Words without Borders June news: Writing from Equatorial Guinea

This June on WWB: New Writing from Equatorial Guinea 

Writing from Equatorial Guinea  

This month at WWB, explore the literature of Equatorial Guinea—the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa. Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel recalls his remote island home, Trifonia Melibea Obono Ntutumu describes a hellish cab ride and meditates on the treatment of women in Equatorial Guinea, and graphic novelist Jamón y Queso lampoons the man in charge in a searing piece of satire. 

Also make sure to read Jethro Soutar's introduction to contemporary Equatorial Guinean writing, and to the authors featured this month. 


Carol Brown Janeway to receive 2014 Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature

Carol Brown Janeway, senior vice-president and senior editor at Alfred A. Knopf, and distinguished literary translator, will be the recipient of the 2014 Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature. The Ottaway Award will be presented to Ms. Janeway at the annual Words without Borders gala on October 28, 2014 in New York City, chaired by Maria B. Campbell. more>>>

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