Joseph Cassara was born and raised in New Jersey. He holds degrees from Columbia University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been a writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He is currently an assistant professor of English at California State University, Fresno. The House of Impossible Beauties: A Novel (Ecco) is a gritty and gorgeous debut that follows a cast of gay and transgender club kids navigating the Harlem ball scene of the 1980s and ’90s, inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza made famous by the seminal documentary Paris Is Burning. It’s 1980 in New York City, and nowhere is the city’s glamour and energy better reflected than in the burgeoning Harlem ball scene, where seventeen-year-old Angel first comes into her own. Burned by her traumatic past, Angel is new to the drag world, new to ball culture, and has a yearning inside of her to help create family for those without. When she falls in love with Hector, a beautiful young man who dreams of becoming a professional dancer, the two decide to form the House of Xtravaganza, the first-ever all-Latino house in the Harlem ball circuit. But when Hector dies of AIDS-related complications, Angel must bear the responsibility of tending to their house alone. Told in a voice that brims with wit, rage, tenderness, and fierce yearning, The House of Impossible Beauties is a tragic story of love, family, and the dynamism of the human spirit.
Horacio Castellanos Moya
Castellanos Moya, Horacio (Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 1957) Novelista, ensayista y periodista. A los cuatro años se mudó junto a su familia a El Salvador. Ha sido editor de diarios, revistas y agencias de prensa, principalmente en Ciudad de México, donde vivió trece años; también ha residido en Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canadá, España y Japón. Durante dos años fue escritor residente en un programa de la Feria Internacional del Libro de Fráncfort. Con su primera novela, La diáspora (1989), obtuvo el premio otorgado por la Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) de El Salvador. Su novela El asco: Thomas Bernhard en San Salvador (1997) dio lugar a controversias y amenazas que lo obligaron a abandonar su país. El gobierno chileno le otorgó el Premio Iberoamericano de Narrativa Manuel Rojas 2014 por el conjunto de su obra. Actualmente es profesor en la Universidad de Iowa. Sus novelas más recientes son La sirvienta y el luchador (2011), El sueño del retorno y Moronga (2018). Ha sido traducido a una docena de idiomas. Presenta en la Feria su nueva novela Moronga (Literatura Random House), cuyos protagonistas nos cuentan en primera persona historias en las que asoma su pasado, la guerrilla y el narco, mientras el autor entreteje una intrincada telaraña de violencia que atrapa al lector hasta alcanzar un trepidante final en el que todos los caminos se unen.
Castiglione, Sergio (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1965) Arquitecto y fotógrafo. Obtuvo su título de arquitecto en la Universidad de Buenos Aires, y tiene un máster en Arquitectura en la Syracuse University. Ha desarrollado actividades en el campo de la creación y la gestión del arte. Trabajó como investigador y corresponsal para los suplementos de arquitectura del diario El Cronista, La Nación, Revista Summa y D&D. Entre 1993 y 1999 editó la revista Arquis, órgano de difusión de la Facultad de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Palermo. Fue también coautor del libro Estancias Argentinas (1996), así como curador de la muestra: Madera, acero y piedra –Arquitectura y diseño finlandés de los 90 en el MNBA en Buenos Aires y autor de Espejos urbanos Otra forma de mirar Buenos Aires. Ha residido en Italia, Malta y Estados Unidos. Su trabajo ha sido destacado con el Premio a la Fotografía Ventanas al Futuro en el 2014, auspiciado por Parex Group y el CAyC. Obras suyas han sido exhibidas en Argentina, Brasil, Estados Unidos e Italia. Su especialidad es la exploración urbana y la fotografía de viajes. Este año presenta Momentum - Intersecciones en el deporte (Artefixa Ediciones), una mirada singular al mundo del deporte a través del lente fotográfico de un artista.
