Sitting in the top right corner, the category Written by an author from another country could be vital to making bingo vertically, horizontally, or the elusive diagonal bingo. We’re here to help you get it filled. For inspiration, you could consult previous posts about intriguing African fiction, East Asian fiction, European fiction, Latin American fiction, or Australian mysteries from the past few years.
You could check out Three Percent, a project run out of the University of Rochester and named for the approximately 3% of the U.S. publishing market that is translated fiction. Or you could look to award winners, such as the Best Translated Book Award or the Man Booker International Prize.
If you want to go straight to exploring in our catalog, check out our International Fiction list. Or, get started with one of these ideas:
The Awkward Squad by Sophie Hénaff
French police officer Anne Capestan, on suspension for firing one bullet too many, expects to be fired. Instead, she’s put in charge of a new squad full of all the misfits in the police force, and assigned to look into cold cases that no one expects them to solve. This ragtag group may be more competent than they seem, the rest of the force may not be prepared for what they dig up.
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Jamaican-born James tells a sprawling, virtuosic tale of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s. Spanning decades and continents and using an oral history-style format, James imagines the experiences of journalists, drug dealers, ghosts and more against a backdrop of social and political turmoil.
The Clothesline Swing by Ahmed Danny Ramadan
A hakawati (storyteller), his dying partner, and Death sit together in Vancouver, where the hakawati tells stories to stave off his partner’s death. We hear of his life as a gay man in Damascus before it was torn apart by war, of his time in Cairo and Beirut, and of how the couple became refugees.
The Great Passage by Shion Miura
From Japan comes a charmingly warm and hopeful story of love, friendship, the power of human connection, and dictionary writing. Great for fans of A Man Called Ove (also by an author from another country).
Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli
Luiselli, a Mexican novelist and essayist, had been living in New York for three years when she began volunteering as a translator for unaccompanied minors in immigration court. Her task was to help children with the intake questionnaire – 40 questions that would largely determine the success of their case for legal sanctuary. Luiselli uses that experience to examine identity and belonging, the transnational causes of migration, and what propels people to come to a hostile United States.
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
Neighborliness isn’t an option for two elderly enemies living in adjacent homes in an upscale South African community. What will happen when events push them into grudging cohabitation?
You Should Have Left by Daniel Kehlmann
If you’re looking for a little chill in your summer, try this exercise in terror from a celebrated contemporary German author. A screenwriter, his wife and their four-year-old daughter rent a cabin in the mountains for a week, but are they the only ones there?
For more ideas for books to meet your Summer Book Bingo challenge, follow our Shelf Talk #BookBingoNW2018 series or check the hashtag #BookBingoNW2018 on social media. Need a Book Bingo card? Print one out here or pick one up at your Library. Book bingo is presented in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures.
~ posted by Andrea G.