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Park Kyong-ni prize

The Park Kyong-ni prize is the big South Korean international literary award founded five years ago, and they've now announced this year's winner -- selected from five finalists: Isabel Allende, Amitav Ghosh, Milan Kundera, Amos Oz, and Philip Roth. Last summer, in the NB column on the back page of the Times Literary Supplement J.C. Show More Summary

Goldsmiths Prize shortlist

They've announced the six-title strong shortlist for the Goldsmiths Prize -- "awarded to a book that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterises the genre at its best". It looks like a decent...Show More Summary

Bookselling in ... Nigeria

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani has an interesting piece on the book business in Nigeria, The Secret of Nigerian Book Sales at The New Yorker's Currency-weblog.

Vilas Sarang profile

Marathi- and English-writing Indian author Vilas Sarang passed away earlier this year (see my mention), and in The Caravan Mantra Mukim's extensive look at 'Vilas Sarang's bilingual modernism', Laughter in the Dark, is now freely accessible -- a good introductory overview.

Man Tiger review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of the other Eka Kurniawan novel to appear in English last month, Man Tiger; I reviewed Beauty is a Wound a few weeks ago.

Looking forward to the Nobel Prize in Literature

It's that time of the year again, and the Nobel Prize in Literature may very well be announced one week from today, on 8 October. (The prize is always announced on a Thursday in October -- but the Swedish Academy only reveals the actual...Show More Summary

Not the Folio Prize

The Folio Prize was to be an alternative-Man Booker Prize. They handed out the prize in 2014 and in 2015, but sponsor Folio ditched them, and they apparently haven't been able to find a new sponsor (and name...) -- and now they've announced...Show More Summary

Writing in ... Indonesia

At Wayan Sunarta 'sheds light on the history of modern Indonesian literature', in The island that literature forgot, a useful introductory overview.

Korean literature abroad

In The Korea Herald Literature Translation Institute of Korea-president Kim Seong-kon considers, yet again, ways of Raising the profile of Korean literature overseas. He notes: "my immediate concern is translation" -- and that, apparently: In...Show More Summary

Agustín Fernández Paz reviews

The most recent additions to the complete review are my reviews of two of popular Galician-writing author Agustín Fernández Paz's novels just out from Small Stations Press: Black Air Winter Letters These are apparently nominally 'YA' horror novels, but differ from most US/UK YA fiction in that the characters are adult.

Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature

The winners of the (Kenyan) Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature -- actually several prizes -- have been announced, with Dust (by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor) winning the adult English category (a book that's actually available in US and UKShow More Summary

Writing in ... Indonesia

In less than a month Indonesia will be Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and at Inside Indonesia Petia Dimitrova has a Q & A with Lontar's John McGlynn about Bringing Indonesian literature to the world. Meanwhile, at More Summary

Blurbs !

'Blurbs' remain a fascinating part of the odd business that is publishing, and at NPR Colin Dwyer offers an enjoyable overview, in Forget The Book, Have You Read This Irresistible Story On Blurbs ? (I tend not to be much moved by blurbs...Show More Summary

Dalkey's new home

As I previously mentioned Dalkey Archive Press has moved on -- to the University of Houston-Victoria, Texas -- and, as the Victoria Advocate reports they've now settled in, as Dalkey publishes first books since relocating to UHV. NoShow More Summary

Multiple Personalities review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Tatyana Shcherbina's Multiple Personalities, just out from Glagoslav.

Variations on Shakespeare

So they're apparently publishing a Hogarth Shakespeare-series -- "Shakespeare's plays reimagined by some of today's bestselling and most celebrated writers". Sort of like Canongate's Myths-series (which seems to have sadly petered out;...Show More Summary

The French influence in Viet Nam

Via I'm pointed to a Vi?t Nam News piece on Scholars debate role of French language in Viet Nam -- an interesting look at the colonial legacy. Interesting to see them consider the consequences of changed circumstances: "It makes sense that young students have decided to focus on English due to globalisation," he said. Show More Summary

Kafka, Angry Poet

Pascale Casanova's The World Republic of Letters impressed me greatly, and I was very pleased to see and now read a copy of her Kafka, Angry Poet (see the Seagull publicity page, or get your copy at or -- but...Show More Summary

109 entries, no winner

The US$100,000 NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature rotates through (four) genres, and this year it was the turn of children's literature. They got 109 entries, but, as Evelyn Osagie reports in The Nation, No winner for 2015 NLNG's Literature...Show More Summary

Sigit Susanto Q & A

At Birgit Lattenkamp has a Q & A with Indonesian author Sigit Susanto (as Indonesia-as-guest-of-honour-time at the Frankfurt Book Fair approaches, in a couple of weeks). He is a bit concerned that Indonesia isn't fully prepared for Frankfurt, and suggests: Maybe Indonesia will be guest of honour again in 2025, and can be better prepared to present itself then.

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