It’s that time again! Join us for our fifth annual #ReadingAfrica Week celebration. Each year, on the first full week of December (this year, December 5–11, 2021), we invite publishers, authors, librarians, literary organisations, bookstores and book-lovers of all kinds to share the best in African literature across social media.
Want to join in? All you have to do is use the hashtag #ReadingAfrica to share your favou books. All genres, all eras, new releases, old favourites, anything you love, share it with us!
This year, we’re also hosting three virtual panels, and we hope you’ll join us!
December 6 at 12:30 ET (19:30 South African Time), it’s all about comics. KaDi Yao Tay, founder and editor of Squid Magazine, moderates a conversation on graphic novels and comics with Bill Masuku (author/illustrator of Captain South Africa), Ivanka Hahnenberger (translator of Madame Livingstone), Richard Conyngham (author of All Rise: Resistance and Rebellion in South Africa), and Salim Busuru (Creative Director of Avandu Studio)
December 8 at 12:30 ET (19:30 South African Time), join us for a discussion on children’s literature moderated by Atlas Book Club founder, Bunmi Emenanjo. Featuring Ekiuwa Aire (author, Idia of the Benin Kingdom), Hannes Barnard (author of Halley’s Comet), Caroline Kurtz (author and co-founder of Ready Set Go Books), and Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp (translator and editor World Kid Lit blog)
December 10 at 12:30 ET (19:30 South African Time), our closing panel features a host of amazing women. This panel features Gabeba Baderoon (professor and co-editor of Surfacing: On Being Black and Feminist in South Africa); Cheluchi Onyemelukwe (author of Son of the House), Sifton Anipare (author of Yume), and Yewande Omotoso (author An Unusual Grief). Moderator Aoife Lennon-Ritchie, founder the Lennon-Ritchie agency, a literary agency based in Cape Town
Visit our site to learn about other ways you can participate, and while you're reading, please enjoy this #ReadingAfrica2021 playlist, curated by musician and writer Amanda Khiri. Amanda has performed with the eclectic afro-funk band, Sinkane and in a tribute to Nigerian musician William Onyeabor with a project called The Atomic Bomb! Band. She has performed with David Byrne, Money Mark, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), among others.