The Mountain Echoes Literary Festival in Bhutan, five books making headlines this week, and more

September 1, 2017

A wall of books with a blue door.

News, Reviews, and Interviews provides a rundown of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival in Thimphu, Bhutan. 

The New Yorker engages with the work of Norwegian author Gunnhild Øyehaug, whose translated collection of short stories entitled Knots marks her debut in the United States.

The 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held this Saturday, September 2. It will feature several NEA Literature Fellows as well as WLT contributor Adrian Matejka.

Literary Hub has composed a list of five books making headlines this week.

Singapore Unbound and National Translation Month are releasing issue 6.1 of the Singaporean literary magazine OF ZOOS, Faithless Translation.

Oklahoma Gazette writes about 2017–2018 Oklahoma poet laureate and guest editor for WLT’s recent “New Native Writers” issue, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish.

The New Yorker on the work of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa.


Fun Finds and Inspiration

The University of Southern California has constructed a massive statue of Hecuba with a quote from Hamlet at the base, but its spelling of the bard’s name has brought up an old debate. 

A Boeing 747-300 jumbo jet has been repurposed into an arts installation for this year’s Burning Man.

Mental Floss has come up with a list of ten facts you may not have known about everyone’s favorite joke: the pun.

Reid Bartholomew is an assistant language teacher on the JET Programme teaching English in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he studies contemporary Japanese literature.