Man Booker Prize, summer reads, and more

July 31, 2015
Lailla Lalami, The Moor's Account
Laila Lalami. Her newest novel The Moor's Account has been longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.

News, Reviews, and Interviews

The Man Booker Prize announced its 2015 longlist this week, which included 13 books selected by five judges. WLT contributor Laila Lalami’s The Moor’s Account was one of the selections.

Restless Books has started a prize for new immigrant writing. Maaza Mengiste, Javier Molea, and Ilan Stavans will judge submissions. Mengiste and Stavans are WLT contributors. 

The National debates if Arabic literature can ever be fully understood in English, or if something is lost in translation.

According to an opinion piece on the New York Times, children’s picture books are a great starting point for diversity.

Feby Indirani talks about how Indonesian literature needs more exposure and why she decided to become a full-time author.

The University of Kurdistan announced its new Kurdish literature program for fall 2015. The program will accept 40 students starting in September.

Fun Finds and Inspiration

The Boston Review compiled a list of summer poetry reads featuring Dan Beachy-Quick, Mark Bibbins, Tatsumi Hijikata, Moe Yamamoto, Sawako Nakayasu, Bhanu Kapil, and Filip Marinovich.

The Huffington Post takes a humorous approach at how texting and modern technology could have hindered some famous novels. 

GalleyCat created an interactive literary map of Paris’s Left Bank that includes bookstores, historic literary homes, and café.

Who doesn’t love a good international reading list? The Daily Beast compiled a list of 15 books centered on Iraq and Afghanistan.

If you’ve ever wondered whether the books you own are worth anything, Bustle has some resources you can use to help determine a book’s value.