Big Book Challenge kicks off May 29

Join us at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 as we kick off our 2024 Adult Summer Reading Big Book Challenge! Pick up your copy of The African Trilogy by Chinua Achebe and meet your fellow readers! Then stick around for a keynote presentation from Dr. Joya Uraizee at 7 p.m.

Dr. Uraizee is Professor of English at Saint Louis University, where she teaches African and postcolonial literature and film. She is the author of three books: This is No Place for a Woman: Nadine Gordimer, Nayantara Sahgal, Buchi Emecheta and the Politics of Gender (2000), In the Jaws of the Leviathan: Genocide Fiction and Film (2010) and Writing That Breaks Stones: African Child Soldier Narratives (2020). She is currently working on a manuscript on African child refugee narratives. She has also published several articles on same sex desire in east African cinema, memory in African cinema, migrant African children, and religious fanaticism in Bollywood movies. Dr. Uraizee is currently president of the African Literature Association, an international organization that promotes African literature, writers, and artists to a world-wide audience.

For more information on the 2024 Big Book Challenge, including a full schedule of events, visit the Adult Summer Reading page on our website.