The best of this week's Strand including an interview with Jay Parini, a celebration of the 60th birthday of Leung Ping Kwan and review of 'Contra' - the new album by Vampire Weekend.

Also, a report on Senegal's 'African Renaissance' Statue, the novelist Adam Mars-Jones reviews Colin Firth in 'A Single Man' and a look at an international arts competition offering £100, 000 prize money.

Pictured here is Xiaolu Guo, who talked to The Strand this week about her new collection of love stories.

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