Week 41 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Isabel Allende

Anyone wishing to read a book of stories that mesmerizes you like the first stories you ever heard need look no further than The Stories of Eva Luna. The framing premise is that Eva and her lover Rolf have relaxed after an amorous encounter, and now Rolf wishes Eva to tell him a story. From the bed, Eva spins 23 amazing stories drawing from fairy tales, magic realism, the chaotic history of Latin America, and the reality (including dream reality) of women’s contemporary and past lives.

Isabel Allende  is a Chilean-American writer famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits (1982) and City of the Beasts (2002), which have been commercially successful. Allende’s novels are often based upon her personal experience and historical events and pay homage to the lives of women, while weaving together elements of myth and realism. She has lectured and toured many American colleges to teach literature. Fluent in English as a second language, Allende was granted United States citizenship in 1993, having lived in California with her American husband since 1989.

New Entries – On Imagination by Mary Ruefle at No.8, and A Chapbook Of Poems by Prince Unsworth at No.9.

Leading publishers –Holllyridge Press and Pluto Press (2 entries each).

Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications).

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (1) The Stories of Eva Luna – Isabel Allende (Atheneum, 1990)

2 (2) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, July 2009)

3 (3) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, Oct. 2005)

4 (6) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, Jan 1987)

5 (8) Over The Skin – Carole Bulewski  (Sampson Low Ltd, Nov 2015)

6 (9) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, Jun 1978)

7 (10) The Fear – Emily Land (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Aug. 2017)

8 (-) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

9 (-) A Chapbook Of Poems – Prince Unsworth (Independently published, Oct 2017)

10 (4) party glass – Kezia Cole (Independently published, Sept. 2017)

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Week 40 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Isabel Allende

Anyone wishing to read a book of stories that mesmerizes you like the first stories you ever heard need look no further than The Stories of Eva Luna. The framing premise is that Eva and her lover Rolf have relaxed after an amorous encounter, and now Rolf wishes Eva to tell him a story. From the bed, Eva spins 23 amazing stories drawing from fairy tales, magic realism, the chaotic history of Latin America, and the reality (including dream reality) of women’s contemporary and past lives.

Isabel Allende  is a Chilean-American writer famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits (1982) and City of the Beasts (2002), which have been commercially successful. Allende’s novels are often based upon her personal experience and historical events and pay homage to the lives of women, while weaving together elements of myth and realism. She has lectured and toured many American colleges to teach literature. Fluent in English as a second language, Allende was granted United States citizenship in 1993, having lived in California with her American husband since 1989.

New Entries – The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende at No.1, and A Chapbook of Greeting Card Verses by Tammy Ruggles at No.7.

Leading publishers –Holllyridge Press, Sampson Low and Pluto Press (2 entries each).

Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications).

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (-) The Stories of Eva Luna – Isabel Allende (Atheneum, 1990)

2 (1) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, July 2009)

3 (4) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, Oct. 2005)

4 (2) party glass – Kezia Cole (Independently published, Sept. 2017)

5 (10) Future Dentist – Molly Bergin (Sampson Low Ltd, Sept 2017)

6 (5) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, Jan 1987)

7 (-) A Chapbook of Greeting Card Verses – Tammy Ruggles (Independently published, date unknown)

8 (3) Over The Skin – Carole Bulewski  (Sampson Low Ltd, Nov 2015)

9 (7) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, Jun 1978)

10 (8) The Fear – Emily Land (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Aug. 2017)

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Week 39 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Olena Kalytiak Davis 

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Olena Kalytiak Davis

Olena Kalytiak Davis returns to the No.1 position on the UK Chapbook Chart with On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed. A new work from America’s wildest poet of the self, with her confessional poems which refuse to yield. She uses language as both screen and blade continually asking: Who is this “I”? Can the “I” write itself to truth?

A first-generation Ukrainian American, Olena Kalytiak Davis grew up in Detroit and was educated at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan Law School, and Vermont College. Davis’s poetry collections include And Her Soul Out of Nothing (1997), selected by Rita Dove for the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, and shattered sonnets, love cards, and other off and back handed importunities (2003).

