Book launch and reading from "The Gods Who Send Us Gifts"

Book launch and reading from "The Gods Who Send Us Gifts"

For our reading in the month of May, 2018, Writers Project of Ghana and the Goethe Institute invite you to the launch of the book, The Gods Who Send Us Gifts -- An Anthology of African Short Stories edited by Ivor Agyeman-Duah, with forewords by Wole Soyinka and Valerie Amos. The Gods Who Send Us Gifts was published by Ayebia Clarke in 2017. The event, which takes place at 7 PM on Wednesday 30th May at the Goethe Institute in Accra, will feature readings from the book, which will be launched by the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Catherine Afeku.

The Gods Who Send Us Gifts was published to mark the 55th anniversary of the historic African Writers Conference held in 1962 at Makerere University, Uganda. The conference was a gathering of post-independence African writers many of whose works play a definitive role in recent African literary history.

The editor, Ivor Agyeman-Duah is currently a visiting Associate Professor and Director of the Wole Soyinka Foundation at the University of Johannesburg. He is chair of the advisory council of the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa and serves on the Board of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board. A literary historian, editor and fiction-writer, he edited the well-received anthologies All the Good Things Around Us (fiction), Crucible of the Ages - Essays in Honour of Wole Soyinka at 80 (non-fiction) and with Prof. Emeritus Lucy Newlyn of the University of Oxford, May Their Shadows Never Shrink - Wole Soyinka and the Oxford Professorship of Poetry (non-fiction) all published by Ayebia Clarke (Oxfordshire, UK). His collection of poetry, Keeper of the Remains is forthcoming.

Ivor is also a development specialist and former special advisor on international development co-operation to John Agyekum Kufuor, former President of Ghana. He also serves on the SDG Philanthropy Platform of the UNDP (Ghana). Ivor is author and co-editor of: Pilgrims of the Night: Development Challenges and Opportunities in Africa, Africa- A Miner’s Canary into the Twenty-First Century- Essays on Economic Governance and An Economic History of Ghana.

Ivor Agyeman-Duah has served as visiting research fellow at the Exeter College of the University of Oxford and the Hutchins Institute at Harvard University, and as a centenary research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He holds graduate degrees from the London School of Economics, the School of Oriental and African Studies and the University of Wales.

Join us for the book launch and an exciting evening of readings and interactions. Autographed copies of books will be on sale.

Date: Wednesday, 30th May, 2018

Time: 7.00 PM - 8.30 PM

Admittance is Free.

Venue: Goethe Institute, 30 Kakramadu Close, East Cantonments, Accra.