Saturnalia Books

saturnalia books’ mission is to publish literary works, primarily poetry, of high merit, by new and established writers; to encourage collaboration between poets and visual artists, particularly in book form; and to encourage the publication of literature of a non-commercial and challenging nature. saturnalia books is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3). All contributions are tax deductible under section 170. You may send a check or money order made out to "Saturnalia Books, Inc." to: 105 Woodside Road Ardmore, PA 19003 At present, Saturnalia Books publishes four book series per year which includes the Artist/Poet Collaboration Series, and the winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize.
Correspondence By Kathleen Graber Cover Image
ISBN: 9780975499030
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Saturnalia Books - March 1st, 2005

You have to love a poet that writes about the Eagles (the football team not the band). Graber's book covers much ground over a host of subjects, but she never loses focus of a tight, beautiful line matched with a roving, critical mind. This is excellent poetry done well, simple as that.

Famous Last Words By Catherine Pierce Cover Image
ISBN: 9780975499078
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Published: Saturnalia Books - March 1st, 2008

We fell in love with this book when we heard Catherine read from it at Farley's very first writing workshop where she was the teacher. She is a fine poet, with a strong ear and a gorgeous line. She is playful and humorous and can be deadly serious as well. The breadth and life of these poems is wonderful.

To the Bone By Sebastian Agudelo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780981859118
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Published: Saturnalia Books - March 1st, 2009

Like Bourdain's writing on food? Then Agudelo is perfect for you. Agudelo's book looks into the body and soul of kitchen workers across the globe. Told with gritty authenticity by someone with true life experience working "the back of the house," Agudelo leads us by the mouth and nose on a one of a kind experience. This is the gritty and hard world of restaurants where heartbreak is as common as a burn.

Tsim Tsum By Sabrina Orah Mark Cover Image
ISBN: 9780981859125
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Published: Saturnalia Books - October 1st, 2009

Centered on two characters, Walter B. and Beatrice, Tsim Tsum explores what happens at the heart of the immigrant experience: survival, testimony, and belonging. Prose-poetry told as narrative, Mark's work is like reading parable or a fairy tale written by Kafka.

Gurlesque By Lara and Arielle Glenum and Greenberg Cover Image
ISBN: 9780981859149
Availability: Backordered
Published: Saturnalia Books - March 1st, 2010

Eighteen poets come together to remind us that poetry can be subversive, dangerous, smart and fun. Here's an ode to the days when the Beats were kings, or when punk was dangerous and you couldn't get your hair dyed at the mall. Like a good beer on a hot day.

The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception By Martha Silano Cover Image
ISBN: 9780981859194
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Published: Saturnalia Books - March 1st, 2011

You've seen Silano's work in Best American Poetry, so the gorgeous music here should not come as a surprise. For the uninitiated Little Office, bears and deepens the hallmarks of Silano's best: humor, insight, wild cosmic-consciousness. She's as gifted as she is smart and these poems hit right at home.

Other Romes By Derek Mong Cover Image
ISBN: 9780981859187
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Published: Saturnalia Books - March 1st, 2011

Other Romes gathers together an eclectic range of influences to confront the awkward but inevitable relationship between the personal and the public. And like the title city that haunts much of this work, Mong refuses to settle on any one voice or form. Restrained at times as a Latin ode, or expansive as Whitman, these poems weave a subtle magic.

Ladies & Gentlemen By Michael Robins Cover Image
ISBN: 9780983368601
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Published: Saturnalia Books - October 1st, 2011

Ladies & Gentlemen is a journey through the spectacle of American life, where the plugs of ordinary billboards are as probable as the horrors suffered by people under siege. These are lyrical poems that remind one of Stevens and at times Jeffers, Robins' book is a gorgeous and tough look at modern America.

Xing By Debora Kuan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780983368618
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Published: Saturnalia Books - October 1st, 2011

Kuan's collection couldn't be more pertinent for our socio-political climate: her poems center on the collision of opposites--American and foreign cultures, internal and external worlds. These are tight, forward thinking poems that reward again and again.

My Scarlet Ways By Tanya Larkin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780983368632
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Published: Saturnalia Books - March 1st, 2012

Larkin's collection looks at the ways in which we self-desruct. Larkin opens up the myths we create for ourselves and then shows how we set out to destroy out own fantasies. Profound work.


Situated on the main street of the historic Delaware Riverfront town of New Hope, Pennsylvania, Farley’s Bookshop and its knowledgeable, experienced staff have endeavored to satisfy the literary tastes of the area inhabitants for over fifty years. Whether you are Bucks County born-and-bred or just stopping by to enjoy the crisp river air and delightful scenery, you will be pleasantly surprised to find the largest and most diverse collection of books-in-print in Bucks County. Farley’s may have competition, but it has few peers. We encourage you to browse our website, but please remember that getting acquainted with our online persona is no substitute for exploring the narrow passageways and teeming shelves of our storefront and discovering that perfect book nestled amongst so many others.

New Hope for American Art

                                               New Hope for American Art is the most comprehensive book ever published on artists from, and surrounding, the New Hope Art Colony (also known as the Pennsylvania Impressionists). This book, with its 612 pages and over 1,000 color plates of artwork include biographies of 165 individual Pennsylvania Impressionists and New Hope Modernists as well as artists from the Philadelphia Ten, a pioneering group of women all educated at Philadelphia art schools. 

In this book, you'll find biographies and artwork from such artists as:

  • Daniel Garber
  • Edward Redfield
  • George Sotter
  • Arthur Meltzer
  • Robert Spencer
  • William Langson Lathrop
  • Kenneth Nunamaker
  • John Folinsbee
  • Henry Snell
  • William F. Taylor
  • Fern Coppedge
  • M. Elizabeth Price
  • Clarence Johnson
  • S. George Phillips
  • Rae Sloan Bredin
  • Walter Baum
  • Walter Schofield
  • Morgan Colt
  • Charles Rosen
  • Joseph Meierhans
  • Charles F. Ramsey
  • Louis Stone
  • Charles Evans
  • Josef Zenk

New Hope for American Art was authored, designed and published by James M. Alterman, an expert in the field of Pennsylvania Impressionist and Modernist painting. A longtime collector and owner of two fine art galleries, Alterman wanted to create a user-friendly book intended not only to educate collectors and enthusiasts about this art but to help train one's eye. The book offers valuable tips on how to avoid common mistakes often experienced by new collectors drawn from the author's personal experiences as a collector and fine art dealer.