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.’
The new book, Syria Speaks, brings together writing, cartoons, and artwork from over fifty Syrians who stand firmly against tyranny and violence.
JS Tennant, literary manager of PEN International, reports on recent efforts to revive the PEN Center in Argentina, after years of indifference in the region.
Argentina’s publishing industry has suffered serious setbacks due to changes in government policies, but some see opportunity despite the challenges.
A campaign exists to retire the term Francophone. But if we replace “Francophone” with “world literature in French,” does that suffice?
A growing right wing movement France has begun attacking children’s books depicting content (nudity, homosexuality) they call ‘immoral.’
Turkmenistan’s Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, aka Arkadag (The Protector), has joined Gaddafi, Mussolini, and Saddam Hussein in the line of dictators who wrote fiction.
Using literature for cultural diplomacy is a potentially risky proposition, but also one that offers a greater opportunity for an intense cultural engagement.
Strega Prize-winner Edoardo Nesi discusses his anti-globalization polemic book, The Story of My People, literature and the role of a writer in politics.
Egyptian journalist and bestselling author Ibrahim Issa believes the Arab Spring has added religious oppression to the existing political hardships of the region.