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· July, 2008

Stories about Literature from July, 2008

Russia: Bashkiria

Dmitri Minaev of De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis describes a recent trip to Bashkiria and posts pictures.

Guyana, Bahamas: Carifesta Contingent

Signifyin’ Guyana is concerned about the level of regional participation in the upcoming Carifesta celebrations in Georgetown.

Ukraine: The King Who Never Was

Kiev Ukraine News Blog posts a Seattle Times review of a biography about Vasyl Vyshyvani, a former Habsburg archduke, who in the interwar years aspired for the throne of Ukraine.

Kenya: Kwani Lit Fest and foreign correspondents

Bankelele describes the first session of the Kwani Literary Festival in Nairobi that started Wednesday night, with the title “How foreign correspondents have formed the literary image of Africa”.

Jamaica, U.S.A.: Obama the Hero?

“As the days, weeks, and months have gone by, it has become increasingly clear that Barack Hussein Obama…has been stepping into this role of the ‘selfless superhero'”: Jamaican Geoffrey Philp...

“La Chinafrique”: A book review

Théophile Kouamouo [Fr] reviews in his blog the book La Chinafrique: Pékin à la conquête du continent noir by Serge Michel and Michel Beuret, about the Chinese presence in Africa....

Ecuador: Interest in Literature Continues

The ExpoLibro 2008 (Guayaquil Book Fair) recently came to a close, which according to organizers, drew hundreds of thousands of visitors with more than 210 stands. This proves that the...

Jamaica, Guyana: “Small Boys”

Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp features a poem by Guyanese writer Marc Matthews.

Jordan: Book Orgy

From Jordan, Tololy is excited about the Amman Book Fair. “I had a terrific time this morning when I went to the Amman Book Fair with my sisters, bookish women...

Jordan: Meeting Salman Rushdie

Jordanian Mental Mayhem had an encounter with Salman Rushdie. Click on the link to read what her impressions were.

Benin: Competition for young writers

Babilown announces the first Golden Pen writing competition for young writers [Fr] under 30, to be held this September in Cotonou, Benin.

Kenya: On poetry slam in Nairobi

KenyanPoet announces that the winner of the last Poetry Slam event in Nairobi was Tim Mwaura. On a previous post, he offers a rough guide to poetry performance in Kenya.

St Vincent & The Grenadines: Bollywood Magic

From St Vincent and the Grenadines, Lullabies, Fairy Tales and Other Self Delusions sees Jane Austen through an Indian film director's eyes—that's when he begins to realise he can't resist...

Western Sahara: Poetry and Spanish – The Permanent Links

For some cultures, it is food, for others it is music, and many cultures show their character in their architecture. For Western Sahara, one of their cultural characteristics is the...

Armenia: Genocide Literature

The Armenian Odar comments on a blog post dealing with literature on Genocide. In a second post, the same blog provides information on a book by a Turkish Human Rights...

Serbia: Arts Roundup

Here are some picks from the blogosphere on the Serbian literature, architecture, film, music, visual arts and cuisine. Enjoy!

Guatemala: Was Antigua the Inspiration for the Little Prince?

For a relatively small country, Guatemala's magnificant scenery can awaken one's imagination. From the 37 volcanoes that rise up from the landscape to the mystical Lake Atitlan, it is a...

Ecuador: Book Fair in Guayaquil

Nuestros Reflejos [es] invites all to the Book Fair currently being held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and which she is helping to organize.

Guyana: Carifesta X

Signifyin’ Guyana looks beyond the challenges of life in Guyana, and celebrates Caribbean women writers, as she prepares for the regional cultural festival, Carifesta.

U.S.: Lara Vapnyar's Fiction

Copydude recommends Lara Vapnyar's fiction: “In ‘Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love‘ you can taste the lives and longings of Russian emigres in America. If you’ve ever lived...

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