winstons round up

A quick round of some things going on I ve seen around web and on twitter and a e-mail I was sent about a new translation .

New Julio Cortazar prose piece –I received a e-mail from Guernica magazines poetry editor telling me about Anne Maclean’s new Julio Cortazar translation of Prose from the observatory ,A extract is on Guernica here ,well worth a look the book is published later this year on archipelago  books in june .

Prize news –The new panel for this years Independent foreign fiction prize 2011 the are .

The judges for this year’s prize are:

  • Harriett Gilbert, writer, academic and broadcaster
  • Author, M J Hyland
  • Catriona Kelly, writer and Professor of Russian at the University of Oxford
  • Novelist and reviewer, Neel Mukherjee
  • Boyd Tonkin, Literary Editor of theIndependent

A diverse list of Judges my only Gripe with the prize is it name a little to long maybe a catchy replacement needed  and fact it needs a high-profile with the reading public  this year booktrust are running it hope they promote it more than in past years it need it long list out in march I will be sure to list this is my favourite prize .

Next week sees the three percent long list for best translated book award ,the american cousin to our Independent prize on 27th I will post the long list when I find it out and link to any books I ve reviewed .

Google word search – Is google Ngram view that will graph a words popularity from 1860 til now on a graph ,this uses the 6 million books google have scanned and can use fiction and non fiction for your search have fun .

January 2011


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