Reading the World

Tue 21 Nov / Quarterhouse

In 2012, writer and TED speaker Ann Morgan set out to read a book from every country in the world in one calendar year. The blog-based quest, recorded at, drew the support of readers, authors and translators around the planet, and continues to inspire numerous reading ventures. In this lively talk, Morgan reflects on her experiences during the project and researching her book Reading the World, as well as ongoing interactions with the international literature community. She reveals her approach to texts that force us outside our cultural comfort zones, as well as some of the extraordinary lengths booklovers went to in order to help her achieve her goal. Five years on from the quest that changed her life, the author considers how literary exploration across language and cultural barriers has the potential to challenge accepted narratives, transform thinking and enrich the experience of readers and writers everywhere.

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