Who Is On The Best Festivals List? Plus Your Latest Book News

Who Is On The Best Festivals List? Plus Your Latest Book News

Festival News


The 2024 National Literacy Festival consists of a series of events organized offline and online. At least 81,406 students and teachers who are partners of the Nyalanesia program are targeted to be involved in the excitement of this event, starting December 1, and the peak will be held on April 26-28, 2024 in Surakarta City. FLN 2024 is designed to be a stimulant as well as a space for students and teachers to strengthen their creation, taste and work.


The eighth annual Montclair Literary Festival will take place from Saturday April 27 to Saturday May 4, 2024, with events held at partner Montclair State University and downtown Montclair. Confirmed authors include Ruth Reichl, Frank Bruni, David Baldacci, Caroline Leavitt, Carlos Lozada, Lauren Grodstein, Nell Irvin Painter w/ Montclair Public Library Open Book Open Mind, Amitava Kumar, Melissa Rivero, Gina Chung, Anastasia Rubis, Annell López, Karen Valby, Nell Freudenberger, well-known longtime festival attendees Joyce Carol Oates and Jonathan Santlofer and many more.


On 16 May 2024 Salman Rushdie will launch his memoir “Knife” in Berlin in an event organized by the international literature festival berlin (ilb) at Deutsches Theater. The author will be present for the event to speak about the traumatic events of his attempted murder on 12 August 2022. The ilb takes place from 5 – 14 September 2024 and 9 – 18 September 2024 (Young Program). The line-up will be announced on 25 June.


Publishing News


Is your festival listed as one of the 9 best literary festival destinations? In honour of UNESCO’s World Book Day, Condé Nast Traveller gives its recommendations. Congratulations to GAoLF members JaipurHaySydneyBerlin and Macondo in Nairobi!


PEN America has cancelled its 2024 literary awards ceremony following months of escalating protests over the organisation’s response to the war in Gaza, which has been criticised as overly sympathetic to Israel and led nearly half of the prize nominees to withdraw. The event was set to take place on 29 April at Town Hall in Manhattan.


A memoir by the late Russian politician Alexei Navalny is due to be published this autumn, publisher Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced. The Russian opposition leader and pro-democracy campaigner began writing his book, titled Patriot, shortly after his poisoning in 2020. He completed it before he died in prison in 2024, dictating some parts.


In a fiery open letter published earlier today, the award-winning British speculative fiction writer (and recent Keanu Reeves collaborator) China Miéville announced that he is rescinding his acceptance of the prestigious DAAD residency in Germany in protest of the institution’s willingness to be part of a “shameful program of repression and anti-Palestinian racism.”


The New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center has announced its annual class of Fellows. Awarded annually, The Cullman Fellowship entitles a gifted cadre of writers and academics to a year of funding, a private office, and research resources at the NYPL’s Schwarzman Building. Candidates are selected on the strength of their published work and a project proposal. Those “whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections” are favored.


France’s national library has removed four 19th-century books from its shelves whose emerald green covers are believed to be laced with arsenic. The library said on Thursday that handling the books, which were printed in Britain, would probably cause only minor harm, but it was taking them away for further analysis.


Anne Enright, Kate Grenville and Isabella Hammad are among the contenders for this year’s Women’s prize for fiction, on a shortlist that features migration as a recurring theme. The winner of the prize, worth £30,000, will be announced at a ceremony in London on 13 June, alongside the announcement of the inaugural Women’s prize for nonfiction winner.


Police have arrested nine Georgians suspected of running a sophisticated criminal operation stealing valuable antique books – including an original Alexander Pushkin manuscript – from national libraries across Europe. Shelves of 19th-century Russian-language literature had been ransacked over two years across several countries and replaced with fakes, Europol, the EU police agency, revealed on Thursday.


Booker prize urged to consider name change over slavery link.


Casa Árabe recognised by Sheikh Zayed Book Awards. The Spanish organisation, which ‘plays a pivotal role in bridging Arab and Spanish culture’, has been named Cultural Personality of the Year for 18th edition and wins £214,000 prize. Casa Árabe is a Spanish public institution with headquarters in Madrid and Córdoba, Spain, created with the aim of being a centre for studies and knowledge about the Arab world.

How Music and Verse Can Spark Literary Passion in Reluctant Readers. Alicia D. Williams on the Many Written and Oral Forms a Story Can Take.


See here the new documentary about the work of Argentine writer Abelardo Castillo. The writer is considered a bridge between the generation of writers of the fifties and the most contemporary voices of Argentine literature. Now, he is the protagonist of Un hombre que escribe, a documentary directed by Liliana Paolinelli, a deep portrait, outlining not only the literary career but also the vital essence of the writer.


The Buenos Aires Book Fair started 22nd April. See the full programme.


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