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message 54: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 75 comments Barry wrote: "Such a useful resource of books. I'm interested in Spanish based books, written in English, but set in Spain whether fiction or nonfiction. Any advice?" One author you might like to try is Jason Webster who writes both fiction and nonfiction about 20th century and contemporary Spain. Giles Tremlett writes about contemporary Spain and its history. Ian Gibson, George Orwell, Laurie Lee and Gerald Brenan are others whose books about Spain are well worth a read. Spanish authors Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, María Dueñas and Arturo Pérez-Reverte have had many of their books translated into English. There are lots more books too on the Spain shelf of the Around the World in 80 books bookshelf, including translations from Spanish into English as well as authors writing in English about Spain.


message 53: by Barry (new)

Barry O'Leary (Bazteach) | 8 comments Such a useful resource of books. I'm interested in Spanish based books, written in English, but set in Spain whether fiction or nonfiction. Any advice?


message 52: by Rowen (last edited Oct 04, 2017 11:28AM) (new)

Rowen | 1 comments This is something I just found from TED. The maps that are included are really useful. If you click on a red place marker a book for that country is displayed.
https://ideas.ted.com/your-guide-to-r...


message 51: by Kristen (new)

Kristen | 1 comments Posted to Reddit today, a link to a list of the most iconic book set in 150 countries around the world.

https://geediting.com/blog/most-iconi...


message 50: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Darley | 1 comments Hi everyone! I'm currently studying for a postgrad in Publishing, and as part of my thesis I'm researching travel writing as a genre. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you wouldn't mind sparing two minutes to complete this survey. Thank you in advance!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FA...


message 49: by Mehreen (new)

Mehreen Ahmed (Mehreen2) | 6 comments Snapshots is a historical travel book. It is free now for promo from the following website.

http://www.cosmicteapot.net/press-rel...


message 48: by Terrence (new)

Terrence Perera (TerrencePerera) | 44 comments Writers and Readers of Sri Lankan Books
I am interested in contacting writers and readers of books with Sri Lankan backgrounds.


message 47: by Negar (new)

Negar | 1 comments traveling around the world and see every place of erth is very amazing and cool! learn and travel with this website (http://irandehkadeh.com/tour.cfm?id=132)


message 46: by Abdallah (new)

Abdallah Mohd | 1 comments Thank you for the brilliant recommendations. I saw this website (www.bookvoyage.co.uk) that does monthly country-themed book subscriptions, looks really cool! It's UK based but they ship worldwide.


message 45: by Leslie Ann (new)

Leslie Ann (leslie_ann) | 2 comments Thank you for this fantastic thread. I was wondering whether there is a website that lists native classics that are commonly taught in schools in the respective countries? Bonus points if English translations are available.


message 44: by Heather (new)

Heather Reyes (HeatherReyes) | 1 comments Stories from the City - www.storiesfromthecity.co.uk - helps readers (and city-breakers!) find the best books on favourite European cities. It focuses on fiction and non-fiction, including translations, as well as films, literary places to visit, literary walks, literary cafes and sometimes literary gifts!


message 43: by Anne (new)

Anne Trager (Anne_Trager) | 13 comments Le French Book -- www.lefrenchbook.com -- publishes translations of mysteries and thrillers from France. They've got noir, French-style cozies, espionage, action & adventure, police procedurals, historical thrillers and more.


message 42: by Jennifer (last edited Aug 13, 2016 05:32AM) (new)

Jennifer S. Alderson (JennifeSAlderson) | 108 comments I've used TripFiction and Packabook a lot, but several of these websites I hadn't heard of before. Thanks for compiling this amazing list!


message 41: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 9378 comments Michelle wrote: "For those of us who cannot resist adding to the already overflowing bookcases in our house....
These are publishers, mostly or entirely focused on translated or international books, that I keep a c..."


Good stuff. Thanks! I love Open Letter books. I'll check out the rest.


message 39: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (mbecken) | 6 comments For those of us who cannot resist adding to the already overflowing bookcases in our house....
These are publishers, mostly or entirely focused on translated or international books, that I keep a close eye on:
*Anansi International - http://houseofanansi.com/collections/...
*Archipelago Books - https://archipelagobooks.org - the books themselves are gorgeous, and a 12 month subscription works out to about $13/book, a double-bonus!
*And Other Stories - http://www.andotherstories.org
*Coffee House Press - http://coffeehousepress.org/books/
*Deep Vellum - http://deepvellum.org
*Europa Editions - http://www.europaeditions.com/catalog...
*New Directions - http://www.ndbooks.com/books/
*Norvik Press - http://www.norvikpress.com/new-public... - exclusively Scandinavian translations
*Milkweed Editions – www.milkweed.org
*Restless Books - http://www.restlessbooks.com
*One World Publications - https://oneworld-publications.com/cat...
*Open Letter Books - http://www.openletterbooks.org
*Dalkey Archive Press (referenced in a post above) is another good one.

