Season 3 of “The Durrells in Corfu” Out Now

“The Durrells in Corfu,” inspired by the writings of Gerald Durrell, has started Season 3 this past week. The PBS series highlights the adventures of the Durrell family as they learn to live on the island of Corfu.

Meghan O’Keefy from The Decider gave a great review of the season:

“This quaintly-titled series is like a burst of sunshine after a week of dreary grey skies. Sweet, funny, and breathlessly exuberant, The Durrells in Corfu might just be the show we all need right now.”

In late September, The Spectator explored the true lives of the Durrell family compared to the fiction in a piece by Richard Pine.

“Simon Nye has also used the creativity of film to elicit some striking images…Literature and science, the compulsion to write and the need to make sense of the world, all coincide in the brothers’ response to landscape and character, to the ‘spirit of place’ . It continues to engage the imagination in adventures that are psychological as well as poetic.”

Check out Episode 1 below!

The Durrells in Corfu S3 E1

To see the books that inspired the show, check out Durrell’s “Fillets of Plaice,” “Fauna and Family,” and “Beasts in My Belfry.”

The Sewanee Review Comments on Andre Dubus

“The Migrations of Love: Reconsidering Andre Dubus” by Walt Evans thoroughly appreciates the craft and life of Dubus in The Sewanee Review earlier this month.

Evans brings to life the importance of Dubus’s work, in both literary and societal terms. The well-crafted, powerful short stories focus on those “who’ve made big mistakes,” in the words of Evans, but allow us to reflect on what it means to have and deal with rawly human emotions.

“Dubus’s stories, collected in these two remarkable and important volumes—with a third, The Cross-Country Runner, coming this month—serve as a beautiful model of romantic mistakes once made, a barometer of how far we have or have not come in relations between men and women together. Several storms may have passed since they were written, but more are sure to come.”

Check out the rest of the review at https://thesewaneereview.com/the-migrations-of-love-reconsidering-andre-dubus/ and be on the look out for Andre Dubus’s The Cross Country Runner,” the third volume of short stories coming out Oct. 18th!

Beneath the Streets of Boston Garners “T” Award

We’ve got big news here at the Godine office! Just in, hot off the presses, is an absolutely glowing review from Eli, a five-year-old soon-to-be Kindergartener and resident of Bedford, MA.

When challenged to choose a book he’d give an award to by his public library, he judiciously conferred upon Godine author Joe McKendry the “T” Award.

His words below:

“I really like that you marked which line is which, and told about how each line was built. I also like the maps showing all the construction and where it was builded. My favorite thing in the world in this book is the maps. And the part that tells how each line got its name.”

His mother adds:

“He also really wants you to know that he loves the T store in Somerville and the T mugs and T shirts, and he wants to make sure that you know that the Alewife garage is crumbling. He always tells us that this book has everything about the T, except the purple line and the silver line. So maybe that can be your next project – he will spend all his allowance money to buy that one too!”

We are so excited Eli loves the book, and we hope this means we can expect a purple and silver line sequel out of author and illustrator Joe McKendry sometime in the near future.

Andre Dubus Collection Out Now

Welcoming Our Three-Volume Collection of Dubus' Short Stories and Novellas

 

David R. Godine has recently released a three-volume collection of short stories and novellas by the late Andre Dubus: We Don’t Live Here Anymore, The Winter Father, and The Cross Country Runner (coming this fall). In honor of this re-issue, we have launched a specialty website detailing works, events, and archives related to the author.

Known for the profundity of his down-to-earth characters and the power of his simple yet potent narration, Dubus is hailed a literary force of New England and a master of the short story form. For more praise about Dubus, click here.

Why Wouldn’t I Choose Ice Cream?

A review of Gareth P. Jones' novel, Death or Ice Cream?

 

Caught in a deadly competition to earn an even deadlier job repairing circus cars on the move, a young Larkin Mills resident casually remarks, “This town is insane”— pretty much summing up Gareth P. Jones’s umpteenth novel, Death or Ice Cream?

Chronicling the morbid history of a seemingly innocent town, Death or Ice Cream? (published in 2016 by David R. Godine) follows several eccentric young locals, or, young locals caught in eccentric predicaments, with a charming irony and devilish sense of humor. For in Larkin Mills the daily norm—from memory erasure to corpse resurrection, shark weaponization to redistribution of health—is anything but mundane.

Just ask the willful young Park, who moves with her archaeologist father into a hotel/funeral parlor and must puzzle out the spooky powers of their most recently excavated treasure. Then there’s the mayor’s son Ivor, who discovers that he has a long-lost aunt. A murderous long-lost aunt Dulwhich who remembers nothing of allegedly killing her husband! (The only evidence of the entire affair seems to be Mr. Dulwhich’s Good as Death Certificate.) And preceding the present eccentrics of Larkin Mills are Larkin and Mills, the ancients whose eternal rivalry gave rise to the town and mystifies its citizens today.

