July 3, 2015 | Laura Hernandez

News, Reviews, and Interviews

National Book Award winner and Puterbaugh Fellow Sherman Alexie will publish his first picture book in May 2016. WLT featured Alexie on the cover of the July 2010 magazine.

Columbia University Press will be publishing a new series of translated Russian literature starting in 2017. A committee of Russian and American academics will draw from modern and classic Russian literature.

“It’s extremely important to read poetry in translation, especially for North American poets because it helps us open our eyes to the world.” – Guillermo Parra. Read the full roundtable text centered on contemporary...

July 1, 2015 | Luis García Montero

Granada. Photo by Allie Caulfield/Flickr.
Granada, Spain. Photo by Allie Caulfield. 

In this excerpt from Luis García Montero’s third and latest novel, Someone Speaks Your Name, Granada is gray, sad, and frozen in time by Francisco Franco’s dictatorship. But García Montero’s protagonist, León Egea, is determined to forge his own brighter future, inspired by his love of literature and for a woman. Political awakening drives the momentum of the narrative, which explores the earliest tentative days of the dramatic transition to democracy that lies ahead. 

The calendar in the bar is suspended in time and place. Nothing changes. No one can escape from here. It marks the 19th of April. It doesn’t mark the last eleven days of April or May or June. As Vicente Fernández would point out later, it hasn’t marked the last 256 days of 1960, or 1961, or 1962, o...

June 26, 2015 | Laura Hernandez

News, Reviews, and Interviews

Time magazine featured a debate sure to spark interest in readers. The article asked whether or not it was acceptable to write in books as part of interacting with literature.

In the wake of the recent challenge to ban several comic books from a class at Crafton Hills College (the challenge was declined), GeekSnack has published this list of 8 comic books in danger of censorship. 

With many cities in India adopting English as a primary language, it has also opened the door for new translations. This recent article in the Hans India addresses how this has allowed new readers access to a different vernacular and more translations of Indian literature. 

This article from the New Y...

June 19, 2015 | Laura Hernandez

News, Reviews, and Interviews

Israeli writer Etgar Keret was interviewed recently on NPR. Keret discussed how he learned storytelling and survival from his father who survived the Holocaust.

Joanne Leedom-Ackerman returned from PEN International’s biennial Writers in Prison conference and the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) meeting. Read her thoughts on the power of reading and diversity in writing.

Do you think bookstores have a gender bias in the books they sell? The Guardian recently covered this topic from the perspective of a bookseller.

This opinion article by Noah Richler looks at the...

June 15, 2015 | Marc Vincenz

Dissipating Cloudcover




                        from the storehouse 

lap of rain 

                        on the shingles 


                        a downcast brow 


                        for a message 


                        for a missive


                        in its mystery



Word Caught on the Riverbank

By the river

at night
water carries on

at its own rugged pace

within that 

this crooked light
I shall give you

my wildest words

for I will not 

need them
anymore –

you see 

even in their sameness

may arouse 

a desire

to cast a pebble

and watch it

ad infinitum 

when I am dead

you may project me
upon your sunlight

that I may throw


across your face
and the faces

of those you hold close –