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Rheingau Literatur Preis

They've announced that the 2017 Rheingau Literatur Preis will be awarded (on 24 September) to popular German author Ingo Schulze. This is one of these gimmicky prizes that tries to stand out with a little twist to the actual prize --...Show More Summary

Fifteen years of the Literary Saloon

The complete review -- the site, the review stuff -- has been around since 1999, but this Literary Saloon weblog was a relatively late addition, the first post only coming 11 August 2002. Still, that's fifteen years ago today, for those...Show More Summary

Kingdom Cons review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Yuri Herrera's Kingdom Cons, just out from And Other Stories. This is the third of Herrera's short novels to be translated into English, all part of a loose trilogy, but it's actually his first -- and started out as his MFA thesis at the University of Texas at El Paso in 2003.

'The Global Anthology'

A neat project at the Culture Trip, where they offer a Global Anthology, a world-spanning sampler-anthology of literature from... everywhere. Or at least 220 nations, territories, and assorted not-quite-state locales. (Even so, there...Show More Summary

New(ly officially approved) German words

The new Duden -- the standard German dictionary -- is out, with 5000 new words (quite an increase, given that the total wordcount is only 145,000); at Deutsche Welle they have a decent overview, German language officially gets 5,000 new words. 'Emoji' is now a... Show More Summary

Literary swearing

Who doesn't love some word-counting literary data-analysis ? And I'm almost surprised it took this long for someone to do this -- but now Jean M. Twenge, Hannah VanLandingham, and W. Keith Campbell have, looking into: The Seven Words...Show More Summary

(American) National Translation Awards shortlists

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) has announced the shortlists for the 2017 National Translation Awards, in poetry and fiction. Only one of the titles is under review at the complete review -- Zama by Antonio Di Benedetto, in Esther Allen's translation. The winners will be announced at the ALTA conference in early October.

US sales numbers, 2016

The Association of American Publishers released their 2016 numbers a few days ago, and at Publishers Weekly Jim Milliot sums things up in his report. Revenue was down 5.1 per cent -- but unit sales were up by 1.2 per cent. Disappointingly...Show More Summary

Life of a Bishop's Assistant review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Viktor Shklovsky's 1931 novel, Life of a Bishop's Assistant, Dalkey Archive Press' latest Shklovsky translation.

Indian-language literature

No money writing in Indian languages, say poets they report at the Times of India -- surely about as unsurprising a claim as one could make. (You could leave out the: 'in Indian languages' and already gets nods of universal agreement;...Show More Summary

Murakami's Polish translator

In the Christian Science Monitor Jingnan Peng invites you to Meet the woman who brings Haruki Murakami works to an enthusiastic Poland -- Boston University lecturer Anna Zieli?ska-Elliott, who has lived in the US since 1993 and translates...Show More Summary

Editing in ... South Africa

At Books Live they have a report on Six local authors and publishers on decolonising editing in South Africa: a panel discussion, a panel recently held at the University of the Witwatersrand, hosted by Jacana Media. Interesting to see...Show More Summary

Writers on partition

In The Guardian they collect the thoughts of a number of writers on Partition, 70 years on: Salman Rushdie, Kamila Shamsie and other writers reflect -- some interesting thoughts and opinions.

My Heart Hemmed In review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Marie NDiaye's My Heart Hemmed In, recently out in English from Two Lines Press.

NEH Grants

The possibly-Trump-endangered American National Endowment for the Humanities has announced its most recent batch of grants -- "$39.3 Million for 245 Humanities Projects Nationwide". Twenty-eight of the grants were in the 'Public Scholar...Show More Summary

Neustadt Prize jurors

They've announced the nine jurors for the 2018 Neustadt International Prize, a biennial author prize. The jurors play an even more significant role here than with most literary prizes, as they individually pre-select the finalists: each...Show More Summary

Royal Society prize shortlist

They've announced the shortlist for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize. The winner will be announced 19 September.

Three Drops of Blood and a Cloud of Cocaine review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Quentin Mouron's Three Drops of Blood and a Cloud of Cocaine, recently out in English from Bitter Lemon Press.

NZ PM's Awards for Literary Achievement

They've announced this year's winners of the New Zealand Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement (worth a tidy NZ$60,000), with Witi Ihimaera taking the fiction prize (Yes, Ihimaera is best known as the author of the book-that-was-made-into-the-film...Show More Summary

GST issues in India

India has introduced a 'Goods and Services Tax' (GST) -- a sort of super-VAT -- and books are in the 'zero-tax category' (alongside, among other things... human hair, many foodstuffs, bones (also in grist and meal form), stamps, andShow More Summary

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