A firsthand account of the refugee exodus, the Race Matters podcast, and more

January 8, 2016
by WLT


Welcome back to our weekly literary roundups! The year has gotten off to an exciting start with WLT’s 90th anniversary, and lots of interesting things are happening in the literary world. Here’s to another year of broader reading!  

News, Reviews, and Interviews 

Lyn Miller-Lachmann writes about why we need more children’s books in translation. 

Author and former Neustadt juror Joanne Leedom-Ackerman recently visited Greece and Macedonia to witness the exodus of refugees and migrants into Europe. Read about her firsthand experience as documented on her blog. 

In this KGOU interview, NSK Neustadt prizewinner (and our featured author in the current issue) Meshack Asare discusses identity and inspiration in children’s literature. 

In a new collaboration with KGOU, we’re proudly premiering a new podcast titled Race Matters. Listen to the first episode on the KGOU website or on our blog. 

The Qatar Foundation is launching its own publishing house to serve the objectives of nurturing literary and artistic production and will be publishing books in both English and Arabic. 

In this article from the Hindu, Mini Krishnan asks, “Who owns a translation?”


Fun Finds and Inspiration 

Paper and Salt brings in the new year with this honey-cake recipe that celebrates Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and his adherence to rigid routines. 

Brain Pickings rounds up 16 elevating resolutions for 2016 by featuring inspiring thinkers and writers including Adrienne Rich, Rainer Maria Rilke, Susan Sontag, John Steinbeck, Grace Paley, and more. 

Literary Hub rounds up five books that are making the news in this first week of 2016. 

Book Riot takes a humorous spin on the typical posters found in classrooms and guidance counselor offices with this collection of depressing book quotes as motivational posters.