I like the “2012” at the end. Gives it a rather auspicious feel. Like the World Cup or something. Well, if you’re a book lover like myself, you’ll agree that this is sort of an event.
First though, let’s get a confession out of the way: I have never really done a reading challenge before, besides the Orange January/July (which requires you to read one book by a previous Orange prize winner). I’m really hoping the ARC won’t fall victim to my commitment issues.
That said, I’m really excited about this! The guidelines for the ARC are over on kinnareads’ blog, but I’ll just re-state them here for your ease:
You have to read at least 5 books – about Africa, obviously; preferably written by African authors.
The genre is up to you: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s books…
Reviews are not necessary, but if you have a blog, they’d be welcome! And if you’re from the APWIC group, feel free to briefly review or update me/us on your reads over on that page!
I have tweaked some of the rules for myself. I will do one book from each region of Africa. I decided to do this because I realize that I tend to favour the West Africans over others. This way, I can finally pick up some North African writers – suggestions, please?
Also, I have chosen younger authors, because as much as I adore Achebe, wa Thiong’o and the other heavyweights, I’d like to see what the young’uns are bringing.
Without further ado, my picks:
East Africa – One day I will write about this place by Binyavanga Wainaina
West Africa – Open City by Teju Cole
Southern Africa – Coconut by Kopano Matlwa
Central Africa – African Psycho by Alain Mabanckou
North Africa – ?? [suggestions, s’il vous plait?]
That’s it from me for now. Good luck with your picks and looking forward to great discussions and recommendations around Africa’s literature!