3 websites to explore and learn more about world literature

African Books Collective    

African Books Collective is a great site to introduce yourself to historical and contemporary African authors and African literature. It is a non-profit organisation that is based in Oxford in the UK, but founded, owned and governed by a group of African publisher across some 24 countries on the continent. African Books Collective has some 2,500 print titles from Africa, of which 800 are also ebooks – scholarly, literature and children’s books. The books are categorised into 17 separate titles:


I have been a member of Goodreads for some years now. It is like a global book club. The website is free and has a huge library of world literature from individuals around the world. It’s a bit like TripAdvisor for book lovers! You can view everyone’s bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can post your own reviews and catalogue what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future. The world book club dimension is where you can join a discussion group, start a book club, contact an author, and even post your own writing. You can check out books, authors, etc,, from around the world. For example the great list of African literature is accessed at http://www.goodreads.com/genres/africa

Poetry International Rotterdam

This website lists world poets A-Z from  93 countries around the world, provides a bio and has some interesting links in each. There are some audio poems and videos by the authors – but in their local language!

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