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On the Books: Juan Gabriel Vasquez becomes first South American writer to win IMPAC award

Juan Gabriel Vásquez won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for The Sound of Things Falling, making him the first South American writer to do so. The prize is one of the most prestigious and highest-paying ($135,000) in the world, and honors a novel written or translated into English. Judges culled The Sound of Things Falling from a longlist of 152 titles in 17 original languages. “I love that fact about this prize, that translated novels are considered on the same level as novels originally published in English, and secondly its international nature,” Vásquez said. “The prize this year has been awarded to a Colombian novelist and a Canadian translator who met in Spain while the translator was living in England, and the prize is awarded in Dublin, so it’s that great kind of cosmopolitan thing.” [The Guardian]

The New York Times interviewed Hillary Clinton for its “by the book” series to find out what she reads. Unsurprisingly, the former Secretary of State has really good taste — but it is surprising that she reads so much considering how busy she is. To begin, Clinton loves Alice Munro, Barbara Kingsolver, John le Carré, John Grisham, Hilary Mantel, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Alexander McCall Smith. Who has time to read Hillary Mantel books while being Secretary of State and running for president? Her answers are appropriately diplomatic — she seems to have read at least one thing that anyone can tassociate with. Right now, she’s in the middle of The Goldfinch, a Maya Angelou book, and a Harlan Coben novel. And, like every political candidate, the Bible “was and remains the biggest influence on [her] thinking.” Weirdly, Clinton also suggests that she doesn’t quite believe Shakespeare wrote everything attributed to him, an opinion shared by fellow liberal political icon John Paul Stevens. [The New York Times] READ FULL STORY

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