The Literary Field in France – a Glimpse at our Neighbours

France will be the Guest of Honour at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. How familiar are you with their culture, literature and markets so far? The Literary Field Kaleidoscope offers you a first glimpse at our neighbouring literary field – and next week an interview with an independent bookseller in […] Read more

World Book Day

Many countries all over the world celebrate World Book Day on 23 April. Many, but not all of them. The British, those little rebels, celebrated it on 2 March this year. Why? I don’t know and couldn’t find out. Explanations are very welcome. The United Nations ‘invented’ this day in […] Read more

Reader’s Report: Short Reviews of Recent and Not So Recent Novels

Looking for something to read for the holidays? Gesa Stedman reviews a number of books by Aminatta Forna, Taiye Selasi, Edna O’Brien, and Jenny Offill. Jenny Offill’s heartbreaking, brilliant, and formally challenging short novel Dept. of Speculation (Granta Books, 2014) is a disturbing account of what happens to a relationship […] Read more

Derek Walcott Obituary – Unity and Division Created by the Ocean

Derek Walcott has died at the age of 87 on the Caribbean island of St Lucia. He was one of the best-known Caribbean writers, famous for his poetry and his plays. He published about 20 poetry collections and 30 plays and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992 […] Read more

London Book Fair 2017

Serdecznie witamy to London – and do widzenia again! This week, the London Book Fair opened and closed its doors to agents, authors, booksellers, translators, academics, and many other people working in the literary field. Curiously enough, the official LBF page doesn’t really say anything about visitor numbers – so […] Read more