Finalists for the 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize, 14 refugee tales for Refugee Week, and more

June 17, 2016
by WLT

2017 NSK Finalists

News, Reviews, and Interviews

The 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature jury and finalists were announced this week. For the first time ever, the finalists are all women.

Author Alexander Chee writes about the courage of being queer and turning grief into resolve after the Orlando massacre.

Gregory Rabassa, translator of Latin American writers including Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, and more, died at the age of 94 this week. He helped propel the Latin American literary boom during the 1960s and 1970s.

Via, read and listen to “The Bed on the Wall” by recent WLT contributor Lauren Camp.

Refugee Week is next week (June 20–26), and a collection of 14 works of literary fiction told by individuals affected by the indefinite detention system will be released on June 23. The book is titled Refugee Tales, and more information about Refugee Week can be found at

The University of Texas’s Ransom Center will soon be home to the archive of Neustadt Prizewinner Raja Rao’s manuscripts and unpublished works.

Translator and author Alison Anderson rounds up this insightful list of books about Russia for the Wall Street Journal.

In this article from the Korea Times, Kwon Mee-yoo discusses the importance of translation in globalizing Korean culture.

In the latest City and the Writer column from Words Without Borders, Nathalie Handal interviews Jorge Galán about El Salvador.


Fun Finds and Inspiration

Literary Hub has launched a “‘Rotten Tomatoes’ for Books” called Book Marks.

This jewelry maker transforms vintage books into wearable pieces of jewelry.

The Guardian asks: Is most YA fiction just grown-up fiction in disguise?

Restless Classics is publishing the 200th anniversary edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and you can watch a free online video-lecture series taught by Penn professor of English Wendy Steiner or get a sneak preview of the book’s illustrations by Eko.