I was captivated by My Brother’s Husband, by Gengoroh Tagame, translated by Anne Ishii. The story’s warm, gentle trajectory addresses an important subject for teens and, frankly, readers worldwide: accepting one’s sexuality and, more specifically, being gay in a homophobic society. Author Gengoroh Tagame is an award-winning, openly gay Japanese manga artist and thus well qualified to speak to this topic.
What do you do when what you feel is right, is seen by others as a sin? This question forms the heart of The Beast Player, a riveting YA fantasy series by Nahoko Uehashi, translated from Japanese by Cathy Hirano. The first volume is on shelves in the U.K. and available for preorder in the … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Beast Player
Alpha’s wife and son left Côte d’Ivoire months ago to join his sister-in-law in Paris, but Alpha has heard nothing from them since. With a visa, Alpha’s journey to reunite with his family would take a matter of hours. Without one, he is adrift for over a year, encountering human traffickers in the desert, refugee … Continue reading GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist: ALPHA by Bessora & Barroux (France)
The 2019 GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Committee - amazingly served by Annette Goldsmith, Gene Hayworth, Kim Rostan, Laura Simeon, and Elaine Tai - is honored to announce the 2019 inaugural shortlist. Please help us celebrate these fine translations and the publishers behind them by encouraging your teen readers to explore the world through the … Continue reading 2019 GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist
For children’s translated literature, I attempted targeting Arabic as an original language, which significantly limited the pool of children’s writers. This was disheartening for me. In my previous post, I discussed the Royal Diaries series, a historic fiction depiction of diaries from the point of views of real-life princesses. My love for Princess Nzingha of … Continue reading Memories of a GLLI Intern: Must-Read Children’s & YA Books from the Middle East and North Africa (Part 3) – by Nneka Mogbo
May GLLI Blog Series: Japan in Translation, No. 23 Editor's Note: Yesterday, we quoted Kirkus' YA Editor Laura Simeon saying that the first piece of translated young adult fiction she had read was Kazumi Yumoto's The Friends (winner of the 1997 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and the 1997 Batchelder Award). Today we hear … Continue reading Q&A with Translator Cathy Hirano on “The Beast Player,” by Hans Christian Andersen Award Winner Nahoko Uehashi
May GLLI Blog Series: Japan in Translation, No. 9 Editor's note: It's mind-blowing how instantly global we've become. A little more than a week ago UK blogger Zoe Toft (Playing by the Book) posted an interview with translator Avery Fischer Udagawa, who is the contributor of today's post. Avery, by the way, lives in Bangkok, … Continue reading Excerpt from Eto Mori’s DIVE!!
A beautifully written, darkly funny coming-of-age story from an award-winning, bestselling German author making his American debut. Mike Klingenberg doesn't get why people think he's boring. Sure, he doesn't have many friends. (Okay, zero friends.) And everyone laughs at him when he reads his essays out loud in class. And he's never invited to parties … Continue reading YA Title Pick: Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf
September was World Kid Lit Month, a time to notice if global stories are reaching kids in the form of translations. The month ended on International Translation Day, September 30—itself an opportunity to seek and share #worldkidlit. I learned of many translated children’s titles (picture book through young adult) in a post that Marcia Lynx Qualey wrote for World … Continue reading 100 More Translated Children’s Books from Around the World
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