The Musers Book Meet.
Nothing makes us happier at 9jeducation than young people taking charge and creating ways with which to enrich their lives socially and intellectually. So when we heard Chinese whispers about the Musers, we knew we had to find out more about them and share with you. The Musers is an unconventional book club, consisting of students of Unilag and University of Ibadan who share a love for the written word. This is not just any gathering of readers, a number of the members are accomplished bloggers or promising amateur writers and poets, looking for a safe place to explore literature from an intellectual standpoint and a sounding board for their own offerings. Together they choose books to read on a monthly basis and have meetings to dissect the books read, discuss their impressions on the books and other literary interests. Sounds like every other regular book club right. Not really, the Musers have never had a physical club meeting, in fact many of the Musers have never even met each other in real life. They also have a blog where they share the results of their meetings and encourage their readers as well as guests to review novels they have read. This is one of the interesting things about the Musers, how social media allows like minded people seek each other out and share interests. The world is virtual as much as it global these days, and its always great to see people use technology to their advantage.
But the Musers are shaking things up. They’re currently in the process of organizing their first physical book club meeting. Information from their website, http://themusersblog.wordpress.com suggests that the Book Meet, the working premise for their premier physical club meeting, will be anything but a regular club meeting. For one it will be themed. The Book Meet is titled ‘ The Darkskin Problem’ and will revolve around race and how it affects the life of an African in general and in particular how it influences and bends the perspective of writers and literature of African origin. There will be a panel of discussants (whoop!) and a moderator ready to tackle the big questions and offer opinions. I won’t even lie, the idea of a panel of discussants has me all giddy, I wonder who they will invite. Books up for discussion will be Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a yellow sun (no surprise there), Yellow, Yellow by Kaine Agary, The secret lives of Baba Segi’s wives by Lola Shoneyin and other books and the discussion will revolve around carefully chosen excerpts from the chosen books.
The Book Meet will happen in Surulere at the Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Mall, the Patabah book store, shop B18 (beautiful place, been there once and got a couple of comics with a friend) and will start at 4pm prompt, no Naija time. The event is thankfully free and you’ll probably be admitted if you came on the day of the event but it would be polite to reserve yourself a seat by sending an email with your name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturday, 24th of May 2014 is the date, just (insert number of days here) away.
We’ll do our best to get an interview with someone from the Musers crew so you can get to hear what they’re all about from someone on the inside. Who knows, this might be something you really want to be a part of. I know I already do. Don’t forget, the Muser’s inaugural book meet happens on the 24th of this month at the Patabah bookstore, B18 Adeniran Ogusanya Shopping Mall starting at 4pm. Take your wallet along, wont hurt to buy one or two books.
To keep in touch with the Musers, follow them on:
Facebook: Musers Bookclub