Reading Around the World: Resources for finding World Literature

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Africa Book Club:
Lists African authors by country

African Books Collective:
Has many hard-to-find books from Africa

African Writers Series:
List of books by African writers published by Heineman since 1962
World recipes sorted by region

Arab Women Writers:
Books by female authors from the Middle East

Around the World in 80 Books' Bookshelf:
Over 29,000 books categorized by setting

Better World Books
Online bookstore who donates a book to someone in need for every book sold. Great selection and prices!

To search books by setting

Book Browse:
Browse by genre, time period, geographical setting and a wide range of themes

Book Depository:
Online bookstore with free shipping worldwide

Book Drum
Great cultural resource! Adds pictures, videos, maps, & music for the reader to further experience a book

Books Set In:
Books sorted by setting

Carol Hurst's Childrens Literature Site:
Children & YA books sorted by US state setting

Canada Reads:
Awesome resource for Canadian literature

Celebration of Women Writers:
Search books by female author's country or ethnicity

Cozy Mystery List:
Comprehensive list of cozy mysteries

Culture Trip
Books, movies, and art by country

Dalkey Archive Press:
Books sorted by country

Dalkey Archive Press:
Fiction sorted by continent

Detective and the Toga:
Mysteries set in ancient Rome and Greece

dmoz Open Directory Project
Huge directory of literature links arranged by nationality

Fantastic Fiction:
Search for authors by country or by name

Flashlight Worthy:
Recommendations and book lists by topic

Goodreads Literature at Every Latitude:
Book recommendations by country

Goodreads Places:
Lists all book settings for those book that have a settings link

Google Lit Trips:
Mainly children's and YA literature

The Guardian:
World literature tour

Historical Novel Info:
Over 5,000 historical novels categorized by time and place

Idlewild Books:
World literature and travelogues sorted by country

Guide to literary Africa

Library Thing:
Reading globally

Free audio versions of public domain books

Longitude Books:
Recommended reading for travelers

Literature Map:
Find new authors based on authors you have already read

MacMillan World Literature Classics:
Lots of author bios and some good book descriptions of books around the world

The Modern Novel
World fiction and authors arranged by country

NEA Read Across America:
Children's & YA adult books sorted by US state setting

New York Review Books:
International literature

Open Library:
Borrow books in ebook format. Lots of hard to find and out of print books

Oxygen Books:
Literary collages of world cities

Fiction, memoirs, and travelogues, sorted by country

PEN Atlas
Showcases international authors

Politics & Prose:
List of fiction books by country

Project Gutenburg:
Books sorted by foreign language

Read Me Something You Love
Online podcasting project where people read aloud and discuss their favorite books

Stop, You're Killing Me!:
Murder mysteries sorted by world setting

Three Percent:
A resource for international literature at the University of Rochester

A Traveler's Library:
Books and movies to inspire travel

Photography from places all over the world

Search for fiction books by location

The United States of YA Literature:
YA books from each US state

What Should I Read Next?:
Book recommendations and suggestions based on past books you have enjoyed

List of novelists by nationality

Novels by country of setting

Words without Borders:
Online magazine of international literature

World Digital Library
Books searchable by continent

World Literature Forum:
Discussions on world literature