USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached

Zeina Abirached, author of the award-winning graphic novel A Game for Swallows, returns with a powerful collection of wartime memories. Abirached was born in Lebanon in 1981. She grew up in Beirut as fighting between Christians and Muslims divided the city streets. Follow her past cars riddled with bullet holes, into taxi cabs that travel … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached

USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Cry of the Giraffe by Judie Oron

In the early 1980s, thousands of Ethiopian Jews fled the civil unrest, famine and religious persecution of their native land in the hopes of being reunited in Yerusalem, their spiritual homeland, with its promises of a better life. Wuditu and her family risk their lives to make this journey, which leads them to a refugee … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: Cry of the Giraffe by Judie Oron

Publisher Spotlight: Catalyst Press

Catalyst Press is an independent press founded in 2017. At Catalyst, we see books as a spark or catalyst for change in the world. We seek to publish books that reveal the world from different perspectives, tilting or reversing or tweaking our own understanding of what’s real, true, necessary, or beautiful. Catalyst’s publishing program will … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Catalyst Press

International Banned Book Pick: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

A New York Times Notable Book A Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year” A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life … Continue reading International Banned Book Pick: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

International Banned Book Pick: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

In this launch of our new column on international challenged books, we are focusing on a world-renowned book that many readers never think of as a translation: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Although you may be fully aware that Anne Frank was Dutch, have you ever given any thought to the translator behind … Continue reading International Banned Book Pick: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

REVIEW: The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan

Mariam Petrosyan's award-winning epic The Gray House is a sprawling yarn of a story, a coming-of-age tale wrapped up in threads of magical realism and mystery. The eponymous House is a boarding school for disabled children and teenagers, which sits on the outskirts of town, ignored by the people of the Outsides. Its residents, a … Continue reading REVIEW: The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan

Publisher Spotlight: New York Review of Books

The New York Review of Books has been long known as a strong advocate for international literature in translation, both for adults and children. For a little something for everyone - ranging from adult novels to classic children's books to teen graphic novels - check out NYRB's rich catalog. New York Review Books The NYRB Classics series is … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: New York Review of Books

French Graphic Novels in Translation, Part II: Papercutz

In today’s post, I’ll turn to another fabulous graphic novel (GN) publisher, Papercutz.  Founded in 2005, Papercutz proudly (with good reason) proclaims itself to be the only publisher that focuses solely on graphic novels for children—for “reluctant readers and gifted readers,” and “kids, tweens, and teens” in genres such as “humor, action, adventure, mystery, horror, … Continue reading French Graphic Novels in Translation, Part II: Papercutz

French Graphic Novels in translation, Part I: First Second Books

Historically, Francophone graphic novels (GNs) have been translated into English in the U.S. more often than other types of books, on average. Famous twentieth-century examples that most English-speaking readers will be familiar with are Asterix and Tintin, as well as the turn-of-the-twenty-first-century breakaway hit, Persepolis. As those three titles hint, GNs can cover a wide … Continue reading French Graphic Novels in translation, Part I: First Second Books

Recent French Graphic Novels for Teens & Middle Schoolers

March is the month of French translated literature on the GLLI blog, and I wanted to highlight French graphic novels, because they are now an integral part of the French literature world. When I was in Bologna for the International Children’s Book Festival, I was on a mission: to find French translated graphic novels so … Continue reading Recent French Graphic Novels for Teens & Middle Schoolers