While President Barack Obama was in the white house, he began sharing lists of books he’d read on social media. It’s since become a tradition that is greeted with much excitement in the literary community. This year, David Diop’s At Night All Blood is Black is on the list.
Obama shared the list on Instagram, remarking:
Whether you’re camped out on the beach or curled up on the couch on a rainy day, there’s nothing quite like sitting down with a great book in the summer. While we were still in the White House, I began sharing my summer favorites—and over the years, it’s become a little tradition that I look forward to sharing with you all. So without further ado, here are some books I’ve read recently. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
African writers such as Chimamanda Adichie and Bernardine Evaristo have made the reading lists in the past. Diop’s novel is a dark and twisted story about the regiment of Senegalese soldiers who fought in the first world war. The book has had an impressive award season. I recently won the International Booker Prize. Being featured in Obama’s list tends to be a good way for authors to find new audiences and increase book sales.
Congrats to Diop!