Sharjah Book Fair, why scientists should study literature, and more

November 13, 2015
by WLT


News, Reviews, and Interviews 

In this article from the Korea Herald, translator Sora Kim-Russell points to a “dark, earthy humor” buried under the angst and sorrow in Korean literature.

Ukrainian author Natalka Sniadanko talks about suppression, solidarity, and why professional writers simply “do not exist” in Ukraine in this article from the Guardian.

At the Sharjah Book Fair, chairman Ahmed Al Americ says the 10-day event aims to “promote reading and fight hate and extremists through literature and the love for written word.” 

The Washington Post features the finalists for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

At, Chad Orzel makes a case for why scientists should study art and literature. 

The Kenyon Review’s editor contemplates what makes an essay literary. 

NPR Books interviews Michael Cunningham about his latest book, The Wild Swan. The book tackles some beloved fairy tales head on, and you can read an excerpt titled "Jacked" on the WLT blog.



Fun Finds and Inspiration

A new photography book by Dinah Fried re-creates 50 iconic meals from literature.

Naomi Alderman writes for the Guardian about how video games could be the greatest storytelling medium of our age.

BuzzFeed rounds up 17 gifts that grammar nerds might enjoy.