Arabic Science Fiction for Teens Ajwan (Oye! Times)
Impressing young adults is a difficult undertaking, and Noura Al Noman admirably attempts to reach teen Arabic readers with Ajwan, almost certainly the first contemporary Arabic science fiction novel for young adults out of the Emirates.
Though the gender disparity in literature may be shrinking, women authors still struggle to receive recognition for their work.
Vida, a non-profit organization dedicated to women in the literary arts, compiled data that breaks down statistics of book reviews. Of the 988 authors reviewed in The New York Times, about 40 percent of the books were written by women. On The New York Times Bestsellers List for hardcover fiction, six of the top 10 books were written by men.
Move Over Sci-Fi—Here comes Climate Fiction (The Daily Beast)
Climate fiction (Cli Fi) is the literature of our planet in transformation. Focusing specifically on human-created climate change, it allows readers to imagine and experience its complexity. Extrapolated from scientific data rather than pure imagination, climate fiction draws attention to the physical, political, and socio-economic changes that will no doubt be required to mitigate and adapt to the ever-increasing threat of global warming, such as reorientation of economies, government intervention, and changes to mass consumption practices.
The rise of the Irish literary magazine (Independent)
Many well-known international writers got their start in literary magazines: Philip Roth and TC Boyle in The Paris Review; Flannery O’Connor, Anne Sexton and Cormac McCarthy in The Sewanee Review, with most significant Irish writers, from Swift to Heaney, cutting their literary teeth in Irish journals.
Children’s books that feature black main characters offer both “validation” and “possibilities” said Joy E .Triche, founder of Tiger Stripe Publishing.
“I think it serves as a mirror and a possibility of what they can do and be,” she said.
Recent titles released by her children’s books publishing company — created in 2014 — are “Q Saves The Sun” by Isaac Perry and “How I Became We” by Raquel L. Monroe. The Chicago-based independent publisher of children’s book focuses on books that celebrate diverse people.