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Publishing in ... South East Asia

At Publishing Perspectives Porter Anderson has a Q & A with Kenneth Quek about Southeast Asia's Rising Publishing World. It's only partially rising, but there's lots of potential here.

The English Teacher review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Yiftach Reicher Atir's The English Teacher, an Israeli spy novel written by a former spy.....

Bottom's up !

A couple of weeks ago I posted on preparing for the big (in almost all ways) literary and translation publication of the year, Dalkey Archive Press' publication of John E. Woods' translation of Arno Schmidt's Bottom's Dream. While the official publication date is only at the end of September... Show More Summary

Literary prizes: French longlists

The big French literary prizes have started coming out with their longlists: - the prix Goncourt -- the biggest of them all -- has announced its 1ère sélection; unlike most literary prizes the Goncourt goes through four rounds (not the...Show More Summary

Literary prize: Nigeria Prize for Literature shortlist

From a longlist of eleven they've now announced a shortlist of three remaining contenders for the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature; see, for example, Prisca Sam-Duru's report in Vanguard. Night Dancer, by Chika Unigwe, is still in the...Show More Summary

Literary prizes: in the Philippines

They've announced the finalists for the 35th National Book Awards in the Philippines -- with only two English-language novels left in the running. Noteworthy also how several publishers dominate some of the categories -- especially Anvil Publishing (whose motto -- "We shape minds" -- seems a bit... Show More Summary

Literary prize: Literaturpreis Alpha shortlist

They've announced the nine finalists on the shortlist for the Austrian 'Alpha' literary prize -- selected from 57 submissions. This prize is meant to encourage young talents, so the major restriction is that authors can't have published...Show More Summary

Fragile Travelers review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Jovanka Živanovi?'s Fragile Travelers, recently published by Dalkey Archive Press.

New issue of the Swedish Book Review

The 2016:2 Issue of the Swedish Book Review is now up, with some of the material freely available -- notably, and most importantly, the reviews. Of particular interest -- beside Karin Boye and Torgny Lindgren samples -- is a Q & A with...Show More Summary

The Doomed City review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's The Doomed City -- a novel they finished, for the drawer, in 1972 and only published when the Soviet Union was tottering, in the late 1980s,...Show More Summary

Mountain Echoes literary festival reports

They held the Mountain Echoes literary festival in Bhutan last weekend. You can even watch all nine-plus hours of the first day's events on YouTube (and hopefully they'll edit this and the other days' recordings to make it more readily...Show More Summary

Q & A: Ann Goldstein

At the Literary Hub they have Melinda Harvey's The Lifted Brow-Q & A with translator-from-the-Italian Ann Goldstein, of Elena Ferrante-fame, but also translator of, for example, Jhumpa Lahiri's recent In Other Words.

Q & A: Kawakami and Powell

At the PEN Atlas Tasja Dorkofikis has a Q & A with Japanese author Kawakami Hiromi and translator Allison Markin Powell -- though specifically focusing on The Nakano Thrift Shop, which is only available in the UK for now (get your copy...Show More Summary

The Subsidiary review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Matías Celedón's creatively-presented The Subsidiary, just out from Melville House.

Best Translated Book Award - the judges

At Three Percent Chad Post reveals the judges for the 2017 (judging 2016 releases) (American) Best Translated Book Awards, as well as the tentative announcement dates: 28 March for the longlists, 18 April for the shortlists, and 9 May...Show More Summary

The New York Times' book coverage

I noted that The New York Times was consolidating its book coverage, with The New York Times Book Review-editor Pamela Paul now also in charge of the daily edition's (extensive) book coverage, and at Publishers Weekly John Maher nowShow More Summary

A Cage in Search of a Bird review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Florence Noiville's A Cage in Search of a Bird, forthcoming from Seagull Books.

(Not) reading in the US

The (American) National Endowment for the Arts have released their latest Results from the Annual Arts Basic Survey -- see also the summary press release -- and literary interest apparently continues its slow but steady decline: (T)he...Show More Summary

The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Susan Daitch's new novel, The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir.

Prize: Premio FIL

They've announced that the Premio FIL de Literatura en Lenguas Romances -- a romance-language author prize, worth US$150,000 -- will be awarded to The Lair-author Norman Manea this year, at the Guadalajara International Book Fair inShow More Summary

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