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Literary websites worth a visit

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Literary Blogs

Moorish Girl
Site of author Laila Lalami. The site features book reviews of all kinds, but with an emphasis (intentional or not) on multicultural literature.

The Millions
Well written, thoughtful reviews about a variety of books.  Has a helpful index.

Metaxu Café
MetaxuCafé is devoted to highlighting the best content from the community of bloggers who write about books.

Detectives Without Borders
"Because Murder is More Fun Away From Home" is their motto—a fun blog for fans of international crime fiction.

Frequently updated blog focusing on South Asian literature. The site has a generous list of links to other South Asia-related resources on the internet.

Punjab Panorama
Blog of the print publication by the same name covering literature, politics, arts and culture.

The Elegant Variation
Excellent literary blog chosen by Los Angeles Magazine as a "top blog."

Brit Lit Blogs
A compilation of the best posts from six British blogs about books, literature, and culture.

Critical Mass
Blog of the (US) National Book Critics’ Circle, a great ongoing discussion among some people whose opinions definitely affect what we see on bookstore shelves and consequently what we all read.

Our Latin America
The creators of this blog call it "The English-language forum for all things Latin American, covering business, politics, and culture."

ABR Blog
Blog of the Australian Book Review. All the book buzz straight from Oz.

Reviews and news about Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Literature

Other book-related websites with significant international or Pacific Rim content

Words Without Borders
An excellent source for literature in translation from all over the world that even includes a Pacific Rim section specifically. The website also features a blog.

Global Voices Online
Global Voices Online is a non-profit global citizens’ media project founded at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a research think-tank focused on the Internet’s impact on society. Not strictly a literary site, but  a search on the site for "Asia" plus "literature," for example, will yield many results.

Reading the World
Website of the Reading the World project. Now in its third year, Reading The World is an exciting collaboration between US booksellers and publishers interested in bringing international voices to the attention of readers.

World Literature Today
World Literature Today, website of the magazine by the same name, has interviews and original poetry and fiction from around the globe, lively essays on writers and regional trends, authors on books that changed their lives, travel writing, a column on children’s literature, author profiles, and coverage of the other arts, culture, and politics as it intersects with literature.

Library Thing
A fabulous website that allows users to catalogue their personal libraries online. It’s also a great way to see what other people with tastes similar to your town are reading (for example international literature), to join discussions about books and more. It’s a bookaholic’s dream, but be warned. It’s highly addictive.

Poetry Sky
The first bilingual poetry website in the world publishing both English and Chinese versions of poetry. It was founded in December 2004 by Yidan Han, a Chinese
poet based in Providence, Rhode Island. belongs to Poetrysky, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in poetry, enhancing poetic exchange between American, English, and Chinese poets, and encouraging artistic creativity in poetry writing.

Mysteries Around the World
On the Tulsa City Library website, a nice selection of mysteries from the Pacific Rim and elsewhere. Has a clickable map to help you find what you’re looking for.

Canadian Literature
A well-established journal (also in print) of current Canadian literature published at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Parabas Translation
An excellent website featuring Bengali literature in English translation.

Australian Book Review
Offers extensive coverage of Australian books and literary culture. (Also in print form.)

Provides a forum for the poetry, prose, reviews, interviews, photography, and artwork of or about New Zealand and Pacific writers and artists. A new issue is posted annually.

Mostly Fiction Book Reviews
A great, user-friendly source of original, substantive reviews of novels published in the US. The site has well-organized sections on "world literature" and "Latin American" literature in translation. Updated monthly.

Poetry International Web
A worldwide forum for poetry on the internet. PIW brings you news, reviews, essays, interviews and discussion, and hundreds of poems by acclaimed modern poets from all around the world, both in the original language and in English translation. The site has an emphasis on Chinese and Taiwanese poetry.

Manoa Journal
A beautifully and lovingly published bi-annual journal that deals specifically with writing from and about the countries and cultures in the Pacific Basin. Each issue focuses on a particular part of the region, such as Indonesia or New Zealand literature. While the full text of the journal is only available in print, the site is worth a visit, and taking out a paid subscription is highly recommended. The writing, together with the gorgeous photographs and graphics included in each issue make it a very special publication.

The Asian Review of Books
This site, published by Hong Kong bookseller Paddyfield’s, features a generous number of reviews of current titles about Asia together with links to reviews from major newspapers in the UK and USA.

Latin American Network Information Center’s Literature in Latin America Page
Good directory of resources on Latin American liaterature, many in Spanish, some in Englishi.