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New short story published

Belated news that I had a short story published earlier this year by a small Australian publisher, In Short Publishing. The story is called Boy, Dog, Accordion, and it's published as a pocket-size book.

Links & Reviews

- In Science, "Goats, bookworms, a monk's kiss: Biologists reveal the hidden history of ancient gospels."- Alison Flood and Sian Cain report on "the strange world of book thefts" for the Guardian.- Julie Miller posts for the LOC blog...Show More Summary

Dear Future People

  how angels would walk the ocean if they wanted to walk. They don’t. They hover.   —”Water at Night,” Marianne Boruch   —or did you get past us, just far… Continue reading ?

Liao Yiwu Q & A

Peace Prize of the German Book Trade-winning author Liao Yiwu's Die Wiedergeburt der Ameisen -- apparently only available in German, for now -- is among the titles longlisted for the 2017 Jan Michalski Prize (see also the S.Fischer publicity...Show More Summary

Meja Mwangi in ... German

Kenyan author Meja Mwangi's Christmas Without Tusker came out in English a few years ago (get your copy at or, but barely registered in the US or UK (as an 'Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,830,206' suggests...)...Show More Summary

'World Series'-Q & A

The Peter Owen/Istros Books World Series publishes a trio of books from less widely translated languages at a time, and at the Los Angeles Review of Books Susan Curtis-Kojakovi? interviews Simon Smith about it, in From Slovenia to Spain:...Show More Summary

City of Ulysses review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Teolinda Gersão's City of Ulysses, recently out from Dalkey Archive Press.

The Kakutani booked-out at The New York Times

Michiko Kakutani has been reviewing books at The New York Times since 1983 (!), and has long surely been the most influential daily-newspaper reviewer in the United States (not that most people could name very many (any ?) others...),...Show More Summary

CWA International Dagger shortlist

They've announced the shortlists for the CWA Daggers -- including for the CWA International Dagger, awarded for the best translated: "crime novels (defined by the broadest definition)". Somewhat surprisingly, three of the six finalists are under review at the complete review : Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaître, tr. Show More Summary

Writing the Great American Novel Amid Breast Augmentation Ads

There’s this breast augmentation ad on the subway where this woman’s holding oranges over her chest and looking sad in the lefthand picture and grapefruits over her chest and looking… Continue reading ?

Man Booker Prize longlist

They've announced the longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize, thirteen novels that include the new one by Arundhati Roy, Colson Whitehead's already much-prized The Underground Railroad and George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo, the...Show More Summary


At the BBC Benjamin Ramm offers an overview of The writers who defied Soviet censors, a nice little look back at the samizdat (etc.)-phenomenon.

Keshiki chapbook reviews

"Strangers Press is dedicated to publishing the finest literature in translation in collaboration with the British Centre for Literary Translation, University of East Anglia, and Writers' Centre Norwich" -- so that's about as promising...Show More Summary

NSFW: On “Hysterical Literature,” Leaves of Grass, and the Sexy Reading Movement

Somewhere in the foggy realm between performance art and porno, on a YouTube channel where a poem drives up page views, a woman reads aloud from a paperback book. She… Continue reading ?


The Paraty International Literary Festival starts today and runs through Sunday. Sofia Perpetua's preview at PRI's The World reports For the first time in its history, Brazil's top literary festival showcases books by women and minorities, while The Rio Times' preview by Beatriz Miranda reports that Rio's FLIP Literature Festival Returns to Paraty this Wednesday.

'Translator as Medium'

At the World Literature Today weblog they have an essay (originally published in Turkish, in the July issue of the (Cologne-based) literary journal Sabah Ülkesi) by Charlotte Mandell, Translator as Medium. (Mandell's translations include Mathias Énard's Compass.)

Living with the Living Dead review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Greg Garrett on The Wisdom of the Zombie Apocalypse, in Living with the Living Dead, recently out from Oxford University Press

Unaccessioned material: Miss D’Arcy Thompson and works by Charles Bennett

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a Special Collections Division in possession of good books, must have a backlog of unaccessioned material”. Okay, so this perhaps doesn’t quite roll […]

Naiyer Masud (1936-2017)

Urdu-writing author Naiyer Masud has passed away; see, for example, the report at the Times of India (though note that I have not been able to find any evidence of the Collected works of Naiyer Masud they claim Oxford University Press...Show More Summary

Publishing in ... Germany

Generally, the new opportunities for small and independent publishers are a positive, but when it comes to, as Sabine Peschel reports at Deutsche Welle, New strategies for far-right publishers in Germany, well... sigh.

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