New Entries – Over The Skin by Carole Bulewski at No.3 and Future Dentist by Molly Bergin at No.10.

Leading publishers –Holllyridge Press, Sampson Low and Pluto Press (2 entries each).

Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications).

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (3) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, July 2009)

2 (2) party glass – Kezia Cole (Independently published, Sept. 2017)

3 (-) Over The Skin – Carole Bulewski  (Sampson Low Ltd, Nov 2015)

4 (4) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, Oct. 2005)

5 (5) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, Jan 1987)

6 (6) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, May 2017)

7 (7) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, Jun 1978)

8 (8) The Fear – Emily Land (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Aug. 2017)

9 (1) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

10 (-) Future Dentist – Molly Bergin (Sampson Low Ltd, Sept 2017)

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Week 38 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Mary Ruefle

Mary Ruefle – On Imagination

“It is impossible for me to write about the imagination; it is like asking a fish to describe the sea,” Mary Ruefle announces at the start of her essay. With wit and intellectual abandon, Ruefle draws inspiration from Wittgenstein, Shakespeare, Jesus, Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, and Emily Dickson to explore her subject. This chapbook features original interior illustrations.

Though poet and essayist Mary Ruefle was born outside Pittsburgh, she spent her youth moving around the United States and Europe with her military family. She has written numerous books of poetry, including My Private Property (2016), Indeed I Was Pleased with the World (2007), and The Adamant (1989), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is also the author of the essay collection Madness, Rack, and Honey (2012). A Little White Shadow (2006), her book of erasures—found texts in which all but a few words have been erased from the page—reveals what Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, called “haiku-like mini-fables, sideways aphorisms, and hauntingly perplexing koans.” Ruefle’s erasures are available to view on her website; a full-colour facsimile of her erasure Incarnation of Now was published in a limited edition by See Double Press.

She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as a Whiting Writers’ Award, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems (2003), American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006), and The Next American Essay (2002). Ruefle has also published a collection of fiction, The Most of It (2008). She received a BA in Literature from Bennington College. She has taught at Vermont College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Vermont.

New Entries – The Fear by Emily Land at No.8 and Chapbook Riddles by Peter Stockham at No.9.

Leading publishers –Holllyridge Press and Pluto Press (2 entries each).

Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications).

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (2) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

2 (1) party glass – Kezia Cole (Independently published, Sept. 2017)

3 (6) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, July 2009)

4 (7) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, Oct. 2005)

5 (8) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, Jan 1987)

6 (3) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, May 2017)

7 (9) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, Jun 1978)

8 (-) The Fear – Emily Land (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Aug. 2017)

9 (-) Chapbook Riddles: Reprints of Six Rare and Charming Early Juveniles – Peter Stockham (Dover Publications, 1975)

10 (5) Reversing the Spectator – Alban Low, Kevin Acott and Bill Mudge (Sampson Low, June 2017)

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Week 37 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Kezia Cole

Long summer evenings lit by candles in coloured glass; red brick still warm from the heat of the day; soft nights and rain puddles splashed with neon; the tangles of friends, lovers, and changing hearts captured in one strange, small, breathless snapshot that seems to last forever. Party glass is a short collection of poems united by the feelings found in those moments, which seem simultaneously so brief and almost endless, but serve to remind us that we’re still here, still watching the world turn.

Kezia Cole is a writer, artist, and designer from various parts of southern and southwest England. She holds a BA (Hons) in art history, with specialties in Classics and Renaissance art, and an MA in medieval studies, along with a disparate collection of qualifications in game design, creative writing, textile art, and European history.

Kezia is the author of three poetry collections, five novels, and a large number of short stories, though not always under the same pen name. Her poetry has been featured in magazines, journals, and on radio, and her artwork has formed part of mixed media exhibitions and festivals, plus featuring—alongside her graphic design work—on a number of book covers. Her fiction has been published by, among others, Random House eKhaya and Constable & Robinson, with stories appearing in multiple anthologies and international competition events.