Julian Castro is an American Democratic politician who served as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017. Castro served as the mayor of San Antonio, Texas from 2009 to 2014 and was selected at the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic Convention. He is the author of An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream (Little, Brown and Company). In the spirit of a young Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father, comes a candid and compelling memoir about race and poverty in America. In many ways, there was no reason Julian Castro would have been expected to be a success. Born to unmarried parents in a poverty-stricken neighborhood of a struggling city, his prospects of escaping his circumstance seemed bleak. Julian Castro's story not only affirms the American dream, but also resonates with millions, who in an age of political cynicism and hardening hearts are searching for a new hero. No matter one's politics, this book is the transcendent story of a resilient family and the unlikely journey of an emerging national icon.
Christina Cauterucci is a staff writer at Slate, where she covers gender, politics, and culture. She hosts a podcast about women and feminism (The Waves) and a podcast about LGBTQ life (Outward). Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, HuffPost, Washington City Paper, and NPR.
Maureen Cavanagh is the founder of Magnolia New Beginnings, a nonprofit peer-support group for those living with or affected by substance use disorder. She has been recognized by The New York Times, CNN, and other outlets for her work fighting the opioid crisis and the stigma that surrounds it. If You Love Me: A Mother's Journey Through Her Daughter's Opioid Addiction (Henry Holt and Co.) is the story of a mother who suddenly finds herself on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic as her daughter Katie battles―and ultimately reckons with―substance use disorder. Like the millions of parents and relatives all over the country―some of whom she has helped through her nonprofit organization―Maureen learns that recovery is neither straightforward nor brief. Maureen is launched into the shadowy world of overcrowded, for-profit rehabilitation centers that often prey on worried parents. As Katie runs away from one program after another, never outrunning her pain, Maureen realizes that even while she becomes an expert on getting countless men and women into detox and treatment centers, she remains powerless to save her own daughter. Maureen's unforgettable story brings the opioid crisis out of the shadows and into the house next door.
Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP worked for more than two decades as an Emory University School of Medicine faculty member, serving children and families in Atlanta. She has been involved in community advocacy efforts focused on children's behavioral health and social justice. Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice (Magination Press) describes a traumatic event—a police shooting—from the perspective of a White family and an African American family. This story models productive conversations around racial-ethnic socialization and social-emotional learning, and provides an excellent platform for discussing social justice and race relations with children. Includes a “Note to Parents and Caregivers” with conversation guides, child-friendly vocabulary, and lists of related resources.
Soman Chainani’s first two novels, The School for Good and Evil and The School for Good and Evil: A World without Princes, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. The series has been translated into languages across six continents and will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Studios. As a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University’s MFA film program, Soman has made films that have played at over 150 festivals around the world, and his writing awards include honors from Big Bear Lake, New Draft, the CAPE Foundation, the Shasha Grant, and the Sun Valley Writers’ Fellowship. If Good and Evil can’t find a way to work together, neither side will survive in The School for Good and Evil #4: Quest for Glory (HarperCollins). The students at the School for Good and Evil thought they had found their final Ever After when they vanquished the malevolent School Master. Now, on their required fourth-year quests, the students face obstacles both dangerous and unpredictable, and the stakes are high: success brings eternal adoration, and failure means obscurity forever. When the classmates’ quests plunge into chaos, however, someone must lead the charge to save them…
