Ghanaian author Ama Ata Aidoo’s debut novel Our Sister Killjoy is 45 years old this year, and Radical Books Collective is celebrating the milestone by hosting her to an event co-organized with Brittle Paper and Africa is a Country. The event will take place on September 22 at 3pm Accra time/11am New York time. Follow this link to register.
At the event, which is titled Ama Ata Aidoo: Five Decades of Killjoy Feminism, Aidoo will talk about the novel, which helped shaped key debates on feminism and colonialism in the last decades of the 20th century. The semi-autobiographical novel is the story of a Ghanaian student who travels through Europe, all the while sharing her thoughts on colonial history and violence. The event is a celebration of Aidoo and the novel’s impact these many decades.
Aidoo has had a storied career—60 years!— as a playwright, novelist, poet, and government minister. She has published 10 books, as well as numerous essays and lectures, and contributed in no small way to building African literature as we know it today while mentoring a generation of African feminist writers. Read her full bio here. This event is a rare opportunity to listen to Aidoo talk about her groundbreaking work, one that should not be missed.
Radical Books Collective is a book curation initiative that organizes literary events and produces podcasts and other digital content about books and publishing.
Africa is a Country is a “site of opinion, analysis, and new writing on and from the African left.”