Leading publishers –Holllyridge Press and Pluto Press (2 entries each).

Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications).

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (-) party glass – Kezia Cole (Independently published, Sept. 2017)

2 (1) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

3 (3) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, May 2017)

4 (-) How long does it take to write a haiku? – Matthew Mulder (Coffeehouse Junkie Books, May 2014)

5 (2) Reversing the Spectator – Alban Low, Kevin Acott and Bill Mudge (Sampson Low, June 2017)

6 (4) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, July 2009)

7 (5) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, Oct. 2005)

8 (7) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, Jan 1987)

9 (6) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, Jun 1978)

10 (8) A Chapbook of Greeting Card Verses – Tammy Ruggles (Independently published, date unknown)

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Week 36 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Mary Ruefle

Mary Ruefle – On Imagination

“It is impossible for me to write about the imagination; it is like asking a fish to describe the sea,” Mary Ruefle announces at the start of her essay. With wit and intellectual abandon, Ruefle draws inspiration from Wittgenstein, Shakespeare, Jesus, Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, and Emily Dickson to explore her subject. This chapbook features original interior illustrations.

Though poet and essayist Mary Ruefle was born outside Pittsburgh, she spent her youth moving around the United States and Europe with her military family. She has written numerous books of poetry, including My Private Property (2016), Indeed I Was Pleased with the World (2007), and The Adamant (1989), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is also the author of the essay collection Madness, Rack, and Honey (2012). A Little White Shadow (2006), her book of erasures—found texts in which all but a few words have been erased from the page—reveals what Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, called “haiku-like mini-fables, sideways aphorisms, and hauntingly perplexing koans.” Ruefle’s erasures are available to view on her website; a full-colour facsimile of her erasure Incarnation of Now was published in a limited edition by See Double Press.

She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as a Whiting Writers’ Award, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems (2003), American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006), and The Next American Essay (2002). Ruefle has also published a collection of fiction, The Most of It (2008). She received a BA in Literature from Bennington College. She has taught at Vermont College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Vermont.

 

Leading publishers –Holllyridge Press and Pluto Press (2 entries each).

Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications).

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (2) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 25 July 2017)

2 (6) Reversing the Spectator – Alban Low, Kevin Acott and Bill Mudge (Sampson Low, June 2017)

3 (3) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, 23 May 2017)

4 (5) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, 1 July 2009)

5 (7) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, 20 Oct. 2005)

6 (8) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 29 Jun 1978)

7 (9) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 1 Jan 1987)

8 (4) A Chapbook of Greeting Card Verses – Tammy Ruggles (Independently published, date unknown)

9 (10) Chapbook Riddles: Reprints of Six Rare and Charming Early Juveniles – Peter Stockham (Dover Publications, 1975)

10 (1) The Fear – Emily Land (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Aug. 2017)

 

 

 

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Week 35 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Emily Land

September in the UK starts with a new name and a new number 1. The Fear reflects upon the trials and joys of a young lady. A selection of poems penned by teenage author and photographer Emily Land.

New Entries – The Fear by Emily Land at No.1, Reversing the Spectator by Alban Low, Kevin Acott and Bill Mudge at No.6, and Soul of Man Under Socialism by Oscar Wilde at No.9.

Leading publishers –Holllyridge Press and Pluto Press (2 entries each).

Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications).

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (-) The Fear – Emily Land (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Aug. 2017)

2 (8) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 25 July 2017)

3 (2) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, 23 May 2017)

4 (1) A Chapbook of Greeting Card Verses – Tammy Ruggles (Independently published, date unknown)

5 (4) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, 1 July 2009)

6 (-) Reversing the Spectator – Alban Low, Kevin Acott and Bill Mudge (Sampson Low, June 2017)

7 (5) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, 20 Oct. 2005)

8 (10) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 29 Jun 1978)

9 (-) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 1 Jan 1987)

10 (3) Chapbook Riddles: Reprints of Six Rare and Charming Early Juveniles – Peter Stockham (Dover Publications, 1975)

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