Tag Archives: Anis Shivani

Is American Poetry Dead?

Anis Shivani asked exactly this question of a group of prominent poets including Black Lawrence Press author Shelley Puhak. You can read the Huffington Post article here.

Puhak’s collection of poems Stalin in Aruba is available from Black Lawrence Press and Amazon.

Favorable Reviews for the “Attack Critic”

Recently two bloggers read and reviewed Anatolia and Other Stories by Anis Shivani. Both reviewers became interested in Shivani’s work after reading his article for The Huffington Post titled “The 15 Most Overrated Contemporary American Writers“. When this article went live in August, the blogosphere and the world of social networking sites lit up. “Who does this guy think he is?” seemed to be the resounding response to the article.

The two bloggers who recently reviewed Shivani’s short story collection asked exactly this question as they read Anatolia and Other Stories. They seem to agree that, even though Shivani has developed a reputation for being an “attack critic” he also happens to be a very talented short story writer.

You can read the reviews here and here.

Anatolia and Other Stories is available from Black Lawrence Press and Amazon.

Embracing the Globe: An Antidote to Ailing Fiction

There is a great review of Anatolia and Other Stories by Anis Shivani in the current issue of New Letters. In her review titled “Antidote to Ailing Fiction”, Catherine Browder writes:

Throughout, Shivani employes a ruminative style that allows for richly textured telling, conveyed in graceful and intelligent language that consistently serves the story…Furthermore, the range of subjects on display in Anatolia reclaims the word cosmopolitan from the clutches of fashion, restoring it to what I take to me its true meaning—a mature mind (and imagination) that looks outward to embrace the globe.

Anatolia and Other Stories is available from Black Lawrence Press and Amazon.

Congratulations to Anis Shivani!

If you’ve been following this blog, then you know that Black Lawrence Press has had quite a lot to celebrate about this spring. Ahem. Ahem. Ahem. Well, we have even more fantastic news: Anis Shivani’s Anatolia and Other Stories is on the long list for the Frank O’Connor Award. Congratulations, Anis!

We’d also like to extend our congratulations to Dawn Raffel and Laura van den Berg for making the list with their short story collections from Dzanc Books, BLP’s parent company.

You can see who else made the long list and learn more about the Frank O’Connor Award by following this link.

Anatolia and Other Stories is available from Black Lawrence Press and Amazon.

Anis Shivani Interviewed by Dark Sky Magazine

The following is from Brian Allan Carr’s introduction to his interview with Anis Shivani in Dark Sky Magazine:

Anis Shivani’s debut collection, Anatolia and Other Stories (Black Lawrence Press, 2009), is packed with rich stories that span the globe. These linear-narrative gems are filled with intelligent and insightful musings.

Anatolia is a must read for anyone who is a fan of setting. The settings in this book — from Dubai to Texas — are rendered with precise detail, and they work as characters of their own, bringing a rich background to each of Shivani’s stories.

Shivani, who is well known for his criticism, was kind enough to discuss current literary trends, as well as his magnificently crafted debut…

You can read the entire interview here.

Anatolia and Other Stories is available from Black Lawrence Press and Amazon.

Feb. 9: Anis Shivani Reads at The Twig in San Antonio

On February 9th at 5 PM, Anis Shivani, author of Anatolia and Other Stories, will read at The Twig in San Antonio. The Twig is located at 200 East Grayson. For more information, call 210-826-6411.

Feb. 12: Anis Shivani Reads at Cameron University

On Feb. 12 at 7 PM Anis Shivani, author of Anatolia and Other Stories, will read at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.

The reading will be held in the CETES Building in Conference Room B.

This event is free and open to the public. Come one, come all!

The Deeper Truth That Rises From an Informed Imagination

We at Black Lawrence Press are pleased to report that Anis Shivani’s Anatolia and Other Stories has received yet another very positive review, this time in 360 Main Street. In his article “Imaginative Leaps: Review of Anatolia and Other Stories by Anis Shivani,” Skip Renker writes:

Shivani’s complex but clearly rendered vision encompasses war, corruption, economic growth, social movements, globalization, but locates full-fledged individual characters within these larger forces.  In an era when the very air seems suffused with propaganda, lies, abstractions, statistics, I believe we need stories like these, which convey the deeper truth that rises from the informed imagination.  They help us intuit a larger world of people utterly different from ourselves, yet also very much like us.

You can read the entire review here.

Anatolia and Other Stories is available from Black Lawrence Press and Amazon.

BLP’s Anis Shivani Weighs In On The Future Of The Book

Anis Shivani, author of Anatolia and Other Stories, was recently invited to write a guest post for Critical Mass, the blog of the National Book Critics Circle of Directors. In it, he answers this question: How do you see book culture evolving over the next decade? To read Anis’s response, follow this link.

Anatolia and Other Stories Reviewed in Booklist

Anatolia and Other Stories by Anis Shivani has been reviewed in Booklist:

Each arresting story in this substantial collection illuminates a completely different world.  In “Dubai,” a longtime guest worker suddenly loses his secret ally.  In “Manzanar,” a man endures confinement in an American internment camp for Japanese nationals.  A Boston curator turns rogue.  Two university professors in Madison, Wisconsin, she a blazing star, he fading fast, adopt a Vietnamese boy.  In the title story, set in seventeenth-century Turkey, a Muslim judge is caught between powerful interests, while his beautiful, brainy daughter enjoys debating from behind a screen with a smart, ebullient Jewish trader.  We meet another judge in present-day Tehran, a determined young Gypsy woman in mid-twentieth-centruy Indiana, and a conflictual family in newly independent India.  Shivani possesses a genuinely global imagination and the miraculous ability to infuse a short story with a novel’s worth of psychological and social complexity.  Caustically funny, broadly knowledgeable, and sharply attuned to the tectonic shifting between tradition and change and the friction between immigrants and natives, generations, and genders, Shivani touches on injustices intimate and planetary in extraordinary stories of weight and luminosity.

–Donna Seaman, Booklist

Wow. Just wow. We are thrilled with this review.

You can order copies of Anatolia and Other Stories from the Black Lawrence Press website and from Amazon.