Friday Lit Links

  • A paper cutout of Link from the Legend of Zelda peeking up from the top of a book
    July 13, 2018 |
    Liu Xia, poet, artist, and wife of the late 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo, was released this week after eight years of house arrest in China. From our January 2018 issue, Ming Di writes...
  • A garden grows up from within the rails of an abandoned train line
    June 29, 2018 |
    A section of the High Line Garden in New York. Photo: Bev / Pixabay ZEE JLF at Boulder, an international literature festival, has announced the confirmed author lineup for its 2018 festival, schedule...
  • A photograph of a pile of rusted chains
    June 22, 2018 | WLT
    Photo: Pixabay Kenny Fries muses on the invisibility of people with disabilities in conversations about diversity in publishing. David Schuman of the Kenyon Review covers Aminatta Forna’s la...
  • Colorful books on a bookshelf
    June 15, 2018 | WLT
    Writing for NPR, Karen Grigsby Bates remembers Anthony Bourdain’s humanizing influence and voice on behalf on marginalized groups. This week Pierce Alquist, writing for Book Riot, published...
  • A photo shot from overhead of a crowd gathered in a square for a protest.
    June 8, 2018 | WLT
    News, Reviews, and Interviews   Rivka Galchen gives a fascinating account of the Oklahoma teacher strike of 2018. Galchen’s father was a professor at the University...
  • A closeup photo of leaves of grass, with rays of sun (lens flare) shining through them.
    June 1, 2018 | WLT
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Aminatta Forna’s new novel Happiness is getting rave reviews. Forna recently contributed to our November 2017 issue as part o...
  • A photo of a metal statue of the character Don Quixote.
    May 25, 2018 | WLT
    News, Reviews, and Interviews The Man Booker International Prize has been awarded toPolish novelist Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights, which will be reviewed in our...
  • A photo of the border between the United States and Mexico showing sparse population on the US side and signs of high density populations on the Mexican side
    May 18, 2018 | WLT
    News, Reviews, and Interviews ArabLit has put together a collection of five poignant quotes from Palestinian writer Atef Abu Saif, who lives in Gaza, that p...
  • A photo of the lowercase letter "g" repeated over several rows and columns.
    May 11, 2018 | WLT
      News, Reviews, and Interviews This October brings the 25th Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and the honoree this year is Haitian American writer Edwid...
  • A photo of a stack of papers in front of a solid dark green background. A smaller stack sits in front where the handwritten letters are visible.
    May 4, 2018 | WLT
      News, Reviews, and Interviews Our new issue on speculative fiction includes an extensive list of international fiction in the genre. Carmen Maria Machado and Sofia...
  • A photo looking down on a single egg on a fine piece of blue china, framed by two hands preparing to eat the egg
    April 27, 2018 | WLT
    Photo by Cayla1 on Unsplash   News, Reviews, and Interviews   Our May/June issue is online and hurtling through the global postal consortiums as we type. Our cover s...
  • A photo of an antique student desk facing several stylishly designed stacks of books
    April 20, 2018 | WLT
      News, Reviews, and Interviews Kendrick Lamar dominated Pulitzer Prize headlines this week, but some other familiar faces to WLT readers appeared as well, including Patric...
  • Looking down a narrow path with walls crammed with books looming in from both sides
    April 13, 2018 | WLT
    News, Reviews, and Interviews   A rare document from the life of Marcel Proust has been uncovered and will make its public debut at the Paris International Rare Book and Fine Art Fair...
  • A typewriter, notepad, books, and glasses circle an empty spot on a rough woodgrain table
    April 6, 2018 | WLT
    News, Reviews, and Interviews   This past Wednesday would have been Maya Angelou’s ninetieth birthday. Read It Forward asked several authors—among them Calv...
  • The words "Once upon a time" written on a piece of paper with a ink pen resting but poised to continue on the final stroke
    March 30, 2018 | WLT
      News, Reviews, and Interviews   Aminatta Forna, writing for the PBS NewsHour, analyzes the power of crafting one’s own narrative in the face of suffering...
  • A close-up shot of a book resting in an unknown person's lap with light streaming in from the left
    March 23, 2018 | WLT
      News, Reviews, and Interviews   The sixth edition of Life and Legends magazine is now out, and the theme is contemporary Indian poetry. The magazine’s edi...
  • March 16, 2018 | WLT
    photo : pixabay News, Reviews, and Interviews   This month, the Poetry Coalition will kick off the series Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poet...
  • 2018 Puterbaugh Fellow Jenny Erpenbeck speaking to the opening night crowd at Fred Jones Museum
    March 9, 2018 | WLT
    photo: shevaun williams & associates News, Reviews, and Interviews   World-renowned novelist Jenny Erpenbeck is being honored this week at the 2018 Puterbaugh F...
  • An old-style fountain pen writes on lined paper.
    March 2, 2018 | WLT
    photo: pixabay News, Reviews, and Interviews In her latest blog post, Joanne Leedom-Ackerman shares the PEN International Women’s Manifesto, which was ratified at PE...
  • A close-up photograph of a small, wooden figure reading a tiny book.
    February 23, 2018 | WLT
    photo: pixabay / evgeni tcher News, Reviews, and Interviews   Kathleen Rooney creates a playlist for largehearted boy’s B...
  • A detail from the cover to Black Panther Vol 3 #1; art by Mark Texeira and Joe Quesada
    February 16, 2018 | WLT
    A detail from the cover to Black Panther Vol 3 #1, art by Mark Texeira and Joe Quesada. Marvel Comics. News, Reviews, and Interviews...
  • A top down shot of a writing desk with a manual typewriter, some plants, a cup of coffee, and implements associated with printmaking.
    February 9, 2018 | WLT
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Claribel Alegría, Central American poet and 2006 Neustadt Prize laureate, recently passed away. The New York Times recalls how Alegría...
  • Books crowd the entrance to a building in Italy
    February 2, 2018 | WLT
    News, Reviews, and Interviews The National Book Awards will now recognize works in translation, opening its doors to global voices for the first time in the history of the award. The prize for this ne...
  • January 26, 2018 | WLT
      News, Reviews, and Interviews The 2017 National Book Critics Circle Awards finalists are out and congratulations are in order! Kapka Kassabova has been nominated for her book Border: A Journey...
  • A girl reading a book and wearing a sweater.
    December 15, 2017 | WLT
    News, Reviews, and Interviews In case you missed it, WLT’s annual list of 75 notable translations is now on the blog and we invite you to share what books you would add to the list by tweeti...

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