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· July, 2011

Stories about Literature from July, 2011

Russia: Science Fiction Vocabulary

Yelena of Russian Blog addresses a few of the new Russian words adopted with the increasing popularity of science fiction in the 1990s.

Poland: The State of Reading

A few weeks ago, a new social campaign - Reading in Poland - was launched by one of Poland's largest daily newspapers due to the fact that reading rates in...

St. Lucia: Jacques Compton Dies

Caribbean Book Blog, mourning the death of Saint Lucian author Jacques Compton, says: “The Caribbean has lost another literary and cultural icon.”

Kenya: Kenyan Poet Podcasts

Kenyan poet invites readers to her new project, KenyanPodcast: “Hi, for those who were on twitter yesterday, I announced about my pilot podcast; the first in many to come which...

U.S.V.I., St. Kitts: On Belonging

A Nation or Nobody “wonder[s] about the place of writers like Phillips within the Caribbean literary community, and what they might be able to tell us about belonging and diaspora.”

U.S.V.I: Rhys’ Literary Identity

“Both the English and American interpretations of Rhys have always truly baffled me…the English reading…completely glossing over Rhy's well-documented disdain for the English and her discomfort with ‘whiteness’, and the...

Kyrgyzstan: Library receives grant for catalogues and digitization

Emerson reports that a Western donor organization awarded the Kyrgyzstan's largest library a generous grant to re-catalogue and digitize its rare book holdings.

Afghanistan: Book offers diplomatic insights

Nick Fielding briefly reviews a book by Britain's former ambassador in Afghanistan, Sherard Cowper-Coles, and says that it is stuffed with fascinating material.

China: Detained Tibetan Writer Severely Beaten

High Peaks Pure Earth translates Woser's blogpost on July 7 2011 about the detention and mistreatment of young Tibetan writer Pema Rinchen by the Chinese authority.

U.K.: Polish Poetry on the Tube

Belatedly, a link to a post about Polish poetry displayed on the London Underground, which was published on May 31 by the POLSKI blog.

Japan: A Fukushima Poet Tweets His Verses

Since the March 11 Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster, Ryoichi Wago, a poet from Fukushima city, has been experimenting with a new form of poetry. He expresses his feelings about...

Russia: Tribute to Dmitry Prigov

At OpenDemocracy.net, Yelena Fedotova writes about Dmirty Prigov – “‘great Russian poet’, postmodern artist, incarcerated ‘madman’.”

The Disputed Reputation of Portugal's Former Political Police Chief

Major Silva Pais, the last director of Portugal's repressive PIDE police force - operative during the country's “New State” period - has been implicated in a play, in the 1965...

Jamaica: The Power of Social Media

Diaspora litblogger Geoffrey Philp “woke up this morning to the true meaning of social media.”

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