Dubravka Ugrešić’s stories about refugees, why the world needs translators, and more

May 27, 2016
by WLT

News, Reviews, and Interviews 

Via Utne Reader, 2016 Neustadt Prize laureate Dubravka Ugrešić shares about the experience of being a finalist—and then winner—for a big literary prize, her stories about refugees, and more. 

In this fresh NPR interview, recent Puterbaugh Fellow Sherman Alexie talks about his new children’s book titled Thunder Boy Jr. 

Anjali Enjeti writes about the serious lack of translated literature in America. 

Kim Seong-kon writes for the Korea Herald about why the world needs translators and humanities. 

In this interview, authors Tash Aw and Tahmima Anam discuss home, identity, and the changing face of Asia. 

Translator and author Alison Anderson’s new book, The Summer Guest, explores why it’s easier to imagine having a drink with Chekhov than Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky. 

Janine di Giovanni’s new book The Morning They Came for Us gives a visceral understanding of what it’s like to live as an ordinary civilian in wartime Syria. 

Since Tuesday, more than 400 literary luminaries have signed “An Open Letter to the American People” decrying Donald Trump’s candidacy. 

In this interview from Sixth Tone, Can Xue speaks on the state of Chinese literature. 

More than two years after his death, Gabriel García Márquez has been laid to rest in his home country of Colombia. 

Columbus Monthly features Ohio’s first poet laureate, Amit Majmudar, and his “restless imagination.”


Fun Finds and Inspiration 

When it rains in Boston, the sidewalks reveal poetry that’s otherwise hidden while dry. 

Do overused words lose their meaning? Flavorwire digs into the numbers behind trending words like “Kafkaesque” to see what they tell us. 

These 20 book nook designs aim to elevate cozy reading spaces of any size. 

The Guardian lists the top 10 chases in literature from Moby-Dick to The Talented Mr. Ripley.