Kaitlin Hawkins

  • July 18, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews The seven finalists for the 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature have been announced! The winning author will be named at the 2014 Neustadt Festival in Norman, Oklahoma. New reports from the author herself reveal that Tibetan political dissident Woeser and her husband, Wang Lixiong, have been placed under house arrest i...
  • June 27, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    We’ll be taking a two-week summer break from our Friday Lit Links, returning on Friday, July 18th. In the meantime, you can follow us on Twitter @worldlittoday to keep up with all the latest literary news. News, Reviews, and Interviews The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has a new Director of Literature: meet Amy Stolls, who will oversee the organization’s grant and fellows...
  • The 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize Jury
    June 20, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews The jurors for the 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s literature have been announced! Read the announcement on the Neustadt Prize website for more information on each juror. In a speech in April 2012, Herta Müller describes the “space between languages,” where the true beauty of translation resides. This week, Charles Wright was...
  • Mahmoud Darwish
    June 13, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews A new film, “Write Down, I Am an Arab,” will tell the story behind Mahmoud Darwish’s greatest love affair, with a Jewish woman he fell for when he was just 22 years old. A new display of Wafaa Bilal’s “Ashes Series” photographs is now on display at the Driscoll Babcock Galleries, displaying tiny dioramas that paint the human cost of...
  • June 6, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews The current state and future of Israeli literature (and much of its politics) was showcased at this year’s International Writers Festival, held May 22 in Jerusalem. Kirkus Media, the folks behind the Kirkus Review, recently announced the launch of three new literary prizes, for fiction, nonfiction, and young-reader literature. Disney’s anima...
  • Maya Angelou
    May 30, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    This week, the world said good-bye to Maya Angelou, beloved author and poet. You can read a tribute to her, which includes photos of her visit to Oklahoma for the 1986 Neustadt Festival, at the WLT blog. Several new Native American reads are available in the 2014 American Indian Catalog by the University of Oklahoma Press. In the first time in the prize’s history, the Independent Foreig...
  • May 23, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Following success at this year’s London Book Fair, where Korean literature was the main theme and focus, The Korea Times notes that K-Lit is now becoming more popular and widespread throughout the reading world. Earlier this month, Wesleyan University announced its first ever distinguished literary translator, naming Norman Shapiro as this y...
  • The Great Reading Room
    May 9, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    The Great Reading from Book Riot's Literary Tourism: Norman, Oklahoma piece. Photo: Wikimedia Commons This week, several of the links below examine the political pasts of countries around the world to usher in changes for the future. You’ll read about an award-winning author’s struggle to tell the story of one of Nigeria’s bloodiest civil wars, as well as a group of brave and resilient women in...
  • May 2, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    It was another great week, filled with announcements from various literary prizes. Below, we’ve provided links to announcements about the Best Translated Book Awards, the Lambda Literary Prize, and Orion Book Awards. Our Neustadt lit links also contain information on the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, so make sure to head there as well! News, Reviews, and Interviews How...
  • A tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    April 25, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    This week was full of celebrations, once again. Though we said goodbye to Gabriel García Márquez, literary readers, writers, and publishers around the globe celebrated his exceptional life. We also celebrated poetry with Poem in Your Pocket Day, Shakespeare’s birthday, and Earth Day this week. News, Reviews, and Interviews Last week, the world said goodbye to a true literary gre...
  • The Sublimes by Yuri Mamleyev
    April 18, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    The newly released translation of Yuri Mamleyev's The Sublimes can be ordered with a 3D printed nylon doll. T. S. Eliot once described the month of April as the “cruellest month,” but we can’t believe how chock-full of celebration it is! From National Poetry Month to National Library Appreciation Week, April seems to have it all for literary lovers. Find these celebrations plus more in...
  • Sherman Alexie in a video interview with Poets & Writers
    April 11, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Sherman Alexie in a video interview with Poets & Writers Between lit prize announcements and several very exciting upcoming events, this week was an exhilarating one! Make sure to pay extra attention to this week’s For Your Calendar section, where we’ve highlighted several great events coming your way very soon. News, Reviews, and Interviews Sherman Alexie’s books t...
  • Photo by Diane Cordell/Flickr
    April 4, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Photo by Diane Cordell/Flickr This week was a mix of news, commentary, and fun. Below, you’ll find stories on the very first ebook and a new reading list for poetry skeptics. And don’t forget to check this week’s Neustadt Lit Links for even more literary news and updates! News, Reviews, and Interviews Translation has been compared to many things, but most recently, Edith Grossma...
