|“How to Win Her Love” offers amusing advice for seducing women. (Katie Turner)|
From reviews to publishing
With a nod to the venerable New York Review of Books, the three-year-old New Haven Review is now publishing books. The goal is to publish “good stuff that hasn’t found a home elsewhere,’’ said Mark Oppenheimer, a cofounder of the Connecticut-based book review.
The inaugural offerings are diverse, each written by a contributor to the review. “How to Win Her Love’’ is a tongue-in-cheek guide to seducing women by Rudolph Delson, author of the comic novel “Maynard & Jennica.’’ “Blue for Oceans’’ is Charles Douthat’s collection of poems centered on the concerns of an American family man at midlife. “Kentauros’’ is Gregory Feeley’s hybrid exploration — calling on fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — of the story of the origins of centaurs. (Details at www.newhavenreview.com.)
In drawing on the work of contributors, the New Haven Review’s publishing division follows the model of The New York Review of Books, which has produced a series of volumes that are collections of essays by frequent contributors to that publication.
The move into publishing books occurred at the behest of contributors to the twice-a-year review, Oppenheimer said. “These manuscripts were all given to us by people who admired the journal and had something sitting in a drawer,’’ he added.
The new press offers no advances but authors will receive half of the proceeds once the production costs have been paid. E-books are part of Oppenheimer’s plan but he’s partial to print. The new paperbacks are handsomely produced, with beveled edges and French flaps.
Next month Oppenheimer and Brian Slattery, his co-editor in the books division, will launch another endeavor, “Paper Trails,’’ a one-hour weekly book discussion show on public radio in Hartford and online at www.wnpr.org. Oppenheimer promises an honest discussion — “warts and all’’ — of the week’s book. First up on Feb. 13 will be the story collection, “Nobody Ever Gets Lost’’ by Jess Row.
Hayes, who is writer-in-residence at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday as part of a series of readings today through Friday in the Founder’s Room, 400 Heath St. (Details at www.pmc.edu/mfa-reading-series.)
■ “The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do’’ by Eduardo Porter (Penguin)
■ “365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life’’ by John Kralik (Hyperion)
Jan Gardner can be reached at JanLGardner@yahoo.com.