This month we feature new YA writing from around the world.
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December 2014: Around the Globe: International Young Adult Writing 

This month we explore a world of new YA writing

Brage Prize-winning Norwegian graphic novelist Inga Sætre follows the news of an unexpected arrival in her account of the life of a teenage girl. 

Québécois writer and winner of the Prix Saint-Exupéry Valeurs Jeunesse Michel Noël describes the world of a young Inuit boy about to embark on a life-changing journey.
Palestinian author Ahlam Bisharat shows a girl shielding a younger child from the harshness of war while struggling to understand it herself.

And more by Ricardo Chávez Castañeda (Mexico), Muhammed Zafar Iqbal (Bangladesh), Tamta Melashvili (Georgia), Jessica Schiefauer (Sweden), Zoran Drvenkar (Germany), and Koo Byung-Mo (South Korea). 

Special thanks to guest editors Briony Everroad and Daniel Hahn

We're also delighted to present a selection of new poetry from Uruguay edited by Jesse Lee Kercheval, including work by Andrea Durlacher, Victoria Estol, Fabián Severo, and Paula Simonetti

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WWB Events 

Around the Globe: International Diversity in YA Writing 

Where: New York Public Library, Main Branch, South Court Auditorium 
When: Wednesday, December 10, 6:00 PM
Who: Padma Venkatraman, Arthur A. Levine, Briony Everroad, Marc Aronson, and Roxanne Hsu-Feldman 



Words without Borders and the New York Public Library present a discussion of the vibrant and compelling world of international YA. Join our distinguished panelists, including Padma Venkataraman, Briony Everroad, Roxanne Hsu-Feldman, and Arthur A. Levine in a wide-ranging conversation about diversity and international voices in YA writing today, moderated by editor, author and professor of Library Sciences Marc Aronson. This event coincides with the launch of WWB’s December issue, dedicated to the best new YA writing from around the world, from countries including Georgia, Bangladesh, Germany, Norway, South Korea, and many more.

Co-presented by Words without Borders and the New York Public Library


Magdaléna Platzová at the New Literature from Europe Festival 

Join WWB author Magdaléna Platzová at the New Literature from Europe Festival in New York City, Friday December 5 and Saturday December 6. Other featured authors include Susanne Scholl, Georgi Tenev, Julia Deck, Nicol Ljubić, János Háy, Davide Longo, Hanna Krall, and Lucian Dan Teodorovici. More details here

The City and the Writer: In A Coruña with Marta López Luaces
By Nathalie Handal 

Can you describe the mood of A Coruña as you feel/see it?

MLL: It is a melancholic city but not sad. A Coruña is very tranquil, although its slow pace hides a vibrant mood underneath. more>>>
Stories from the Country of the Dead 
By Juan Pablo Villalobos

Last year, I was invited to write a story for a Latin American crime fiction anthology.  The idea was to use elements borrowed from murder mysteries and noir to reflect on the reality in our countries. more>>>
Where Is My Home? Michelle Woods on Translating the Work of Jakuba Katalpa
By Michelle Woods 

When I was looking for my aunt’s grave a couple of years back in the New Jewish Cemetery in Prague, I came across a section of maybe eight or nine recent burial mounds. I felt a sudden burst of gladness because, for all its oddness as a reaction, these recent deaths meant that there was still an active Jewish community. more>>>
Megha Majumdar Reviews Eduardo Halfon's Monastery 

In Halfon's Monastery, our narrator asserts the accidental nature of nationality. more>>>
John W. W. Zeiser Reviews Sakutarō  Hagiwara's Cat Town 

Hagiwara’s poetry is a strange mixture of gloomy wonderment.

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