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· May, 2009

Stories about Literature from May, 2009

Qatar: Online Resources

Marjorie in Qatar links to a number of essay collections about Qatar's history and culture that are available online.

Russia: A Blogger's Review of “The Associate”

About a month ago, Jost A Mon blog posted a “roundup of translated crime fiction consumed in April” - which included several books by writers from Central and Eastern Europe....

Caribbean, UK: Padel resigns from Oxford post

After regional bloggers reacted en masse to the withdrawal of St. Lucian Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott from the race to be Oxford Professor of Poetry, Ruth Padel, Walcott's closest competitor...

Jamaica: The Calabash Experience

“What was it about this year’s Calabash that still causes its many images and tones and textures to linger in my memory, refusing to leave?”: For Jamaica's Life, Unscripted, on...

Palestine: Israeli Armed Police Disrupt Literature Festival

The Palestine Festival of Literature is a traveling cultural roadshow touring across the West Bank, in Palestine, from May 23 to 28. The aim is to take literary activities to...

Singapore: Annual reading initiative

The National Library Board of Singapore launched READ! Singapore 2009, a nationwide reading initiative that aims to promote a culture of reading among Singaporeans

Jamaica: Calabash & Language

Annie Paul blogs about Jamaica's Calabash Literary Festival, at which some folks were offended by the colourful language in authors’ readings: “Does shielding young ears from words like pussy, bombaclaat,...

Jamaica, Barbados: Calabash Kicks Off

Repeating Islands reports that leading off the readings at Jamaica's Calabash Literary Festival this year will be “Jamaican writers Velma Pollard and Esther Phillips, and Bajan poet Millicent Graham.”

Uruguay: Photos of the Funeral of Mario Benedetti

Mario Blanco took photos of the funeral of Uruguayan writer, Mario Benedetti [es], who recently passed away.

Caribbean: Bloggers React to Walcott's Withdrawal

St. Lucian-born Derek Walcott is truly a West Indian man. He has been embraced by literature lovers of countless other regional territories who identify with his writing and see the...

Uruguay: The Passing of Writer Mario Benedetti

Uruguayan writer and poet Mario Benedetti passed away on May 17 at the age of 88. Benedetti is extremely important to Uruguayan society, especially because of his history as an...

Bloggers raise funds for Brunei Special Olympics Team

In providing support to the Brunei Special Olympics team, local bloggers are creating awareness on the team’s forthcoming participation in the World Special Olympics in Athens in 2011. Major fundraising...

Japan: ‘Yoshiharu Habu and Modern Shogi’, an Open Translation Project

A volunteer translation project sprang up and translated all of Mochio Umeda's book "Watching Shogi from Silicon Valley - Habu Yoshiharu and Modern Times" into English in under a week.

St. Lucia: Walcott Reactions

As St. Lucian Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott withdraws from the race for Oxford Professor of Poetry, Repeating Islands posts an update: “The nearly unanimous response…from newspaper reporters, commentators, and bloggers...

St. Lucia: Walcott Withdraws

Repeating Islands reports that St. Lucian Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott “has withdrawn his candidacy for the post of Oxford Professor of Poetry citing a smear campaign designed to sully his...

Cental & Eastern Europe: Crime Fiction

Jost A Mon posts a “roundup of translated crime fiction consumed in April” – which includes a few books by writers from the CEE region.

Azerbaijan: Bloggers published

Fighting windmills? Take a pill, a new English-language blog from Azerbaijan, is pleased to announce the publication of a book by bloggers in Baku. The blog commends a local bookshop...

Iran: Three publishers were banned

Aknoun, Iran based blogger, writes [fa] that Akhtaran,Ageh and Jamedaran are three Iranian publishers that were banned from participating in Tehran Book Fair. The blogger adds this means that each...

Bangladesh: Rabindranath Tagore, The Versatile Literary Genius

On the 148th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, the greatest poet of Bengal, An Ordinary Citizen explores the versatility of the talented Nobel Laureate. He was a poet, visual artist,...

Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: Poetry Picks

Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp features the poems of Trinidadian author Jennifer Rahim.

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