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Links & Reviews

To start today, two petitions which may be of interest:- First, Paul Lewis and others have written a letter and online petition to encourage Historic Boston, Inc. to explore the feasibility of turning the Old Corner Bookstore (currently...Show More Summary

Burning Deck

The review copies arrived in July, accompanied by the letter announcing that: "here are the last two books published by Burning Deck Press" -- sad news indeed. It was a long -- over half a century -- and very good run, and at the Words without Borders Dispatches weblog Eric M.B. Show More Summary

UK publishers hits and misses

One of The Guardian's most-loved annual features is now out, as they get publishers to comment on the Best books of 2017: the hits and misses of the publishers' year. Always interesting to see which of their titles they believe: "deserved to do better" -- and which: "I wish I'd published".

Spanish 'best books of the year' list

Now El País weighs in with their list of Los 20 mejores libros de 2017. Berta Isla, by Javier Marías, was named 'libro del año'; no doubt, this will be appearing in English (fairly) soon. Meanwhile, big collections by dead American authors...Show More Summary

US literary translator survey

The (American) Authors Guild surveyed literary translators, and now reports on the results; see the overview-piece, A Glimpse into the World of U.S. Literary Translators, as well as 2017 Authors Guild Survey of Literary Translators'Show More Summary

The Joy of Being Awake review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Héctor Abad's The Joy of Being Awake.

David Pearson workshop on ‘Provenance in Books’

On 21-22 November, Special Collections welcomed David Pearson, former Director of Culture, Heritage & Libraries for the City of London Corporation and author of Provenance Research in Book History (1994), […]

'Literary fiction in crisis' (again ...) ?

I like the sensational headline -- Literary fiction in crisis as sale drop dramatically, Arts Council England reports reports Alison Flood in The Guardian -- but I hate this kind of article. Not for its ostensible conclusion, but the...Show More Summary

Burmese Literary Conference

At least it looks pretty ambitious: The Global New Light of Myanmar, for example, reports on the Literary Conference 2017 in Yangon "under the theme of 'Free Literature and Free Voice'", while the Straits Times reported that Aung San...Show More Summary

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Stephen Collins' graphic novel, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil.

German 'best books of the year' list

Die Zeit has critics select Die besten Bücher des Jahres, in various categories. I'm not sure dividing things up by 'easy to read' and 'for advanced readers' is very helpful (and honestly, when you have critics putting the same book (e.g. Show More Summary

Rabisankar Bal (1962-2017)

Bangla-writing author Rabisankar Bal (1962-2017) has passed away; see, for example, the Times of India report His novel Dozakhnama is quite impressive, and I should really get a review up: how can one not be curious about a novel subtitled:...Show More Summary

Prix Simone de Beauvoir

They've announced that the 2018 prix Simone de Beauvoir pour la liberté des femmes will go to Turkish author (The City in Crimson Cloak, etc.) Asl? Erdo?an; see, for eample, the Livres Hebdo report.

'World Literature' in the US

An interesting piece by Norton Anthology of World Literature-general editor Martin Puchner at Inside Higher Ed, Learning From World Literature in the South. Fascinating to learn that: Our next lesson came when we learned where the anthology would be taught: world literature was a North American phenomenon. Show More Summary

What We’re Reading This Week

Carrie Battan on Joanna Scott’s “Careers for Women”; Paige Williams on Joanna Radin’s “Life on Ice”; and Joshua Rothman on Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” books.

Sentences Seeking, and Finding, Forms: On Some Passages in Barnaby Rudge

William Gass died a few days ago, and, as I do when a writer I value dies, I returned to his work. I read around in In the Heart of the Heart of the Country, and then A Temple of Texts, where, in the essay "The Sentence Seeks Its Form", I read:Between Shakespeare and Joyce, there is no one but Dickens who has an equal command of the English language. Show More Summary

WLT's '75 Notable Translations of 2017'

At World Literature Today Michelle Johnson lists their '75 Notable Translations of 2017' -- certainly useful, as a quick reference, covering many (but not all...) of the most significant translations published in 2017. (Quite a few -- but far from all, around a quarter or so -- of these are under review at the complete review.)

9mobile Prize for Literature longlist

What used to be the Etisalat Prize for Literature -- "the first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books" -- has been re-branded as the 9mobile Prize for Literature, and they've now announced the...Show More Summary

Corridors of Shadow review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Galician autor Agustín Fernández Paz's Corridors of Shadow. Small Stations Press -- who specialize in translations-from-the-Galician -- brought this out last year, and it's...Show More Summary

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