SARAH LADIPO MANYIKA
Co-presented with HEDGEBROOK.
Besides helping to introduce a wonderful writer to readers here in the U.S. in the form of Nigeria-born San Francisco-based writer Sarah Ladipo Manyika, her delightful novel, Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, helps introduce readers here to the remarkable literary press that Cassava Republic Press is. Based first in Abuja, Nigeria, and now also in London, Cassava Republic is now beginning to distribute their books actively in the U.S. What a gem to be doing so with Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun.
“In this gorgeous and finely crafted book Sarah Manyika takes a sideways look at the lives of other people, lives that usually pass us and each other by, that when they touch may do so with no more than a glancing blow, but may also connect, as they do in Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, tenderly, simply and sweetly. Sarah Manyika’s novel shows ordinary people at their best. Uplifting!” - Aminatta Forna.
“Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun follows the adventures of the fabulous Dr. Morayo, a woman dancing on the edge of old age. This remarkable novel contains multitudes. It is a story of aging; the wry, stately voice of Dr. Morayo gives us a Grand Old Heroine for our times: mischievous, wise, fallible, feisty, and above all, strong. It is a love affair with San Francisco; a contrapuntal variety of voices and perspectives bring the city to eager, brimming life. And it is deeply political: speaking of a Nigerian woman’s awesome sense of power and her simultaneous anguish at the depredations of her boko-haramed hometown. Wise, tender and beautifully voiced, Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun is a storytelling triumph.” - Lavanya Sankaran.
Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s involvement with Hedgebrook here this evening is not only as an alumna writer, but as a member of Hedgebrook’s board of directors. www.hedgebrook.org.