Category: Ghana

In the words of

Don’t we all love quotations? A thought seems to sound better in the words of a professional. Apart from sticking one into a speech, we can’t just type up a quotation for all the world […]

Thomas’s Local Customs

Charlotte Stein is a long-time bookseller. Her first bookstore job, while a highschool student, was in the NAAFI Bookshop on the NATO military base in Rheindahlen, West Germany. In 1988 Charlotte and her husband, artist […]

Laurence of Africa last

Here is the last excerpt from my essay, “Laurence of Africa,” which brings us to the end of it. The focus is on the novel, This Side Jordan, which is structured as a comparison of […]

Laurence of Africa 2

This continues last week’s post, with excerpts from my essay, “Laurence of Africa.” Nearly a decade later, in her 1970 Preface to A Tree for Poverty, Laurence regrets that she “was in places unwittingly condescending, […]

Margaret Laurence

Yes, the Margaret Laurence whose books they forced you to read in high school, which they really shouldn’t have done. The Margaret Laurence who wandered far from her home in Manitoba to live in Somalia, […]