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Book Reviews
Lance Olsen's Theories of Forgetting

Lance Olsen’s Theories of Forgetting

For fans of experimental or metamodern fiction, Lance Olsen is a well-known name. He has published over twenty volumes of fiction, essays, and “anti-textbook” work, with another forthcoming. There are few writers working today who are more prolific, inventive and as simultaneously micro- and macrocosmic in scope as Olsen. In his twelfth novel, Theories of...

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Maximilian Werner's Evolved: Chronicles of a Pleistocene Mind

Maximilian Werner’s Evolved: Chronicles of a Pleistocene Mind

In an interview with 15 Bytes on the occasion of the its publication, Max Werner explained that his fourth book, Evolved: Chronicles of a Pleistocene Mind, was actually written before the three that preceded it into print: Black River Dreams, a collection of literary essays about fishing, Crooked Creek, a novel about settler experiences in...

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C. Wade Bentley's Askew

C. Wade Bentley’s Askew

Tamara Thomson says C. Wade Bentley’s poetry chapbook Askew is appropriately titled because so many of its poems accentuate the way reality can be tilted through verse to expose bits of newness in the monotony of everyday life. Read her review in the January 2014 edition of 15 Bytes.

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“True North Everywhere”: Michael Sowder’s "House Under the Moon," finalist, 15 Bytes Book Award, Poetry

“True North Everywhere”: Michael Sowder’s “House Under the Moon,” finalist, 15 Bytes Book Award, Poetry

In his 2012 collection House Under the Moon, it’s clear that poet Michael Sowder has suffered for his art, as spiritual seekers do. The first section (“Homecoming”) starts with a kind of post mortem of the life previous—another marriage, a father whose marginalia in a book sends the mind reeling in memory and loss, perhaps...

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Barbara K. Richardson's Tributary

Barbara K. Richardson’s Tributary

We are pleased to announce that Barbara K. Richardson’s novel Tributary has been awarded the 2013 15 Bytes Book Award for Fiction. The author will receive a small cash award to recognize her achievement. Our congratulations also go out to our other two finalists for the award, Miah Arnold for her novel Sweet Land of...

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Final Light: The Life and Art of V. Douglas Snow

Final Light: The Life and Art of V. Douglas Snow

A new book edited by Frank McEntire explores the life and art of the late V. Douglas Snow.

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Kenvin Lyman's Cookbook

Kenvin Lyman’s Cookbook

It's hard to decide what's better in this new book published by Gibbs Smith: the recipes or the art.

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The Sculpture of Ruth Asawa

The Sculpture of Ruth Asawa

Since Japanese American sculptor Ruth Asawa passed away at her San Francisco home earlier this week, we’ve decided to run a review of the book The Sculptures of Ruth Asawa: Contours in the Air, which appeared in the February 2007 edition of 15 Bytes. The Sculpture of Ruth Asawa reviewed by Tony Watson Over the...

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Death in the Present: Katharine Cole's The Earth Is Not Flat

Death in the Present: Katharine Cole’s The Earth Is Not Flat

Katharine Coles couldn’t trust her senses. On a grant from the National Science Foundation, she boarded a ship to cross the infamous Drake Passage, the world’s roughest crossing, to live in Antarctica. For the celebrated writer, it was a hunt for poetry and instability, a dislocation from ordinary life. But she also found fear, the...

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Jana Richman's Ordinary Truth

Jana Richman’s Ordinary Truth

In a tense moment near the climax of The Ordinary Truth, a woman in her seventies wades across a rocky creek in a remote forest in the dark of night. As she feels her way, her senses heightened by danger, she conjures for readers the feeling of finding their way in the dark by the...

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Gravity Hill, by Max Werner

Gravity Hill, by Max Werner

A bee at work in the cherry blossoms Gravity Hill, by Maximilian Werner For an essayist and fishing enthusiast, popular University of Utah writing professor Maximilian Werner didn’t do too badly with Crooked Creek, his first novel. Nominated for the Utah Book Award, it went up against In This Light, a collection of short stories...

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Alex Danchev's Cézanne, A Life

Alex Danchev’s Cézanne, A Life

Artworks can make visible the success of their makers, but to understand the struggles that produced them, and so the triumph they represented, something more is needed. Paul Cézanne was an artist who mastered his chops long before he was accepted by the gatekeepers, and the stories of his masterworks, and the fates that befell...

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