Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Novelist and essayist Dubravka Ugrešić has been awarded the
24th laureate of the $50,000 (£32,600) Neustadt International Prize for
Literature, judged by a panel of acclaimed international authors. The award was announced at the University of Oklahoma by World Literature Today
- a magazine featuring international literature and culture.
Four poetry collections have made the shortlist for the
fiction category of the Portico Prize for Literature in a "surprise
outcome." The prize is biennially awarded to the highest quality books
set wholly or mainly in the North of England.