It is interesting that American/Ghanaian mystery writer Kwei Quartey is presently visiting Ghana – obviously doing research on his next book? I heard him speak, and do a reading on CitiFM’s Writers Project programme two Sundays ago, which was at least better than nothing, but part of me wished that he could have given a public reading here in Accra. I guess that is being a bit selfish, but I guess that is what comes of being in this location.
I do remember Quartey being asked about the availability of his books here in Ghana. And of course the usual issues of where publishers chose to promote books came up.
Unfortunately there is also a major issue of what local booksellers chose to sell. I think I read Quartey’s first novel, Wife of the Gods, as a borrowed copy which a fellow Accra Book Club member had bought on a trip outside Ghana. His second book, Children of the street, I did buy from a local bookshop [though I haven’t read it yet], and the third , Death at the Voyager Hotel, I managed to download on my e-reader [actually this happened because Quartey mentioned it on the Writers Project radio programme!] I am not sure however whether any of them are currently available here in Accra, which is very sad, in my opinion.
Thanks to fellow blogger and reader, Chris Scott, for reminding me, via his website that I had actually considered writing about this.
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