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 of Winnipeg.”
After 40 years of independence, Mozambique still suffers from division. Neustadt prizewinner Mia Couto says the nation is searching for an identity.
Neustadt finalist Caryl Churchill’s play Top Girls showcases a dinner party between five famous women while also highlighting feminist snapshots. Readers near the Ontario area can catch the play now through Sept. 12 at the Court House Theatre.
Lit Prizes and Festivals
Every year the Library of Congress hosts a contest inviting young readers to submit letters written to an author (living or deceased) about how one of their books affected them. Over 50,000 children participated this year, and the Letters About Literature winners were announced.
Germany’s International Literature Prize went to Amos Oz and translator Mirjam Pressler for Judas. The author and translator will be presented the award on July 8 in Berlin.
David Hackett Fischer, a Pulitzer prizewinning author and historian, received the 2015 Pritzker Military Museum and Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.
Fun Finds and Inspiration
Netherlands-based company Bibliobath has launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce waterproof books of classic literature. The first four novels are William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a collection of Mark Twain short stories, W. B. Yeat’s Cloths of Heaven and Other Poems, and Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.