Am so late with my June wrap-up but better late than never.
For starters, June was such an awesome month coupled with good (and flat) reads plus the literary events that took place.
I think I’ll start by giving a small brief about the literal events that I attended.
Artistic Encounters is an event organised by Goethe Institut- Nairobi which tends to bring together the work of two different artists in one space and at the same time. On the 16th of June, we had the pleasure to see Maimouna Jallow pairing up with none other than ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives‘ author, Lola Shoneyin! I was thrilled when I learnt about Lola’s visit that I intentionally missed class. How was I to concentrate anyway knowing very well that Lola’s event was taking place at the same time? I admittedly have to confess that I didn’t know much about Maimouna aside from the fact that she’s a performing artist, and my oh my, didn’t she live up to Baba Segi’s performance? Maimouna performed the monologue conversations of Baba Segi and that of the four wives who immediately came to life in one’s imagination. This pair up was all shades of everything lit and more! Lola is such a humorous lady and a good orator as well. (The featured image of this post is the photo I took with Lola at the book signing event)
I wish I could give out all the details but check out James Murua’s blog and you can also listen to 2 Girls and A Pod as they narrate how the two events at Nairobi unfolded. Yes, they were two. The aforementioned and a book signing one.
Another event that I attended was the Literary Crossroads Series, again organised by Goethe Institut- Nairobi, is an event that brings together writers on the African Continent and from the diaspora to discuss contemporary trends and themes in literature. In June the event featured Jennifer Makumbi Nansubuga and 2014 Caine Prize Winner, Okwiri Oduor. I haven’t read any of the two writers books but I had a rough idea of who they are and yes shame on me, the books are available at my workplace’s library which I hope to borrow and delve into. You can read about the event’s review on James Murua’s blog.
That covers the literal events I attended last month.
As for the books that I read in June, I know I had shared my TBR in June but I got to read only one from the three books and some additional ones;
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie– I enjoyed reading this book and I have really struggled with the review that’s why am yet to post it. I’m finishing up and it should be posted this week.
Under The Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Another book that I’d started reading but I couldn’t warm up to was Some Kind of Black by Diran Adebayo. I don’t know when I’ll pick it up again. Sigh
I really hope I can do away with this writing block and post the reviews of these books ASAP. We should probably have a discussion of such moments sometime soon and the remedies to counter it because the struggle is so pronounced!
Moving on to my July TBR;
Seeing as we are in the second week already, I’m half way done with one book and I look forward to have read the following come 31st:
Too Good To Be True by Kristin Higgins
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
You’ll notice that I’m taking a break from the African Literature because I’ve really dwelt in this beautiful continent moreso in Nigeria. But wait, my bookclub this month is reading Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John so I’ll just have to travel back for a brief stay. I had read the book early this year and over the weekend I attended a book discussion meetup where we discussed it. If there’s an exam to be given to it I swear I’ll score an ‘A’ lol. It’s a beautiful book and a reread shouldn’t hurt right?
Am glad I’ve managed to write this out in one sitting and I hope the same applies to the pending reviews. So what are you reading this 7th month of year?