Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Neustadt in the News: February 2017

Marilyn Nelson. Photo by Curt Richter.

Laureates In this episode of On Being with Krista Tippett, 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize laureate Marilyn Nelson discusses “communal pondering” and why Americans young and old are turning to poetry with urgency in the present day. Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Megan

Neustadt in the News: January 2017

January 2017 cover of WLT that features Dubravka Ugresic

Take a look back at the 2016 Neustadt Festival through our newly released video highlights reel, or listen to these KGOU radio interviews with Neustadt Festival visiting writers and scholars Chad Post, Dragana Obradović, and Ellen Elias-Bursać, who spoke with

Neustadt in the News: December 2016

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Laureates Gabriel García Márquez sent many of his books to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro to receive factual and grammatical notes before submitting them to his publisher. The Chronicle of Social Change highlights how NSK laureate Katherine Paterson’s experiences as a

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Neustadt in the News: November 2016

An OU student conversed with Ellen Elias-Bursac and Dubravka Ugresic during the 2016 Neustadt Festival.

“This is a pretty powerful opportunity.” Open Letter Books publisher Chad Post writes for Literary Hub about the unique impact of the Neustadt Prize and the 2016 Neustadt Festival. Read on for more news relating to Neustadt and NSK laureates,

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Neustadt in the News: October 2016

Dubravka Ugresic converses with Dr. Judith Pender

The Neustadt Festival was last week, and Dubravka Ugrešić officially received the 2016 Neustadt Prize at the closing banquet. Marilyn Nelson was also announced as the laureate of the 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. Take a look at

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Photos from the 2016 Neustadt Festival

Dubravka Ugrešić with the Neustadt family.

Take a look back at the 2016 Neustadt Festival celebrating Neustadt Prize laureate Dubravka Ugrešić!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Marilyn Nelson Announced as 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature Winner

Marilyn Nelson. Photo by Curt Richter.

Biennial $25,000 prize recognizes a storied literary career exploring history, race relations and feminism in America

Friday, September 30, 2016

Neustadt in the News: September 2016

The Greatest of Marlys

The fiction and nonfiction longlists for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence have been announced, and the lists include past Neustadt jurors Rabih Alameddine and Krys Lee and one of this year’s NSK Neustadt Prize finalists, Jacqueline Woodson. Read on

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Neustadt in the News: August 2016

The Great Gilly Hopkins Trailer

Watch the trailer for the movie adaptation of The Great Gilly Hopkins by NSK laureate Katherine Paterson, plus check out how other Neustadt laureates, jurors, and finalists made the news in this month’s Neustadt in the News roundup. Laureates Gabriel García Márquez

Monday, August 1, 2016

Neustadt in the News: July 2016

Naomi Shihab Nye. Photo by Chehalis Hegner

Laureates NSK laureate Naomi Shihab Nye is the current artist in residence at Shangri-La in Hawaii. She’ll be reading at the Kaneohe Public Library on Sunday, August 7 and participating in a presentation on the Poetry of Leadership during her

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Neustadt in the News: June

The Neustadt Prize Feather

  “Tesla owns the expertise on electric cars, Picasso on cubism, and the Neustadt Prize on casting a large net to evaluate international literature in unbiased fashion. And in so doing, the Neustadt Prize has reframed the field for everyone

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Reading List: 10 Books by the 2017 NSK Finalists

2017 Reading List Books

Summer break has started and the finalists for the 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature have been announced. Help young readers build a diverse summer reading list with these ten books by the finalists! Alma Flor Ada Gold Coin Tales Our

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Facebook Live Announcement of this Year’s Finalists for the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

NSK 2017 hashtag

Join World Literature Today on Facebook tomorrow (6/14) for the live announcement of this year’s list of NSK Neustadt Prize Finalists.   Tune in via our Facebook page ( at 11 a.m. CDT from your computer or mobile device to see if

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Neustadt in the News: May 2016

Patricia Grace. Photo by Shevaun Williams.

Catch up on news about past Neustadt laureates, finalists, and jurors in May 2016.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016 Neustadt Festival Dates, Details Announced

Dubravka Ugrešić. Photo by Jerry Braun.

