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Taiye Selasi’s Ghana Must Go Reading and Giveaway

March 29, 2013

Ghana Must GoI’m hosting a book giveaway courtesy of the folks at Penguin Press. It’s for Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi which was released March 5, 2013.

SYNOPSIS: Ghana Must Go opens with the death of Kwaku Sai. A child of African poverty, renowned surgeon, and failed father and husband, he succumbs at dawn outside the home he shares in Ghana with his new wife. The news of Kwaku’s death sends a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he left behind many years ago. Eldest son Olu (like his father an accomplished surgeon), the mysterious and beautiful twins, Taiwo and Kehinde, and Sadie, the youngest, come together for the first time in years. As they travel to their mother’s new home in Ghana, the story of how they fell apart begins to emerge.

BIO: Selasi was born in London and raised in Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale and an M.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford. “The Sex Lives of African Girls” (Granta, 2011), Selasi’s fiction debut, appears in Best American Short Stories 2012. She lives in Rome.

Taiye Selasi FinalAt her Powell’s reading last week, I asked Selasi why she hadn’t studied writing in college. She replied,
“Because I was a coward. That’s the honest answer. When I was four, I told my mother I wanted to be a writer. I went to a very competitive high school, and I became confused about the point of an education. I was certain that I was in school to do really, really well there. Not to experiment, certainly not to exercise my creative voice. But to get really good grades…I say that I left school with an incredible amount of confidence and absolutely no courage. At Yale, I was afraid to take creative writing courses. I was afraid for the writing to be judged, and for it to be judged harshly, because it was such a joyful and vulnerable thing for me.”

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Ghana Must Go, just email your name and mailing address to Unfortunately, you must reside in the U.S.

Put Giveaway in the e-mail subject line.  One entry per person, please. If you’ve entered before but haven’t won, your chances of winning this time are even better. Plus, your chance of winning increases if you leave a comment or like the post. I’ll accept entries until midnight on March 31, 2013—at which time I’ll draw the winning name. Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending giveaway winners copies of the book.

Congrats to winner, Tim Looney!

  1. Great question and I love her answer! How many of us are still too afraid?

  2. Such a waste of our energy and yes, our talent, but I’m stuck right there with you.

    I printed out Taiye’s answer as inspiration.

  3. She would like that.

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