Harvard Square Editions at The Guardian, UK

Insight from The Guardian, UK: “Are small publishers doing all the hard work for the big ones?” –The Guardian

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S.Li Receives His National Book Foundation Award

Debut author S.Li received his National Book Foundation ‘5 Under 35 Award’ at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan on November 14th–a wonderful night for S.Li and Harvard Square Editions.


S.Li’s debut novel Transoceanic Lights, Harvard Square Editions, 2015, chronicles the hardships of a Chinese family after immigrating to the US. China-born author S.Li, graduated from Harvard College and took up creative writing as a hobby when he was in medical school. Now he has a dual career, as a neurologist and as an award-winning author.

“A tender and persuasive portrait of Chinese-American immigration in the post-Mao era.” —Pleiades Book Review



Transoceanic Lights was selected by an author who won the award last year, Karen Bender (below, right, with Harriet Levin Millan, left, author of How Fast Can You Run, Harvard Square Editions, 2016). Next year, S.Li will select a ‘5 Under 35 Award’ winner.



“For me it was especially wonderful because I got to meet other HSE authors!”says HSE author Harriet Levin Millan, pictured left. “What a treat to actually meet them.” With Harriet pictured below are New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature winner Kelvin Christopher James (People and Peppers, Harvard Square Editions, 2015), below left, and debut author Abda Khan (Stained, Harvard Square Editions, 2016), right.


The HSE authors and the other ‘5 Uner 35’ winners will also attend the 67th annual National Book Awards, hosted by Larry Wilmore, live on FacebookTwitter, and at, November 16th, 2016 at New York’s Cipriani.




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Diverse Books at HSE


Stained, by Abda Khan

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“The depiction of how a conservative community, emotional blackmail, and rape culture all lead to an intelligent young woman to not report her sexual assault is realistic and therefore upsetting. But what I enjoyed most about this novel was how ultimately, the story was about Selina’s strength and growth as a survivor.”     —Read Diverse Books

FullSizeRender(2)“A new voice from an under-represented group of writers as well as a multi-dimensional story that is either too often ignored or even worse, sensationalised. It is refreshing to see that issues such as in-laws and arranged marriage are all dealt with in a compassionate and positive way. —Raj K. Lal, Diversity in Publishing


Love’s Affliction, by Fidelis O. Mkparu

Reviewers Choice Award winner; Indie Fab Book of the Year Finalist

“An exceptionally well crafted work, Love’s Affliction is an engaging and extraordinary multi-cultural novel that documents author Fidelis O. Mkparu as a talented, first class storyteller. Love’s Affliction is very highly recommended for personal reading lists and would prove to be a valued addition to community library Contemporary Fiction collection.”—Midwest Book Review

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“Love’s Affliction is a poignant and emotional story of young love as it transforms from friendship to forbidden love, despite the cultural and racial barriers dictated by society.”
—Laurie Bedigian, Detroit Daytime Talkshow Examiner



Transoceanic Lights, by S. Li

“Ma’s childbirth scene is a killer. The full account . . . should be enough to make any of us swear off having sex, much less fabricating babies, forever and forever, amen.”

The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities


“A tender and persuasive portrait of Chinese-American immigration in the post-Mao era.”

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Living Treasures9780989596053-PerfectLTcoverAwardSeal2.indd, by Yang Huang

A top 3 historical novel of 2014

Silver Medal: Nautilus Book Awards, Fiction
Gold Medal: Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Multicultural Fiction
Bronze Medal: Living Now Book Awards, Inspirational Fiction

Shortlist: The Rubery Book Award, Fiction
Finalist: INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award, Historical Fiction
Shortlist: Santa Fe Writers Project, Fiction
Finalist: Pen/Bellwether Prize

Authorphoto3“The personal and the political merge in Yang Huang’s debut novel about a college student in post-Cultural Revolution China. Gu Bao negotiates the shifting landscape of a country still struggling toward modernity, as China’s education system, family planning policies and the deaths of her fellow students in Tiananmen Square sometimes push her to desperate measures. The story moves from city life to the rural home of Bao’s grandparents, acquiring an epic feel in a compact length.” —San Jose Mercury News

“True to life . . . focuses refreshingly on the human spirit” —Library Journal

People and Peppers9781941861981-PerfectPP LS upload 1.indd, Kelvin Christopher James

“James (Fling with a Demon Lover) turns a love letter to Trinidad into this stylish literary novel filled with sensuous prose and colorful setting.” —Publishers Weekly

“James (Secrets; A Fling with a Demon Lover) introduces readers to the crazy quilt of ethnicities, cultures, and religions that make up the island of Trinidad. He writes in a Trinidadian lilt that is catchy, charming, and much like calypso. Following Vivion around New York is like trying to do the limbo. How low can he go without hitting the ground? And observing the group of smart capable women who keep Vivion on track is a salute to feminism at its most delightful. This is a romance with life well worth reading.” —Library Journal

Kelvin Christopher James

Praise for Kelvin’s Jumping Ship and Other Stories:

“A warm and gifted raconteur.” —New York Times

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National Book Foundation ‘5 Under 35 Award’ for TRANSOCEANIC LIGHTS

S. Li will take home his National Book Foundation ‘5 Under 35 Award’ for his immigrant novel Transoceanic Lights at a ceremony in New York next month.

