Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award shortlist revealed – Alas, I’ve not had the time or the focus to be able to get behind one of my favourite short story awards this year, but that doesn’t stop me giving you the heads up on the freshly announced shortlist for 2015. Dominated this year by the ladies (a ratio of 5:1), the winner of the world’s most lucrative prize for a single short story will be announced on Friday 24th April at an evening ceremony. Good luck, all!
Knausgaard does North America – With fever growing for the imminent publication next month of the latest in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “My Struggle” series in the English language, the New York Times is running a rambling longform travel account (as only the man himself could pen) of Knausgaard’s travels around North America. And if this isn’t ‘longform’ enough for you, the NYT is promising us a ‘part 2’ on March 11th. Mark your diaries and block out a big chunk of time (well worth it).
Reading San Francisco – Having something of an enormous soft spot for ‘city lit’, I’m always excited when the Guardian Books website posts a new addition to their ‘reading American cities’ series. The latest sees San Fransisco-based writer and editor Anisse Gross waxing lyrical about some of the landmark titles that have helped to paint her city.