Novels by poets, the Reykjavik International Literary Festival, and more

September 11, 2015
by WLT
Reykjavik, Iceland.
Reykjavik, Iceland. Photo by Christine Zenino/Flickr

News, Reviews, and Interviews 

The Reykjavik International Literary Festival continues this weekend and features authors recently featured or reviewed in WLT, including Hassan Blassim, Pierre Lemaître, Jón Gnarr, and David Mitchell. 

Poet, novelist, and current WLT contributor Naja Marie Aidt lists her 10 favorite novels written by poets. You can also read new fiction by Aidt in the September issue of WLT. 

Last week at the Beijing International Book Fair, new ties between Moroccans, Emiratis, and Egyptians were made. Preliminary agreements were made to translate 25 original works by Moroccan authors to Chinese, and in return, Morocco will translate 25 Chinese books into Arabic.

For the 40th anniversary of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, author and NSK laureate Mildred D. Taylor has announced new cover art will be created for the prizewinning book and the rest of series. Viking will release her final book in the Logan family saga in 2017.

Asymptote’s international translation contest, Close Approximations, is open. The deadline to submit is December 15. 

Literary Hub lists 5 contemporary Argentine writers to discover.


Fun Finds and Inspiration 

Photographer Ellen Cantor brings to life the tactile memories of reading classic children’s books. Her photo series featured on Flavorwire includes Alice in Wonderland and the Nancy Drew books, among others.

Bustle lists 13 cool literary T-shirts and tank tops featuring books, authors, and even “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe.