Stories about Literature from May, 2011
Uruguay Implements Argentinean Initiative ‘I read this book’
In Pires Mios [es], Macarena announces that the initiative ‘I read this book’ (in Spanish: “yo leí este libro”) that began in Argentina is now being implemented in Uruguay. On its official blog [es], the organizers explain how it works: you leave a book on the street (in a bench,...
Philippines: Novelist Mired in Plagiarism Controversy
Alfred "Krip" Yuson, an award-winning Filipino novelist, achieved notoriety for allegedly plagiarizing an article by his subordinate in a mainstream news agency. Here are some reactions from the Philippine blogosphere
Puerto Rico: Book by Julieta Munoz
The digital magazine 80 Grados [es] publishes a fragment of Julieta Muñoz Alvarado's most recent book [es] “Tarareando en clave el son de los 70.”
Russia: Famous Sci-Fi Writer's Blog Removed for ‘Anti-Semitism’
Following President Medvedev's speech on extremism in the Russian Internet, security services began a campaign against online neo-Nazis and vocal nationalists. On May 28, 2011, the campaign against racial and religious extremism found an unusual enemy – Leonid Kaganov, one of Russia's oldest bloggers, a poet, and a science fiction writer.
Palestine: The Insanity of Poetry
Damascus Remains, Throbbing Wounds, Insanity of Poetry, Tears in her Hands, Sword's Caravan and many other poems and reflections on women, human beings, war, heroism and the world by Ibrahim Shakarneh from Nahalin village, in Palestine, can be found on his blog.
United States: A Blog for Rethinking the Hispanic World
In New York, the Hispanic cultural and artistic dynamism can be felt. Global Voices spoke with journalist and cultural critic Claudio Iván Remeseira about his blog Hispanic New York Project, a digital space for rethinking the dominant vision about Hispanics in New York.
Bolivia: New Ministry of Comunications Raises Doubts
Rodrigo Reque Mejía, owner of the blog Puro Papo [es], compares the Bolivian government's newly created Ministry of Communications with the fictitious Ministry of Truth in Geroge Orwell's 1984 novel. His concerns have to do with potential Internet censorshio, among others.
China: Writing Imaginary Book Reviews
In 2010, a collection of reviews for non-existent books, written by Chinese author Bimuyu, was published. This month Bimuyu shared with readers his thinking behind these reviews.
Jamaica: A Lucky Poem
Litblogger Geoffrey Philp posts a poem by diaspora writer Shara McCallum.
U.S.V.I.: “The Caribbean Writer”
A Nation or Nobody is enjoying his new copy of The Caribbean Writer: “The topics…rang[e] from the Virgin Islands’ place in the Caribbean community to concerns over the homicide rate in the territory…”
Guyana: Caribbean Law
Signifyin’ Guyana interviews regional legal expert Abiola Inniss about her new book and possible “solutions to some of the major issues which plague Caribbean law today.”
Trinidad & Tobago: The Man Behind the Allen Prize
Through The Allen Prize for Young Writers, Lisa Allen-Agostini honours the memory of her beloved father.
Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: More on Bocas
More on the Bocas Lit Fest, from Annie Paul.
Azerbaijan: Scary Azeri on Amazon
Scary Azeri shares with her readers the good news that a fictional story penned by the blogger is now available as part of a collection for sale on Amazon with proceeds being donated to War Child Holland, a charity focusing on children affected by armed conflict. She also describes how...
India, Bangladesh: Is Rabindranath Tagore relevant today?
Is Rabindranath Tagore still relevant in present day Bengal? Anirban at Its A Miracle tries to answer that question.
Guyana, Jamaica, T&T: Reviews of “Bocas”
Charmaine Valere and Annie Paul both give a run-down of Trinidad and Tobago's first Bocas Literary Festival.
Portugal: Memory of Political Police Officer on Trial
Three portuguese theatre figures are on court [pt] because of a play about the life of the late Silva Pais [pt], the last director of the repressive police of the dictatorship, PIDE. Bloggers are outraged [pt] with the accusations of Dias’ nephews, who say that the play disrespects their uncle's...
St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago: Walcott Wins Bocas Prize
Caribbean Book Blog reports that Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott has won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for his “seemingly effortless flow of language and imagery.”
Trinidad & Tobago: “Bocas” a Success
“Bocas left me replete, yet hungry for more”: Lisa Allen-Agostini shares some of the highlights of the recently-concluded Bocas Lit Fest.
Argentina: Reactions to Mario Vargas Llosa's Keynote Address at the Book Fair
Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa was invited to give the inaugural speech at the 2011 Book Fair in Buenos Aires. The invitation to be the keynote speaker brought both favorable reactions as well as opposition. The speculations surrounding of Vargas Llosa's keynote address were ultimately quelled when he took the podium on April 21.
Puerto Rico: Remembering Sábato
Rima Brusi reflects [es] on the significance and importance in her life of the work of Argentinian novelist Ernest Sábato, who recently died (1911-2011): “Sábato-candle in the dark city, Sábato-window of the abandoned mansion, Sábato- shy park bench, my Sábato, thanks.”