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message 1: by Louise, Group Founder (last edited Apr 03, 2019 01:16PM) (new)

Louise | 680 comments Mod
Nominations for our June 'Read Around the World' book are now open.

In June we will be reading a book set in Africa

Books set in any African country are eligible for nomination and the author does not have to be from said country (though it might be worth noting if they are). Also acceptable are books set on continent, but where the country is never firmly identified in the text.

Once the winner is picked, we will strike that country off the list next time we visit this part of the world

Nomination Criteria
1. Book must be written by a woman.
2. Book must be set (or at least half-set) in a country in Africa that has not been 'visited' already.
3. No books that have already been group reads
4. You cannot nominate a book you have written.

Nomination Rules
1. Please identify the title , authors name , and the country (if identifiable) your book is set in when nominating.
2. Please use the Goodreads 'add book/author' button when nominating, otherwise your nomination may be missed.
3. Please indicate whether you are willing to lead discussion on the book.
4. Try to avoid using this thread for chatter and don't link to any book that isn't your nomination as it makes it very hard to locate what are actual nominations and what is just discussion.
5. One nomination per person.

African Countries we have already visited:
Ghana: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (April 2017)
Nigeria: Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta (April 2018)


Useful Links
list of African Countries (wikipedia)
Alphabetical List of African Countries and Dependent Territories

Nominations will close on 8 April when the poll will go up



Nominations so far:
So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ (Senegal) - Open Discussion
Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga (Rwanda) - Open Discussion
Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Uganda) - Louise to lead
The Open Door by Latifa Zayyat (Egypt) - Carol to lead
Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia) - Liesl to lead
Nehanda by Yvonne Vera (Zimbabwe) - Open Discussion


message 2: by El (new)

El | 123 comments I will nominate So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ (Senegal). I will not be able to lead the discussion, unfortunately.


message 3: by Tamara (new)

Tamara Agha-Jaffar | 581 comments I nominate Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga. It is set in Rwanda.

I haven't read the book before so I hesitate to lead the discussion.


message 4: by Louise, Group Founder (new)

Louise | 680 comments Mod
Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Uganda). I can lead.


message 5: by Carol (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 1677 comments Mod
I nominate The Open Door by Latifa Zayyat (Egypt). I can lead.


message 6: by Fer (new)

Fer Qc | 17 comments I nominate The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria).
I can lead


message 7: by Liesl (new)

Liesl | 443 comments So many wonderful nominations...

I nominate Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia). I can lead.


message 8: by Louise, Group Founder (new)

Louise | 680 comments Mod
Fer wrote: "I nominate The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria).
I can lead"


Hi Fer, we visited Nigeria in our Africa read last year, so it's not eligible again this year. If you want to nominate it for our June open choice read though, please do!


message 9: by Fer (new)

Fer Qc | 17 comments Louise wrote: "Fer wrote: "I nominate The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria).
I can lead"

Hi Fer, we visited Nigeria in our Africa read last year, so it's..."

Thank you for the info, it's actually a good idea not to repeat countries :-)


message 10: by Anabela (last edited Apr 03, 2019 12:09PM) (new)

Anabela Matos | 9 comments I nominate Nehanda by Yvonne Vera. Set in Zimbabwe. I not sure if I'll be able to lead the discussion.


message 11: by Louise, Group Founder (new)

Louise | 680 comments Mod
Added.

Have to say I'm pretty excited by all the nominations so far.


message 12: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Jensen | 22 comments Looks like there are plenty of nominations already!


message 13: by Carol (new)

Carol (carolfromnc) | 1677 comments Mod
Louise wrote: "Added.

Have to say I'm pretty excited by all the nominations so far."


Me, too :)


message 14: by Louise, Group Founder (new)

Louise | 680 comments Mod
Nominations closed

Poll to go up soon


message 15: by Louise, Group Founder (new)


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