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Stories about Literature

22 April 2016

In the Lead-Up to Trinidad and Tobago's Bocas Lit Fest, a Valediction for a Writer We Should Have Known Better

The Bridge

Trinidadian writer Irma Rambaran died In February, the scale and scope of her talent largely unknown. A pre-festival event at the Bocas Lit Fest begins the process of remedying that.

16 March 2016

Two Writers Publicly Resign Amid the Chinese Communist Party's Tightening Grip on Culture

"Suzhou has been a place where literati gather since ancient times. It has a very good tradition of pursuing the ideal. But these traditions have almost vanished now."

5 March 2016

Poet and Activist Hanitr’Ony Discusses the Malagasy Language and Culture in a Changing World

An informal chat with the poet Hanitr'Ony on the Malagasy language and culture.

25 February 2016

Prize-Winning Novelist's Facebook ‘Joke About White Guys’ Is Gone—and Back—in Less Than 24 Hours

The Bridge

Facebook's notorious "Community Standards" strike again. The victim in question: popular Jamaican novelist Marlon James.

18 February 2016

The Racist Portrayal of the Philippines in Historical Cartoons as US Troops Invaded

The cartoons portrayed Filipinos as uncivilized people who needed to be educated by the invading United States army.

16 February 2016

Bangladeshi Authorities Arrest Publisher and Shut Down Book Fair Booth for ‘Hurting Religious Sentiments’

Global Voices Advocacy

Bangladesh’s constitution enshrines the right to free expression, and atheists have the same rights as other citizens. But authorities have done little to stop attacks against those critical of religion.

15 February 2016

‘An Unapologetic Independent Thinker': A Conversation With St. Lucian Poet Vladimir Lucien

"Caribbean literature nowadays is very much a mixed bag [...] I think it is several Caribbeans that we are seeing."

From Madagascar, Four Poems on Impossible Love for Valentine's Day

"My whole heart has been driven wild as well, and refuses to forget. Silence remains around the one whom I love, but I continue to believe."

6 February 2016

The Former Refugee Behind One of Liberia's Few Bookstores, Where Children Can Read About Themselves

It's hard to learn to read when your country has been torn apart by war and disease. It's even harder when children's books come from far away.

2 February 2016

Saudi Arabia Reduces Ashraf Fayadh's Death Sentence to Eight Years in Prison and 800 Lashes

Global Voices Advocacy

Saudi Arabia overturned the death sentence of Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, accused of apostasy and other blasphemy-related offenses which he denies, to eight years imprisonment and 800 lashes.

30 December 2015

Finding the Cultural Bridges of the Middle East in Literary Istanbul

The Bridge

Conversations with literary masters in Istanbul lead Arash Azizi to ponder the cultural disconnect, especially in terms of literature, between the countries of the Middle East.

4 December 2015

Natalia Antonova: Journalist and Playwright Caught Between Russia, Ukraine, and the West

RuNet Echo

Global Voices speaks to journalist and playwright Natalia Antonova about the complexities of working with mixed identity and politics in Russia and Ukraine.

29 November 2015

To the World, He's Malaysia's Most Famous Political Prisoner. To His Daughter, He's Simply ‘My Dear Papa’

Nurul Hana Anwar channeled her sadness into a recently published book, "My Dear Papa". The collages inside offer a deeply personal picture of her father Anwar Ibrahim.

28 November 2015

In Malaysia, One Daughter's Long Wait for Her Father’s Return

When the Malaysian government imprisoned Anwar Ibrahim, they did not just take away his political career. They also took away a grandfather, a father and a husband.

26 November 2015

Singaporeans Can Now Legally Own and Read ‘Fanny Hill’, but Playboy Is Still Banned

The government lifted the ban for 240 publications but 17 titles remain prohibited for being obscene or contrary to public interest.

23 November 2015

One Woman's Poem for Syrian Refugees—Including Her Cousin, Who Died Crossing the Mediterranean

“If I can create an empathetic bridge for them, through the poem, that that will create a really powerful success story.”

29 October 2015

Indian Scholars Return Their National Awards to Protest Rising Intolerance

"We have never seen an atmosphere like this in India before. There never was any fear to freely voice one’s opinions."

18 October 2015

He Crossed Nine Countries to Flee War—and He Was Just 12 Years Old

Gulwari Passarlay was only 12 when his mother sent him away from Afghanistan because she feared for his safety in the UK. He's written a book about his journey.

14 October 2015

Marlon James Makes Jamaica Proud With His Man Booker Prize for Fiction Win

Bob Marley. The CIA. Politics. Gang warfare. What's not to love? The judges of the Man Booker Prize thought so; they named Jamaican Marlon James as this year's award winner.

9 October 2015

A New Collection of Children's Books Intends to Subvert Your Ideas of Princesses

The heroines of these stories neither live in castles nor wait for their charming prince to come and rescue them.

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