Words without Borders: Contemporary Czech Prose
This month we present new Czech prose.
Magdaléna Platzová recalls the end of a love affair and a life
Tomáš Zmeškal searches for his prodigal father
Petra Soukupová sees a family rocked by a devastating injury
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Around the Globe: International Diversity in YA Writing
Where: New York Public Library, Main Branch, South Court Auditorium
When: Wednesday, December 10, 6:00 PM
Who: Padma Venkataraman, Arthur A. Levine, Briony Everroad, Marc Aronson, and Roxanne Hsu-Feldman
Words without Borders and the New York Public Library present a discussion of the vibrant and compelling world of international YA. Join our distinguished panelists, including Padma Venkataraman, Briony Everroad, Roxanne Hsu-Feldman, and Arthur A. Levine in a wide-ranging conversation about diversity and international voices in YA writing today, moderated by editor, author and professor of Library Sciences Marc Aronson. This event coincides with the launch of WWB’s December issue, dedicated to the best new YA writing from around the world, from countries including Georgia, Bangladesh, Germany, Norway, South Korea, and many more.
Co-presented by Words without Borders and the New York Public Library
The 2014 Words without Borders Gala and Globe Trot
Many thanks to all who came out to celebrate our eleventh annual gala and to help us toast Knopf editor and translator Carol Brown Janeway, who was awarded the 2014 James H. Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature. Read more about the evening overhere.
By Nathalie Handal
Can you describe the mood of Kyoto as you feel/see it?
I was surprised to learn, in such a major city, that the pace of life in Kyoto moves much like the Kamagawa (the Kama River)—slow and steady, languid in the summer heat, with an occasional rush or hard current when the rains roll through. more>>>
An achingly beautiful fictional account of the rise and fall of the Emperor Napoleon. more>>>
By Rachel Morgenstern-Clarren
"People comment that the letters were rabbinical, or fatherly, or godlike, even: very strong and quiet. Maybe the letters were chatty enough and he just wanted to be reassuring. I have a feeling that’s what he was doing, and I have a feeling that it worked, and they were reassuring."more>>>
Preussler’s storytelling mastery and gift for atmosphere render this Bildungsroman-meets-Gothic horror both timeless and splendidly, creepily original. more>>>
By Rohan Kamicheril
When I was young I read very funny books. I read very funny writers, and I loved it and it affected me. I fear boredom. Maybe it's not good because it's like being a clown. But I don't use humor out of a desire to be liked. I just need it to get myself going. And life is funny. more>>>