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We've had several interesting VBB's (virtual book boxes) with various geographical themes. but I've yet to come across a VBB focused on Africa. As I have several suitable books on my shelves, I'd love to start one.

The box would contain books (novels, short story collections, memoirs, travel writing) by African writers and/or about Africa, written in or translated into English. I.e. books by authors who were born in Africa or who are of African descent even if they don't live there anymore, and also books about Africa by people who were born elsewhere but have lived in Africa for an extended period and write about Africa from an insider's perspective.

Would anyone be interested? It would most likely start sometime in December in order for me to get a few books read first :)

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This is how it would work (I've more or less copied these rules from the fabulous ApoloniaX, hope you don't mind!):

- I'll start off with a list of 10 of my own books.
- You'll receive the list by PM from me – as PM's sometimes don’t arrive please confirm receipt.
- Make your selection(s) and request the books from their owner(s), including your name & address. Please also report your selections and replacements in this thread.
- Replace the books with the same number of your own ones (they must be registered on your bookshelf).
- PM me with the titles and authors of the books you are putting into the box.
- The owner(s) of your chosen books will send them to you at their earliest convenience.
- Please make your choices within a few days. Pick the books you are offering and PM me – I will PM you again if I haven’t heard from you after 2 or 3 days. If there is no response after a week I will PM the list to the next person.
- There should always be 10 books listed.
- When somebody asks you for a book that you have put on the list, please send it off ASAP. This will most likely be international (but sending by surface mail is perfectly alright). Please make proper release notes.
- Please don’t add another copy of a book that’s already on the list.
- I update the list and PM it to the next person.
- At the end, the remaining 10 books will come to me, as I have started the VBB by “donating” 10 books.
- Adding your TBR books is no problem. When you tell me which books you put on the list, please add "TBR" for books that won't be sent off right after they are requested but only after you read them (which shouldn't take more than a few weeks).

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PARTICIPANTS:

Dancesports
Esme-Weatherwax
klaradyn
ApoloniaX
mathgirl40
LittleDachshund
Icila
okyrhoe
KiwinEngland
Tarna
Samrana
jumpingin
London-Shade (decided to drop out)
j4shaw (no response)
Vilda

 

that it probably won't start until December as I might be able to catch up by then. Thank you for the great idea.

 

Waiting until dec gives me time to read the book I have in mind for this.

 

I changed the title and the description slightly.

 

that are set elsewhere and are not about Africa?

 

Yes, those would qualify too :)

 

Yes, those would qualify too :)

How does a book qualify that is set somewhere else and is not about Africa, even if the author was born in Africa?

 

How does a book qualify that is set somewhere else and is not about Africa, even if the author was born in Africa?


The wording of the original post reads: "The box would contain books (novels, short story collections, memoirs, travel writing) by African writers and/or about Africa..."

To me, the "or" implies that a book qualifies if it is written by an African author, even if it is not about Africa. And since the organiser/originator of the VBB has confirmed this, I will be reserving such a book for the list.

 

And since the organiser/originator of the VBB has confirmed this, I will be reserving such a book for the list.

That's fine, it would fit in with how this VBB is being organised.

It just strikes me as weird to have a themed book box where the theme can basically be ignored. I mean, if a VBB was set up for India I would find it odd if Animal Farm was put into it even though the author was born in India.

 

I'm guessing Annimanni wrote the rules as she did so that we have some flexibility in choosing our books, and that it will be up to us to select ones that have enough of an African perspective to qualify.

It's an interesting question, though. How are African books distinct from ones from other regions? I read a lot of Canadian literature, and I'm always wondering what is it that makes a book "Canadian". There are a lot of Canadian-born writers who don't write about Canada but have a distinctly Canadian perspective. Anyhow, that's why I love these geographically themed VBBs. They're a good way to investigate these questions.

 

Anyhow, that's why I love these geographically themed VBBs. They're a good way to investigate these questions.

That's true, and I've read some great Asian VBB's from the ones organised by Apoloniax. And I'm definately a lot more interesting in reading books outside of my normally England/USA/New Zealand author sphere.

 

I'm guessing Annimanni wrote the rules as she did so that we have some flexibility in choosing our books, and that it will be up to us to select ones that have enough of an African perspective to qualify.


