Monday News: Man Booker International shortlist, Holt supports O’Reilly, El Dia de Sant Jordi, and adorable pregnancy announcement
Man Booker International Prize reveals 2017 shortlist – The International Prize honors translated fiction, and the six shortlisted titles emerge from a longlist of thirteen. In some ways, the Prize recognizes translation as a literary art on par with original writing, as both translator and original author receive the same amount of award money. Authors and translators on the shortlist include Amos Oz/Nicholas de Lange, David Grossman/Jessica Cohen, Roy Jacobsen/Don Bartlett and Don Shaw, Dorthe Nors/Misha Hoekstra, Samanta Schweblin/Megan McDowell, and Mathias Énard/Charlotte Mandell.
Established in 2005, the prize originally celebrated a writer’s overall contribution to global fiction, and was awarded every two years. However, from last year it became an annual award honouring an individual work in English translation and published in the UK.
This year’s winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on June 14.
Each shortlisted author and translator will receive £1,000. The winners will receive a £50,000 prize, to be equally divided between the author and translator. – Financial Times
Bill O’Reilly’s Publisher Standing by Their Man – Bill O’Reilly’s publisher, Henry Holt (Macmillan), has told Publishers Weekly that Holt “has no intention of altering its support of O’Reilly.” Despite the fact that O’Reilly presents himself first and foremost as a moralist, who has finally been ousted from Fox because of the mounting accusations of (and settlements for) sexual harassment. If O’Reilly was writing fiction, I could see the argument. But the obvious profiteering here is gross. Also, WTF is it with the title of this article?! Even if it’s meant to be ironic, it doesn’t work, since it basically puts Holt in the position of the victimized lover who “stands by [her] man.” Uh, no.
O’Reilly’s Killing series, written with Martin Dugard, has been a consistent bestseller for Holt; it has roughly 15.5 million copies in print worldwide. The most recent Killing title, Killing the Rising Sun, was the top-selling adult nonfiction book in 2016, selling over 1 million print units. – Publishers Weekly
Books and roses – On a happier note, a very nice piece on the Catalonian celebration of Sant Jordi, which takes place on April 23rd, aka World Book Day. Two years ago, the festival resulted in 1.5 million books sold in Barcelona alone, or 5% to 8% of the yearly total for booksellers in the area. Shopping, buying, and gifting books are all part of the celebration, as are live readings and other book-related events and demonstrations. What a lovely way to recognize the beauty of reading and writing.
Anyone who thinks paper books are dead has never been in a Barcelona bookshop the day before Sant Jordi. The Patron Saint festival is Catalunya’s equivalent of Valentine’s day. But as well as giving long-stemmed red roses people give books. Lots and lots of books. Some €20 million worth of books are sold (gifted) on the day itself. . . .
On the day itself the streets fill up with even more people and color as book sellers and rose sellers man their tables and buckets, and couples walk hand in hand between. Rose stalls outnumber book stalls by about 4:1 even though petals aren’t always cheaper than paper. Many stalls are selling in aid of a local cause like a school trip or a charity such as Save the Children. In Plaça de Catalunya you might be lucky enough to stumble across a favorite writer signing copies of their latest book. Equally you can savor strolling through the calmer buzz of a local barrio turned out together into the streets. Sant Jordi is a celebration of how something that’s bound within can be displayed without, be it inside the pages of book or the unfurled beauty of a flower. It’s a celebration of the energy that goes into the process of creation, individually and collectively. It’s as much about emotion and sensation as it is about books and reading. – Tech Crunch
Batman-loving couple gets creative with super hero-themed pregnancy announcement – Let’s keep the happy going with this ridiculously cute and creative photo shoot for a couple announcing what appears to be their first baby. – ABC News