South African Womxn Writers – Day 10: Sally Partridge writes about the “rainbow of talent” in South Africa’s youth fiction

South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation, and no-where is this colourful spirit more present than in the country's colourful array of young adult fiction written by some of the country’s most prolific female authors. Every year a throng of both recognised and new female voices hit the shelves, driven by the social issues … Continue reading South African Womxn Writers – Day 10: Sally Partridge writes about the “rainbow of talent” in South Africa’s youth fiction

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: Ellas: Histories of Puerto Rican Women

As part of my research in preparation for serving as guest editor of the GLLI blog for #WorldKidLit Month, I made it a point to look online for books published on the island of Puerto Rico proper. I knew there were books out there that I didn't have immediate knowledge of, as I am located … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: Ellas: Histories of Puerto Rican Women

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: Shadowshaper (Shadowshaper Cypher Series, Book 1)

Note from Klem-Marí Cajigas, GLLI blog Guest Editor for #WorldKidLit Month 2020: Today I want to welcome writer Ruth Terry to the blog. I really appreciate her contributions. Welcome! Daniel José Older’s novel Shadowshaper, released in 2015, is an urban fantasy embedded with real-world commentary about the nature of art and the lived experiences of … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: Shadowshaper (Shadowshaper Cypher Series, Book 1)

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: Call Me Maria

Call Me Maria by Judith Ortiz Cofer is about a teenaged Puerto Rican girl named Maria and how she processes her changing world. Ortiz Cofer artfully creates a soap opera-like feel in this work, which she accomplishes by using various genres – part novel, part poetry – to her advantage, as she shifts between scenes and changes … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: Call Me Maria

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Education of Margot Sanchez

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera features the title character’s plight to fit in with new friends, while reconciling where she comes from and who she is, with where she wants to go and who she wants to become. Set in New York, the story begins with a Puerto Rican teenaged girl working at one of … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Education of Margot Sanchez

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary

The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos is both heart-wrenching and masterfully crafted. Ramos’s teenage protagonist, Macy Cashmere, is a character who, like many young people who experience tough circumstances, could be easily glossed over or written off by the casual observer as lacking the desire or capacity to succeed.  Yet, readers will learn as they read Macy’s … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: If I Could Fly

If I Could Fly by Judith Ortiz Cofer is as much a vivid account of a teen’s experiences with the adults in her life and how their choices impact her, as it is about the gritty realities of those in her flock. The story soars between the mainland and the island - the United States and Puerto … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: If I Could Fly

#WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

Note from Klem-Marí Cajigas, GLLI blog Guest Editor for #WorldKidLit Month 2020: today I am very excited and proud to welcome Luis Maldonado to the Global Literatures in Libraries Initiative. Luis and I have been friends since our first year in college, when we each found the only other Puerto Rican student in the Stetson … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Month 2020: The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

Featuring a few books from Nepal

A person kissed by the Moon  "...A Person Kissed by the Moon contains lines that resound long after you have set it aside for some mundane chore. The sound of voices echoes in your mind and even in translation, it carries the urgency of a Nepali appeal. There are words of a poet's place in the … Continue reading Featuring a few books from Nepal

‘I am hopeful that the market of Nepali literature will expand as new avenues have opened up’: An interview with writer Aswini Koirala

Today, my guest is writer Aswini Koirala from Nepal. Aswini Koirala started his writing career while pursuing journalism at the Kantipur Publications. His book ‘Uni’, written on women's issues, made the highest-selling record in Nepal in 2013. Three years later, a collection of short stories 'Zuckerberg Cafe' also became the best-selling book.  A novel by … Continue reading ‘I am hopeful that the market of Nepali literature will expand as new avenues have opened up’: An interview with writer Aswini Koirala