Category: On Books

Notes from the Field: Bestsellers and Cult Favourites

The White Review (@thewhitereview) presents Chris Kraus and Zoe Pilger at the London Review Bookshop (@LRBbookshop) “Enjoy DICK” a friend messaged after I told her I was heading to the London Review Bookshop for an event with novelist and art critic Chris Kraus. I was looking forward to seeing Zoe Pilger and The White Review; the novelist and the lit mag are two of my… Read more →

Wild: From Page to Screen, Triumphant

Reese Witherspoon looks every bit the part of Cheryl Strayed in the forthcoming feature film adaptation of her memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT): flared nostrils and a defined jaw, Witherspoonian signifiers of strength and determination, her small body overshadowed by Monster, Strayed’s Mini-Cooper sized backpack. I mentally high-fived Witherspoon for producing the film and securing the lead… Read more →

Can’t Wait: Books Coming in 2015

This post is taken from my weekly lit blog at Check it out for more recommendations, events, interviews… Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant (Faber) The publication of Kazuo Ishiguro’s forthcoming novel The Buried Gianthas already been called the “literary event of the year”. His first novel in a decade follows a couple searching for their the lost son they haven’t seen in years. Last… Read more →

Press for New Swedish Fiction at the Ace Hotel Shoreditch

A splash of press from the Audible UK blog on a New Swedish Fiction Night, co-organized by Dialogue and SELTA. A Night in Translation by Claire O’Neill Last Thursday we had the pleasure of an invite to Saskia Vogel’s Swedish anti-crime lit session, including actors from Liars’ League and a select audience of East London’s lit folk. Huddled in the depths of Shoreditch’s The Ace… Read more →

Kwani at 10: The Making of Pan-African Literary Community

In the ten years since its launch, Kwani?, East Africa’s first literary journal, has led the growth of literary life in the region — and now looks ahead. Reposted from Publishing Perspectives. By Saskia Vogel Kwani?, East Africa’s first literary journal, turned ten in November 2013 and the waves of their five-day long anniversary celebration continue to ripple half a… Read more →

Yawn No More: Americans and the Market for Foreign Fiction

As proven by the conversations at BookExpo America, American publishers, editors and readers may finally be coming around to embracing more foreign literature. Reposted from Publishing Perspectives. By Saskia Vogel Nose-guard. Knouse-gourd. Knausgaard. Karl Ove Knausgaard’s name was on everyone’s lips. Some were uncertain how it should be pronounced and said as much, other simply raved about the Norwegian author… Read more →