In 2011, Ann Morgan, who considered herself a “relatively cultured person,” realized that virtually every book on her bookshelf was written by either an English or North American author. In her TED Talk at this year’s TED Global in London this past September, she discusses her journey throughout 2012 – the year she decided to read one book from every country in the world. She chronicled her literary journey on her blog, A Year of Reading the World, and found that when you open yourself up to the world with an open mind, the world will respond enthusiastically. You can read her thoughts about giving a TED Talk in her latest blog post, and check out her full international reading list here.
The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe, Ann Morgan (Liveright, 2015)
Inspired by her blog entries, The World Between Two Covers journals Morgan’s experiences during her 195-country book marathon. She explores questions of cultural inheritance, translation, and national identity with the grace of a reformed “literary xenophobe.”