End-of-year book lists, “versioning” as translation, and more

December 4, 2015
by WLT

A bookshop with chairs and a table outside

News, Reviews, and Interviews 

Literature in translation makes up 13% of the New York Times Notable Books for 2015 list. 

WLT contributor Claire Messud shares her reading highlights from 2015.

Flavorwire rounds up its selection of 50 best books published by independent presses in 2015. 

Paper Republic has been publishing one free short story, essay, or poem, by a contemporary Chinese writer each week. Check out the first 24 weeks and stay tuned as they continue to publish stories through June 2016. 

Take a look at what’s coming in the January 2016 issue of World Literature Today. 

The Quietus questions whether “versioning” should be considered translating and if Maltese poets can do without English translators altogether.

Poets and writers from around the world are signing a PEN letter calling on Saudi courts to free Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, who is currently facing a death sentence.


Fun Finds and Inspiration

Chronicle Books rounds up a list of 15 books and stationery to give to foodie friends and family. 

The Swedish translation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book We Should All Be Feminists is being given to every 16-year-old in Sweden.