February does not offer much in terms of literary awards, but if you are curious about the most scathing literary review of 2013 a winner will be unveiled on 11 February. Among the short-listed candidates is David Sexton’s review of Eleanor Catton’s Booker prize winning tome The Luminaries.

There are plenty of fairs and festivals coming up, spread over 4 continents, one of them in my hometown Brussels. We can also look forward to the 2nd edition of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival in Burma/Myanmar.

Among books I got excited when I saw the title of Joanne Harris’ latest novel, The Gospel of Loki, but that might have more to do with the name of my dog, than the book itself. In any case it seems like an interesting departure from Joanne Harris’ usual themes. I am also looking forward to Helen Oyeyemi’s latest novel Boy, Snow, Bird. There also happens to be two books released about wives of writers, Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood and The Poets’ Wives by David Park.

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