· August, 2007

Stories about Literature from August, 2007

Iran:Award winner writer in trouble

Khabgard reminds[Fa] us that Yaghoub Yadali, an award winner writer, is going to be judged in court because of his novel “The behavior of unrest”. This story was published two years ago with permission of Iranian authorities and won a couple of awards.It seems some people complained against some sentences...

Bahrain: Poetry Slammed!

This week Bahraini bloggers express their concerns about the country's electronic identity cards. With the school year about to begin, education is a hot topic. Be careful what you write when you send a job application – you might unwittingly become one of the new superheroes, The Employables! We finish with some strong opinions regarding the literary scene in Bahrain.

Bangla blogs: It's all about Taslima

  17 August 2007

On August 9th, the firebrand Bangladeshi author-in-exile Taslima Nasrin was attacked by a group of MIM (Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) activists during a function held at the Press Club in Hyderabad, India. The MIM claimed that the author had made offensive statements against Islam during the book release function, thus inciting the...

Jamaica: Bridges to Memory

  16 August 2007

“The poems…are rooted in the crucible of the Caribbean/African American Diaspora”: Geoffrey Philp's Blog Spot features Jamaican author Marva McClean as she discusses her new book of poetry.

Russia: Views on Blogging

  13 August 2007

"Anyone who has a LiveJournal or any other blog is a person with an obvious psychological pathology," said one Russian writer in a recent newspaper interview. Gallery owner Marat Guelman responded to this harsh judgment on his blog, and his readers then shared their views on what blogging is and isn't.

Bahrain: Top Tips for Secret Smokers!

Children are the future, right? Some bloggers in Bahrain are not too optimistic. We find others who are fed up of religious leaders, are enjoying watching people, and are smoking in secret. Two bloggers are moved by the sound of Arabic – one by the classical language, another by a local dialect. We start with a question regarding Muslims and the debate about globalisation.

Jamaica: Short Story

  10 August 2007

Jamaican writer Geoffrey Philp posts another of his 60-word stories, but admits: “I don't think I will ever match the brevity of Ernest Hemingway's famous six word short story…”

India: Taslima Nasrin attacked

  9 August 2007

Taslima Nasrin, the Bangladeshi writer in exile was attacked by a mob which included 3 members of the state legislative assembly belonging to Majlis Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen party in Hyderabad. IndieQuill has more.

Chile: Santiago in 100 Words

  9 August 2007

En Tu Ciudad [ES] writes about the annual writing contest called Santiago en 100 palabras (Santiago in 100 words). First prize is a trip to the Olympic games in Beijing.