The “Murakami effect,” poems to start the new year, and more

January 6, 2017
by WLT

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News, Reviews, and Interviews 

Literary Hub examines the “Murakami effect” and how the dominance of English affects how authors reach an international audience. 

NPR’s Juan Vidal named five of the year’s best books in translation, and many independent publishers are represented in his selections. 

R. O. Kwon writes about “the Asian American literature that got me through 2016” for Vice

Recent WLT contributor Meena Alexander’s new poem “Winter Light” can be read on the Indian Cultural Forum website. 

Sudeep Sen looks back at the accolades, international recognition, and memorable debuts in Indian poetry in 2016.

The Academy of American Poets shared poems to start the new year that include poems by recent WLT contributors Lia Purpura and Joy Harjo, among others. 

The Jaipur Literature Festival is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and has released its tenth and final list of speakers for the 2017 festival January 19–23. See the full list here

NSK Prize laureate Katherine Paterson joins in an interview about her children’s book characters, the forthcoming movie adaption of her book The Great Gilly Hopkins, and more.

The LA Review of Books discusses Pheng Cheah’s book What Is a World: On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature and asks, “What is it about world literature that sparks such recurring antagonism?”

Best-selling authors Jacqueline Woodson and Daniel Pink discuss their selections for 2016’s most outstanding books via PBS News Hour. 

The Norman Transcript recently interviewed WLT’s R.C. Davis and Daniel Simon on the magazine’s successful 90th year of publication.


Fun Finds and Inspiration 

Check out Bustle’s list of 10 magazines every book-lover should subscribe to in the New Year. 

Culture Trip’s 60 over 60 power list for literature contains several authors recently featured in WLT including César Aira, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Can Xue, and Adonis.

Italo Calvino’s dark fable “The False Grandmother” has been adapted into a short animation narrated by actor John Turturro. 

Via Literary Hub, Dallas’s independent bookseller Deep Vellum recommends 10 small press books to read this January.