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Red Roofs & Other Stories review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Tanizaki Jun'ichir?'s Red Roofs & Other Stories. It's great to see a small surge of new Tanizaki translations -- though still only covering part of his very extensive output. New...Show More Summary


The Palestine Festival of Literature runs through the 18th -- the tenth time they've held it since its 2008 founding.

Sunday Times Literary Award shortlists

They've announced the shortlists for the (South African) Sunday Times Literary Awards -- for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize and the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction. None of the fiction titles appear to be US-available in print at this...Show More Summary

Literature in ... Telugu

At The Wire Mukesh Manjunath wonders Where Have All the Telugu Readers Gone ? There are actually four translated-from-the-Telugu titles under review at the complete review -- but they are all 'classical': The Story of Manu, by Allasani Peddana The Demon's Daughter and The Sound of the Kiss, both by Pi?ga?i S?ranna Girls for Sale, by Gurajada Apparao

Science fiction in ... China

Yet another article about the wave(let) of Chinese science fiction, as Rachel Cheung reports on Science fiction's new golden age in China, what it says about social evolution and the future, and the stories writers want world to seeShow More Summary

The Woman Priest review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Sylvain Maréchal's slim 1801 novella, The Woman Priest, out last year from the University of Alberta Press. Maréchal is a pretty interesting secondary literary figure from...Show More Summary

Cassava Republic Press profile

Cassava Republic Press continues to be one of the big recent African publishing success stories, and at Quartz Africa Frankie Edozien writes about How a boutique Nigerian book publisher is breaking into the US market.

Alberto Manguel, head librarian

The Library at Night-author Alberto Manguel has followed in the footsteps of Jorge Luis Borges, taking up -- not uncontroversially -- the position of director of the National Library of Argentina -- and in The Globe and Mail Stephanie...Show More Summary

Syjuco on art and literature

Ilustrado-author Miguel Syjuco -- currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice, Literature, and Creative Writing at... NYU Abu Dhabi -- contributed a piece explaining that Art and literature are vital to democracy -- here's why to the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2017 -- and it's good to see that being part of the discussion.

Georges Perec in La Pléiade

There are a dozen Georges Perec-titles under review at the complete review -- and some Perec-related one's as well (including David Bellos' invaluable, wonderful biography) and, yes, he is much admired hereabouts -- so it's great toShow More Summary

Literature in translation in ... the UK

In The Bookseller Katherine Cowdrey reports that A L Kennedy blasts publishers for attitude towards translated literature, reporting on a European Literature Night event on Wednesday.

Albertine Prize

They've announced the winner of the inaugural Albertine Prize -- a: "reader's choice award" that: "recognizes American readers favorite work of contemporary French fiction" -- and it is Bardo or Not Bardo, by Antoine Volodine; see also...Show More Summary

Dorthe Nors Q & A

At PEN Atlas Theodora Danek has a Q & A with Dorthe Nors -- mainly about her Man Booker International Prize-shortlisted Mirror, Shoulder, Signal; see the Pushkin Press publicity page, or get your copy at or I...Show More Summary

The King of Fools review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Frédéric Dard's The King of Fools -- just out in the UK, and coming to the US in September. Great to see Pushkin Press brining these Dards out at a steady clip.

Victor Martinovich Q & A

At Deutsche Welle Tatsiana Weinmann has a Q & A with Paranoia-author Victor Martinovich, 'More arbitrary arrests than ever before': Why there's no reason for optimism in Belarus. Interestingly, he says: What turns writers into enemies...Show More Summary

New issue of World Literature Today

The May-August double issue of World Literature Today is now available, with some content freely accessible online. The focus is: 'New Native Writing'. And, of course, as with every issue: particularly recommended are the book revie...

YA reading in ... Iran

In the Tehran Times Samaneh Aboutalebi reports that Foreign novels more appealing to Iranian teens: publisher. Apparently in Iran: Children are smarter nowadays and they have an unlimited access to other media so they don't enjoy simple...Show More Summary

Chinese/Russian translation

It's always good to hear of translation-into-English, but that shouldn't be the be-all/end-all, and it's good to see efforts to foster translation into other languages too. In the Global Times Zhang Yuchen reports that the Director-general...Show More Summary

Nabokov's Favorite Word is Mauve review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Ben Blatt's new literary number-crunching book, Nabokov's Favorite Word is Mauve. Fun comparison: US subtitle: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing UK subtitle: The literary quirks and oddities of our most-loved authors

Literary prize: RSL Ondaatje Prize

They've announced that the £10,000 RSL Ondaatje Prize -- awarded: "for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place" -- goes to Golden Hill, by Francis Spufford, this year. 'A Novel of Old New...Show More Summary

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