In Other Words
FP's new section, The Early Read, will highlight upcoming new books with big ideas. In this inaugural edition, we examine a few picks from the reliable crop of books about the future that appears every new year. These take a slightly longer view, with bold forecasts for the next century: which brewing conflicts will erupt into wars, which states will dominate, and what it will mean to live in a completely digitized world.
What happens to a society's literary culture when its politics turn conservative? Indonesian writer, filmmaker, and founder of the Khatulistiwa Literary Award Richard Oh explains.
It's a country in the midst of an industrial revolution. Yet, according to popular author and editor Shobhaa De, when it comes to literature, India remains stuck in the past.
Think books are dead? Take a trip to Mexico City, where a market for fiction, self-help, and political works is thriving. FP recently spoke with Mexico-based publishing executive Cristóbal Pera to find out why.
Once a sleepy town on the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai is now one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, with a $46 billion GDP and a population that's nearly doubled in 10 years. But amid fortune-making, horse-racing, and jet-setting, do the desert city's residents make time to read? FP spoke with Isobel Abulhoul, director and co-owner of Magrudy's, a Dubai-based bookstore chain, for her take on the city's literary scene.