Harvard Square Editions appears second in ’10 of the Best Literary Fiction Publishers in 2022′

Penwings has recognized Harvard Square Editions as # 2 in a list of 10 of the Best Literary Fiction Publishers in 2022.

“…Harvard Square Editions’s commitment to quality has helped them garner a multitude of awards — such as the National Book Award’s ‘5 Under 35’ for S. Li’s Transoceanic Lights.” Excerpt:

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Corona Diaries

The book industry is switching to online. Penguin has reorganized its desk copy operandi, “the COVID-19 pandemic, desk and exam copies will not be fulfilled with print editions – we will instead provide one-year access to an e-book….” Many reviewers such as Publishers Weekly are no longer accepting hardcopy ARCS. Book sales overall have surged as readers seek escapism and education during Corona times.

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Oil Goes Negative after CLOVIS Wins Best Book Award: LGBT Takes on Oil

Clovis, by environmental novelist Jack Clinton, has won the Best Book Award, and oil prices have gone negative since it’s publication, ha!…proving that LGBT really can take on dirty energy.

Listen to Jack talk about Clovis on Montana Public Radio.

Jack Clinton is also the winner of the the $1,000 Neltje Blanchan Award for the best fiction informed by a relationship with the natural world.

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Diverse Books at HSE



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.”

Pleiades Book Review<

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

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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An Evening with Three Seas Writers Retreat Authors

Harvard Square Editions in conjunction with the International Writers’ and Translators’ Center of the Municipality of Rhodes held an Evening with International Writers at Auvergne Cafe in the Medieval Town of Rhodes, Greece at Great Alexander Square near Gate Navarhiou. Award-winning and new authors including Argyrios Koskoros, Louisa Ermelino, Mauricio Ruiz, Jennie L. Rook, Fintan O’Higgins, JL Morin, Nikolaos Kontoudios, Kalliope Christou, and Carrie Tuhy will read from their original works. The event will be run within the context of the Three Seas Writers’ Retreat.

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The New Delhi World Book Fair Theme

Last Update: 09/25/2018

Fight for Your Rights to Cli-Fi

Climate Fiction from Harvard Square Editions

with authors Jeanie Keogh and JL Morin

at the New Delhi World Book Fair

6 – 15 January 2018

Read about it in the Huffington Post, ‘A Mountain of Beans

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B&N Marches with HSE Author in Columbus Day Parade

Barnes & Noble Announces More Than 100 Italian-American Authors Marching Up Fifth Avenue in the Columbus Day Parade

Columbus Day Parade, Monday, October 9, 2017

New York, New York – September 21, 2017 – This year’s theme for the parade: “A Celebration of Italian-American Authors.” Author Joe Giordano is proud to say that he’ll join 100 authors marching with Len Riggio, Chairman of Barnes & Noble, up Fifth Avenue on Monday, October 9th.

Joe Giordano’s novels, Birds of Passage, an Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story and Appointment with ISIL, an Anthony Provati Thriller are available on Amazon.

Chairman and Founder of Barnes & Noble, Leonard Riggio, was named Grand Marshal of the 73rd Columbus Day Parade and created the theme for this year. He invited Italian-American authors from across the country to participate in the parade and received an overwhelming response.

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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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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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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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