Banned Books, the Man Booker shortlist, Midnight's Children trailer, and more

September 14, 2012

Our links this week are rich with news from around the globe. Catch up on anything you missed by clicking the links below, and don't forget to come back next week for even more news!

News, Reviews, and Interviews

The Mantle gives a synopsis of the life and works of Lebanese modern artist Mouna Bassili Sehnaoui.

The PEN American Center is focusing on banned books this month, and authors from around the world are contributing reviews of their favorite books.

The Literary Translation at UEA blog wonders if poetry translators are the "heavyweights" of the translation world.

Arc Publications recently released an interview with translator David Hill at their blog.

Langugage experts recently found that several languages, including English, Russian, and Hindi, originated from Anatolia, what is now a region in Turkey.

Nichole Bernier at Beyond the Margins wonders, "Does Publishing a Novel Change Your Life?"

Junot Díaz recently sat down with the team at Goodreads for an interview about his new collection of short stories, This Is How You Lose Her.

Is Bob Dylan a poet? Our Neustadt jurors over the years seem to think so, but Ian Bell wonders if it's really true.

The 2012 Man Booker shortlist was released this week, and we wish congratulations on the 6 authors chosen.

Salman Rushdie gave the New Yorker a special sneak preview of his forthcoming memoir, Joseph Anton, which will be about the infamous fatwa issued against him after he published The Satanic Verses

For Your Calendar

International Translation Day will be on October 5 at Kings Place. Last year, tickets sold out very quickly, so get yours soon!

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival will take place from October 3-7 in Bali. 

For everyone in the Norman/OKC areas, don't forget about the Presidential Dream Course lectures — Rilla Askew will be lecturing on Monday, September 17.

Words Without Borders is hosting their annual benefit dinner in NYC on October 30. It will be themed around Chinese literature.

Fun Finds and Inspiration

Salman Rushdie's Booker Prize-winning novel Midnight's Children will be released as a film version in November. You can watch the offical trailer at Bookriot.

A professional book archivist at the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles swears by her method of removing pesky stickers from book covers.

Nine famous authors' epitaphs are recorded next to pictures of their gravestones at Bookriot.

Lord Byron's personal copy of Frankenstein is up for auction, and is expected to fetch over $400,000.