Road Trip to Nowhere

Nowhere is a Place by Bernice McFadden is fiction, but much of the story could easily be based on true events. The book begins with the main character Sherry being slapped across the face – it’s a memory she’s recalling from her childhood as she drives cross- country with her mother, Dumplin. There is so… Continue reading Road Trip to Nowhere

Feminism, Activism and Politics in Ivory Coast

Aya is the first-ever graphic novel that I’ve read. I stumbled upon it at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and I even got to meet the writer, Marguerite Abouet. The name of the series is based on the lead character, Aya, a young woman named who lives in the Ivory Coast during the 1960s. When I… Continue reading Feminism, Activism and Politics in Ivory Coast

Black Girl Searches for God

I’ve been searching for some decent plays that feature Black women as main characters for a while. A couple weeks ago, I was invited to Ottawa for a conference, and how lucky was I to catch the closing night of ‘direct-her’ Djanet Sears‘ play, Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God. Have you ever… Continue reading Black Girl Searches for God

Edwidge Danticat turns ordinary into the extra-ordinary

Edwidge Danticat‘s Krik? Krak! pretty much blew my mind. I had heard about Danticat before, but had never gotten the chance to read any of her books. A Haitian-Montrealaise friend of mine told me about this book, so I decided to check it out. Krik? Krak! is my first Danticat novel. The book is described as “telling the stories… Continue reading Edwidge Danticat turns ordinary into the extra-ordinary