Sunday Thoughts and Updates: A Week of Ghanaian Literature

This coming week, November  15- 21, is Ghanaian Literature Week here at Kinna Reads.  As most of you know, I’m from Ghana.  I live and blog from Accra, Ghana’s capital city.  This past August and for one week, Amy of Amy Reads featured the works of Nigerian authors.  And it was such a success.  I really enjoyed her selection of books.  So, I thought I would borrow the idea from Amy and introduce my readers to a selection of books by Ghanaian authors.

I will explore works by our more established and acclaimed authors such as Ayi Kwei Armah, Ama Ata Aidoo and Efua Sutherland.  I will also review books by the newer, and younger, generation of authors such as Marilyn Heward Mills, Nii Ayikwei Parkes and Martin Egblewogbe.  On Wednesday, there will be poetry by Kofi Awooner and Kwesi Brew.

Amy of Amy Reads is also participating in Ghanaian Literature Week. She will review six books!  Thank you, Amy.  I’m excited about her selection of books because most are young adult fiction.  Lately, I’ve been  saying that we need more African YA literature.

I hope that you will drop by at some point during the week and read what’s on offer from Ghana.  And I encourage anyone, who wants to and can participate, to join in.

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21 comments

  1. I am so excited about this! I really want to learn more about literature from each country. Am busy making lists of all the books I need to keep reading once I’m “done” with my “African Autumn” project. Which really needs to be a lifetime-long project.

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    • Yes, I do plan on doing it again. Perhaps on other African countries like Zimbabwe. I will have to do a much better job letting people know before hand.

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  2. I just wrote a review of Ama Ata Aidoo’s Our Sister Killjoy so I am definitely interested in your reviews this week – especially new(er) writers I haven’t yet encountered. Absolutely lovely idea!

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  3. I didn’t know you live in Ghana! how did I miss that? Oh, I really need to come out from under my rock once in a while. Well, I look forward to a week of Ghanian lit!

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  4. I’m so excited for the week, and I’m hoping that I can find some of the authors you are reviewing here so that I can try them out in the future! Thanks for hosting this!

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  5. Can’t wait! The only Ghana book I’ve read is Wife of the Gods, and that was written by a Ghana-American. Not quite the same thing. 😦

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    • Eva, the author of Wife of the Gods, Kwei Quartey, was born and raised in Ghana. He now lives in the US. I consider him a Ghanaian author as well. As I understand it, he comes back quite often to conduct research for his book.

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