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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Friday, September 4, 2015

2015 Neustadt Festival schedule, art inspired by Francis Ponge, and more

Meshack Asare

Neustadt in the News We’ve released the 2015 Neustadt Festival schedule! Discover the visiting writers and all of the public events here on the website. Music & Literature’s latest book review features two books (Natural Histories and The Body Where

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Schedule of Events for the 2015 Neustadt Festival Announced

The 2015 Neustadt Festival

NEWS RELEASE Kate Peters Senior PR Director, COHN 303-839-1415 x36 [email protected] Robert Con Davis Executive Director, World Literature Today 405-325-4531 [email protected]   Schedule of Events for the 2015 Neustadt Festival Announced Festival to recognize 2015 NSK Prize laureate Meshack Asare

Friday, August 28, 2015

Book reviews, infographics, and more

Guadalupe Nettel

Neustadt in the News Orhan Pamuk was a finalist for the Neustadt in 1992 and 2006. He recently received the Erdal Öz Literary Prize in Turkey. Another glowing review for Neustadt prize-winner Mia Couto: “Mia Couto is a master storyteller.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Gabriel García Márquez’s ashes, literary prizes, and more

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

Neustadt in the News Neustadt prizewinner Mia Couto was recently highlighted in the Guardian discussing his views on conservation after the death of Cecil the lion and how his heritage affects his writing. Rabih Alameddine won the fiction prize for

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Arab American book awards, book reviews, and more

Neustadt in the News NSK prizewinner Naomi Shihab Nye’s novel The Turtle of Oman is one of the 2015 Arab American Book Award Winners! 2016 Neustadt juror Wang Ping recites her poem “Syntax” in this video from the Association of

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Man Booker Prize, literary beasts, and more

Elizabeth Bishop

Neustadt in the News The Financial Times calls Neustadt prizewinner Mia Couto’s Confession of the Lioness “intense and experimental.” Artist Carol Laing depicts Neustadt laureate Elizabeth Bishop with ghostly drawings. This work and work from 30 other artists will be

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Gabriel García Márquez film, literary Paris, and more

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Neustadt in the News Did you know there was a movie based on the life of Neustadt laureate Gabriel García Márquez? The film was picked up by indie distributor Icarus Films and is set for a 2015 release at the

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Literary festivals, reviews, and more

Jordan Tannahill

Neustadt in the News John Wilkins reviews Neustadt finalist Caryl Churchill and the impact of her plays. He highlights the two plays currently running in San Francisco and Berkeley. NSK prizewinner Naomi Shihab Nye will headline the Aldeburgh Festival’s Poetry

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Neustadt author reviews, vacation-reading infographic, and more

Can Xue

Neustadt in the News 2016 Neustadt juror Padma Viswanathan talks about the story behind her novel The Ever After of Ashwin Rao, which is centered on the 1985 bombing of an Air India jet. Neustadt finalist Can Xue was longlisted

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Neustadt book reviews, diversity in children’s literature, and more

Amit Majmudar

Neustadt in the News Neustadt juror Amit Majmudar describes how it feels to be a member of the current Neustadt Prize jury and how he came to his decision to nominate Don Paterson as a finalist for the 2016 prize.

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Cultural identity, author letters, waterproof books, and more

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

Neustadt in the News The Colombian Association of Manitoba plans to rename a street in honor of Neustadt laureate Gabriel García Márquez. The street will “serve as a recognition of the Colombian community and its contributions to the ethno-racial diversity

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Play reviews, new Neustadt fiction, and more

Porochista Khakpour

Neustadt in the News 2016 Neustadt juror Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ has a short story in this new collection titled Cooked Up: Food Fiction from Around the World. Ngũgĩ’s piece, “Walking the Wok,” can be read on the Books Live website.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Holocaust survival, literary festivals, and more

Jordan Tannahill

Neustadt in the News The Globe and Mail website reviewed 2016 Neustadt juror Jordan Tannahill’s Theatre of the Unimpressed. Israeli writer and Neustadt juror Etgar Keret was interviewed recently on NPR. Keret discussed how he learned storytelling and survival from

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Poet laureates, literary prizes, and more

Ann Marie Macdonald. Photo by Gunter Kravis.

