Books for Africa is hosting a conference next month, and they’ve booked a stellar lineup of authors. You can meet Nurrudin Farah on October 8 and hear from Uwem Akpan and Alexandra Fuller on October 9. Details are here.
- Nuruddin Farah is Somalia’s greatest living writer. He is a perennial Nobel Prize contender and the author of Links, Knots, and Secrets.
- Uwem Akpan is a Nigerian Jesuit priest and writer. He is the author of Say You’re One of Them, a collection of five stories, each set in a different African country. It was an Oprah Book Club selection in 2009.
- Alexandra Fuller is the author of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, a memoir of her youth on a farm in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Her second book, Scribbling the Cat, recounts her travels across the battlefields of southern Africa in the company of a former soldier.
Since 1988, Books For Africa has shipped more than 22 million books to 45 African countries. They are on once-empty library shelves, in classrooms in rural schools, and in the hands of children who have never before held a book. Each book will be read over and over again. You can learn more about them at www.booksforafrica.org.–David E