Lit Lists

  • A Global Perspective on a Global War
    December 7, 2014 | Andrea Grice
    On this day seventy-three years ago, the Japanese attacked the American military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, successfully provoking the United States to enter a war that had already been occupying t...
  • Sculpture of person reading a book in a park with red flowers
    September 23, 2014 | Jen Rickard Blair
    Photo by Nèg Foto Whether you’re looking for a quick escape on your midday break or a quiet lunch with that always entertaining friend, literature, this list includes five short works of fiction that...
  • Little Bee
    January 22, 2014 | Janny Gandhi
    Photo by Anuska Sampedro/Flickr The United States prides itself upon being, as the clichéd phrase goes, “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” However, whenever the courageous refugees fle...
  • The Zookeeper's Wife
    January 13, 2014 | Justin Mai
    The recent movie adaptation of the novel Ender’s Game, along with the continued strife in Syria, remind us that, reality or fantasy, genocide is a topic we are unable to avoid. Whether in the...
  • November 6, 2013 | Kyle Margerum
    People often say food is good for the soul, not just the stomach. Well, literature is a lot like food—it comforts the soul in ways nothing else can. A good book takes you to a place, a time, you have...
  • International Halloween Literature
    October 24, 2013 | Janny Gandhi
    “Halloween wraps fear in innocence, as though it were a slightly sour treat. Let terror, then, be turned into a treat.” – Nicholas Gordon As All Hallows’ Eve approaches, prepare yourself for lurki...
  • June 5, 2013 | Sarah Smith
    Poetry has a long history in the Middle East (as author Khaled Furani examines in one of the new books listed below), and Palestinians in the footsteps of Mahmoud Darwish and many other predecessors a...
  • June 3, 2013 | Jen Rickard Blair
    “Resiliency is the transformative process in life that changes the dark coal of adversity into a brilliant clear diamond of strength. It is the force that energizes us to grow through diversity or cha...
  • April 30, 2013 | Melissa Weiss
    1. He wrote the song “A Boy Named Sue” popularized by Johnny Cash. Johnny Cash - A Boy Named Sue (Live At San... by DJ_DirtyDevil   2. In 1956 he started drawing comics for...
  • April 24, 2013 | Melissa Weiss
    The Man from Snowy River (1982, Australia) Director: George Miller; Screenplay: Cul Cullen, John Dixon; Poem: Banjo Patterson (same title) Jim Craig is eighteen when his father dies, and to...
  • April 22, 2013 | Melissa Weiss
    Retrato de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. por Miguel Cabrea, 1750.  Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651–95) was born in San Miguel Nepantla, Tepetlixpa, Mex...
  • Outside Your Window: First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies
    April 15, 2013 | Melissa Weiss
    While we’re celebrating poetry, let’s not overlook the poets who have written for children. Here are five international poets you should know, all of whom have included children’s poetry among their w...
  • Nelson Mandela
    April 10, 2013 | Molly Evans
    In the wake of the complicated legacy left behind by Venezuela’s late president, Hugo Chavez, we take a look at new books from around the world that tell the stories of political and revolutionary lea...
  • February 11, 2013 | Laura Hernandez
    Katniss Everdeen of Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games trilogy is just one recent example among many brave, inspiring female protagonists in young adult fiction. Today we extend our gaze acro...
  • WLT in Reviews 2012
    December 20, 2012 | Marla Johnson
    We are getting ready for our holiday break at WLT, wrapping up our year and tying up all the loose ends. As we prepare to go out the door and lock up the office until next year, we want to le...
  • November 29, 2012 | Sarah Smith
    Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2004, England) Susanna Clarke It’s 1806 and Britain is ravaged by the Napoleonic Wars—that is, until a Mr Norrell comes to the aid of his country with his magic. Soon,...
  • October 24, 2012 | Melissa Weiss
    A poet often sculpts language to invoke memory, feelings, and reflection. In this list of found poems, we discovered seven memorial sites all over the world that have incorporated poetry to commemorat...
  • Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    October 4, 2012 | Jen Rickard Blair
    As Banned Books Week comes to a close, we shift our gaze upon the censorship of authors on an international scale. Below is a list of 17 books that have been banned in the last decade. The original ve...
  • August 27, 2012 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    In May, we posted a list of 10 Unusual Micro Libraries that we discovered across the world and then opened the forum to you, our readers, to submit your own sightings of unusual or unique libraries. F...

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