In the 1980s and 90s, many young people of color grow up without much representation in literature or media. But today’s young adult books are bolder and willing to dive into complex, social justice issues.
Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels have become global hits. They are rife with love and sex and the mob — and commentary about language. This week on the podcast we explore Italy's linguistic history and the tensions between Italian dialects and the lingua franca.
Roddy Doyle made a splash in the mid-1980s with his first novel, The Commitments. He then took those characters on two more journeys with The Snapper and then The Van. Afterwards, he put them on a shelf for more than 20 years. But Ireland's recent economic crisis brought him back to the world of Jimmy Rabbitte's Dublin in a new novel called The Guts.
Legendary writer Gabriel García Márquez put Latin America and magic realism on the literary map with his influential novels. From style to content, he is beloved by writers and readers around the globe.
South African writer and Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer has died at her home in Johannesburg at the age of 90. The accomplished novelist was also beloved for her staunch anti-apartheid activism and mentoring of black South African writers.
Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation to rename 63 different thoroughfares and public places throughout the city. Soon, 63rd Drive in Queens will be the first city street named after a Russian writer — Sergei Dovlatov, whose stories appeared in the New Yorker. And his wife still lives there.