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CODA at Barnes and Noble

B&N Ft. Union, Midvalem UT

Join Harvard Square Editions author
Rajani Kanth at his book launch
for the title Coda April 16th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Barnes & Noble – Fort Union:

7119 South 1300 East St
Midvale, UT 84047


Author RAJANI KANTH is a visiting scholar at Harvard University. Coda chronicles the life, and afterlife, of the last human, in both flashback and future shock, after the apocalypse of the millennium, where timeless, misanthropic aggression, and blindness predictably destroy all life on Earth…more at

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LOVE’S AFFLICTION wins a Reader Views Award

Love’s Affliction by Harvard Square Editions author Fidelis O. Mkparu won a Reader Views Award. Congratulations, Fidelis!

“A must-read, Love’s Affliction is an exceptionally gripping and poignant story. While intense throughout, there is resolution – and not quite what one may expect!” —San Francisco Book Review

Fidelis O. Mkparu was born in Onitsha, Nigeria. He was a recipient of Reader’s Digest Scholarship. A Harvard-trained cardiologist, he has published peer-reviewed scientific papers and review articles in major journals, and written articles for lay people on medical issues. He was inducted into Paul Dudley White Honor Society by Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where he was a ‘Spaulding fellow’. He lives in Canton, Ohio.

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FOR THEIR OWN GOOD is a Royal Palm Award Winner

Congratulations to Bradette Michel who won a Royal Palm Literary Award for her new novel For Their Own Good.

Nineteenth century women are committed to an insane asylum for reasons that have nothing to do with their sanity: When New York physician, Adam Fletcher takes the position of medical doctor at the Illinois State Hospital for the Insane in 1857, he quickly realizes the asylum is not a place of healing. His compassion for the women under his care, and his shock at the perversity of their treatment propel him into actions no one could have predicted.

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LIVING TREASURES Wins a Living Now Book Award

At first glance, Living Now Book Awards has a formidable goal:

We’ve all heard the expressions, “This book changed my life!” and “Changing the world, one book at a time.” The Living Now Book Awards are designed to honor those kinds of life-changing books.

Yet the goal is relevant and even fundamental:

We all seek healthier, more fulfilling lives for ourselves and for the planet. . . . The purpose of the Living Now Book Awards is to celebrate the innovation and creativity of books that enhance the quality of life.

I submitted my novel Living Treasures to the Inspirational Fiction category. Can fiction be inspirational and remain honest? (more)

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 A Bowl Full of Nails (Harvard Square Editions) received an

Independent Publishers IPPY Award.

It was also a finalist for a Bellwether Prize for socially engaged fiction.

Charles Degelman launched it at Barnes & Noble, April 21, 2015

Charles Degelman reads an excerpt on public radio


Fiery young Gus Bessemer vows to stop the war in Vietnam. His weapon of choice? Guerrilla street theater. But when a shotgun-wielding riot squad loads up with live ammo, Gus’ defiant art attack screeches to a halt.

Nursing rage and confusion, Gus heads for the Colorado Rockies to get his head together, only to discover that—even surrounded by rugged mountain beauty—there’s no escaping the war at home . . . or himself.

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Publishers Weekly on People and Peppers: A Romance

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly

James (Fling with a Demon Lover) turns a love letter to Trinidad into this stylish literary novel filled with sensuous prose and colorful setting. Twenty-something ex-athlete Vivion K. Pinheiro, now a farmer in Trinidad, cultivates a five-acre patch of specialty spicy peppers called Moruga Red Scorpion. He flies off to New York City in search of a distributor to market and sell his prized pepper crop to restaurants. Meantime, his live-in girlfriend, Shanika “Nikki” Grant-Ali, discovers she is pregnant with their child while she’s pursuing her lucrative career as a much sought-after portrait painter. The other strong, independent woman in Vivion’s life is his wealthy mother, Andaluza Ashaki Pinheiro, a real estate mogul, who spoils her only son by deeding him a former cocoa plantation. She also indulges Vivion’s other whims by bankrolling the construction of his “dream palace,” where he grows his hot peppers. While in New York City, Vivion meets and befriends jolly Hideo Arata, “the hot pepper baron of Japan,” and invites him to come and inspect his pepper-growing project. The protagonist’s passion for agriculture and ecological issues help to add the needed character depth to the rich-kid stereotype. (Mar.)

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A Novel Relationship – WMRA interviews Erika Raskin

By Martha Woodroof

On this edition of The Spark, Martha Woodroof speaks with writer Erika Raskin. Erika grew up the child of Marcus Raskin (a human rights activist whom Dennis Kucinich called, “the dean of the American Left”) and novelist Barbara Raskin. Her own first novel, Close, came out in October. Erika, along with a host of other writers, is set to participate in next week’s Virginia Festival of the Book.

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JL Morin’s Nature’s Confession Blog Tour

HuffPo – Universities Make Cli-fi Dreams Come True

Offbeat YA – Science Fiction Grew a Conscience: “We Have Been Fighting the Wrong War”

Sustainable Cities Collective – The Sustainable Growth Oxymoron

Huffington Post – There’s More to the Oil Crash Than Meets The Eye

LitPick – Six Tips on Writing Reviews – The Veil
Included in the Guardian’s ‘What are the best eco books for children and teens?’:


Next stops:

June 15 – Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
June 15 – Book Stop Corner – review / author interview / giveaway
June 16 – Coffee, Books & Art – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 17 – Svetlana’s Read and Views – review
June 18 – fuonlyknew – review / giveaway
June 19 – The Autistic Gamer – review
June 22 – Nighttime Reading Center – review / author interview / giveaway
June 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / giveaway
June 24 – 3 Partners in Shopping – review / giveaway
June 25 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
June 26 – Deal Sharing Aunt – review / author interview / giveaway

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