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Royal Society Science Book Prize

They've announced the winner of this year's Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize (while managing to avoid actually mentioning the winning title in the headline...), and it's Testosterone Rex, by Cordelia Fine. In the UK...Show More Summary

Swiss Book Prize finalists

They've announced the five finalists for this year's Schweizer Buchpreis, selected from seventy-eight (unfortunately -- but predictably -- not revealed...) submissions. (A reminder also that this is, in fact, the German-language Swiss Book Prize, limited as it is.....) The winner will be announced 12 November.

FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award shortlist

They've announced the six-title-strong shortlist for this year's the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. The winner will be announced 6 November.

Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist

The Canadian Scotiabank Giller Prize has announced its 2017 longlist -- twelve titles selected from 112 (unfortunately not revealed...) submitted title. Rachel Cusk's Transit has probably gotten the most attention outside Canada, but some other interesting-sounding titles here too. The shortlist will be announced shortly -- 2 October.

Graywolf Press Africa Prize

This is pretty neat: Graywolf has announced a Graywolf Press Africa Prize, "to be awarded for a first novel manuscript by an African author primarily residing in Africa". Yes, it's a bit odd that such a prize is being offered in/from... Show More Summary

State of the German Novel ?

In The Skinny Annie Rutherford profiles Clemens Meyer & Jenny Erpenbeck on the German Novel, focusing on their two most recent novels. Apparently: The German novels to be excited about right now have no comedy moustaches and no young...Show More Summary

Return to the Dark Valley review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Santiago Gamboa's new novel, Return to the Dark Valley, just out in English from Europa Editions.

Mogadishu Book Fair

They just held the third Mogadishu Book Fair (13 through 15 September), and Reuters reports (here in The Nation (Pakistan)) that Somali book fair offers respite from bombs. Not much foreign involvement yet -- which isn't the worst thing... -- but some good-sounding local activity.

Prix Sade

The prix Sade -- yes, as in the Marquis de Sade (whose The 120 Days of Sodom I recently reviewed...) -- has announced its 2017 winner, and it's...Gay Talese's The Voyeur's Motel (get your copy at or, which, honestly,...Show More Summary

New Quarterly Conversation

The Fall/2017 issue of the Quarterly Conversation is now available online, with the usual nice selection of coverage to keep you busy for a few days -- check it out.

St. Francis College Literary Prize

The biennial St. Francis College Literary Prize started in 2009 as a prize for an author's fourth book, but has since been expanded to consider any: "3rd to 5th published work of fiction" -- an expansion they might want to reconsider...Show More Summary

Manu Joseph Q & A

In The Hindu Tishani Doshi has From the flea market of frailties: an interview with Manu Joseph -- the author of The Illicit Happiness of Other People and Serious Men. His new book, Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous, discussed here, is just out (in India...); see the Harper Collins India publicity page.

(American) National Book Awards longlists

They've now announced all the titles longlisted for this year's (American) National Book Awards, in all four categories (fiction, non, poetry, and 'young people's literature'). The shortlists will be announced 4 October.

Text Book Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature finalists

They've announced the finalists for the biennial Text Book Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature, a leading Kenyan literary prize -- that admirably honors both books written in English as well as in Kiswahili. See also Joseph Ngunjiri reporting in the Daily Nation that Writers battle for Kenya's top literary prize.

The Gourmet Club review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of A Sextet of stories by Tanizaki Jun'ichir?, The Gourmet Club. Originally published in English in 2001, this has recently been re-issued by University of Michigan Press, and it was certainly worth resurrecting -- striking stuff.

Literary prizes: French longlists

After the Gonourt and Renaudot, a whole flurry of other French literary prize longlists have appeared, including now: - the prix Médicis -- which has a French novel category, and a foreign category, but only announced the 14-strong French...Show More Summary

Literary prize: Kobzar Literary Award shortlist

The biennial Kobzar™ Literary Award offers good prize money -- C$25,000 -- and an interesting purview, honoring: "contributions to Canadian literary arts through presentation of a Ukrainian Canadian theme with literary merit". The 2018...Show More Summary

Man Booker Prize shortlist

They've announced the six-title shortlist for this year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction -- three US authors, three UK authors (and none of the titles under review at the complete review...). (Ladbrokes offers odds on this, too -- and the George Saunders is the early heavy (2/1) betting favorite.) The winning title will be announced on 17 October.

Warwick Prize for Women in Translation longlist

They've announced the longlist for the debut Warwick Prize for Women in Translation The sixteen titles -- selected from (a mere, sigh) 58 eligible entries (which they admirably do reveal (as all literary prizes should, and the ridiculous...Show More Summary

Motoyuki Shibata Q & A

At the Words without Borders Daily weblog Susannah Greenblatt has An Interview with Motoyuki Shibata -- Japanese translator and editor in chief of Monkey Business. Good to hear: WWB: When you're curating an issue, do you think a lotShow More Summary

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