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Video: JM Coetzee Discusses Fiction, Memoir and the Self at the Worlds Literature Festival
The Writers’ Centre Norwich has this month released a video of JM Coetzee delivering the opening provocation at last year’s Worlds Literature Festival. Coetzee discussed the writing of memoirs, commenting on both the generality and uniqueness of life ...
Chimamanda Adichie wins 2013 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for fiction
According to Elizabeth Taylor, the literary editor of the Chicago Tribune, the prize is awarded yearly in two categories, fiction and non-fiction, to books that are concerned with American issues, causes and concerns. “We loved AMERICANAH. It’s a ...
David Gilbert’s ‘& Sons’ Is Literary Magic: Books
The famous father/author in the book is the reclusive A.N. Dyer, whose initials translate the symbol ampersand. Dyer at 79 enjoys a Salinger-size renown built largely on his first novel, titled “Ampersand” and set at a prep school modeled ...
Literature Is Dead (According to Straight, White Guys, At Least)
A controversial Harper's essay about the waning relevance of poetry is just the latest in a long history of similar writings—whose authors share a few particular characteristics. Every few months, a new "Literature is Dead/Dying" think piece crops up in ...
Book review (nonfiction): Mickey and Willie
Books about Major League Baseball abound. It’s a sport that seems to inspire more professional writers than other sports do. But those writers too often have become so wrapped up in their love affairs with the leisurely paced game requiring remarkable ...
Book Publishers Try to Sell Chinese Fiction in Translation
Although China is now the world’s second-largest economy, few Chinese writers are read outside the country or inform the global conversation. In 2012, American publishers purchased translation rights for just 453 foreign titles, about 3 ...