Remembering Kiki Dee on her birthday; various literary award longlists, shortlists, winners; Interviews with Teju Cole, Laura van den Berg, Julian Evans; Reviews of latest books by Helen Oyeyemi, John Banville, Siri Hustvedt, Phil Klay; Wendy Doniger’s Op-ed; Kate Jessop’s animated short for a Simon Armitage poem; Catherine Nelson’s digitally-painted landscapes. Read on.
It was Kiki Dee’s birthday yesterday. A highly under-rated singer from the 80s. Here’s one haunting song that many love: ‘Amoureuse‘. And, of course, there’s that famous duet with Elton John, ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart‘. Alright, just one more, ‘I Got the Music In Me‘.
So many literary awards announcing longlists, shortlists, winners. Here’s a few:
— The Story Prize, 2013 Award Winner (George Saunders for ‘Tenth of December’)
— Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, 2014 Longlist (used to be the Orange Prize, remember?)
— Independent Foreign Fiction, 2014 Longlist (the award is divided equally between author and translator)
— Rilke Poetry Prize Winner (Katie Peterson for ‘The Accounts’)
Some interesting interviews:
— A selection of authors on the one book they wish they’d written. Interesting.
A basketful of reviews:
— John Banville, under the pen name of Benjamin Black, has written a novel in the Raymond Chandler tradition. Here’s a live interview. It’s called ‘Black-eyed Blonde‘, which was a title that Chandler himself left behind.
And, finally, Wendy Doniger has a wonderful op-ed about the banning of her book in India.
Kate Jessop has a lovely mixed-media animated short film on a Simon Armitage poem, ‘On Miles Platting Station’.
Photographer Catherine Nelson took thousands of photographs and created these digitally-painted otherworldly landscapes. Took nearly a year to create. Wow.