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 Lebanon.
A first edition copy of Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude was stolen. The book was on display at the Bogota book fair and held a dedicatory note from the author. This edition is one of only 8,000 copies printed in 1967. Its estimated worth is $23,000.
Lit Prizes and Festivals
The 15th edition of Literature Days will be held in multiple locations around Bursa, drawing over 54 writers, academics, and poets from 14 provinces of Turkey. This year’s theme is Writing the Middle East and will run from May 7-9. The event is organized by the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality.
The debut novel by Shukri Mabkhout won the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction. One of the Arab world’s most prestigious literary prizes, the winner receives $50,000, and their work is translated into English.
The Poetry Foundation awarded Alice Notley the 2015 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement. Notley has published more than 30 books since 1971 and currently lives in Paris.
Fun Finds and Inspiration
Stories of refugees and survivors have always garnered attention. The Irish Times put together a list of 10 tales published in the last 15 years centered on refugees.