IMM 03/07/11 and New Music
Last weekend I spent some time wandering around downtown with Niranjana who blogs at Brown Paper. She’s always fun to hang out with and we had some great discussions. I also dragged her along to The World’s Biggest Bookstore as I was looking for a particular book that I found out they carried. While there I realized it was buy 3 get 1 free sooo… well of course how could I not take home a few extra off my wishlist?? It just wouldn’t be fiscally responsible not to.
I ended up picking up:
- Long Drums and Cannons: Nigerian Dramatists and Novelists, 1952 – 1966 by Margaret Laurence
- The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities edited by Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
- As the Crow Flies by Veronique Tadjo - An author from Ivory Coast who I’d been hearing about more and more.
- My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales edited by Kate Berhneimer
Also… I got home late Friday night and the postal strike in Canada is finally over! (Due to horrid federal government back to work legislation which makes it less exciting unfortunately.) This means that the last of the books from my crazy buying binge arrived. This order was through Better World Books from their Bargain Bin during their sale a few weeks ago – I love their bargain bin and when it goes on sale… it doesn’t get much better than that! I love extra cheap books, and when the money is going to charity, and the shipping is free, yep, I love this store!
- Lysistrata by Aristophanes – because it was mentioned in Kody Keplinger’s Shut Out and I was interested in reading it.
- Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night by Aindiwe Magona – a collection of short stories by a South African author.
- A Question of Power by Bessie Head – another novel by this Setswana author after enjoying Maru in my pre-blogging days.
- Home and Exile by Chinua Achebe – because who can say no to more Achebe?
- Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade by Assia Djebar – another book by one of my favorite authors, Djebar is Algerian.
- The Abandoned Baobab: The Autobiography of a Senegalese Woman by Ken Bugul – the title gives this one away It is also translated from French.
- The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World by Nawal El Saadawi – I was hoping to read this last month with the Year of Feminist Classics project but I guess I will just extend my reading of Saadawi!
- A Daughter of Isis by Nawal El Saadawi – really excited to read this autobiography after reading a few of her novels last month.
I also want to mention a project being put on at Africa is a Country that I am really loving. Besides the always insightful and interesting news articles and literary information, they often have music breaks where I find a great new tune. To celebrate the independence days of each African country, however, they’ve begun listing music lists for each country. I can’t say how much I’ve been enjoying these tunes. If you are looking for a new listen, check out some of these lists:
- South Africa on June 16th
- Mozambique on June 25th
- Madagascar on June 26th
- Djibouti on June 27th
- Seychelles on June 29th
- Democratic Republic of Congo on June 30th
- Burundi, Rwanda and Somalia on July 1st