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Carol Emshwiller's witty, endearing, and delightfully odd story, "Grandma"

"Red Blood on White Snow" an excerpt from Albanian author Ornela Vorpsi's The Country Where No One Ever Dies

Awards and Nominations: Great books for your "to be read" piles

Welcome to a new year of Belletrista! We have exciting plans for 2011, including two themed issues. In this issue we present all the things you've come to expect in an issue of Belletrista, but we are always trying to improve, and are consistently on the look-out for new ideas. In this issue we offer our readers two excerpts from new or forthcoming books as not only a way to sample what these books have to offer, but also as a means of introducing talented writers. In our New & Notable section, we have given Canadian books its own section, bringing it out from underneath the shadow of its literarily larger neighbor, the United States, to make it easier for you, our readers, to explore this country's literature. If you have something to say about any of the books or authors we feature, we invite you to visit our blog, "If Written by a Woman", and share them. Happy Reading!

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Zaiba Malik

This captivating and enlightening memoir of a Muslim girl growing up in 1970s and 1980s Britain begins in the future, as the author has been captured and taken to the Torture Room of the police headquarters in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. Malik was employed by Channel 4 in Britain, and visited Bangladesh to film a story about …

Reviewed by Darryl Morris
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Johanna Skibrud

Put the words Vietnam War and Canada in a sentence together and, for Americans of a certain age—particularly men—you conjure specific memories of the early 1970s. I remember those days as quite carefree: wondering about my chances of a date and thankful I could pass for 18 in the local bar. Yet, is my memory reliable?

Reviewed by Tad Deffler
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Renee Gladman

Most of us know the disorientation of travel to a country with a different language and customs. The simplest daily activities can become so difficult—where will we eat? How do we look for the bathroom? Reading Renee Gladman's intriguing novella Event Factory redoubles that feeling, in the story of a traveler whose experiences and behavior have an unusual orientation to everyday logic.

Reviewed by Michael Matthew
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Marlena de Blasi

Set in Poland and France between the two world wars, this debut novel by acclaimed travel writer Marlena de Blasi has an intriguing premise but promises more than it delivers. Amandine is the illegitimate granddaughter of a beautiful Polish aristocrat. Countess Valeska Czartoryska lost her husband to a shameless and tragic love affair …

Reviewed by Dorothy Dudek Vinicombe
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Lola Shoneyin

Baba Segi is a very lucky man. He has three wives and seven children. His family validate his need to show off his prosperity, his success and his virility. He is middle aged, plump and prosperous, with quite a high opinion of himself and his success as the family patriarch. But when he brings home a fourth wife, it seems his luck might not hold out.

Reviewed by Judy Lim

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Three readers discuss Laila Lalami's novella, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits
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The Caine Prize for African Writing 2011 – shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s Caine Prize has just been announced and three women are in the running for the prestigious award. This is always an exciting time of year – the Prize is a great way to discover short stories by excellent writers. Lucky for us, the Prize’s website links to a copy of …Read the Rest