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Eighteen years

The first reviews at the complete review were posted eighteen years ago today. Eighteen years ago. Eighteen years, and the 3920th review should go up sometime today. Don't really know what to say about this kind of anniversary. Except for that I have obviously wasted way, way too much time doing this. But, man, the books.....

Poetry In Public III: Deborah Bernhardt and Repetition

In the notes on “Genesis I” in Jerome Rothenberg’s Technicians of the Sacred, he writes: What’s of interest here isn’t the matter of the myth but the power of repetition &… Continue reading ?

Marvellous Merchiston: 400th anniversary of the death of the mathematician John Napier of Merchiston

Today is the 400th anniversary of the death of the mathematician John Napier of Merchiston, who died on the 4th April 1617.  Widely regarded as the first Scot to have […]

Four Questions for Deepak Unnikrishnan on Temporary People

Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan is a book (variously described as a novel, short stories, and something in between) based around the lives of people who come to the United Arab Emirates and, in the author’s words “are eventually required to leave.” Indeed, the UAE has become infamous for importing foreign-born people in order to Continue Reading

Publishing in ... Nigeria

In the Sunday Guardian Anote Ajeluorou reports that in Nigeria Book industry reels in debt as publishers, booksellers bicker. An interesting overview -- and a reminder of the importance of publishing/distribution/book-selling infrastructure for a functioning literary market and culture (specifically also in terms of supporting authors).

Shortlist: Wolfson History Prize

They've announced the six-title strong shortlist for the Wolfson History Prize -- with Yale University Press taking half the slots. The prize-winner will get £40,000 -- but, impressively, each finalist gets a very tidy £4,000, which is very high on the also-ran scale.

Shortlist: Women's Prize for Fiction

They've now announced the six-title shortlist for this year's 'Women's Prize for Fiction' -- insert name of sponsor wherever you'd like, I can't keep track any longer.....

Learn 'How to get the Nobel Prize in Literature' at Duke

Nobel Prize in Literature-discussion continues to be inescapable: I had hoped that with the covert meeting where a couple Swedish Academy member allegedly ooohed and aaahed over the gold medal with Dylan at his hotel (see my previous...Show More Summary

The Collected Poems of Thomas Bernhard

Over at Lit Hub, as part of their April recommended releases, I recommend the Collected Poems of Thomas Bernhard. This is a pretty massive release that has been a long time in the coming. It’s close to 500 pages, and it’s got everything. Bernhardians should rejoice.

Üç Tutku Kitap Kahve Çikolata Festivali

Hands down, this has to be the most inviting book festival concept, the ongoing (through 9 April) Turkish Üç Tutku Kitap Kahve Çikolata Festivali. Three passions indeed: books, coffee, and chocolate -- Turkish coffee, presumably, at that ! That's a pretty good combination -- enough to keep me going... Show More Summary

Radiant Terminus review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Antoine Volodine's Radiant Terminus, recently out from Open Letter. Though a lot about Volodine has appealed to me theoretically for a long time -- post-exoticism, and all...Show More Summary

April 1st: A Wedding, Poetry, and Venus Verticordia

For Emma I remember when Google released Gmail on April 1, 2004, and I was a senior in high school. My friends and I agreed that it was a big… Continue reading ?

Delany at 75

from The Polymath Samuel R. Delany just celebrated his 75th birthday, an auspicious occasion.I've been writing about Delany for over a decade now — I've written and published more about his work than about that of any other writer: introductions...Show More Summary

Links & Reviews

Lots of book fairs coming up this month: I'll be at the Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair in Richmond next weekend, then the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair (21–32 April) and the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair (28–29 April) - if you'reShow More Summary

Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933-2017)

Russian poet-superstar Yevgeny Yevtushenko has passed away; see, for example, the obituaries in The New York Times and The Guardian. I hadn't realized that the poet -- who thrived in the Soviet Union -- had decamped to... Oklahoma long...Show More Summary

Nobel handover (?)

Members of the Swedish Academy apparently bustled over to Bob Dylan's hotel yesterday to prostrate themselves before their idol ! hallelujah ! hallelujah ! hand-deliver the Nobel medal and diploma; so, anyway, Sara Danius claims at her...Show More Summary

Murakami review

In The Japan Times Daniel Morales finds 'Killing Commendatore': Murakami's latest lacks inspired touch of earlier works, as he reviews Murakami's latest (and not yet translated) novel, ??????. See also Morales' comments at his How To Japanese weblog.

On April Fools Day The Giraffes Are in Charge & They Are Poets

“Wouldn’t it be unique to have a calf that day?” —Zookeeper Jordan Patch on April the Giraffe   Today, this very first day of April, the giraffes are in charge, and… Continue reading ?

Global Humanities Translation Prize

Via I learn that they've handed out the US$5,000 Global Humanities Translation Prize for the first time, announcing that this prize: "for a translation-in-progress of a non-Western literary or scholarly text" will be shared by: Jason...Show More Summary

Prix Le Point du Polar européen

They've announced the winner of this year's prix Le Point du Polar européen -- a prize for the best European crime novel (if it ain't 'noir' -- it's 'polar'...) published in French (original or translation), which conveniently excludes...Show More Summary

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