Circling Rivers is very pleased to announce our first acquisition: AMERICAN TUMBLEWEEDS, by Marta Elva. Marta’s novel tells the bittersweet story of a Mexican-American family’s struggle to stay together as tradition collides with the social upheaval of 1960s America, set along the border between Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. AMERICAN TUMBLEWEEDS is set for publication in 2016.
Also in the works: WALT WHITMAN: HIMSELF In the Nineteenth Century, in America, by Jean Huets, a multi-touch book for iPad/Mac. WALT WHITMAN: HIMSELF is slated for publication in Fall 2015.
Jean Huets’ article “A Black Correspondent at the Front” was published in New York Times: Disunion. Read it here. Jean’s book review on Steve Scafidi’s book of poems, TO THE BRAMBLE AND THE BRIAR is on Civil War Monitor on-line. Read it here. (CR people who have been with us for a while may remember that I tried to get Steve’s book, but U of Arkansa beat me to it! Never mind… It’s a beautiful work.)
Five of Whitman’s early notebooks are now available on The Walt Whitman Archive as part of their work on the NEH-funded project “Walt Whitman as an Author before Leaves of Grass.” Includes transcriptions as well as images of the original pages. See them here. The notebook titled “In his presence” includes the seeds of the haunting Whitman poem, “The Sleepers.”