Sweden’s ancient forest language, the “thrill” of etymology, and more

September 16, 2016
by WLT
Open books. Photo by Patrick Tomasso/Unsplash
Open books. Photo by Patrick Tomasso/Unsplash

News, Reviews, and Interviews

The 2016 National Book Awards longlist is now online, and the finalists will be revealed on October 13. 

Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya will receive the National Humanities Medal from President Obama at a White House ceremony next week.

The Guardian has been featuring “books to give you hope” this year, and this week’s selection features the “heart-catching poetry” in the book Landing Light by Neustadt Prize finalist Don Paterson

Can Sweden’s ancient forest language be saved? Campaigners are pushing for an ancient Viking tongue, Elfdalian, to be recognized as a language in Sweden in the hopes of preserving it.

Underpass journal is currently seeking Slavic stories in translation.

Poet Monica Youn talks with Gray Wolf Press about the “thrill” of etymology as a language artist.

NSK Neustadt Prizewinner Katherine Paterson joins in this Library of Congress podcast interview to discuss her work as a lead-up to the 2016 National Book Festival.

NSK finalist Lynda Barry will join with her childhood friend and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening in a public talk at the Sydney Opera House in November. 

In this Electric Literature interview, Alexander Maksik talks about his newest novel and the fiction of a single self. 

The Man Booker Prize 2016 shortlist has been announced, reducing the 13-nominee longlist to six finalists. 

Oxford dictionaries had to halt its #OneWordMap project soliciting readers’ most disliked words because it was flooded with “severe misuse.”


Fun Finds and Inspiration 

This month marks Roald Dahl’s centenary, and the Poetry Foundation shares how Dahl’s poetry provides a “means of directly accessing the senses.” 

Endangered American slang needs your help! These 50 American words and phrases are listed for potential extinction. 

In this reading list for defying society’s expectations, Literary Hub lists 10 books featuring subversive women.