The 2014 Puterbaugh Festival, pairing literature with rap, and more

March 28, 2014
Andres Neuman with students at OU
Andrés Neuman autographing a book after opening night. Photo by Laura Hernandez

We’ve been buzzing on the WLT Facebook and Twitter accounts all week with exciting reports from the 2014 Puterbaugh Festival. Continue to tune in today as we wrap up the festival with a roundtable discussion and a keynote talk by 2014 Puterbaugh Fellow Andrés Neuman.

News, Reviews, and Interviews

Announced this Tuesday, the 2014 laureate of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is Swedish author Barbro Lindgren. Visit the ALMA website for all the latest information regarding Lindgren and this prestigious prize for children’s and young adult literature.

Also in literary prize news, Colombian author Jorge Franco was named as the laureate of Spain’s Alfaguara Novel Prize on Thursday.

A stir is growing against Great Britain justice secretary Chris Grayling’s ban on sending books to prisoners.  Over eighty of Britain’s distinguished writers and dramatists have now stepped up to intervene. 

In an online debate featuring prominent bookstore owners, bloggers, and writers, a lively discussion on the New York Times website assesses the question, “How Can Bookstores Stay Alive? 

Recently interviewed on the WLT blog, you can now read an excerpt from Vladimir Lorchenkov’s new book, The Good Life Elsewhere, on the Words without Borders website.


Fun Finds and Inspiration

Writer’s Relief wraps up Women’s History Month with a delightful “Ladies of Literature” quiz. Can you pair all of the female authors with their female characters?

Ever thought about pairing rap lyrics with literature? Check out these 18 famous literary first lines paired with rap lyrics by Mental Floss. 

A keen sense of place is essential to "good and honest writing," according to Eudora Welty. This collection of photos from the Huffington Post features popular novels from all over the world and the cities that inspired them.

Jen Rickard Blair is the art and web director at World Literature Today.