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Return to Planet of the Apes

There's apparently a new Planet of the Apes-movie out, and in The Los Angeles Times David L. Ulin takes that as occasion to look back at The transformation of 'Planet of the Apes,' from book to movie legend. Pierre Boulle's book, onShow More Summary

??????? ????? longlist

They've announced the (very -- 24-title-strong) longlist for the ridiculously-named Russian 'Booker' prize, one of the leading Russian book prizes (which comes with a 1,500,000 ruble payout -- a decent $44,000 at current exchange rates...Show More Summary

Programmatic literature

Adam Bellow -- Saul's kid -- writes at the National Review Online encouraging (American) 'conservatives' to Let Your Right Brain Run Free, suggesting that the American 'right': "may have reached the limit of what facts and reasoned arguments...Show More Summary


In The New York Times Eve M. Kahn writes about Collecting Books That Are Just Covers -- any object: "that looks like a book but is not one". This sounds/looks pretty neat -- but I have to admit that learning the preferred term for such things is apparently... Show More Summary

Tim Parks on global lit.

Can books cross borders ? Tim Parks mulls over once again, this time in the Financial Times, trying to frame the question around the current 'debate on the British school literature syllabus'. A good point that some perhaps need reminding...Show More Summary

Authors recommend summer reads

In The Guardian they get a decent number of big-name authors to suggest their Best holiday reads 2014. Tucked in here is also some information I haven't heard elsewhere yet: one of those recommending is Sarah Churchwell, who writes: As...Show More Summary

The Symmetry Teacher review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Andrei Bitov's The Symmetry Teacher. I've repeatedly mentioned this, as one of the 2014 translations I was most eager to see -- and suggested months ago already that itShow More Summary

Bookselling in ... South Korea

In The Korea Herald Chung Joo-won finds examples of how local Small, unique booksellers survive competition. Always nice to see -- and that 'Your Mind; locale sure does look impressive at nighttime -- but I'm not sure how helpful itShow More Summary

Translation support

There's translation support and there's translation support: Geisteswissenschaften International -- 'Translation Funding for Work in the Humanities and Social Sciences' -- certainly lends a nice hand in supporting the translation ofShow More Summary

Wole Soyinka turns 80

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka turns 80 tomorrow, so it's good to see him get a bit of attention. At Deutsche Welle Thomas Mösch profiles him, in Nigerian Nobel laureate in literature Wole Soyinka turns 80, while in This Day Dele Momodu...Show More Summary

Amos Oz to get inaugural Siggi

I recently mentioned that, in tidying up his affairs, German author Siegfried Lenz has established a biennial 'Siegfried-Lenz-Preis', an author prize that, at €50,000 vaults into the top tiers, money-wise, of German prizes. As I also...Show More Summary

Literary politicians

At USA Today they offer Daniel Lefferts' list of The 7 most literary politicians in history (pretty much what he originally offered at Bookish in The Most Literary Politicians in History, just without specific mention of a title in each...Show More Summary

Prize-winning French fiction in English (and not)

Nicely done: at French Culture Juliette Coirier and Sophie Thunberg collect information about Award-Winning French Novels, looking at the 112 books that were nominated for or that won sixteen of the major French literary awards in 2013. Fourteen...Show More Summary

Bookselling in France

In The New York Times Pamela Druckerman has an op-ed suggesting The French Do Buy Books. Real Books. noting that bookselling In France isn't quite like in the US. Notably, there are more bookstores -- and there's less discounting. And,...Show More Summary

'Japanese Illustrated Books'

Via I'm pointed to the nice online display the Metropolitan Museum has of their newly-acquired 'Japanese Illustrated Books' -- some really nice stuff. And again an excuse to remind you of Michael Emmerich's The Tale of Genji: Translation, Canonization, and World Literature, which really deserves more attention than it's gotten.

Mirror of Dew review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of The Poetry of ?lam-T?j Zh?le Q?'em-Maq?mi, Mirror of Dew, translated and with an introduction by Asghar Seyed-Gohrab. This is an Ilex Foundation publication (which at least...Show More Summary

Jan Michalski Prize longlist

They've announced the longlist -- well, the "First selection of the Jury" -- for the 2014 Jan Michalski Prize ("awarded for a work of world literature in the fiction and non fiction categories, except poetry"). The 2013 prize went to...Show More Summary

(UK) author earnings

Depressing word from ALCS, where New research into authors' earnings released, their survey What Are Words Worth Now ? (warning ! dreaded pdf format !) finding, from the near-2500 authors that responded, that the answer is: not so much. Median...Show More Summary

Amazon v. Hachette

The ongoing Amazon v. Hachette dispute is a fascinating train wreck of mega-corporate 'negotiations', with Amazon's latest salvo the inspired one of trying to undermine Hachette from within by suggesting that until the parties reconcile...Show More Summary

English PEN translation support

English PEN has announced which titles will be getting their 2014 'awards for promotion' and 'grants for translation' (with some lucky titles doubling up, getting both translation and promotional support). The titles offer a glimpse of some of the upcoming translations we can look forward to -- an interesting, varied lot (that includes a translation from the Turkmen).

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