Friday, November 12, 2010

Small Press Holiday Recommendations: Day 3

Today’s recommender is author David Hoenigman. I had the pleasure of reading with Dave when he came to visit his folks in Cleveland (on a visit from Japan, his current home) in 2007. Dave’s novel was due to come out on Six Gallery Press at the time, and he graciously offered to set up a Six Gallery Press reading at Mac’s Backs in Cleveland Heights. He invited about seven of us from Pittsburgh, and we caravanned West in a few cars for a very cool reading. It was my first road trip since I'd moved to Pittsburgh, and it didn't disappoint: Cleveland Heights has an awesome vibe, Mac’s Backs is one of the great indie bookstores of America, and the audience was alive and attentive. Dave’s excerpt from Burn Your Belongings was one of the most memorable performances of the night: a super-charged reading of his dense, electric prose. His novel has since been reprinted on Jaded Ibis Press.

Six Gallery Press Reading, Mac's Backs, Cleveland, May 2007

David sent his small press recommendations in the form of three online book reviews he published in 2010.

1. Lost Poet: Four Plays by Jesse Glass, Jesse Glass (BlazeVOX Books)
--Review in Word Riot, September 15, 2010

2. Protest!, Steve Finbow, Melissa Mann, Joseph Ridgwell (Beat the Dust Press)
--Review in Word Riot, February 15, 2010

3. Theoretical Animals, Gary J. Shipley (BlazeVOX Books)
--Review in 3:AM Magazine, February 11, 2010

Recommended by
David Hoenigman, author of Burn Your Belongings (Jaded Ibis Press)


Stay tuned for more small press recommendation lists, plus some guest reviews.

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