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       Trending News Worth Taking Note

NOVEL REVIEW

We review great Japanese fiction with Kawakami`s romantic novel.

EUPL PRIZE

The EUPL recently announced its 12 winners. Find out now in our Trending News section below..

EVENT  REVIEW

Foyles Bookshop and JPF recently held a meet and greet with the author Hiromi Kawakami. What drives her writing? Why is there food featured in her novels? Literary motifs ? Or just a plain foodie?

Trending Foreign Fiction News and Reviews


Manbooker Shortlisted Author Chigozie Obioma New Novel Follow up 

Fans of Chigozie Obioma, author of the Man Booker-shortlisted debut The Fishermen (Pushkin Press) can expect a follow-up to his Manbooker Prize Shortlisted novel The Fisherman.

His new novel an Orchestra of Minorities is expected to be out in 2019 and is about the life of a troubled young poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves. According an article in The Bookseller, the publishers Little Brown described the novel as a modern epic of Igbo civilisation, dealing with myth, spirituality, life, death,obsession and ownership.It canalso be read as parable about civilisation lurching towards modernity, sometimes the cost of abandoning the wisdom of elders."

 

Obioma said: "I'm thrilled at the prospect of making this book with Ailah and the folks at Little, Brown, UK. Their enthusiasm for An Orchestra of Minorities and The Fishermen has been great, and I couldn't feel more satisfied to be working with such a wonderful editor in Ailah. It is pleasing that she will be working with Judy Clain, also at Little, Brown US, in a collaboration I'm convinced will yield great results."

 


Tory MP's complaint that prize for writers of colour was unfair to whites dismissed


A Conservative MP who claimed that a book prize set up to address the lack of diversity in British publishing was discriminatory against white people has had his complaint dismissed.

Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, wrote to the Equality and Human Rights Commission in January, claiming that the Jhalak prize for writers of colour discriminated against white writers.

A spokesman for the EHRC said: “After investigating, we were satisfied that the prize did not breach equality law.” He added: “As the UK’s independent equality regulator, the Commission has a duty to consider complaints by individuals about potential breaches of the Equality Act 2010.”

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But one of the founders of the prize, author Sunny Singh, criticised the decision to follow up on Davies’ complaint, claiming it had caused “enormous stress” and wasted resources.

Singh said she was baffled at Davies’ action. “I really cannot understand why an MP for an extraordinary constituency like Shipley would do a thing like this,” she said. “I am heartbroken because I would expect more responsible behaviour and better use of his time from a member of parliament.”


Granta Best of Young American Novelists


Granta puts together a list of American novelists "deemed to be the best of their generation – writers of remarkable achievement and promise, still in their twenties and thirties." Find out  just who are the top 10 writers, Tell me more


EU Prize for Literature 2017 winners announced


The EU Prize for Literature (EUPL) recognises exceptional up-and-coming literary talents across Europe. It highlights the wealth of contemporary European literature and sheds light on Europe's rich cultural and linguistic heritage.

Every year, expert national juries from one third of the countries participating in Creative Europe nominate authors based on specific criteria.

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The 12 winners each receive a cash prize of €5,000 and, more importantly, benefit from greater international visibility and cross-border promotion, starting at the awards ceremony in Brussels and continuing at Europe’s major book fairs.

Manbooker Shortlisted Author Sunjeev Sahota was one of the authors recognised as part of the EU Prize For Literature 2017

Study Reveals "Shockingly Low" Number of BAME Authors In UK Top 500 2016 Best Sellers 

A new study by the Bookseller magazine has revealed a “shockingly low” number of books by British BAME (black, asian and minority ethnic) authors in the top 500 titles of the year to date.


The study uncovered the fact that among the top 100 bestselling titles for the year to date, there was just one British BAME author in the list – Kazuo Ishiguro with his novel The Buried Giant, which had sold just over 100,000 copies to make 59th place with the next UK BAME author Dorothy Koomson, in 156th place with the commercial novel That Girl from Nowhere.


Bookseller’s charts editor Kiera O’Brien, commented "Of the top 500 titles for 2016, 343 were written by UK authors, of which 1.7% were penned by BAME Brits. That drops to 1.2% when extrapolated to the top 500. Considering the BAME population of England and Wales is around 15%, this is shockingly low,”  

 

However the study did have some positive news - while there were just a paltry three UK BAME authors in the top 300, and six in the top 500, the Bookseller revealed that 2016’s charts were actually more diverse than in previous years.




 

Arundhati Roy to publish second novel after 20 years

Penguin Random House has acquired a new novel from Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, for June 2017: her first work of fiction since The God of Small Things (Harper Perennial) won the Booker prize almost 20 years ago.


