We love seeing creative artists adjust to the current time. Being on the West Coast, I have often regretted not having access to the literary events that take place on the East Coast (to speak nothing of events in Russia proper.) Here comes the recording of the Cheburashka Collective reading recorded on April 1st, 2020 on Zoom, via Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania.
This week AWP, or Association of Writers and Writing Programs, is holding its annual conference in San Antonio, TX. Many of the attendees, however, have opted to stay home due to the increased risk of the corona virus outbreak. An important component of this conference is a massive book fair, at which hundreds of independent presses and literary journals sell their stock. To compensate for the losses of this already financially strained community, people are organizing several initiatives.
First of all, there’s #AWPVirtualBookfair Twitter hashtag, under which you will find links to lots of publishers who are offering significant discounts of their stock. Trevor Ketner started the #AWPVirtualBookfair Google Doc, where you can find a comprehensive list of participating publishers, and Natalie Eilbert creating the AWP Virtual Bookfair for Authors Doc. Justin Greene created a handy list of publishers on Entropy, that includes the discount codes. Point being: the best way to support literary arts and independent publishing is to buy our books.
One of my plans for this conference was to co-host a happy hour for writers and translators working on material related to the former Soviet Union. Unfortunately, both my co-host Olga Livshin and I decided to cancel, as did most of the people we hoped would take part. I envisioned that this happy hour would help us, in part, to build a sense of community and help us brainstorm ways in which we can support each other’s work. So, in that spirit, here is an image gallery followed by a list of these titles with links, where you can buy the books.
Gala Mukomolova, Without Protection, from Coffee House Press
Olga Livshin, A Life Replaced, from Poets & Traitors Press
Olga Zilberbourg, Like Water and Other Stories, from WTAW Press
Katherine E. Young, Day of the Border Guards, The University of Arkansas Press
Larissa Shmailo, Sly Bang, from Spuyten Duyvil
Marina Blitshteyn, Two Hunters, from Argos Press
Mariya Deykute, her website
Mary Jane White, Starry Sky to Starry Sky, from Holy Cow! press
Ruth Madievsky, Emergency Brake, from Tavern Press
Valzhyna Mort, Music for the Dead and Resurrected, from FSG
* If you don’t see a book that you wish to be included, please leave a comment!