Subscription: Around the World

This subscription features a blend of fiction and non-fiction from every continent. Travel across the globe, hear from a diverse range of writers and gain new perspectives from the comfort of your favorite reading nook. Explore cornerstones of national literatures as well as works that eschew tradition and challenge the status quo with an emphasis on minority, indigenous, or LGBT authors.

Possible authors include Jorge Luis Borges, Audre Lorde, Arundhati Roy, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche.

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Here's an excerpt from our Q&A with our Around the World subscription curator, Devon Dunn

Why did you decide to create the Around the World subscription?

I'm a homebody with perennial wanderlust, so I love books that help me connect with people, places, and cultures that are totally unlike mine. Writing and reading are both generally private activities, yet books allow two people to commune and communicate across vast distances in space and time. I also like to seek out authors and titles that help give a voice to underrepresented experiences: What's it like to be queer in Nigeria? How does someone preserve their indigenous heritage in the face of colonialism? Are Russian winters really that cold?

If you could speak any language, which would it be?

I'm fascinated with dead languages, so maybe Akkadian or Middle Egyptian--gotta be able to banish a mummy when the need arises!

Which talent would you most like to have?

Read music--I would love to be able to look at a score and hear a whole orchestra in my head.

Which Hogwarts House would you be in?

When I was in middle school I went to an exhibit of the original props from Sorcerer's Stone and THE sorting hat told me I was in Hufflepuff. At the time, I was crushed (I was very convinced I was a Gryffindor). But over the years I've come to realize that movie prop was right all along and I'm finally comfortable in my Hufflepuff-ness. GO BADGERS!

If you could visit any country, which would it be?

New Zealand. I'm not sure if I could stomach all those hours on a plane to get there, though.

Read more of our Q&A with Devon here. Have any questions about this program? Email us at subscription@bookculture.

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