A Celebration of Bessie Head and her Work: July 6-12, 2013

Bessie Head
Bessie Head

Bessie Head would have turned 76 on July 6, 2013.  There will be a week-long celebration of her life and her work during the week of July 6-12 here at Kinna Reads.

I will discuss her books and her life.  Feel free to join in the celebration.  You can read one, two, three or all of her work if you can get a hold of them.  And you can post on any day of  that week.  Do contact me if you would like to guest post on Bessie Head. Or you can come by here and celebrate with me.  Two other bloggers, ImageNations and Mary Okeke Reviews, will join in the festivities.

photoHere is Bessie Head’s bibliography:

  • When Rain Clouds Gather (1968)
  • Maru (1971)
  • A Question of Power (1974)
  • Looking for a Rain God (1977)
  • The Collector of Treasures and Other Botswana Village Tales (1977)
  • Serowe: Village of the Rain Wind (1981)
  • A Bewitched Crossroad (1984)
  • Tales of Tenderness and Power (1989)
  • A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings (1990)
  • A Gesture of Belonging: Letters from Bessie Head, 1965-1979 (1991)
  • The Cardinals (1993)

Everyone is invited!



  1. Kinna great! I have started reading “A Question of Power”….. I am quite fortunate I asked for it in my last orders. It is a novel with a very strong presence and personality…. Unsettling some times. Thanks for the post!


  2. I am glad you are celebrating Bessie Head and would like to be a part. I have been meaning to read something by her and you nudged me to get a copy of When Rain Clouds Gather. I’ll be reading and reviewing it that week. And Butler is an old favorite of mine. Glad you are celebrating her work, too.


  3. This sounds like a great idea. I have BH’s memoir sitting in my ‘to be read’ pile, will try to read along. I’m looking forward to finding out more about her.


  4. I started to read A Question of Power a couple of decades ago but never got further than “I am just an African”. That statement, in and of itself was mind-blowing enough to stay with me over the said decades. However, I will attempt to start it all over again for the celebration. Thanks for doing this!


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