With his matter-of-fact hilarity and delightful self-awareness, Jones presents an irresistible, Wonderland-esque surreality that questions both the fetishism and fear of death. In fact, Gareth has published several children’s books that revel in the morbid, such as fan favorite The Thornwaite Inheritance and its sequel, The Thornwaite Betrayal, that follow a pair of murderous twins who keep trying to kill each other. Explaining his perhaps controversial black-comedy approach to danger and death, Jones writes in his blog,

Continue reading “Why Wouldn’t I Choose Ice Cream?”

Donald Hall, Celebrated Poet, Dies at 89

 

Donald Hall, American poet, writer, editor, critic, and teacher, passed away on June 23, 2018 at his family farmhouse in Wilmot, NH.

Hall’s poetry and prose focused on simple language to evoke complex universal themes. His work glows with the affection he held for the land, the people, and the customs of rural New England, and especially for the small New Hampshire dairy farm near Ragged Mountain he visited every summer as a child.

Hall published fifteen books of poetry along with multiple collections of essays, children’s books, and plays. He was widely accomplished, receiving two Guggenheim Fellowships and the Robert Frost Medal, and served as the fourteenth U.S. Poet Laureate from 2006-2007.

Four of Hall’s children’s books – Christmas at Eagle Pond, Lucy’s Christmas, Lucy’s Summer, and The Man Who Lived Alone – are published by Godine, along with two collections of his essays – String Too Short to be Saved and On Eagle Pond. His writing often calls to the desire for a simpler, gentler way of life, one he found rooted in the rhythms of his beloved farm at Eagle Pond.

He will be dearly missed by his friends at Godine.

To read the New York Times obituary for Hall, please follow this link.

To read the Boston Globe obituary, please follow here.

Stories by Lucia Berlin

Z Space Theater set to produce a new play based on Berlin's stories

Happy Thursday Godine readers! This Throwback Thursday is courtesy of Bay Area author, Lucia Berlin. During her lifetime, Berlin published 77 short stories. These short stories were collected into three volumes and released through Black Sparrow Press: Homesick (1991), So Long (1993), and Where I Live Now (1999).

Now, Z Space Theater in San Francisco will be hosting a production of, “Stories by Lucia Berlin.” The production is brought to us by Word for Word– a San Francisco based theater company that takes literary works verbatim and transforms them into plays. Z Space is one of the nations’ leading theaters for the development and production of new works.

Berlin’s work frequently grapples with the horrors and unexpected lessons of dealing with alcoholism. But even though her work portrays bleak subjects, she manages to impart wisdom and her own brand of dark humor into each story. Berlin spent most of her career in obscurity until recently, when her work found success posthumously. Today, Berlin is praised for her scathing insight into American life.

Of her work, The National Book Review said:

“Lucia Berlin’s stories will be read, anthologized and celebrated in a way that they never were when the author was alive. Popular success can be fickle, and there is no trace of bitterness in these stories– only a brilliant mind grappling with the world around her.”

“Stories by Lucia Berlin,” which will run from February 14th to March 11th, depicts five pieces of Berlin’s work: Her First Detox, Emergency Room Notebook 1977, Unmanageable, 502, and Here It Is Saturday. Z Space writes about the play, “Wry, electric commentary on the dark corners, the everyday, and the oft-overlook. Set to an evocative jazz score, the harrowing stories feature complex women, balancing motherhood, relationships, and a working life.” The play will be directed by Nancy Shelby and JoAnne Winter.

For more information, please visit Z Space’s website!

 

Goodreads Giveaway of Death or Ice Cream

Enter to win a copy of Death or Ice Cream by author Gareth P. Jones

Looking for the perfect book to curl up with this winter? Or a gripping read full of enough suspense and thrills to keep you tide over until next Halloween? Then be sure to enter into our Goodreads giveaway to win a free copy of Death or Ice Cream by Gareth P. Jones!  The offer will be available on Goodreads starting at midnight on November 14th and ends on December 10th. We will be giving away a free copy of this title to five of our U.S. readers.

In thirteen interconnected short stories, Death or Ice Cream explores the odd, yet enticing town of Larkin Mills. In each story the reader will be introduced to sinister and elusive new characters. Slowly the story reveals that these characters are related in more ways than expected and peels back the shroud of mystery surrounding Larkin Mills. Throughout the book, readers will catch hints of influence from visual mastermind Tim Burton and from literary great Lewis Carroll.

Death or Ice Cream has been well-received by critics. Booklist writes, “A smart and morbidly funny novel ideal

for readers who cut their teeth on Roald Dahl.” Furthermore, Teachwire says, “Readers who are looking for a break from dystopian series will find this a stylish and compelling alternative; a standalone story that’s as thought-provoking as it is chillingly entertaining.” You can read the full review here.

Author Gareth P. Jones is a British children’s author of over twenty-five books. He has written on a wide variety of subjects including ninja meerkats, steampunk pirates, dragon detectives and dinosaur parties. And, most importantly in this case, Jones’ is a an avid supporter of salted caramel ice cream.

Death or Ice Cream’s chilling tales are the perfect companions for an equally chilly winter day. Click here to enter our giveaway. As always, feel free to contact info@godine.com with any questions!

