Book Review: Africa39

Posted on August 19, 2014


First, a tidbit from Wiki:

Africa39 is a collaborative project initiated by the Hay Festival in partnership with Rainbow Book Club,celebrating Port Harcourt: UNESCO World Book Capital 2014 by identifying 39 of the most promising writers under the age of 40 with the potential and talent to define trends in the development of literature from Sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora. Africa39 follows the success of two previous Hay Festival initiatives linked to World Book Capital cities, Bogotá39 (2007) and Beirut39 (2009).

I admit that I love the motivation behind this project, so I was predisposed to love the story collection. Each night I sat down with great anticipation, a mining of gems–those voices from a distant land that would provide insight to the variety of human thought and experience. With 39 stories, the voices are varied enough to touch a broad audience. I was both pleased to see how similar people think and behave, yet I noticed details that are quite foreign to my personal experience. By sharing the product of their imagination, these young writers can add to our understanding of one another, and perhaps make the world a better place.

** I received this book from Netgalley

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