AFRICAN BOOK CLUB | Always Another Country
THE AFRICAN BOOK CLUB @ MOAD
An ongoing series in partnership with Faith Adiele.
March’s book selection is Always Another Country by Sisonke Msimang.
Join MoAD African Book Club (March) online!
This month, in keeping with Sisonke Msimang’s memoir of Exile and Home and recommendations for social distancing, we invite you to join us online! Rather than cancel African Book Club, we’re going to meet up from the comfort of our homes via Zoom videoconferencing. So set yourself up with your favorite drink, click on the meeting link from your smartphone, laptop or tablet, and join us! Those of you who are so inclined, can give the rest of us a quick virtual tour of the place you call home.
Author Sisonke Msimang will join us to answer any questions from the group!
The Meeting ID is the last digits of the link: 621 501 151
Password: None required
Dial-in number for folks without smartphones who only want to listen, not video conference: 669-900-6833
You do not need an account to participate in a Zoom session. Simply click on the link and follow the easy directions. For the best experience, download the Zoom app to your phone, laptop or tablet. It’s quick and easy. However, you may participate from your browser without downloading the app, but with limited functionality. Depending on the age of your computer, you may need a speaker and microphone to hear and speak. On a smartphone, just put the meeting on speaker or use ear/headphones for enhanced audio. Here’s a 53-second YouTube video explaining how to join a meeting: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-
How to participate: Get a copy of the book (you can purchase it in person at MoAD or from our online MoAD Bookstore), read it in advance of the meeting, and then discuss the book with a group of people interested in reading African literature here on March 29th at 5:00 PM.
About Always Another Country by Sisonke Msimang
Sisonke Msimang was born in exile, the daughter of South African freedom fighters. Always Another Country is the story of a young girl’s path to womanhood—a journey that took her from Africa to America and back again, then on to a new home in Australia.
Frank, fierce and insightful, she reflects candidly on the abuse she suffered as a child, the naive, heady euphoria of returning at last to her parents’ homeland—and her disillusionment with present-day South Africa and its new elites. Sisonke Msimang is a bold new voice on feminism, race and politics—in her beloved South Africa, in Australia, and around the world.
Sisonke Msimang was born in exile to South African parents—a freedom fighter and an accountant—and raised in Zambia, Kenya and Canada before studying in the US as an undergraduate. Her family returned to South Africa after apartheid was abolished in the early 1990s.
Sisonke has held fellowships at Yale University, the Aspen Institute and the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Daily Maverick and New York Times. She now lives in Perth, Australia, where she is head of oral storytelling at the Centre for Stories.