Announcing The 3rd Ghanaian Literature Week, November 11 – 17, 2013

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(The Week has started! A list of all posts for the week is here: The 3rd Ghanaian Literature Week)

Ghanaian Literature Week is back this year!  This will be its 3rd rendition; I started it in 2010, ran it again in 2011, and skipped it, regrettably, in 2012.  I plan on hosting the week, perhaps expanding it to a fortnight or a month, each year for as long as I actively blog.

This year’s reading event is scheduled for Monday, November 11th – Sunday, November 17th.

I plan on focusing on the work of Kojo Laing, a couple of poets and maybe reviewing a play.

Everyone is invited to participate.  The guidelines for participation remain the same as those in 2011:

  • ‘Read one or more works by a Ghanaian author or an author of Ghanaian descent
  • Both fiction and non-fiction works are allowed
  • All forms and genres of fiction are allowed.  These include novels, novellas, short stories, children’s literature, poetry and drama. Literary fiction, faith-based works, romances, and, mysteries.
  • The length or topic does not matter except that it must be connected to Ghana or touch on some aspect of Ghanaian life.
  • The material must be published as a physical book, an ebook, in a newspaper, in a journal or published online.
  • I encourage those with websites to please review the works that they read. Short or long reviews, it don’t matter.  Just please do comment on what you read.
  • Please link your reviews to the review database, which I will put up on the first day of the event
  • Join us for a Twitter chat (the time will be announced later). We will use the hashtag #GhanaLit on twitter.
  • And please have fun.  It is the most important rule.

In essence, we want to (re)discover, enjoy and promote Ghanaian writing.   For those in Ghana who have not picked up a book by a Ghanaian author since their secondary school days, reintroduce yourself to Ghanaian books.  This is also a good opportunity for parents to learn about the children’s literature and young adult fiction available in the country. And there are new Ghanaian writers to discover as well.

We will also discuss the state of reading and availability of books in the country.  There are lots to say about that!

I will host a number of giveaways for our local, African and international readers and participants.  Note: if you are an author or publisher who would like to donate a book to this project, please email me at kinnareads(at)gmail(dot)com.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to guest post on my blog or would like to host an event (online or in Ghana) during the week.

I will put up a page with a list of suggested reading and other information related to the week in the coming week.

There will be more updates and information.  Please stay tuned.  Most importantly, start thinking about what you can read for the Ghanaian Literature Week!’

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  1. […] This is a week long, from November 11th  to November 17th, 2013, celebration of Ghanaian Literature and  discussions of book/reading related issues in Ghana.  Everyone is invited.  The rules of participation are simple:  read a literary work by a writer who is from or lives in Ghana, read a book about Ghana, discuss any issue related to reading, books or the literary arts in Ghana. For more detailed information, please see my introductory post, The 3rd Annual Ghanaian Literature Week. […]

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