Ceiling of Sticks, which is this year’s winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, is a collection of 20 poems set in Uganda, Ghana, Mali, Trinidad, Canada and elsewhere. They describe both the intimate and mundane (the author helping his ailing grandfather shave) and the shocking and (to most readers) foreign (an animal sacrifice in Mexico). You can learn more about (or join) the Rumpus Poetry Book Club on The Rumpus web site. And if you’re not already a regular reader of The Rumpus, now’s a good time to check it out.
In other news, UNP Managing Editor Heather Lundine will be on NET Radio’sFriday Live tomorrow. Tune in to KUCV 91.1 FM from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to hear Heather and host Bill Stibor discuss our new fall titles – a western page-turner, a wine tour of Sicily, a beautiful short story collection, and more -- which are just now beginning to appear on bookstore and library shelves.
Yesterday marked the beginning of the week-long San Fermin festival in Pamplona, best known for the stampede of bulls and people that fill the streets each morning of the festival. The LA Times book blog noted the beginning of the festival with an interview with UNP author Bart Paul, who wroteDouble-Edged Sword, a biography of American matador and Hemingway pal Sidney Franklin.