2015 Best Translated Book Award Finalists

The ten finalists for the 2015 Best Translated Book Award have been announced. Read the full post.


Clues to Best Translated Book Award Finalists

Tomorrow the ten finalists for this year’s Best Translated Book Award will be announced. We’ve got some clues, and I try to solve them to predict the shortlist. Read the full post.


Clues to Best Translated Book Award Longlist

The Best Translated Book Award longlist is about to be announced. In this post, I’ve put together the clues we’ve gotten so far about what’s on the list as well as a few of my own prognostications and blind suppositions. Read the full post.


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.

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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.

Last Words from Montmartre

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…