I hesitate to say “new authors” as they are only new to me. Many have been writing in their own country for years: Unity Dow (Botswana), Kwei Quartey (Ghana), Batya Gur (Israel) and Eduardo Sacheri (Argentina), to name a few.Even in my own country of 10 provinces and 3 territories, there are many less well-known authors I am just discovering, Michael Van Rooy being my favourite to date.
The only problem with reading challenges is….once I find these new-to-me authors, I need to move on to another one, even when I want to read more of one author! In Kerrie’s Global challenge, to achieve the Expert level, you need to read authors from 21 countries. This being my second year in the challenge, I’m pushing myself to pick 21 countries that are different from last year’s and finding authors from some places can be difficult, especially countries in Africa and Central/South America. And what’s with Norway and Sweden??? Enough already, way too many good authors for a girl to keep up on.
I have found some helpful sites, such as Bill Selnes' Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan for Canadian authors. I’ve provided the links on the right side of this blog under “Finding Books from Different Countries". I would love to be able to add to this list so please let me know how you find authors.
Do you have a great source for different countries? Who are your favourite authors in your own country?