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Prize: Premio Nacional de Narrativa

The Spanish Premio Nacional de Narrativa is a leading novel-prize awarded by the Spanish government, worth a decent €20,000, and it's probably no surprise that they've announced that En la orilla, by Rafael Chirbes, has taken this prize...Show More Summary

Prize: Prix Goncourt, round two

The most prestigious French literary prize, the prix Goncourt, is the rare four-round prize -- squeezing in a short-longlist between the usual longlist/shortlist/winner way of proceeding -- and round two was announced yesterday, theShow More Summary

Prizes: Governor General's Literary Awards finalists

They've announced th finalists for the Canadian Governor General's Literary Awards -- many, many awards, in both English and French. The GGs are to be lauded -- praised to the skies ! -- for making readily available the information about what Titles Submitted to the Governor General's Literary Awards -- i.e. Show More Summary

Prize: ALTA NTA shortlist

They've announced the five finalists for the American Literary Translators Association's 2014 National Translation Award -- "the only national award for translated fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction that includes a rigorous examination...Show More Summary

Nobel countdown: two days and counting (and betting ...)

Yes, they've announced that the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced on Thursday, 9 October, at 13:00 local time (noon GMT). So they've decided on a winner..... - I remind you that the betting-odds hardly represent...Show More Summary

German Book Prize

They've announced the winner of the German Book Prize, and it goes to Kruso, by Lutz Seiler -- the clear favorite coming in (for two months in a row it's topped the German critics' 'best' list, the SWR Bestenliste). See also the Suhrkamp...Show More Summary

Giller Prize shortlist

They've announced the six finalists for the Canadian Scotiabank Giller Prize, selected from a longlist of twelve (and 161 submissions overall). I'm afraid I haven't seen any of these.

Pavane for a Dead Princess review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Park Min-gyu's Pavane for a Dead Princess, another volume in Dalkey Archive Press' Library of Korean Literature.

Nobel week

Nobel Prize announcement week kicks off today with the announcement of the winner(s) of the "Physiology or Medicine" award. More importantly, the Swedish Academy announces today whether or not they'll be naming the winner of the Nobel...Show More Summary

Frankfurt Book Fair

A busy literary week, with the possible/likely announcement of the Nobel Prize on Thursday, as well as the weeklong mega-convention that is the Frankfurt Book Fair. This usually gets lots of coverage -- see, for example, Publishers Weekly...Show More Summary

Self-publishing in ... Zimbabwe

In The Herald Stanely Mushava considers The self-publishing, mediocrity debate. Admittedly, this could be written/said about pretty much anywhere (and often is): Self-publishing, as it is happening in Zimbabwe, is by and large a spiral...Show More Summary

The Hindu Prize shortlist

They've announced the six-title shortlist for this year's The Hindu Prize, which includes several debuts, as well as a book by Shashi Deshpande. (A pretty impressive judging panel, too.)

Prix de la Page 111

A major award for Writers-author Antoine Volodine ! The prize ? The Prix de la Page 111, now in its third year, the winner selected after 111 minutes of deliberation from eight finalists that included Patrick Deville's Viva and Fiston...Show More Summary

Welt Literaturpreis

They've announced the winner of this year's Welt Literaturpreis and it's going to... Murakami Haruki, who gets to pick up the €10,000 prize on 7 November (laudatio to be delivered by Clemens J. Setz). Murakami's odds at Ladbrokes for...Show More Summary

Translation from ... Hebrew

An interesting, wide-ranging piece from Jeffrey M. Green at Tablet, as 'A veteran practitioner of the art of translation considers the challenges -- and successes -- of Hebrew literature' in What Happens When Agnon and Appelfeld Speak Like Faulkner and Hemingway ?

In the Beginning was the Sea review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Tomás González's In the Beginning was the Sea, just out in the UK from Pushkin Press, and due in the US early next year. This is González's first novel -- published in 1983...Show More Summary

Nobel notes

So, at the earliest, we'll learn who this year's Nobel Prize in Literature laureate is next Thursday (we'll learn on Monday whether they'll be announcing it on the 9th; if they remain silent, then we wait another week, the announcement...Show More Summary

Lolita in Persian

At Sampsonia Way Yaghoub Yadali reports on Lolita in Kabul, as Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita has been translated into Persian but could not be published in Iran -- and instead has now been published in Kabul. Good to see the flow of literature between these countries (and Tajikistan too).

Beautiful German books ?

The German have a prize for the most beautiful books of the year and, ridiculously, call it, in semi-English, The Beauty and the Book. They've now announced their ten finalists -- and I have to admit to being rather unimpressed by the selection.

Prize: Goldsmiths Prize shortlist

They've announced the six-title shortlist for this year's Goldsmiths Prize -- a £10,000-prize: "awarded to a book that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterises the genre at its best". AShow More Summary

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