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Libris Literatuur Prijs

They've announced that Libris Literatuur Prijs 2015 voor Ik kom terug van Adriaan van Dis, beating out books by Esther Gerritsen and Peter Terrin, among others, for this €50,000 Dutch literary prize. For more (English) information about...Show More Summary

Sophie Kerr Prize finalists

They've announced the six finalists for the Sophie Kerr Prize, the Washington College student literary prize worth (this year) US$62,900 (!); the winner will be announced this Friday.

The Last Chapter review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Leila Abouzeid's The Last Chapter.

'The Future is Now'

A week ago today the opening night event at the PEN World Voices festival was a great line-up of authors (including Tom Stoppard, Ng?g? wa Thiong'o, and Aminatta Forna) imagining The Future is Now -- an event I was fortunate enough to...Show More Summary

Günter Grass memorial

They held a Günter Grass memorial service in Lübeck yesterday -- see, for example, the DeutscheWelle report German literary great Günter Grass farewelled -- and John Irving gave the eulogy. He spoke (for the most part) in English, but so far I've only been able to find the German (and Spanish...) versions; I hope someone will reproduce the English original at some point.

Sphinx review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Anne Garréta's 1986 novel, Sphinx -- the novel that got her into the Oulipo, and which is now available in Emma Ramadan's impressive translation from Deep Vellum.

Preserving oral literature

In The Standard Vivere Nandiemo and Barrack Oduor maintain We must save oral literature from extinction (in Kenya). I think maybe they get carried away in arguing, for example: (I)t is high time some of the lost values in this generation...Show More Summary

Nigeria International Book Fair

The Nigeria International Book Fair -- "NIBF, as abbreviatedly called", as they helpfully suggest at the official site -- runs from tomorrow through Saturday: "a well-packaged, well-organised, the biggest and the consistent book event...Show More Summary

Shibata Motoyuki profile

In The Japan Times James Hadfield profiles The 'dwarf' architect of Japan's literary boom, Shibata Motoyuki (????) Among the observations: he: "still finds it hard to convince American editors how good [Kawakami Hiromi] is" (the author...Show More Summary

Dalkey Archive Press heads to Texas

Dalkey Archive Press settled at Illinois State University in 1992 and stuck it out there through 2006; for a while they intended to move on to the University of Rochester, but that fell through (which turned out to work out well, since...Show More Summary

Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize

They've announced that Catherine Schelbert will receive the 2015 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for her translation of Hugo Ball's Flametti, or The Dandyism of the Poor published by Wakefield Press -- a great choice. (See also...Show More Summary

Censorship in Russia

Headlines don't get much more depressing than this: in The Moscow Times Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber reports that More Than 80% of Russians Favor State Censorship of Literature, Film, Art. Yes, the good news is that: "56 percent of theShow More Summary

Sitti Nurbaya review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Marah Rusli's 1922 novel, Sitti Nurbaya: A Love Unrealized, yet another volume in Lontar's Modern Library of Indonesia, and a nice little discovery.

Professor of Poetry, Oxford

The great Geoffrey Hill has been Professor of Poetry at Oxford since 2010, and with his five-year-term ending soon, the hunt is on for his successor, with voting to be held from 22 May to 17 June. In The Guardian Alison Flood reports...Show More Summary

Literaturpreis des Kulturkreises der deutschen Wirtschaft

The Literaturpreis des Kulturkreises der deutschen Wirtschaft -- the literary prize of the 'Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy at the Federation of German Industries', as they apparently style themselves -- is certainly...Show More Summary

Literary prize requirements/limitations

At Africa is a Country Ishtiyaq Shukri explains Why I asked for my work to be withdrawn from the inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards -- his main complaint being the bizarre citizenship-limitations on artists considered...Show More Summary

PEN World Voices panel

There are any number of worthwhile PEN World Voices events for you to still attend -- an impressive lot today, too -- and tomorrow I'll be on the panel Who We Talk About When We Talk About Translation: The Bloggers, in illustrious company: BookSexy...Show More Summary

International Prize for Arabic Fiction

They've announced that The Italian [????????] by Shukri Mabkhout [???? ???????] wins 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction. This leading Arabic fiction prize comes with US$50,000 prize money, and Mabkhout is: "guaranteed an English translation of his novel". There were 180 entries for the prize. As M. Show More Summary

Sergio Ramírez event

The English translation of Sergio Ramírez's 1988 novel, Divine Punishment, was launched yesterday at a PEN World Voices/Americas Society event. As I've mentioned, the book actually got a lot of good US media coverage when it first came...Show More Summary

Literary funding in ... New Zealand

Literary times are tough in New Zealand, it seems. As Belinda Feek reports in The New Zealand Herald: New Zealand Book Month has been postponed indefinitely as the trust that governs it failed to get funding, the Literary Awards areShow More Summary

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