The Neustadt Festival, Halloween literary treats, and more

October 31, 2014
Mia Couto receiving the Neustadt feather. Photo by Vanesssa Rudloff.
Mia Couto receiving the Neustadt feather. Photo by Vanesssa Rudloff.

Thank you to all of our readers who supported the 2014 Neustadt Festival last week! It was a wonderful celebration of Mia Couto and African literature. Even if you weren’t able to make it in person, you can view the photos, read the Neustadt blog, and like the Neustadt Prize Facebook page to learn more about this year’s festivities.

And speaking of the Neustadt Prize, at the final event of the week, we announced the next laureate for the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, Meshack Asare, the first African writer to win the prize.

News, Reviews, and Interviews

We know our readers will recognize many of the authors and translators on this prestigious list. Presenting the National Book Award finalists!

What characteristics make up a great literary translator? Two translators, Daniel Hahn and Fahmida Riaz, sit down with the British Council’s Ted Hodgkinson to discuss.

Translator Mark Polizzotti reflects on his work translating Nobel Prize-winner Patrick Modiano at the Yale Books Unbound blog this week.

This week, the NEA released a brand new collection of essays from multiple translators and publishers on the art of translation. The best part? It is 100% free to download!

For Your Calendar

Looking for a great new read? Try these two titles from the University of Oklahoma Press, now on sale for a limited time. Both were recently named 2014 High Plains Book Award winners.

Looking for places to submit your work? This list of publications currently accepting submissions is an excellent place to begin your search.

Fun Finds and Inspiration

Looking for super last-minute pumpkin carving ideas (or perhaps ideas for next year)? These designs are delightful for any lit lover!

And of course, no holiday season is complete without a parcel of poetry to accompany it. Try these Halloween poems this year, compiled by the editors at the Poetry Foundation.

Test your knowledge and trace the history of world language origins with this beautiful linguistic tree diagram by artist Minna Sundberg.

New, beautiful poetry broadsides are now available for purchase online from the Academy of American Poets.