Winners of the 2017 Arab-American Book Award, a mobile library for refugees, and more

August 11, 2017

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News, Reviews, and Interviews 

PEN America pushes for information on the Chinese government’s imprisonment of poet and artist Liu Xia.

2014 Neustadt Juror Rabih Alameddine and NSK Juror Hayan Charara have been named winners of the 2017 Arab-American Book Award

Cornell Professor and 2016 Neustadt Juror Valzhyna Mort has recently released a new collection of poetry in her home country of Belarus.

The National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose Shortlists have been announced for 2017.

On September 12, 2017, at the 17th International Literature Festival Berlin, Refugees Worldwide, an anthology of narrative nonfiction, will be launched. The project seeks to shift the discourse surrounding migration away from a Eurocentric perspective. The anthology can be pre-ordered here.

In an interview with, previous Neustadt Prize winner Dubravka Ugrešić speaks about nationalism and post-Yugoslavia Croatia, describing the act of writing as smuggling Central and Eastern European culture into world literature. 

The New England Poetry Club has announced its selection of 2017 NSK prize winner Marilyn Nelson as the recipient of the Golden Rose Award.


Fun Finds and Inspiration

Signature Reads has created a list of twelve books that tell a story within a story.

A 3D model of the Rosetta Stone has been digitally published by the British Museum for an unprecedented public access to the artifact. 

Six contemporary poets shed light on their creative process and weigh in on the importance of revision. 

 In Greece, a minibus has been converted into a mobile library of 1,300 books so that refugees have a place to read.

Reid Bartholomew is an assistant language teacher on the JET Programme teaching English in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he studies contemporary Japanese literature.