Nonfiction

Our nonfiction selection contains an assortment of creative nonfiction, primary documents, and books on the creative process.

“Ira Sukrungruang’s Buddha’s Dog & Other Meditations charts one man’s journey toward emotional maturity, to a place of knowledge though not necessarily of comfort. These marvelous essays weather with heart and humor the tumultuous waters of cultural identity, body image, and mortality, to arrive at those bittersweet truths about our flawed yet spirited selves.” –Rigoberto González

BUDDHA’S DOG & OTHER MEDITATIONS, Ira Sukrungruang




Image of the front cover of Southside Buddhist.

Carrying forward the themes and spirit of his previous memoir, Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy, and his book of poems, In Thailand It Is Night, Ira Sukrungruang brings humor, insight, and lyricism to his new collection of personal essays, Southside Buddhist. Here he cruises Chicago streets, treks Southern Illinois forests, wrestles with his ever-expanding body, and contemplates the complexities of the Thai immigrant life. He finds solace with his imaginary friend, Buddha; causes mischief with the boys in his working-class neighborhood; battles depression and suicide; and marries the whitest woman in the world, who teaches him to appreciate a world blessed by the absence of concrete, skyscrapers, and noise. This book searches for the truth of his memories, the truth of himself–a very Buddhist notion–while navigating the tricky terrains of urban and rural life with increasing awareness of what it means to be an immigrant son.

SOUTHSIDE BUDDHIST, Ira Sukrungruang

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Image of the front cover of H.P. Lovecraft, A Comprehensive Bibliography.

This new and exhaustively updated comprehensive bibliography from the University of Tampa Press presents, for the first time, a systematic catalog of Lovecraft’s writings from his first appearance in a newspaper in 1906 down to the end of 2007. All of his book publications–the great majority of them posthumous–are listed, along with their contents; appearances of his work in magazines and anthologies are tallied; and information is supplied on apocryphal works, texts edited by Lovecraft, and other miscellany. The work is divided into three parts: Works by Lovecraft in English; Works by Lovecraft in Translation; and Works about Lovecraft. There are also an introduction and a preface by Joshi, as well as exhaustive indexes for easy reference.

H.P. LOVECRAFT, A COMPREHENSIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY, S.T. Joshi




Image of the front cover of O Fortunate Floridian.

H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) is almost as famous for his letters as for his supernatural fiction. Of the estimated one hundred thousand letters that he wrote, one hundred and fifty-nine of them collected for the first time in this volume were written to Robert H. Barlow (1918-1951). . . . Barlow was only a teenager, living with his family in DeLand, Florida, when the famous writer began corresponding with him. He was enthusiastic for all things related to weird fiction, the pulp magazines and the people who wrote for them, and the emerging community of active fans. Like other fans of the period, Barlow published a fanzine, wrote stories and poems, and even tried his hand at printing. All of these endeavors the equally precocious Lovecraft encouraged. The reader will find references to familiar names like Weird Tales, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, and Harry Houdini. Lovecraft’s letters to Barlow record much about that vanished time and prove to be among the liveliest of all his published correspondence. The letters also record Lovecraft’s love of Florida. He visited the state several times twice as Barlow’s guest and was enthralled by the vistas of live oaks and Spanish moss. He occasionally felt homesick for Florida when he was at home in Rhode Island, and he never yearned more to be in the Sunshine State than during cold New England winters. There was no doubt where he wished to be when he addressed a letter to Barlow, during the depths of one winter, as O Floridian More Fortunate than you can Realise. In addition to letters, the book is further enriched by Barlow’s poignant memoir of Lovecraft in Florida, a glossary of notable people mentioned in the letters, autobiographical pieces by Barlow, and an invaluable index.

O FORTUNATE FLORIDIAN, H.P. LOVECRAFT’S LETTERS TO R.H. BARLOW, Edited by S.T. Joshi & David E. Schultz




Image of the front cover of Paris on the Flats.

“Robert Dana—poet, essayist, teacher, former editor of The North American Review—takes us on his journey through the literary world, as he studies poetry at Iowa in the glory years of the 1950s, talks with Robert Frost on summer afternoons, befriends Stephen Spender in Florida. He gives us thoughtful, insightful essays about the poetry world and how poetry is changing, with attention to particular poets. This is an engaging, enjoyable, instructive account of the varieties of literary experience.” –Jean Ross Justice

Robert Dana helped to see this collection of prose works through the press shortly before his death in February 2010. It includes memoirs about Robert Frost, Stephen Spender, Robert Lowell, and the early days of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; reviews of contemporary poetry; essays on subjects ranging from the author’s life to his passion for books and fine printing; and three interviews with the author. 

