Happy Tuesday everyone! As it is Tuesday, it is time for a Top Ten Tuesday update of 2023. Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s given topic is New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022

Last year, I read 103 books written by 97 different writers. Both are personal records. The only writers who I read at least two works were Agatha Christie, Kenzaburō Ōe, and Mieko Kawakami. More than half of these 97 writers were writers whose works I was reading for the first time. Several of these new-to-me writers left deep impressions, making me want to explore their oeuvre more. Unfortunately, I already shared my 2022 New Favorite Authors. Rather than sharing writers who I discovered last year, I am instead sharing new-to-me writers who I am looking forward to in 2023. So without any more ado, here are ten writers I am looking forward to this year.


Name: Thomas Mann

Born: June 6, 1875
Died: August 12, 1955
Nationality: German

Notable Works:
1. The Magic Mountain,
2. Buddenbrooks
3. Death in Venice
4. Doctor Faustus

Notable Awards
1. 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature
2. 1949 Goethe Prize of the City of Frankfurt 

Name: Dương Thu Hương 

Born: 1947
Nationality: Vietnamese

Popular Works:
1. Novel Without A Name (1995)
2. Paradise of the Blind (1988)
3. The Zenith (2009)
4. Beyond Illusions (1987)

Notable Awards
1. 2001 Prince Claus Award
2. 2007 Grand prix des lectrices de Elle for Terre des oublis, French translation of No Man’s Land (2002)

Name: Ludmila Ulitskaya

Born: February 21, 1943
Nationality: Russian

Notable Works:
1. The Kukotsky Enigma (Казус Кукоцкого, 2001)
2. The People of Our Tsar (Люди нашего царя, Moscow, 2005)
3. Jakob’s Ladder (Лестница Якова, 2015)

Notable Awards
1. Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2004, France)
2. Austrian State Prize for European Literature (2014, Austria)
3. Officer of the Legion of Honor

Name: David Diop

Born: February 24, 1966
Nationality: French

Popular Works:
1. At Night All Blood Is Black (2020), originally published in French as Frère d’âme in 2018

Notable Awards
1. 2018 Students’ Prix Goncourt for Frère d’âme
2. 2018 Prix Ahmadou-Kourouma
3. 2020 International Booker Prize for At Night All Blood Is Black

*Frère d’âme was also shortlisted for several prestigious French literary prizes such as the Prix Goncourt, the Prix Renaudot, the Prix Médicis, and the Prix Femina.

Name: Ninotchka Rosca

Born: December 17, 1946
Nationality: Filipino

Notable Works:
1. Twice Blessed (1992)
2. State of War (1988)
3. Stories of a Bitter Country (2019)
4. Endgame: The Fall of Marcos (1987)

Notable Awards
1. 1993 American Book Award for excellence in literature for Twice Blessed
2. Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Short Story

Name: Mo Yan, born Guan Moye

Born: February 17, 1955
Nationality: Chinese

Popular Works:
1. 红高粱家族 (Red Sorghum, 1986)
2. 天堂蒜薹之歌 (The Garlic Ballads, 1988)
3. 酒国 (The Republic of Wine, 1993)
4. 怀抱鲜花的女人 (The Woman with Flowers, 8 novellas, 2012)

Notable Awards
1. 2005 International Nonino Prize
2. 2009 Newman Prize for Chinese Literature for Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out
3. 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature

Name: Georges Perec

Born: March 7, 1936
Died: March 3, 1982
Nationality: French

Notable Works:
1. Les Choses (1965); Things: A Story of the Sixties, trans. by Helen Lane (1967)
2. La Disparition (1969); A Void, trans. by Gilbert Adair (1994)
3. W ou le souvenir d’enfance (1975); W, or the Memory of Childhood, trans. by David Bellos (1988)
4. La Vie mode d’emploi (1978); Life: A User’s Manual, trans. by David Bellos (2003)

Notable Awards
1. Prix Renaudot for Les Choses

Name: José Mármol, in full José Pedro Crisólogo Mármol

Born: December 2, 1817
Died: August 9, 1871
Nationality: Argentine

Popular Works:
1. El poeta: Drama en cinco actos en verso (1842)
2. A Rosas el 25 de mayo (1843)
3. Amalia (in two parts, 1844, 1850)

Notable Awards
1. 2007 Salomé Ureña National Prize for Poetry
2. 1987 Premio Nacional de Poesía
3. 1991 Premio de Poesía Pedro Henríquez Ureña
4. 1994 Premio Casa de Teatro

Name: Khairy Shalaby (خيري شلبي)

Born: January 21, 1938
Died: September 9, 2011
Nationality: Egyptian

Notable Works:
1. The Hashish Waiter
2. The Lodging House
3. The Time-Travels of the Man Who Sold Pickles and Sweets

Notable Awards
1. Egyptian National Prize for Literature, 1980-1981
2. 2002 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for The Lodging House
3. 2007 Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

Name: Leonardo Sciascia

Born: January 8, 1921
Died: November 20, 1989
Nationality: Italian

Popular Works:
1. Il Giorno della Civetta (1961); The Day of the Owl (1984)
2. A ciascuno il suo (1966); To Each His Own (1992)
3. Il contesto. Una parodia (1971); Equal Danger (1973)
4. Il Cavaliere e la Morte (1988); The Knight and Death (1991)

Notable Awards
1. Premio letterario internazionale Mondello Città di Palermo
2. 1986 Bagutta Prize