Born in Port-au-Prince, Mehdi Chalmers studied Philosophy in Paris-IV, 2005-2012. He’s a member of the literary workshop Atelier Jeudi Soir in Port-au-Prince, and a founding member of the T/C/S Review. He teaches philosophy and works as a bookshop keeper. He’s the author of two books of poetry, Jaillir est la solution (AJS, 2014) and À partir du mensonge (C3 editions, 2016). He contributed to the translation and publication of the bilingual Anthologie haïtienne de la poésie créole de 1986 à nos jours (Actes Sud, 2016). Né en 1988, Mehdi Chalmers est l’auteur de deux recueils de poésie, Jaillir est la solution (AJS, 2014) et À partir du mensonge (C3 editions, 2016). Il a contribué à la traduction et à la publication de l’Anthologie bilingue de la poésie créole haïtienne de 1986 à nos jours (Actes Sud, 2016). Il a obtenu deux maîtrises en histoire de la philosophie de l’université Paris I et en métiers du livre de l’université Paris IV Sorbonne. Il est enseignant de philosophie au lycée et à l’École normale supérieure de l’université d’État d’Haïti, et travaille à la librairie La Pléiade à Port-au-Prince. C’est son amour pour les livres qui l’a fait devenir libraire. D’ailleurs, son travail favorise la lecture, oblige à la lecture et l’incite à découvrir de nouveaux auteurs. « On est libraire parce qu’en général on aime les livres et on en profite pour être dans un lieu de lecture…On devient libraire parce qu’on connait des auteurs, parce qu’on aime lire, apprendre à connaitre davantage… »
Mona Charen, one of the most prominent conservative writers in the country, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Useful Idiots. She writes a critically acclaimed syndicated column that appears in more than 200 newspapers and is a former writer for National Review. She appears regularly on radio and television news shows and is a former panelist of CNN's Capital Gang. Her most recent book is Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense (Crown Forum). Sex Matters tracks the price we have paid for denying sex differences and stoking the war of the sexes--family breakdown, declining female happiness, aimlessness among men, and increasing inequality. Marshaling copious social science research as well as her own experience as a professional as well as a wife and mother, Mona Charen calls for a sexual ceasefire for the sake of women, men, and children.
Jos Charles is a trans poet, editor, and author of feeld (Milkweed Editions), a winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, selected by Fady Joudah and Safe Space, a finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. In feeld, Charles stakes her claim on the language available to speak about trans experience, reckoning with the narratives that have come before by reclaiming the language of the past. In Charles’s electrifying transliteration of English—Chaucerian in affect, but revolutionary in effect—what is old is made new again. “gendre is not the tran organe / gendre is yes a hemorage.” “did u kno not a monthe goes bye / a tran i kno doesnt dye.” The world of feeld is our own, but off kilter, distinctly queer—making visible what was formerly and forcefully hidden: trauma, liberation, strength, and joy. Urgent and vital, feeld composes a new narrative of what it means to live inside a marked body.
Anaise Chavenet is the founder and President of Communication Plus, Haiti. Prior to founding Communication Plus, Chavenet served as the editor of Haiti’s leading newspaper, Le Nouvelliste and also served as a member of the board of Le Matin. Anaise Chavenet se fondatè ak prezidan Communication Plus, Haiti. Anvan li te fonde Communication Plus, Chavenet te sèvi kòm editè pi gran jounal ki genyen nan peyi Dayiti, Le Nouvelliste, epi li te sèvi tou kòm manm konsèy Le Matin.
Julie Chavez Rodriguez
Julie Chavez Rodriguez is former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Deputy Director of Public Engagement. She is a contributor to West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House (Penguin Books), in which the Obama White House staff invites us behind-the-scenes of history for a deeply personal and moving look at the presidency and how the president’s staff can change the nation. In these moving and revealing personal stories, eighteen Obama staffers bring us deep inside the presidency, offering intimate accounts of how they made it to the White House, what they witnessed, and what they accomplished there. From the triumphs of Obamacare and marriage equality to the tragedy of the Charleston shooting, this book tells the history of the Obama presidency through the men and women who worked tirelessly to support his vision for America. More than just a history though, West Wingers is an inspiring call to arms for public service, a testament to the possibility of real social change, and a powerful demonstration of what true diversity, inclusivity, and progress can look like in America.