PARIS ON THE FLATS, Robert Dana

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Image of the front cover of Lines from Wildwood Lane.

Lines from Wildwood Lane, is a collection of drawings by Jeanne Clark Meinke. Her work has appeared in magazines and newspapers such as The New Yorker, Gourmet, Bon Appetite, The St. Petersburg Times, and Tampa Review, among others. Depicting connections between everyday people and objects, Meinke says, “I don’t go around looking for subjects to draw, they must say something to me, because I know them when I see them.” With an introduction by Peter Meinke.

LINES FROM WILDWOOD LANE, Drawings by Jeanne Clark Meinke




Image of the front cover of The Shape of Poetry.

A practical guide to writing and reading poems by an award-winning poet and teacher.

“This book is so unpretentiously written, so clear in its purpose and so generously illustrated with poetic selections that it is a delight to read. Anyone, poetic or not, can learn a lot effortlessly in the hands of this gifted teacher and poet.” –The Tampa Tribune

“Meinke offers students of poetry pragmatic strategies for experiencing the sublime as they write poems. . . In this erudite, lucid guide to writing poetry, Peter Meinke achieves what he claims the ideal poet achieves: he is as knowledgeable and skilled as any carpenter, passionate and dignified as any priest.” –Melanie Almeder

THE SHAPE OF POETRY, Peter Meinke with drawings by Jeanne Clark Meinke




Jeanne Clark Meinke is an artist with drawings in The New Yorker, Gourmet, Yankee, numerous other periodicals, and in her book Lines from Wildwood Lane. Peter Meinke is an author whose work has been published in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Tampa Review, seven books of the Pitt Poetry Series, and in two collections of fiction. He is Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg, Florida. Together they deliver Truth and Affection in the Poet’s Notebook columns that have appeared in Creative Loafing over a period of more than six years. Foreword by David Warner.

TRUTH AND AFFECTION, Peter Meinke, Illustrated by Jeanne Clark Meinke




A picture of the cover of the book, Midnight Son, displaying a man singing.

This hardcover is a showcase for 16 photographs Tim Kennedy took in the 1970s of blues legend John Lee Hooker. Hooker was performing at a Summer Solstice celebration in Alaska and invited Tim to come up on stage with him during the concert.

MIDNIGHT SON, A TRIBUTE TO JOHN LEE HOOKER, Timothy Kennedy




Image of the front cover of Sir Emery Walker.

Sir Emery Walker helped inspire the revival of fine letterpress printing and typography in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. A friend and collaborator of William Morris, he facilitated the design and casting of the famous Kelmscott Press types, and later, with T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, established the Doves Press and produced its famous types. Walker also founded a photo-engraving company that was renowned for the quality of its work. This illustrated memoir by R. C. H. Briggs is a rich introduction and tribute to the many facets of Walker s life and work. It has been edited with a foreword and notes by Richard Mathews. Royalties from its sales support the Emery Walker Trust.

SIR EMERY WALKER, A MEMOIR, R.C.H. Briggs



Image of the front cover of A Woodcut Manual.

Author J.J. Lankes was a pioneer in the history of American graphic art because of his leading role in elevating the woodcut from its status as a mainly commercial form of illustration to a genre of serious artistic expression.

A WOODCUT MANUAL, WITH SELECTED LETTERS AND OTHER WRITINGS, J.J. Lankes




Image of the front cover of Sixty Years of Prints & Wood Engravings.

A beautiful collection of prints and wood engravings by Gale Mueller.

SIXTY YEARS OF PRINTS & WOOD ENGRAVINGS, Gale Mueller




Image of the front cover of Tolbert Lanston and the Monotype.

Tolbert Lanston was a relatively unknown American inventor when he created a revolutionary method of casting and setting printing types by machine near the end of the nineteenth century. For nearly a century, Monotype led the printing industry in typographic design with the quality of its product. Monotype’s innovative “system” paved the way for desktop publishing and today’s digital revolution in typesetting and printing.

TOLBERT LANSTON AND THE MONOTYPE, by Richard. L. Hopkins