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In The Standard they consider the Diaspora influence on Zim literature, including in such works as Brian Chikwava's Harare North. They note: But what is also uniquely apparent is that the diaspora novel is becoming the dominant genre...Show More Summary
In The Independent Alice Jones and Nick Clark report that Creative writing courses are a waste of time, says Hanif Kureishi (who teaches one). So, for example, Kureishi acknowledges: A lot of my students just can't tell a story. They...Show More Summary
Sergei Dovlatov -- the Soviet writer who emigrated to the US in 1979 and died, aged just forty-eight, in 1990 -- has been getting more attention recently, with several of his books recently being published and re-published, including...Show More Summary
The New York Times Book Review has a solid Q & A that Daniel Sandstrom conducted with Philip Roth (The Plot Against America, etc.) for Svenska Dagblade, My Life as a Writer.
Via I'm pointed to Louis Templado's profile of Jay Rubin: Translator offers a peek into his life -- and Haruki Murakami's as well in The Asahi Shimbun.
They've announced the shortlist for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award (amazingly managing not to mention the titles of the shortlisted stories in the official announcement... see them at the main Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award...Show More Summary
They've announced the shortlist for the Rossica Translation Prize for translations from the Russian -- and on the same page they also list the longlisted titles, a great resource for those interested in recently translated-from-the Russian...Show More Summary
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Andrea Camilleri's pre-Inspector Montalbano-series novel from 1992, Hunting Season, finally coming out in English, too.
This year's 'Guest of Honour' at the Frankfurt Book Fair will be Finland, in 2015 it will be Indonesia, and while 2016 and 2017 are apparently still up for grabs, they announced a few days ago that Guest of Honour 2018: contract signed...Show More Summary
In The Sun Abanobi Chika and Odogwu Obinna have a Q & A with Chimamanda Adichie Among her comments: That's why I don't like granting interviews, because whatever you say, in 20 years, you'll still be quoted. But good also to see herShow More Summary
The March issues of several online periodicals are now up, including Words without Borders' Writing from Venezuela-themed issue, as well as the March issue of Open Letters Monthly.
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Tahsin Yücel's Skyscraper, a novel set in Istanbul, in 2073. I bought my copy of this book (used, at the Strand) -- and it came with a printout of the e-mail from thoseShow More Summary
In Haartez Chassia Chomsky Porat and Azar Dakwar try to make the case that Israeli-Arab literature is part of the nation's canon too -- though they admit that currently essentially: Arabic literature written in Israel simply does not...Show More Summary
Thursday evening Sara Bershtel received the Friedrich Ulfers Prize (awarded to someone: "who has championed the advancement of German-language literature in the United States"). Christoph Hein (Willenbrock, etc.) was to have given the laudatio, but was indisposed, and so Philip Boehm read his translation of Hein's prepared speech -- and Publishing Perspectives now prints it.
Rebecca Mead's My Life in Middlemarch (get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk) has certainly gotten a lot of attention -- but if it gets them talking about (and possibly reading...) Middlemarch one can't really complain. Now The...Show More Summary
In The Guardian Richard Williams profiles the Bonjour Tristesse-author, in François Sagan: 'She did what she wanted' (yeah, you figure they'd have tried to get her name right in the headline, but, well...).
They've announced the winner of the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize (though not yet at the official site, last I checked...), with Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death by Otto Dov Kulka taking the prize; see Jon Stock's report, OttoShow More Summary
The Ghana Literary Prize Foundation site seems to have been up for a couple of years already, but the prize itself still seems to be a work-in-progress -- so it's good to learn more about it now at GhanaWeb, where (the organization's...Show More Summary
The Festival Neue Literatur -- "New Writing from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S." -- runs today through Sunday in New York, and should be fairly interesting; watch curator Tess Lewis' video welcome and overview here. Only one of the participating author's books is under review at the complete review -- Abbas Khider's The Village Indian.
The March/April issue of World Literature Today is now available, with much of the material available online. Among the areas of focus: 2013 Puterbaugh Fellow Maaza Mengiste and 'Cross-Cultural Humor'. Most important, all the reviews are available, in the World Literature in Review section.