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· November, 2006

Stories about Literature from November, 2006

Caribbean: Nalo Hopkinson audiobook recording

Caribbean-born sci-fi writer Nalo Hopkinson solicits help with the pronunciation of certain Igbo words and botanical names as she prepares for the audiobook recording of her novel, The New Moon's...

Albania: Ismail Kadare

Wu Wei writes about a talk given by Ismail Kadare in Oxford.

India: On Butterchicken in Ludhiana

Chandrahas is impressed with Pankaj Mishra's book – Butterchicken in Ludhiana. “Reading it this week for the first time, I was struck both by the smoothness of its style –...

Argentina: 2007 Book Fair

Former librarian Jeff Barry takes an early look at the 2007 Feria Internacional del Libro de Buenos Aires, noting that “the average print run for a book in Argentina was...

Albania: Kadare's Novel

Music and Life – Everywhere! reviews Ismail Kadare's ‘Broken April’ and writes about Kanun, the Albanian blood feud laws.

Haiti: Syto Cave Podcast

French literary blog Topolivres posts (Fr) a podcast of an excerpt of Haitian poet and playwright Syto Cave's show Voisins Complices [Neighbors and Accomplices]. Voisins Complices has been performed in...

Benin: Televised Literary Contest

France-based Togolese blogger Kangni Alem recounts (Fr) with much enthusiasm his recent experience at a televised literary competition in Benin which attracted aspiring writers of all ages. The competition was...

Costa Rica: Creative Commons: Publishing Paradigm?

Costa Rican native Andres Guadamuz examines the nexus of book publishing and Creative Commons.

Voices from South Asia

Bangladesh: Asif of Unheard Voices: Drishtipat Group Blog analyzes the current political situation in Bangladesh and urges all the Bangladeshis to take a non-partisan moral stand to get out of...

Congo, France: Prix Renaudot Awarded to Alain Mabanckou

Sanaga Peregrinations announces (Fr) that the prestigious literary Renaudot Prize was awarded to Congolese novelist Alain Mabanckou for his novel Memoires de Porc-Epic [Porcupine Memories]. Explains the blog: “Fine storyteller,...

Jamaica: Poet Shara McCallum

The subject of Geoffrey Philp's latest installment in his “In My Own Words” series is Jamaica-born poet Shara McCallum.

South Africa: taking over the world

Latifah is taking over the world (a poem): I am a photographer- I keep telling myself One day, just one day the name will be written on the Star Newspaper,...

Cuba: 5 questions with Sandra M. Castillo

The latest installment in Geoffrey Philp's “Five Questions” series is an interview with Cuban writer Sandra M. Castillo.

Russia: Dostoyevsky's Translations Re-Designed

David McDuff of A Step At A Time announces that his “translations of Crime and Punishment and The Idiot are among five titles chosen for recovering by design artists to...

Argentina: Darwin in South America

“Interested in South America and have a scientific bent? Then lose yourself for weeks among the complete work of Charles Darwin, now available online. It’s quite an astonishing collection pulled...

Jamaica: Marley/Rastafari survey

Geoffrey Philp publishes the results of his Bob Marley/Rastafari survey and posts an “In My Own Words” piece with Jamaican writer Donna Weir-Soley.

Colombia, Peru: Medellin Poetry Festival

Liz Henry recounts an incredible (if not completely credible) story about the 1995 Medellin Poetry Festival where poets were kidnapped until they secured their freedom by reciting poetry to their...

India: Desi and Londonstani

An Anthropologist Wannabe on being a desi and on Malkani's Londonstani. “Malkani explains, and I paraphrase, that minority (Indian) communities find it difficult to integrate quickly and effortlessly, so, they...

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