Writers Project of Ghana

The Writers Project Book Club Show

Writers Project of Ghana is happy to introduce a new program, the "Writers Project Book Club Show", a monthly book discussion session which will be streamed online. The programme features a selected book of the month. At the end of each month, invited guests will join a panel to discuss and review the book. The "Writers Project Book Club Show" seeks to increase interest in books by bringing together readers for an hour of engaging conversation. The show will highlight Ghanaian literature and literature by Africans and the Black Diaspora.

Selected panelists for the show will include book reviewers, bloggers, literary critics, students and teachers of literature among others. The show will also include a selected audience.

BOOK FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST: The Writers Project Book Club Show will be reading and discussing the award-winning historical fiction novel The Boy who Spat in Sargrenti’s Eye. Written by Manu Herbstein, the book highlights factual historical events that happened in Ghana (then Gold Coast) in the late 1800s.

ABOUT THE BOOK: On 13th June 1873, British forces bombarded Elmina town and destroyed it. It was never rebuilt. On 6th February 1874, after looting the Asantehene's palace in Kumasi, British troops blew up the stone building and set the city on fire. 15-year old Kofi Gyan witnesses these events and records them in his diary. The novel, first published soon after the 140th anniversary of the sack of Kumasi, tells his story.

The discussion will be live on WPG Facebook (FB: Writers Project of Ghana) and Instagram (@writerspg) handles on Saturday, August 29th, 2020 at 4 PM.

PANELISTS : Fui Can-Tamakloe is a Ghanaian short story writer and poet. In 2017 he co-authored and self-published Made in Ghana: A Collection of Short Stories with Rodney Assan. His works have appeared in Kenkey for Ewes & Other Very Short Stories, Afreada, Creatives Anonymous Ghana, Tampered Press, The Garlic Project, Flash Fiction Ghana, and other online literary platforms. He's an active part of The Rainmakers. Fui is also Creative Director for Contemporary Ghana Writers' Series (CGWS) and the co-founder and editor of Submissions at The Nami Podcast, which is an anthology podcast of African poetry and short stories. He's also an Editor for Pidgin for Write Ghana and an editor for Flash Fiction Ghana. In 2020, he was appointed a Judge for the maiden edition of the Samira Bawumia Literature Prize.

Abena Kwatemaa Karikari is Ghanaian, born and raised in Accra. She holds a Masters in Medical Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh and is currently pursuing a PhD at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana in Legon. At an early age Abena discovered a love of reading which later translated into writing stories of her own in notebooks which she would pass around to her classmates to read. Her flash fiction story titled “Cooking with Mama” was published in Kenkey for Ewes & Other Very Short Stories. Abena is passionate about promoting reading in Ghana particularly African literature and has a YouTube channel and Instagram account (@bookwormingh) where she discusses the books she reads. She also co-founded two book clubs for women. Aside reading and writing whenever possible, Abena enjoys swimming, watching films and travelling. She is married with two children.

Date: Saturday, 29th August, 2020

Time: 4.00 PM

Venue (online): IG -- @writerspg / FB -- Writers Project of Ghana

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