The Literary Review has awarded its 21st annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award to Manil Suri for a scene in The City of Devi featuring a, err, stellar climax.
Rather than being an exercise in humiliation, Italy’s new television literary talent show proves to be stylish, fun and surprisingly compelling viewing.
The National Book Awards suggest that books are where grown-ups go when they want to use all of their minds and hearts, says Salon’s Laura Miller.
The Burmese Ministry of Information announced that a new translation of Orwell’s 1934 novel, Burmese Days, won the National Literary Award’s informative literature award.
Metropolitan Books publisher Sara Bershtel will receive the 2014 Friedrich Ulfers Prize for her contributions to German literature in the USA. The prize is part of NYC’s Festival Neue Literatur.
Academia Rossica, which supports the promotion of Russian literature, is soliciting manuscripts for its translation prize. The closing date for submissions is December 1.
Mexico’s Álvaro Enrigue won the €18,000 Herralde Prize for his novel Muerte súbita. The prize, awarded by Anagrama, is given to an unpublished novel in Spanish.
Mozambican author António Emílio Leite Couto (Mia Couto is the 2014 winner of the $50,000 Neustadt Prize for International Literature, aka America’s Nobel.
Spanish author Clara Sánchez has won the 2013 Planeta Prize for her novel El cielo ha vuelto, a book about the nature of our economic and political environment.
The finalists for the 2013 National Book Award have been announced and, for the first time, a free ebook download with samples of all the finalists’ work.