Moving in the Wires: Giveaway!

Hey everyone! Last weekend, when I attended the A Is for Anansi conference, I won a few books in the raffle, two of which was the same copy of the Sankofa: A Journal of African Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The journal does not receive a lot of attention, although it should. If you search for it, it is hard to find anything specific on it. So, I decided to give one away. Here is a chance at a copy of it and spread the word about it.

The journal has a number of interesting articles analyzing children’s literature and its publishing industry in Africa and in the diaspora. Volume 10’s theme is “heroism in the face of marginality. Some of the topics are the history of publishing children’s picture books in Nigeria, Zimbabwe’s Shona sister-brother stories, heroines in Kenyan biographies, narrators in South African apartheid stories, history of Ethiopian picture books, creative defiance in slave narratives, the impact of cultural differences in picture books, and female identity in Paule Marshall‘s Daughters.

If you want a chance at getting a copy:

1) Write about my blog and the journal in a twitter and/or facebook post.

2) Write a comment below saying that you spread the word and about why you like my blog and want the journal.

I will close the giveaway at the end of the month and choose a winner by random.


7 thoughts on “Moving in the Wires: Giveaway!

  1. Last night, I had trouble sleeping. I was reading a blogpost on Zetta Elliott’s blog about the lack of African Canadian literature in which she listed the books which have been published in the last twelve years. If you could identify the works by writers of African descent, you would notice how short it is. Also, the topic matter was narrow in focus. Who are the future writers for African Canadian literature? I think of the students I teach at an Africentric school in Toronto and wondered what they would read. As a writer, the conviction burned even more. When I read more into the blog, I was saddened to find out that there was the A Is For Anansi Conference and it was just last weekend. Had I known in advance, I would have made every effort to attend. That very same weekend, I attend a conference called Packaging Your Imagination for the Canadian Society for Children’s Book Authors, Illustrators, and Performers (CANSCAIP). Although the workshops were quite informative, out of all of the conference attendees there were only 3 of us who were visibly of African descent and none of us were panellists. I am also an avid blogger like yourself. I like your blog as the name is quite intriguing and you dive into such a diversity of topics. I will definitely share your blog in my facebook post today. I would love to get a copy of this journal for a few reasons: mentorship (I have seriously been looking on the internet for other children’s literature writers of African descent) and information (I would love to know about other books that I can share with my students). I hope you will consider my entry.

  2. Hey,

    I just stumbled on this blog through the Afro Futurist FB page. I’m not sure why I want the journal–just curious I guess. I’ve always loved African children’s lit/stories (I remember wearing out a VHS about a princess who gets kidnapped by a witch but tricks her way out of the situation and gets back home). Either way, it was great to have stumbled upon this blog. Thanks.

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