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Kathy Page on Writing About Prison and Transgender Issues

Kathy Page's "Alphabet" is a piercing examination of one man's identity issues.

Kathy Page’s novel, Alphabet, offers a piercing examination and description of one man’s identity issues and the impact of incarceration on the human spirit.

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Korean Literature Needs More Skilled Translators

South Korea

The lack of skilled translators who can ‘properly translate Korean literary works into English’ as the ‘biggest handicap in the globalization of Korean literature.’

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Are African Writers Trumping African-American Authors?

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie © Karen Jackson

In the NYTimes, Felicia R. Lee asks if the ‘new wave of African writers’ with an international appeal are drawing attention away from African-American voices.

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German Writers Rely on Readings, Fellowships for Income

Thomas Pletzinger

It may surprise many Americans, but German authors are paid to read in bookstores, have access to numerous fellowships and discounted health insurance.

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Ireland’s Publishing Strength is in Tradition, Small Presses

Vanessa O'Loughlin

Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, the chair of Irish PEN, outlines how Ireland continues to punch above its weight in the literary world.

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Syria Speaks: Writers, Artists Publish to Protest Tyranny

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The new book, Syria Speaks, brings together writing, cartoons, and artwork from over fifty Syrians who stand firmly against tyranny and violence.

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Syrian Author Moustafa Khalifé on Writing Post-Imprisonment

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Syrian novelist Moustafa Khalifé discusses the writing his novel about his long imprisonment, ‘La Coquille,’ and the lingering effects of incarceration.

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Actes Sud Editor Brings Syrian, Arabic Literature to France

Mardam-Bey Farouk

Actes Sud editor Farouk Mardam-Bey is responsible for some 80% of France’s translations of Arabic literature and has put a new spotlight on Syrian works.

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The 17 Elements of a (Bad) South Asian Novel

Jabeen Akhtar

Author Jabeen Akhtar serves up 17 cliches she never wants to see again in literary novel about Indians, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans or Bangladeshis.

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Shortlist for the 2014 Encore Award Honors Second Novels

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Six novels have been shortlisted for the 2014 Encore Book Award, which honors outstanding second novels. The list includes The Luminaries, This is the Way, and others.

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