At El País they asked 50 critics, writers, and booksellers to name the best books written in Spanish over the past quarter of a century, and they’ve now published the list (as a slideshow …) here.
A lot of the usual suspects, and fortunately many of these are available in English already.
The Man Booker Prize is limited to fiction written in English, but now that it’s open to writers from anywhere (it used to be limited to more or less those from the Commonwealth) the contenders tend to be from a greater variety of places, making it a more international award.
They’ve now announced that this year’s prize goes to The Sellout (by Paul Beatty). Continue reading
At Signature Kate Shatz presents 10 Worldwide Rad Women Writers You Should Know, a solid list of interesting writers from around the world.
Quite a few of them rated a mention in my The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction — and Shahrnush Parsipur’s Women without Men, in particular, can be highly recommended.
They’ve announced that Widerfahrnis, by Bodo Kirchhoff, has won this year’s German Book Prize, the biggest of the … German book prizes. Continue reading
Yes, I was just the tiniest bit worried that the new Nobel laureate would be a writer of fiction that I had somehow missed and not included in my The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction. Well, I didn’t include him — but then he isn’t known for his fiction: they’ve announced that the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature will be awarded to … Bob Dylan.
The biggest author prize of them all, the Nobel Prize in Literature, will be announced tomorrow, Thursday, 13 October, at 13:00 Stockholm time (that’s 7:00 AM EST); you can watch the announcement live at the official site.