Festival to honor 2016 Neustadt International Prize for Literature laureate Dubravka Ugrešić and announce the winner of the 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

Friday, April 29, 2016

Neustadt in the News: April 2016

Mia Couto, laureate of the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature

Laureates Mozambique author and recent Neustadt Prize laureate Mia Couto writes about the grips of fear and his recent trip to Brazil in this essay from the New York Times. Sweden is promoting a cultural relationship with Nigeria through a

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Neustadt in the News: March 2016

Neustadt jurors Padma Viswanathan, Amit Majmudar, and Jordan Tannahill

Catch up on how recent laureates, jurors, and finalists for the Neustadt and NSK Prizes made the headlines in March! Laureates David Malouf won the 2016 Australian Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Patricia Grace is among the finalists for

Friday, February 26, 2016

Neustadt in the News: February

Octavio Paz

We’re condensing our weekly roundups into a monthly batch of the most interesting news related to Neustadt laureates, and recent jurors and finalists for the prize. See how Neustadt authors made the news this month, and stay tuned for more in

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Neustadt in the News: Week of February 19

Rohinton Mistry. Photo by Shevaun Williams.

Neustadt in the News  Scottish poet and recent Neustadt finalist Don Paterson has revealed that he’s writing a play about the crimes of Jimmy Savile. In this new interview with recent Neustadt juror Valeria Luiselli, the author discusses finding her

Neustadt in the News: Week of February 12

Neustadt in the News In this article from the Guardian, Lyn Gardner uses recent Neustadt finalist Caryl Churchill’s work as an example for why deciphering meaning isn’t always helpful or necessary in reviewing theater. In this KGOU radio interview with

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Neustadt in the News: Week of February 5

Adam Zagajewski

Neustadt in the News Neustadt Prize laureate and Polish essayist Adam Zagajewski has won this year’s Jean Amery award for achievements in European essay writing. Recent Neustadt finalist Caryl Churchill’s new play Escaped Alone is reviewed in the Guardian.  

Friday, January 29, 2016

Neustadt in the News: Week of January 29

Elizabeth Bishop

Neustadt in the News For our followers in Pennsylvania, former Neustadt juror Cristina Rivera Garza will lead a discussion in the Snowden Library at Lycoming College on February 9. In this interview with Colm Tóibín, he talks about his book

Friday, January 22, 2016

Neustadt in the News: Week of January 22

Neustadt in the News Three-time NSK Neustadt Prize nominee Lois Lowry has made the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Awards shortlist. The Los Angeles Review of Books recently reviewed Mrs. Shaw by former Neustadt juror Mukoma Wa Ngugi. Director James Macdonald

Friday, January 15, 2016

Digitizing the papers of Gabriel García Márquez, Katherine Paterson to attend KidFilm Festival, and more

Katherine Paterson. Photo by Simon Hurst.

Neustadt in the News Penguin Young Readers has established a new writing contest to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry penned by inaugural NSK laureate Mildred D. Taylor. The lineup for the 32nd KidFilm Festival

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Meshack Asare on the cover of WLT magazine, an NPR interview with the recent laureate, and more

Neustadt in the News World Literature Today magazine’s newest issue showcases Meshack Asare and his recent acceptance of the 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize. The issue includes his acceptance speech, essays, and a tribute written by Asare’s nominating juror, Nii Ayikwei

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Poetry Readings from the 2015 Neustadt Festival Opening Night

Wang Ping

The 2015 Neustadt Festival opened with a night of readings at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Watch and listen to a selection of poetry read by Wang Ping, Valzhyna Mort, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Nathan Brown, Amit Majmudar, and Daniel

Friday, December 11, 2015

Nostalgia for Vera B. Williams, Nuruddin Farah’s new novel, and more

Nuruddin Farah in a video interview.

Neustadt in the News Neustadt Prize finalist Ann-Marie MacDonald’s novel Fall on Your Knees will be adapted into a four-part miniseries in Canada. Vanity Fair features Neustadt laureate Gabriel García Márquez in a new in-depth feature about his life and

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Rave reviews of Caryl Churchill’s Here We Go, new fiction by Guadalupe Nettel, and more

Caryl Churchill. Photo by Marc Brenner.

