The Latitude Festival literary line-up is impressive this year. Held in July (14th-17th) around various London venues, this multi-arts celebration will feature best-selling authors, poets and more, including Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen (of The Wicked + the Divine comic fame). The festival will also host the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, with events run by author Kate Mosse. Last week, Irish author Lisa McInerney won the Bailey’s Book Prize for The Glorious Heresies. More information on the festival is available at the website.
A new short story collection – Refugee Tales – will be published in order to raise awareness of the plight of Europe’s refugees. Writers such as Ali Smith will be contributing works in this update of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The stories will be by individuals whose lives have been impacted by the UK’s current detention system and asylum process, but written by commissioned authors.
A bookish version of Rotten Tomatoes is now online, thanks to LitHub. Book Marks compiles date on book reviews and generates grades (A, B+ etc).
Akhil Sharma, the American author of the novel Family Life, won the Dublin International literary award last week. His novel follows a family migrating from Delhi to New York, whereupon the eldest son is a victim in an accident that leaves him brain-damaged, requiring around the clock care from his relatives. Sharma was born in India, but is an American citizen, and this novel is partly an autobiographical account of his own upbringing, taking thirteen years to write. The prize itself, as well as having one of the largest financial winnings of literary prizes in the world, is special for its nomination process: all books are put forward by public libraries from all across the world.
The British Fantasy Society has revealed its shortlist, from which winners will be crowned in September this year at FantasyCon 2016. The full list of nominees, from Best Graphic Novel to Best Non-fiction, is available here. The six contenders for the Best Fantasy Novel include Joe Abercrombie, Naomi Novik and Zen Cho.
Finally, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, which was held in Jamaica on Sunday 5 June, was awarded to Parashar Kulkarni, an Indian writer who won the prize for his debut story, ‘Cow and Company’.