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Love in the Time of Disconnect(ing)

  You might get out through all the waves and rocks Into the middle of the poem to touch them But when you’ve tried the blessed water long Enough to… Continue reading ?

Children's literature in ... Tamil

In The Hindu Suganthy Krishnamachari wonders Whither children's literature in Tamil ? -- as apparently the 'dull present' can't compare with a 'happy past'.....

Asl? Erdo?an Q & A

At Deutsche Welle Ceyda Nurtsch has a Q & A with one of the many writers jailed in the recent government crackdown, The City in Crimson Cloak-author Asl? Erdo?an. Now free, she notes: "my soul is still in prison".

Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

As every literary prize should -- so that you know what titles are actually being considered/in the running, the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation admirably lists all the entries for each year's prize -- so also...Show More Summary

The Adventures of John Blake review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Philip Pullman's first foray into 'graphic' (novel) fiction, with illustrator Fred Fordham, The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship. This was reviewed -- enthusiastically -- in The New York Times Book Review and even the Times Literary Supplement. I was less impressed.....


How did you come to the idea for your book, Conflict Resolutions for Holy Beings, that humans were made from a mistake—in that some have forgotten how to be human… Continue reading ?

Eating the World

Parenting literature says that we should read to our newborns from the very beginning. Exposure to music is also supposed to support cognitive development, even in the womb, but I… Continue reading ?

Japanese literary prizes

They've handed out the Akutagawa and Naoki prizes again, as they do every six months, and, as Daisuke Kikuchi reports in The Japan Times, First-time writer awarded prestigious Akutagawa Prize. That's Numata Shinsuke [????], who won the...Show More Summary

Remains of Life review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Taiwanese author Wu He's Remains of Life, recently out in English from Columbia University Press. It's a significant text; as translator Michael Berry notes in his Introduction: "Upon its publication in Taiwan, the novel won virtually every major national literary award".

“Your Body Includes and Is the Meaning”: Five Hot Lifestyle Tips from Walt Whitman

While being pregnant brought on particular food cravings (doughnuts, the clichéd pickles), having a baby girl out in the world has brought on an unexpected and particular reading craving—Walt Whitman.… Continue reading ?

New Asymptote

The July issue of Asymptote is now available online and, as usual, there's a lot here to keep you busy for the next few days -- "never-before-published writing from 27 countries and 21 languages in one issue". Impressive, top (Karin Boye !) to bottom -- definitely recommended.

Man Booker International Prize judging panel

Yes, Judges announced for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize, with Lisa Appignanesi chairing, and Michael Hofmann, Hari Kunzru, Tim Martin, and Helen Oyeyemi making up the rest of the judging panel. The longlist will be announced in March 2018, the shortlist in April, the winner in May. (That's as specific as they've gotten so far.)

Dispatches from the Literary Life

Because it’s summer and it’s slow, and maybe because it just rained here for three days straight and all I want to do right now is go back to reading Made… Continue reading ?

Illustrating Austen at 200

To mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen on 18 July 1817, we have a blog from a member of teaching staff in English who frequently brings […]

Online reading in ... China

Forbes takes a look at the Chinese online-writing phenomenon -- big business, as I've noted --, with Jinshan Hong finding that: China's Online Reading Craze Is So Big It's Challenging Amazon's Kindle. As one reader explains: When reading...Show More Summary

HBKU Press profile

What started in 2010 as the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation is now HBKU Press, and in The Peninsula they have a brief profile, describing how HBKU Press translation works reach wider circles (with as much focus on the translations into as out of Arabic).

Links & Reviews

- A very happy anniversary to Tavistock Books, celebrating twenty years on Saturday! They've posted a Q&A with Vic Zoschak to mark the occasion.- From Scientific American, "Peering beneath the Surface of Ancient Manuscripts."- A €10Show More Summary

Anne Golon (1921-2017)

Anne Golon, the French author of the immensely popular Angélique-series -- reportedly selling over 150 million copies worldwide -- has passed away; see, for example, the report in Le Figaro. The series never seemed to achieve quite the...Show More Summary

Spring Garden review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Shibasaki Tomoka's 2014 Akutagawa Prize-winning novel, Spring Garden, out in the UK from Pushkin Press and due out in the US in November.

The Missing Books Version 2

The Missing Books Version 2 has just been released. The original The Missing Books was released in October of last year and was featured in Literary Hub, 3 Quarks Daily, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, and many others, as well as co-signed on Michiko Kakutani’s Twitter feed. You can read more about Continue Reading

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