A Book is a Dream in Your Hand

July 21, 2016

Reading is a passion that needs to be fostered from an early age. It’s been over a decade now since my father entered the field of publishing. As a child, I saw him toiling but with a permanent smile on his face and the little brightness of the sun. My day would begin with my father...

Banning Children’s Literature: The Right to Read

Literature helps young people realize they are not alone in the world. The National Children’s Book and Literary Alliance (NCBLA), founded by young people’s authors and illustrators, believes that literacy is far more than the ability to read. Its primary function is as an advocacy and...

Literary Censorship: A Nigerian Case Study

July 15, 2014

In Nigeria, close monitoring of the arts and literary scenes by authorities dates back to military rule. When the film adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s literary masterpiece, Half of a Yellow Sun, was announced, many Nigerians cheered. For those who had read the book, it meant seeing Olanna...

From the Ashes, History Preserved: Engraving Books in China

June 24, 2014

To protect against the burning of manuscripts, Chinese masters turned to engraving books on stone. A New Yorker cartoon shows two men walking past the US Congress. One says to the other: “Hey, the Constitution isn’t engraved in stone.” True, but in China many important works are and,...