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Another Boston Book Fair in the books (my thirteenth, I realized). Still—and I suspect, always—my favorite fair. Chilly this year, but that didn't stop people from coming out for the main fair or the very busy shadow show. There wasn't time enough to pack in everything I wanted to do in Boston this trip... Show More Summary

DSC Prize

They've announced that the 2017 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature goes to The Story of a Brief Marriage, by Anuk Arudpragasam. I haven't seen this, but it's both US and UK available; see the Flatiron and Granta publicty pages, or get your copy at or

Burmese writers

In the Myanmar Times Zon Pann Pwint reports on U Myo Thant and U Thaw Kaung's just-published Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth Century Myanmar Writers, covering 137 authors; see also the publisher (Myanmar Book Centre) publicity page. (A...Show More Summary

Affections review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Bolivian (but living in the US...) author Rodrigo Hasbún's widely-hailed Affections, which came out in the UK last year (from Pushkin Press) and has now also arrived inShow More Summary

'Guests of Honour' at the Frankfurt Book Fair

They've announced another 'guest of honour' at the Frankfurt Book Fair: in 2021 Spain takes center stage, for the first time in 30 years (though Catalan literature slipped in there in the meantime...). Before the Spanish take their turn,...Show More Summary

Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse submissions

The Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair -- the spring German best book prize, sort of the younger/smaller sibling of the German Book Prize -- will only announce its longlists on 8 February, but they've now finished the submission period,Show More Summary

Desai on Jhabvala

The Guardian has Anita Desai on her literary apprenticeship with Ruth Prawer Jhabvala -- complete with V.S.Naipaul anecdote.

Visualising the Biographical Register of the University of St Andrews (1747-1897) Part I: Where Did St Andrews Alumni Come From?

Tomas Vancisin shares his recent work creating a visual representation of the Biographical Register of the University of St Andrews, 1747 – 1897 in a two part blog. One of […]

Premio Cervantes

They've announced that the 2017 Premio Cervantes -- the leading Spanish-language author-award (paying out €125,000) will go to Sergio Ramírez (though he has to wait until April for the big ceremony...). (The prize traditionally alternates...Show More Summary

NEA Literature Translation Fellowships

They've announced the 2018 (American) National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for creative writing (prose) (36 x US$25,000) and for literary translation (22 x $12,500/25,000). The list (warning ! dreaded pdf format !) of the creative...Show More Summary

Arabian Satire review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of the latest volume in NYU Press' Library of Arabic Literature-series, ?m?d?n al-Shw??ir's Arabian Satire: Poetry from 18th-Century Najd.

Literary prize: Goldsmiths Prize

They've announced that H(a)ppy, by Nicola Barker, has won this year's Goldsmiths Prize -- a £10,000 prize that: "is committed to rewarding British and Irish fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form". See also the William Heinemann publicity page, or get your copy at or

Literary prizes: (American) NBAs

They've announced the winners of the 2017 (American) National Book Awards in the four categries they have. The fiction prize went to Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward; see the Scribner publicity page, or get your copy at More Summary

Literary prize: Warwick Prize for Women in Translation

The Warwick Prize for Women in Translation is a new prize for: "the best eligible work of fiction, poetry or literary non-fiction, or work of fiction for children or young adults that has been written by a woman, translated into English...Show More Summary

??? review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Ogawa Yoko's ??? -- the seventh Ogawa under review at the complete review (and the third not (yet) available in English...). The French and Germans are much better at keeping...Show More Summary

Six Questions for Adrian Nathan West on Insane by Rainald Goetz

The mental asylum is of course one of the major institutions explored by modern and postmodern literature, though I can’t say I’ve seen it done quite like Rainald Goetz does it in his debut novel Insane, originally published in German in 1983 and recently released by Fitzcarraldo Editions in Adrian Nathan West’s translation. I’m about Continue Reading

Writing in ... Turkey

At Deutsche Welle Kürsat Akyol reports that Books come under suspicion in post-coup Turkey, as: 'since Turkey's attempted 2016 coup, a growing number of books have been outlawed and confiscated, with some even being considered evidence for certain crimes'.

Prix du Quai des Orfèvres

They've announced that the 2018 prix du Quai des Orfèvres will go to Tension extrême, by Sylvain Forge; see, for example, the Livres Hebdo report The news here, however, isn't who won, but rather that that iconic address -- Quai desShow More Summary

Boundary review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Andrée A. Michaud's prize-winning novel, Boundary: The Last Summer, now out in English from No Exit (in the UK) and Biblioasis (Canada/US).

Literary prize: Grand prix de littérature américaine

If you think French literary prize juries are more discerning than American ones, then maybe you want them to decide what's best in American fiction, too; if so the just-announced Grand prix de littérature américaine is for you -- and,...Show More Summary

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