“Damnificados” to be translated into German

Damnificados will be translated into German in 2019 and published by Edition Nautilus. Edition Nautilus is an independent, Hamburg-based publishing house, founded in 1974. The company publishes fiction, political non-fiction, biographies, and an art-series called Die Kleine Bücherei (The Small Library). To say Edition Nautilus has a star-studded backlist would be an understatement. Besides its…

“Damnificados” launch in Turkey

A huge thank you to Pearson Turkey for arranging the launch of Damnificados in Istanbul. We used a venue called Kolektiv House, a funky set of rooms for hire, which was clearly frequented by young, artistic types. I felt right out of place. The event was for a select group of around twenty Pearson clients…

“Damnificados” wins Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction

The 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards were presented on October 20, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, Washington D.C. Over 200 people attended. There were poets, novelists, academics, essayists, editors and publishing icons. It was a superb event. Three legendary figures were honored: the long-time civil rights activist-turned-bestselling-author Congressman John Lewis; poet and publisher Haki Madhubuti; and…

“Damnificados” wins Independent Publisher Book Award

Damnificados has won the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction. This year the organizers received more than 5,000 entries. They must have some voracious readers on their panels. In the organizers’ own words: “Each year since 1996, the Independent Publisher Book Awards competition has identified a reading list of progressive, thought-provoking books, the kind…

“Damnificados” named a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year

This just in from Foreword Reviews: We are pleased to announce Damnificados has been recognized as a finalist in the 19th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. As part of their mission to discover, review, and share the best books from small, university, and independent publishers, media company Foreword Reviews hosts its annual…

Review of “Damnificados” in World Literature Today

I’m thrilled that Damnificados has just been reviewed in World Literature Today, one of the world’s most venerable literary journals. WLT was founded in 1927, and was originally called Books Abroad. The founder, Dr. Roy Temple House, was Chair of Modern Languages at the University of Oklahoma. House believed that the United States was becoming…

Interview in Electric Literature

                    I was interviewed recently by book critic and educator Heather Scott Partington for Electric Literature. Here are a few extracts: “Magical things happen, but [Damnificados] isn’t Harry Potter. You can’t wave a wand and make poverty disappear.” “I discovered how creative and resourceful the poor…

UK Launch of “Damnificados”

I’m extremely pleased to announce the dates and venues for the UK launch of Damnificados in the first week of July. There will be one event in Bristol and two events in London. My thanks to PM Press and particularly to Camille Barbagallo. See below for more information.

Damnificados reviewed in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal’s Books Section ensured a great start to 2016 for me. The weekend edition of the paper, January 2-3, included a great review of Damnificados.                 A couple of excerpts from the review: “Mr. Wilson, whose influences run from sci-fi to Steinbeck, tells his underdog…

Damnificados recommended by O: The Oprah Magazine

                  I’m happy to see that my novel Damnificados made the “10 Titles to Pick Up Now” section of Oprah’s O Magazine (January 2016). Besides using the adjective “powerful”, the short review described the novel as “willfully strange.” Yup – that’s about right.