Bringing the world to the U.S.

It is no secret in the book world that far more books are translated into other languages than into English. Having lived in Japan (a nation that seems to devour far more literature than the U.S.) in my early 20s and then returning to the U.S., I’ve seen this firsthand — a marked provincialism ofContinue reading “Bringing the world to the U.S.”

For lovers of mysteries…

… the Edgar Awards has a new Web site. The Edgars are the top awards from the Mystery Writers of America: Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promotingContinue reading “For lovers of mysteries…”

Book cover flap flap

Media Bistro reports on authors upset with their publishers’ designs for book covers. Friday’s item on the novelist who rejected his book cover drew a response from another beleaguered St. Martin’s author, historical maritime mystery writer Joan Druett. On her website, she’s launching a light-hearted contest to see who can identify the greatest number ofContinue reading “Book cover flap flap”

Adirondack Review short fiction contest

Short story writers, you got until March 1 to submit your story or stories to this contest. (There’s a submission fee.) Details here. The Adirondack Review is an independent on-line quarterly of literature and the arts published by Black Lawrence Press. It is dedicated to publishing quality poetry, fiction, artwork, and photography, as well asContinue reading “Adirondack Review short fiction contest”

Caldecott and Newberry awards

From the Book Standard: The American Library Association today announced the winners of several major literary awards for children’s and young adult books, including the Caldecott and Newbery Medal, from its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. Susan Patron, author of The Higher Power of Lucky, won the 2007 John Newbery Medal, for the most outstanding contributionContinue reading “Caldecott and Newberry awards”

NBCC finalists

Here’s the list of finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards, to be announced in March: Nonfiction: Patrick Cockburn, The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq (Verso) Anne Fessler, The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe V. Wade (Penguin Press) MichaelContinue reading “NBCC finalists”