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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…