| Oct 10, 2013
| 11:35 AM
Today's Nobel Prize for Literature, awarded to Canadian Alice Munro, is a departure from recent prizes.
More often than not, the judges have appeared intent on raising awareness of authors who have toiled largely outside the American media marketing...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 11:23 AM
BEIJING — In the mid-1980s, Wu Tianming's star was on the rise. With China opening up to the world after the Cultural Revolution and Mao Tse-tung's death, he had found success as director of movies including "Life" and "The Old Well" and as the head...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 12:54 PM
The finalists for the Best Translated Book Awards were announced Tuesday, featuring 25 works originally published in 16 languages -- none of them English.
American publishing traditionally publishes a smaller percentage of works in translation than...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 7:41 AM
Who thinks Japanese writer Haruki Murakami will win the Nobel Prize in literature? British bettors do.
British betting house Ladbrokes has Murakami as this year's favorite for the Nobel Prize in literature. The author of such books as "1Q84," "Norwegian...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 3:48 PM
The next winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced Thursday morning in Stockholm.
In the United Kingdom, where you can wager on such things, the betting money is on Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. As of Monday morning, the...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 3:13 PM
Alice Munro was nowhere to be found on Thursday morning when the Swedish Academy awarded her the Nobel Prize in literature. The permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Peter Englund, had to leave her a voice mail. The short story writer surfaced...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 1:34 PM
On his book tour, the tables have been turning on John Freeman: A parade of luminous authors are interviewing him. He's already sat down for public conversations with Teju Cole, Geoff Dyer, Aleksandar Hemon, and Marilynne Robinson, and on Tuesday night,...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 2:24 PM
Chinese author Mo Yan was announced in October as the recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature; he's in Sweden now and will be presented with the award Monday. It was at a news conference in Stockholm that Mo made his disappointing statements in support...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 1:40 PM
Salman Rushdie thinks Mo Yan is a patsy of China’s Communist government. I respect Rushdie's work, and his own courage as a defender of artistic freedom. But I'm not sure he's right about Mo Yan.
Mo accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature this...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:37 PM
While the jury is still out as to whether the Chinese writer Mo Yan, who is said to have been toeing the party line, truly deserves the Nobel Prize for Literature, there is little doubt that his novel “POW!” — with its Rabelaisian...
| Nov 24, 2012
| 12:05 PM
In 2010, before I visited my late father's native village in China's central province of Henan, a friend recommended that I read Yan Lianke's books to prepare for my trip. Yan, one of China's eminent and most controversial novelists and satirists —...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 8:33 AM
I climb out of the car, step into damp October leaves and stare up at the Logan Square apartment building across the street. A chill rushes up the street. I notice a man standing in the front yard, shuffling back and forth. He does not appear rabid. He...