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The Triumph of Ecuadorian Fiction, Victor Meadowcroft Spotlight

Victor Meadowcroft’s exclusive feature for BookBlast, A Literary Eruption: The Triumph of Ecuadorian Fiction. In his collection of dispatches from “the new Latin America” entitled How to Travel Without Seeing (trs. Jeffrey Lawrence), celebrated Spanish-Argentine author […]

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Choix Goncourt UK Launch Spotlight

The arrival of the Choix Goncourt in the UK was announced by Marina Warner, President of the Royal Society of Literature: “When the date of this event was set, nobody knew that a crucial election […]

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Lucy Popescu at European Literature Days Spotlight

Lucy Popescu heads to European Literature Days in Austria, and writes a special report for Book Blast. European Literature Days, one of my favourite literary festivals, was held this year in Krems, lower Austria, and […]

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Warwick Prize for Women in Translation Spotlight

The Warwick Prize for Women in Translation launched in 2017 with the aim of addressing the gender imbalance in translated literature. A recent report by Nielsen Book shows that translated literary fiction makes up 5.5% […]

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Susan Curtis Istros Books at Podgorica International Book Fair Spotlight

Susan Curtis visited Montenegro to attend the Podgorica International Book Fair in October 2019, and wrote a special report for BookBlast. The entrepreneurial founder CEO of Istros Books in London, she publishes translated literature from […]

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Leila Sackur Dispatches from the Intern’s Desk Spotlight

Leila Sackur graduated in History from the University of Cambridge where she was involved in the student press and politics. She is interested in everyday life, gentrification and urban space,  and is looking to start […]

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Tatiana de Rosnay, Alicia Drake & Others Beyond Words LitFest pt. 2

This is the second post rounding up the highlights of the Beyond Words LitFest 2019 at the Institut Français Royaume-Uni. “So many books have been written with Paris as a character and there are so […]

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Spotlight Jonathan Coe, Olivia Rosenthal, Claudia Durastanti French Literature Festival, pt 1

I was delighted to be invited along to some of the key talks held at this year’s French Literature Festival at the French Institute in South Kensington. ‘Beyond Words French Literature Festival’ has become ‘The […]

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Read the World with MacLehose Press 5 Notable Writers Spotlight

Read the World with MacLehose Press which specialises in the very best translated literary and crime fiction. If words can offer new worlds, you will find them in the pages of the books by the […]

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Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation 2018 Spotlight

“Judging the 2018 Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize was a most enriching experience. It reminded me that literature can be a force for good – no bad thing! We need to be shocked out of a comfortable […]