Good news is getting a rare thing these days, so we're very happy to announce that Maria Jastrzębska will be joining the Liquorice Fish Books roster next year with the publication of her capital novel-in-prose-poetry, The True Story of Cowboy Hat and Ingénue:
In the midst of everything, a cock crowing at the wrong time, dogs yelping in the distance, a wasp that wouldn't leave you alone, in the quiet and tedium of noon, someone in a truck leaned out saying: You wanna ride? I don't know where I'm going yet, you answered. Doesn't matter, get in. He or she was wearing a cowboy hat — that's what clinched it …
For those of you yet to make her acquaintance, Maria is a Polish-born poet, translator and editor whose work includes At the Library of Memories (Waterloo Press), the drama, Dementia Diaries, and The Great Plan B, her translation of selected poems by Justyna Bargielska (Smokestack Press, due out in October).
There'll be more about the background and story of The True Story of Cowboy Hat and Ingénue in a forthcoming article by Maria, which will be posted on the blog next week.