French author Jean d'Ormesson died last year -- but at least there's a prix Jean d'Ormesson now, with a focus on classics that have fallen into some obscurity, and they've now announced a twelve-title longlist, with lots of modern translations:...Show More Summary
The Festival Neue Literatur -- bringing: "new writing from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States" to New York -- runs tomorrow through Sunday. This year's theme is: Insider | Outsider.
Swiss author Jürg Laederach has passed away; see, for example, Paul Jandl's Neue Zürcher Zeitung piece. He wasn't widely translated into English, but Semiotext(e) brought out 69 Ways to Play the Blues (see their publicity page, or get...Show More Summary
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced that Thomas Pynchon has been awarded the inaugural biennial US$100,000 Christopher Lightfoot Walker Award, "which recognizes a writer of distinction who has made a significant contribution...Show More Summary
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Domenico Starnone's Trick -- just out in English, from Europa Editions, in Jhumpa Lahiri's translation.
At Scroll.in Maniza Naqvi finds: 'The number of writers and books is increasingly exponentially', in In Pakistan, English fiction is gathering pace in its search for approval and recognition -- even as Sneha Bhura wonders, in The Week, Will contemporary Urdu novelists please stand up ?
Wilson Harris has passed away; see, for example, the Sir Wilson Harris obituary by Michael Mitchell in The Guardian and World famous Guyanese author Wilson Harris passes away at 96 at Stabroek News. None of his work is under review at...Show More Summary
I missed this when they announced it a couple of weeks ago, but Irish/Gaelic-writing Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill has been named the winner of this year's Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award (which she'll pick up on 10 May). The award...Show More Summary
They've announced the shortlist for this year's Wellcome Book Prize -- open to works of fiction and non that: "have a central theme that engages with some aspect of medicine, health or illness". The winner will be announced 30 April; none of the shortlisted titles are under review at the complete review (and I don't expect any to be before then, either).
One of last year's big IPOs was that of China Literature Limited, the online behemoth, and they've just released their annual results [(dreaded) pdf; (identical) PR newswire release)]. While the stock has under-performed (it closed yesterday...Show More Summary
Last year, the Authors Guild conducted a survey of literary translators in order to get a better sense of the realities of the profession with regard to questions like pay, copyright, demographics, and other questions. The findings, which you can read here, are fascinating and well worth your time. This was the first survey of Continue Reading
h3>Features What Is a Translator? By Eric M. B. Becker Are translators, to borrow a phrase from Paulo Rónai, “modest intermediaries in the relay of someone else’s messages,” or are they, as is increasingly averred, co-authors? Perhaps the encomium Paul Auster has bestowed on translators gets straight to the point: they are “shadow heroes,” a Continue Reading
BPM: Beats Per Minute (120 battements par minute) tells the story of AIDS activists with ACT UP Paris in the 1990s, and its scenes of ACT UP meetings are among the most compelling representations of everyday political planning and argument I know of other than the extraordinary land reform debate scene in Ken Loach's Land and Freedom. Show More Summary
Note: there will be a pause in new posts for the remainder of the month; I'll be back in April with a hefty backlog of links to share, I'm sure!- Coming up next Sunday morning (11 March) in New York, "Collections and Women: A Panel Discussion" at the Park Avenue Armory. Show More Summary
Last Thursday the University Library Special Collections put on a show and tell as part of this year’s StAnza poetry festival for an audience of over 20 enthusiastic and knowledgeable […]
The papers of the late Professor Alex Danchev (1955-2016), Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews from 2014 to his death in 2016, have been donated to the University […]
In celebration of International Women’s Day, here’s a follow up to last year’s post on Trailblazing Women and the recent series on the campaign for women’s suffrage. 90 years ago […]
They've announced the longlists for the 2018 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature -- though these are more less the finalists, three each in the poetry and fiction categories (with: "an unprecedented decision to name no titles to...Show More Summary
They've announced the six-title shortlist for this year's Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award -- an all-American line-up. The winning story will be announced 26 April.
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of In Koli Jean Bofane's novel, Congo Inc.: Bismarck's Testament, just out in English from Indiana University Press in their Global African Voices-series. It includes a small Laure Adler-cmaeo -- she of, for example, the Q & A volume with George Steiner, A Long Saturday.