Friday, January 1, 2010

Challenge: African Diaspora Reading Challenge 2010



I'm signing up for the African Diaspora Reading Challenge hosted by BrownGirl Speaks. Here's the lowdown straight from her post. If you'd like to join in, click here to sign up.

(From BrownGirl Speaks): The African diaspora speaks mainly to the dispersion of African descendants in the Americas and Europe due to the Atlantic slave trade. Yes, Africans were enslaved or migrants to other parts of the world but the term is usually in reference to the aforementioned areas. So, for this challenge, books read will be by Black authors and set in Africa, North America, South America, Central America, Caribbean Islands, and Europe. Yes, this is broad but it means the possibilities are endless. Hopefully, those who participate will gain more incite into the myriad of Black cultural experiences.

Now, for guidelines:

*This challenge will run from January 1, 2010-December 31, 2010

*Crossovers are allowed

*Fiction and nonfiction hard copies or e-books from any genre (no audio books)

*Participants should visit different geographical regions in their reading (i.e. not all African American or Afro-Brit or Haitian or any one group representing the diaspora)

*Levels of participation

Novice: commitment to read four (4) books

Versed: commitment to read eight (8) books

Scholar: commitment to read twelve (12) books

*If you need ideas,here's a list of authors and titles in the African diaspora.

There are a few more details on the sign-up page which is here.

I'll be participating as a novice (4 books) and as of right now, my choices to read are:

1. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie
2. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
3. The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
4. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

2 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Good luck with the challenge!

BrownGirl said...

Awesome! Glad you're joining the challenge. You've made some great choices btw. Looking forward to your reviews and happy new year.