Radical Books Collective (RBC) will feature Black and Female by Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga in their book club’s Transformative Futures series.
RBC is a global community of readers seeking to establish an “an alternative, inclusive and non-commercial approach to books and reading.” The curate events around books, including virtual book club discussions, seminars, etc.
Readers are invited to buy the book and join the book club discussion scheduled for April 15. Black and Female was featured on Brittle Paper’s Notable African Books of 2022. The book is a collection of hard-hitting essays in which Dangarembga explores the legacies of colonialism through the lens of race and gender politics.
Venue: Online [Register here]
Date: April 15
Time: 12pm New York | 5pm London | 7pm Harare
Read the full synopsis of the book below:
In Black and Female, Tsitsi Dangarembga examines the legacy of imperialism on her own life and on every aspect of black embodied African life. This paradigm-shifting essay collection weaves the personal and political in an illuminating exploration of race and gender. Dangarembga recounts a painful separation from her parents as a toddler, connecting this experience to the ruptures caused in Africa by human trafficking and enslavement. She argues that, after independence, the ruling party in Zimbabwe only performed inclusion for women while silencing the work of self-actualized feminists. She describes her struggles to realize her ambitions in theater, film, and literature, laying out the long path to the publication of her novels.
At once philosophical, intimate, and urgent, Black and Female is a powerful testimony of the pervasive and long-lasting effects of racism and patriarchy that provides an ultimately hopeful vision for change. Black feminists are “the status quo’s worst nightmare.” Dangarembga writes, “our conviction is deep, bolstered by a vivid imagination that reminds us that other realities are possible beyond the one that obtains.”
Make sure to register and attend the book club discussion on April 15!