Giveaway! Lydia Davis’s Can’t and Won’t

Two lucky winners from the United States will get a free copy of Lydia Davis’s Can’t and Won’t, which Picador is publishing in paperback next week. Read the full post.

Eraserhead Watch-Along
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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.


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.


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”…


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…


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…


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…


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…