Happy weekend, everyone. Hope you’ve got something fun planned – I’m off to London later on Saturday to see Sheridan’s The Rivals, with Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles. Something of a To The Manor Born reunion… plus, I’ve never seen a Sheridan play, and this one was fun to read. But, in my absence, enjoy this little miscellany of links and posts.
1.) Three Percent, a resource for international literature at the University of Rochester, have announced the 25 books on the longlist for 2011 Best Translated Book Award. Here’s the list. Do go and check it out – it’s something a little different from the usual literary awards. I’ve only read one of them – being honest, I’ve only heard of one of them – but it is The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson (oddly, for it was translated in 2009). If the others are up to that novel’s incredible standard, then this is a list worth watching.
2.) Speaking of which, do go and read Danielle’s lovely review of The Summer Book, also by Tove Jansson.
3.) More neat segues (that’s segues, Colin… heehee) – Danielle and Darlene have both agreed to take part in two mini-readalongs this month (that’s one each). Both sprung from Virago Reading Week and surrounding discussions, which is lovely.
Danielle and I will be reading Gay Life by E.M. Delafield. You’ll note that my copy is signed! This novel is rather more difficult to get hold of, so participants would have to search hard. Try your library catalogues? And Danielle’s little introductory post will definitely entice you…
Do join in with either or both, if you can. One day I’ll head up a readalong of a book that’s actually in print! Anyway, we’re reading about the middle of February, so over the next couple of weeks.
4.) I give up on being seamless… I found this link to the books which Harold Bloom considered fitted into his study The Western Canon. It covers more or less all time… and is enormous. I have no idea how he managed to read all these books, let alone all the ones which (presumably) didn’t make the cut. Once you’ve got a subsection for modern Catalonian literature, you know you mean business. BUT, it definitely makes for interesting reading.
5.) And, finally, Wikio have released their latest literary blog rankings. Off I slip, down the charts… but I’m clinging on! As usual, silly but fun.
Wikio.co.uk – February Literature Ranking
Ranking made by Wikio.co.uk