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  • Readers at Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop
    June 4, 2015 | WLT
     Source: DU VideoManager On May 27, WLT celebrated the release of its May 2015 issue at a standing-room-only launch party at Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Watch guest editors Adam Rovner and Jessica Cohen, WLT editor in chief Daniel Simon, and contributing writer Daniel Oz read bilingual poetry and prose selections from the issue’s cover feature, “New Hebrew Writing...
  • 2016 Neustadt Prize Finalists
    May 27, 2015 | WLT
    An international, nine-member jury of accomplished writers have selected the shortlist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, with their sole criterion for nominating finalists being distinguished and continuing literary achievement. Any living author in the world writing in any genre is eligible to be nominated. This year’s Neustadt Prize nominees are from around the globe, and, n...
  • The 2016 Neustadt Prize Jury
    May 18, 2015 | WLT
    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/Unit...
  • Astrid Ivask with Octavio Paz
    April 2, 2015 | WLT
    The executive director, editors, and staff at World Literature Today at the University of Oklahoma are saddened to hear of Astrid Ivask’s death.  In her time at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, from 1967 through 1991, along with her husband Ivar Ivask, Astrid was a literary light who welcomed the world’s greatest writers to Norman.  As an accomplished poet and scholar, she helped to...
  • March 31, 2015 | WLT
    UPDATE: PRAESA (Project for the Study of Alternative Educations) has received the 2015 ALMA award. Watch the videos below to see the announcement and to learn more about this organization in South Africa that promotes reading and literature for children. Join us to watch the live announcement of the 2015 ALMA award at 6:50 am CST, or tune in for a replay of the broadcast right here on the WLT...
  • The hashtag #IReadWLT written on a sheet of paper with the magazine in the background
    February 25, 2015 | WLT
    From February 25 to March 10, we are inviting readers to tell us what they like most about WLT. In 25 words or less, tweet us some love with the hashtag #IReadWLT or post your reply on Facebook. We’ll aggregate our favorites and publish them in the next issue. Even better, send us a photo of yourself reading the print or digital edition...
  • Assia Djebar. Photo by Irmeli Jung.
    February 9, 2015 | WLT
    Assia Djebar. Photo by Irmeli Jung. The editors and staff of World Literature Today were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Algerian-born novelist, translator, and filmmaker Assia Djebar on February 6, 2015. In her honor, we reprint below the tribute Mohammed Dib penned in 1996, when she was named the fourteenth laureate of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature—the...
  • January 22, 2015 | WLT
    A cover feature on Iranian exile lit featuring Moniro Ravanipour, Omid Fallahazad, Mohsen Emadi, and Mana Neyestani, guest-edited by Persis Karim  plus Roberto Fernández Retamar’s reading recommendations on Cuba Michael W. Merriam’s essay on Haitian literature and conversation with Frankétienne J. Madison Davis on P. D. James’s mind for murder Poems by Lan Lan, Susan Rich, and Linda Hoga...
  • Meshack Asare
    October 24, 2014 | WLT
    Asare is the first African writer to be awarded the biennial $25,000 Prize World Literature Today, the award-winning magazine of international literature and culture, today announced Meshack Asare as the winner of the prestigious 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. Awarded in alternating years with the renowned Neustadt International Prize for Literature,...
  • Neustadt Festival
    September 24, 2014 | WLT
    Norman, Oklahoma, Sept. 24, 2014 – The 2014 Neustadt Festival of International Literature and Culture, featuring writers and scholars from Africa, Europe and the United States, will take place on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus Oct. 22 through 24. The festival’s marquee author, Mozambican writer Mia Couto, will receive the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature at a ceremony d...
  • September 22, 2014 | WLT
    A special section on post-Wende central European lit (1989–2014) Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany), an excerpt from The End of Days, tr. Susan Bernofsky Tomas Venclova (Lithuania) interviewed by Ellen Hinsey Julia Fiedorczuk (Poland), 5 poems, tr. Bill Johnston German-language poetry by Durs Grünbein (Germany), tr. Michael Eskin & Karen Leeder; Esther D...
  • 25 Books that Inspired the World
    September 1, 2014 | WLT
    In conjunction with our November 2014 cover feature—which will focus on central European literature since the fall of the Berlin Wall—the editors of WLT invited 25 writers to nominate one book that most influenced their own writing or ways of seeing the world—from anywhere in the world—and to add a brief statement explaining their choice. Now, it’s your turn to help us choose the...
  • July 30, 2014 | WLT
    The fifth and last round of the Summer Reading LitQuest continues with a trip through some of our recent interviews on the WLT website. Answer all the questions right and you'll be entered to win a free digital subscription to WLT! The interviews quiz is open for entries today, July 30th, through Tuesday, August 12th at midnight. Happy reading, and we hope you find a few new wr...
