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Bookselling in ... Saudi Arabia

Via I'm pointed to Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.'s Arab News report, Bookstores urged to rethink strategies, as the number of bookstores selling secondhand books in the Saudi capital is apparently declining -- indeed: "bookstores for secondhand...Show More Summary

New Swedish Book Review

The 2014:2 Issue of the Swedish Book Review is now (partially) available online. Not the book reviews, alas, but Karin Boye's Linköping Cathedral February 1938, introduced and translated by Bruce Phenix, so that's something.....

Last Winter, We Parted review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Nakamura Fuminori's Last Winter, We Parted. This is the third Nakamura thriller translated into English (by Soho Press), and it seems clear to me that he's the most interesting...Show More Summary

Translation (not) in the US

At The New Yorker Vauhini Vara wonders Do You Have to Win a Nobel Prize to Be Translated ? While the situation isn't quite so dire, big prize-wins tend to help a lot -- but perhaps only for so long: Modiano (and Le Clézio) publisherShow More Summary

'100 best Christian books' ?

The (Anglican) Church Times has put together a list of the 100 best Christian books; at the TLS weblog one of the judges, Rupert Shortt, comments on the making of this list, in 100 good godly reads. While there is some religious fare...Show More Summary

Nigeria Prize for Literature

The Nigeria Prize for Literature rotates through four genres -- this was a year for drama -- so my interest rather ebbs between the fiction-announcements; still, worth noting -- even as they don't seem to have yet at the official site...Show More Summary

Rosamund Bartlett Q & A

Two new translations of Anna Karenina are coming out this fall, by Rosamund Bartlett and Marian Schwartz, respectively -- see my previous mention -- and at Russia Beyond the Headlines Alexandra Guzeva now has a Q & A with Bartlett. See also the Oxford University Press publicity page for her translation, or get your copy at or

Patrick Modiano, Nobel laureate (cont'd)

So Patrick Modiano is the 2014 Nobel laureate -- and those official pages are a good source for much of the basic information about him and the prize. See also yesterday's post for early reactions, information, and links to (English)...Show More Summary

Jay Rubin Q&A

At the Asymptote weblog Ryan Mihaly is In Conversation with Jay Rubin -- the author of Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words, and translator of several Murakami novels. Interesting that he suggests: In general, I suspect translation...Show More Summary

The Giraffe's Neck review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Judith Schalansky's Darwinian novel, The Giraffe's Neck -- subtitled a Bildungsroman in the German original (though not in the English, in part presumably because the play...Show More Summary

The Nobel Prize in Literature goes to ...

The winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced at 13:00 Stockholm time, and you can watch the webcast of the announcement live. I will update this post shortly after the announcement and then throughout the day...Show More Summary

Prize: European Union Prize for Literature

They've announced the winners of the European Union Prize for Literature -- all thirteen of them -- though they only identify authors (and nationality) in the official announcement, despite apparently also being for a specific titleShow More Summary

Prize: Samuel Johnson Prize shortlist

They've announced the shortlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction -- not at the official site, as of yet, though it will presumably show up here soon, but there have been newspaper reports; see, for example, Alison Flood's report in The Guardian.

American (self-)publishing

In Publishers Weekly Jim Milliot reports that Self-Published Books Topped 450,000 in 2013 in the US, an increase of 16.5 per cent. What's really surprising: The increase was due entirely to the release of new print books which rose 28.8%...Show More Summary

Nobel countdown: one day and counting (and betting ...)

The nail-biting begins, as we enter the last hours before the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature is announced, tomorrow at 13:00 local time (noon GMT). - Last-day (which is far from last-minute -- expect some significant movement...Show More Summary

Siegfried Lenz (1926-2014)

Popular German author Siegfried Lenz has passed away; see, for example German author Siegfried Lenz dies, aged 88 -- or longer (German) tributes such as Ein Virtuose der Nachsicht (Wolfgang Schneider, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)Show More Summary

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

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