  • Andrés Neuman
    March 21, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Andrés Neuman, the 2014 Puterbaugh Fellow, will be visitingWLT at the University of Oklahoma March 26-28th. All this week, we’ve been preparing for the Puterbaugh Festival, where we will be honoring Argentinean-Spanish author Andrés Neuman and celebrating literature and translation. We hope you can join us, either in person or online! This week’s lit links feature news from around the w...
  • Krys Lee
    March 14, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Photo by Matt Douma. Neustadt juror Krys Lee is one of two authors honored with an American Academy of Arts and Letters, read more about Neustadt Prize-related news in the Neustadt Lit Links. This week was full of news from around the world. Many literary prizes were announced this week, which you can read about in the Neustadt lit links on our website for the Neustadt Prizes. You’ll also find n...
  • The March 2013 cover of WLT
    March 7, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    While you’re browsing through this week’s set of lit links, we would really appreciate your help. We are currently in the running for ASME’s Best Cover Contest and need votes to win! All you have to do is click on this link to our March 2013 cover on Facebook and like the photo to cast your vote for us. Voting in our category stays open until Sunday, March 9. We appreciate your help! News...
  • Protesters in Kiev
    February 28, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Barricade with the protesters at Hrushevskogo street on January 26, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Photo Sasha Maksymenko/Flickr It was an exciting week for both World Literature Today and world literature. In magazine news, we launched the March issue, celebrating international humor and the 2012 Puterbaugh Fellow, Maaza Mengiste. In world lit news, new plays, new books, and new essay...
  • The Moon
    February 21, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Photo by Fake Plastic Breno/Flickr This week’s lit links run the gamut of news: from new intellectual discussions to a campaign that wants to put poetry on the moon, we’ve got this week covered. News, Reviews, and Interviews Should translators always be credited in book reviews? Words Without Borders welcomes your comments on the subject. The world’s first poetry code s...
  • Stack of books in black and white. Photo by Georg Mayer/Flickr
    February 14, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Photo by Georg Mayer/Flickr As the world celebrates Valentine’s Day today, we’d like to celebrate our love for great literature. Find great stories, reviews, and news in the links below, and remember to share your love of reading! News, Reviews, and Interviews Is there an absence of political anger in Western literature? Kamila Shamsie and Pankaj Mishra ask, where’s the rage? Th...
  • Art made from books
    February 7, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    From Art Made from Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed New partnerships and discoveries are at the heart of this week’s lit links. Two new poems authored by Sappho were uncovered and translated this week, making headlines across the literary world. You’ll find links to the poems and scholarly commentary in the links below. News, Reviews, and Interviews...
  • Neil Gaiman quote over a library
    January 31, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    What a week! The links below are full of the excitement, pleasure, and sadness that marked this week’s literary news. Most notably, find information about the death of José Emilio Pacheco, who passed away last weekend in Mexico. News, Reviews, and Interviews The Guardian notes that we have small presses to thank for the number and scope of translations on the market tod...
  • Human book chain made of 14,000 Latvians
    January 24, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Fun Finds: Watch the video of 14,000 Latvians who formed a human chain to deliver books to a new library. News, Reviews, and Interviews Liu Xia, wife of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, is still contained under house arrest in China. Despite her lack of freedom, however, she still finds ways to be heard, most especially through her virtual poetry readings. The 2013 Saif Gh...
  • On Such a Full Sea
    January 15, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    The 3D printed cover to Chang-rae Lee's book On Such a Full Sea This week we said goodbye with sadness to both Amiri Baraka and Juan Gelman, two poets who recently passed away. But we also have causes for celebration, with new literary prize announcements, technological advancements in the industry, and inspirational stories filling up our reading lists. News, Reviews, and Inter...
  • January 10, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    This week’s links are filled with both the positive and the negative. New books, new opportunities, and new discoveries make up this week’s positives, but great losses to language and literature simultaneously leave us feeling truly saddened. Click on the links below for more information. News, Reviews, and Interviews Typographical Era released its picks for the best book covers...
  • January 3, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    We’re back! We hope you had a wonderful holiday and a great start to 2014. Below, catch up on all the literary news and tidbits you might have missed while celebrating. News, Reviews, and Interviews Right before the holidays, the Russian government gave approval to release the members of Pussy Riot from prison. But PEN International wonders if free speech was really victorious in...

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