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Book Discussion – September 17: Vote for your book

August 17th, 2010

On September 17 we’ll be having a slightly different African Writers Evening; a book discussion like no other. On arrival at the discussion, each of the first 30 readers presenting their copy of the book on the evening will be given £4 towards the cost of the book. So, rather than pick the book for you, we want you to pick the book. Below is a list of the bestselling books from our recent African Book Market plus books from our most recent features – 11 books for you to choose from. At the end of August, we will end the poll to give you time to read the book before the event. We will announce the discussion leaders at the same time.

Which book would you like to discuss on Sept. 17 2010

  • Bitter Leaf by Chioma Okereke (59%, 17 Votes)
  • Tail of the Blue Bird by Nii Ayikwei Parkes (21%, 6 Votes)
  • The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin (10%, 3 Votes)
  • True Murder by Yaba Badoe (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Harare North by Brian Chikwava (3%, 1 Votes)
  • The Consequences of Love by Sulaiman Addonia (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Broken Glass by Alain Mabankou (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Imagine This by Sade Adeniran (0%, 0 Votes)
  • The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed (0%, 0 Votes)
  • While You Were Dreaming… by Lola Jaye (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 29

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AFRICAN BOOK MARKET – Friday July 16, 2010

July 14th, 2010

AFRICAN BOOK MARKET is a ground-breaking FREE event at the Poetry Cafe, London

For many years audiences of African Writers’ Evening have complained about how hard it is to locate books by African writers in mainstream bookshops. Even when they are in stock, they are rarely in a consistent section: sometimes in a special ‘Black’ section, sometimes with the ‘normal’ books. While a lot of this is changing African Writers’ Evening have organised this event to achieve two things –
1) make a sizeable array of books by African writers published in the UK available in one place at discounted prices
(some of the publishers involved are Random House/Vintage, Profile/Serpents Tail, flipped eye/mouthmark, little brown/Virago and Routledge/Wasafiri.)
2) bring the authors and some of the publishers into the marketplace so they can see that there are actual lovers of African writing out there, while providing a forum for possible dialogue and interaction.

The way the AFRICAN BOOK MARKET works is simple:

* It is on from 5-10pm on July 16 2010 at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX.
* It is FREE
* You can STOP IN anytime 5pm and 10pm
* There will be books by African writers from major as well as smaller publishing houses AT DISCOUNT PRICES. Also available will be magazines that feature and review writing from Africa.
* Some members of staff from the publishing houses will be present.
* Authors, including many of our previous features such as Yaba Badoe will be dropping in at various times during the day to sign books and talk to readers. Follow us on twitter or facebook to be kept updated on the authors who are coming at very specific times: Twitter | Facebook

walk inbuy a bookenjoy!

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