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.