2016 Man Booker Prize longlist, Hemingway look-alikes, and more

July 29, 2016
by WLT

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News, Reviews, and Interviews

The 2016 Man Booker Prize longlist has been announced.  Finalist J. M. Coetzee is a past WLT contributor and was our 2003 Puterbaugh Fellow.

PEN America has announced the winners of the 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund. Recent WLT contributors Emma Ramadan and Karen Leeder are among the recipients!

These selections from PEN America’s journal Glossolalia are gathered around the theme “Women writing Brazil.”

Current WLT contributor and recent Neustadt juror Krys Lee is kicking off a book tour for her debut novel How I Became a North Korean. Next Tuesday, she’ll discuss her book in a conversation with Adam Johnson at the Booksmith in San Francisco.

NPR’s All Things Considered asks: Can serialized fiction convert binge watchers into binge readers?

The Wick Poetry Center’s Traveling Stanzas project has an archive that’s been growing since 2009 and is aiming for a mobile poetry exhibit next year.

The Guardian reports that the 2016 Hong Kong book fair had a subdued atmosphere since there are fewer stands selling political and “banned” books.

In this Electric Literature interview, Chilean author Alejandro Zambra discusses his new book and gets cookie crumbs in his hair.

Plougshares examines the work of André Aciman and his body of work obsessed with exile.

In 2006 Abdellah Taïa became the first eminent, openly gay Arab writer. Music & Literature extrapolates on Taïa’s work, and you can read his short fiction “Turning Thirty” on the WLT website.


Fun Finds and Inspiration

In this unlikely but true story, a woman falls in love with a man tweeting for Waterstone’s bookstore.

In a novel coincidence, an unrelated Hemingway won this year’s 36th annual Ernest “Papa” Hemingway look-alike contest at Sloppy Joe’s Bar.

Unveiled at Comic-con this week, BBC America will premiere a TV series based on the Dirk Gently Holistic Detective Agency books by Douglas Adams.

Battling writer’s block? Embrace it with a dose of dark humor in these “Writing Exorcises” from McSweeney’s.