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Adelbert-von-Chamisso-Preis winds down

The Robert Bosch Stiftung has been handing out the Adelbert von Chamisso-Prize since 1985, to: "authors writing in the German language whose literature is affected by cultural changes" -- a decent € 15,000 for the prize-winner, and up...Show More Summary

A Novel of Infidelity in Dialogue with Elena Ferrante’s “The Days of Abandonment”

In the frenzied speculation over the identity of the pseudonymous author Elena Ferrante, Domenico Starnone has often been treated as a primary suspect. One of Italy’s most respected living writers, Starnone, like Ferrante, writes literary...Show More Summary

Nobel Prize nominations numbers

Only fifty years after the fact do they open up the Nobel Prize archives, revealing who was nominated and who the finalists were. So we have a long wait ahead of us until we learn whose been nominated this year -- but at least they toss...Show More Summary

Éditions des Saints Pères

Here's a niche-publishing idea that impresses: via Nirina Wolf's publisher-profile I learn of publisher Éditions des Saints Pères. They publish facsimile editions of literary manuscripts -- everything from Amélie Nothomb's Hygiene and the Assassin to Jane Eyre and Madame Bovary. Only limited sample views at the site, but, damn, these look nice !

Uniting for Writing

At its Feb. 7 meeting in New York, the Kenyon Review Board of Trustees approved a proposal from Kenyon College to incorporate management of the Kenyon Institute and its programs… Continue reading ?

Nordic Council Literature Prize finalists

I missed this a couple of weeks ago, but they've announced the Nominations for the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2017, the twelve finalists for the most prestigious prize for Scandinavian literature. (A surprising number of winners...Show More Summary

Frédéric Dard

Nice to see some Frédéric Dard-coverage at the Literary Hub -- though how I wish they wouldn't use that awful, awful headline, The Greatest French Crime Writer You've Never Heard Of, for the Paul French article. (I understand that my...Show More Summary

Dragomán György profile

At hlo Owen Good offers György Dragomán - a portrait, as the Hungarian author is enjoying considerable success -- with the film version of his novel, The White King recently released, and The Bone Fire due out in English... well, in a year (but you can already pre-order it at Among the interesting titbits: "Dragomán wrote his PhD on Samuel Beckett".

Poetry in Public: Or, Why I Leave the House

I recently returned to the Amy Clampitt House, where I’m in residence through June, after a multi-leg trip to Baltimore and Louisville. In Baltimore, I was reading for the Enoch… Continue reading ?

The Complicated Friendship of H. P. Lovecraft and Robert Barlow, One of His Biggest Fans

On June 18, 1931, a young man named Robert Barlow mailed a letter to the horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft’s stories about monstrous beings from beyond the stars were appearing regularly in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, and Barlow was a fan. Show More Summary

Science fiction in ... Arabic

In The National Hala Khalaf reports on Egyptian author Ahmed Khaled Towfik on the dissemination of Arabic science fiction, as the Utopia-author argues that: We have the imagination as a reader, but it's just not yet developed enoughShow More Summary

You Should Have Left review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Daniel Kehlmann's slim horror novel, You Should Have Left -- due out in English in June.

Selecting Woolf's Essays

It is time for a capacious, authoritative one-volume selection of Virginia Woolf's essays and journalism. (Perhaps one is in preparation. I don't know.) The sixth and final volume of her collected essays was released in 2011. It is wondrous,...Show More Summary

45 Years

Andrew Haigh wrote and directed one of my favorite films of the century so far, Weekend, and his 2015 movie 45 Years is based on David Constantine's breathtaking short story "In Another Country" — as rich and perfect a story as you're...Show More Summary

On Historical Fiction and John Williams

My latest column over at Literary Hub starts with Augustus, John Williams’s book of the incipient Roman Empire. (Since publishing the column, I have been surprised to learn that many people who love Stoner had no idea of this book’s existence. Which is particularly surprising since it may be better than Stoner.) The column uses Continue Reading

The Show – Episode 1 of 3

My first serious girlfriend told me once that she wasn’t sure her grandparents would be okay with me. My existence was problematic, that is, relative to their granddaughter. I don’t… Continue reading ?

When the Oppens Gave Up Art to Fight Fascism

Late in 1935, the artist Mary Oppen and her husband, George, a poet, made a decision. The young couple had recently returned to New York after several years abroad. In Europe, they had read the signs. Jews were fleeing Germany; in Italy, Mussolini was an object of worship. Show More Summary

Happy International Women’s Day? Not in Morocco

I’d like to wish all of you a Happy International Women’s Day! Let’s all do what we can to #BeBoldForChange. I would really like it to be a happy day for women in Morocco, too, but[...]

Quo Vadis, White Guy?

It’s a question that keeps coming back to me: Why are white guys so angry? Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against white guys, being one myself. It’s just… Continue reading ?

Women's prize long- and shortlists

Today is International Women's Day, so, appropriately enough two literary prizes open only to female authors have announced their long/shortlists: in Australia, the Stella Prize has announced its six-title shortlist (the winner to be...Show More Summary

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