Self-proclaimed as a "historian of human feelings," Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature on October 8. Best known for chronicling the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Svetlana is the contributing writer for Kehrer Verlag’s 2013 title 7 Rooms, which is a photographic look at the lives of seven young Russians (photographs by Rafal Milach). The book made the shortlist for the Paris Photo Aperture PhotoBook Award in 2012, and won the Best Photography Book Pictures of the Year Award in 2011.
A review of Tram 83 aired on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross on October 8! This was another flattering review for the debut novel from African writer Fiston Mwanza Mujila, saying, "Fiston evokes the textures of the city in all its deliriousness, blowing marvelous riffs on everything." Library Journal gave the book a starred review on September 15, remarking, "Mujila has turned out a multiaward-winning debut that's decidedly cool and juicy." Sam Sacks reviewed the "contemporary Wild Western" for his Fiction Chronicle in the Wall Street Journal on September 11.
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