World Cup of Literature

World Cup of Literature

The World Cup of Literature started yesterday, and I am the judge of today’s match between Italy and England. Read the full post.

Going-after-Cacciato

Giveaway! Four Books by Tim O’Brien

I’ve got four of Tim O’Brien’s books, all new lovely reissues, to give away to one person. See what’s on offer and enter to win.

Review copy courtesy of NYRB Classics.

Last Words from Montmartre Giveaway!

A giveaway! Next Tuesday, NYRB Classics will be publishing Qiu Miaojin’s Last Words from Montmartre, and I’ve got an extra copy. Read the full post and enter the giveaway.

Jean Echenoz

The Great Jean Echenoz Giveaway!

A giveaway — The Great Jean Echenoz Giveaway, no less! Come try to win four of Jean Echenoz’s novels: I’m Gone, Big Blondes, Piano, and Running. Read the full post.

Impossible Exile

Giveaway! George Prochnik’s The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World

A giveaway! Come try to win George Prochnik’s new biography The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World. Read the full post.

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The Mookse and the Gripes Is Looking for Contributors

For nearly six years The Mookse and the Gripes has run as a mostly solo affair — though I have many people to thank for making it what it is today. Things changed a bit a little over a year ago when I invited Betsy to come “above the line”…

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National Book Critics Circle Award Winners

The National Book Critics Circle has named their winners. Fiction: Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Nonfiction: Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, by Sherri Fink Poetry: Metaphysical Dog, by Frank Bidart Autobiography: Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti, by Amy Wilentz Biography: Jonathan Swift: His…

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2014 Best Translated Book Award Longlist

Today they announced the longlist for this year’s Best Translated Book Award. This is my favorite book prize, and I’m excited to dig into this list. Here they are, along with their cover images, their publisher blurb, and links to reviews (which I’ll be adding to): The African Shore, by…

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2014 (Inaugural) Folio Prize

The inaugural Folio Prize winner is Tenth of December, by George Saunders. I just posted a few brief thoughts on this last week when the book picked up The Story Prize (see that post here). But this does just reconfirm that I need to put aside my old grievances and give…

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2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Longlist

Today (a day early) the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize longlist was announced. I love this time of year! Below is the list, which includes the UK covers and blurbs from the UK publishers, this being a UK publication prize. I’ve read three of the fifteen titles (thought two of the…

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The 2014 Bailey’s Women’s Prize Longlist

The newly branded Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize and then, for one year, the Women’s Prize) longlist was just announced. The shortlist will be announced on April 7, and the winner (who gets a check for £30,0000) on June 4. Here are the titles, along with…

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2014 Story Prize Winner

Tonight they announced that Tenth of December, by George Saunders, has won this years Story Prize (click here for the official post at The Story Prize website). I have read most of the stories in Tenth of December, and I liked maybe half of them. The rest felt like he…

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Twenty Short Pieces of Modern Korean Literature

The Literature Translation Institute of Korea has been actively working to showcase English translations of modern Korean literature. Last year, they collaborated with Dalkey Archive to bring out the first ten of a planned twenty-five book set of modern Korean literature “aim[ed] to introduce the intellectual and aesthetic diversity of…

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Inaugural Folio Prize Shortlist

Today the inaugural Folio Prize shortlist was announced, and it’s filled with some interesting stuff: Red Doc>, by Anne Carson Schroder, by Amity Gaige Last Friends, by Jane Gardam Benediction, by Kent Haruf The Flame Throwers, by Rachel Kushner A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimer McBride A Naked…

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ALA Youth Media Award Winners

Today the American Library Association announced its 2014 youth media award winners, which includes, among other awards, the Newbery Medal, the Caldecott Medal, and the Printz Award. Here are those winners (I’d link to their website for a list of all winners, but their website has always been atrocious and…

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The Story Prize Finalists

I missed it earlier this week, but the finalists for The Story Prize were announced (see here for the official announcement). Archangel, by Andrea Barrett Bobcat, by Rebecca Lee Tenth of December, by George Saunders My vote goes to Archangel, by Andrea Barrett. Though I should admit I have not read the…

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National Book Critics Circle Finalists

Today the NBCC announced their finalists. Fiction: Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Someone, by Alice McDermott The Infatuations, by Javier Marías (my review here) A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt Nonfiction: Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought…

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Best New Yorker Stories of 2013

Between the two of us (and Betsy is nearly 100%), Betsy and I read and posted thoughts on every New Yorker story this year. Here are our six favorites. You’ll notice Betsy and I diverge quite a bit (and though I didn’t post on each of her favorites, I have…

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2013 Gift Guide Part II

It’s getting closer to Christmas, and these are some more items I’d recommend for you and yours. I’m afraid I didn’t have time to go through and write-up thoughts on each, but I find them all exciting. 1. Postertext Wall Art This team of bibliophiles have created dozens of pieces…

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Support

If you’ve ever wanted to provide financial support to the website or the podcast, there is now an easy way to do so. In the upper-left corner of the blog there is a new button: “Donate.” Over the years I’ve received several emails from people asking how they can support the…