News from the Book Multiverse


Hello BookPeople Nation! What’s new in the vasty, star-spangly, ink-and-papery book multiverse? I’m so glad you asked!


A first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of the Specieshas been sold for an amazing 26,000 pounds (approximately 40,000 dollars).

Author Jhumpa Lahiri has won the DSC Award for South Asian fiction for her recent novel, The Lowland. DSC judge Keki N Daruwalla described The Lowland as “a superb novel written in restrained prose with moments of true lyricism” written “by a writer at the height of her powers”.

The longlist for the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction was released on January 12th, and includes five women writers out of a total of sixteen. With the exception of 2011, there have been an average of only one or two women writers on the list in previous years.

Salman Rushie will release a new novel this fall, entitled Two Years…

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