Radical Books Collective (RBC) is curating an archive of notable feminist voices from the continent. In a series of episodes on their Book Rising podcast, they feature acclaimed writers from the continent talking about books, publishing, and writing through the lens of feminist concerns. The series is titled “Trailblazing African Feminists” and offers a brilliant, deeply engaging series of exchanges on literature and why it matters to center the writings, histories, and lives of women.

So far, the series offers 8 episodes featuring Sudanese-Scottish author Leila Aboulela, Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangaremgba, Ethiopian-American author Maaza Mengiste, Ugandan author Jennifer Makumbi, Ghanaian author Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Somali-Italian author Ubah Cristina Ali Farah, and Kenyan author Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor.

The collection of half-hour episodes explores a range of questions and ideas. Aboulela’s conversation with Bhakti Shringapure explores the place of faith and religion in the literary life.

Sekyiamah’s conversation with Rudo Mudiwa does a deep dive into the possibility of healing and freedom in sexual experience.

Thinking through her most recent book A Girl is a Body of Water, Makumbi reflects on the importance of reclaiming African women’s history.

The Radical Book Collective (RBC) was founded by Bhakti Shringarpure, Editor-in-Chief of Warscapes magazine, and Suchitra Vijayan author of Midnight’s Borders, as a book club that “responds to the need for an alternative, inclusive and non-commercial approach to books and reading.”

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