NEW BOOKS, TRANSLATIONS AND WRITING
- Ali Akbar Natiq’s What Will You Give For this Beauty (translated by Ali Madeeh Hashmi for Hamish Hamilton)
- Shashi Tharoor’s The Five Dollar Smile from Penguin
- Stuart Blackburn’s Murder in Melur from Rupa
- From among her many literary engagements Rathi Menon’s latest is a book on Prof. M. Leelavathy
- The literary works of Nepal’s national poet, Madhav Prasad Ghimire, will be translated into Hindi
- Pakistan’s National Book Foundation (NBF) published a new pocket size edition of the Deewan-e-Ghalib
- R. Meera’s popular novel Hangwoman will be translated into Arabic
- Kannada writer Vasudhendra on ‘Mohanaswamy,’ his collection of short stories about gay lives
- Ten years later, Gregory D Robert’s ‘Shantaram’ is back in a new novel.
- Translator Poonam Saxena on Dharamvir Bharati’s ‘Gunahon Ka Devta’ and why it is a necessary tale of slow love for the instant generation.
- The Sahitya Akademi has published a new monograph on Telugu writer Madhurantakam Rajaram
COLUMNS, ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
Columns and Articles
- How well do you know your fictional Bengali detectives?
- Tania James tells you why you must read this novel about the ivory trade: it’s told in part by an elephant
- Mayank Austen Soofi on how Indian poetry in English is becoming part of the mainstream
- Gargi Gupta on translation efforts and the neglect of India’s classics
- Amitav Ghosh on his Ibis trilogy: “As a novelist, I am trying to create a sense of lived history”
- Javed Akhtar on Urdu: “Language comes from regions, not religions”
- Azaan Javaid on Jashn-E-Rekhta and the need to resurrect lost languages
- Adapting Shakespeare in Bengali, at Jorasankar Thakurbari
- Singapore’s Bangladeshi construction worker poets
- Aatish Taseer writes in English for NYT on how English killed Indian literature
- Intizar Hussain: a Pakistani author who left his heart in India
- A couple of months back I’d done a detailed overview (parts one and two) of the Sahitya Akademi award-winners. Scroll has a shorter version here.
- Watch a documentary that captures Mumbai’s love affair with books.
- Dalit literature has grown popular over time: Sheoraj Singh Bechain
- Charukesi on the poetry of Tamil writer Erode Tamizhanban
- Veerappa Moily’s reinterpretation of Draupadi’s story.
- Amrita Madhukalya reviews Mamang Dai’s new book The Black Hill, set in 19th century Arunachal Pradesh,
- Chetana Divya Vasudev reviews Mirza Waheed’s The Book of Golden Leaves in TNIE
- More on Ram Devineni’s “Priya” comic about a rape survivor in India using divine intervention to school people
- Melanie P Kumar reviews Amit Chaudhuri’s Odysseus Abroad, in the Deccan Herald
NEWS: AWARDS, PEOPLE, PUBLISHING, EVENTS
- Malayalam writer KR Meera received the Oman Kerala Sahitya Puraskaram in Muscat for her fantastic novel Hangwoman. Here’s an interview with Ajay Kumar.
- The Sahitya Akademi Translation Prizes 2014 have been announced.
- Temsula Ao will receive the Kusumagraja National Literature Award
- Literary awards presented to Assamese poet Bhaben and Bengali poet Shyamalkanti Das
- Kuvempu Rashtreeya Puraskar to be conferred on Hindi writer Namvar Singh
- Assaulted and hounded, Tamil writer Puliyar Murugesan to move out of his home to Thanjavur
- Gulzar wishes Patar could translate his works to Punjabi
- Popular rationalist and Gujarati writer Raman Pathak passes away
- Ada Jafarey, first lady of Urdu poetry, dies
- Odia writer Gayatribala Panda participating in ‘Writers in-residence’ programme at the Rashtrapati Bhavan
- Remembering Kannada writer P Lankesh, who died before his time
- Controversy-man, who is all for ‘deshivad’: Harihar Swarup writes about Bhalchandra Nemade, Jnanpith awardee
Publishing, the industry, and libraries
- Publishers and book stores are doing their bit to preserve Urdu
- India seems to be warming up to the literary agent
- The former Pakistani president, Asif Ali Zardari, has filed a one billion rupee defamation suit against Penguin India for being mean to his friends.
- Slam poetry has a niche audience in Bengaluru
- Why Anuja Chauhan moved from HarperCollins after eight years and three bestsellers (spoiler: for the money)
- A report from the recent All India Library Conference in Delhi: lessons for Nepal
- The CenGov gave 25 districts funds to hold bookfairs: 13 failed to do so
- Graphic India Believes It’s Time India Had Its Own Digital Comic Empire
- NIE report on the Indian government’s giant banhammer (my, what a big hammer you have, my dear)
- The Kerala State Library Council (KSLC) is going in for a much-needed digitisation drive,