‘Christodora’ by Tim Murphy

Christodora is an HIV/AIDS novel like no other. It stands apart largely because it is not trying to tell history. Rather, it is taking stories from a place and time and putting them through the prism of literature… read more

'Jam on the Vine' by LaShonda Katrice Barnett

Jam on the Vine will resonate with many kinds of readers in myriad ways. Not only is it a well-researched and historically accurate account of southern African American survival, northern migration, and identity formation, it is an arresting real-world allegory…. read more

Rabih Alameddine: Embrace the Outsider

“Someone asked me, ‘Did you think of the book as political?’ and of course it is. This is what interests me. I could be writing about two hamsters running on a wheel and it becomes political.”… read more

‘An Unnecessary Woman’ by Rabih Alameddine

“[…] Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman sets forth a different definition of a ‘reader’s novel’:  this is a novel for voracious readers of literary fiction and fiction in translation.”… read more

'The Retribution' and 'The Vanishing Point' by Val McDermid

Some of our finest writers are authors of crime fiction. Russell Banks, James Ellroy, Patricia Highsmith, P.D. James and of course, Val McDermid. These writers don’t just tell a detective tale, they peel back the layers of human experience to reveal all the gory bits we try never to see up close…. read more