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· February, 2016

Stories about Literature from February, 2016

Prize-Winning Novelist's Facebook ‘Joke About White Guys’ Is Gone—and Back—in Less Than 24 Hours

Facebook's notorious "Community Standards" strike again. The victim in question: popular Jamaican novelist Marlon James.

The Racist Portrayal of the Philippines in Historical Cartoons as US Troops Invaded

The cartoons portrayed Filipinos as uncivilized people who needed to be educated by the invading United States army.

Bangladeshi Authorities Arrest Publisher and Shut Down Book Fair Booth for ‘Hurting Religious Sentiments’

Bangladesh’s constitution enshrines the right to free expression, and atheists have the same rights as other citizens. But authorities have done little to stop attacks against those critical of religion.

‘An Unapologetic Independent Thinker': A Conversation With St. Lucian Poet Vladimir Lucien

"Caribbean literature nowadays is very much a mixed bag [...] I think it is several Caribbeans that we are seeing."

From Madagascar, Four Poems on Impossible Love for Valentine's Day

"My whole heart has been driven wild as well, and refuses to forget. Silence remains around the one whom I love, but I continue to believe."

The Former Refugee Behind One of Liberia's Few Bookstores, Where Children Can Read About Themselves

It's hard to learn to read when your country has been torn apart by war and disease. It's even harder when children's books come from far away.

Saudi Arabia Reduces Ashraf Fayadh's Death Sentence to Eight Years in Prison and 800 Lashes

Saudi Arabia overturned the death sentence of Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, accused of apostasy and other blasphemy-related offenses which he denies, to eight years imprisonment and 800 lashes.

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