This month is interesting for those who enjoy world literature. The most important literary prize awarded this month is surely the Man Booker International Prize, but in addition there are two other prizes for foreign fiction, The Best Translated Book Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Those three should be able to give us some idea of what is going on in the world of literature, outside the English speaking world.

If one had the time and money one could spend almost the entire month of May at a Book Fair or Festival, travelling between Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the US. At the risk of repeating a theme from last months post, I have to admit that a literary festival in Jamaica sounds appealing. I assume that one can count on warm weather and a joyful atmosphere, in addition to lots of books of course!

The biggest book release this month is probably And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. After the best selling Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns many people are looking forward to more, me included. Other books that caught my eye this month were A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon by Anthony Marra, The Humans by Matt Haig,  We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo and The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer. But there are many other interesting releases as well, enough to make me despair about ever having the time to read all the good books out there. Winning the lottery might help, but an eternal life would be the only real solution.

Literary Awards

Fairs & Festivals

Books published