Lit Lists

  • A triptych featuring three covers from the list below
    October 16, 2019 | Olivia McCourry
    Asja Bakić Mars Translated by Jennifer Zoble Feminist Press, 2019 With imaginative and striking prose, Bosnian author Asja Bakić’s debut story collection, Mars,...
  • The covers to three books from the fantasy in translation list
    October 1, 2019 | T. Patrick Ortez
    Fantasy is often overlooked when it comes to literature in translation, but from Gilgamesh to the Edda to The Epic of Darkness, fantasy lies at the heart of human storytelli...
  • The covers to three books highlighted in the post (Jacob's Ladder, History: A Mess, and The Wind that Lays Waste)
    August 15, 2019 | Kayla E. Ciardi
    For WLT’s November 2016 issue, author and translator Alison Anderson explores and explains in her essay “Of Gatekeepers and Bedtime Stories: The Ongoing Struggle to Make Women’s Voices Heard...
  • Literary Activism
    August 1, 2019 | The Editors of WLT
    Earlier this summer, the editors of WLT invited more than two dozen writers to nominate one book, published since 1969, that most influenced their extraliterary commi...
  • The covers to the three titles discussed below juxtaposed over a butterscotch background
    April 3, 2019 | Erika Horton
    Esther Gerritsen Craving (fiction) Trans. Michele Hutchinson World Editions In Dutch writer Esther Gerritsen’s Craving, readers follow Coco, who moves in with her dying mother as a m...
  • April 1, 2019 | Daniel Simon
    To kick off National Poetry Month, I’d like to share with you five favorite poets/poems that have appeared in the magazine’s pages over the past five years. Zsuzsa Takács (Hungary), “On Vision” and “...
  • A photograph taken from behind a poised batter as a baseball appears to hang in mid-air in front of him
    March 28, 2019 | Joseph Wheeler
    Peter Miller, “Baseball,” April 12, 2016 / Flickr I see great things in baseball.—Walt Whitman The dawn of a new baseball season brings with it hope for all thirty Major League Baseba...
  • The covers to The Carrying, The Overstory, and The Beekeeper juxtaposed in a tryptich
    January 25, 2019 | The Editors of WLT
    PEN America has announced the finalists for the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards. With so many great books, authors, and translators included, we’ve put together this roundup of WLT’s covera...
  • Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
    November 16, 2018 | Alan Levenson, Daniel Simon
    Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe / Photo by Phillip Kalantzis Cope / Flickr In the wake of the October 27 mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the U...
  • The cover to three books from list below with the texture of baseball field in the background
    October 23, 2018 | Joseph Wheeler
    “Baseball’s time is seamless and invisible, a bubble within which players move at exactly the same pace and rhythms as all their predecessors.       This is the way the game was played in our youth a...
  • The three covers from the Reading List juxtaposed in a tryptich
    July 16, 2018 | James Farner
    Whether going Around the World in Eighty Days or on a slightly less ambitious journey, the best travel novels go the distance by taking the reader on a tour spanning miles, countries, and eve...
  • 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 collage of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize short-list nominees
    May 22, 2018 | WLT
    Are you on the edge of your seat waiting for the announcement of the 2018 Man Book International Prize winner? Ease back and brush up on the shortlist with reviews and interviews of the translators a...
  • 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 triptych made of the three covers from the Summer Reads list
    May 10, 2018 | Claire Riggs
      On the Effects of Technological Advancement   Theory of Bastards by Audrey Schulman (Europa, April) Dr. Francine Burk, who is currently...
  • 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...

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