At Lillehammer’s World Expression Forum, the International Publishers Association names its Prix Voltaire shortlist.
PEN America Calls for Protection of Writers, Cultural Actors in Afghanistan
The cultural heritage of Afghanistan, like its people and their allies, is newly at risk, PEN warns, in the unfolding crisis.
Keiichiro Hirano Leads Amazon Publishing’s World Book Day Titles
To celebrate World Book Day, Amazon Publishing is offering ‘At the End of the Matinee’ by Keiichiro Hirano and other translations for free download through April 24.
European, Middle East Experts Talk Libraries in War Zones
The European Association of Middle East Librarians are meeting in Algeria this week to discuss high risk projects in Afghanistan, Mali, Iraq and more.
In Afghanistan, Fledgling Publishing Industry Takes First Steps
Post-Taliban, a nascent publishing industry has emerged in Afghanistan, with hundreds of titles being published in Dari, Pashto, Uzbek and English.
Writers in Exile Boost Afghan Writers at Home
Asharq Al-Awsat notes, ‘Afghanistan, which has long been engulfed in civil war, is producing a wave of migrant literature that is having a positive impact on the literary scene at home.’
Yes, Even the Smallest Publisher Can Change the World
Even the most modest publishing efforts, when done in the right context, can change the world. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than by Imagine Asia’s work in Afghanistan.
Do School Textbooks Shape National Attitudes? Yes, says Study
A new study conducted in Germany looked at textbooks from 160 countries found an alarming number of instances of idealogical indoctrination and falsehoods.
Against All Odds, 1,000 Strong Afghan PEN Survives, Thrives
Afghan PEN is “progressing in an endless upward curve”, nurturing young Afghan writers and promoting freedom of expression.
Exile, Literature and the High Price of Freedom
Authors exiled from Iran, Cuba, Afghanistan, Egypt, Algeria and the Congo discuss oppression, inspiration, and the cost of freedom.
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