2012 Best Translated Book Award Longlist Announced

This is exciting news!  I’ve been waiting for this list for over a month since last year the longlist was announced at the end of January.  Click here for the official announcement on the Three Percent blog.  And here is the list of 25 titles — if this isn’t the…


Jean Strouse: Alice James: A Biography

Trevor reviews jean Strouse’s 1980 biography of Alice James. Read the full post.


2012 PEN/Faulkner Finalists

The finalists for the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction have been announced (here).  The winner will be named on March 26. Lost Memory of Skin, by Russell Banks The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories, by Don DeLillo The Artist of Disappearance, by Anita Desai We Others: New and Selected Stories, by…


Thomas McGuane: “A Prairie Girl”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Thomas McGuane’s “A Prairie Girl” was originally published in the February 27, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. I’ve been running behind on my New Yorker reading lately.  Last night I made the goal…


Geoff Dyer: The Missing of the Somme

A couple of years ago I tried to read Geoff Dyer’s novel Jeff in Venice, Death in Varnasi on an airplane, and I didn’t get past the first few pages.  It’s true: I cannot read on airplanes for some reason.  Still, when I landed I moved on to another book, and,…


Flannery O’Connor: “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

One of my favorite short stories is Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” (it’s right up there with almost anything else written by Flannery O’Connor). The story was first published in 1953 in the anthology Modern Writing I and in 1955 was included in the short story…


Steven Millhauser: The King in the Tree

When I was reading about Millhauser’s latest collection of new and selected stories, We Others (my review here), a few of the reviews lamented that the title story in The King in the Tree (2003) wasn’t included. I happened to have The King in the Tree, a collection of three…


Michael Chabon: “Citizen Conn”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Michael Chabon’s “Citizen Conn” was originally published in the February 13 & 20, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. I believe my work/life balance shifted dramatically in the favor of life…


César Aira: Varamo

Trevor reviews César Aira’s Varamo, translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews. Read the full post.