Happy Birthday, William Carlos Williams!

Posted by New Directions on September 17, 2014

Today is William Carlos Williams's birthday.  We celebrate with a look through the archives. (September 17, 1883 – March 4, 1963)  From Selected Poems of William Carlos Williams A prescription for James Laughlin from William Carlos Williams  A birthday poem A...

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The Authoritarian Turn: On The State of the Egyptian Intelligentsia

Posted by Mieke Chew on September 8, 2014

For a packed audience last Tuesday night, Bidoun and New Directions co-hosted "The Authoritarian Turn: On the State of the Egyptian Intelligentsia" at New York University. Panelists Khaled Fahmy (American University in Cairo), Mona El Ghobashy (independent scholar), and Robyn...

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ND Nightstand: Ben Lerner

Posted by New Directions on August 28, 2014

In our new blog series, ND Nightstand, we ask some of our favorite authors to name their favorite ND books. This month, we feature the nightstand of poet and novelist Ben Lerner, complete with a note on his selection and annotations on the books. Poetry ahead.  *** My sense of the...

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That Which Rolls - ND Books for Bikers

Posted by Jesse Kohn on August 5, 2014

The other day a little girl was learning how to ride a bike in the park near my house. Though she was doing well where the pavement was smooth, where it buckled, she often got stuck. Her training wheels having hoisted the back wheel off the ground, she pedaled fruitlessly and, once, fell...

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ND Nightstand: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Posted by New Directions on July 29, 2014

We're very pleased to announce a new ND Blog Series: ND Nightstand. We ask our favorite authors what their favorite ND books are. ND has published close to 1500 books in its history. The backlist is long. The nightstands are rich. Our first featured author is Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Thank you to...

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Translator Spotlight: Hosam Aboul-Ela

Posted by Michael Barron on July 21, 2014

Dr. Hosam Aboul-Ela Hosam Aboul-Ela has been translating literature from the Arabic language for over twenty years. His most recent translation is Sonallah Ibrahim's Stealth, which was published by New Directions in June. I reached out to Hosam to ask how he came to translate...

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The World Cup of Literature

Posted by Hannah Chute on July 18, 2014

I'd just like to take a moment to enjoy that the World Cup 2014 is over. Not that I didn't enjoy the rush, or the half-polarizing, half-globalizing spirit of tournament, but all that patriotism is exhausting, especially for someone whose experience with the sport is limited to having...

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Photos from The Driver’s Seat Screening

Posted by New Directions on July 16, 2014

In Brooklyn this past Tuesday, the alternative film venue Light Industry hosted a screening of The Driver’s Seat—Giuseppe Patroni Griffi’s 1974 Italian film adaptation of Muriel Spark’s 1970 novella. Originally released as Indentikit, the film stars Elizabeth Taylor and...

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STEALTH Mix: Awesome Tapes from Africa for ND

Posted by New Directions on June 30, 2014

Tracklist: 1. Samia Gamal “Ay Ya Zein” [Oh Beautiful] (from the film Valley of the Kings) 2. Um Kalthoum “Howa Sahih El-Hawa Ghallab” [Is It True That Love Is Irresistible?] 3. Laila Murad “Men Al Qalb Lel-Qalb...

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Pneumatic Antiphonal: An Interview with Sylvia Legris

Posted by Jesse Ruddock on June 26, 2014

New Directions poetry pamphlet #4. Cover design by Office of Paul Sahre The poems of Pneumatic Antiphonal are tricky to sight-read. On one hand, their music is an invitation to abandon. Just mouth the words and trust her. Fall in and sing. Legris is a master of rhythm and closure. On the...

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An Interview with Music & Literature

Posted by Michael Barron on June 3, 2014

  This past weekend, Music & Literature—a magazine dedicated to showcasing portfolios of writers, musicians, and artists from across the globe—celebrated the publication of its fourth issue, which features Clarice Lispector with the poet and artist Mary Ruefle, contrabass...

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“Stealth” Book Trailer

Posted by Michael Barron on May 28, 2014

In Stealth, a novel by the Egyptian writer Sonallah Ibrahim, a young boy wanders the serpentine streets of Cairo, imbimbing its sights and sounds, and peeping into the world of the elite. To celebrate its US publication, we asked motion collage artist and poet Nathaniel Whitcomb to put...

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New Directions at PEN World Voices Festival

Posted by Michael Barron on May 2, 2014

The PEN World Voices Festival culminates this weekend with some excellent events, including a discussion between Colm Toibin and Laszlo Krasznahorkai this Sunday afternoon. Below is the schedule. Hope to see you there.  Friday, May 2 @ 7:30 pm: Benjamin Moser and others discuss their...

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Celebrating Muriel Spark

Posted by Mieke Chew on May 1, 2014

How fitting that an evening celebrating Muriel Spark saw a downpour so relentless that umbrellas were useless. Last night, brave Spark lovers came together to remember the writer whose cleverness and wit produced classics that include The Ballad of Peckham Rye, The Driver's Seat, and Memento...

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Laszlo Krasznahorkai and Forrest Gander read at Brown University

Posted by Mieke Chew on May 1, 2014

If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing László Krasznahorkai read from AnimalInside in a darkened room, illuminated by Max Neumann's "dog-beast" paintings, we recommend you watch this video. Here Forrest Gander and Krasznahorkai take turns reading from the book at Brown...

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László Krasznahorkai & Ottilie Mulzet Win 2014 Best Translated Book Award

Posted by Tom Roberge on April 28, 2014

Congratulations to Hungarian author Lászlo Krasznahorkai and translator Ottilie Mulzet! On Monday, April 28, Krasznahorkai's novel Seiobo There Below — translated into English by Mulzet — was announced as the winner of the 2014 Best Translated Book Award for Fiction. This...

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The Bibliography Is the Medium

Posted by Michael Barron on April 1, 2014

In the English fairytale “Tom Tit Tot” — an English variant of the German tale "Rumpelstilzchen" — a King marries a peasant maiden whom he believes has the extraordinary ability to spin five flax skeins in a single day. For eleven months, the King gives her all the...

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New Kamau Brathwaite Poem: eQuinox Passing

Posted by Michael Barron on March 26, 2014

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Bolaño’s Author List

Posted by Tynan Kogane on February 24, 2014

Roberto Bolaño’s reputation has become that of a writer’s writer, but he might also be called a writer’s reader—for his wide, absorbent, Borgesian literary erudition—or maybe even a reader’s writer, whatever that might be. Bolaño’s love of...

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ND on Design: An interview with Rachel Adam

Posted by Kelsey Ford on February 11, 2014

New Directions has a long record of working with acclaimed and noteworthy up-and-coming book designers, like Rachel Adam. She's been working for Rodrigo Corral Design Studio for the last couple years and has done some great work for us, including the recent designs in our Pearl series, a...

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