February 14, 2006

Binyavanga Wainaina (& Others) On Tour

A heads-up from Mr. Keguru (he listed on the LGBTPOC listserve, info via Kenyan Pundit [I think]):

Binyavanga Wainaina
, the Kenyan author of the instant classic "How to Write About Africa" and founding editor of Kwani (site under construction) will be doing a series of readings with other writers in the U.S. over the next two weeks.

How to write about Africa

some tips: sunsets and starvation are good

ALWAYS USE THE WORD 'AFRICA' OR 'DARKNESS' OR 'SAFARI' IN YOUR TITLE. Subtitles may include the words 'Zanzibar', 'Masai', 'Zulu', 'Zambezi', 'Congo', 'Nile', 'Big', 'Sky', 'Shadow', 'Drum', 'Sun' or 'Bygone'. Also useful are words such as 'Guerrillas', 'Timeless', 'Primordial' and 'Tribal'. Note that 'People' means Africans who are not black, while 'The People' means black Africans.

Never have a picture of a well-adjusted African on the cover of your book, or in it, unless that African has won the Nobel Prize. An AK-47, prominent ribs, naked breasts: use these. If you must include an African, make sure you get one in Masai or Zulu or Dogon dress... -- from Granta 92: The View From Africa

Africa is too large and diverse for generalisations. It has 54 nations, 5 time zones, at least 7 climates, more than 800 million people, and, according to the latest diligent research, maybe 14 million proverbs. This series of talks and readings seeks to present some fresh voices from all corners of Africa, in all their differences. All events are free and open to the public.


Wednesday, February 15th
College Park, MD - University of Maryland
David C. Driskell Center, 5.30 pm
Kwame Dawes and Binyavanga Wainaina

Thursday, February 16th
Fairfax, VA - George Mason University
Center for the Arts, Grand Tier, 6.30 pm
Kwame Dawes and Helon Habila

Friday, February 17th
Charlottesville, VA - University of Virginia
Harrison Institute Auditorium, 4.00 pm
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Kwame Dawes and Helon Habila


Tuesday, February 21st
New York, NY - Mercantile Library of New York
17 East 47th Street, 6.30 pm
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Helon Habila and Binyavanga Wainaina

Thursday, February 23rd
New York, NY - New York University
19 University Place, 7.00 pm
Adekeye Adebajo, Philip Alcabes, Daniel Bergner, John Ryle and Binyavanga Wainaina

Tuesday, February 28th
Cambridge, MA - Harvard University
W.E.B. DuBois Institute, 7.00 pm
Brent Hayes Edwards, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts and Binyavanga Wainaina

Posted by ronn at February 14, 2006 08:57 PM