Friday Lit Links: Week of September 15

September 15, 2017
by WLT

Coffee and a book on a table

News, Reviews, and Interviews

The National Book Awards longlist for Young People’s Literature includes previous NSK Prize jurors Mitali Perkins and Rita Williams-Garcia! Visit the National Book Awards website to see the longlisted authors in all categories.

The 2017 Man Booker shortlist has also arrived and includes two books recently reviewed in WLT, Paul Auster’s 4 3 2 1 and Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West.

The Texas Book Festival author lineup has been announced! The festival is the weekend of November 4–5, and you can catch many previous WLT contributors and NSK and Neustadt jurors including Claire Messud, M. T. Anderson, Margarita Engle, and Deji Olukotun. WLT will also host a panel at the festival with Yahia Lababidi to discuss the November issue of the magazine.

Bookselling Without Borders has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help American independent booksellers better advocate for international writing. The project is a joint initiative of four independent presses: Europa Editions, Graywolf Press, Other Press, and The New Press.

Recent WLT contributor Natasha Trethewey has been named the recipient of a Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities category. Her interview with Chard deNiord, which took place before a large audience at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, can be read on the WLT blog.

WLT executive director Robert Con Davis-Undiano has won the 2017 International Latino Book Award for “Best Latino Focused Nonfiction Book” for his book Mestizos Come Home!

The Los Angeles Review of Books takes a look at the tormented life of Neustadt Prize laureate Czesław Miłosz through the lens of a new biography by Andrzej Franaszek. 

The 2017 Windham Campbell Festival will feature recent Puterbaugh Fellow Marina Carr and recent Neustadt Prize finalist Carolyn Forché.


Fun Finds and Inspiration

Literary Hub has uncovered the original 1851 review of Moby-Dick in celebration of the book’s 166th publication anniversary.

This interesting diagram shows the evolution of “two” in the Indo-European language family.