On Saturday 8 May I read in the Daily Graphic newspaper that Nii Ayikwei Parkes was giving a reading at one of the local bookshops here in Accra. Unfortunately, I had made another family commitment, so couldn’t make it.
I was actually disappointed, because I know Sytris, who were hosting the reading, and I wondered why I had not received any email, text, hard copy or phone notification that such an event was going on. I did send a text asking for more info, but it was really too late to totally reorganize my day!
I must say that 8 May was one of those days when many events seemed to be taking place, and while some I knew I wouldn’t attend, there were a couple, such as the Parkes reading, that I might have, given that I have read his novel, Tail of the blue bird. Plus there was the added attraction that the Accra Book Club put it on our next batch of books to be read and discussed! Additionally I had had some email correspondence with Parkes when his book first came out regarding its availability here in Accra
Oh well, I guess it is one of those things, and obviously I am not on the right kind of “lists” or “loop” Definitely something to work on, and also to kind of complain about. At times I do find that Accra events can be quite insular, with invitations being sent out to those “known” to the event organizers, especially if there aren’t paid newspaper adverts. Or maybe there were TV or radio adverts or announcements, and I didn’t hear them?