To Be Translated Recommendation: “L’affaire Léon Sadorski” by Romain Slocombe (France)

Romain Slocombe is very at home in Occupied France. Often pictured in a Bogartian fedora, trademark scarf round his neck, he could well be slipping down Avenue Kléber, keeping a wary eye out for the German High Command at the Majestic Hotel, blackmarket supplies tucked discreetly into his overcoat. His knowledge of the period is … Continue reading To Be Translated Recommendation: “L’affaire Léon Sadorski” by Romain Slocombe (France)

Crime Excerpt: The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo (Japan)

Translated from the Japanese by Louise Heal Kawai  Chapter 1 - The Three-Fingered Man Before recording the strange history that follows, I felt I ought to take a look at the house where such a gruesome murder was committed. Accordingly, one afternoon in early spring, I set off, walking stick in hand, for a stroll … Continue reading Crime Excerpt: The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo (Japan)

Crime Fiction Publisher Spotlight: Soho Crime

For more than twenty years, Soho Crime has been publishing atmospheric crime fiction set all over the world. Some of Soho’s most popular stories will whisk you away to France, China, England, Laos, Northern Ireland, Thailand, Australia, Japan, Germany, South Africa, Italy, Denmark, India, Cuba, and Palestine, to name but a few. Soho Crime’s list run the … Continue reading Crime Fiction Publisher Spotlight: Soho Crime

ITALIAN CRIME SERIES IN TRANSLATION

The killer was a young Calabrian male whose mother’s virtue had been slandered. He had been in town for only a few days and didn’t know that, in this part of Italy, slandering someone’s mother was almost as common as saying ‘Ciao’. A sad story of cultural misunderstanding.  These lines, from Marco Vichi’s Death in … Continue reading ITALIAN CRIME SERIES IN TRANSLATION

#GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ2IA+ Voices

In recognition of PRIDE month and Indigenous People’s History Day in Canada, here are some of the many Two-Spirit and LGBTQ2IA+ authors and poets sharing their stories and art.Special thanks to Out on the Shelves Library and Xwi7xwa Library for highlighting and making these books available. Both are located on the ancestral, traditional and unceded … Continue reading #GlobalPRIDELitMonth: Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ2IA+ Voices

#GlobalPRIDELitMonth: LGBTQ2IA+ Authors from the Middle East and North Africa

Writing from within the Middle East and North Africa and in diaspora, these LGBTQ2IA+ authors are sharing their stories. God in Pink by Hasan Namir. English. Arsenal Pulp Press. From Iraqi-Canadian poet and writer, Namir’s novel follows Ramy, a young gay man living in Baghdad in 2003. Facing pressure to marry, Ramy seeks advice from … Continue reading #GlobalPRIDELitMonth: LGBTQ2IA+ Authors from the Middle East and North Africa

What We’re Missing: Gems of World Kid Lit

During the past 6 months, I have edited a series of articles on “What We’re Missing:  Gems of World Kid Lit.”  Taking a page from the UK’s Times Literary Supplement, which styles itself as “the only major English-language publication to review books published in other languages,” I thought we could introduce the concept on this … Continue reading What We’re Missing: Gems of World Kid Lit

Welcome to #GlobalPRIDELitMonth

Photo by Ylanite Koppens on Pexels.com Welcome to #GlobalPrideLitMonth at Global Literature in Libraries Initiative PRIDE month commemorates the Stonewall Riots that took place in June 1969 in New York City. They were a pivotal moment in the fight for LGBT2QIA+ rights in the USA (definitions provided below). PRIDE is now celebrated around the world. … Continue reading Welcome to #GlobalPRIDELitMonth

#WorldKidLitWednesday: And Then the Seed Grew

What's an underground community to do when a perniciously invasive root snakes its way through everyone's routes and roofs? That's the setup for award-winning author-illustrator Marianne Dubuc's latest, a whimsical picture book for ages 3-7, And Then the Seed Grew. Filled with fun details--a blue piano in the corner of one room, a yellow rubber … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: And Then the Seed Grew

An Interview with Dr. Lucia Granja about Brazil’s Most Famous Writer, Machado de Assis

Granja: "Machado de Assis is the first important interpreter of Brazilian society and he found a literary way of representing it." Machado de Assis is one of the most well-known Brazilian writers in the world. Harold Bloom cites Machado de Assis in the Western Canon and Susan Sontag refers him as "the greatest writer ever … Continue reading An Interview with Dr. Lucia Granja about Brazil’s Most Famous Writer, Machado de Assis