Stories about Literature from November, 2010
“Books printed in Bhutan are too expensive for an average income Bhutanese reading public,” informs Penstar and that explains why there are more bars than book shops in that country.
Generation Y finds out that the reason copies of her book were confiscated, is because its contents “are against the general interests of the nation, since it argues that certain political and economic changes are required in Cuba so that its citizens may have more material benefits and achieve personal...
Lisa Allen-Agostini considers what 40 might look like.
“I wonder…if being categorized as ‘Caribbean writer’ helps or hurts a book's promotion and sales”: The Signifyin’ Woman blogs about some of the challenges Caribbean writers face.
Miss Bwalya interviews Zambian author Theresa Lungu about her book Twilight in the Morning: “I did a phone interview with her to acquaint myself and others with her life and work. I hope you find this informative as I did.”
Dar Sketches is a blog of drawings and creative writing inspired by 'street level” Dar es Salaam. The blog will ultimately be turned into a book. The artist behind Dar Sketches is Sarah Markes, an illustrator and graphic designer who has lived in Dar es Salaam for the last seven years.
On the 8th anniversary of the passing of Tim Hector, whom Caribbean Book Blog describes as “one of the Caribbean’s undisputed intellectual giants”, the blog thinks it fitting to republish one of his articles, especially because “new literary developments in the region seem to be re-energising the Caribbean literary community.”
This December 2010, Kenyan literary magazine, “Kwani?” will publish the top five entries of their “The Kenya I Live In” Short Story Competition. (Over 500 entries were received, the judges read 65 of these and announced the winners in February 2010.)
“Where did all those libraries go, that our fathers used to go to?” questions Nayeem Hossain while discussing about the disappearing libraries in Bangladesh.
Regional litbloggers are encouraging one another to support The Caribbean Review of Books’ year-end donation drive.
On his blog 7ici que ça se passe, blogger Ménilmuche reports that Paris is paying tribute [fr] to 1993 Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison since November 4th in the the city hall of the 20th district. On 5 November, a bench was placed in her honor on Louis-Delgrès street.
Juan Arellano from Globalizado [es] reports on a campaign to prevent the closing of a library in Iquitos, Peru that focuses on materials about the Amazon. This library is the second most important on the subject in Latin America.
Kenyanpoet blog would like to give poets a platform where they can publish their poems online. Send us your poems through poem(at)kenyanpoet(dot)com and we will publish them here.
Regional litbloggers are thrilled to learn about a new literary festival – and prize for Caribbean literature – “organised and judged by Caribbean people, of genuinely international scope.”
Leigh Turner, the British Ambassador to Ukraine, draws attention to the work of Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov and the Crimean Tatar folk and jazz guitarist Enver Izmaylov.
Maseru Men is a poem by Rethabile. Maseru is the capital of Lesotho: “Between lamp and moon tonight/you come striding in, and watch me/pull out maps, books we lived on/and which I am now discarding/for good, photos in envelopes/shut against the weary heart.”