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message 1: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
Hello everyone,

My apologies that as usual, i have really dropped the ball mid-summer. But we can get caught up!

First I would like to welcome all new members and invite you to introduce yourselves here:
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

Second, I would like to point you all to current activities.

In our contemporary literature project, we didn't have any activity for July, but the thread remains open:
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

Because we only had two votes and they were not for the same book for our August selection, I have extended the poll a couple of days. Please vote here and then join the discussion!
https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...

I have lots to point out on our Tour. In March and April we were in Senegal. One of our selections was Squirting Milk at Chameleons by Simon Fenton, a member here, and I recently read it and thoroughly enjoyed it. Would love to have a discussion!
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

We are in Sierra Leone until the end of August. Our selection is Radiance of Tomorrow by Ismeal Beah. Join us here:
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/....

Our next stop is Somalia, so please add some recommendations to this thread:
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
and stay tuned for a poll.

Our July featured author in our Nigeria project was Chris Abani. Discuss his work here:
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
and stay tuned for our August feature author.

Lastly, I have not set up a thread for discussion yet, but please do think about our plans for next year. I would especially like to invite volunteers to help me run projects, so please be thinking if you are a person who could do that.

Many thanks and happy reading!

Marieke


message 2: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
UPDATES!

Helen Oyeyemi is our featured author in August. Please discuss her work here

We have two winners for the contemporary literature project this month.

I Do Not Come to You by Chance can be disscussed here

and The Spider King's Daughter can be discussed here


message 3: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
Another UPDATE!

Somalia poll is up!

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 4: by Beverly (new)

Beverly | 543 comments Marieke wrote: "Hello everyone,

My apologies that as usual, i have really dropped the ball mid-summer. But we can get caught up!

First I would like to welcome all new members and invite you to introduce yourselv..."


Thanks so much for this update.
I know I have been MIA but things are getting to crazy normal so I will have more time for reading.
I have some catchup to do!!!!


message 5: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
Beverly wrote: "Thanks so much for this update.
I know I have been MIA but things are getting to crazy normal so I will have more time for reading.
I have some catchup to do!!!! "


i was just thinking of you today!

i also am in the midst of catching up :)


message 6: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
A poll decided that we will choose a specific book by Nuruddin Farah for our Somalia tour stop. Here is where you can vote for that specific book:

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 7: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
We will be reading From a Crooked Rib as our Somalia selection in September and October.


message 8: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
Apologies that I put this poll up so late, but here are our choices for contemporary literature written by a man for September:

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...

I have sent out invitations but reached the limit for one day so I will send the rest out tomorrow.


message 9: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
I have finally set up a thread for discussing ideas for 2016 projects:

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 10: by Beverly (new)

Beverly | 543 comments I am late to this discussion - I will be able to start reading this book next week.


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