Next Meetup

African Book Club: Our Lady of the Nile (Rwanda)
We're back with a new time and new list! For our 29th installment, we'll be discussing Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga (Rwanda). "African francophone literature, and particularly that written by women, continues to be underrepresented in English, and as a result, we are not only missing out on compelling stories, but on an important political project. Scholastique Mukasonga, and likely many of her colleagues whom we have yet to translate, is working to correct the frustratingly persistent Western narratives about Africa and its history." "In part, this is a good-humored yearbook of the adventures and scandals among the all-girl school’s precocious teenage charges, where the greatest peril to morality is the arrival of a male teacher with long blond hair. But soon the school, abetted by its hypocritical administrators (including those Belgian civilizers), becomes a petri dish for Hutu militancy, and normal adolescent pranks take on horrifying consequences." A Publishers Weekly Book of the Year for 2014 Shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award This LAST TUESDAY we meet over eats/drinks (available for purchase) to discuss the latest, hottest, award-winning, best-selling books out of Africa. All you have to do to join is read as much of the book as you can and show up prepared for a lively (but respectful) conversation. You may attend as few or as many sessions as you'd like. The venue is one of the East Bay's premiere cafés/bookstores/literary spaces 4.5 blocks (0.3 mile) from 19th Street BART in Oakland. PLEASE SUPPORT our generous hosts by enjoying the wide variety of options available for purchase: Beer, wine, tea, espresso drinks, delicious salads and sandwiches, treats. Click here TO SEE WHAT'S UP NEXT AND MAKE YOUR OWN SUGGESTIONS (

Octopus Literary Salon

2101 Webster St #170 · Oakland, CA

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Mission Statement: To provide a platform that advances African interests and empowers members through cultural exchange, professional networking, and social engagement

Africans and non-African friends living in the Bay Area or just visiting the Bay area are welcome to attend scheduled meetup events.

Some meetups include, but are not limited to the following:

monthly brunches

special events

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