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Prizes: Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

They announced the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, which cover a variety of categories, over the weekend -- and one of the winners is even under review at the complete review : fiction winner The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli (a rare case of a work-in-translation taking a bigger US literary prize).

Prizes: Sheikh Zayed Literature Awards

They've announced the winners of the Sheikh Zayed Literature Awards, a major Arabic-language literary award which also awards prizes in a number of categories (including one non-Arabic one, the 'Arab Culture in Other Languages Award'). (It...Show More Summary

32 review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Sahar Mandour's novel of contemporary (well, ca. 2010) Beirut, 32, just out from Syracuse University Press. (This is yet another book that I get to include on one of my favorite -- if fairly pointless -- site-indices, the Index of titles beginning with/consisting of numbers.)

Magnesia Litera

The big Czech literay awards, the Magnesia Litera, have been announced, with Daniela Hodrová's To?ité v?ty winning book of the year; see, for example, the brief Radio Praha report, Hodrová's Spiral Sentences wins Magnesia Litera forShow More Summary

Michael Hofmann profile

In The Guardian Philip Oltermann profiles Michael Hofmann, son of the fine German author Gert, and a poet, critic, and popular translator-from-the-German (or, as Oltermann puts it, "arguably the world's most influential translator of...Show More Summary

Novel (tourist) attractions

The Bangkok Post reports that Japanese prefecture makes novel pitch to Thai tourists, as: A series of romantic tales written by four Thai novelists is part of a new campaign to attract Thai tourists to Kagawa Prefecture in Japan. It's...Show More Summary

Guzel Yakhina Q & A

At Russia Beyond the Headlines Alexandra Guzeva has a Q & A with author Guzel Yakhina about her 'Big Book Prize'-winning novel, Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes -- "the literary sensation of 2015" See also the Elkost information page about the...Show More Summary

Vis and Ramin review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of the eleventh-century romantic verse epic by Fakhraddin Gorgani, Vis and Ramin -- a Penguin Classics volume (in Dick Davis' 2008 translation) that doesn't seem to have quite caught on yet. Worth a look.

The Guardian kills off first book award

In The Guardian Claire Armitstead explains that they're Saying goodbye to the Guardian first book award. First awarded in 2000, this prize has had a good track record -- though since it was for any sort of first books (fiction or non...Show More Summary

Edwin Frank Q & A

At The Paris Review's Daily weblog Susannah Hunnewell offers What a Good Book Can Be: An Interview with Edwin Frank, who founded New York Review Books in 1999. Quite a few NYRB titles are under review at the complete review ; the one...Show More Summary

(Online) writing in ... China

Xinhua reports that Online literature loses big due to piracy, as in China: "Only 26.5 percent of web users regularly read legal copies of books". Which still seems like a pretty good percentage. (And is working out okay for some: "The online novelist 'Tangjiasanshao' made 110 million yuan (17 million U.S. Show More Summary

Guggenheim fellowships

They've announced the 2016 Guggenheim Fellowships -- 175, awarded to : "178 scholars, artists, and scientists". No translators this time around, but quite a few writers of fiction: Jesse Ball, Jennifer Clement, Amity Gaige, Laila Lalami, Jess Row, René Steinke, and Melanie Rae Thon.

Prize: Miles Franklin longlist

They've announced the longlist for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the leading Australian novel-award. (Interestingly, apparently: "The terms of Miles' will also stipulate that if no novel is deemed to be of sufficiently high standard, the Award can be given to a play".) The shortlist will be announced on 29 May.

Prizes: EU Prizes for Literature

They've announced the 2016 winners of the European Union Prizes for Literature -- and, no, I still don't get these. They hand these out to authors from twelve or thirteen EU countries annually, rotating through all the EU member-states...Show More Summary

In the Café of Lost Youth review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano's In the Café of Lost Youth. This 2007 novel was only translated into English this year -- but (to make up for the delay ?) they decided to...Show More Summary

Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize longlist

They've announced the (South African) Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize longlist. I haven't seen any of these, though I figure a few will make it to the US/UK -- the Henrietta Rose-Innes ? And the only author with other books under review at the complete review is Ingrid Winterbach (e.g. Show More Summary

The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of the second Burton & Swinburne Adventure by Mark Hodder, The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man.

Lars Gustafsson (1936-2016)

A bad couple of weeks as far writer-deaths goes continues with word that the wonderful Swedish author Lars Gustafsson has passed away. Less than a month ago I mentioned that they had announced he would be getting this year's Zbigniew...Show More Summary

Florian Zeller

I rate Florian Zeller's fiction high enough to warrant including it in my The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction (out tomorrow ! see below !), and four of his books are under review at the complete review itself (see,...Show More Summary

The CR Guide: coming/here

So the official publication date is apparently tomorrow, but Amazon has already been sending out copies and some have been sighted in the wild (i.e. a bookstore here and there) -- while other vendors still seem to be holding out forShow More Summary

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