HarperCollins Germany, weird and wonderful libraries, and more

October 17, 2014

News, Reviews, and Interviews

Join us in congratulating Patrick Modiano for winning this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature!

Last week, publishing giant HarperCollins announced a new venture in German literature: HarperCollins Germany will expand the company’s Harlequin Hamburg offices and publish 50 new titles annually.

Are poets a threat to US security? The Washington Post explores the recent denial of entry to Amjad Nasser, who was invited to speak in NYC a few weeks ago. (Don’t forget to read Nasser’s poem, “A Postponed Poem for New York” in the July 2013 issue.)

Congratulations are in order for WLT contributor Ru Freeman, who just won this year’s Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction for her novel On Sal Mal Lane. (You can read her What to Read Now: Sri Lanka feature in the January 2012 issue.)

Etgar Keret and Sayed Kashua reflect on their homeland’s political turmoil in a series of letters published this week in the New Yorker.

Is there a point to memorizing poetry? The Conversation dives into the importance of memory and learning poems by heart.

What does it really take to get translated? The New Yorker wonders if the secret is winning an important literary prize.

For Your Calendar

Almost three years ago, Ann Morgan appealed to a global audience and asked for help in reading a single book in translation from every country. Now, her blogging endeavor is being transformed into a book! You can follow her publishing progress at her blog, A Year of Reading the World.

Fun Finds and Inspiration

You’ve probably heard of literature’s most amazing opening lines, but what about the worst? The editors at the American Scholar list their top 10 picks for the worst opening lines in literary history.

There are beautiful and breathtaking libraries, and then there are these: weird and wonderful libraries from around the world.

Do you remember these books from your childhood? Book Riot thinks they should be the next children’s books adapted for film.