#DutchKidLit Young Adult Biography – Vincent by Barbara Stok

The beauty of the close, mutually supportive relationship between brothers Vincent and Theo van Gogh at the end of Vincent's turbulent life is the heart and soul of this graphic biography, written by cartoonist Barbara Stok for the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Stok "based scenes and storylines in Vincent on Van Gogh’s letters to his brother … Continue reading #DutchKidLit Young Adult Biography – Vincent by Barbara Stok

#DutchKidLit Nonfiction – Palm Trees at the North Pole: The Hot Truth about Climate Change by Marc ter Horst

Today is September 11 and it is the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States of America. That Tuesday morning in 2001, I was working for the Ithaca City School District in Upstate New York and along with a class full of my husband's middle school ICT students, we watched incredulously … Continue reading #DutchKidLit Nonfiction – Palm Trees at the North Pole: The Hot Truth about Climate Change by Marc ter Horst

Day 13 🇲🇲: The Native Tourist: a Holiday Pilgrimage in Myanmar

In a Nutshell: Ma Thanegi was imprisoned for three years for her involvement in the 1988 uprisings as a personal assistant to Aung San Suu Kyi. Whilst in prison, she decided that upon release, she would take a road trip/go on a pilgrimage, by bus in Myanmar. The Native Tourist is a travelogue of sorts … Continue reading Day 13 🇲🇲: The Native Tourist: a Holiday Pilgrimage in Myanmar

Day 12: 🇲🇽 Tell Me How it Ends

In a Nutshell: Luiselli is a Mexican writer/journalist, who currently lives in New York City. Tell me How it Ends is about Luiselli’s experiences working as a volunteer for the Federal Courts in NYC. She interviews unaccompanied migrant children, she then translates and transcribes their interviews. A wonderful if sometimes harrowing read. Observations: This book … Continue reading Day 12: 🇲🇽 Tell Me How it Ends

Day 10: 🇷🇼 Not my Time to Die

In a Nutshell: This was the first book to follow the full story of one person’s multifaceted experiences of genocide and it was also the first account authored by a Rwandan survivor. Yolande Mukagasana was a nurse before being hunted down, her husband and children were murdered but she survived. Observations: I read this book … Continue reading Day 10: 🇷🇼 Not my Time to Die

Day 9: 🇲🇦 Sex and Lies

I first read this in French so the quotes below are in French, I have also included the quotes from the translation.  In a Nutshell: Sexe et Mensonges (Sex and Lies) is about what it is to be a woman in Morocco today, this isn’t an academic study, but a series of interviews with mostly … Continue reading Day 9: 🇲🇦 Sex and Lies

#QATARILITMONTH: Preserving Qatari Heritage and Legacies

The Oral History of Qatar Main Exhibition Area At the National Museum of Qatar If you were born in Qatar between 1970 and 1990, your parents probably told you stories of the Noon’s Donkey, the Big Giant, and Abu Derya, the Man of the Sea. Do you ever still think of these stories? How could … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Preserving Qatari Heritage and Legacies

#QATARILITMONTH: Qatar Paralympians

https://www.paralympic.org/qatar Athletes with disabilities can play almost any sport with the support of adaptive equipment. The Paralympic Games were founded in 1948 and have grown into a major international event, held in the same year as the Olympics. At the most recent Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 4,342 athletes representing 159 nationalities competed … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Qatar Paralympians

#QATARILITMONTH: Qatar’s History

The Inauguration of the State Qatar Flag 1936–1949 The inauguration of Qatar’s sheikhdom dates back to the leading fathers of the ruling family, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Thani (r. 1851 – 1878) and his son Sheikh Qasim, colloquially pronounced Jassim (1827 – 1913). The leading fathers of the ruling family were pearl merchants in a time … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Qatar’s History

#QATARILITMONTH:The Writing Station at Qatar National Library

Establishing A Creative Writing And Storytelling Community Of Practice At Qatar National Library A Book at Qatar National Library “To be one of the world's preeminent centers of learning, research and culture; a guardian of the region’s heritage; and an institution that promotes imagination, discovery and the nourishment of the human spirit.” That is the … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH:The Writing Station at Qatar National Library