What a great week for Neustadt laureates and jurors! New, exciting announcements regarding Octavio Paz, David Malouf, and Fady Joudah are included in the links below. Happy reading!
Neustadt in the News
Because 2014 marks the centennial of Octavio Paz’s birth, the government of Mexico has named this year the Year of Octavio Paz, using the phrase as a watermark on all official state documents and communications.
Neustadt laureate David Malouf has been announced as the Australian Book Review’s first poet laureate.
Gabriel García Márquez will live on in the legacy he left behind. To remember him, you can pick up any of these 15 novels, novellas, and short stories.
In a recent interview for Gwarlingo, Neustadt juror Lauren Camp talks poetry and art and how each inspires and informs her everyday life.
Fady Joudah, a Neustadt juror from 2013, was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow. Congrats, Fady!
The wait is over! The 2014 Best Translated Book Awards for fiction and poetry have been announced, including the excellent books that also made runners-up.
Every year, the Orion Book Award honors books that “deepen the reader’s knowledge of the natural world.” This year’s fiction finalists are perfect for nature lovers the world over. (For more eco-lit, don’t miss the May/June 2014 issue of World Literature Today!)
The Lambda Literary Awards highlight rising and emerging LGBT voices. This year, the Independent asked the nominees to choose one poem to share. (Interested in more LGBT lit? See the special section from the September 2013 issue.)
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is the most prestigious award honoring Arabic-language novels in the world. This year’s award was announced this week, going to Ahmed Saadawi for his novel Frankenstein in Baghdad.
Fun Finds and Inspiration
Daniel Simon, the fearless editor in chief of World Literature Today magazine, recorded and uploaded a reading of Boris Pasternak’s poem “A Wedding” for the Poetry Foundation’s Record-a-Poem program and Poem in Your Pocket Day.
BuzzFeed has an interactive quiz for just about anything and everything, including this fun literary one: How Many Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novels Have You Read?