16

February

2024

Non-fiction Women’s Prize Contenders Named, Amalgamation Update and Spotlight on Argentina

Non-fiction Women’s Prize Contenders Named, Amalgamation Update and Spotlight on Argentina

FESTIVAL NEWS

 

UPDATE ON AMALGAMATION BETWEEN GAOLF AND WORD ALLIANCE: After considering the strengths and remit of the two organisations, it was agreed that they each address differing needs of our industry and these would be best met if GAOLF and the Word Alliance remain separate entities. Although the amalgamation will not go forward, both organisations remain supportive of each other and their respective aims.  Stay tuned for information on an upcoming virtual gathering date.

 

Faversham Literary Festival takes place from 16 to 25 February. There are more than 60 events on the programme, aimed at inspiring book lovers, readers and writers of all ages and persuasions. Over ten days in February, Faversham will be buzzing with book talk, as we come together to listen,laugh, learn from each other, share ideas and celebrate all that books can offer.

 

The three-day Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) will be held from 16 to 18 February at the Beach Luxury Hotel. The theme of this year’s KLF is Sustainability: Words Changing Mindsets. Discussants will throw light on the critical issues of the day that face this city, this country, and this world and seek ways forward. It is not intended to dwell on disorder, violence, and calamities, but to understand them and seek durable remedies. There will be sessions on the developments and trends in Pakistani and world literature, in the media and the world of entertainment, in education and scholarship, in the life of the mind and in daily life. There will be more than 75 sessions, including 25 book launches with a mix of both Urdu and English. All sessions will be broadcast live around the world on OUP’s social media channels. Visitors and the online audience will also have the chance to enjoy Poetry readings, feature films, and a series of short independent film screenings. KLF also celebrates the diversity of languages and cultures across the country by highlighting writings in Sindhi, Balochi, Punjab, and Pashto languages.

 

Newcastle Writers Festival has released its April programme featuring 150 Australian writers across 95 free and ticketed events, including workshops, readings, book launches and panel discussions. The strong First Nations lineup includes Tony Birch, Daniel Browning, Melissa Lucashenko, Ellen van Neerven, and Kirli Saunders. Other guest artists include Clementine Ford, Kate Grenville, Nam Le, Christos Tsiolkas, Charlotte Wood, and New Zealand writer Emily Perkins. The 2024 festival will be held from 5 to 7 April. Several sessions will be live streamed.

 

MK Lit Fest returns from 3 to 6 April 2024 with an exciting Spring Festival. There are writer events, writing workshops and fabulous children’s sessions. Venues include Milton Keynes Central Library and Waterstones Midsummer Place. Guests include Polly Toynbee, JJ Arkanjo, and Leigh Russell.

 

Wimbledon BookFest, London’s leading literary festival, returns on 25-27 March 2024 for a Spring Season at New Wimbledon Theatre and Wimbledon Library, featuring some of the most fascinating and thought-provoking voices in journalism, history and music. Tickets available at www.wimbledonbookfest.org. Guests include Clive Myrie, Bettany Hughes, James O’Brien, Jah Wobble and Robert Elms.

 

Hay Festival begins an exciting new chapter today as they mark 100 days to their spring edition in the UK with a bold refresh of their brand identity. The new look is part of a broader strategic plan to widen audiences and increase accessibility to their work globally and follows recent announcements of their new events in Seville, Spain, and Panama City, Panama, plus new Hay Festival After Hours events in cities around the UK and a renewed online Book Club offer.

BOOK NEWS

The Guardian has published an overview of five of the best recent books from Ukraine, which include translated works by Ukrainian poets and novelists who contemplate domestic life, language, economics, culture and violence in the country.

 

In the UK, Amazon has removed from its website several titles about King Charles, which reportedly were written using artificial intelligence and were said to contain false information about the monarch’s health and cancer diagnosis, reported the Independent. The books were uploaded via Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing self-publishing platform. A spokesperson for the Palace told the Mail on Sunday the books were ‘intrusive, insensitive and filled with inaccuracies’, and said the Palace’s legal team ‘will be looking at the issue closely’. An Amazon spokesperson said: ‘While we allow AI-generated content, we don’t allow AI-generated content that violates our content guidelines, including content that creates a disappointing customer experience.’

