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A Year of Reading the World: A Q&A with Ann Morgan

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Several years ago, writer Ann Morgan noticed that she didn’t read much literature from countries outside of the United Kingdom and United States — and had yet to dive into stories from around the globe. From this realization, her blog, A Year of Reading the World, was born. You can read about Ann’s journey in her new book, Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer, available now in the UK. (The US version, The World Between Two Covers, will be released on May 4.)

I chatted with Ann about the blog-to-book journey and her experience of reading and blogging about literature from 197 countries.

For readers new to A Year of Reading the World, can you talk about your original project — and how the blog came about?

A comment someone left on a blog I wrote four years back, A Year of Reading Women

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Book Art

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Cu ceva timp in urma descoperisem pe internet o poza a unei strazi din nu stiu ce tara, care era strajuita de niste carti imense (mai exact cotoare de carti). Am incercat sa dau de acea poza, insa am nimerit la o cu totul alta adresa, anume book art. Frunzarind prin siteuri, am pus ochii pe cativa artisti, si am ramas impresionata de maniera creativa in care transforma cartile. Unii sunt ingeniosi, altii foarte sensibili, imaginativi, dar in anumite cazuri am avut totusi senzatia ca artistul a intrat prea mult cu “bisturiul” lui creator in paginile cartii.

Am pus si linkuri, unde puteti vedea mai multe lucrari din aceeasi serie sau de acelasi artist. Merita sa ne rapim ceva timp ca sa admiram minunatiile astea. Unele sunt… geniale!

1. Brian Dettmer- book autopsies (super interesant)

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Left paw or right? Black, white or red? : Decoding the Lucky Cat

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What does it mean when a beckoning cat has its right paw or its left paw raised? What do the different cat colors mean? What about the coin the Lucky Cat holds, or the bib?  The meanings can vary from region to region within Japan, and some meanings have changed over time, but here is a general summary:

Tri-color Cat: (modeled after the Japanese bob-tail breed, this is a popular & traditional color for lucky cats, beckoning general good luck, wealth, prosperity)
White Cat: purity, happiness
Black Cat: safety, wards off evil and stalkers
Golden Cat: wealth and prosperity
Red Cat: protection from evil & illness (especially illness in children)
Pink Cat (a more modern color): love, relationships and romance
Green Cat (also a modern color): educations/studies

Right Paw raised: invites money and good fortune (usually to businesses)
Left Paw raised: invites customers…

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Registration is open for February’s Blogging U. courses!

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Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 are the same courses previously offered by Blogging U. Feel free to take them again, but be aware that we will cover the same topics.

Looking for a way to grow your blog, strengthen your technical blogging chops, develop a writing habit, connect with other bloggers, or all four? Welcome to Blogging U.

February’s Courses

Blogging U. courses are a great way to work toward your blogging goals, bolstered by our best advice and the support of other bloggers just like you. This February, we’re offering three courses:

I thought I knew something about blogging and that my blog is good enough. I thought I would cope alone. But this challenge showed me how much further can I go without even pushing that much, and how these fantastic people I’ve met are my everyday support.

– Anna at Tantoverde

Blogging 101: Zero to Hero (February 2 – 27)

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