Articles tagged "News"


Susan Harris on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Here on Earth”

A heads-up to all WWB readers, radio fans, and nature lovers: WWB Editorial Director Susan Harris will be on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Here on Earth" at 4 p.m., EDT, today, talking with Jean Feraca about…...

Soviet Mammoth: Vasily Aksyonov, 1932–2009

Even in his late seventies, the Russian writer Vasily Aksyonov played tennis, jogged, smoked like a chimney, listened to jazz, dressed with a certain bohemian flavor, flirted with women, divided his life…...

Tayeb Salih 1929–2009

Tayeb Salih was the most eminent writer from the largest country in Africa, yet as Leonard Lopate pointed out last year on a radio program called Underappreciated, his work was barely known in the U.S.…...

Blogging about Graphics in February

As part of our third annual Graphic Novels issue, we'll be featuring blog posts on the art, inspiration, histories and technical details behind the most exciting graphic narratives out there. All this…...

For Translators—Vermont Studio Center Deadlines

For all our translator-readers, the Vermont Studio Center has listed the fellowships available as part of its upcoming February 17 application deadline. For more details on the fellowships, application…...

“The Literature of Immigration” at FLYP

FLYP takes a look at the "Literature of Immigration" in its latest issue and features short interviews with the participants at the WWB- and Americas Society-sponsored event at the Americas Society in…...

Online Book Club for “The Diving Pool” by Yoko Ogawa

This January, we kick off the year in book clubs with an online discussion of Yoko Ogawa's Diving Pool. Ogawa is one of contemporary Japan's most celebrated authors, and her collection of meticulously…...

Three Percent’s Book-a-day

As we mentioned last week, the publisher devoted to literary translations, Open Letter, has introduced their "Best Literary Translation Award" starting last week with a long-list of 25 titles. Throughout…...

2009 Susan Sontag Prize for Translation

Translators under 30, this is for you: The Susan Sontag Foundation has announced its annual prize for translation, with a cash award of $5,000. This year the call is for work translated from Spanish into…...

London Calling

The wilderness years are over for Arabic writers in translation it seems, as they were in the spotlight this week in London's Earls Court. Arabia Books was launched in the run up to the London Book Fair—the…...

Returning to Afghanistan

While publishers, agents and some authors were heading for Frankfurt for the annual book fair I decided to return to Afghanistan—or to be more precise Oruzgan, a small province in the south—where…...

Writers Gather in Finsbury Park

A blue and white striped tent, 30 white plastic chairs, a table covered in books supplied by Serpent's Tail, Apis Books, Legend Press, 12 writers and a microphone: Welcome to the Story Tent at FinFest:…...

Promising Stuff

The autumn leaves fell as the school year began when I was a child; now they stay on the trees longer as indian summers become the norm. In Britain around 120,000 new books are published every year, of…...

The 2007 Book Clubs are Here!

2007 Words Without Borders/Reading the World BOOK CLUBS ARE HERE ALL ARE INVITED TO READ, COMMENT, AND PARTICIPATE RTW BOOK CLUBS 2007 LINEUP: JANUARY and FEBRUARY James Marcus and Cynthia Haven, Collected…...

Welcome Three Percent!

The indefatigable Chad Post and E.J. Van Lanen have just launched their wide-ranging blog at the University of Rochester, appropriately entitled Three Percent, which reflects the percentage of books translated…...