Neustadt in the News: October 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Dubravka Ugresic converses with Dr. Judith Pender

Dubravka Ugrešić converses with Dr. Judith Pender after her keynote talk at the 2016 Neustadt Festival.

The Neustadt Festival was last week, and Dubravka Ugrešić officially received the 2016 Neustadt Prize at the closing banquet. Marilyn Nelson was also announced as the laureate of the 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. Take a look at our photo galleries from the past week and catch up on what other past Neustadt laureates, jurors, and finalists have been up to this month!



After accepting the 2016 Neustadt Prize at the festival banquet, Dubravka Ugrešić said she still looks for opportunities to “build something beautiful with words.”

This feature on Indian writer and Neustadt Prize laureate Raja Rao discusses his identity in “India’s original literary trinity,” how his work has been lost to obscurity, and why his return is pivotal.

In this WUNC radio interview, the private librarian to Gabriel García Márquez, Ivan Granados, discusses his relationship with the Neustadt prizewinning author.

The A.V. Club reviews the film adaptation of The Great Gilly Hopkins by NSK laureate Katherine Paterson. Paterson also shares her reaction to the film adaptation of her book The Great Gilly Hopkins and explains why it took so long for the book to make it to the screen.

Dubravka Ugrešić jokes about being ageless, discusses winning the Neustadt Prize, and more in this interview with the Enid News.



Andrea De Carlo’s latest novel, The Imperfect Marvel, has become an Italian best-seller and tells the story of an aging rock start and a young woman who owns a gelateria.

Current NSK juror Marjorie Agosín joins in this interview with the Forward to discuss why so many South American Jewish authors write about oppression.

Rabih Alameddine discusses his newest book The Angel of History and the importance of saying “no, we will not forget.” The Guardian calls Alameddine’s new novel a “glorious political tale of survival.”

The National reviews Ananda Devi’s “spare, traumatic, and enriching” new novel Eve Out of Her Ruins.

In this Japan Times interview, Krys Lee talks about her journeys between cultures and the notion of “home.”

Watch Amit Majmudar in this Book Notes interview, where he discusses how poetry and mathematics overlap and how things work best “when they’re interdigitated and connected.”

The Toronto Star praised the script and “beautiful staging” of Jordan Tannahill’s play Concord Floral, which was Canadian Stage’s season opener this fall.



Dr. Ernest Cole of Hope College has penned a book that explores the writings of recent Neustadt finalist Aminatta Forna.

Recent Neustadt finalist Ann-Marie MacDonald has been announced as a recipient of the 2016 John Drainie Award.

In this Fresh Air interview, NSK Prize finalist Jacqueline Woodson talks about growing up and coming out and reads some of her poems.