At the beginning of 2019, we started looking for trouble by inquiring from Leye Adenle, When Trouble Sleeps was our January read , we rounded the month with our monthly meet up on the 27th of January and we also e-met Leye Adenle.
The month of love ushered in our book of the month Freshwater by Akwaeke Amezi, it was an eventful meet-up at the end of the month. First, we held our February meet-up at Workstation Maryland mall and we had an interesting conversation about the book.
March delivered a guide on Becoming Nigerian, our book of the month by Elnathan John made us laugh out loud, think deep and was a subject of great discussion during our meet-up.
It is April but My Mind is No Longer Here, Ifedigbo Nze Slyva was the author that graced our monthly meet-up, answering questions and engaging in discussion about his book, My Mind is No Longer Here.
We may or may have not read The Hundred Wells of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah in the month of May. You sure know we read it and had our monthly meet-up to share our thoughts about the book.
By the end of June, we were honoured to be in the company of Toni Kan while discussing his book, Nights of the Creaking Bed. If you missed our June meet-up, you actually missed a lot.
The Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma was our book of the month for July. The tempo of our monthly meetings experienced great increase throughout 2019. The illustrious Lola Shoneyin was the guest of our August meet-up. We would remember August meet-up for great discussion of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, interaction and all round literary awesomeness.
Mainland Book Cafe read and jammed with Dwin The Stoic while also discussing our book of the month that was recommended by Lola Shoneyin, Hunger by Roxane Gay. I wish I could go back in time and relive the experience of our September meet-up while also munching on the small chops I had that day.
In October, we read My Little Girl by Seun Odukoya. Our final meet-up for the year was in November. Jerry Chiemeke was the guest and he read from his book Notes For Nnedimma, answered questions and shared details about how he wrote the book.
2019 was an amazing year in reading, we hope we read more awesome books in 2020 and that you do miss any Mainland Book Café meet-up.