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· December, 2010

Stories about Literature from December, 2010

Uruguay: Discovering Uruguay Through Writer Yaravi Roig

Florence Faure writes: “Reading fiction can be an interesting way to get introduced to or know better a country. Yaravi Roig is an Uruguayan writer who lives in Piriapolis. In...

Azerbaijan: Emin Milli's Reading list

In a note posted on Facebook, imprisoned and recently freed video blogging youth activist Emin Milli lists the books he read while in jail in Azerbaijan. Not surprisingly, the books...

Latin America: 2010 in Review

An 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile, a police strike in Ecuador and the Nobel Prize in Literature for Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa were some of the news bloggers and citizen...

Pakistan: Karachi International Book Fair

Cafe Pyala offers an alternative tour of the 6th Karachi International Book Fair.

Cuba: An Elegy for Havana

In Destino Cuba [es], Carlos Alvarez writes about his beloved Havana, the capital of Cuba.

India: Judging a Book by its Cover

Chandrachoodan Gopalakrishnan of Selective Amnesia wonders why different books often have very similar looking jackets.

St. Lucia: Technology & Publishing

Caribbean Book Blog says that “two major technology ventures are underway in the Caribbean and Africa and they have the potential to radically transform the book trade and knowledge transfer...

Brazil: Literature and Prejudice against the poor

Paulo Lopes comments [pt] on controversial statements by Brazilian actress  and former sex-symbol Vera Fischer. In an interview to Folha newspaper, a few days before launching the latest of ten...

Armenia: Facebook Storytelling

Writing for Ararat Magazine, Global Voices author Simon Maghakyan says that that one Facebook Group is attempting to use the popular social networking site to teach children Armenian history. The...

Peru: Red April, a Novel by Santiago Roncagliolo

In a short book review, Greg Weeks writes: “Santiago Roncagliolo's Red April: A Novel is a creepy yet engrossing mystery set in Peru in March-April 2000. It focuses on the...

Botswana: The Problem with local publishers

Lauri discusses the problem with local book publishers in Botswana: “Book publishers in Botswana work like this: They wait for the Ministry of Education to put out a tender for...

Brazil: WikiLeaks and the “Electronic Intifada”

Idelber Avelar, from the blog Biscoito Fino, suggests [pt] that Orwell's 1984 is one of the best literary models to understand WikiLeaks’ global surveillance, comparing it with a two-way “Electronic Intifada“, and...

Serbia: Novelists Participate in “Blog Day” Project

On Dec. 8, one of the Serbian publishing houses launched an interesting project: called Blog Day, it represents a unique example of web activism in Serbia that will be taking...

Sao Tome & Principe: “Africa is your Home”

Santomean sociologist Humbah Aguiar tells a story on colonialism and the repression of the African people. Part I, II and III [pt] from “Africa is your home” can be watched...

Nicaragua: Is Nicaraguan Literature Dead?

Erick Aguirre begins his post [es] asking if Nicaraguan literature is dead. He responds to his own question in an extensive post which ends with a list of 29 new...

Guyana: Notes on Caribbean Writers

The Signifyin’ Woman shares her notes from a panel discussion that she attended this past weekend on the “Challenges & Choices of Caribbean Writers”.

Caribbean: Regional Reviews

The Caribbean Review of Books has some interesting reading this week.

Venezuela: Comics Find Their Place on the Web 2.0

The comic in Venezuela is one of the genres that is generally underrated and ironically, treasured within the country's culture. In response to this, artists have formed groups to create...

Puerto Rico: Interview of Writer Lolita Bosch

Puerto Rican writer and blogger Marta Aponte Alsina interviews fellow Spanish writer Lolita Bosch [es] on literature, violence in Mexico, and promoting reading in prisons in Latin America.

Elie Rajaonarison, Malagasy artist, has died

Elie Rajaonarison, a Malagasy poet, has died on November 27, 2010, at the age of 59. An accomplished artist, Elie Rajaonarison tried his hand successfully at photography and film. He...

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