Book Culture in Oaxaca de Juárez

Oaxaca, Mexico’s fifth biggest state, is located in the southeast of the country. It is not only known for its size, but also for its ethnic diversity: More than 50 % of the population identify as indigenous. Fifteen distinct groups, the largest of whom are Zapotec and Mixtec, are recognized by the Mexican government, but many more exist without official acknowledgement. Book Culture in Oaxaca de Juárez weiterlesen

A Literary Portrait of Seattle

Before arriving in Seattle, I imagined the Pacific Northwest as perennially rainy and gray, the perfect setting for the evolution of Grunge in the nineties. In mid-May, however, I was met with a week of perpetual sunshine and an array of all things literary that rival Seattle’s reputation as a hotbed for music. Specialty bookstores like the science book store Ada’s Technical Books, Open Books, one of four poetry-only stores in the US, and the community cookbook store Book Larder form a surprising complement to the chain-oriented big business of tech giants Google and Amazon. A Literary Portrait of Seattle weiterlesen