On July 16th, fans and readers enjoyed high tea at a Harare cafe in celebration of Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s new novel, Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun. Pictures of the event were recently posted on Facebook and left us in awe.

In spite of the unfriendly weather, Harare’s literary enthusiasts poured in to witness the official debut of her new novel.

The event took place at Karen Mutasa’s Organikks. The space looked bright, colorful, and all-round gorgeous. Mouth-watering pastries, finger foods, and delicious teas tell us that attendees enjoyed a perfect blend of good food and literary delights. They got to see Manyika read passages of her novel by impersonating her characters. How cool!

The Herald reports that the who-is-who in literary Harare came out to support Manyika. Nozipo Maraire, author of Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter, led a discussion session with Manyika. The event also attracted the likes of “local Harare writer Beatrice Sithole, Farai Mupfunya, Irene Stauton and Murray McCartney of Weaver Press, Sunanda Ray and John Stewart who run the Harare Open Book Club.”

The selection of pictures below is proof enough that everyone had fun. Manyika’s novel is a beautiful read. It tells the story of Morayo, a quirky old woman living in San Francisco who takes the reader down the memory lane of a wild and exotic past. Learn more about the novel here.

A chic and tasteful literary event is the best compliment to a beloved author and a beautiful book.

Congrats to Manyika on the new book. We wish her all the best as she continues on with her book tour.

[Thanks to Karen Mutasa and James Manyika for the images.]




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5 Responses to “An Elegant High Tea Affair! | Photos From Sarah L. Manyika’s Harare Book Launch” Subscribe

  1. xoliswa sithole 2016/07/25 at 1:29 pm #

    wow sarah my muroora and my lovely peeps…..


  2. Allen 2016/07/25 at 2:11 pm #

    What a lovely affair it was. Sarah and Nozipo had a fantastic rapport and discussed really poignant issues from writing in general to getting published, to publishing in Africa. Sarah’s reading was dramatically beautiful. Watching this usually reserved soul branch out with such theatrics was a pure delight.

  3. munyaradzi 2016/07/25 at 11:13 pm #

    Fabulous event. Not all all African stories are grim and dismal. A continent full of variety and beautiful people.

  4. Farai 2016/07/27 at 1:54 am #

    Many will be awakened and start to tell their stories …. Thank you Sarah and congratulations

  5. Samu 2016/08/04 at 5:54 pm #

    Inspiring. Congratulations Sarah

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