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SIFL report

The Seoul International Forum for Literature just concluded, and in The Korea Times Kwon Mee-yoo reports on the proceedings, in Lightness of literature criticized. I imagine there was a bit more to these discussions, but it's hard to...Show More Summary

Literary translation at Northwestern

At Northwestern Now they have a little feature on literary translation at the university, with brief looks at the work of three translators: Laura Brueck (Hindi), Andrew Leong (Japanese), and Clare Cavanagh (Polish).

Denis Johnson (1949-2017)

As widely reported, American author Denis Johnson (1949-2017) has passed away; see, for example, Danuta Kean's obituary in The Guardian. None of his work is under review at the complete review, but see, for example, differing opinions...Show More Summary

Baloch literature

In The Nation (Pakistan) Masood Hameed Baloch (yes, really) writes that Baloch literature is the repository of love and romanticism. There's certainly not much available in English translation; for an introductory overview, see A Brief Introduction to Balochi Literature (warning ! dreaded pdf format !).

Ilija Trojanow on world literature

The Solothurner Literaturtage have begun, and The Collector of Worlds-author Ilija Trojanow gave the opening talk; in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung they print a slightly abridged version of it (in the original German...), Runter vom Montblanc. He...Show More Summary

Burnwynd Project – snapshots of 17th century St Andrews

History PhD student Rory MacLellan, has been working for the last year on compiling a genealogical index from some of the St Andrews Burgh records, a project supported by the […]

Tbilisi International Book Fair

The Tbilisi International Book Fair, in Georgia, runs through Sunday At they have an overview, Tbilisi Book Fair showcases fresh Georgian, foreign literature. With Georgia the 2018 guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair...Show More Summary

Bear review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Marian Engel's notorious 1976 classic, Bear. Yes, it's the book with the bear-sex -- but it's a shame to reduce it to that. Though, hey, whatever gets folk to pick it up..... (And pick it up they seem to: the David R. Godine copy I read was a fresh-off-the-presses eight printing.)

Strange Wonder: Q&A with 2017 Sophie Kerr Prize Winner Catalina Righter

I was having coffee with a new colleague in Cleveland who’d recently reviewed my C.V. He told me he’d once lived in Maryland, where I’d gone to college. “So I… Continue reading ?

Slovak literature abroad

As "three titles of contemporary Slovak fiction are set to be launched on the Anglophone book market" just now, Eva Andrej?áková reports on How to sell Slovak books to English readers in The Slovak Spectator. Apparently: The main problem...Show More Summary

Prize: Folio Prize

The diminished Folio Prize -- half the money of the original prize, but now open not just to works of fiction but any: "literature, regardless of form" -- has announced that this year's winner is The Return, Hisham Matar's acclaimedShow More Summary

Prize: ACFNY Translation Prize

They've announced that this year's Austrian Cultural Forum New York Translation Prize will go (on 12 October) to Adrian Nathan West, for his translation of Josef Winkler's Die Verschleppung (see, for example. the Suhrkamp foreign rights page).

A Quiet Passion

Few cinematic genres are as consistently awful as the biopic. Many of the greatest filmmakers have avoided any temptation to enter that genre, and the ones that, for reasons of finances or temporary insanity, did give it a shot usually ended up creating some of their worst films. Show More Summary

Counternarratives by John Keene

John Keene's Counternarratives is one of the most impressive short story collections I've ever read from a living writer, and I was pleased to have the chance to write about it for my old blogosphere friend Dan Wickett, who does wonders celebrating short fiction via his Emerging Writers Network. Show More Summary

On Mutating Into a Mother

This is the third installment of a series on writing and motherhood. Read parts one and two here. When my son was first born, I feared he might be possessed.… Continue reading ?

J. D. Forbes Collecting Prize 2017

Do you love books? Photographs? Spend hours in bookstores and charity shops looking for the perfect addition to your collection? Or perhaps you’ve suddenly realised when moving that you’ve got […]

On the Violence of Borders

I recently visited Ceuta, a piece of the north African coast that belongs to Spain and is hence part of “Europe”. It was a very strange and disturbing experience to cross that border so easily just[...]

NSW Premier's Literary Awards

They've announced the winners of this year's NSW Premier's Literary Awards -- in horrible fashion at the official site and equally if differently horribly, in pdf format for the official 'media release'. Book of the year went to a play,...Show More Summary

Publishing in ... India

At Bloomberg Iain Marlow suggests India's Book-Buying Habits Say A Lot About The Country's Economy -- though the biggest take-away might be just how small the trade sector still is, with the industry dominated by school/text-books, which is where the money is.

Fifty years of One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel García Márquez's classic, One Hundred Years of Solitude (get your copy at or -- a book that surely belongs on any list of greatest novels of the past century -- was published fifty years ago (on 30 May,...Show More Summary

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