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

And more by Jan BalabánRadka DenemarkováPetra HůlováJakuba KatalpaJiří Kratochvil,Martin Ryšavý, and Marek Šindelka

With new writing on discovering literature from Valeria LuiselliAbdel-Moneim Ramadan, and Can Xue

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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

The City and the Writer: In Kyoto with Brian Turner

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>>>

Abby Margulies Reviews Joseph Roth'sThe Hundred Days

An achingly beautiful fictional account of the rise and fall of the Emperor Napoleon. more>>>

An Interview with Liana Finck

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>>>

Emma Garman Reviews Otfried Preussler'sKrabat and the Sorcerer's Mill

Preussler’s storytelling mastery and gift for atmosphere render this Bildungsroman-meets-Gothic horror both timeless and splendidly, creepily original. more>>>

Help Yourself: An Interview with Alona Kimhi

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>>>