Friday Lit Links: Week of December 1

December 1, 2017

Books on a library shelf outside

News, Reviews, and Interviews

Buenas noticias for the Hispanic community in Los Angeles! The Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) will be taking Les Figues Press under its wing to help bring more Spanish lit to a wider audience.

In this KGOU interview, poet and recent Neustadt juror Sasha Pimentel talks about appreciating what makes language beautiful in this insightful interview.

Another former Neustadt juror, Laleh Khadivi, talks about her latest book, A Good Country, offering valuable insights into an already powerful novel and the issues it delves into when it looks at what the making of a teenage radical entails. 

If a manuscript is placed in a library but nobody reads it, is it still a book? These and other questions will be answered in 2114 when the Future Library project, which currently boasts Margaret Atwood and Elif Shafak as participants, is complete.

Who says book awards can’t be glamorous? There are certainly quite a few famous faces lined up for the Irish Book Awards 2017. Check out who won the awards and who came to see them. 

UK school libraries are in danger of dying out, and authors are not standing for it. Read about how Neil Gaiman is leading authors in demanding action to halt the decline of school libraries. 

The holidays are just around the corner, and trying to find a unique gift can always be a challenge, especially for the book collector who seems to have everything. Perhaps they don’t, though. Check out Scott Esposito’s suggestions at his Conversational Reading blog: small/indie press book ideas.


Fun Finds

Who says reading translated books has to be difficult, or that the original is the best version? Harry Potter has been translated in a multitude of languages, but the new standard Scots edition of Harry Potter will be a delightful trete.

The young-adult community of authors and readers have been particularly influential in increasing diversity in publishing. Bustle rounds up 17 YA books by authors of color to look out for in the first half of 2018.

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