Neustadt jury, summer reads, and more

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 of their 10 summer reads, and Neustadt prizewinner Mia Couto made the cut. Couto’s Confession of the Lioness will be published in English on July 14 and is a mystery set in an isolated Mozambican village where ghostlike lionesses begin hunting local women.

Fans of Neustadt laureate Gabriel García Márquez can explore Colombia with a special emphasis on landmarks and sites that tie back to the famous author. From the telegraph office where Márquez’s father worked to his childhood home, Emma Newbery provides rich detail on some of the places that provided the inspiration for his novels.

In this article on Oye! Times, recent Neustadt juror Ibtisam Barakat analyzes the differences in language and translation: “Two languages diverged, but they are both home for me. Perhaps all a translator can do is say to the reader: Look, my friend, in the unending courage to learn more and more, there is a treasure over there.”

Lit Prizes and Festivals

Australian writer Don Watson’s The Bush received the Book of the Year in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. His book combines social history, travelogue, nature writing, and memoir. It also won the Douglas Stewart Prize for Nonfiction.

The Libris literature prize is given annually to a Dutch writer. This year’s recipient was Adriaan van Dis for his novel Ik kom terug.

Taiwanese writer Wu Ming-yi’s novel, The Man With Compound Eyes was translated into French and received the Salon d’Ouessant’s International Island Literature Fiction Award for 2015.

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