Etgar Keret’s first short story, LGBT lit news, and myths about French books

August 30, 2013

As we celebrate the launch of the September issue this week, we aim to bring your attention to LGBT-related news from around the world, particularly as it relates to literature. You’ll find an article on the subject below, as well as several noteworthy events and new fun finds. Happy reading!

News, Reviews, and Interviews

Why do artists borrow so much from other artists? This Huffington Post article explores the topic.

Last week we linked to Arabic Literature (in English)’s post questioning the role of world literature. This week we bring you an article from the Missing Slate that tries to answer the same question: what is world literature?

PEN International recently revealed the shortlist for the inaugural PEN International/New Voices Award.

Major news straight from the Edinburgh International Book Festival: a new poetry prize, open to young Scottish poets.

Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan and Syrian poet Adonis recently spoke at Beijing Normal University, where they talked about the role of translation in the greater scheme of world literature.

With anti-gay legislation in Russia, at least one book has received an "18+" warning label because it depicts gay themes or characters.

Fans of Salinger rejoice! Several new books are due for release starting in 2015 (with rumors of a Holden Caulfield followup).

Read the very first short story by Etgar Keret, now publicly posted on Facebook.

The winners of this year’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards have been announced and include Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, a WLT-reviewed novel.

For Your Calendar

If you’re in or near Chicago, make sure to check out the Poetry Foundation’s upcoming poetry events near you.

See Juan Pablo Villalobos in conversation at English PEN’s upcoming Mexican culture night, celebrating the literature, music, and food of Mexico.

The English PEN Promotes! grants program is officially open for submissions.

The University of Iowa is hosting an online advanced fiction seminar this fall and wants you to be a part of it.

Share your poetry with the world by entering the Poetry Project, which celebrates poetry and video.

Fun Finds and Inspiration

Did you know there were myths about French books in translation? Publishing Perspectives busts them!

Bibliophile problems. We totally get them.

Casey N. Cep wrote a fantastic article this week at the Paris Review about the end of bookstores as we know them.