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Nigeria Prize for Literature longlist

The NLNG-sponsored US$100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature rotates through four genres, year for year, and this year they're back to focusing on prose -- and they've now announced the eleven longlisted titles for the 2016 prize -- which...Show More Summary

The Mandibles review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Lionel Shriver's new novel, The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047. Certainly one of those fun-to-discuss novels -- with a lot of material that can be argued about.

Helen DeWitt profile

In this week's New York Christian Lorentzen profiles Helen DeWitt, in Publishing Can Break Your Heart -- a variously disturbing and fascinating piece. Her The Last Samurai was recently reissued by New Directions; see their publicity page, and get your copy at or; I read it way back when but really should get back to it again (and post review-coverage...).

Prix du Roman Fnac longlist

French retailer Fnac has announced the 30-title strong longlist for its Prix du Roman Fnac (yeah, the official site is still dealing with 2015, last I checked...); see, for example, the overview/list at Livres Hebdo -- a useful listShow More Summary

Bulgarian MFA ?

The creative-writing-programme plague continues to spread, now also to Bulgaria, where Radio Bulgaria reports on the Valeri Petrov Creative Writing Academy -- home to the flying people. Okay, the 'flying people' is a nice touch. Beyond...Show More Summary

Glagoslav Q & A

Publisher Glagoslav publishes an impressive variety of contemporary literature from Russia and the former Soviet Union, and at Russia Beyond the Headlines Alexandra Guzeva has a Q & A with managing director Maxim Hodak and editor Ksenia Papazova. Good to hear that Gnedich -- which I just reviewed -- is among their most successful titles.

Premio Strega

They've announced that this year's Premio Strega -- the major Italian literary prize -- goes to La scuola cattolica, by Edoardo Albinati, which got 143 of the 395 votes cast (the next highest total was 92, for L'uomo del futuro, by Eraldo...Show More Summary

More reviews of my CR Guide

It's great to see more online reviews of my The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction such as now at: His Futile Preoccupations..... Stochastic Bookmark Tony's Reading List Much appreciated !

(Not-quite-)Centro Federico García Lorca

Literary estates are always good for fun contentious stories, and the Fundación Federico García Lorca does not disappoint, as nicely explained in Doreen Carvajal's piece in The New York Times, Honoring García Lorca’s Genius: A Bout Over...Show More Summary

Massimo Carlotto recommends

Via I'm pointed to For All the Gold in the World-author Massimo Carlotto recommending 'the best Italian Crime Fiction' at Five Books. Admittedly, I would be slightly more... convinced if they weren't all published by Edizioni e/o (the Italian/original Europa Editions, as it were) -- who happen to be his publishers..... Still, certainly of some interest.

'Read African Books'

'Read African Books' is not just good advice but also the name of a new site established by, and complementing, the invaluable African Books Collective. Looks like a promising idea, and hopefully it can help generate more interest in what's available from the continent (because a lot is, and too few readers realize that...).

Gnedich review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Maria Rybakova's novel in verse, Gnedich, recently published by Glagoslav in an English translation by Elena Dimov. I'm a sucker for novels in verse -- and this is a good...Show More Summary

Summer reading suggestions

In The Guardian they have 'leading writers reveal which books they will be taking to the beach', in one of the better summer reading suggestion lists, The best books for summer 2016.

Translations from the ... French

At French Culture they have their now annual round-up of 'French Books in the US: The 2016 Edition', in summary-overview and (warning ! dreaded pdf format !) full detail. Counting all French translations into English published in the...Show More Summary

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg's The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules. The English translation of this came out in the UK -- and Canada -- in 2014, but it's taken until now for a US edition of this 'international bestseller' to come out. And note also the differences between the Canadian and US covers.....

Books are back ... in Japan ?

Kyodo News report that Books outsell mags at major Japan distributor for 1st time in 32 yrs -- in no small part due to the success of Matayoshi Naoki's Akutagawa Prize-winner, ?? (see also the J'Lit information page) -- as predictedShow More Summary

Getting ready for the rentrée littéraire

The French now also allow for a mini-rentrée in the winter, at the beginning of the year, but the real flood of books comes late August, with the traditional 'rentrée littéraire', when publishers bring out all their biggest fiction titles...Show More Summary

2017 Man Booker International Prize judges

They've announced the judges for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize-successor Man Booker International Prize, 2017, and it looks like a decent mix: the director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival (Nick Barley) is chair,Show More Summary

Europese Literatuurprijs

They've announced that this year's Europese Literatuurprijs -- a Dutch prize for the best novel originally written in a European language published in Dutch translation -- goes to the translation of Terre rare, by Sandro Veronesi --Show More Summary

Tim Parks Q & A

At the Los Angeles Review of Books Jonathan J. Clarke has a Q & A with translator and novelist Tim Parks. Lots of interesting observations -- including the differing receptions of his own work: The reception does vary country by country. In...Show More Summary

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