion on the Hearth by John Ehle

9 x 6 paperback, 406 pages
ISBN 978-1-941209-30-1

Originally published 1961 by Harper & Row

Lion on the Hearth is chronologically the sixth book in John Ehle’s seven-book Appalachian series that includes The Land Breakers, The Journey of August King, Time of Drums, The Road, The Winter People, and Last One Home.
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Red Clay Gypsy by Maria Ingram Braucht

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Some travelers are restless personalities; they are tourists. Others are searching spirits; they are pilgrims. Maria Ingram Braucht is a passionate pilgrim, finding revelation in every locale, especially in her memory-laden home ground. This poet will voice soulful thought in a brisk vernacular or set down lines that flicker like fireflies. Our Red Clay Gypsy is a journeyer and a sojourner and a warm-hearted companion. I’d go with her anywhere.

Fred Chappell, past Poet Laureate of North Carolina and author of Familiars: Poems

Women Who Loved Me Despite by Richard Krawiec
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

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Because this book is a dog song on the edge of the abyss, it's naturally full of death—there are suicides, car crashes, lost children, and mercy killings (which, the poet realizes, are nevertheless killings). There is also some honest and eloquent self-talk. “I swim in the dense brine of old grievances” he says, and “I can't stop the weeds from rising.” And yet, along the way, there is equally eloquent tenderness, especially about love. This, we understand, is a kind man, a man who nurtures, even when it's hard. So we are glad when, in the end, from a stone and a branch, he finds joy.

—Lola Haskins, author of The Grace to Leave

In the Season of Blood & Gold by Taylor Brown

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With ferocious economy and a great big heart, Taylor Brown writes one of the best debuts I've ever picked up. These are stories, verses, meditations, and accusations—everything, in short, you could hope to get from important fiction. This work demands your attention.

Charles Dodd White, author of A Shelter of Others 

What Happened Here by Bonnie ZoBell

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Bonnie ZoBell’s luminously intersecting stories of artists, musicians, teachers and assorted shimmering misfits in a North Park neighborhood that happens to be the site of a historic plane wreck, beautifully chronicles the struggles of the living to survive—emotionally and physically—in the shadow of wreckage and ghosts. Her characters’ connections, madnesses, kindnesses and demons are startlingly poignant and resonant.

Gina Frangello, author of A Life in Men
Saturday, October 10, from 6-10 PM
Scuppernong Books
304 S. Elm St., Greensboro, NC

Meet Elizabeth Gonzales of Lancaster, PA, winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction; Press 53 Poetry Series Editor Tom Lombardo of Atlanta, GA; along with many of our authors. We'll have prizes and promise to send you home smiling. And we'll have something special for our out-of-town friends, too.
Hickory Station by Adrian Rice

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In his new volume, Hickory Station, there are poems of Northern Ireland memories and others of Appalachia and the Low Country. Rice knows how to bear simple and eloquent witness to family life, the reckonings of self, and to distant and adopted homelands. Like many before him, Rice cannot forget the fields and woods outside the porch, the animals that make up the world without us. His poems are concise, poignant, and lyrical. Hickory Station is a warm-hearted, beautifully crafted, tour de force.

—Jefferson Holdridge, Director of Wake Forest University Press, and author of The Poetry of Paul Muldoon