This one just started in 2015, but has already published translations from some "less-popular" countries and languages (Burundi, Mongolia, Moldova):
Phoneme - http://www.phoneme.media/#!books/cee5


message 38: by Gloria (new)

Gloria Sun (sunrequiem) | 7 comments Library Genesis: http://gen.lib.rus.ec/
where I find almost all the books I read for free, including world literature


message 37: by Mary (new)

Mary D (WanderRoxyReads) | 2 comments Wow. Thanks so much for these resources


message 36: by Xainab (new)

Xainab Thank you so much for these fantastic resources! This is a truly amazing thread! <3


message 35: by Julie (new)

Julie Griffin | 15 comments Diane wrote: "Post any helpful websites for finding book settings and world authors here."

Thank you for this. Very helpful! I start here on Goodreads and have stumbled onto other resources but always glad to have more...


message 34: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (JMcKeit) Oh, this is a handy thread! So glad somebody started it!


message 33: by Thebooktrail (new)

Thebooktrail | 6 comments Simón wrote: "Hi, for Chilean literature there is this site of important national writers and culture: http://www.memoriachilena.cl/602/w3-p... (By the way, is in spanish)"

Fantastic thank you for sharing! Love Spanish language books


message 32: by Thebooktrail (new)

Thebooktrail | 6 comments Hi everyone!

Would love to hear what you think of the new Booktrail site -
Thebooktrail we've got books you can search for via location (Paris etc) or setting - ie books set in a house, books set on a beach etc. Would love to know what you think and suggest books you'd like to see?

Love this list of resources above - you can never have too many!

Clare x


message 31: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy Piper I'm hoping to find some books containing images relating to the Arctic Circle. Crossing my fingers. Any suggestions?


message 30: by Simón (last edited Feb 08, 2016 11:48AM) (new)

Simón | 1 comments Hi, for Chilean literature there is this site of important national writers and culture: http://www.memoriachilena.cl/602/w3-p... (By the way, is in spanish)


message 29: by Inis (new)

Inis Fal | 17 comments Wow! Thanks you so much for making all those websites available! Really amazing to be able to find so many wonderful books from so many different countries!


message 28: by Kristina (new)

Kristina | 1 comments Hi there,

You may have already seen this link but A Year of Reading the World is a blog that looked at books from all over the world during one year

http://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/the...

Thought it might be interesting to some members of this group


message 27: by Butterfly (new)

Butterfly Mentions | 9 comments Thank you so much for this awesome collection


message 26: by Jana (new)

Jana (Janoona) | 9 comments Dlmrose wrote: "A new find
TripFiction"


From all of the bunch this one looked the most interesting tbh! Only one thing: I guess you can't really tell if the reviews are really that valuable when there certainly isn't that big of a community as on goodreads. Still giving it a try, thanks! :3


message 25: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra (bermudianabroad) | 1 comments Another you may want to add: Eland Publishing- they specialise in older, classic travel writing. Reprints and rediscovered. A sprinkling of travel based fiction as well. A very eclectic mix.


message 24: by Norman (new)

Norman Peires (NormanPeires) | 1 comments This is such a helpful thread - thank you!


message 23: by Dlmrose (new)

Dlmrose | 213 comments A new find
TripFiction


message 22: by R.L. (new)

R.L. Stedman | 21 comments Hi I have found this great website:
www.bookssetin.com It comes complete with a drop down menu of countries and searchable lists of books set in all parts of the world. There's links to amazon, if you feel tempted.


message 21: by John (last edited Jul 08, 2013 04:10AM) (new)

John Brookes (readingtheworld) | 5 comments The Reading the World website at www.readingtheworld.co.uk charts a round the world journey by reading a book from every country which started back in 2009 and is still ongoing... There are more than 270 destinations listed and all books are set after 1990 (they are a mix of fiction and travel-lit non-fiction memoirs)


message 20: by Susan (last edited Jul 01, 2013 04:10PM) (new)

Susan | 233 comments Here is a list Eastern European writers
http://www.complete-review.com/mainde...

