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  • Patrick Modinao. Photo by Catherine Hélie / Courtesy Editions Gallimard
    December 1, 2014 | Gerald Prince
    Photo by Catherine Hélie / Courtesy Editions Gallimard Before he was named winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, Patrick Modiano had already received many awards: ten or twelve of them, including the Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française for Les Boulevards de ceinture (1972), the Prix des Libraires for Villa Triste (1975), the Prix Goncourt for Rue des Bouti...
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    August 4, 2014 | Naomi Shihab Nye
    Photo by M./Flickr   Today on the phone,first time in thirty years,my friend didn’t know me.Who? Where do you live?Where did we meet?She’s been slipping for a while.I wonder if that’s how God feelsabout Israel right now.Who are you again?Did you really suffer?
  • 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...
  •  Barricade with the protesters at Hrushevskogo street on January 26, 2014
    January 27, 2014 | Michael M. Naydan
    Barricade with the protesters at Hrushevskogo street on January 26, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Photo Sasha Maksymenko/Flickr The movement is precisely about what Nadya, the elderly woman, whose name means hope, said: justice. Young Ukrainians in their late teens and twenties of many different walks of life and faiths have been the prime impetus behind this movement that has gal...
  • January 27, 2014 | Yuri Andrukhovych
    As a follow-up to our post “Protesting on the Square in Kiev” on December 11, 2013, we received the letter below from Yuri Andrukhovych, who is on the front lines of the protests on Kyiv’s Maidan Square. Photo © Susanne Schleyer / Suhrkamp Verlag Dear friends, especially foreign journalists and editors, These days I receive from you lots of inquiries requesting to des...
  • Protesters in Kiev
    December 11, 2013 | Yuri Andrukhovych
    Protesters in Kiev on December 9th. Photo by Ivan Bandura/Flickr Editorial note: In solidarity with the protesters in Ukraine, WLT offers the following selections by Yuri Andrukhovych, which first appeared in our September 2005 issue. According to Michael Naydan, who guest-edited the special section on the Ukrainian avant-garde in that issue and wrote the lead...
  • September 26, 2013 | WLT
    Two University of Oklahoma faculty from the College of International Studies will appear on OETA (COX 14) discussing the current crisis in the Middle East on Sunday, September 29, at 1 p.m. Joshua Landis, an expert on Syria and the Middle East, and Samer S. Shehata, an expert on Egypt and the Middle East, will discuss the region’s current crises and the possibility of political breakthroughs. Th...
  • August 14, 2013 | Nina Sabolik
    Ismail Kadare I should hate Ismail Kadare. I should hate him because I am Macedonian, and he is Albanian, and our two peoples have been enemies for centuries and went to war as recently as a dozen years ago. I should hate him because at a recent meeting of the international PEN centers in Bled, Slovenia, he was the only one who refused to sign a petition to recognize Macedonia under its constitu...
  • May 12, 2013 | Lauren Cheney
    In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of recent literature that explores mothers of all sorts:  good, bad, deceased, new, and even a little on the crazy side. One thing’s for sure: these moms are anything but ordinary. But let’s be honest. Are any mothers ordinary? Perhaps these works will have us reevaluating the roles our mothers have played in our lives and the lives of others.   ...
  • May 3, 2013 | Shaun Randol
    "We have a Cold War on the Russian soul," said Mikhail Shishkin. Lines are drawn, barricades are up. On one side are the nationalists and isolationists who proclaim Russia to be the center of the world and a power to be reckoned with. On the other side of the barricade are the internationalists who see affinity with Europe and a greater, global c...
  • April 30, 2013 | Shaun Randol
    Bravery comes in many forms. As Salman Rushdie said to me in an interview, and confirmed at the opening night of PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, the artist standing up to repression is just one kind of bravery. Another is the courage to create a new work of art and overcome technical or emotional challenges. And still, there are other forms of fearlessness...
  • April 17, 2013 | WLT
    Tomorrow is National Poem in Your Pocket Day, and we are providing a printable PDF of “Words” by Dana Gioia, and the download comes paired with the Spanish translation by José Emilio Pacheco. The poem was reprinted by permission of Ediciones el Tucan de Virginia in the September 2011 issue of WLT and can be read on the WLT website as well. Poets.org also has an enormous...
