Thanks to writer Sage Kalmus for helping choose this week's books, listed below in alphabetical order by author. As with any book we feature in Spine, we encourage you to head to your local library or bookstore to grab a copy.
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The Hundred Wells of Salaga
Author: Ayesha Harruna Attah. This historical fiction examines the slave trade in 19th century Ghana from the perspectives of two women traveling opposite paths, whose lives converge.
Tears of the Trufflepig
Author: Fernando Flores. Flores explodes onto the literary landscape with a psychedelic thriller set in a parallel universe, along the Texas-Mexico border.
If She Wakes
Author: Michael Koryta. A college student lies trapped and mute in a hospital bed, and a stunt-driver-turned-investigator tries to protect her from a hit man in this thriller.
Last Tango in Cyberspace
Author: Steven Kotler. Empathy tracker Lion Zorn, able to sense oncoming cultural trends, sits at the heart of Kotler's technothriller, set in a believable near future.
Red, White & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston. As President Ellen Claremont tries to win a second term, her son Alex falls in love with the Prince of Wales in this comedic romance.
Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football
Authors: John Urschel and Louisa Thomas. Urschel played pro football for the Baltimore Ravens while pursuing a PhD in math at MIT, and writes about the challenges of both.
Sage Kalmus is a Pushcart Prize-nominated author, cofounder/co-CEO of Qommunity Media LLC and Senior Editor of its publishing imprint, Qommunicate Publishing. A member of the Board of Directors of the Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns in Becket, Massachusetts, he teaches writing magical realism in Lesley University’s MFA Creative Writing program. He’s been an editorial intern for Dzanc Books and a three-time reader for Salamander Magazine's summer fiction contest. His fiction has appeared in Sanctuary, Whisperings Magazine, Carnival Online Literary Journal, and Rose Red Review. His nonfiction has appeared in The Writer Magazine and The Hampshire Gazette. He wrote and directed three plays in San Francisco, including a one-man show in which he started. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University and a BS in Broadcasting and Film from Boston University. He lives in the Berkshires of Massachusetts with his loving husband, fellow Qommunity Cofounder/Co-CEO & Qommunicate Editor Curry Kalmus, and their zoo-family.