WLT wins a 2016 Governor’s Arts Award, Mary Oliver’s “full-throated” spiritual autobiography, and more

October 21, 2016
by WLT

News, Reviews, and Interviews 

The Oklahoma Arts Council has announced the 2016 Governor’s Arts Award, and World Literature Today is among the recipients for the Media in the Arts award

Dubravka Ugrešić jokes about being ageless, discusses winning the Neustadt Prize, and more in this interview with the Enid News. She’ll receive the 2016 Neustadt Prize next week at the 2016 Neustadt Festival in Norman, Oklahoma.

Open Letter Books publisher Chad Post joins in this radio debate over Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize in Literature; meanwhile, the Swedish Academy has given up trying to contact him

The Guardian calls Rabih Alameddine’s new novel, The Angel of History, a “glorious political tale of survival.”

Mary Oliver issues “a full-throated spiritual autobiography” in her newest essay collection, titled Upstream.

In this Fresh Air interview, NSK Prize finalist Jacqueline Woodson talks about growing up and coming out, and reads some of her poems.

The National reviews Ananda Devi’s “spare, traumatic, and enriching” new novel, Eve Out of Her Ruins.

Via Literary Hub, Marlon James talks about why he’s “done talking about diversity.” 

In this Guardian interview, Ursula K. Le Guin addresses the limitations of genre and the types of novels that fill literary prize shortlists. 

In Nathalie Handal’s latest City and the Writer column with Words Without Borders, she talks with Aleš Šteger about the mood and literary places in Ljubljana.


Fun Finds and Inspiration

Words Without Borders has created a reading list for the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair that celebrates literature from the Netherlands and Flanders. The book fair continues through Sunday, October 23. 

Paste magazine offers its selections for 21 best horror books of the 21st century

This Flavorwire list pairs 10 literary icons with their horror-cinema doppelgängers

A new study looks at “bipartisan books” and asks, “Can literature bring liberals and conservatives together?

Made-up names, wordplay, and British colloquialisms make the Harry Potter books a challenge for translators. This Vox video explores how translators adapted the Harry Potter series for a global audience.