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Thursday, September 4, 2008 10:58 am
Quickly: Meanie, Medina, Authoritarianism, Wao!
Posted by: Keir Graff

For authors and would-be authors, a valuable reminder that, when basing your characters on real-life people, you should change more than just the names. Like their gender, for instance. Or your mean-spirited worldview. (“Director: Library Diaries Author Invaded Patrons’ Privacy,” American Libraries)

Sherry Jones’ The Jewel of Medina will be published after all, in Britain (“Controversial ‘child bride of Muhammad’ novel finds UK publisher,” by Alison Flood, The Guardian). Also in Spain, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Germany and Brazil (“British Firm to Publish Controversial Novel,” Washington Post). Serbia? That didn’t work out so well.

Authoritarianism is good for literature, as it turns out. NPR’s Gregory Feifer strives to put the emPHAsis on the correct sylLABle (“Russian Literary Boom Linked to Authoritarianism“).

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a winner (Dayton Literary Peace Prize). But we already knew that.


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