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The Champaca Reading Challenge: 2022

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The Champaca Reading Challenge: 2022

We believe that a good bookshelf should hold voices and stories from across time, place and experience. We’ve put together a list of prompts — some fun, some unusual — designed to expand our reading this year. Let’s read together to discover new worlds, and read diverse! 

Pick a book (or two!) for each prompt, You don't have to read in order, and you don't have to finish the challenge — we're just excited to discover new books together! Find our recommendations here, and pick up the books you want here.

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Team Champaca’s recommendations: The books we loved in 2021 📚

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Team Champaca’s recommendations: The books we loved in 2021 📚

And once again, we’re at the end of another year! As with every year, books have been our constant companions in 2021. We decided to look back on 2021 this way: what we’ve read this year and loved, whether new releases or old ones, books we’ve been meaning to read, or ones we accidentally discovered on the way. 

Read on for why we picked these books, and get your copies here.

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Recommendations for Women in Translation Month

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Recommendations for Women in Translation Month

August was declared Women in Translation Month by Meytal Radzinski, a scholar who took up the task of asking why there were so few women-identified authors published in translation. A study soon revealed that only 26% of books in translation were written by women.   Women in Translation Month, then, had two simple goals: 1. Increase the dialogue and discussion about women writers in translation 2. Read more books by women in translation At Champaca, we believe in reading widely and thoughtfully, and take care to stock translations from across regional languages from India and literature and non-fiction by women-identified authors. The books we have...

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‘Mohanaswamy’ to ‘Queer Intentions’: 8 Book Recommendations for Pride Month

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‘Mohanaswamy’ to ‘Queer Intentions’: 8 Book Recommendations for Pride Month

Originally published on The News Minute   For Pride Month, the team at Champaca Bookstore, Bengaluru, has put together a list of book recommendations for you to read. They find that books can help us understand ourselves and our contexts better. In this list, there are memoirs, theory and fiction, coming-of-age novels, and translations: a range of books that they love, and hope that you will too. On June 26, they are also hosting authors Jordy Rosenberg and Kai Cheng Thom for their homegrown event ‘Books for Now’ for a conversation on trans writing and literature.       Fierce Femmes...

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Team Champaca’s recommendations, on our second birthday

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Team Champaca’s recommendations, on our second birthday

On our second birthday, our team looks back at the last two unpredictable, whirlwind years in the best way we know how: through the books we discovered along the way. Here, we collect our favourite discoveries we’ve made through Champaca – from colleagues and community interactions.

Read on to discover the books that we love, and get your copies from Champaca.

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