Alexander Chee is the best-selling author of the novels The Queen of the Night and Edinburgh. He is a contributing editor at the New Republic, an editor at large at Virginia Quarterly Review, and a critic at large at the Los Angeles Times. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays 2016, the New York Times Magazine, Slate, Guernica, and Tin House, among others. He is an associate professor of English at Dartmouth College. How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays (Mariner Books) is his most recent book. As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as “masterful” by Roxane Gay, “incendiary” by the New York Times, and "brilliant" by the Washington Post. With How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, his first collection of nonfiction, he’s sure to secure his place as one of the finest essayists of his generation as well. By turns commanding, heartbreaking, and wry, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel asks questions about how we create ourselves in life and in art, and how to fight when our dearest truths are under attack.
Eva Chen is a first-generation Chinese-American. Previously the editor in chief of Lucky, Eva has also written for ELLE, Vogue, Teen Vogue,Vogue China, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. She is currently the head of fashion partnerships at Instagram, where she is guilty of the occasional duck-face selfie. Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes (Feiwel & Friends) is her debut picture book. Juno Valentine’s favorite shoes don’t light up. They don’t have wheels. They are, to be perfectly honest, the tiniest bit boring. But they’re still her favorite muddy-puddle-jumping, everyday-is-an-adventure shoes. One day, when they go missing, Juno discovers something amazing: a magical room filled with every kind of shoe she could possibly imagine! Juno embarks on an epic journey through time and space, stepping into the shoes of female icons from Frida Kahlo and Cleopatra to Lady Gaga and Serena Williams. Each pair of shoes Juno tries brings a brand new adventure―and a step towards understanding that her very own shoes might be the best shoes of all.
Born in Haiti, Marlene Chouloute-Hyppolite obtained Bachelor’s degrees in French and Education from Université d’Ottawa, Canada. She taught in Ottawa-Carleton for many years, and Manotick Public School instituted the “Marlène Chouloute-Hyppolite Prize for Excellence in Art” in her honor. The Founder and Director of École Haïtienne de Musique et Culture, she also serves as President of Samedi Littéraire Haïtiano-Canadien and President of GRAHN (Ottawa-Gatineau chapter). She co-authored Immigration Haïtienne Et Choc Culturel : Informer Pour Transformer. Marlène Chouloute-Hyppolite, ki fèt Ayiti, resevwa diplòm lisans nan Franse ak Edikasyon nan men Université d’Ottawa, Kanada. Li te anseye nan Ottawa-Carleton pandan anpil lane, epi Manotick Public School te tabli “Pri Marlène Chouloute-Hyppolite la pou Ekselans nan Lèza” anlonè li. Li se fondatè ak direktè École Haïtienne de Musique et Culture, epi li sèvi tou kòm prezidan Samedi Littéraire Haïtiano-Canadien ak prezidan GRAHN (branch Ottawa-Gatineau a). Li se ko-otè Immigration Haïtienne Et Choc Culturel : Informer Pour Transformer.
Dominique Christina was a classroom teacher at the secondary and post-secondary level for ten years. She was the National Poetry Champion in 2011 and Women of the World Slam Champion in 2012 and 2014. She is the author of The Bones, The Breaking, The Balm; They Are All Me; and This Is Woman's Work. She has been a featured speaker at hundreds of colleges and universities nationally and internationally. She is the author of Anarcha Speaks (Beacon Press), the reimagined story of Anarcha, an enslaved Black woman, subjected to medical experiments by Dr. Marion Sims. Selected by Tyehimba Jess as a National Poetry Series winner.In this provocative collection by award-winning poet and artist Dominique Christina, the historical life of Anarcha is personally re-envisioned. Anarcha was an enslaved Black woman who endured experimentation and torture at the hands of Dr. Marion Sims, more commonly known as the father of modern gynecology. Christina enables Anarcha to tell her story without being relegated to the margins of history, as a footnote to Dr. Sims's life. These poems are a reckoning, a resurrection, and a proper way to remember Anarcha...and grieve her.
