It’s Memorial Day weekend and at TMC, that can only mean one thing: It’s time to announce our selections for the Fourth Annual African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular! As usual, we’ll be featuring book reviews, guest posts and author Q&As on some of the best books published on African politics in 2016 and 2017.

For the purpose of this series, we define “politics” broadly, and look to feature books that shed light on important issues in African politics, from how communities understand female genital cutting to the latest research on Boko Haram and other Islamic extremists in the Sahel to fascinating new biographies of current and former leaders across the continent to lighter reads by journalists with long experience covering the continent.

We hope you’ll join us in reading some or all of these books, and asking questions in the comments section below or on Twitter using the hashtag #APSRS17. Here’s a link to a list of all 16 books on

Without further ado, our selections for the 2017 African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular are:

June 9 — “Why Muslim Integration Fails in Christian Heritage Societies,” by Claire Adida, David Laitin, and Marie-Anne Valfort

June 23 — We’ll feature two new books this week, both on politics and Islam in Nigeria: “Muslims Talking Politics: Framing Islam, Democracy, and Law in Northern Nigeria,” by Brandon Kendhammer and “Salafism in Nigeria: Islam, Preaching, and Politics,” by Alexander Thurston

June 30 — Happy Fourth of July weekend!

Aug. 4 — New Biographies on African Leaders, featuring “Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,” by Pamela Scully, “Thabo Mbeki,” by Adekeye Adebajo, and “Julius Nyerere,” by Paul Bjerk

Aug. 25 — Beach Reads, featuring lighter, late-summer reads by journalists who cover Africa “The Mayor of Mogadishu: a Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia” by Andrew Harding and “Love, Africa: a Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival” by Jeffrey Gettleman.

Of course, this list is subject to change, and we have been known to throw in a bonus read or two over the years. We look forward to another summer of great reads on politics in Africa!

Did you miss the first, second or third years of our summer reading series? Catch up on them all here