Neustadt in the News: August 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Watch the trailer for the movie adaptation of The Great Gilly Hopkins by NSK laureate Katherine Paterson, plus check out how other Neustadt laureates, jurors, and finalists made the news in this month’s Neustadt in the News roundup.


Gabriel García Márquez wrote a western in the ’60s, and the 1966 debut drama got a second life in a Hollywood screening in August.

Colombia is introducing a new 50,000-peso bill that features Gabriel García Márquez.

The film trailer for NSK laureate Katherine Paterson’s novel The Great Gilly Hopkins is out, and it features Kathy Bates as the protective foster mother.

New Zealand’s winners of this year’s Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced. Among the winners is Neustadt laureate Patricia Grace for her Māori-language book Whiti te ra!



Former Neustadt juror Norman Manea has won the 2016 FIL Literary Award. You can read an in-depth review of his book Captives on the World Literature Today blog.

In this Words Without Borders interview, Krys Lee discusses her just-released novel, the roles of English and Korean in her life, and the vibrant characters in her books. She also recently joined in an NBC News interview to discuss her “accidental activism.”

Krys Lee has also made the shortlist for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.

To address the topic of resistance and repression in Ethiopia, the Washington Post features Gabriella Ghermandi’s novel Queen of Flowers and Pearls.

In this NPR interview, Etgar Keret shares how he learned about storytelling and survival from his father.

Recent Neustadt juror and WLT contributor Miguel Syjuco writes for TIME about how Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will get away with murder.



Drawn & Quarterly is releasing a collection of NSK finalist Lynda Barry’s earlier works titled The Greatest of Marlys. NPR reviews The Greatest of Marlys and describes Barry’s “sweet, squirmy world.”

NSK finalist Jacqueline Woodson is also rounding the literary news circles with her latest novel, Another Brooklyn, described as a ”gauzy, lyrical fever dream” by Vox and a “powerful adult tale of  girlhood friendships” by the Los Angeles Times.

In this Big Think video, Jacqueline Woodson tells us how to receive criticism and how to rebuild your writing when it falls apart.