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· September, 2007

Stories about Literature from September, 2007

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Trinidad & Tobago: Talking with Filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon

  30 September 2007

Trinidad-born Frances-Anne Solomon is a blogger and award winning filmmaker who has just completed her most recent project, A Winter Tale. Set in the violent downtown Toronto community of Parkdale, the story begins with the gathering of a black men’s support group, which was formed after a bullet meant for...

Bahrain: Halfway There!

  29 September 2007

From Bahrain this week: a mid-Ramadan celebration, great happiness to be at university, a description of some dating practices, and a packet of rice that just doesn't make sense!

Trinidad & Tobago: Book Picks

  28 September 2007

“V.S. Naipaul's latest book, A Writer’s People, was published this month and lands on the top of my book-pile”: Tattoo posts a list of great reads.

China and Taiwan: Lust, Caution

  25 September 2007

Lee Ang's latest movie is about to release. K. M. Lawson from Frog in a well writes the debates and historical background of the movie. ESWN also posts a translation of a Taiwan cultural critics Lung Ying tai's reading of the movie story.

Jamaica: Nobel Prize Picks

  24 September 2007

“It goes without saying that the list of writers that haven’t won will always be more impressive than those who have, but that’s matter more of volume than taste”: Marlon James puts forward his picks for this year's Nobel Prize in Literature.

Cambodia: Blogging from Siem Reap

  21 September 2007

Cambodian blogger and Global Voices Author Tharum Bun talks to fellow blogger Vireak from Seam Reap. Tharum asks Vireak about his motivations for starting and maintaining his blog. Vireak shares his unique ideas on the blogging scene in Cambodia.

Lebanon: Calling for the boycott of a book

  21 September 2007

Arch.Memory at Lebanese Blogger Forum is calling for the boycott of the bestselling book “1000 Places To See Before You Die” because it has a “gaping omission that is simply shameful and unacceptable. It lists no sites worth seeing in Lebanon, a country that contains 6 of the UNESCO World...

Jamaica: Extravagant Books?

  21 September 2007

Jamaican Geoffrey Philp wonders whether V.S Naipaul was right about book-buying in the Caribbean being considered “an extravagance” and asks his readers to weigh in on the subject.

Bahamas: Bootleggers

  20 September 2007

“Nassau as we know it today is largely a creation of the revenue earned from bootlegging”: Larry Smith at Bahama Pundit revisits the days of the rum runners.

Jamaica: Why Winkler Writes

  19 September 2007

“Personally, I think our triumph in having produced two Nobel laureates in literature owes something to the barrenness of our literary tradition”: Geoffrey Philp features Jamaican author Anthony C. Winkler as he talks about why he writes.

Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: Maharaj's New Novel

  18 September 2007

“I was more interested in the ambivalence that many West Indians feel about the canefields, a reminder of more oppressive times and also a means to a livelihood”: Geoffrey Philp's Blogspot features Trinidad-born author Rabindranath Maharaj as he discusses his new novel.

Ramadan Kareem From Kuwait

  17 September 2007

Ramadan Kareem from Kuwait as bloggers talk about museums, small businesses, conservation and the emergence of the new Kuwaiti superstar. Abdullatif AlOmar has more in this round up from Kuwaiti blogs this week.

Jamaica: Reverse Colonisation

  12 September 2007

Marlon James blogs about what he calls his “colonisation in reverse”, and why he felt he needed to leave Jamaica: “I love my country but I’ve never missed it, perhaps because I have never forgotten the reasons I left.”

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Book Launch

  12 September 2007

“Here in St Vincent, unlike the larger islands there is not a huge amount of printed material put out by our citizens.” Abeni attends a book launch in honour of a late local author.

Niger: The Yellowcake Conspiracy

  12 September 2007

The Yellowcake Conspiracy is an African spy thriller for 11 to 14 year-old boys: “The Yellowcake Conspiracy is about a group of malcontent Tuareg fighters mounting a ‘second rebellion’ in Niger under the leadership of a man known only as ‘the Teacher’ (the first rebellion ended back in 1995).”

Russia, U.S.: “Batman by Dostoyevsky”

  11 September 2007

The Accidental Russophile links to the “Batman by Dostoyevsky” comics, reproduced at Brian Hughes’ Again With The Comics: “This marriage of Classic Russian Literature and the Caped Crusader of Gotham also serves as further proof, if any were needed, that everything is better with Batman.” Judging by the comments, though,...

Trinidad & Tobago: New Art Space

  11 September 2007

On the heels of the recent closing of Trinidad's contemporary art centre CCA7, The Caribbean Beat Blog is pleased that an alternative space for “the Anglophone Caribbean's most energetic and eclectic art scene” is emerging.

Kannada: Bow to the Cynara within!

  10 September 2007

Tina writes meditatively about a“Cynara that exists within us”. She is referring to the poem Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae by Ernest Dowson. Last night, ah, yesternight, betwixt her lips and mine There fell thy shadow, Cynara! thy breath was shed Upon my soul between the kisses...

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