ICYMI: Links Roundup for Mar 6, 2014

storyacious links roundupRemembering 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.

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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‘.

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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?)

PEN/Faulkner for Fiction, 2014 Finalists

Independent Foreign Fiction, 2014 Longlist (the award is divided equally between author and translator)

– French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation Translation Prize, 2013 Finalists

Lambda Literary Award (LGBT writing), 2014 Finalists

Rilke Poetry Prize Winner (Katie Peterson for ‘The Accounts’)

Some interesting interviews:

Teju Cole on his reading habits and how he thinks that the novel is over-rated. His latest is ‘Every Day is for the Thief‘.

–  Laura van den Berg on Florida, women writers and her latest short story collection, ‘The Isle of Youth‘.

Translator, Julian Evans, on why translation is important and which French books/authors we should pay attention to.

A selection of authors on the one book they wish they’d written. Interesting.

A basketful of reviews:

 – A collection of reviews for Helen Oyeyemi’s ‘Boy, Snow, Bird‘. Which you absolutely must read.

– 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.

– Siri Hustvedt has an interesting novel out, ‘The Blazing World‘ and it addresses the subtle sexism in the art world. Well, really, everywhere, if you think about it.

– Phil Klay, a veteran, has a short story collection based on the Iraq War. It’s called ‘Redeployment‘.

And, finally, Wendy Doniger has a wonderful op-ed about the banning of her book in India.

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Kate Jessop has a lovely mixed-media animated short film on a Simon Armitage poem, ‘On Miles Platting Station’.

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Photographer Catherine Nelson took thousands of photographs and created these digitally-painted otherworldly landscapes. Took nearly a year to create. Wow.

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