ARTS/LITERARY: African Book Club: A Killing in the Sun (Uganda)

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For the 6th installment of African Book Club, we'll be discussing A KILLING IN THE SUN, by Dilman Dila (Uganda). African science fiction is the new big thing (Check out Nnedi Okorafor on 1/17 at an epic panel on Afro-Futurism: ) and this collection of 10 stories from award-winning filmmaker and writer Dila draws from the rich oral culture of his childhood to tell stories set in a futuristic Africa and the present day. Poised between genre and literary fiction, sci-fi and fantasy, science and belief, superstition and traditional/indigenous knowledge.

Each month we meet over drinks and/or dinner 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.

This semester we will meet 7:00-9:00 PM on the first Wednesday of the month at Octopus Literary Salon, a café, bookstore, and literary space 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: menu (

Good news: Octopus is going to start carrying the books in a display dedicated to African Book Club, so if you want support a local, independent business AND add to your African library, here's your chance!