Electronic publishing, a literary safari, and books that make you cry

March 29, 2013

We’ve got a little bit of everything for you this week, from remembering the late Nigerian literary giant Chinua Achebe to taking a look at the most popular translated novels of all time. 

News, Reviews, and Interviews

Should small presses still consider publishing in print, or simply skip to electronic? Publishing Perspectives wants your opinion!

In a new dispatch at Words Without Borders, Cécile Oumhani discusses the uncertain landscape of Tunisia.

Listen to Chinua Achebe read from his most recognized novelThings Fall Apart, at the PEN American Center website.

Look back at the life and legacy of Chinua Achebe at the Huffington Post

Over a decade of letters between Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer have been collected and published at Guernica's website.

Brain Pickings has a rare 1969 BBC recording of an interview with Vladimir Nabokov

For Your Calendar

If you’re in the San Francisco area, you can meet Mikhail Shishkin on April 4. 

Tickets for the Paris Review’s annual Spring Revel are now on sale.

Peirene press will host several masterclasses on the art of writing a novella this summer in London.

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation is taking applications for a residency in the author’s Oak Park home.

A new literary safari from the PEN American Center has a slew of authors, writers, and poets on the calendar.

Fun Finds and Inspiration

Galley Cat recently posted a list of books that have made readers cry. What books have emotionally worn you out?

Looking for a new way to add translated literature to your e-reader? New Vessel Press is an e-book publisher of translated literature.

Win a copy of Noémi Szécsi’s The Finno-Ungrian Vampire, which we reviewed in the March issue, by answering a few simple questions.

Bookcrossings is a book-labeling company that tracks the progress of books as they travel to new homes around the world.

The Guardian wants your opinion. Tell them about the best contemporary translated book you've read.

Celebrate the wonder that is dogs with the New Yorker.

If you could visit any imaginary country from a book, which would you choose? Publisher’s Weekly has a list of ten for you.

If you weren’t able to attend the Reel Iraq Festival but still want to take part, view a comprehensive photo gallery on Flickr.

The Poetry Translation Centre is offering a boxed set of ten poetry chapbooks for sale.