May 11, 2016 at The Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland.
Each month we meet to discuss the latest, hottest, award-winning, best-selling books out of Africa. All you have to do to join is read as much of the book as you can and show up prepared for a lively (but respectful) conversation. You may attend as few or as many sessions as you’d like.
We meet at Octopus Literary Salon, a café, bookstore, and literary space 4.5 blocks (0.3 mile) from 19th Street BART in Oakland. PLEASE SUPPORT our generous hosts by enjoying the wide variety of options available for purchase: Beer, wine, tea, espresso drinks, delicious salads and sandwiches, treats.
Octopus carries the books in a display dedicated to African Book Club, so if you want support a local, independent business AND add to your African library, here’s your chance! (The books are also available at Green Apple Books on the Park in SF, which recently hosted the author.)
“[Blackass’s] magical realism allows Barrett to probe society’s continuing bias [toward] whiteness, both explicit and covert; its allegorical ending proves that the writer’s 2 acclaimed short-story collections didn’t come close to exhausting his talent.”—Wired
“Brilliant . . . Blackass is an insightful commentary on race, identity, and modern-day Nigeria.”—Buzzfeed, “The 27 Most Exciting New Books of 2016”
“[Blackass] vividly captures the frenetic energy of one of the world’s fastest-growing cities and provides a perceptive and engaging meditation on the mutability — and the stubborn persistence — of identity.”—The New York Times Book Review
NOTE: Please note the change to the second Wednesday of the month. We will probably take a hiatus in June.