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Reading your way round the world

Ann Morgan is a published freelance writer and sub-editor. Among her works is a special project she carried out inspired by the 2012 London Olympics. In a nutshell, Ann set out to read one book from each of the 196 UN-recognized countries. Quite simple, right?

Photo credit: Ann Morgan A Year of Reading the World

Wrong! As Ann found out, some countries have a mostly oral storytelling tradition, others are not too keen to have their authors read by westerners, or there are languages that have very little –or almost nothing- translated into English. So Ann decided to set up a blog and invite readers to suggest what books she should read about each country. She also grappled with what constitutes a national literature: is it only written by someone born in that country? Or is it written only about that country?

The blog A Year of Reading the World is now closed but you can still visit it in search of inspiration to read new authors –at least, new for you. Ann Morgan made a list of recommendations for each country and read and reviewed one book from each. It’s an interesting read in itself and a great source for avid readers who would like to venture into unknown territories.

I’ve already jotted down the name of a few authors and titles I want to read -even from my own country.


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From our contributors: week of May 20, 2013

Have a look at what some of our contributors have published on their blogs:

The Lighter, Astana. Photo credit: Celia

Mike, our contributor from Japan, published  a post titled One of the 170 Species Called Jatropha Plants is on Okinawa (Photos)

“It’s always a pleasure to give readers some interesting facts about plants and flowers. So, I go to great lengths researching any new ones I capture with the camera. Here are a few photos of Jatropha hastata found in the 21 Century Forest Park.That’s in Nago City, Okinawa, Japan and the plants were photographed Mar 11, 2013.” (more…)
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100 websites to learn about the UK

A group of the UK’s most prestigious libraries have put their heads together to select a list of 100 websites which will be essential reading for future generations trying to understand the UK in 2013. That means they are probably good reading for those in other countries trying to learn more about the UK.

Camberwell, London has a lively online community


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From our contributors: week of April 7, 2013

Some of our contributors have been busy at work publishing great content on their personal blogs. Here’s a roundup of those articles.

Ski, our contributor from Hong Kong, wrote about  fresh food at Hong Kong markets

Food can’t get fresher than this in Hong Kong. The buyer inspects a chicken and then picks one which is healthy, energetic and has bright feathers. The butcher wastes no time in weighing the chicken to determine a price.  The rest, most people will say, it should be history and the focus should be a happy meal on the table. (I wouldn’t want to go into more details, but let’s just say most butchers try to make it quick and painless for the chicken by heading directly for its jugular vein.) (more…)

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About the Argetinean railway network

In an article recently published on the website Global Voices, in its Spanish version, author Laura Schneider compiled a series of blog posts written by Argentinean bloggers about the country’s railway network ranging from its origins to how the railway influenced the development of town to the famous Tren a la Nubes (Train to the Clouds). (more…)

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From our contributors: week of February 4, 2013

Here’s some material our contributors have written on their personal blogs in the past few days.

Happy reading!

Mike, our contributor from Japan, published a photo essay on the 2013 Okinawa International Orchid Show. Let the photo speak for itself.

Photo credit: Ryukyu Mike

Anu, our contributor from India, wrote about the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai.

I have been attending the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival since its inception in 1999. I was then fresh out of college, had time on my hands, and I loved the opportunity to experience something as different as an Arts Festival in Mumbai. Over the years, I have seen the festival grow, become more popular, the addition of a variety of events offering something of interest to people of all ages. And I have enjoyed attending the festival, year after year….. Discovering something new each time, and of late, opening up an entire new world of art and creativity to my son. I still love attending the festival, and look forward to it each year, but it gives me even more pleasure when my 9 year old son opens the newspaper and yells out – “Amma, the Kala Ghoda festival has started! When are you taking me?”
Nargiza, our contributor from Kyrgyzstan, wrote about her feelings upon returning to London as “choking happiness”
Meeting the one you love, after long- time-no- see is always a test. A test for how true, stable and worthy the feelings are. It’s always a test for how true you or the party is. It’s a test for love. But when is happens in a right way there is nothing that as amazing and fulfilling. And you walk around drunk with happiness.
Ana, contributing editor, wrote about the architecture of downtown Dallas.
The Kirby Building (1509 Main St.) was built in 1913 in the Late Gothic style by Adolphus Busch, he of Budweiser fame. Originally, it housed offices and a department store. The lobby reminds me of a church with the decorative ribs of its ceiling and the marble staircase. The
views of Dallas from the 18th floor terrace are spectacular, including that of the red Pegasus.
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