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

Friday, July 10, 2015

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.

Get to know 2016 Neustadt Prize finalist Caryl Churchill by reading these brief yet colorful firsthand experiences from directors and actors who have staged her work.

Buzzfeed’s list of Asian-American writers features 2016 Neustadt jurors Wang Ping and Porochista Khakpour.

The New York Times featured a review for The Body Where I Was Born by Neustadt finalist Guadalupe Nettel. The review describes Nettel’s book as having “fascinating qualities.”

Neustadt Prize winner Mia Couto’s novel Confession of the Lioness was recently reviewed in the Los Angeles Times.

Photographer Adil Hasan was inspired by Neustadt laureate Octavio Paz’s poetry and created a new series on the reinterpretation of Paz’s “The Tomb of Amir Khusru.”

Lit Prizes and Festivals

Namwali Serpell received the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story “The Sack.” She’s the first Zambian author to claim this prize. CNN highlighted five facts about her, including that she’s sharing her prize money with the other four shortlisted writers.

Fun Finds and Inspiration

CBC Radio offers 5 tips for reading classic literature on your smartphone.

The Huffington Post blog lists the reasons why diversity in children’s literature matters and examines books featuring diversity.

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