12:00 Noon P.S. DuPont Room
August 4 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus (2003)
For many years Africa was a dark continent in more ways than one. Not only were Europeans wary of diseases and language barriers reluctant to explore its interior, but its native literature was little known outside Africa. Outsiders who were curious about Africa have often depended on fictional portraits of the continent written by the children of émigrés, like Alan Paton and Nadine Gordimer, or by other outsiders, from Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” to Isak Dinesin’s Out of Africa to Alexander McCall Smith’s tales of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. It is only in the past half-century that African writers have had a global impact by choosing to cast their fictional portraits of their homeland in English.
Please join us at noon four Mondays this summer at the Wilmington Library’s splendidly renovated home on 10th and Market Streets to sample fifty years of African fiction and the rich range of cultures it reveals—all without visas, inoculations, or equatorial weather.