Highlighting Endowment Programs in the Baltic States

As I was doing research for this month of Baltic appreciation by talking to people in the industry and looking at publishers there was a particular line that caught my eye in regards to The Emma Press’ story. They mentioned that much of their exploration into the area of Baltic literature (they have published and … Continue reading Highlighting Endowment Programs in the Baltic States

Publisher Spotlight: The Emma Press

The Emma Press is an award-winning press based out of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Founded in 2012 by the eponymous Emma Wright, this publisher focuses on titles directed at children, while at the same time seeking to break down barriers and offer perspectives that are underrepresented (whether due to race or ideology).   Though … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: The Emma Press

Q&A with Author and Noir Press Founder Stephan Collishaw

   What first drew you to Lithuanian stories? I first went to Lithuania in 1995, just four years after it had established its independence from the Soviet Union. Despite the many problems the country faced, it was a wonderful place to be. Vilnius was a beautiful, old city and to walk its streets was to … Continue reading Q&A with Author and Noir Press Founder Stephan Collishaw

The Enigma of Estonian Literature: Title Picks by Translator Adam Cullen

Estonian literature is an enigma. Not Churchill’s Russian riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma – no, the abyss between the Russian and Estonian cultures and languages is vast despite their geographic proximity, the former being Indo-European and the latter Finno-Ugric in essence. Rather, the culture – and the language – of Estonia is … Continue reading The Enigma of Estonian Literature: Title Picks by Translator Adam Cullen

Publisher Spotlight: Plamen Press

Taken from the universal Slavic word for flame, Plamen Press is dedicated to showcasing the literary talents of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe that have long been obscured from the English-speaking world. From brilliant, illuminating poetry to recent works and venerable classics, Plamen seeks to use recent advancements in publishing to shed a light on … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Plamen Press

The Twisting Passages of Filip Florian’s “Little Fingers”

Filip Florian’s debut novel Little Fingers is a winding tale centered around the discovery of a mass grave in Romania, and the scramble of political agendas, deaths, and amusing vignettes surrounding it. It won the Best Debut Novel from the Romanian Writers’ Union after its publication in 2005. Alistair Ian Blyth’s extremely faithful translation from … Continue reading The Twisting Passages of Filip Florian’s “Little Fingers”

The Battle for Home: The Memoir of a Syrian Architect

Reviewed by Professor Mahmoud Zain al-Abidin Two years ago, The Battle for Home : Memoir of a Syrian Architect was released in the English language by Thames & Hudson publishers in London. The writer, Syrian architect Marwa al-Sabouni, shared in her book illustrations for the architectural buildings in her city, Homs, the third largest city … Continue reading The Battle for Home: The Memoir of a Syrian Architect

Publisher Spotlight: The Library of Arabic Literature (NYU Press)

The Library of Arabic Literature is published by NYU University and is dedicated to bringing the classics of the Arabic world to English-speaking audiences all around the world. Focusing on titles from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, the idea behind the Library of Arabic Literature is to showcase clear translations from a wide range of … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: The Library of Arabic Literature (NYU Press)

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