They've announced the winners of this year's NSW Premier's Literary Awards -- in horrible fashion at the official site and equally if differently horribly, in pdf format for the official 'media release'.
Book of the year went to a play, The Drover's Wife, by Leah Purcell (see the Currency Press publicity page), while the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction went to Heather Rose's Marina Abramović-inspired Stella Prize-winning novel, The Museum of Modern Love.
The UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing went to Letter to Pessoa, by Michelle Cahill (see the Giramondo publicity page).
And Royall Tyler -- who has done both The Tale of Genji and The Tale of the Heike -- won the NSW Premier's Translation Prize.
Nice to see that they also have a 'Multicultural NSW Early Career Translator Prize' (which went to Jan Owen).
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of a late work by Tanizaki Jun'ichirō, The Maids, just out from New Directions.
(Nice to see a bit of a revival of Tanizaki-interest -- and translations into English, as I got yet another new translation just yesterday, another story-collection, from the University of Michigan Press, The Gourmet Club (see their publicity page).)
Not very helpful, and not much different than in years past, but in her going-on summer-vacation post at her Ur Akademiens liv weblog the Swedish Academy's Sara Danius -- organizer of all things Nobel (Prize in Literature) -- reveals that they have indeed narrowed down this year's contender list to five candidates.
'Candidates' (kandidater), mind you -- no clue whether they are writers, pop singers or who knows what.
It's going to be hard to top last year's ridiculous selection -- but maybe they can outwit themselves (and us) even more spectacularly this year.
I haven't seen his The Death of the Perfect Sentence yet (though I hope to, eventually), but both The Brother and The Reconstruction are under review at the complete review, and he's certainly an interesting author.
They've announced the winner of the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature (though not yet at that official site, as I write this ...), a prize for a first work of fiction by an African author, with a payout of £15,000.
The prize went to And After Many Days, by Jowhor Ile; see, for example, the ... tweet.
The book has been available in the US for a while -- it was even reviewed in The New York Times Book Review --; get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
They announced the winner of the 2017 Wolfson History Prize last week.
The £40,000 prize "for excellence in accessible and scholarly history" went to Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, by Christopher de Hamel.
See also the Allen Lane publicity page; it's only due out in October in the US -- pre-order your copy at Amazon.com -- but is readily available in the UK; get your copy at Amazon.co.uk.
They've announced that The City in Crimson Cloak-author Aslı Erdoğan will receive this year's €25,000 Erich-Maria-Remarque Peace Prize; previous winners include Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich (2001) and Adonis (last year)
They've announced that Catalina Righter has won this year's Sophie Kerr Prize, an undergraduate writing award given to a senior at Washington College that pays out more than the Pulitzer, National Book Award, and National Book Critics Circle Award combined -- this year US$65,768.
See also the article about the five finalists for the award.
They've announced the winner of this year's Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, a UK award for comic fiction; this appears to be the closest thing to an official site, but they don't have this year's information yet, as I write this .... -- but see, for example, Katherine Cowdrey's report at The Bookseller, Helen Fielding wins Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, as Fielding's Bridget Jones's Baby: The Diaries took the prize.
Don't look for a review of that at the complete review anytime soon -- though I am astonished at how many of the previous winners are under review at the site, including three of the last ten winners: The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray (last year), Solar by Ian McEwan (2010), and Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer (2009).
Robert B. Silvers' fifty-year reign as co/editor of The New York Review of Book will be hard to top, but they've now announced who will be running the show next -- and it's longtime contributor Ian Buruma.
At Five Books Charles Styles has a Q & A with the translator of a new Penguin Classics edition of the Marquis de Sade's The 120 Days of Sodom (which, alas, I haven't seen yet; get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk), where Will McMorran recommends the best books on the Marquis de Sade.
Not quite sure about all the choices -- which actually include two by de Sade -- but I've actually read the first four, and saw the fifth on DVD (this last being -- by far -- the one I was least impressed by, though that might also be influenced by the medium; maybe I should check out the playscript).
All fascinating reading, however.
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of José Ovejero's Premio Alfaguara-winning novel, Inventing Love, just out (in the UK) in Peter Owen's 'World Series'-series (and due out in the US in September).
The Caine Prize for African Writing -- alas, just a short-story prize -- has announced it's five-story shortlist -- and it's great to see that this year not all of the finalists (selected from 148 entries from 22 African countries) were originally written in English (as has been the case far too often), as it: "features a story translated form Arabic for the second time in the 18 year history of the Prize"
You can read all the shortlisted stories via the links on that announcement page -- albeit only in the dreaded pdf format (because ?).
They've announced the winners of this year's New Zealand Book Awards, with The Wish Child, by Catherine Chidgey, taking the fiction prize; see the Victoria University Press publicity page.
Before you get too dismissive, recall that The Luminaries (yes, that Man Booker winner) took the 2014 prize, and Mister Pip took the 2007 prize, and C.K.Stead and Patricia Grace have each won five of these .....
I'm a bit late with this, as they announced last week that De tolk van Java, by Alfred Birney, has won this year's Libris Literatuur Prijs, one of the leading Dutch novel prizes (with a payout of €50,000).
See also the Dutch Foundation for Literature report.
(They also list the other finalists there -- and note that two of the other five have been picked up for English translation; interestingly, Arnon Grunberg's Moedervlekken is not one of those -- despite Grunberg being by far the most recognizable name (and most widely-translated) of the lot.
