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- Erik Kwakkel and Giulio Menna have launched a new website, Quill: Books Before Print.- Philip Palmer writes on the Clark Library blog (The Clog) about manuscript captions added to early woodcuts and engravings.- The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has partially reversed the GSU e-reserves decision handed down in May 2012. Show More Summary

Writing in ... China

While on the one hand, as reported at Livemint, Publishers aim to take Chinese literature to the world, the local authorities haven't all gotten the memo -- or rather: they're sticking with an old script. Yes, as Xinhua reports in China...Show More Summary

52 Weeks of Historical How-To’s, Week 51: How to discover a planet

Humans have been looking to the night sky for millennia in awe and wonder of the heavens above us, or in contemplation of the complex forces that guide the seemingly […]

Linda Boström Knausgaard

The Literary Saloon reports that a book by Linda Boström Knausgaard will soon be making its way to the English language. Yes, that name should look familiar to you. In The Bookseller Anna James reports that Visser of De Geus launches English language publisher — which is to be called World Editions. Show More Summary

Some Thoughts on the Nobel as Institution

Jacobin has an interesting, if problematic take on the Nobel Prize in Literature as an institution. The thrust of it is that the Literature Prize as it currently stands is a golem-esque creation of transnational capitalism, serving its...Show More Summary

Marilynne Robinson profile

In The Telegraph Jane Mulkerrins profiles Marilynne Robinson: the Pulitzer Prize winning author on her new book.

De Sade exhibit

A Marquis de Sade exhibit, 'Sade, attaquer le soleil', has opened at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris -- complete with supplementary website and near-X-rated video trailer, Une exposition, un regard. See also the AFP article -- here at the...Show More Summary

10:04 by Ben Lerner

After reading many, many translations, I am attempting to catch up with developments in mainstream American prose; i.e., the “big names” in American fiction. The last book I read in this vein was The Flamethrowers, which I liked to a point. Show More Summary

The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness

Rebecca Solnit has a new essay collection publishing from Trinity University Press: The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness. Kirkus offers an early review: In her latest collection of previously published essays, Solnit (Men Explain...Show More Summary

The Lot of the World Famous Translator in Japan

I have to say, it’s perfect that Murakami does translation in the afternoon to relax after a morning of writing. Murakami of course knows that he needs to be translated in order to be read widely. He is very conscious of the power of translation, being himself one of Japan’s most important translators of American literature. Show More Summary

Translations from ... Greek

In the Irish Times Richard Pine worries that: 'Bureaucratic and fitful support for translators risks hampering authors', as Greek literature risks getting lost in translation. As long as I can remember, Greek fiction has always fared poorly in translation -- only a couple of big names (i.e. Show More Summary

Prize for Catholic literature

At The Washington Post's 'Style Blog' (?) Ron Charles writes about a New $25,000 prize for Catholic literary arts, the George W. Hunt Prize. (There doesn't seem to be any dedicated website or the like yet, or information at the sponsoring...Show More Summary

Man Booker shortlist sales figures

The winner of this year's Man Booker Prize will be announced today, and in The Telegraph Anita Singh notes that one title towers above the others -- at least as far as UK sales figures goes, as American short-listed novel outsells rivals. Yes: Karen...Show More Summary

The Book of Sins review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Chen Xiwo's The Book of Sins, just out in English.

Debut Novel of the Year?

Nice piece on The Wallcreeper by Jonathon Sturgeon. Also, before I get to the blockquote, how awful is it that currently the only Amazon review of this book is a one-star review by someone identifying as “Chris Roberts, God,” which includes...Show More Summary

Online Book Discussion of Ann Patchett’s STATE OF WONDER: Week Two

“Drink it!” Barbara said sharply. “I’m tired of trying to help you. Drink it all down, one swallow, come on. This is what we do down here in hell.” Picking up on Natalie’s analysis of the role played by the… Continue reading ?

Special Collections Visiting Scholars – Lang and the Works of Tolkien

Sharin Schroeder spent two weeks in our reading room in July as part of the 2014 Visiting Scholarship Programme. In this fascinating blog post, she explains how studying our Andrew Lang collection […]

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