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'Two Month Review'

Who doesn't enjoy a good literary discussion ? Debate, exegesis, commentary, and a solid list of guest-commentators -- Open Letter/Three Percent's 'Two Month Review' is an impressive podcast exercise in deep-dive examination of recent...Show More Summary

White House Christmas book tree

In The Washington Post Nora Krug reports on The odd assortment of books that make up the White House Christmas book tree and... oh, my. It's nice to see there's some interest in books in the White House (hey, this "tree" is in the library...),...Show More Summary

Intizar Hussain Award

As reported in Dawn, 'Intizar Hussain Award' announced, as they've announced a new literary prize in Pakistan, to be awarded annually in two categories -- novel and short-story, written in Urdu -- and named after the Urdu great (author...Show More Summary

Baltic literature in translation

The 2018 London Book Fair has a Baltic Market Focus, and in preparation Leah Cross offers a convenient list of Upcoming Baltic Literature, at the British Council Literature blog. Great to see there's a decent amount (though too little from Estonia !), and quite a bit of this looks very promising.

Istros Books Q & A

At Balkanist Hannah Weber has a Q&A with Susan Curtis-Kojakovic of Istros Books: Bringing Balkan Literature to the World. Istros Books publish books from Eastern Europe; several are under review at the complete review, including Mircea...Show More Summary

Three Days and a Life review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Pierre Lemaitre's Three Days and a Life. (Lemaitre won the prix Goncourt a couple of years ago, for The Great Swindle.)

Patreon !

Like pretty much everyone else on the internet, I've also set up a Patreon page for the complete review. Advertising and Amazon-commissions provide some income for the site (i.e. me) but, as seems to be the experience of the vast majority...Show More Summary

Winner of the James D. Forbes Collecting Prize 2017

The winner of the James D. Forbes Collecting Prize 2017, Arthur der Weduwen, tells us about his collection… My book collection attempts to offer a representative sample of the cheap and […]

Best of the year lists

Yes, it's not even December yet, but the flood of 'best of the year'-lists is already overwhelming. The writer/reviewer/etc. personal recommendations are certainly preferable to the institutional lists; among these are: Books of theShow More Summary

Saturnin review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Zden?k Jirotka's 1942 Czech comic classic, Saturnin.

Links & Reviews

- The Library of Congress has acquired the Codex Quetzalcatzin, a pre-1600 Mesoamerican codex.- New from the wonderful Brattle Book Shop, Brattlecast, a short podcast about rare books and the business of selling them.- Try out the Folger's...Show More Summary

Translation from ... Japanese

Iain Maloney reports on the recent Strong Women, Soft Power Symposium #1: Towards a Community of Practice in Japanese Literary Translation in The Japan Times, in Ensuring women are not lost in translation. As one collective-member, Lucy North, notes: "There is a thirst for Japanese literature in the U.K. Show More Summary

Men without Women review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Murakami Haruki's recent story-collection, Men without Women.

Help fund a new piece of collaborative refugee fiction

Help fund a Kickstarter campaign for Shatila Stories, a collaborative piece of fiction by nine refugee writers from the Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon.

6 Questions for Jessica Powell on venture of the infinite man by Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda is one of the best-known poets in the Americas—indeed he is a writer who is considered canonical and essential—but his third book, venture of the infinite man, is little-known in the English language. That should change now that City Lights publishes its first-ever English translation in Jessica Powell’s imaginative English, with an introduction Continue Reading

Ko Un-room at Seoul Library

At the Seoul Metropolitan Library they've opened ??? ??, an homage to poet Ko Un (The Three Way Tavern, etc.), with, among other things, a recreation of his (book-filled) old study; see pictures from the opening. A very cool centerpiece: See also Park Hyun-koo reporting in The Korea Herald on Poet Ko Un's library reproduced, revealed to public.

Writing in ... Nigeria

In The New York Times Alexandra Alter reports on A Wave of New Fiction From Nigeria, as Young Writers Experiment With New Genres, as Nigeria continues to be touted as the African literary hot-spot.

'Bad Sex in Fiction Award' shortlist

The Literary Review has announced the shortlist for its 2017 'Bad Sex in Fiction Award' -- not yet at its official site, last I checked, but at The Guardian they have the full run-down, in Judges admit this year's Bad sex award entries...Show More Summary

Is Capitalism Obsolete ? review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of A Journey through Alternative Economic Systems by Giacomo Corneo, Is Capitalism Obsolete ? recently out from Harvard University Press. Interesting to see that, despite its...Show More Summary

Jan Michalski Prize

The Jan Michalski Prize for Literature is among the more interesting international book prizes, not limiting itself to books written/published in any specific language (though for all intents and purposes availability in at least English,...Show More Summary

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