Mid-year summary from one Accra reader

I do try to post something about my reading, and bookish activities, on a monthly basis, but I just saw
Boston Bibliophile’s mid year summary, which rather appealed to me:

Six new-to me authors:

  1. Laurence Cosse
  2. Emma Donoghue
  3. Alan Bradley
  4. Roger Smith
  5. Lauren Beukes
  6. Dan Rhodes

Six tried-and-true authors:

  1. Ama Ata Aidoo
  2. John Le Carre
  3. Paul Torday
  4. Neal Stephenson
  5. Robert Littell
  6. Tony Morrison

Six books I really liked:

  1. A novel bookstore, by Laurence Cosse
  2. Snowcrash, by Neal Stephenson
  3. Abina and the important men, by Trevor Getz & Liz Clarke
  4. Room, by Emma Donoghue
  5. Legends, by Robert Littell
  6. A reliable wife, by Robert Goolrick

Six countries I’ve visited in my reading [obviously not physically! and the actual number is much, much higher – probably hovering around twenty or so]

  1. South Africa
  2. Zambia
  3. Cote d’Ivoire
  4. Germany
  5. UK
  6. France

Six bookish events I’ve enjoyed

  1. Vice-President Mahama [of Ghana] reading from his manuscript by his official poolside, with other Ghanaian writers
  2. Launch of two books by doyenne of Ghanaian writing, Ama Ata Aidoo
  3. Nii Ayikwei Parkes [author of Tail of the blue bird] reading in Accra on a recent visit
  4. Launch of Elikem Kuenyehia’s book, Kuenyehia on entrepreneurship
  5. Launch of massive two-volume work, Reclaiming the human sciences and humanities, at Univ of Ghana Legon
  6. readings at Goethe Institut, including Ama Ata Aidoo, Kojo Laing and Taiye Selasi

Six bookish things I am looking forward to

  1. Reading VP Mahama’s newly published book, My first coup d’etat, when it is launched in Ghana
  2. Reading the Caine Prize 2012 collection, African violet, when it is published by a local publisher here in Ghana
  3. Getting, and reading copies of the 2011 Burt award winners’ books – again whenever they eventually get published here in Ghana
  4. Attending the next Ghana International Book Fair at the end of September
  5. Attending the Ghana Library Association special 50th anniversary congress in November
  6. Monthly gatherings of Accra Book Club
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2 thoughts on “Mid-year summary from one Accra reader

  1. The 2012 Caine Prize Anthology has proved to be good value for money. One story that stands out is “Elephants Chained to Big Kennels” by the Kenyan writer Mehul Gohil. Just fantastic and something very new on the African scene. Original and brilliant writing style. This could be on the shortlist next year.

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