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· June, 2006

Stories about Literature from June, 2006

Antigua: New literary festival

Simone Champagnie announces the inaugural Caribbean Literary Festival, set to take place in Antigua in November 2006.

Brazil: Caetano Veloso's Biography

France-based Togolese bloggerKangni Alem writes (Fr): “Even though modesty is not Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso's forte, he has great talent as an agitator. He also exhibits phenomenal memory in the...

Voices from Central Asia and the Caucasus

Standing at the edge of the abyss close to Kyrgyzstan's Pik Lenin, let's not waste any time to present you the highlights from two weeks of online conversation from Central...

Appreciating Caribbean writing

A New York Times article about a new anthology of Jamaican writing published by a US press gets Geoffrey Philp thinking about why North Americans may not be as open...

China: What expats read

What do expats in China most like to read? The ‘hottest blog’ for June at was Sex and Shanghai, a British man's explicit accounts of all the woman he...

Why No Mention of Slavery in African and Haitian Fiction?

Why is there so little mention of slavery in African and Haitian Fiction? That is the question that Togolese France-based blogger Kangni Alem addresses in a prolific and well-thought out...

China: Hopes, one day

Journalist-blogger Taras posts a list [zh] today of all the things he hopes yet to do: 1. Be a foreign correspondent in any country; 2. Find the one thing that...

Jamaica, USA: The making of a poet

Jamaican writer Geoffrey Philp recalls his early days in Miami and his rise from supermarket bag boy to community college student and — eventually — winner of a college poetry...

Central Asia: Literary Guide has a survey of literature from and about Central Asia.

Belarus: Marking Three Years Without Vasil Bykau

Andrei Khrapavitski writes about the third anniversary of writer Vasil Bykau's death: “The famous writer was nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature, was one of the founders of the...

Argentina: 30 Days with Borges: Day 30, “El Sur”

Jeff Barry finishes his “30 Days with Borges” series with an informed review of “El Sur,” which happens to also be Barry's URL.

Russia: Books On Muslims In Russia

Sean Guillory examines English-language literature available on the subject of Muslims in the Russian Empire and Soviet Union.

Russia: Mandelstam and Tyutchev Translations

Alex(ei) of The Russian Dilettante's Weblog translates Russian poetry: Osip Mandelstam's Lamarck and Fyodor Tyutchev's Insomnia.

Martinique: Joseph Zobel, Author of Sugar Cane Alley, Dies

Le Blog de [Moi] announces (Fr): “Martiniquan writer Joseph Zobel, author of the novel Rue Cases-Negres [a.k.a Sugar Cane Alley or Black Shack Alley in English] (brought to the big...

Jamaica: Why I read

With characteristic eloquence, Jamaican writer Geoffrey Philp explains why he reads.

Haiti: Banking in 1946

From Haiti, Marcel Salnave of Parlons Peu posts an article written by his father, also Marcel Salnave, in 1946 on the Haitian banking system. Excerpt (Fr): “Banks have become very...

Ukraine: Books, Football and Politics

Dan McMinn of Orange Ukraine updates his virtual library of books dealing with Ukraine and writes about two depressing subjects: Ukrainian politics and football.

Lust, Caution

Danny Bloom in Japundit provided some backgrounds on the Ang Lee's latest film “Lust, Caution”. The original story by the late Chinese novelist Eileen Chang (張愛玲) (1920-1995) is only about...

Haiti: 12th Annual “Livres En Folie” Book Fair

Yon Ayisyen is back but not to talk politics: “Livres en Folie, ‘The 12th Annual International Haitian Book Fair’, says (Fr) the blogger, will take place Thursday. You can order...

Jamaica, USA: The US and the post-national writer

As he works on his second novel, Jamaican writer Marlon James ponders the obstacles the US publishing establishment puts in the way of writers like himself, but concludes that “I...

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