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Gruppe 47 in Princeton

Fifty years ago today the German group of everyone-who-was-anyone authors, the 'Gruppe 47', ventured to Princeton for an infamous get-together (that also pretty much killed the group-as-group (though its more-or-less demise was already...Show More Summary

The CR Guide on Kindle

You've already gotten your copy of my The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction (Columbia University Press, 2016), haven't you ? It's now available in most formats, in most places (get your local bookstore and library to...Show More Summary

Poem in Your Pocket Day is almost here

This is the twentieth year National Poetry Month has been commemorated–it began with the Academy of American Poets in 1996–and we’re pleased to be part of the national celebration. As I write this, our students are designing and assembling buttons… Continue reading ?

Form and “What We Know of Horses”

It was mesmerizing to hear Reginald Dwayne Betts read “What We Know of Horses,” the final poem from his most recent collection, Bastards of the Reagan Era (Four Way Books, 2015), to a full house this past Saturday at the Split This… Continue reading ?

New Acquisitions Highlight: Mark Neville’s Photobooks

Mark Neville (b. 1966) is a photographer known for his multi-layered social documentary projects. I first came across Neville’s work when visiting the Scottish Parliament where I saw his large […]

Borges and Cervantes

At the Literary Hub Ilan Stavans and William P. Childers discuss What Borges Learned From Cervantes: On Language, and the Thin Line Between Fiction and Reality. They discuss 'Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote' at some length -- with...Show More Summary

Boekenweekgeschenk 2017

They've announced that The Dinner-author Herman Koch wil be writing next year's 'Boekenweekgeschenk' -- the widely, freely distributed work written by a Dutch author that is the centerpiece of the big annual Boekenweek. Pretty much everyone...Show More Summary

Arjuna and the Hunter review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Bharavi's ca. 6th century Sanskrit classic, Arjuna and the Hunter, just out in Harvard University Press' Murty Classical Library of India-series. This is the first one in...Show More Summary

Writing to Write, to Write, to Write?

Just out from Sidebrow Books, every single poem in Mathias Svalina’s new collection, The Wine-Dark Sea, is entitled “The Wine-Dark Sea.” And every single one is great. But “The Wine-Dark Sea” on page eleven particularly finagled my attention; its entirety below:… Continue reading ?

The Best Light Is Brief

Earlier this month, I volunteered for the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF), which is how I came to manage the passholder line for a weekend showing of The Adderall Diaries starring James Franco as author Stephen Elliott. I was armed… Continue reading ?

Best Translated Book Awards finalists

They've announced the Best Translated Book Awards finalists -- ten titles in the fiction category, six in poetry. The fiction finalists are: Arvida by Samuel Archibald, translated from the French by Donald Winkler (Canada, Biblioasis) The...Show More Summary

International Book Festival Budapest

The International Book Festival Budapest begins tomorrow, running through the 24th. Slovakia is the 'guest of honour'-country, and while they've enticed few US or UK authors, there will be a very full slate of Hungarian authors pres...

The Lights of Pointe-Noire review-overview

The most recent addition to the complete review is a review-overview of A Memoir by Alain Mabanckou, The Lights of Pointe-Noire. I still can't work myself up to writing about memoirs at the moment, but figured it was worth posting the...Show More Summary

Prizes: Pulitzers

As widely reported, they've announced this year's Pulitzer Prizes -- and the fiction prize went to The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen -- conveniently just out in paperback. It beat out finalists Get in Trouble by Kelly Link and Maud's...Show More Summary

Revolt on Mount Parnassus: An Allegory in Copy/Paste

Introduction PARIS - AUGUST, 1870 - An incorrigible, horrible genius. A fifteen year-old! disembarks at Rue de Maubeuge. A concussion of uncombed hair infested with a plague of lice. Soiled clothing. A homicidal cupid with the enormous hands of a strangler. Show More Summary

Prize: Prix mondial Cino Del Duca

They've apparently announced that Sylvie Germain has won this year's Prix mondial Cino Del Duca, which she gets to pick up -- along with the €200,000 (!) prize money -- 8 June. Not that they've managed to mention this at the official...Show More Summary

The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction

It's already been available via Amazon for a few weeks now, but this is the originally announced official publication date for my The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction, and so it should now be more or less readily available...Show More Summary

The Master Key review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Togawa Masako's first mystery (from 1962), The Master Key.

SLOVO Festival

In London the SLOVO Russian Literature Festival runs through the 24th, with quite a few well-known authors (including Boris Akunin and Mikhail Shishkin) still to appear. Interesting to see/note that they see fit (and/or think it important) to mention -- quite prominently -- that: "SLOVO is not supported by the Russian government".

Singnagtugaq review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Mathias Storch's Singnagtugaq: A Greenlander's Dream -- apparently the first Greenlandic novel (first published in 1914), and now available in English, from, of course,Show More Summary

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