Co-presented with the SEATTLE UNIVERSITY AFRICAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION and the SEATTLE UNIVERSITY GLOBAL AFRICAN STUDIES PROGRAM.
Added to our April schedule after our printed calendar went to press is this special visit made possible by our friends and neighbors at Seattle University, as we help present the one of the leading African writers at work today as part of a wonderful sequence of African authors here. Ken Bugul, the pen name (a Wolof phrase, ‘the person no one wants’) of Senegalese writer and activist Mariètou Mbaye Biléoma, has written a number of works, most not translated from the French. Her powerful autobiographical work, The Abandoned Baobab: The Autobiography of a Senegalese Woman (translated by Marjolin de Jager, University of Virginia Press), is one that has. Cited by QBR Black Book Review as one of Africa’s best 100 books of the twentieth century, it is an intense, searing work.
"Bugul has written a powerful account of growing up female, black, and colonized. This book is feminist, furious, and unforgettable.” - Ms.
"One comes away from The Abandoned Baobab reluctant to take leave of a brave, sympathetic, and resilient woman." - Norman Rush, New York Times Book Review.
This, along with Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s reading following, should make for quite an evening here.