The British Society for the History of Science has announced the five-title shortlist for its Hughes Prize, "awarded every two years to the best book in the history of science that is published in English and accessible to a general audience".
The winner will be announced in October.
In literature, are there any recognisable trends typical of the end of the millennium and the 2000s ?
I would say that such characteristic tendencies do exist.
The divergence from canons and other well-paved roads, as well as a freedom of thought and expression of unprecedented scope.
In addition, the ego has once more returned to dominance. There is a characteristic openness about the engagement with subjectivity, and the authorial ‘I’ takes ever more prominence centre stage.
English PEN has announced the latest batch of PEN Translates awards (which are translation grants) -- seventeen books, translated from eleven languages.
The authors include some familiar ones -- including Yan Lianke, Mihail Sebastian, Frankétienne, and Hassan Blasim -- but there also some titles from very under-translated languages, including Belarusian and Burmese.
I hope I get to see many of these.
They've announced that Idaho, by Emily Ruskovich, has won this year's International DUBLIN Literary Award -- the €100,000 novel award, with books nominated by libraries from all over parts of the world.
There was only one translation among this year's ten finalists .....
See also the Random House publicity page for Idaho, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
They've announced the nine jurors for the 2020 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the biennial prize that is the leading American international-author prize (and pays out US$50,000).
You remember how this one works: each juror gets to nominate one author -- they'll be announced next month -- and then, next year, the jury selects a winner from those nine.
So far this system has worked out well: as they like to point out, four Neustadt laureates also went on to win the Nobel Prize -- and, showing more discernment than the Swedish Academy, while they couldn't avoid some misguided juror (yes you, Andrea De Carlo) nominating Bob Dylan (in 2012) they didn't do something silly like actually giving him the prize.
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Lasha Bugadze's პატარა ქვეყანა.
An earlier work by Bugadze did come out in English translation a couple of years ago, from Dalkey Archive Press -- The Literature Express -- but otherwise ...: insert here my usual complaint (last made just a couple of weeks ago ...) about how little Georgian fiction makes it into English .....
Thew Swedish Academy has announced the winners of this year's Doblougska Prize, awarded in Swedish and Norwegian categories, and paying out SEK200,000 (a bit over US$21,000) to each prize winner; as has been the case since the mid-1980s (the prize has been awarded since 1951) there are two winners in each language: Ernst Brunner and Carin Franzén, and Johan Harstad (Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion ?, etc.) and Olaug Nilssen.
This prize has an impressive list of winners: on the Norwegian side authors with books under review at the complete review include: Tarjei Vesaas (1957), Jens Bjørneboe (1974), Lars Saabye Christensen (1993), Dag Solstad (1996), Jon Fosse (1999), Hanne Ørstavik (2002), Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold (2015), and Per Petterson (2016); on the Swedish side there are, among others: Nobel laureate Harry Martinson (1954), Torgny Lindgren (1997), Per Olov Enquist and Göran Sonnevi (1998), and Theodor Kallifatides (2017).
A notable absence: no Karl Ove Knausgård (yet).
Oxford University Press has published quite a few of his plays in English translation; see, for example, their publicity page for the Collected Plays, volume 1, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
(I actually have a copy of an earlier volume of Three Plays, which I probably should get to .....)