Yes, exactly, thank you mathgirl40! This is what I tried to explain in my other post but you put it better :) (English is not my native language.)

And like I said, this VBB has evolved from being an "African Authors VBB" to an "All About Africa VBB". I hope that explains my reasoning a bit too.

 

Yes, those would qualify too :)

How does a book qualify that is set somewhere else and is not about Africa, even if the author was born in Africa?



Well, when I first started the thread, it was called African Authors VBB ;) Then, after having a look at my own shelves, I decided to broaden the scope to include also books about Africa by non-African writers (as long as they have an insider's perspective of sorts).

For the record though, I wouldn't put Animal Farm into an India-themed box either. I was thinking more along the lines of books set outside Africa but about the immigrant experience or similar. I'm sure we're all capable of judging what kinds of books fit into a VBB that's called "All About Africa" :)

 

klaradyn 9 yrs ago
I am in.
.

 

:-)

 

I would like to join too. Thanks.

 

please let me know

 

Of course - it's in Africa, isn't it ;)

 

Of course - it's in Africa, isn't it ;)


Sorry, guess that was a bit of a stupid question!
In my head there has always been a crowbar separation somehow...I REALLY should educate myself a little better in that area...by way of African books.... in the form of a VBB.......Yayyyyy!

 

There are no stupid questions :) Welcome aboard!

 

I've never done a VBB before and I think it will be great fun. Count me in!

 

wingIcilawing 9 yrs ago
I'm interested
I'm sure I have at least 1 in english, several in french if somebody is interested.

 

okyrhoe 9 yrs ago
interested!
I have a pile of books ready for this, as I had thought of starting an African themed vbb myself, but then life got in the way.

 

I am interested, and have at least one book that would qualify.

 

I've been reading a lot in Finnish lately, and it's been sooo nice for a change. I guess I'll have to start reading some English books too.

 

Samrana 9 yrs ago
Yes please
and it sounds like there will be a real variety to choose from if the posts are anything to go by - which I think is great.

 

Thanks for organizing this, Annimanni.

 

I'd like to take part, thanks!

 

Of course you can, welcome!

 

I'm planning to start this soon - or before Christmas anyway :)

 

Do you send the list of your own books to the first ?
If it's a yes I don't understand the next :"- Make your selection(s) and request the books from their owner(s)"

 

Yes, the VBB starts with my books only. These instructions, however, have to cover the entire round, hence the reference to multiple owners.

 

I just PM'd the list to Dancesports. There's no hurry though, so everyone, please take as much time as you need over the holidays.

Thanks for participating!

 

Just to let you know I'm in Africa at the moment and won't get any pm's until I return to Europe (which will be the 30th if the snow lets me land!)

 

Thank you Annimanni for organising.

It's taken me a little while to organise as I am on holidays but I have found some suitable books to put in at a second hand book shops.

Taking out:

Maru by Bessie Head
Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton and
The Feud by R Sariff Easmon.

Putting in:

The Caliphs House by Tahir Shah (TBR) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8527650/
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimanda Ngozi Adichie (TBR) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8527655/ and
Kennedy's Brain by Henning Mankell (TBR) (I know he is not an Adrican author but the book is set in Mozambique and the US - I hope this is ok to include) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8527660/

 

Excellent! I'll send Maru and Cry, The Beloved Country to you next week and The Feud will follow shortly afterwards.

 

Happy New Year everyone!

 

I've PM'd Esme again as they have not confirmed receipt of the list yet.

 

Can I go at the end of the list?

 

No probs :)

 

Vilda 9 yrs ago
May I join
or is it too late?

 

You certainly may :)

 

Hi I am picking Robert M. Sapolsky: A Primate's Memoir
and I am putting in
The Slave Trade by Melody Herr

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7633528/

It was a tough choice on some of them. I look forward to reading my pick. Thanks for hosting this!

 

Thanks for your addition, Esme-Weatherwax!

 

PM to follow shortly!

 

Thanks for your additions, klaradyn!

