1. An excerpt from WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ

     

  2. This is still a thing. 

     
  3. You still have a few days to enter to win a copy of this beauty. 

     
  4. Look what just arrived.

    Pretttttty

     
  5. hmhbooks:

    This September, look for Italo Calvino’s THE COMPLETE COSMICOMICS, together in one volume for the first time.

    We’re also rejacketing much of his backlist, including INTO THE WAR and COLLECTION OF SAND, both available in September. 

    Plus, read Peter Mendelsund in The New Yorker talking about the design process for these covers!

    The first three out of twenty-plus illustrated titles are coming out in September: “Into the War,” “Collection of Sand,” and “The Complete Cosmicomics.” “Into the War” is three coming-of-age stories—it’s a kind of anti-memoir, without obvious drama. Calvino here is growing up at the same moment that the war is looming on the horizon. In the last story, there’s a teen-ager who has been charged with being a lookout, and at one point he wanders off to a whorehouse, but then leaves and stares at the ocean for a while. He hears a siren and realizes that he’s left his post, and he sees an enemy bomber far overhead. It’s an incredibly poignant image, because you really get a sense of how far away the war and real life are for him—he’s excited by the idea of these events, without any real knowledge about how horrific they’ll turn out to be. The idea was to make the strap of the helmet—he’s not quite strapped in yet; strapped into life, or the war—a dotted line, and the strap is the trajectory of the plane as seen from far below.

     

  6. ALTA announces its National Translation Award longlist

    The National Translation Award is a longstanding ALTA tradition. Unlike most other multilingual translation prizes, the NTA includes a round of judging that involves comparing the translated book with its source text. You can imagine how complicated the logistics of this can get, but ALTA’s huge network of translators in a huge number of languages has made this feat possible year after year for sixteen years now.

     
  7. Congrats to the winning authors and translators of this year’s PEN Literary Awards!

     

  8. "This week, Vintage released the first English translation of Mr. de Villiers’s pulpy, racy 2012 spy novel, “The Madmen of Benghazi.” His 2013 novel, “Chaos in Kabul,” is set to come out in October, and a third, “The Revenge of the Kremlin,” which features Vladimir V. Putin, is scheduled for publication in April of 2015."

     

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  10. "Love suddenly seemed to him to be another of life’s obstacles; when you confront it, you have to duck your head and wait until it passes."
    — Between FriendsAmos Oz
     
  11. universitybookstore:

    Happy Birthday Herman Hesse

    Born on this day in 1877, German author and Nobel Laureate Herman Hesse. His three most popular novels—Demain, Siddhartha, and Steppenwolf—still enjoy a wide readership, particularly in high schools where Hesse’s themes of individuality and authenticity resonate strongly with young readers in the midst of establishing their own identity. Born into a family of missionaries, scholars, and writers with strong ties to India, and the philosophies and myths of the sub-continent to which he was exposed heavily influenced his work. He lived through both World Wars and was an opponent of Nazism, and though he has been criticized for not publicly condemning the Nazi party, he did aid Bertolt Brecht and Thomas Mann in their flight from Hitler’s regime. Eventually, the Nazis banned Hesse’s work but in the immediate aftermath of WWII, he was awarded the Nobel Prize "for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style." In his later years, Hesse and his work were rediscovered by the post-war generation, and he spent those years painting watercolors and attending to the voluminous amounts of correspondence that he received. He died on August 9, 1962 in Montagnola, Switzerland.

     

  12. "Then a blind man asked, Did you hear something, Three shots, replied another blind man, But there was a dog howling too, It’s stopped now, that must have been the third shot, Good, I hate to hear dogs howl."
    — José Saramago, from Seeing (via the-final-sentence)

    (via hmhbooks)