May 22, 2015 | Laura Hernandez

The 2016 Neustadt Prize Jury

News, Reviews, and Interviews

The jury for the 2016 Neustadt Prize has been announced! Discover the panel of nine writers who will name the finalists for the 2016 prize on May 27.

The literary world was excited to hear about the potential new image of William Shakespeare. The portrait was discovered by historian Mark Griffith, who believes it might be the only surviving depiction produced in Shakespeare’s lifetime.

Don Quixote is celebrating its 400th anniversary. Newsweek gives insight into a new...

May 19, 2015 | Ban Wang

Painting from the General Yue Fei Memorial Temple, Hangzhou | Photo by Chrisjtse
Painting from the General Yue Fei Memorial Temple, Hangzhou | Photo by Chrisjtse

It is puzzling that the closer China relates to the West, the more the West looks at everything Chinese as “other.” Of course, this mentality has been around for centuries. A common expression is “If you dig a hole through the earth you will end up in China.” I first encountered this saying in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. Gatsby’s novel is set in the roaring 1920s, and China was becoming a half-colony fueling American prosperity. But the saying is often taken to be about how the US and China face off on the opposite ends of the global. Culturally, it may also suggest that China is the polar opposite of the US. This is a myth that is being daily generated and sustained.

This myth is particularly interesting in the use of Chinese characters for display. The...

May 18, 2015 | WLT

The 2016 Neustadt Prize Jury

The 2016 Neustadt International Prize for Literature jury panel features nine writers:

  • Alison Anderson, United States/Switzerland
  • Porochista Khakpour, Iran/United States
  • Valeria Luiselli, Mexico/United States
  • Amit Majmudar, United States
  • Valzhyna Mort, Belarus/United States
  • Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Kenya/United States
  • Jordan Tannahill, Canada
  • Padma Viswanathan, Canada/United States
  • Wang Ping, China/United States

Read more about each author on the Neustadt Prize website, or see the full press release here.

The biennial Neustadt Prize recognizes great accomplishments in literature and is frequently known as “America’s Nobel” for its reputation as a forerun...

May 15, 2015 | Laura Hernandez

Maaza Mengiste. Photo by Shevaun Williams
2013 Puterbaugh Fellow Maaza Mengiste. Photo by Shevaun Williams.

News, Reviews, and Interviews

The PEN literary award winners were announced, and several WLT authors received recognition. Denise Newman won the 2015 PEN Translation Prize for her translation of Naja Marie Aidt’s Baboon. Read a WLT interview with Newman, along with one of Aidt’s short stories. Burton Watson received the 2015 PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for translation. WLT has an interview with...

May 11, 2015 | André Naffis-Sahely

Poets attending the 2015 Festival Internacional de Poesía in Granada, Nicaragua. Photo: Arnulfo Agüero
Poets attending the 2015 Festival Internacional de Poesía in Granada, Nicaragua. Photo: Arnulfo Agüero

In her spellbinding The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War (2002), Gioconda Belli provides a portrait of Granada that today’s visitor will readily recognize: “Located on the eastern shore of the great Lake Nicaragua—the second largest lake in Latin America—Granada had been the stage of wars and conflicts ever since it was founded in 1598. When Managua became the country’s capital, Granada retired like a lovely old lady to live out a restful old age. In the shadows of graceful mansions, its inhabitants cultivated a kind of phlegmatic skepticism that made them immune to political enthusiasms and passions. The favorite pastime of Granadans was to sway on their rocking chairs at their front doors in the afternoons, to see who was going by, chat and watch the sunset.”...

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