Authors’ Picks: Reading lists from World Voices Festival authors

Whenever childhood is portrayed in literature as wholly “unprotected” from the gaze and surveillance of adults, the results are always strange, with books that so often end up being seen as suspicious, if not directly immoral or perverse. Often they show how violent children might be when left unattended, or how children handle living in violent circumstances. They are strange books indeed, difficult to read straightforwardly, but still there are authors who have taken on that task and risk. These are just a few of my favorites.
—Andrés Barba