Banned books, new translation, and more

June 26, 2015

News, Reviews, and Interviews

Time magazine featured a debate sure to spark interest in readers. The article asked whether or not it was acceptable to write in books as part of interacting with literature.

In the wake of the recent challenge to ban several comic books from a class at Crafton Hills College (the challenge was declined), GeekSnack has published this list of 8 comic books in danger of censorship. 

With many cities in India adopting English as a primary language, it has also opened the door for new translations. This recent article in the Hans India addresses how this has allowed new readers access to a different vernacular and more translations of Indian literature. 

This article from the New York Times examines the way literature “can shock us with the textures and trials of lives not like our own.”

Quartz asks why books by South Asian women have similar covers (featuring fair women in saris) when the scope of literature is quite diverse. This trend seems to be more pervasive in the Western publishing industry.


Fun Finds and Inspiration

The Conversation website speculates: “The reasons why people embark on literary pilgrimages are as diverse as the kinds of fiction that inspire them.”

New Carnegie winner Amanda Craig shares some of her top reads for this summer and explains why this is a golden age for children’s literature. 

A piece from Harper’s Bazaar examines how classic literature offers fashion lessons by looking at text from Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, Giacomo Leopardi, and more.