The Neustadt nominees, PEN Award shortlists, and the failure of book covers

July 19, 2013

What a busy week for us at WLT—the nine Neustadt nominees have been announced! You can find the link for that list, as well as lists for other prizes announced this week, in the links below.

News, Reviews, and Interviews

The 2014 Neustadt Prize nominees have been announced! 

The 2013 PEN Literary Awards shortlists were also announced last week; congratulations to all of the authors, translators, editors, and publishers.

Are books and bookshops mututally inclusive? The Independent thinks so.

The New Yorker wonders if all poems deserve their final lines. So, to investigate, Brad Leithauser decided to read poems in reverse.

Austrian artists are working to revive a memorial for a Nazi poet laid to rest in Vienna.

Tim Kreider at the New Yorker thinks that book covers are slowly failing, but we’re not so sure. What do you think? 

The Poetry Translation Centre offers free podcast downloads via iTunes, with 100 recordings available to-date. 

For Your Calendar

The 2013 Popescu Prize is accepting entries until July 31.

We want to remind you about Literature Across Frontiers’ Pinterest board dedicated to information about various writing and translation residencies around the world.

The Hong Kong Book Fair runs until July 23, with events and highlights listed on their website.

Fun Finds and Inspiration

Flavorwire has a full-length literary calendar that lists a bookish event or milestone for every day of the year. 

It turns out that Craigslist Missed Connections posts can be fairly poetic.

Found poetry that serves a political or subversive purpose . . . What could possibly be more interesting? 

Translation exists in many forms, including forms that take words and turn them into movements

William Blake’s cottage is for sale for the low, low price of just under one million dollars. 

English PEN has published its list of summer reads in translation, so add these titles to your to-read lists (and check out WLT's lists as well)!