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WTAW Press Announces Its 2019 Authors and Titles 

WTAW Press is proud to publish the following books September 5, 2019.

CHIMERICA: A NOVEL by ANITA FELICELLI and LIKE WATER & OTHER STORIES by OLGA ZILBERBOURG.

The books are available for purchase in our store.

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ANITA FELICELLI, author of CHIMERICA: A NOVEL

Anita Felicelli is the author of the short story collection Love Songs for a Lost Continent (Stillhouse Press), which won the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, and other books. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times (Modern Love), Slate, SF Chronicle, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. Most of her childhood and adolescence was spent reading and writing "novels," including a fantasy novel about a made-up world and historical fiction about an Italian family fleeing Napoleon's invasion of Northern Italy. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a triple major in English, Rhetoric, and an Interdisciplinary Field Studies major (art and anthropology). She made a sharp turn away from art and design her last year of college, and attended UC Berkeley School of Law, where she studied human rights, constitutional law, and copyright.

 

Anita worked as a litigator on various types of lawsuits and with different popula-tions over more than eight years, including arts law, dependency, criminal defense, civil rights, clergy abuse, and construction litigation. She's a member of the National Book Critics Circle and a Voices of Our Nations (VONA) alum. Her work has placed as a finalist in Glimmer Train contests and received a Puffin Foundation grant. She's also received two Greater Bay Area Journalism awards, and Pushcart Prize nominations. She was born in a city in South India and grew up in the Bay Area, where she lives with her spouse and three children.

Praise for Anita Felicelli: “At last, someone is telling our stories in a unique and interesting way...” Shikha Malaviya, India Currents. “Anita Felicelli has a singular eye for the moment that transfigure lives…” Laura Van Den Berg, author of The Third Hotel. “Felicelli creates a kind of conversation with the reader, allowing one to submerge into her fictional worlds and then return to the surface with new understandings about the world we live in today,” S. Kirk Walsh, SF Chronicle.

Olga Zilberbourg is the author of three Russian-language collections of stories, the latest of which was published in Moscow in 2016. Her English-language fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Narrative Magazine, World Literature Today, Confrontation, Feminist Studies, Tin House’s The Open Bar, Epiphany, Santa Monica Review, and other print and online publications. Her criticism has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Common, and Electric Literature. Where Does the Sea Flow, a short film based on one of her stories, was a finalist in the Manhattan Short Film Festival. Her work won the 2017 San Francisco’s Litquake Writing Contest and the 2016 Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize. She serves as a co-facilitator of the San Francisco Writers Workshop.

Born in Leningrad, USSR, she came of age during her country’s disintegration. The fall of the Iron Curtain created unprecedented travel and educational opportunities for her generation. She became one of the first in a wave of post-Soviet youth to study abroad and in the United States. A few years later, working in market research in Boston, she took her first creative writing workshop. The stories that became her first Russian-language collection drew upon her daily experiences of life in the New World and turned them into love letters home. After volunteering as a reader for All Story: Zoetrope, Zyzzyva, and 42opus, she worked as an associate editor at Narrative Magazine and later as a freelance editor. Currently, she makes her home in San Francisco with her husband and two children. 

Anthony Marra, author of The Tsar of Love and Techno calls LIKE WATER AND OTHER STORIES “…a book of succinct abundance, dazzling in its particulars, expansive in its scope,” and of these stories, Karen E. Bender, author of Refund, Finalist for the National Book Award says, they “cast a clear, illuminating light on topics ranging from motherhood, the workplace, birth, death, ambition, and immigration, all explored through exquisitely wrought characters in Russia and the United States…a writer to read right now.”

OLGA ZILBERBOURG, author of LIKE WATER & OTHER STORIES