Authorities have initiated a widespread media blackout in Egypt: “Security forces are also becoming increasingly violent against both demonstrators and journalists.”
Doug Liman directs a production of Reckoning with Torture at the Sundance Film Festival this Saturday, featuring Paul Auster, Annie Proulx, George Saunders, Esmeralda Santiago, and others.
Four of works on the 2011 Best Translated Book Awards fiction longlist were included in last year’s PEN Translation Feature; another showed up in our featured excerpts from the PEN World Voices Festival.
The Center for Fiction launches its new web site and online literary magazine, featuring interviews with Cynthia Ozick and Yiyun Li, new fiction from Kim Chinquee and Peter Cameron, and more.
David Haglund reviews Yan Lianke’s The Dream of Ding Village, a book, banned in China despite the author’s attempts at self-censorship, about the destructive effects of blood selling in the Henan province.
The National Book Critics Circle announces the finalists for its 2010 awards, including Christopher Hitchens, Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Franzen, and Anne Carson.
“When you hit a wall, just kick it in.” Patti Smith talks to the Guardian, among other things, about her book Just Kids, a finalist for the NBCC Awards.
“The biggest challenge is simply trying to visualise something that doesn’t exist.” Shaun Tan talks about his film The Lost Thing, just nominated for an Oscar.
“Art can save our country.” Despite news that the husband of one of its performers was arrested that morning, the Belarus Free Theater gave a moving performance at Le Poisson Rouge last week, along with readings and performances from E.L. Doctor, Billy Crudup, Don DeLillo, Tom Stoppard, and others.