White Dancing Elephants

White Dancing Elephants

Eye on the Indies: A Look at Indie Authors and Their Publishers By Lanie Tankard, Indie Book Reviews Editor WHITE DANCING ELEPHANTS: STORIES by Chaya Bhuvaneswar (Durham, NC: Dzanc Books, October 9, 2018). 208 pp, $16.95; paperback ISBN 9781945814617. “Ebb and flow, ebb and flow, our lives.” —Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Before We Visit the Goddess (p. 68) Chaya Bhuvaneswar’s…

Eye on the Indies

Eye on the Indies

A Look at Indie Authors and Their Publishers By Lanie Tankard, Indie Book Reviews Editor USEFUL PHRASES FOR IMMIGRANTS: STORIES by May-lee Chai (Durham, NC: Blair, October 23, 2018). 166 pp, $16.95; paperback ISBN 9780932112767. “Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but, most importantly, it finds homes for us everywhere.” —Hazel Rochman…

Book Review: Inventing the World

Book Review: Inventing the World

On the Craft of Writing, for All Levels By DeWitt Henry, Literary Bookmarks Editor INVENTING THE WORLD: THE FICTION WRITER’S GUIDEBOOK TO CRAFT AND PROCESS by Jack Smith (Serving House Books, 2018). 285pp, $15.95. Jack Smith’s essays on “the craft and process” of writing fiction have appeared since 2010 in either The Writer or in…

Book Review: Sweet Marjoram

Book Review: Sweet Marjoram

Essays Inspired by Poetry By Joyce Peseroff, WTP Contributing Editor SWEET MARJORAM: NOTES AND ESSAYS by DeWitt Henry (Madhat Press, October 2018). 156pp, $21.95. I don’t usually write about prose, but Sweet Marjoram is an exception. In part, it’s because DeWitt Henry is a dear friend whose work I’ve read for decades. It’s also because…

Eye on the Indies

Eye on the Indies

A Look at Indie Authors and Their Publishers By Lanie Tankard, Indie Book Reviews Editor ACTS OF ALLEGIANCE: A NOVEL by Peter Cunningham (New York: Arcade Publishing, September 11, 2018). First North American Edition; 296 pp, $22.99; hardback ISBN 97816287295535; also available as e-book. UK edition: Dingwall, Ross-shire: Sandstone Press, 2017; paperback. “’All men are loyal, but…

Eye on the Indies

Eye on the Indies

A Look at Indie Authors and Their Publishers By Lanie Tankard, Indie Book Reviews Editor A HISTORY OF SILENCE: FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO THE PRESENT DAY by Alain Corbin, translated by Jean Birrell (Cambridge, UK & Medford, MA, USA: Polity Press, June 2018). 160 pp, paperback $19.95. Also available as hardcover and e-book. French edition: Paris: Éditions…

Two Cosmopolitan Collections

Two Cosmopolitan Collections

Essay Collections in a Global Time By DeWitt Henry, Literary Bookmarks Editor In the American Sixties, a writer’s “sense of place” usually referred to regionalism and immediately brought to mind Faulkner, Cather, and Frost. For English writers, the phrase suggested colonial displacements, such as E.M. Forster’s India or Joseph Conrad’s Congo.  Since then, however, with…