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Every Country in the World (Part 1)
Writer Ann Morgan set herself a challenge to read a book from every country in the world in one year. She describes the experience and what she learned. I used to think of myself as a fairly cosmopolitan sort of person, but my bookshelves told a different story. Apart from a few Indian novels and the odd Australian and South African book, my literature collection consisted of British and American titles. Worse still, I hardly ever tackled anything in translation. My reading was confined to stories by English-speaking authors.
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In the fall of , Ann Morgan was wrestling with a problem few of us can identify with. No matter how hard she tried, she simply could not find a book to read in English from the tiny African nation of Sao Tome and Principe. At a loss, she appealed for help on Facebook and Twitter, only to be deluged with offers from around the world to translate whatever work she chose from the Portuguese-speaking island. A small army of volunteers in Europe and the United States ultimately came to her rescue, translating chunks of Olinda Beja's page The Shepherd's House into English. The crowdsourcing experiment was just one memorable moment in Morgan's quest to read one book from every country in the world in one yeara goal she accomplished just around this time last year, as New Year's Day approached.