Jean Casella
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Patricia O'Toole commented on the blog post 'Found in Translation: What to Read for International Women's Day'
"Great idea! And thanks for the list. The editors at Words Without Borders might be a source of more titles."
Mar 14, 2010
Naomi Thiers commented on the blog post 'Found in Translation: What to Read for International Women's Day'
"Thank you SO much for this important listing. I don't think I've read anything by an Iraqi or Afghan woman, and this makes me want to aim to do so. I'll also check out Belletrista--what a beautiful name! Naomi"
Mar 12, 2010
Kim Steutermann Rogers commented on the blog post 'Found in Translation: What to Read for International Women's Day'
"Thanks for sharing this list, Jean. And I'd vote in favor of your proposed federal law."
Mar 9, 2010
Deborah Siegel commented on the blog post 'Found in Translation: What to Read for International Women's Day'
"Love this post, Jean - thank you!!"
Mar 9, 2010
Sandra Hunter commented on the blog post 'Found in Translation: What to Read for International Women's Day'
"This is fantastic, Jean. I'm going to track down a few of these and see if I can get them onto the reading lists at my college."
Mar 8, 2010
K.E. Hoffman commented on the blog post 'Found in Translation: What to Read for International Women's Day'
"Thanks for this list (and dream law) -- great ideas."
Mar 8, 2010
A blog post by Jean Casella was featured

Found in Translation: What to Read for International Women's Day

Here's an idea for a new federal law: Before the United States can go to war with any country, all literate Americans must read one book by a writer from that country (poetry, fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction only--no dry political tretises). This single requirement would go a long way toward ensuring that we see our prospective "enemies" in human terms, and think hard before making the decision to wreak destruction on their homes, families, and communities. While we're at it, let's…See More
Mar 8, 2010
Jean Casella commented on the blog post 'Tell ME Which Book To Buy For International Women's Day!'
"I just posted a list of books by Iraqi and Afghan women writers--check it out here."
Mar 8, 2010
Jean Casella posted a blog post

Found in Translation: What to Read for International Women's Day

Here's an idea for a new federal law: Before the United States can go to war with any country, all literate Americans must read one book by a writer from that country (poetry, fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction only--no dry political tretises). This single requirement would go a long way toward ensuring that we see our prospective "enemies" in human terms, and think hard before making the decision to wreak destruction on their homes, families, and communities. While we're at it, let's…See More
Mar 8, 2010
Susan Katz Miller commented on the blog post 'Edwidge Danticat's Reading List on Haiti'
"This is a great list, thank you for pointing the way. I just wrote a post recommending two classic books on Haitian Vodou--one by a woman. Check it out...http://onbeingboth.wordpress.com/"
Jan 22, 2010
LaTonya commented on the blog post 'Edwidge Danticat's Reading List on Haiti'
"I love Danticat. Will have to come back to this. Thanks so much posting this."
Jan 18, 2010
Michele Wucker commented on the blog post 'Edwidge Danticat's Reading List on Haiti'
"Jean, thank you for posting this. Edwidge Danticat's own writing, of course, is a fantastic starting point. Her recent memoir, "Brother, I'm Dying," includes the tragic story of her uncle's death in a US immigration…"
Jan 16, 2010
Kamy Wicoff commented on the blog post 'Edwidge Danticat's Reading List on Haiti'
"Jean, as always, informative, thoughtful and a call to arms -- or in this case, to understanding. Thank you thank you thank you!"
Jan 15, 2010
Maureen E. Doallas commented on the blog post 'Edwidge Danticat's Reading List on Haiti'
"Last night, I posted a piece, "Haiti Stories by Edwidge Danticat", on my blog, Writing Without Paper. Just a few minutes ago I posted "Simply This for Haiti"…"
Jan 15, 2010
Deborah Siegel commented on the blog post 'Edwidge Danticat's Reading List on Haiti'
"Jean, I'm so glad you've posted this. Thank you for sharing Danticat's list with all of us here."
Jan 15, 2010
Jean Casella posted a blog post

Edwidge Danticat's Reading List on Haiti

One of the reasons I am so passionate about reading (and publishing) literature in translation is this: I believe it enhances not only our knowledge of other cultures, but our ability to identify and empathize with members of those cultures; it enlarges our souls as well as our minds.After making a donation to the relief effort in Haiti (which, as Wilson suggested in her earlier post, has to be the first priority), She Writes members might want to take a look at the…See More
Jan 14, 2010

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Who I am:
www.jeancasella.wordpress.com, www.solitarywatch.wordpress.com
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Almost Touching the Skies: Women's Coming of Age Stories (edited anthology)
Media outlets that I currently write for:
I am co-editor of the web site Solitary Watch, at www.solitarywatch.wordpress.com
My writing is:
Nonfiction, Journalism, Blog Posts, Lit Crit
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Now and then
Services I offer to other writers:
I am a freelance editor, writer, researcher, and publishing consultant with 25 years of experience. More details can be found on my web site: http://jeancasella.wordpress.com/.

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Found in Translation: What to Read for International Women's Day

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 1:10pm 7 Comments

Here's an idea for a new federal law: Before the United States can go to war with any country, all literate Americans must read one book by a writer from that country (poetry, fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction only--no dry political tretises). This single requirement would go a long way toward ensuring that we see our prospective "enemies" in human terms, and think hard before making the decision to wreak destruction on their homes, families, and communities. While we're at it, let's… Continue

Edwidge Danticat's Reading List on Haiti

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 6:08pm 6 Comments

One of the reasons I am so passionate about reading (and publishing) literature in translation is this: I believe it enhances not only our knowledge of other cultures, but our ability to identify and empathize with members of those cultures; it enlarges our souls as well as our minds.



After making a donation to the relief effort in Haiti (which, as Wilson suggested in her earlier post, has to be the first priority), She Writes members might want to take a look at the… Continue

Lost (and Found) in Translation: Top Ten Books by International Women Writers

Posted on November 13, 2009 at 1:00pm 5 Comments

Where are women writers most underrepresented (other than this year's PW Ten Best Books list)? In translation. In fact, international women writers receive a double dose of underrepresentation. To begin with, only about 3 percent of the books published in the United States each year are translated from other languages. And within that 3 percent, a pathetically small portion are works written by women. I've yet to hear a… Continue

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How is it that we weren't yet friends here?! Really good to see you. Come on over, anytime! xo D
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