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Fiction writer Caroline Bock and poet Jona Colson, winners of the 2018 Washington Writers’ Publishing House competition, will be featured in several upcoming readings. Politics & Prose will hold a launch event for both authors on Sunday (October 21) from 1 to 2 pm. On Saturday (November 1o) Bock and Colson will read at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD. One More Page Books in Arlington, VA will host the two authors on Thursday (November 8) at 7 pm,

David Ebenbach’s latest book, the novel Miss Portland, was published by Orison Books, who gave the book its Orison Fiction Prize. Miss Portland has been called “An important and touching depiction of the complexities of selfhood and being with mental illness” (Fiction Southeast) and “A moving paean to becoming the place where you belong” (ForeWord Reviews).

Sid Gold’s fourth book, Crooked Speech was published 5/15/18 on Pond Road Press of Washington DC and North Truro MA. It is available from the author, the Press, and various on-line sellers. His work has appeared recently in Backbone Mountain Review, Broadkill Review and Gargoyle. Poems are also forthcoming in Gargoyle.

Melanie S. Hatter’s second novel, “Malawi’s Sisters,” was selected by Edwidge Danticat as the winner of the inaugural Kimbilio National Fiction Prize and will be published in 2019 by Four Way Books. “Malawi’s Sisters” tells the story of a black family thrown into the national dialogue on race when the youngest (adult) daughter is killed by a white man. The family must overcome overwhelming grief, resentments and personal demons to find love and family unity once again.

David Taylor’s new nonfiction book, Cork Wars, comes out in December 2018 from Johns Hopkins University Press and is available for pre-order. It starts with a 1940 factory blaze in Baltimore and a sabotage investigation, and leads to spying in Portugal. The story involves three strands of immigration, national security and corporate espionage. Mark Athitakis writes, Cork Wars doesn’t just illuminate a critical element of the World War II economy: it reveals the surprising ways that war reshapes lives. Whether he’s writing about Baltimore immigrants or globetrotting spies, David Taylor fills his story with emotion and intrigue. It’s richly researched history, delivered with a novelist’s heart.”