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Prizes: NSW Premier's Literary Awards

They've announced the winners of this year's (Australian) NSW Premier's Literary Awards -- possibly even at the official site, but I can't make heads or tails (much less want to wade through) that user-unfriendliest of abominations. Fortunately,...Show More Summary

The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction in the UK

My book, The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction came out in the US last month, and today is apparently the offical UK (and beyond...) publication date -- so if you haven't pre-ordered or gotten your copy yet, you can...Show More Summary

Shalimar the Clown, the opera ?

Yes, apparently the world premiere of an opera version of Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown -- music by Jack Perla, libretto by Rajiv Joseph -- will take place at the Opera Theatre of St.Louis 11 June.

ZIBF preparations

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair runs 27 to 30 July this year, and in The Herald they're suggesting It's time to revamp ZIBF. There's much reveling in what once was -- "ZIBF used to be one of the prestigious events on the local arts...Show More Summary

The Widow review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Georges Simenon's 1942 novel, The Widow -- one of his darker, non-Maigret titles, which New York Review Books re-issued a couple of years ago This was made into a film in...Show More Summary

Prize: Sunday Times Fiction Prize shortlist

They've announced the shortlist for this year's (South African) Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize The winner will be announced 25 June.

Prize: Dylan Thomas Prize

The International Dylan Thomas Prize is only limitedly international -- "The £30,000 Prize is awarded to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under", but I guess 'international' sounds better than 'monolingual'... Show More Summary

Frédéric Dard

Good to see some Frédéric Dard anticipation-excitement building, as Pushkin Press are set to publish a couple by the prolific (and super-best-selling) French master -- even if it comes with horrific headlines such as 'Unknown' French...Show More Summary

Lydia Davis Q & A

At the Los Angeles Review of Books Liesl Schillinger inaugurates what sounds like a promising series of conversations with literary translators which, she explains: "reflect my desire to learn as much as I could about these masters,Show More Summary

'The Sound of Translation' panel

On Tuesday 17 May, at 19:30, there will be a panel on The Sound of Translation at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, moderated by Liesl Schillinger (who is obviously prepped and ready for some serious translation discussion; see...Show More Summary

The Bulgarian Truck review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Dumitru Tsepeneag's A Building Site Beneath the Open Sky, The Bulgarian Truck, recently published by Dalkey Archive Press.

Norway 2019 Guest of Honour at Frankfurt Book Fair

Planning ahead, they've announced that Norway is the Guest of Honour at Frankfurt Book Fair 2019. This year's guest of honour will be Flanders and the Netherlands, followed by France (2017) and Georgia (2018) Norway "boasts some of Europe's...Show More Summary

Caine Prize shortlist

They've announced the shortlist for the Caine Prize for African Writing -- selected from 166 stories by writers from 23 African countries. You can read the shortlisted stories at the official site; the winner will be announced 4 July, in Oxford (yes, the Oxford in the UK, because... it's a prize for African writing, so... of course...).

José Eduardo Agualusa Q & A

José Eduardo Agualusa's A General Theory of Oblivion was a finalist this year for both the Best Translated Book Award and the Man Booker International Prize -- it didn't win the BTBA, but still has a chance to take the MBIP next week...Show More Summary

Writing in ... Malay(sia)

Oh, dear ! As the Malay Mail reports: "literary laureate Datuk Zurinah Hassan is appalled at the taste of local readers". Don't they know better ? Don't they know what's better for them ? (Because Zurinah apparently does.....) Apparently...Show More Summary

Sphinx Q & A

At The Atlantic Stephanie Hayes has a Q & A with the translator of Anne Garréta's Sphinx, Emma Ramadan, The Challenge of Genderless Characters.

Constellation review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Adrien Bosc's 2014 Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française-winning Constellation, just out in English from Other Press. (This is -- surprisingly, to me -- the tenthShow More Summary

Prize: Leopold-Lucas-Preis

The Dr. Leopold-Lucas-Preis is a €50,000 prize, awarded annually by the University of Tübingen for outstanding achievement in the fields of theology, history, philosophy, or the like, and while there's no word yet at the official site,...Show More Summary

Prizes: New Zealand Book Awards

They've announced the winners of the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards, with Coming Rain (by Stephen Daisley) beating out 62 other submitted titles for best novel (see also the Text publicity page), while Witi Ihimaera won in the memoir category.

Italian Q & A

Always nice to see the foreign press take an interest in the site and what I do, as la Repubblica now run Gianluca Modolo's Q & A with a celebrità del web me.

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