Recall that Open Letter published his Tirza -- and was looking forward to publishing more of his work, but his representatives ... politely declined; Chad Post has an account of how that went (down).
Meanwhile, no new (or old) Grunbergs have been published in the US since .....
Hey, it's only been four years, and there's been a similar wait between previous translations (though that backlist is growing ...), but, yeah, I don't know if career-move-wise this has really worked out.
Meanwhile, US/UK audiences still don't get to enjoy Onze oom, De asielzoeker, etc. etc.)
It's great to see a small surge of new Tanizaki translations -- though still only covering part of his very extensive output.
New Directions just have two novels out, Devils in Daylight and The Maids (which I should be getting to soon, too), while this volume of stories came out from the University of Michigan Press last year -- and they have another collection, The Gourmet Club, just out (see their publicity page).
They've announced the shortlists for the (South African) Sunday Times Literary Awards -- for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize and the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction.
None of the fiction titles appear to be US-available in print at this time -- not even the Zakes Mda, though at least there will apparently be a UK edition from Jacaranda Books (in 2018 ...).
The winners -- to be announced 24 June -- will each receive RS 100,000.
Although investors are eyeing sci-fi's entertainment industry potential, the literature itself is not so highly valued.
"The payment writers receive for fiction writing is very small.
I also write for fashion magazines, which pay a lot more," says Regina Wang.
Since it is impossible to make ends meet writing sci-fi, most authors do it simply as a hobby.
There are a dozen Georges Perec-titles under review at the complete review -- and some Perec-related one's as well (including David Bellos' invaluable, wonderful biography) and, yes, he is much admired hereabouts -- so it's great to see his work finally available, in two volumes, in the great French La Pléiade series, pretty much the final stamp of approval of 'classical' status.
Great to see, too, that the French hail this enshrinement appropriately: despite all the political ... excitement of recent days (weeks, months, etc.), in France and abroad, this news is big enough for Le Monde to run with it, very much front and center, on the front page of yesterday's edition:
Good to see literature -- and the greats -- getting their due !
They've announced the winner of the inaugural Albertine Prize -- a: "reader's choice award" that: "recognizes American readers favorite work of contemporary French fiction" -- and it is Bardo or Not Bardo, by Antoine Volodine; see also the Open Letter publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
I didn't really take to it (and haven't posted a review), but several other Volodine titles are under review at the complete review -- and I loved Radiant Terminus (which should be in the running for next year's Albertine Prize).
At PEN Atlas Theodora Danek has a Q & A with Dorthe Nors -- mainly about her Man Booker International Prize-shortlisted Mirror, Shoulder, Signal; see the Pushkin Press publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
I haven't seen that one yet -- it's not officially out in the US yet -- but two other Nors titles are under review at the complete review: Karate Chop and So Much for That Winter,
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Frédéric Dard's The King of Fools -- just out in the UK, and coming to the US in September.
Great to see Pushkin Press brining these Dards out at a steady clip.
What turns writers into enemies in Russia and Belarus is their interviews -- not their books.
What I say in the public is what counts for the authorities.
And he explains why, other than Paranoia, his books have not been banned:
One month after Paranoia had been banned, a review [$] was published in the New York Review of Books.
That convinced the leaders in Belarus that in the 21st century, it is not possible to prevent the spreading of a text by outlawing it. The more emphatically something is forbidden, the more popular and influential it becomes.
The May-August double issue of World Literature Today is now available, with some content freely accessible online.
The focus is: 'New Native Writing'.
And, of course, as with every issue: particularly recommended are the book reviews.
They've announced that the £10,000 RSL Ondaatje Prize -- awarded: "for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place" -- goes to Golden Hill, by Francis Spufford, this year.
'A Novel of Old New York', the US edition's sub-title promises.
See the publicity pages from Faber & Faber and Scribner, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
The CHF20,000 Frank-Schirrmacher-Preis is a relatively new author-prize, awarded to an author for 'extraordinary achievements for the understanding of current events'.
They've awarded it twice so far, to Mr. Zed's Reflections-author Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Submission-author Michel Houellebecq, and they've now announced (though not yet at the official site, last I checked ...) that Jonathan Franzen will pick up (on 12 October) this year's prize; see, for example, the report in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
At live mint Elizabeth Kuruvilla reports on how they're Powering Malayalam through translation -- specifically Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University's mandate to; "promote the study and research of the Malayalam language, literature and culture", which includes: "a unique collaboration between the university and multiple English-language publishers to translate literature in Malayalam".
I hope some of these eventually make it to the US/UK as well .....
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Qiu Miaojin's Notes of a Crocodile, just out from New York Review Books.
(It's also reviewed in today's issue of The New York Times Book Review !)
This Taiwanese author, a suicide at age 26 in 1995, was a shooting star, and this work, in particular, is an impressive display of youthful exuberance.
It would have been interesting to see where her career might have gone.
At €50,000 the Joseph-Breitbach-Preis is a pretty big German author prize, and it has a decent list of previous winners: last year, Kafka-biographer Reiner Stach won, and Jenny Erpenbeck won in 2013, for example.
They've now announced that Dea Loher will get this year's prize (on 22 September) -- not yet at the official site, last I checked, but see, for example, the Boersenblatt report.
She's best-known for her plays; see, for example, the AOI Agency page.
Two (overlapping) volumes of her plays are available from Oberon Books; get your copy of her Three Plays from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.