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 the 2015 Arab American Book Awards. Alameddine served as a Neustadt juror in 2010.
Neustadt laureate Gabriel García Márquez’s ashes are returning to Colombia in December to coincide with a new exhibit centered on where he began his writing career.
2016 Neustadt juror Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ’s latest novel, Mrs. Shaw, is centered on exile in the 1990s. Cornell University features a brief review on its website.
Artist Emma Fitzgerald will travel to Brazil to work on art inspired by Neustadt laureate Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry.
Lit Prizes and Festivals
The Mao Dun Literature Prize-winners were announced this week. Organized by the Chinese Writers Association, the prize has been awarded every four years since 1982 in honor of Mao Dun. Su Tong, Ge Fei, Wang Meng, Jin Yucheng, and Li Peifu received recognition.
Zia Haider won the James Tait Black Literary Prize for his debut novel In the Light of What We Know. This is Britain’s oldest literary prize. Haider received the prize at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Fun Finds and Inspiration
If you ever wanted to take a literary tour of Ireland, now is the time. The Killarney Hotels Group put together an interactive map of Ireland’s literary landscape.