  • April 12, 2013 | Jen Rickard Blair
    Have you been keeping up with the 2013 Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature and Culture? Hop on over to our website for the festival at www.puterbaughfestival.org to see photo galleries from the week's events featuring 2013 Puterbaugh Fellow Maaza Mengiste and visiting photographer Phil Borges. Here's a peak at the gallery from this morning's keynote with Mengiste. Speaking about the E...
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    February 12, 2013 | Sara Wilson
    Photo Irina Patrascu/Flickr Valentine’s Day looms. You have someone; you don’t have someone; you are caught between someones. Wherever you find yourself on the relationship spectrum, you’ll enjoy this collection of international stories, new and old, that portray the dark complexities of romance. Can the driving sentiment at the core of these stories actually be classified as love per se...
  • November 14, 2012 | Andrew Lam
    Photo by Christopher Dilts As a refugee from Vietnam, a country colonized by the French and then fought over by the Americans and the Soviet Union, I see the Obama presidency as spelling the end of a five-hundred-year-old colonial curse. Decades ago, English still unruly on my tongue, I read a spin-off of Daniel Defoe’s The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, but I read it not as most of my...
  • November 5, 2012 | Michelle Johnson
    Photo Flickr/PennStateLive British journalist Sam Leith is the author of one novel and three nonfiction books, most recently "You Talkin’ to Me?": Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama. Here he talks about real and fictional rhetoricians, including Bill Clinton, Mark Antony, Humbert Humbert, and Satan. Michelle Johnson: Did you hear Bill Clinton’s speech at the DNC?...
  • October 29, 2012 | Jonathan Stalling
    Mo Yan. Photo by Jonathan Stalling. Shortly after China woke up to the news on October 11 that a Chinese national had won this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, a storm of discussion raged throughout China’s social media networks that has yet to abate. The news was met in the rest of the world, however, with something more akin to a raised eyebrow, one signaling behind-the-scenes knowledge that...
  • October 17, 2012 | Lisa Lundgren
    Larry Lempert, Karin Nyman, Helen Sigeland and Felicitas von Lovensberg in conversation. Day two in Frankfurt and the fair is buzzing with activity. For those of us focusing on children’s literature, Hall 3 is the place to be. Children’s and young adult literature are the main focuses, and publishers of children’s literature from all over the world gather here each year. This year the fair has a...
  • September 28, 2012 | Jen Rickard Blair
    The end of this year's Neustadt Festival is just hours away, but the attendance, energy, and excitement around the events this year have been unmatched. Take a look at our second gallery of festival highlights including shots from the documentary film screening, panel discussions, and performances of scenes from Tamasha's adaptation of Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance. In the panel discu...
  • September 26, 2012 | Jen Rickard Blair
    The Neustadt Festival kicked off Tuesday evening with a packed-house at the opening night reception and an energetic Wednesday morning with hundreds of fourth and fifth graders from the Norman Public Schools. Check out the photo gallery to see what's been happening at the 2012 Neustadt Festival, and prepare your schedule for the upcoming events on Thursday and Friday. The festival will dive deep...
  • September 24, 2012 | Jen Rickard Blair
    “If time were a bolt of cloth,” said Om, “I would cut out all the bad parts. Snip out the scary nights and stitch together the good parts, to make time bearable. Then I could wear it like a coat, always live happily.” ― Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance Indian-Canadian novelist Rohinton Mistry creates unforgettable characters and vast social panoramas that are often compared to the style a...
  • August 13, 2012 | Jen Rickard Blair
    The Edinburgh International Book Festival is off to an energetic start, and in the course of two weeks the festival will feature no fewer than eight hundred international writers in around 750 unique events. The festival, which has grown into an event attracting over 200,000 attendees since its humble beginning in 1983, is unique in featuring writers from all over the world who gather to become p...
  • August 10, 2012 | John Tyler Allen
    Photo by HollyColleen/Flickr Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus partnered with Chilean arts collective Casagrande in the “Rain of Poems,” dropping 100,000 bookmarks featuring the work of three hundred poets over London from a helicopter. My last piece, “How Literature Saved the Olympics,” proved the Olympics owe their every breath to literature. But that doesn’t mean you can blame us for the ho...
  • August 9, 2012 | John Tyler Allen
    Upon finishing Chris Cleave’s recent novel Gold (a drama examining the friendship and family of three Olympic-caliber British cyclists), I took to the Web to find other fiction featuring Olympic competition. I didn’t expect what I found: there’s not a lot out there. Or there’s not a lot that wants to be found. In my failure, though, I found something much more interesting: literature an...