Johnnie Christmas is the co-creator of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel series Angel Catbird (with acclaimed writer Margaret Atwood). He co-created the critically acclaimed Image Comics series Sheltered, which has gone on to translation in multiple languages. He is the co-creator of the sci-fi series Pisces. He is a graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, earning a BFA in Communication Design/Illustration. In Firebug (Image Comics), a volcano goddess, named Keegan, is loose in the world, and the prophecies are unclear whether her coming will bring humanity's destruction or salvation. In the shadow of the sacred volcano, from which Keegan derives her powers, lies the ancient city of Azar. Promising to hold the key to the mysteries of her past, Keegan and her rag-tag army of devotees must get to Azar before it is overrun by a horde of forest monsters. Meanwhile, The nefarious Cult of the Goddess has plans to summon forces as old as time to extinguish Keegan's flame permanently.
Cisneros, Renato (Lima, Perú, 1976) Novelista, poeta y periodista. Ha trabajado como reportero y columnista para los diarios El Comercio y La República, y también ha conducido programas de radio y televisión en su país. Son suyos los poemarios Ritual de los prójimos (1998), Máquina fantasma (2001) y Nuevos poemas italianos (2007). Además, ha publicado las novelas Nunca confíes en mí (2011) y Raro (2012). Su tercera novela, La distancia que nos separa (2015), resultó finalista en la II Bienal de Novela Mario Vargas Llosa y los lectores de El Comercio la reconocieron como ”la mejor novela del 2015”; también ha sido publicada en América Latina y en Francia, donde mereció el premio de la revista Tranfugue a “la mejor novela hispanoamericana en 2017”. Será traducida al alemán, italiano, inglés y portugués. Actualmente Cisneros firma una columna semanal en la revista Somos de Lima y es corresponsal del Grupo RPP en Madrid, donde reside desde hace tres años. Llega a la Feria con su nueva obra Dejarás la tierra (Planeta), una novela que se adentra por los vericuetos y secretos oscuros de una familia prominente de Perú.
Cisneros, Sandra (Chicago, Estados Unidos, 1954) Aclamada internacionalmente por su poesía y su prosa, la que ha sido traducida a más de veinte idiomas, Cisneros ha recibido numerosos premios, entre los que se destacan el Lannan Literary Award, el American Book Award, y el Thomas Wolfe Prize, así como las menciones honoríficas del National Endowment for the Arts y de la MacArthur Foundation. Cisneros es autora de dos novelas: La casa en Mango Street (1984) y Caramelo; la colección de cuentos Woman Hollering Creek; dos libros de poesía: My Wicked Wicked Ways (1987) y Loose Woman (1994) y el libro para niños Hairs/Pelitos (1994). Llega a la Feria con una re-edición mexicana muy especial de La casa en Mango Street (Vintage), novela donde se narra la extraordinaria historia de Esperanza Cordero. Contado a través de una serie de viñetas —a veces desgarradoras, a veces profundamente alegres— es el relato de una niña latina que crece en un barrio de Chicago, inventando por sí misma en qué y en quién se convertirá.
Zack Loran Clark
Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos are best friends living in New York. They have been playing Dungeons & Dragons together every week for more than a decade. Zack secretly wishes that he were an elf; Nick publicly denies that he is a dragon. They are the authors of The Adventurer's Guild #2: Twilight of the Elves (Disney Hyperion). Zed, Brock, and their friends may have saved Freestone from destruction, but the fight against the Dangers is far from over. No one knows what to expect next from the dark power that forced the elves to abandon their city. And the influx of elf refugees in Freestone strains resources and brews resentment among the townspeople. Things have shifted between best friends Zed and Brock, as well, with their friendship crumbling under the weight of the secrets they're keeping from each other. To face a powerful form of magic thought to be extinct, the adventurers will have to learn how to rely on each other and fight harder than ever before. Don't miss this second installment of Zack Loran Clark and Nicholas Eliopulos's Adventurers Guild trilogy, where the stakes are raised, the action is breathless, and the dangers will stop even the bravest of hearts.
