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Publisher Spotlight: Cubana Press

Cubana Press is a small non-profit press based from California State University dedicated to bringing the powerful prose and poetry of Cuba to English and Spanish speakers all across the world. Their titles include bilingual English and Spanish publications and range from poetry collections to lengthy novels, all spinning from the viewpoint of women in … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Cubana Press

Title Pick: I’m an Old Commie! by Dan Lungu (Romania)

Emilia, a pensioner in northern Romania, is forced to confront the nostalgic illusions she nurtures as a reaction to the grim post-communist present when her daughter, now living in Canada, telephones urging her not to vote for the former communists in upcoming elections. Determined to discover in her own mind why ‘things were better back … Continue reading Title Pick: I’m an Old Commie! by Dan Lungu (Romania)

Just 100 Miles Across: Puerto Rico’s Place in the World of Children’s Books — By Mimi Rankin

This month we will be taking in and discussing some of the literature of the island of Puerto Rico, whose beautiful prose is matched by the strength of its people’s character. Puerto Ricans are American citizens. Puerto Ricans are American citizens. Puerto Ricans are American citizens.   This is the mantra I repeated on social … Continue reading Just 100 Miles Across: Puerto Rico’s Place in the World of Children’s Books — By Mimi Rankin

Reclaiming Medusa: Short Stories By Contemporary Puerto Rican Women

A spinster whose body is wrecked with a mysterious growth carefully crafts porcelain dolls to send as wedding presents. Letters, both published and private, threaten to unravel a ballerina’s life and career. A wife struggles free of a crippling affliction, only to be silenced as soon as she succeeds. A young girl’s suppressed desire leads … Continue reading Reclaiming Medusa: Short Stories By Contemporary Puerto Rican Women

Publisher Spotlight: Bookosmia

About Bookosmia (smell of books)- At Bookosmia (https://www.bookosmia.com ), our mission is to make children to fall in love with Books.Given the challenge from the ubiquitous screen, we try to make reading experiential through engaging add ons based on the book, live events like storytelling etc About our book " I Wish I Were" I am attaching … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Bookosmia

The Beautiful Contradictions of Rosario Ferré’s Flight of the Swan

This month we will be taking in and discussing some of the literature of the island of Puerto Rico, whose beautiful prose is matched by the strength of its people’s character. Rarely have I come across a novel so masterfully layered as Rosario Ferré’s Flight of the Swan. Like the movements of its ballet prima … Continue reading The Beautiful Contradictions of Rosario Ferré’s Flight of the Swan

World KidLit Title Pick: Cici’s Journal (France) by Joris Chamblain and Aurelie Neyret

Cici dreams of being a novelist. Her favorite subject: people, especially adults. She’s been watching them and taking notes. Everybody has one special secret, Cici figures, and if you want to write about people, you need to understand what’s hiding inside them. But now she’s discovered something truly strange: an old man who disappears into … Continue reading World KidLit Title Pick: Cici’s Journal (France) by Joris Chamblain and Aurelie Neyret

Publisher Spotlight: Europa Editions

How does one properly introduce a publisher with a far-reaching reputation for excellence like Europa Editions? In 2013, Europa Editions co-founder Sandro Ferri told an Italian media source that the press was “born with the intention to create bridges between cultures.” This concise mission statement is more than aspirational: it’s Europa’s modus operandi, one that … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Europa Editions

Norwegian women in translation

I am a librarian and a Norwegian national. Thus, when I meet American readers, they mainly think of Jo Nesbo’s Nordic noir books about Harry Hole, or the historic epic Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. These are not the only Norwegian authors in translation however, and in honor of Women in Translation Month, I would … Continue reading Norwegian women in translation

The Anthropological Fantasy of Nahoko Uehashi’s Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

  Rain came down in a sudden torrent one day when I was staying in Osaka, Japan, a common occurrence during the rainy season. Lacking any other immediate options, I dashed to cover, where I planned to whittle away the following few hours in a bookstore cozily nestled inside a train station. As I perused … Continue reading The Anthropological Fantasy of Nahoko Uehashi’s Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit