African Literatures in English and French Discussion Groups

The K-16 Education Outreach Program at the African Studies Center hosts an annual series of book group meetings wherein participants of all ages and backgrounds are invited to read and discuss engaging novels by African authors.

We offer two book discussion groups: one focuses on African literature written in or translated to English, and another one focuses on African literature written in or translated to French, discussed in French. The English book group celebrated its 10 years of meetings in 2019. See the full list of books read over fifteen years here.

These programs are free and open to all. Participants must procure a copy of their own books.


2023-24 African Literature Book Group in French:

Wednesday, March 27th, 2024, reading Shenaz Patel’s Le Silence des Chagos. Register for this event here


2023-24 African Literature Book Group in English

Now in its 17th year, the book group invites readers of all ages and backgrounds to read and discuss engaging novels by African authors.

This year’s meeting dates will be:

Wednesday October 25th, 2023, reading Ben Okri’s Dangerous Love
Wednesday January 24th, 2024, reading Imbolo Mbue’s When We Were BeautifulĀ 
Wednesday April 3rd, 2024, reading Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’sĀ Season of Crimson Blossoms

To register for an upcoming meeting email africa@bu.edu