Details of the book's plot have not been disclosed, but  Simon Prosser, publishing director of Hamish Hamilton and Penguin Books,  said it was full of "extraordinary" characters and "one of the finest we have read in recent times". 

Since her debut, The God of Small Things, published with Harper in 1997, Roy has been concerned mostly as a human rights activist and published politically oriented non-fiction, including Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers (Penguin, 2009), Walking with Comrades (Pengui, 2011), Broken Republic: Three Essays (Hamish Hamilton, 2011), and Capitalism: A Ghost Story (Verso, 2014).

Roy said: "I am glad to report that the mad souls (even the wicked ones) in The Ministry of Utmost Happiness have found a way into the world, and that I have found my publishers."




Hiromi Kawakami

Japanese author

In an event organised by Japan Foundation and Foyles Bookshop, fans were able to meet Japanese author Hiromi Kawakami and discuss her novels including Strange Weather In Tokyo. Why is there always a food featured in the novels ? What kind of characters does she enjoy writing about ? Tell me more
 

Author Elif Shafak 

Popular Turkish Author

Prominent foreign fiction authors including popular Turkish author Elif Shafak came together at a recent event to debate the changing perceptions of women, treating us to some real revelations on the night. (Elif Shafak photo inset) Tell me more

Author David Lagercrantz

Meet The Author Event

With the launch of the fourth addition to the Stieg Larsson trilogy The Girl In the Spiders Web, crime fiction aficionados have finally sated their anxiety levels. It`s the trilogy that globally set alight interest in Nordic Noir and arguably reinvigorated the genre, selling over 80 million copies to date. Tell Me More

Fuminori Nakamura 

Popular Japanese Noir Author

Fuminori Nakamura is considered one of the leading crime writers in Japan and is called the new master of ‘Japanese Noir’. Its been said that his works examine of some of the darker element of Japanese society and have netted him many awards such as the Akutagawa prize and the Kenzaburo Oe Prize, Japan’s most prestigious literary award. Tell Me More
 

Jamaican Novelists For Your Reading


Waiting In Vain Colin Channer, Once referred to as ‘Bob Marley with a Pen’, after naming his first two novels after Marley tunes: Waiting in Vain and Satisfy my Soul. He has also become an influential figure within the Caribbean literary world because of his work with the Calabash International Literary Festival Trust..

True History of Paradise
A writer who has helped define Jamaican literature for a new generation, Margaret Cezair-Thompson has won numerous accolades during her career for her perspicacious depictions of Jamaican history and culture.
Her first novel The True History of Paradise follows Jean Landing as she flees her native Jamaica for the USA, and suffers from the homesickness and nostalgia experienced by all exiles. It was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2000. Cezair-Thompson's second novel, The Pirate's Daughter is an attempt to depict colonial Jamaica, and was awarded the Essence Literary Award for Fiction 2008.

Pao
A unique voice in Jamaican literature, Kerry Young’s works look at the island’s multicultural society, and particularly focus on the Chinese community amongst which Young herself was raised. Young is the daughter of a Chinese father and a mother of mixed Chinese-African heritage who came to Britain from Jamaica as a young woman
 

In Chinelo Okparanta’s new novel Under the Udala Trees, a chance meeting between Ijeoma, a Christian Igbo, and Amina, a Muslim Hausa, begins a friendship that turns quickly to passion. “This was the beginning,” Okparanta writes. “Our bodies being touched by the fire that was each other’s flesh … Tingly and good and like everything perfect in the world.”

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Ijeoma’s secure, stable childhood has already unravelled by then. The novel is set in 1968, one year into the Biafran conflict, and Ijeoma’s world is beset by “the ruckus of armored cars and shelling machines, bomber planes and their loud engines sending shock waves through our ears”. Things grow worse. Her father, “a man who liked to wallow in his thoughts”, becomes so consumed by sorrow for his massacred people that he refuses to seek refuge during an air raid over their town of Ojoto. When Ijeoma and her mother Adaora emerge from a nearby bunker, they discover his blood-soaked body.

 

Meera Syal immerses us in the tale of a rarely spoken subject: surrogacy. We are introduced to a forty-something has been mother trying for her second child. Shyama’s character reminds the reader that life isn’t always kind; escaping a troublesome marriage when her first born was young and now living opposite her ageing parents. Read More

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara international fiction
US Novelist Hnaya Yanagihara with her novel A Little Life has had praise steeped on her by the critics and is already now one of the Manbooker prize nominees. Read more

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Polish Crime Fiction  

A Devil Under The Skin by Polish Crime Fictiomn Author Anya Lipska
Polish Crime Fiction writer Anya Lipska delivers the third in the series of her crime fiction series featuring the unofficial fixer and anti hero januska. 

New to Lipska ?  Read the review of her first novel . Read More

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