Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Reading outside the Western World

How "worldly" is your reading?
This post started as a panel at Westercon 71/ Myths and Legends Con 6. It was presented on Saturday, July 7, 2018, by panelists Olivia Wylie, Stant Litore, and Amalie Howard.

From L-R: Amalie Howard, Stant Litore, and Olivia Wylie at their Saturday Westercon/MALCon panel.

They discussed the lively and fascinating world literary scene, and the diverse literary works that are becoming more and more widely available in English. During the panel, Wylie announced that she was compiling a list of the books, stories, and resources mentioned during the panel discussion.

She has kept her word. Better yet, she has agreed to let me share her list on here on my blog. Links within the list are those provided by Olivia Wylie. Cover artwork and other imagery chosen to illustrate the list on this post, as well as links embedded outside the list, have been my choices.


These logos represent some but far from all of the resources on Olivia's valuable list!


Yet a fourth collection of covers, and we still haven't exhausted the list! L-R: Arresting God in Kathmandu, by Samrat Upadhyay; Memories of Sun, ed. by Jane Kurtz; Wavemen, by Robin and Cory Childs & associates; The Roads of the Roma, ed. by Ian Hancock, Siobhan Dowd, and Rajko Djurić; and Nyota's Tyrannosaur, by Stant Litore.

For The Kiddos
The Desert Is My Mother/El Desierto Es Mi Madre-Pat Mora

Yes, I did have a hard time narrowing it down. Here are young peoples' book covers for: All the Colors of the Earth, by Sheila Hamanaka; Ming Lo Moves the Mountain, by Arnold Lobel (bilingual English and Hmong); The Story of Noodles, by Ying Chang Compestine, illustrated by YongSheng Xuan; Aru Shah and the End of Time, by Roshani Chokshi; The Desert is my Mother, by Pat Mora, illustrated by Daniel Lechon (bilingual English and Spanish); and The Serpent's Secret, by Sayantani DasGupta 

As panelist Amalie Howard put it, "Diversity isn't a 'trend.' It's a reflection of the world as it is." This list is truly a trove of wonders that traverse the world as it is--and as it might be, given a rich imagination and a world of fantastic possibilities.

I hope you'll explore it for untold riches! And if you have additional suggestions, please offer them in the Comments section! We'll all be the richer for it!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS and IMAGES: First of all, MANY, many, many thanks to Olivia Wylie, for compiling this list, and also to Stant Litore and Amalie Howard, for their suggestions for it and participation in a fascinating panel discussion.
The photograph of the panelists at Westercon 71/MALCon 6 was taken by Jan S. Gephardt, with permission. If you wish to reblog or repost it, please credit Jan as the photographer, and identify (ideally with hyperlinks to their websites!) Amalie, Stant, and Olivia, plus please include a link back to this post, as well. Thanks!
The logos representing some of the websites in the "Resources" list are those of Escape Pod, PodCastle, Native Realities Press, and Singing Bones, for all of which, I thank them!
For the five covers in Book Collection One, I owe many thanks to Amazon: Lagoon, by Nnedi Okorafor; Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Is'Nana The Were-Spider, by Greg Anderson Elysee, illustrations by Walter Ostlie; and Ghana Must Go, by Taiye Selasi; and to  Marcellus Jackson, via Djele's DeviantART page, for the Steamfunk! cover.
For the five covers in Book Collection Two, I once again owe thanks to Amazon, for Dream Keeper, by Morrie RuvinskyLabyrinth Lost, by Zoraida CórdovaMulengro, by Charles de LintThe Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker; and The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline.
For the third set of book covers I'd like to thank Penguin/Random House, for the cover for Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed, as well as Amazon for these covers: Want, by Cindy PonThe Sea is Ours, ed. by Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng The Mistress of Spices, by Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni; and  The Years of Rice and Salt, by Kim Stanley Robinson
For the fourth set of book covers, I'd like to thank Moko Press for the cover of Wavemen, by Robin and Cory Childs & associates; and Stant Litore for the cover art for Nyota's Tyrannosaur. Many thanks to Amazon, for these covers: Arresting God in Kathmandu, by Samrat UpadhyayMemories of Sun, ed. by Jane Kurtz; and The Roads of the Roma, ed. by Ian Hancock, Siobhan Dowd, and Rajko Djurić
Certainly not least, I am grateful to Amazon, once again, for all the covers in the Youth Collection: All the Colors of the Earth, by Sheila HamanakaMing Lo Moves the Mountain, by Arnold LobelThe Story of Noodles, by Ying Chang Compestine, illustrated by YongSheng XuanAru Shah and the End of Timeby Roshani ChokshiThe Desert is my Mother, by Pat Mora, illustrated by Daniel Lechonand The Serpent's Secret, by Sayantani DasGupta
My deepest gratitude goes out to all resources named!

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