Neustadt in the News Variety, the Guardian, and the Independent have all given glowing reviews of Neustadt finalist Caryl Churchill’s Here We Go, which is now showing at the National Theatre in London. A new short fiction by 2016 Neustadt

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Friday, November 20, 2015

The Neustadt Prize on Three Percent’s podcast, charming bookshops, and more

Neustadt Prize Feather

Neustadt in the News This week on the Three Percent podcast, Chad Post continues the ongoing conversation about women in translation. Jump in around the 22 minute mark to hear their discussion on the Neustadt International Prize for Literature including Dubravka

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry, 25 most influential New Zealanders over 75, and more

Emily Bishop

Neustadt in the News Elisa Wouk Almino shares how she struggled to define what “home” meant for her until she read Neustadt prizewinner Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry. The Examiner features the Harry Ransom Center’s archive of Neustadt prizewinner Gabriel García Márquez,

Friday, November 6, 2015

An interview with Dubravka Ugrešić, Quotes from Gabo, and more

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Neustadt in the News Looking for more on Dubravka Ugrešić, our newly announced winner of the 2016 Neustadt Prize? Start with Music & Literature, where you can read an interview with the well-regarded Croatian author. This “Quotes from Gabo” video

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Friday, October 30, 2015

The 2016 Neustadt prizewinner announced, remembering Vera B. Williams, and more

Dubravka Ugresic. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Neustadt in the News Dubravka Ugrešić has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Neustadt Prize! Books Live provides a nice roundup of Ugrešić excerpts and interviews that you can read, and Music & Literature no. 6 provides 100

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dubravka Ugrešić wins 2016 Neustadt Prize

Novelist and essayist Dubravka Ugrešić has been named the 24th laureate of the renowned Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Awarded in alternating years with the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, the Neustadt Prize recognizes outstanding literary merit in literature

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Remembering Vera B. Williams (1927–2015)

By Daniel Simon When Vera B. Williams came to the University of Oklahoma to receive the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature in fall 2009, she spoke fondly about the many fairy tales that were recited to her as a

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Gabriel García Márquez archive, David Malouf to speak at PEN Sydney, and more

David Malouf

Neustadt in the News For our followers in Wisconsin, NSK prizewinner Naomi Shihab Nye will open the Chippewa Valley Book Festival. A new play by Neustadt finalist Caryl Churchill features four lead roles for women in their sixties and seventies.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Neustadt Festival writers share book playlists, “shelfies,” and more

Amit Majmudar

The 2015 Neustadt Festival is just two weeks away, and we’ve included fun finds relating to our current Neustadt jurors who will be among the visiting writers at this year’s celebration of literature and culture. Neustadt in the News The

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Vera B. Williams’ art exhibit, Neustadt writers reviewed, and more

Neustadt in the News Last week, Neustadt Prize finalist Ann-Marie MacDonald was named the first Mordecai Richler writer-in-residence by Concordia University. NSK prizewinner Vera B. Williams has an exhibit showcasing 60 years of her works at the Delaware Arts Center

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Re-released books by Raja Rao, an interview with Valeria Luiselli, and more

Valeria Luiselli

Neustadt in the News Neustadt Prize juror Valeria Luiselli has been receiving a lot of press recently for her latest novel, The Story of My Teeth. In this new interview, Asymptote asks Luiselli about her bilingualism and the growing spotlight

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Africa’s celebrated rebel novelist, Hispanic Heritage Month, and more

Mia Couto, laureate of the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature

  Neustadt in the News OZY has published a fresh story about Neustadt prizewinner Mia Couto, calling him “Africa’s celebrated rebel novelist.” Neustadt juror Mukoma wa Ngugi’s latest novel, Mrs. Shaw, was adapted from his 2010 manuscript, which won the

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Friday, September 11, 2015

The 40th anniversary of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and more

Neustadt in the News Neustadt laureate Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance will be hitting the stage this October at the Auckland Performing Arts Centre in New Zealand. The production will run from October 10–18. For the 40th anniversary of Roll

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