Tiana Clark is the author of Equilibrium, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize, and winner of a 2019 Pushcart Prize. Clark was the recipient of the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Best New Poets 2015, BOAAT, Crab Orchard Review, Thrush, The Journal, and elsewhere. She is the author of I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press). For poet Tiana Clark, trees will never be just trees. They will also and always be a row of gallows from which Black bodies once swung. This is an image that she cannot escape, but one that she has learned to lean into as she delves into personal and public histories, explicating memories and muses around race, elegy, family, and faith by making and breaking forms as well as probing mythology, literary history, her own ancestry, and, yes, even Rihanna.
Anna Clark is a journalist living in Detroit. Her writing has appeared in ELLE Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, the Columbia Journalism Review, Next City, and other publications. She has also been a Fulbright fellow in Nairobi, Kenya, and a Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan. She is the author of The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy (Metropolitan Books). When the people of Flint, Michigan, turned on their faucets in April 2014, the water pouring out was poisoned with lead and other toxins. In the first full account of this American tragedy, Anna Clark's The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town, but could also be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure and the erosion of democratic decision making. Places like Flint are set up to fail―and for the people who live and work in them, the consequences can be fatal.
Claro, Omar (Banes, Cuba) Escritor y cronista deportivo de radio, televisión y prensa escrita. Ha vivido en Estados Unidos por los últimos veintitrés años. Su libro Felo Ramírez, el oráculo de la narración (Dreams Innovators) cierra la trilogía que retrata el ambiente deportivo cubano y recorre la vida del gran cronista deportivo cubano que es toda una leyenda de la radio. Anteriormente fueron publicados Pasión por el cuero (2010) y Medallas de oro y rostros de bronce (2006). Estuvo nominado a los premios Emmy de la Academia Nacional de Televisión y Artes en 2006 y recibió el Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition en 2011. Ha sido nombrado Embajador Especial de la Ciudad de Miami.
Tom Clavin is the author or coauthor of eighteen books. For fifteen years he wrote for The New York Times and has contributed to such magazines as Golf, Men's Journal, Parade, Reader's Digest, and Smithsonian. His latest book (with Bob Drury), Valley Forge (Simon & Schuster) reveals one of the most inspiring—and underappreciated—chapters in American history: the story of the Continental Army’s six-month transformation in Valley Forge. Valley Forge is the riveting true story of a nascent United States toppling an empire. Using new and rarely seen contemporaneous documents—and drawing on a cast of iconic characters and remarkable moments that capture the innovation and energy that led to the birth of our nation—Drury and Clavin provide the definitive account of this seminal and previously undervalued moment in the battle for American independence.
Dhonielle Clayton earned an MA in children's literature from Hollins University and an MFA in writing for children at the New School. She taught secondary school for several years. Clayton is a former librarian and cofounder of Cake Literary, a creative kitchen whipping up decadent-and decidedly diverse-literary confections for middle grade, young adult, and women's fiction readers. She is the author of The Belles (Disney Hyperion). Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it's not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orleans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. It soon becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie. Weaving deeper questions about the commodification of women's bodies, gender equality, racial identity, and vanity with high-stakes action and incredible imagery, The Belles is the must-read epic of the season.
Heather Cleary’s translations include César Rendueles’s Sociophobia, Sergio Chejfec’s The Planets and The Dark, and a selection of Oliverio Girondo’s poetry for New Directions. Her latest translation is Comemadre (Coffee House Press), nominated for the National Book Award in Translated Literature, is Roque Larraquy’s first book published in English. In the outskirts of Buenos Aires in 1907, a doctor becomes involved in a misguided experiment that investigates the threshold between life and death. One hundred years later, a celebrated artist goes to extremes in search of aesthetic transformation, turning himself into an art object. How far are we willing to go, Larraquy asks, in pursuit of transcendence? The world of Comemadre is full of vulgarity, excess, and discomfort: strange ants that form almost perfect circles, missing body parts, obsessive love affairs, and man-eating plants. Darkly funny, smart, and engrossing, here the monstrous is not alien, but the consequence of our relentless pursuit of collective and personal progress.