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Fall issue of Asymptote

The fall issue of Asymptote is now online -- and there is a lot of very good material here: fiction, non, poetry, drama, interviews, and criticism. I won't even list the highlights-- just check it (all) out for yourself.

Premio Planeta

Sure, the Nobel Prize in Literature -- paying out SEK 8 million (about US$ 905,000) this year -- is the biggest of the literary prizes out there, but it's a career-spanning (and, as we've now learned, very-loose-in-its-interpretation-of-'literature')...Show More Summary

Deep Vellum, reorganized

Deep Vellum has quickly made an impact in the literature-in-translation market -- see the titles under review at the complete review -- as well as running an actual storefront in Dallas. There's now been some reorganization of the operations, and in the Dallas News Lauren Smart invites you to Meet the new owner of Deep Vellum Books, Anne Hollander.

The Silent Dead review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Honda Tetsuya's The Silent Dead. This is the first in a series, and I do appreciate the US (and UK) publishers actually starting at the beginning (almost a rarity with translated...Show More Summary

Alan Bennett profile

In The Guardian Mark Lawson profiles Alan Bennett (The Uncommon Reader, etc.).

Carlos Fonseca Q & A

At Bomb Chloe Aridjis has a Q & A with Carlos Fonseca, whose Colonel Lágrimas is just out in English.

Filming books in ... Egypt

In Al-Monitor David Awad wonders Will screenwriters boost Egypt's literary scene ? Apparently: Writers and producers recently revived the idea of turning widely read and best-selling novels into screenplays. Given how common this has always been I'm surprised (and have my doubts...) that it ever fell out of fashion; still, old or new idea, it presumably can't do much harm.

Nordic noir overview

At the TLS Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurðardóttir offers a solid overview/introduction to 'Nordic noir', in Snowed under.

Profile: María Kodama

In the Sydney Review of Books James Halford profiles Jorge Luis Borges' widow, in Such Loneliness in that Gold: María Kodama on Life After Borges.

Profile: Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I have no idea what prompted this or why The Washington Post thinks Carlos Ruiz Zafón is The bestselling literary sensation you may struggle to name, but Manuel Roig-Franzia profiles the The Shadow of the Wind-author -- and the anecdote about the 'Dragon's Cave', a pretty fancy author-indulgence, is certainly weirdly interesting.

Writing in ... China

In Observer (as it's now apparently called...), Josh Feola and Michael Pettis report that Chinese Literature Finds Its Place, a slightly odd piece -- "Dazed and dealing with rapid modernization, PRC now produces writers who are unmistakably Chinese" -- that nevertheless offers a glimpse of some of the ways in which writing has changed in China over the past few decades.

Bob Dylan as Nobel laureate

As discussed yesterday -- hey, it takes a while for the reality of this to sink in -- they named... Bob Dylan this year's Nobel laureate. A few more observations now that it's (very slowly...) sinking in: - I think the selection was a misstep for the Swedish Academy. They've made some... Show More Summary

Dario Fo (1926-2016)

On the day they announced this year's winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature comes word that (controversial) 1997 laureate Dario Fo has passed away; see, for example, obituaries by Michael Billington (in The Guardian) and Jonathan Kandell (in The New York Times).

Monsieur de Bougrelon review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Jean Lorrain's Monsieur de Bougrelon, a nice little fin de siècle novel set in Amsterdam, forthcoming from Spurl Editions.

The Nobel Prize in Literature goes to ...

The Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced today at 13:00 Stockholm time (that's 7:00 AM EST); you can watch the announcement live at the official site. [This post will be updated shortly after the official announcement, and then, until further notice, throughout the day as more information becomes available.]

Nigeria Prize for Literature

They've announced that the US$100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature -- awarded for a work of fiction this year -- goes to Season of Crimson Blossoms (by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim); see also the Cassava Republic publicity page, the Van Aggelen African Literay Agency information page, or pre-order your copy at or

The Cathedral of Mist review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Paul Willems' The Cathedral of Mist -- the second Belgian work translated by Edward Gauvin reviewed in a row (in an odd coïncidence). This volume -- and it is a lovely little (truly pocket-sized, as all books should be) volume -- is from Wakefield Press.

Nobel Prize in Literature: one more day

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced tomorrow, Thursday, 13 October, at 13:00 Stockholm time (that's 7:00 AM EST); you can watch the announcement live at the official site. The odds at Ladbrokes and Unibet are worth keeping...Show More Summary

Prizes: CWA Daggers

The British Crime Writers' Association has announced its 'Daggers' literary awards, in a variety of categories (sorry, no convenient one-page list/press release available as I write this...), and Pierre Lemaitre's The Great Swindle,Show More Summary

Prize: Austrian Book Prize shortlist

They've announced the five titles remaining in the running for the Österreichische Buchpreis, selected from 95 entries. The winner of the €20,000 prize will be announced 8 November.

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