 

The shortlist of the 2024 International Prize for Arabic Fiction was announced on 14 February in Riyadh. This year’s shortlisted titles are: Bahbel: Makkah Multiverse 1945-2009 by Raja Alem, Suleima’s Ring by Rima Bali, Gambling on the Honor of Lady Mitsy by Ahmed Al-Morsi, The Mosaicist by Eissa Nasiri and tto Palestinian novels, A Mask, the Colour of the Sky by Basim Khandaqji and The Seventh Heaven of Jerusalem by Osama Al-Eissa which is set in 1970s Jerusalem, as the inhabitants of the city suffer famine and war. Each of the six shortlisted finalists will receive $10,000, with a further $50,000 going to the winner, set to be announced on the eve of the Abu Dhabi Book Fair at the end of April.

 

Sixteen women – including Naomi Klein, art critic Laura Cumming and historian Tiya Miles – are in the running for the Women’s prize for nonfiction which includes a £30,000 prize, launched last year to redress the relatively low numbers of women recognised in nonfiction prizes. The “groundbreaking” longlisted titles are “about redressing wrongs – so whether that’s exposing truth, or revealing hypocrisy or uncovering hidden stories – there’s a dedication to truth”

 

Each week, we are inviting festival directors to contribute to a segment that elevates three writers from their country. Please email Daniela dini@filba.org.ar or Rosemarie rmilsom@newcastlewritersfestival.org.au if you would like to participate.  

 

SPOTLIGHT ON ARGENTINA

Inés Garland

Inés’ name has a place of its own in Argentinian literature with a reflexive and introspective writing. Her awards include the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis 2014 for Piedra, papel o tijera. In 2019, she won the Ala Delta Award for Literature for children for her novel Lilo and in 2021 she won the Alandar Award for Young Readers, for her novel De la boca de un león.

Publishers include: German Fischer Verlag, Thlenemann Verlag / French L’école Des Loisirs / Dutch Querido / Italian Feltrinelli, Bompiani Rizzoli Libri, Uovonero / Russian Samokat / Spanish (Spain) Siruela, Edelvives, (Argentina) Alfaguara, Santillana, (Uruguay) Criatura Editorial / Brazil Editora Roça Nova.

 

MARIANA ENRIQUEZ

Mariana Enriquez is a writer, journalist and editor based in Buenos Aires, where she contributes to a number of newspapers and literary journals, both fiction and nonfiction. Her style delves in horror and folklore. She is the author of the novel Our Share of Night and The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, which was a finalist for the International Booker Prize, the Kirkus Prize, the Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Fiction. She has won Grand Prix de l’Imaginarie, and the Premio Herralde de Novela. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, McSweeney’s, Electric Literature, and Virginia Quarterly Review and in anthologies in Spain, Mexico, Chile, Bolivia and Germany. You can read here her short story “The Intoxicated Years”. She is published in Spanish by Anagrama, in English by Hogarth, in German by Verlag Hans Schiler; in French by Sous-sol.

 

DIEGO MUZZIO

Diego Muzzio is a poet and storyteller and has lived in France for 20 years. In 1996 he won the First Prize for Poetry from Fondo Nacional de las Artes for his book Sheol Sheol, and 4 years later the Primer Premio Hispanoamericano de Poesía Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz for Gabatha.

In 2007 he published his first short story book for adults Mockba (Entropía, 2007), followed by the nouvelles Las esferas invisibles (Entropía, 2015) and Doscientos canguros (Entropía, 2019). El ojo de Goliat is his first novel (Entropía, 2021), for which he won the Fundación Medifé Filba Novel Award. All his work, regardless of genre, is influenced by the search of the just word, the mystery of death and the presence of monsters.

 

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