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An Immigrant Who Crossed the Border as a Child Retraces His Journey, in Poems

Jonathan Blitzer on the poet Javier Zamora, who recently released his first full-length book, “Unaccompanied,” about his journey to the U.S. from El Salvador.

Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist

The Canadian Scotiabank Giller Prize has announced its 2017 longlist -- twelve titles selected from 112 (unfortunately not revealed...) submitted title. Rachel Cusk's Transit has probably gotten the most attention outside Canada, but some other interesting-sounding titles here too. The shortlist will be announced shortly -- 2 October.

Graywolf Press Africa Prize

This is pretty neat: Graywolf has announced a Graywolf Press Africa Prize, "to be awarded for a first novel manuscript by an African author primarily residing in Africa". Yes, it's a bit odd that such a prize is being offered in/from... Show More Summary

State of the German Novel ?

In The Skinny Annie Rutherford profiles Clemens Meyer & Jenny Erpenbeck on the German Novel, focusing on their two most recent novels. Apparently: The German novels to be excited about right now have no comedy moustaches and no young...Show More Summary

Return to the Dark Valley review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Santiago Gamboa's new novel, Return to the Dark Valley, just out in English from Europa Editions.

Quarterly Conversation Issue 49

We’ve just published Issue 49 of The Quarterly Conversation. Here are the contents: Features Louche Life: The Literary Crimes of Gary Indiana By Andrew Marzoni As the 24-hour news cycle exceeded Hollywood in narrative originality, the Menendez brothers became TV stars, O.J. got away with it, and California elected Arnold Schwarzenegger as its 38th governor Continue Reading

Maths Week Scotland: Update

Maths Week Scotland included lots of activity in St Andrews. The Library’s Special Collections Division was really pleased to be able to take Maths treasures out into the School of Maths […]

The Austere Fiction of Fleur Jaeggy

Her work sees little point in exploring happiness, productivity, or self-understanding. Her focus is the void.

Jonas Hassen Khemiri on Keeping Reality at a Distance

Willing Davidson talks with Jonas Hassen Khemiri about the short story “As You Would Have Told It to Me (Sort Of) If We Had Known Each Other Before You Died.”

“As You Would Have Told It to Me (Sort Of) If We Had Known Each Other Before You Died”

“Eight months later I died in a moped accident in Portugal. One week later I was resurrected in Stockholm.”


“Optical illusion: how cleverly the war begins / in his ’93 Mazda MPV.”

Flannery O’Connor’s Revelatory Honesty

Hilton Als on how she was right about race, religion, and the unreconstructed South.

Zora Neale Hurston, American Contrarian

Claudia Roth Pierpont on the author of “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”

Ralph Ellison, Visible Man

David Remnick’s Profile of the author of “Invisible Man.”

Mogadishu Book Fair

They just held the third Mogadishu Book Fair (13 through 15 September), and Reuters reports (here in The Nation (Pakistan)) that Somali book fair offers respite from bombs. Not much foreign involvement yet -- which isn't the worst thing... -- but some good-sounding local activity.

Prix Sade

The prix Sade -- yes, as in the Marquis de Sade (whose The 120 Days of Sodom I recently reviewed...) -- has announced its 2017 winner, and it's...Gay Talese's The Voyeur's Motel (get your copy at or, which, honestly,...Show More Summary

New Quarterly Conversation

The Fall/2017 issue of the Quarterly Conversation is now available online, with the usual nice selection of coverage to keep you busy for a few days -- check it out.

St. Francis College Literary Prize

The biennial St. Francis College Literary Prize started in 2009 as a prize for an author's fourth book, but has since been expanded to consider any: "3rd to 5th published work of fiction" -- an expansion they might want to reconsider...Show More Summary

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