The Africa Center – which is based in New York, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, multidisciplinary institution, provides a gateway for engagement with contemporary Africa. They’ve started a Bloggers Spotlight series that features African bloggers who have caught their eye. African Book Addict! is the first feature of the series.
Click the image below to check out the interview where I speak with Evelyn Owen about African Book Addict!, literature by writers of African descent, the literary scene in Accra and more:
Special thanks to Evelyn Owen and the team over at The Africa Center for the feature. I’m super grateful 🙂
Other interesting LIT links to indulge in:
- Chigozie Obioma: who should I write for – Nigerians, Africans, or everyone? via The Guardian. I know a couple of Nigerians who weren’t crazy about Obioma’s debut – The Fishermen. They simply weren’t blown away by the storyline and some felt the text was laden with petty details – details that seem commonplace to the average Nigerian. I absolutely loved Obioma’s debut, but hearing a couple of readers’ complaints made me question his target audience. In this article, Obioma eloquently asserts that his writing is for everyone as he believes the best literature is accessibly to all.
- Book bloggers are real readers via The Irish Times. Tunrayo of the blog Tunrayo’s Thoughts tweeted this AMAZING article to me last week. The article articulates and basically defends the role of book bloggers and the influence we hold. I loved it!
- Remembering my mother Buchi Emecheta, 1944-2017 via New Statesman. The only book I’ve read by the late Buchi Emecheta is The Bride Price, which I read 3 years ago. I need to read more of her work soon! This is a heartfelt ode to Buchi Emecheta, by her son. May her soul rest in peace.
- We Can Be Heroes via Lenny Letter. In this very timely piece (Black History Month, duh!), black women writers pay homage to the women who’ve inspired them most. Featured writers include Zinzi Clemmons, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Jazmine Hughes and more!
- Two new romance novels from Ankara Press for Valentine’s Day! via Ankara Press blog. If you’re into romance fiction, definitely check out this African romance chick-lit series from Ankara Press (which is an imprint of Cassava Republic Press). Last year I posted reviews for the 2 new stories that were released last year’s Valentine’s Day.
Images via #ReadSoulLit Twitter hashtag timeline
I hope Black History Month 2017 has been inspiring so far! If you’re active on social media (Twitter & Instagram), definitely follow the annual #ReadSoulLit photo challenge (curated by Didi of Brown Girl Reading) to engage with other book lovers of African-American literature and discover many recommendations of books written by Black authors!