J.M.G. Le Clézio gave his Nobel Lecture over the weekend and you can read it in full here (thanks to the Literary Saloon for the link). It's well worth printing out, reading it in full, and passing it on to hungry readers everywhere. Le Clézio extols the virtues and the absolute need for reading, and calls upon readers - and publishers in particular - to keep global culture alive by publishing literature in translation and making it as accessible and as affordable to as many people as they can. Of course libraries play an enormous role in this.
Le Clézio's work is slowly being made available in English. This week, Simon and Schuster will be re-issuing his 1964 novel The Interrogration.