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Malawi literature isn't exactly high-profile abroad, but at okayafrica Chisomo Kalinga reports on The Clubs Shaping Malawi's Literary Future. A good overview, and great to see the variety of efforts underway.

Captivity review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Spiró György big, impressive historical novel, Captivity, just out from Restless Books. Spiró is in the US promoting the book, and I hope it finds the audience (and critical...Show More Summary

Prix Médicis

Another day, another French literary prize: yesterday they announced the winners of the prix Médicis -- a threefer (fiction, non, and translated fiction). Goncourt-finalist Titus n'aimait pas Bérénice, by Nathalie Azoulai took the fiction...Show More Summary

Philip Pullman Q & A

At Slate Katy Waldman has a Q & A with Philip Pullman, as it's the twentieth anniversary of his Northern Lights (published in the US as The Golden Compass), the first in his His Dark Materials-trilogy.

Premio Nacional de Letras Españolas

The Spanish Ministry of Culture awards the Premio Cervantes, the most prestigious Spanish(-language) author prize; they also award a Premio Nacional de Letras Españolas -- a national Spanish career-prize, honouring a Spanish national...Show More Summary

Prix Femina

The big-two French literary prizes were announced on Monday -- see my previous mention -- but that still leaves a second tier of prizes to name their winners, with the Femina next up: they've announced their fiction, non, and translated...Show More Summary

New Literature from Europe Festival

The New Literature from Europe Festival runs 6 to 9 November in New York city, and looks like it has a nice selection of authors.

Prizes: Goncourt, Renaudot

The two biggest annual French literary prizes were announced yesterday, with Boussole (by Mathias Enard) winning the prix Goncourt, and D'après une histoire vraie (by Delphine de Vigan -- in her fifth try at the prize) winning the prix...Show More Summary

Prize: Cundill Prize in Historical Literature

They've announced that The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (by Susan Pedersen) has won the US$75,000 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature. See also the Oxford University Press publicity page, or get your copy at or

Gellu Naum Hyperion

The new issue of Hyperion is the Gellu Naum Centenary Issue and it's available in all its 279-page glory online -- so what are you waiting for ? Two of Naum's books are under review at the complete review : Zenobia and My Tired Fath...

Dark Corners review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Ruth Rendell's last novel, the just-published Dark Corners.

Prize: Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction

They've announced that the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction goes to Neurotribes, by Steve Silberman. (The UK edition is subtitled The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently; in the US --...Show More Summary

Prize: Daesan Literary Awards

They've announced this year's winners of the Daesan Literary Awards -- "the largest set of literary prizes at present given in Korea", with category-winners collecting ??50,000,000 (just over $44,000; see also Rumy Doo's report in The...Show More Summary

November Words without Borders

The November issue of Words without Borders is now available online, and it's great to see the focus is Cambodia: Angkor to Year Zero and Beyond.

The Tears of Re review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Gene Kritsky's book on Beekeeping in Ancient Egypt, The Tears of Re, just out from Oxford University Press. This is the second bee-related title I've reviewed in little over a year -- and the previous one, Mark L. Show More Summary

Arthur Schnitzler archive

Arthur Schnitzler's archive has long been at Cambridge University Library, but apparently only now did they finally dot all the right i's and so they're now able to announce that Saved from the Nazis in 1938: Schnitzler archive to remain in Cambridge. They're still working on... Show More Summary

English PEN translation grants

English PEN has announced their translation-supporting grants, four 'PEN Promotes' grants (which presumably pay for some promotion) and sixteen 'PEN Translates' grants (with Human Acts by Han Kang doubling up (or down), getting both). Some...Show More Summary

The 6:41 to Paris review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Jean-Philippe Blondel's The 6:41 to Paris, just out from New Vessel Press.

Posthumous Mulisch

As longtime readers know, I am a great admirer of the great Harry Mulisch, so the announcement of the publication of a previously unpublished work of his is big news around here. De ontdekking van Moskou ('The discovery of Moscow') --...Show More Summary

The Gun review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Nakamura Fuminori's The Gun, coming in January from Soho Crime. This is the fourth Nakamura under review at the complete review -- and of particular interest, because it...Show More Summary

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