 

I was online when the list came in and made my choices right away. Well, not exactly right away, been brooding over it for a while, there are so many interesting books... hard to narrow down!
I picked Mia Couto: The Last Flight of the Flamingo and Michael Holman: Last Orders at Harrods, both from Annimanni.
And here's what I add:
Michael Allin: Zarafa - A Giraffe's True Story (Egypt, Sudan, France)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8407106/
Diana Evans: 26a (Nigeria, UK)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6578355/

Thanks a lot for organising!

 

We are moving along with great speed :) Thanks for your additions, ApoloniaX!

 

Thanks for the list. I don't think I'll be able to make my selections as quickly as the others, but I'll try to reply with my choices within the next couple of days.

 

wingAnnimanniwing 9 yrs ago
No rush!
There's no need to hurry, take your time :)

 

Great books on the list! I'd like to take:
Diana Evans: 26a (Nigeria, UK) ApoloniaX
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6578355/
Henning Mankell: Kennedy's Brain (Mozambique and the US) Dancesports (TBR)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8527660/

I'll replace with:
J. M. Coetzee: Disgrace (South Africa) mathgirl40
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8551094
Ngugi Wa Thiong'o: Petals of Blood (Kenya) mathgirl40
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8551040

Thanks, Annimanni!

 

Please pm me Annimanni

 

Thanks for your additions, mathgirl40!

 

Received the list. Thank you, annimanni! I'll do my best and make my choice in a day or two.

 

It was a tough choice, but finally I'm taking out:

Doris Lessing: African laughter
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8511032

and replacing it with:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Infidel
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7814702

 

Thank you for your addition, LittleDachshund! I'm almost done with African Laughter and should be able to post it to you next week. Could you please PM me your address? Thanks :)

 

Thanks Annimanni !
I'll take :
Infidel
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7814702

And replace with :
Native Stranger
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4392472/

 

I just received the list and I'll do a choice BUT is'nt possible to have a second chance with a book already choosen ?
(The truth is that I have an eye on "African Laughter".)

 

Too bad I only have one copy of African Laughter :)

 

I could send African laughter to Icila after I read it if it's ok with you, Annimanni.

 

I could send African laughter to Icila after I read it if it's ok with you, Annimanni.


Of course it is :) You're free to do whatever you wish with the book.

 

I could send African laughter to Icila after I read it if it's ok with you, Annimanni.


Of course it is :) You're free to do whatever you wish with the book.


Oh thanks to both of you ! :)

 

Thank you for your addition, Icila! Looks like an interesting book.

 

Okyrhoe picked Petals of Blood by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o (http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/8551040)
and added The Almond by Nedjma. Thank you!

 

KiwiinEngland will have a VBB party now.... I just PMed her the South Asian VBB :-) Has anyone ever received two VBBs at almost the same time?

 

KiwiinEngland will have a VBB party now


Party party party!!!! I'll review both of the bookboxes over the next couple of days and make my decisions.

 

Has anyone ever received two VBBs at almost the same time?


I have! Is that a sign that I participate in too many of them?

 

Has anyone ever received two VBBs at almost the same time?

I have! Is that a sign that I participate in too many of them?


Nope, it means we're the cool kids

 

Has anyone ever received two VBBs at almost the same time?

I have! Is that a sign that I participate in too many of them?


Nope, it means we're the cool kids


And so popular! :)

 

Yes, you're special.
It's perfectly normal for BCers not to be able to resist them, isn't it?

 

I've decided to take out Moon by Jeremy Gavron: Moon (Kenya) klaradyn (TBR)
and Zarafa - A Giraffe's True Story by Michael Allin (Egypt, Sudan, France) ApoloniaX

And I shall replaced them with

Chris Abani: Becoming Abigail (Nigeria, UK) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6004470/
and
Hisham Matar: In the Country of Men (Libya) http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8306414/

 

Thanks for your additions, KiwiinEngland! Great books :)

 

Thanks for your additions, KiwiinEngland! Great books :)

Thanks for starting the VBB. I read the book for Libya to get a feel for the country before going on holiday. I've just added a holiday snap to the journal entry.

 

Thanks for your additions, KiwiinEngland! Great books :)

Thanks for starting the VBB. I read the book for Libya to get a feel for the country before going on holiday. I've just added a holiday snap to the journal entry.


