Translation award longlists, literary vending machines, and more

July 17, 2015

News, Reviews, and Interviews

A new literary discovery featuring Charles Dickens’s annotations in his literary magazine reveals the identity of many Victorian authors who had been publishing anonymously.

The 2015 National Translation Award Longlists for Poetry and Prose were announced this week. Each list features multiple WLT contributors and writers. Check out the full details for poetry here and prose here.

The popular Jaipur Literature Festival will be coming to the United States in September. The festival started in 2006 and has grown extensively since its launch. Boulder, Colorado, will host more than 100 notable writers, poets, thinkers, and performers from September 18-20.

For child education activist Malala Yousafzai’s 18th birthday she created the #BooksNotBullets campaign and opened a school for refugee girls in Syria. Yousafzai is the youngest winner of the Nobel Prize.

The University of Arkansas Press has opened submissions for the Etel Adnan Poetry Series for first or second books of poetry in English by writers of Arab heritage.

Business Insider gives tips on how to work in reading every day, despite a busy schedule.

William Novak discusses the trials of writing a book few will read in this piece in the New York Times.

Fun Finds and Inspiration

An interesting new vending machine popped up in Washington D.C. that dispenses free books to children. JetBlue airlines partnered with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to launch this next step in the airline’s Soar with Reading program that gives access to reading materials for children.

Electric Lit has a cool infographic that translates fictional currencies to current prices based on the US dollar and European pound.

Kate Young reimagines meals from her favorite fiction and draws inspiration from literature to create book-related recipes. Read more about the significance of each book and recipe pairing as well as view photos of the food here.

The Guardian published its list of the top ten books featuring spies.

The New Yorker analyzes why it’s so satisfying to read about other people eating meals in literary works.

Have you ever wondered where writers draw inspiration from for their literary works? The Western Morning News has compiled a photo list of 11 landscapes and locations from famous novels.