Chicago Reading Africa
a local initiative for readers in search of global perspectives
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Somali-born author and artist, Diriye Osman gives an ultra-fabulous, drama-laden reading from his short story collection ‘Fairytales For Lost Children’ in this intimate video (and by ‘intimate’, we don’t mean pornography! Just so you know).

(via blacklooks)

Photos from opening night of Half of a Yellow Sun at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center.

June News from Chicago Reading Africa →

The latest from Chicago Reading Africa:

  • We read Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah during our Fictive Kin discussion. In conversation with Kameelah Janeen Rasheed, she talks her own writing process, the importance of black stories and more.
  • This year you can listen to the Caine Prize shortlisted stories.
  • Need a Chicago spot to watch the World Cup? We got you!
  • Yinka Shonibare MBE is taking up some space in our city, and doing it wonderfully.

All this and more in our newsletter.

Caine Prize 2014 Shortlist →

Don’t have time to read, that’s fine! This year, you can listen to the five stories of the Caine Prize Shortlist.

From director Zwelesizwe Ntuli, Bomlambo is a story within a story. To console his granddaughter on the day of a funeral, the old man tells her the story of Siphelele and Nobuntu. The young boy, Siphelele is of the river people; when he washes ashore, Nobuntu is the one who finds him.

h/t: Shadow & Act