By Hannah Johnson
Now in its fifth year, the Best Translated Book Awards (BTBA) fiction longlist highlights 25 translated works of literature published in the United States in 2010. The longlist represents authors from 19 countries writing in 12 languages.
The award was started in 2007 by Three Percent, a blog about literature in translation from Open Letter Press. Co-founder Chad W. Post said the list is a “testament to the number of high-quality works in translation that are making their way to American readers, thanks to a number of talented translators and exciting publishing houses.”
Criteria for selecting was based on the quality of both the original work and the translation. …read more
31.01.11 | Graeme Neill
Picador is teaming up with The Reading Agency and Mumsnet to give away 2,500 copies of the paperback of Emma Donoghue’s Man Booker shortlisted novel Room.
The Reading Agency’s Room Mega Read library promotion will distribute 500 copies of Room to four libraries in Bury Domcaster, Tonbridge and Norwich. …read more
31.01.11 | Benedicte Page
The philosopher, author and life peer Baroness Mary Warnock has said closure of her local library, Sydenham Library, would be “barbarism”.
Warnock will be among the local authors and poets taking part in a read-in at the library on Saturday 5th February, as part of the national day of protests at proposed library cuts across the UK. …read more
By Mary Ann Grossmann
Hans Weyandt, left, and Tom Bielenberg are co-owners of Micawbers Books in St. Paul. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi)
“A good local bookstore is like a good local bar, where everybody knows your name,” jokes Sue Zumberge, manager of St. Paul’s Common Good Books.
Zumberge is among managers and owners of Twin Cities-area independent bookstores surveyed by the Pioneer Press this month who are optimistic in this new year.
They want book lovers to know their stores are alive and well and were not affected by year-end closings of three used-book stores in Minneapolis and Anoka. They’re also fighting the misconceptions that brick-and-mortar independent bookstores are dead and print books are doomed.
Strong indie bookstores contributed to the Twin Cities’ rankings in Central Connecticut State University’s list of most literate cities. …read more
Craig Morgan Teicher — January 31st, 2011
Fans of the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami are cheering in the streets due to the news that Murakami’s magnum opus, 1Q84, will be published in English by Knopf on October 25, 2011.
The news came in the form of a tweet from Knopf publicity director Paul Bogaards, who, on Friday, wrote “Haruki Murakami’s long-awaited magnum opus, 1Q84, out from Knopf 10/25. In one volume. Booyah! Midnight store openings for this one?” …read more