Looking for a way to celebrate the best of this year’s translated literature? The Best Translated Book Awards reading and ceremony will be streamed online this year. Join them on Wednesday, May 27, at 6 p.m. EST for a reading from the finalists (RSVP here), and then don’t miss the announcement of the winners on Friday, May 29, at 6 p.m. EST (RSVP here). In the meantime, catch up on this year’s longlists and finalists, and start making your predictions.
At The Nervous Breakdown, Micah McRary talks with Leslie Jamison about her use of POV, her new book of essays and whether her criticism might be dubbed “evasive biography.” You could also read our interview with Jamison or else read Ryan Teitman’s review of The Empathy Exams.
There’s no official protocol for responding to a disappointed fan, but that may change after more writers get wind of this response, written by Threats author Amelia Gray, to a man who complained that her book was “nothing more than conversations among insane people.” Gray admitted that the man’s gripe did, in fact, have merit, after which she urged him to buy a copy of A Time to Kill.
Sam Tanenhaus, editor of the New York Times Book Review, talks to Noah Charney about his life, his work, and his taste in books. Answers are typical but insightful, with one incredibly colorful exception: Tanenhaus’s ideal workplace is bizarre. (Hint: The atmosphere falls somewhere between a nuclear fallout shelter and the kind of place you would keep a hostage and it’s nothing like where we write.)