Neustadt in the News In case you missed the announcement, 2016 finalist Can Xue received the 2015 Best Translated Book Award for The Last Lover translated by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen. The Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has asked Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Literary board games, awards, and more

Viswanathan Padma

Neustadt in the News 2016 Neustadt juror Padma Viswanathan launched her latest novel, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao, at the Fayetteville Public Library this week. Recent Neustadt juror Andrew Lam had originally planned to go to medical school, but

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Video of the 2016 Neustadt Prize Finalists Announcement

Kathy Neustadt announcing the 2016 Neustadt Prize finalists

  On May 27, Kathy Neustadt announced the finalists for the 2016 Neustadt International Prize for Literature to a packed house at Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshop just before the writers’ names were revealed on the Neustadt website. In the clip

Friday, May 29, 2015

Neustadt finalists announcement and more

The 2016 Neustadt Prize Finalists

Neustadt in the News The finalists for the 2016 Neustadt International Prize for Literature were announced this week. The list included nine writers from around the world, with the majority being women writers. Neustadt laureate Elizabeth Bishop served as the

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Finalists Announced for the 24th Neustadt International Prize for Literature

The 2016 Neustadt Prize Finalists

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release Lauren Simpson 903-243-2201 [email protected] Robert Con Davis Executive Director, World Literature Today 405-325-4531 [email protected] [View a PDF of the press release] Finalists Announced for the 24th Neustadt International Prize for Literature Neustadt Prize is known

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Neustadt jury, summer reads, and more

2016 Neustadt Prize Jury

Neustadt in the News The jury for the 2016 Neustadt Prize has been announced! See the panel of nine writers who will name the finalists for the 2016 prize on May 27. The Wall Street Journal recently compiled a list

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Jury Announced for the Prestigious 2016 Neustadt International Prize for Literature

2016 Neustadt Prize Jury

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release Lauren Simpson Sr. Strategist, COHN 903-243-2201 [email protected] Robert Con Davis-Undiano Executive Director, World Literature Today 405-325-4531 [email protected] [View a PDF of the press release] Jury Announced for the Prestigious 2016 Neustadt International Prize for Literature

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Haruki Murakami interview, literary funding, and more

Deji Olukotun

Neustadt in the News Recent Neustadt juror Deji Olukotun’s novel Nigerians in Space received this nice write-up by award-winning poet Tade Ipadeola. The North Haven Library is releasing Neustadt prizewinner Elizabeth Bishop’s summer journals written in North Haven from 1974

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Literary prizes, refugee tales, and more

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Neustadt in the News 2010 Neustadt juror Rabih Alameddine received a nomination for the California Book Awards fiction prize. Alameddine’s novel, An Unnecessary Woman, features a protagonist whose love of books helps her cope and keep it together in war-torn

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Friday, May 1, 2015

The Nepal earthquake, Urdu literature, and more

Samrat Upadhyay

Neustadt in the News South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma wrote a response to Neustadt prizewinner Mia Couto’s open letter. Zuma addresses the recent attacks on foreigners in South Africa and mentions how Mozambique became his second home. Recent Neustadt juror

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Mia Couto’s open letter, environmental lit, and more

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

Neustadt in the News Neustadt prizewinner Mia Couto wrote a passionate open letter to South African president Jacob Zuma to act against violence. Novelist and poet Couto stressed the ties between South Africa and Mozambique to help end attacks against

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Gabriel García Márquez’s reading list, banned books, and more

Andrew Lam

Neustadt in the News Have you ever wondered what books influenced and shaped famous writers? Brain Pickings has a reading list of 24 books that impacted Neustadt prizewinner Gabriel García Márquez. In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the end

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Friday, April 10, 2015

David Malouf video interview, the 2015 Pen Open Book Award, and more

David Malouf

Neustadt in the News The 2000 Neustadt prizewinner and Australian writer David Malouf speaks with Tony Jones in this video interview about his latest written work. To mark his 80th birthday, he decided to write an essay trilogy and the

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