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Independent Foreign Fiction Prize shortlist

Two days after the announcement of the US Best Translated Book Award longlists (see my mention) the shortlist for the UK Independent Foreign Fiction Prize has now been announced; see also Nick Clark's report in The Independent. The six...Show More Summary

'Literary Hub'

New online periodical the Literary Hub started publishing yesterday. It is apparently meant to be: "an organizing principle in the service of literary culture, a single, trusted, daily source for all the news, ideas and richness of contemporary...Show More Summary

Publishing in ... Kurdistan

The Erbil International Book Fair runs through 12 April, and at Rudaw Campbell MacDiarmid reports that Kurdish books hot-sellers at Erbil book fair -- though the local situation has impacted sales and the number of visitors this yea...


In The Rag-Picker’s Guide to Poetry, Rick Barot, one of the book’s contributors, offers this bit of testimony about his development as a writer: For years, what I cared about were images. If the images were exact and memorable in… Continue reading ?

Best Translated Book Award longlists

They've announced the Best Translated Book Award longlists -- for fiction (25 titles; I was one of the judges) and for poetry (17 titles). The fiction list is as follows: Adam Buenosayres, by Leopoldo Marechal, tr. Norman Cheadle and Sheila Ethier The Author and Me, by Éric Chevillard, tr. Show More Summary

Sunday Times Fiction Prize longlist

They've announced the twenty-five-title strong (South African) Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize longlist. Lots of familiar big names -- Zakes Mda, Zoe Wicomb, and Ingrid Winterbach among them -- and several books that I catually...Show More Summary

Faces in the Crowd review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Valeria Luiselli's Faces in the Crowd. This was longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award (see above); I've been holding off covering any of the eligible titles theShow More Summary

James David Forbes Book Collecting Prize, 2015, Open!

Are you a hoarder? A collector? Are your shelves filled with your favourite titles? Or maybe you have box filled with letters or photographs which you’ve gathered over time? Tell […]

Anticipating the Best Translated Book Award longlist

The 25-title strong longlist for the fiction category of the Best Translated Book Award will be announced at Three Percent at 12:00 EST today (with the poetry longlist announced at 10:00 EST). Given that it's only being unveiled this...Show More Summary

2014 VIDA Count

The 2014 VIDA Counts are now up, measuring the sex-divides at various publications re. contributors, authorship of reviewed books, and bylines. Always interesting to see -- and usually leading to some useful discussion (though also admittedly a lot of less than useful discussion...).

Publishing in ... Burma

In The Myanmar Times Zon Pann Pwin reports on the Burmese publishing (well, printing) industry, in Hot off the press. Things have improved since the 1950s -- when there were: "about 10 book publishers who owned manual presses" -- though the transition to offset printing was... Show More Summary

Beast in View review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Margaret Millar's Edgar-winning 1955 novel, Beast in View. Syndicate Books acquired the Millar estate last year and plan to re-issue her books, starting this fall (in this, her centenary year). Here's hoping her often re-published (but rarely remaining in print) titles show some more staying power this time around.

The Illogic of Kassel

I really dug Enrique Vila-Matas’s latest, The Illogic of Kassel. Not going to say a whole lot at the moment since I’m trying to run down a review somewhere, but I will discuss it eventually, somewhere. This, his latest novel in Spanish,...Show More Summary

Join KR at AWP 2015!

Visit us April 8-11 at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center & Hilton Minneapolis Hotel. On Saturday, April 11th, the book fair, with over 700 exhibitors, will be open to the public. KR… Continue reading ?

Why We Chose It

Rolf Yngve’s “A Prerogative” I try not to make sweeping pronouncements about what does and doesn’t work in short stories, because I’ll always turn out to be wrong. But I’ve got some observations. I once mentioned to a room of… Continue reading ?

The Right Way to Do Plot Summary

At The New York Review of Books, Mark Lilla’s piece on Michel Houlellebecq’s new novel, Soumission, offers a tutorial in the right way to build a book review around plot summary. In general, I’m of the opinion that plot summary should never be attempted in a book review. Show More Summary

James Wood profile

In The Observer Peter Conrad profiles literary critic (and one-time novelist) James Wood. The occasion is apparently the publication of Wood's The Nearest Thing to Life, out from Jonathan Cape in the UK (see their publicity page) and... Brandeis University Press in the US (see their publicity page); get your copy at or

Black Diamond review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Zakes Mda's novel, Black Diamond, which recently came out in a nice-looking international edition from Seagull Books.

Links & Reviews

- Italian authorities said this week that some books seized from the library of former Italian senator Marcello Dell'Utri (now in prison for ties to organized crime) had been "removed from" from public and ecclesiastical libraries across Italy. Show More Summary

Best Translated Book Award longlist excitement

The longlist for the Best Translated Book Award (for which I am a judge) will be revealed in all its 25-title-strong glory on 7 April, but all last week Chad Post has been providing clues as to what made the cut at Three Percent. Helpfully,...Show More Summary

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