Hemingway’s take on life’s not fair, get over it

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” -Ernest Hemingway I grew up reading Ernest Hemingway, and devoured most of his works in my younger years, but I couldn’t say he was ever a favorite author of mine. Yet, in this odd age of “Words are violence!” and a quest…

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A political writer by default

“If you live in a country where politics are oppressive and you write—or try to write—you can’t avoid being a political writer.” —Josef Škvorecký Insightful words from Czech author relocated to Canada, Josef Škvorecký. I read a lot of Škvorecký, in both English and Czech, when I was living and working in Prague after the…

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Libri come … liberta’ – Rome

Books are like … freedom. This is the title of the literature festival taking place in these days in Rome, Italy. Held at Rome’s Auditorium – Renzo Piano’s structure located in Rome’s Flaminio neighborhood, this literature festival has a lot on the agenda, including scheduled book talks with Italian and foreign authors. Each author taking…

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A new award for African literary voices

Exciting news that the French literary award, the Prix Orange du Livre, will be celebrating its tenth year by launching a new award aimed at African authors. You can see more in this article (in French). For this first year of the award, editors must submit works that were published between 1 January 2017 and…

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Alice Munro on small town stories

“The writers of the American South were the first writers who really moved me because they showed me that you could write about small towns, rural people, and that kind of life I knew very well.” Alice Munro I like this quote from short story writer Alice Munro. And if anyone knows how to tell…

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Quality over quantity – E.M. Forster

“My regret is that I haven’t written a bit more.” E.M. Forster I was surprised to read E.M. Forster’s regret – if anything, it proves that harboring regrets makes no sense. It’s true that the British writer Forster (1879-1970) only wrote six novels (one published posthumously) over his long lifetime – in addition to his…

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