Mo Yan wins the Nobel, Yang Mu wins the Newman, poetry on public transit, and more

October 12, 2012

This week was filled with award announcements. Below, you'll find links to this week's major literary awards, including the National Book Award and the Nobel Prize for Literature.

News, Reviews, and Interviews

The Nobel Prize in Literature was announced on Thursday, and we are so proud to announce that Chinese author Mo Yan, a regular contributor to our sister magazine Chinese Literature Today and the 2009 Newman Prize winner, was awarded the prize this year.

Jane Friedman proposes her view of the future of author-publisher relationships at Litflow.

You might remember Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard for the stir he caused over his book My Struggle. He recently sat down to an audio interview before appearing at the Brooklyn Book Festival.

Nobel Laureate Günter Grass is lately recognized for the controversy over his recent poems. His newest, like the rest, is stirring up a lot of discussion.

Banned Books Month might be over, but there's never a bad time to think about the issues of censorship around the world. Je Banach finished out the PEN American Center's special banned books section with this article.

The 2012 Newman Prize was announced this week, and Taiwanese poet Yang Mu was chosen as this year's recipient.

Some are saying that it's time for a woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. AsiaOne weighed in on the issue this week.

The National Book Awards finalists were revealed on Wednesday.

Our very own Digital Media Editor was named to Folio's 15 Under 30 list this week. Congrats, Jen!

For Your Calendar

Save the date! Archipelago Books is having a year-end auction November 29 in New York City. (But you can also bid online!)

Fun Finds and Inspiration

Here's Flavorwire's list of 10 feminist poets everyone should know.

A recent trend in graffiti art is philosophical messages left on walls, sidewalks, and doorways. (Bonus: If you enjoy looking at street art, we featured some beautiful pieces in the March 2011 issue of WLT by Alexandros Vasmoulakis.)

The Huffington Post has some new illustrations from artist Adrian Tomine, all featuring New York City residents reading.

The 2012 Young Poets of the Year awards were announced last week. The youngest winner was a 13-year-old boy from the United States.

Poetry on public transit seems to have become a worldwide phenomenon, extending most recently to Canadian buses.

Poetry International is hosting a fun new contest. Create a poem with the spine titles of books and Facebook/Tweet a picture to its account. Poetry International will share its favorites next month!

Can poetry cure ailments? William Sieghart seems to think so, since he helped relieve ailments during National Poetry Day last week.