Thanks for taking part :) I may do another round in a few months if there's enough interest.

I don't know if you noticed but the book set in Libya was on my original list too so this is (or was!) it's second appearance in this VBB :)

 

I don't know if you noticed but the book set in Libya was on my original list too so this is (or was!) it's second appearance in this VBB :)

I didn't know, because not everyone has listed on this thread the comings and goings into the box.

It would be great if at the end you could provide a summary of what went where. I find that always gives a great list of books to go "ohhh, I would love to read that one!"

 

I don't know if you noticed but the book set in Libya was on my original list too so this is (or was!) it's second appearance in this VBB :)

I didn't know, because not everyone has listed on this thread the comings and goings into the box.

It would be great if at the end you could provide a summary of what went where. I find that always gives a great list of books to go "ohhh, I would love to read that one!"


Yes, I'm going to make a master list once we're done.

 

wingIcilawing 9 yrs ago
Another round

I may do another round in a few months if there's enough interest.



Oh yes, please ! :)

 

But I’m not that slow either. ;) I picked
Spilt Milk from klaradyn’s TBR http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8543247
and
In the Country of Men from KiwiinEngland’s shelf http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8306414/

Replacing them with
Emigrating Home by Yasseen http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5753189/ (Egyptian writer, and the book sets partly in Egypt but also in Jamaica and England. Hoping that's okay.)
and
July’s People by Nadine Gordimer http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7213860/ (South Africa)

I’ll PM klaradyn and KiwiinEngland shortly.
Thanks for organizing this VBB, Annimanni!

Edited to add that I just PM'd klaradyn and KiwiinEngland.

 

Thanks for your additions, Tarna! Kiitos :)

 

Will look and choose in the next few days.

 

I'm going to choose

Nedjma: The Almond (Morocco) okyrhoe http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/62218849.

Yvonne Vera: Butterfly Burning (Zimbabwe) Annimanni (TBR)http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6960394/

Replacing with
Alexander McCall Smith: Tears of the Giraffe (Botswana)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5626803

and


Achmat Dangor: Bitter Fruit (South Africa)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/481-5626815

Thanks for organising, Annimanni.

 

change the link to Bitter Fruit, please. It takes you now t the page where you can make your JE.

 

Thanks for your additions, Samrana! A bit of light is very welcome, too ;)

 

Got it! I'll get back to you in a day or so.

Thanks, Annimanni!

 

Maru and Cry, The Beloved Country have arrived in Aus, thank you Annimanni

 

I am choosing
Eddy L. Harris: Native Stranger (various African countries) Icila

I am adding
Barbara Kingsolver: The Poisonwood Bible (Congo) jumpingin http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7868337

Thanks, Annimanni, for organizing this!

 

Thanks for your addition, jumpingin!

 

My earlier forum post hasn't got an option to edit so here are the books I put in again

Alexander McCall Smith: Tears of the giraffe (Botswana)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5626803

Achmat Dangor: Bitter Fruit (South Africa)
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5626815

 

My earlier forum post hasn't got an option to edit

It often (if not always) happens when someone has replied to your post. It usually helps if you click the title of your post so that it jumps up instead of the first message. If it doesn't help, changing the view from flat to threaded often does.

 

26a by Diana Evans arrived, along with a wonderful surprise bonus book, from ApoloniaX! Thank you!

 

Thank you for the book and the postcard, Annimanni! Looks like an interesting book.

 

I'm truly interested. Thanks, Kiwi!

 

Zarafa - A Giraffe's True Story arrived from ApoloniaX very quickly (I just forgot to mention it here.)


 

And I'll post Native Stranger today.

 

London-Shade opted to drop out.

 

In the Country of Men and Minaret, both sent by Annimanni. Thanks! I look forward to reading them.

 

thanks again annimanni.

I have nearly finished the Caliphs House so i'll be sending it on next week - I've enjoyed it immensely and just to think I would have missed it if I hadn't joined this VBB.

 

Thanks annimanni this looks like a book I will fully enjoy

 

Samrana 9 yrs ago
The Almond
has arrived safely. Thanks to Okyrhoe for the book and Annimanni for organising.

 

Thank you klaradyn for sending a book set in Africa over from Africa

 

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