  • July 24, 2014 | WLT
    Celebrating the First 10 Years of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature featuring contributions from all six laureates and a retrospective by Kathy Neustadt A Special Section on 21st Century Indigenous Literatures featuring An introduction by Cherokee scholar Joshua Nelson Mongolian poetry plus an int...
  • Book Reviews
    July 16, 2014 | WLT
    The fourth round of the Summer Reading LitQuest continues with a journey through some of our recent book reviews on the WLT website. Answer all the questions right and you'll be entered to win a free digital subscription to WLT! The book reviews quiz is open for entries today, July 16th, through Tuesday, July 29th at midnight. Happy reading, and we hope you find a new book to r...
  • Essay Litquest graphic
    June 29, 2014 | WLT
    The Summer Reading LitQuest continues into July with a journey through some of our recent essays on the WLT website. Answer all the questions right and you'll be entered to win a free digital subscription to WLT! The essays quiz is open for entries today, June 30th, through Sunday, July 13th at midnight. Happy reading!
  • Poetry
    June 30, 2014 | WLT
    The Summer Reading LitQuest continues this week with a journey through some of our recent poetry on the WLT website. Answer all the questions right and you'll be entered to win a free digital subscription to WLT! The poetry quiz is open for entries today, June 15th, through Saturday, June 28th at midnight. Happy reading!
  • LitQuest Fiction Week
    June 1, 2014 | WLT
    The Summer Reading LitQuest kicks off this week with a journey through some of our recent fiction on the WLT website. Answer all the questions right and you'll be entered to win a free digital subscription to WLT! The fiction quiz is open for entries today, June 1st, through Saturday, June 14th at midnight. Happy reading!
  • Seven Lives and One Great Love: The Memoirs of a Cat
    May 13, 2014 | WLT
    As you’re building your summer reading lists, don’t forget these new translations.   Seven Lives and One Great Love: The Memoirs of a Cat Lena Divani Konstantine Matsoukas, tr. (Europa Editions)     Why I Killed My Best Friend Amanda Michalopoulou Karen Emmerich, tr. (Open Letter Books)        The Iraqi Nights Dunya Mikhail Kareem James Abu-Zeid, tr. (New Directions)     The Secret of Evil Robert...
  • Book cover of Navidad & Matanza
    April 29, 2014 | WLT
    Every month, new English translations appear. Here are three of April’s offerings. Navidad & Matanza Carlos Labbé. Will Vanderhyden, tr. (Open Letter) In Chilean writer Carlos Labbé’s short metafictional novel, two children go missing from the beach town of Matanza. The journalist narrator reports on the family’s case from an underground lab, where he and six others play a game in which they...
  • Poem in Your Pocket Day. Photo by andifansnet/Flickr. Adaption by Jen Rickard Blair.
    April 23, 2014 | WLT
     Photo by andifansnet/Flickr. Adaption by Jen Rickard Blair. Poem in your Pocket Day is tomorrow (April 24th), and you can celebrate by carrying your favorite poem with you and sharing it with others. In celebration of this day, we’ve asked a few poets to share one of their favorite poems with us. Lauren Camp Lauren Camp is the author of The Dai...
  • April 7, 2014 | WLT
    A cover feature on Argentine/Spanish writer Andrés Neuman, the 2014 Puterbaugh Fellow, plus highlights from the 2014 Puterbaugh Festival  and A special section on translation featuring Eric Abrahamsen, Lucas Klein, Syed Manzoorul Islam, Christi Merrill, and Michael Wood and A special section on eco-lit featuring Kris Saknussemm, Niyi Osundare, Maya Khosla, Wu Ming-yi, Liu Ka-shi...
  • March 25, 2014 | WLT
    The following four titles are new translations released this month and are ready to jump onboard your spring or summer reading lists.   Stories Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Rhett McNeil, tr. Dalkey Archive Press  This collection includes both the Brazilian author’s essay on world literature and ten stories available in English for...
  • March 25, 2014 | WLT
    The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is one of the world's largest awards for children's and young adult literature, and it is given annually to a single laureate or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters are eligible. This year's Jury Chairman, Larry Lempert, will announce the 2014 laureate at 1:00 pm CET (7:00 am CST), and the announcement will be follow...
  • Andres Neuman. Photo by Luis Angel.
    March 6, 2014 | WLT
    Photo by Luis Angel. Award-winning Argentinean-Spanish writer and translator Andrés Neuman will visit the University of Oklahoma as the marquee writer for the 2014 Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature and Culture, which will be held March 26-28. Members of the public are invited to attend Neuman’s keynote talk, which will be held at 11 a.m. on March 28 in Meacham Auditorium. Neuman is...

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