The Global Literature in Libraries Initiative – My January 2021 Blog Takeover

Last year in the doldrums of 2020 employment opportunities I received an email that really excited me from Karen van Drie.

Karen is an American librarian working in Istanbul, Turkey and is as Executive Editor of the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative — a collection of publishers, translators, librarians and authors working to get more of the world’s literature into English-language libraries. The Global Literature in Libraries Initiative strives to raise the visibility of world literature for adults and children at the local, national and international levels. You can follow their work three ways:

  1. On Facebook at the hashtag #GlobalLiteratureinLibrariesInitiative,
  2. On Twitter at @GlobalLitin, and
  3. You can subscribe to their blog and receive it directly in your email inbox.

On the blog they allow writers, translators and librarians to guest edit for a month at a time on a theme of their choice. Sometimes, these even include blogging with a specific country focus, like

Karen had come across my project of making a list of all the novels written by South African women writers since 1994 and wondered – would I be keen to take on a month guest edit of the blog with a focus on just that? YES PLEASE, I replied, but in much more subtle professional language. In our Skype meeting she advised me that it was quite a bit of work for a volunteer opportunity, but I was EXCITED.

I reached out to writers, translators, podcasters, bloggers and bookstagrammers asking them if they’d like to contribute. Many people I reached out to were too overwhelmed by COVID and their own personal and professional endeavours to commit, but several people agreed to help. I am grateful to all of them!

So now, the month has begun and will run until the end of January. The first few posts are already up! I’ll keep updating the list below as this month goes on, so you can follow along on the blog.

Stay tuned!

Hope you enjoy!