That whole website has an index according to nationalities if you look under review index.


message 19: by LindaD (new)

LindaD (freedom333) | 223 comments Diane wrote: "Some great links to help you find books set around the world:


Africa Book Club: http://www.africabookclub.com/
Lists African authors by country

African Books Collective: http://www.africanbooksc..."


this is a great list


message 18: by LindaD (new)

LindaD (freedom333) | 223 comments This is an app I found on my surface RT (windows 8) and is available as an app on windows 8 desktop and tablets. It has a wonderful catalog of open source sites to use for download. Some are foreign language sites as well.


message 17: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 9378 comments Packabook wrote: "Thanks Diane - it's a huge labour of love, and with more wonderful books coming out all the time I will never have them all on there - but I love discovering all the amazing books out there set in ..."

I know exactly what you mean! :)


message 16: by Packabook (new)

Packabook | 2 comments Thanks Diane - it's a huge labour of love, and with more wonderful books coming out all the time I will never have them all on there - but I love discovering all the amazing books out there set in fascinating countries. Now, if only I had time to read them all!


message 15: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 9378 comments Packabook wrote: "Hi - thank you to linking to Packabook in the resources above - just wanted to let you know, that while I do list travelogues and memoirs, as has been written above, the main focus of the site is o..."

Suzy, I edited the list to reflect that. Thanks so much for calling it to my attention. I love your website!


message 14: by Packabook (new)

Packabook | 2 comments Hi - thank you to linking to Packabook in the resources above - just wanted to let you know, that while I do list travelogues and memoirs, as has been written above, the main focus of the site is on fiction...
Thanks again,
Suzi


message 13: by Shriya (new)

Shriya | 13 comments AMAZING COLLECTION, thank you! <3


message 12: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 430 comments I found this blog of someone who is doing a world of reading in a year - she has some good reviews and it appears as though she is focusing on getting local writers, vice just books set in the country - http://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/the...


message 11: by Halban (new)

Halban Publishers (halbanpublishers) | 4 comments We publish fiction, memoirs, history, biography, books on the Middle East and of Jewish interest. Please take time to explore our books and come back regularly for the latest reviews and upcoming events.

http://www.halbanpublishers.com/index...


message 10: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 430 comments don't know if anyone knew about this, but every month GR picks a country for its Literature at Every Latitude and highlights a book - the link can be found here - http://www.goodreads.com/featured_lis...

i've already read most of the countries - but there are a few that are new to me


message 9: by LindaD (new)

LindaD (freedom333) | 223 comments Deedee wrote: "I'm not sure where to put this info .... It relates to finding books set in the Western States of the USA. There is a website dedicated to Zane Grey that lists all of his novels, provides a one- t..."

nice, thanks!


message 8: by Deedee (last edited Oct 14, 2011 11:34AM) (new)

Deedee | 135 comments I'm not sure where to put this info .... It relates to finding books set in the Western States of the USA. There is a website dedicated to Zane Grey that lists all of his novels, provides a one- to two- sentence summary, and lists which Western State the novel is set in. Here's the link:
http://www.zgws.org/frontier.php

And, Louis L'Amour's website has an even better setup. Here's the link of his novels, grouped by year published:
http://www.louislamour.com/chronology...
Click on a title; the page that comes up has a link to a detailed map of the area that novel is set in.
Or another way into Louis L'Amour's site:

http://www.louislamour.com/Maps/map_t...

All Westerns would count for USA. However, different westerns would count for different states for those of us doing the 50 state challenge.


message 7: by Jayme VA (new)

Jayme VA | 43 comments I picked up a great book- Reading on Location: A Guide to Great Books Set in the World's Top Destinations. It was really helpful for the last challenge. It basically gives a few fiction and nonfiction books for a whole bunch of countries and is really easy to look through.


message 6: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 430 comments i've found, by using the catalog at the libary, if I search by county+fiction, or country+biography etc, I tend to get some good hits and have found quite a few books that way


message 5: by Dlmrose (new)

Dlmrose | 213 comments Longitude Books- Recommended Reading for Travelers

Mostly non-fiction: travel narratives, bio/autobiography, natural history, etc. but some fiction. A retail site, they do offer a monthly e-letter with featured destinations


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