#Black Is Beautiful: Past and Present

Black Is Beautiful In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Barbadian-heritage Kwame Brathwaite used his photography to popularize the political slogan “Black Is Beautiful.” This monograph―the first ever dedicated to Brathwaite’s remarkable career―tells the story of a key, but under-recognized, figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.Inspired by the writings of activist and black nationalist … Continue reading #Black Is Beautiful: Past and Present

#BlackIsBeautiful: Sapeurs, Sapeuses, and Dandies

Sapeurs: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Congo British photographer Tariq Zaidi presents a fashion subculture of Kinshasa & Brazzaville: La Sape, Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes ("Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People"). Its followers are known as »Sapeurs« (»Sapeuses« for women). Most have ordinary day jobs as taxi-drivers, tailors and gardeners, but as soon as … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Sapeurs, Sapeuses, and Dandies

#BlackIsBeautiful: A Story About Afiya

A Story About Afiya “A Story About Afiya,” by Jamaican poet James Berry, is a story about a beautiful, little Black girl named Afiya (which means ‘health' in Swahili). Her dress collects memorabilia from the day.  As she dances and moves around the island her dress has the day’s adventure printed on it but by the … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: A Story About Afiya

Reflecting on 2020 at GLLI

We came across so many riveting reads here at Global Literature in Libraries Initiative during 2020, we hope people spending more time at home enabled more of these great books to be discovered. It was a joy to share them! Committee chair Dr. Annette Y. Goldsmith led our ace jury of experts in choosing our … Continue reading Reflecting on 2020 at GLLI

Eclipses and Breaks of Light (Arturo Desimone)

A translation of Eclipses y Fulgores, an interview of Argentinean surrealist Olga Orozco, with new preface. Born to the Pampas in 1920, Olga Orozco spent her adolescence in the coastal city of Bahía Blanca in Argentina, and made her artistic debut in the so-called “Generation of the 1940s” alongside authors like Enrique Molina and Edgar … Continue reading Eclipses and Breaks of Light (Arturo Desimone)

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

  This unique picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Canadian children’s writer Margriet Ruurs. The author was immediately impressed by the strong narrative quality of Mr. Badr’s work, and, using many of Mr. Badr’s already-created pieces, she set out to create a story … Continue reading Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

‘Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening’ by Manal Al-Sharif

Congratulations to the citizens of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where women have achieved the freedom to drive this week! Change happens very slowly and then all of a sudden. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sowNSH_W2r0 Manal Al-Sharif driving on the streets of Saudi Arabia Manal Al-Sharif was the very public face of the #Women2Drive campaign in the Kingdom of … Continue reading ‘Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening’ by Manal Al-Sharif

A Month of Turkish Literature via Global Literature in Libraries Initiative

https://www.ted.com/talks/ann_morgan_my_year_reading_a_book_from_every_country_in_the_world By Karen Van Drie, Editor of Turkish Literature Month for Global Literature in Libraries Like a lot of people who love to read, I was captivated by Ann Morgan's reading innovation of reading a book from every country in the world. What a cool idea! Short of visiting every nation in the world, how … Continue reading A Month of Turkish Literature via Global Literature in Libraries Initiative

Six Titles on the Kurdish Experience in Turkey

By Burhan Sönmez Board Member, PEN International Mountain Language by Harold Pinter was first performed at the Royal National Theatre in London in 1988. It was a play written three years after Pinter’s visit to Turkey for observing the consequences of a military coup in the country. When he, with Arthur Miller, on behalf of … Continue reading Six Titles on the Kurdish Experience in Turkey

‘I Am Listening to Istanbul’ a poem by Orhan Veli

https://vimeo.com/37545910 I AM LISTENING TO ISTANBUL I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed: At first there is a gentle breeze And the leaves on the trees Softly sway; Out there, far away, The bells of water-carriers unceasingly ring; I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed.   I am listening to Istanbul, … Continue reading ‘I Am Listening to Istanbul’ a poem by Orhan Veli