Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Expanding Horizons Challenge

I know, I know, I did say NO more challenges, but this one looks good. I'm also doing this because I was not able to complete the "New Notions" challenge, and I feel a bit guilty about that. This challenge sort of covers the same area.

Expanding Horizons This runs from January to April 2008 (that's 4 months)

I've decided that for this challenge I want the focus to be on the nationality of the author, rather than the characters. The books can be fiction or nonfiction; adult or YA; and can cross over to as many other challenges as you want.

There are two ways to approach this challenge.
Either read four books by authors in one of the six categories (you can read more than one category, but you must read four books [in each category]; not two books in one category and two in another) OR read six books, one from each of the six categories.

The categories are:

1. African/African-American.
2. Asian/Asian-American (This is not just East Asian -- Chinese, Korean and Japanese -- but also Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, and the Central Asian -Stans.)
3. Hispanic/Latin American
4. Indian/Indian-American (Again, books by Indian authors; not books by white authors set in India.)
5. Middle Eastern (Iran, Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Turkey...)
6. Native Peoples (Can include Native American, Inuit, Polynesian --Maori, Samoan, etc -- Siberian natives and Australian Aborigines.)

So now what authors do I want to read. (edited to add list)
I have decided to read 4 books from the Middle East.

The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
still need to find 2 more.

(oh yeah, and this is post number 200!!)


Melissa said...

I'm glad you've decided to do this challenge. I'm interested in seeing what your list is! I answered your Middle East question over at my blog.

Historia said...

I tried doing this challenge, but failed miserably. I could not find any books with authors born in the required countries. Most books written about foreign countries are by western authors, and most asian/african authors tend to write about the western world, not about their own countries.