Wesley McNair Reading at Merrill Library

Join Wesley McNair as he reads from his new collection, The Unfastening at Merrill Library, Yarmouth, ME, at 7 pm! Read what The Boston Globe had to say about The Unfastening here.

Wesley McNair is the author of twenty books, including nine volumes of poetry, three books of nonfiction, and several edited anthologies. His most recent books are The Unfastening, The Lost Child: Ozark Poems, and Lovers of the Lost: New & Selected Poems (Godine, 2017, 2014, and 2010, respectively).

Questions about the event? You can reach Mary Dowd at mdowdmd@yahoo.com.

Donald Breckenridge Reading in Brooklyn, NY

 

Godine author Donald Breckenridge will be reading from his new book, And Then (Godine, 2017) at the Spoonbill Studio in Brooklyn, NY on October 3rd from 7-8pm.

And Then is a ghost story, telling tales about the people that come and go from our lives and the indelible marks they leave. Opening with a vignette describing Jean Rouch’s short film Gare du Nord, Breckenridge sets a deeply unsentimental tone, both necessary to and greatly in opposition with his descriptions of his father’s slow and deliberate death. Interwoven are the stories of a young woman’s hopeful arrival in New York, a young man’s voyeuristic summer spent housesitting for his professor, and a soldier who never made it out of Vietnam. What they all have in common is a deep preoccupation with the way lives resonate and connect, an emotionally honest love story about how we relate to others and ourselves.

Donald Breckenridge lives in Brooklyn with his spouse, Johannah Rodgers. He is the Fiction Editor of The Brooklyn Rail, Co-Founder and Co-Editor of InTranslation, and the Managing Editor of Red Dust Books. He has written four novels, edited two fiction anthologies, and introduced the NYRB Classics edition of Henri Duchemin and His Shadows by Emmanuel Bove.

For more information about the reading series, including directions to the venue, look here.

New York Times Review of The Screaming Chef

A review of Godine title, The Screaming Chef, appeared in The New York Times on Friday. The Screaming Chef, written by Peter Ackerman and illustrated by Max Dalton, follows a young boy with a love for food, who will not stop screaming unless he is pacified by fine cuisine. Finally, tired of the noise, his parents abdicate their cooking responsibilities to him, and eventually, the boy’s talent is so great that they are prompted to open a restaurant with him as the head chef. When things start to go awry, the boy’s frustration grows: will his temper win, or the food?

The New York Times writes,

In a stylish world of midcentury modern décor, a boy screams nonstop. His parents are out of ideas. Realizing he never shrieks when he eats, they cook him amazing food, but he grows huge. Soon he’s cooking himself and opens a fancy restaurant. The customers flock, but his frustration rises. The screaming starts again, until he adds singing to his repertoire. Ackerman and Dalton (“The Lonely Phone Booth”) have cooked up something witty and, as an example of the parental art of redirecting, perhaps inadvertently wise.

Peter Ackerman has made two books with Max Dalton. Their first book, The Lonely Phone Booth, was selected for the Smithsonian’s 2010 Notable Books for Children and adapted and produced as a musical at the Manhattan Children’s Theater. Peter co-wrote the movies Ice Age and Ice Age 3. Currently he is a writer on the TV show The Americans, and his web-series The Go Getters can be seen on www.thegogetters.net.

Max Dalton lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has been drawing since he was two or three years old. He is the illustrator of The Lonely Phone Booth The Lonely Typewriterand Extreme Opposites.

Happy birthday, Henry David Thoreau, and happy summer, everyone!

In honor of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday earlier this month, and in honor of the lovely summer weather, we wanted to highlight some books that fit the season and carry on Thoreau’s legacy. Thoreau is well known for Walden, a book chronicling his year of living alone in nature, and of Cape Cod, a collection of his reflections on those beaches. In both, he uses his experiences in nature as a way of meditating on life’s big questions

Robert Finch follows in his footsteps, walking along miles of the Cape Cod shoreline. He has chronicled some of his rambles in Outlands: Journeys to the Outer Edges of Cape Cod. In this collection of essays, Finch writes of moments of isolation, even danger, as on one walk he finds himself miles from the nearest person but near some agitated harbor seals. Finch uses these moments to probe his, and our, responses to these moments in nature.

However, the best-known successor of Thoreau is Henry Beston, whose Herbs and the Earth and The Best of Beston Godine has had the honor of publishing. Beston is a meticulous observer who has written on a wide variety of places, including (of course) Cape Cod, but stretching to the St. Lawrence River and beyond.

Beston’s thoughtful nature writing is close to home in Herbs and the Earth, where he uses gardening as a way to focus his thoughts on what he grows and its deep roots in areas like history, religion, and medicine.

You can learn more about Beston, the man from Daniel G. Payne’s scrupulously researched and incredibly readable biography, Orion on the Dunes. Payne tracks Beston’s career and development, from his beginnings as Henry Sheahan, a World War I soldier who went on to write children’s stories, to the pioneering conservationist and iconic nature writer as we know him.

Happy birthday, Henry David Thoreau, and may your legacy live on!