ND Nightstand: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Posted by Mieke Chew 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...

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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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ND on Film: Patriotism

Posted by Tynan Kogane on February 6, 2014

Yukio Mishima and Yoshiko Tsuruoka in the 1966 film Patriotism. * * *  The French author Margueritte Yourcenar, in an unlikely biography of Yukio Mishima, wrote that the Japanese writer had long “envisioned a certain kind of death and made it,” and that his suicide was...

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A Book Should Be Made Like A Watch And Sold Like A Sausage

Posted by Heather Cleary on January 7, 2014

“Choose an author as you would choose a friend,” Wentworth Dillon, Earl of Roscommon, counseled aspiring translators some four centuries ago. But affinity, literary and otherwise, can be unpredictable. Under the fluorescent lights of the New York University basement classroom where I...

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Cardenal at 89

Posted by Jonathan Cohen on January 3, 2014

Ernesto Cardenal, Latin America’s legendary poet-activist, will celebrate his 89th birthday on January 20. He’s had quite a life—revolutionary, Catholic priest, liberation theologian, founder of a commune and eventual artists’ colony, sculptor, teacher, political leader,...

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A Q & A With The Quay Brothers

Posted by Michael Barron on January 2, 2014

The Quay Brothers on the set of Unmistaken Hands: Ex Voto F.H. * * * This past November, a few ND staff and friends went to New York's School of Visual Arts (SVA) to see the premiere of the Quay Brothers's newest short film, Unmistaken Hands: Ex Voto F.H., inspired by...

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The Man Who Steel Our Hearts in Robben Island

Posted by Kamau Brathwaite on December 19, 2013

Living in this solitude surrounded by its waters whales conquistadores voyagers Quarrying each day and every day into the hard blind limestone blisters of yr memory  .  re- membering everything until it seem like nothing.  whirling whispers  the art of how...

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