Reading List

  • Like a Fading Shadow
    July 11, 2017 | Reid Bartholomew
    The dog days of summer are upon us, and there’s no better way to pass through the longer days than curling up with a book in the shade. If you’re looking for some words to keep you company, there are...
  • 75 Notable Translations of 2016
    December 13, 2016 | Michelle Johnson
    In our fifth annual list of “75 Notable Translations,” we again offer an admittedly incomplete collection of the year’s English translations. And again, we invite you to share your favorites from th...
  • Open book on asphault
    November 18, 2016 | WLT
    News, Reviews, and Interviews  The National Book Award winners have been announced! Colson Whitehead, Ibram X. Kendi, and Daniel Borzutzky have won for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, respectively....
  • All the Light We Cannot See
    November 1, 2016 | Jacob Coleman
    In a particularly gloomy United States election year that “has taken some dark—sometimes very dark—turns” and has recently inspired Canadians to join in a social media campaign to “Tell America It’s...
  • I'll Sell You a Dog
    August 16, 2016 | Alexandria Williams
    Noemi Jaffe What Are the Blind Men Dreaming? Trans. Julia Sanches & Ellen Elias-Bursac Deep Vellum Reflecting the horrors and historical significance of the Holocaust, three generations...
  • April 20, 2016 | The Editors of WLT
    Photo by Guillermo Galan/Flickr Keeping tabs on the poets in your city or state can be a daunting task, but poets all over the world? To help with that, we’ve put together this short but powerful li...
  • New Books: Temperatures Rising
    January 19, 2016 | Ellie Rambo
    As icecaps melt and cities swelter, are we are on the brink of disaster? In these four books, environmental collapse seems unavoidable or has already begun. The characters all wrestle with the sa...
  • New Poetry 2015
    April 27, 2015 | Kelly Rogers
    Introspection is one of the key elements of growing up and moving forward. Though the process can be anywhere from melancholy to enlightening, the importance is in the journey. Coming just in time fo...
  • Lies First Person
    February 24, 2015 | Chelsea Greer
    A Brief Stop: On the Road From Auschwitz by Göran Rosenberg Translated by Sarah Death. Other Press. After enduring the ghetto of Lodz, the camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and many other trials o...
  • Harstad-172 Hours on the Moon
    December 10, 2014 | Chelsea Greer
    Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is an excellent example of how children and the compelling worlds of science fiction mix together brilliantly. After all, the children of today are the leader...
  • Street of Thieves
    November 4, 2014 | Chelsea Greer
    All Days are Night by Peter Stamm Translated by Michael Hofmann. Other Press. After a car crash that leaves her husband dead and her own body disfigured, Gillian must put her life back toget...
  • Sculpture of person reading a book in a park with red flowers
    September 23, 2014 | Jen Rickard Blair
    Photo by Nèg Foto Whether you’re looking for a quick escape on your midday break or a quiet lunch with that always entertaining friend, literature, this list includes five short works of fiction tha...
  • 25 Books that Inspired the World
    September 1, 2014 | WLT
    In conjunction with our November 2014 cover feature—which will focus on central European literature since the fall of the Berlin Wall—the editors of WLT invited 25 writers to nominate one b...
  • Khachapuri. Photo by Robyn Lee/Flickr
    May 27, 2014 | Sarah Smith
    Khachapuri. Photo by Robyn Lee Though the Republic of Georgia has a strong literary past, especially in the medieval era, the Soviet shadow and the country’s singularly difficu...
  • Seven Lives and One Great Love: The Memoirs of a Cat
    May 13, 2014 | WLT
    As you’re building your summer reading lists, don’t forget these new translations.   Seven Lives and One Great Love: The Memoirs of a Cat Lena Divani Konstantine Matsoukas, tr. (Europa Editions)    ...
  • March 25, 2014 | WLT
    The following four titles are new translations released this month and are ready to jump onboard your spring or summer reading lists.   Stories Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, ...
  • Art made from books
    February 7, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    From Art Made from Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed New partnerships and discoveries are at the heart of this week’s lit links. Two new poems authored by Sapph...
  • Lillehammer
    January 28, 2014 | Michelle Johnson
    Lillehammer. Photo by Ulf Bodin/Flickr Netflix viewers are eagerly awaiting the third season of the original series Lilyhammer, a bilingual Norwegian series set in Lillehammer, the city pre...
  • May 28, 2013 | Molly Evans
    “Think of Argentina and it quickly becomes apparent why the country holds travelers in awe. Tango, gauchos, fútbol, Patagonia, the Andes—the classics alone make a formidable wanderlust cocktail.” – S...
  • Nelson Mandela
    April 10, 2013 | Molly Evans
    In the wake of the complicated legacy left behind by Venezuela’s late president, Hugo Chavez, we take a look at new books from around the world that tell the stories of political and revolutionary le...
  • March 13, 2013 | Kirsten Viohl
    “Below them is a French city, primarily, and English, too, home to countless nationalities, mingling on the one hand, blending languages on the streets, but also carefully guarding their separateness...
  • Frozen heart
    February 12, 2013 | Sara Wilson
    Photo Irina Patrascu/Flickr Valentine’s Day looms. You have someone; you don’t have someone; you are caught between someones. Wherever you find yourself on the relationship spectrum, you’ll enjoy th...
  • Helsinki in winter
    January 30, 2013 | WLT
    Helsinki in winter. Photo Anthony Tison/Flickr If you’re like most of us, you’re interested in visiting cities all over the world but unable to do so, or at least do so as much as you’d like. In our...
  • WLT's 75 Notable Translations 2012
    December 18, 2012 | The Editors of WLT
    The list-making season is upon us, and some of our favorite news sources have turned to surveying the literary year. On November 27, the New York Times released its 100 Notable Books of 2012...
  • November 29, 2012 | Sarah Smith
    Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2004, England) Susanna Clarke It’s 1806 and Britain is ravaged by the Napoleonic Wars—that is, until a Mr Norrell comes to the aid of his country with his magic. Soon...