Oprah has spoken! Her new book club selection, the first since she chose The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, is Uwem Akpan's collection of stories of Africa, Say You're One of Them. From Oprah's website: "Say You're One of Them is an awe-inspiring collection of stories that challenges you to look beyond the headlines and see an Africa full of both joy and despair. Detailing the violence and poverty facing the children of modern-day Africa, this is a book you won't soon forget." The collection got its start in the New Yorker's 2005 Debut Fiction issue, with the story An Ex-Mas Feast which you can read an excerpt from online now.
As usual, Oprah's website is chockful of more information to enhance your reading of the book, including:
About Uwem Akpan
Ask Uwem Akpan a question
Reading Questions - spoiler alert!
Interactive Map of Africa
Here are some more:
Granta magazine's interview with Akpan
The Rumpus interview with Akpan
Between Two Continents, New Yorker Q&A
My sister traveled to Africa on safari last year and loves reading and learning all she can so she is eagerly looking forward to reading this!