What are your ideas about being well-read? Do you consider yourself to be well-read?
I was asked this question by Darkowaa, who hosts African Book Addict!, a wonderful blog where she writes well-informed, thoughtfully considered, refreshingly invigorating reviews, recommendations, author interviews, and other bookish content from Africa and the Diaspora.
Today’s post on African Book Addict features “Book Chat: On Being Well-Read (Part 1)” in which Darkowaa asks Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed, David DaCosta, and me(!) what it means to be well-read. Please check out the post and contribute your own ideas about being well-read. We were also asked to make suggestions about books and authors, so get your notepads ready!
In honor of being invited to participate in the book chat, I’ve put together some African titles from my personal library as a visual gift to the African Book Addict!. I purposely selected some “less-hyped” titles in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, coffee table books – and one cookbook! – that I hope will pique everyone’s interest.
The Cartographer of Water by Clifton Gachagua
The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta
A Man of The People Chinua Achebe
Birth of A Dream Weaver A Writer’s Awakening by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
The Bright Continent Breaking Rules & Making Change in Modern Africa by Dayo Olopade
A Safari of African Cooking by Bill Odarty
A Question of Power by Bessie Head
Wrapped in Pride Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity edited by Doran H. Ross
Through African Eyes The European in African Art, 1500 to Present edited by Nii O. Quarcoopome