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Stories about Literature

4 December 2014

A Little Library That's Making a Big Difference in Grenada

The unassuming Mt. Zion library in the heart of St. George's is having a positive impact on the lives and literacy of young people in Grenada.

3 November 2014

This Virtual Museum in Lebanon is Winning Censorship Battles

Thalia Rahme reports on the state of censorship in her country Lebanon, through an interview with those behind the Virtual Museum of Censorship.

6 October 2014

Why Singapore Artists Rejected the Government's Self-Censorship Scheme

Singapore’s decision to ban a political documentary has renewed the debate over the country's policies that undermine the freedom of artists.

20 August 2014

Lessons from Marcus Garvey, Jamaica's First National Hero

Marcus Garvey, who was born 127 years ago, was a fervent supporter of Pan-Africanism. On the anniversary of his birthday, two bloggers commemorated the leader.

29 July 2014

Spanish Soldier Who Penned a Best-Selling Novel About Military Corruption Gets Jail Time

Luis Segura, a lieutenant in the Spanish army, is in prison for criticizing the military during interviews for his novel "Un paso al frente" (A step forward).

These ‘Poets With a Cause’ Are Defending Social Justice in Crisis-Hit Puerto Rico

"Poetas en Marcha is Felipe the janitor, Sofia the overworked and underpaid secretary, the young adults laughing while having a beer after their final exams, the noble lady selling fruit."

28 July 2014

Why Some Caribbean Authors Are Accusing a Trinidad-Born Novelist of Being a ‘Latter Day Columbus’

After a U.K.-based writer wrote a blog post exploring modern Caribbean writers, some authors accused her of ignorance about the region's literary history.

24 July 2014

5 Modern African Thinkers on Identity, Language and Regionalism

Albeit a bit of a mystery worldwide, African philosophy is strong discipline that has evolved tremendously through history.

16 July 2014

Singapore's Libraries Don't Want Kids Reading About Tango the Penguin and Her Two Loving Fathers

Singapore's National Library's has banned three children's books that feature same-sex couples after one person's complaint, calling the decision 'pro-family'. The reading public is not happy.

12 July 2014

A Summer Reading List from Global Voices French-Language Contributors

Need some summer reading material? Here's a reading list of mostly Francophone authors recommended by the GV community.

10 June 2014

For Literary Stars, Life's A Beachside Festival In Jamaica

The Bridge

A relaxed Salman Rushdie, a warm and expansive Jamaica Kincaid, and other delights of the 2014 edition of Jamaica's Calabash Literary Festival. Annie Paul reports.

1 June 2014

Maya Angelou: A Phenomenal Woman with a Caribbean Connection

The passing of Dr. Maya Angelou on May 28 has resonated deeply in the Caribbean region, thanks in part to the author's West Indian ancestry.

15 May 2014

Increasing Connection Between the Online and the Offline in Cuba

In Cuba, an intrepid connection between virtuality and reality has flourished.

10 May 2014

Two People Are Driving Around Europe to Find What It Means to Be European

On the eve of European elections, two French artists will tour Europe to meet with as many types of Europeans as possible.

5 May 2014

A Poet Opens Her Eyes In the Metropolis: Juana M. Ramos in New York City

"This huge urban centre, New York, opened up my eyes and made me look at myself, also multiplied, in conceiving myself as Salvadorian, Central American, Latin American."

2 May 2014

Bocas Literary Festival Showcases Caribbean Literature

The 2014 NGC Bocas LitFest in Trinidad and Tobago has closed to rave reviews on social media about the "great things" the event is doing to promote Caribbean literature.

30 April 2014

YouTube Video Series ‘Argumentos’ Offers Insight Into Venezuelan Conflict

'Arguments' is a series of videos on YouTube that offers insights across Venezuelan society through the opinions of various personalities who know about the reality of the country.

22 April 2014

Tweet Against García Márquez Generates Outrage in Colombia

A Colombian congresswoman's tweet referencing the recently deceased Gabriel Garcia Marquez stirred up commotion a few hours after the Colombian laureate passed away.

21 April 2014

Caribbean: The Writing & Politics of Gabriel García Márquez

The literary fraternity is only just starting to adjust to the idea of life without “Gabo” – the inimitable Colombian-born author who was beloved by the world – Gabriel García...

19 April 2014

World Reacts to Death of Nobel Prize Winner Gabriel García Márquez

On April 17th, 2014, the news of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez's passing was made known. The world reacted to the loss.

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