It’s that time again — the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular is back for its EIGHTH year! Join us for the next couple of months as we read and do Q&As with the authors of several of the best new books in African politics.
We hope you’ll join us in reading along with some or all of these titles. Reviews and Q&As will appear on Fridays throughout the next two months. Don’t forget to tag your social media posts about the books with #APSRS21!
Without further ado, here are this year’s selections:
July 23: Joe Parkinson and Drew Hinshaw, “Bring Back Our Girls: The Untold Story of the Global Search for Nigeria’s Missing Schoolgirls”
July 30: New reads on Kenya, featuring “Regime Threats and State Solutions: Bureaucratic Loyalty and Embeddedness in Kenya” by Mai Hassan; “Political Violence in Kenya: Land, Elections, and Claim-Making” by Kathleen Klaus; and “Kakuma Refugee Camp: Humanitarian Urbanism in Kenya’s Accidental City” by Bram J. Jansen. (These books were postponed from last year’s series.)
Aug. 6: Shelby Grossman, “The Politics of Order in Informal Markets: How the State Shapes Private Governance”
Aug. 13: Michela Wrong, “Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad”
Aug. 20: Séverine Autesserre, “The Frontlines of Peace: An Insider’s Guide to Changing the World”
Aug. 27: Robtel Neajai Pailey, “Development, (Dual) Citizenship and Its Discontents in Africa: The Political Economy of Belonging to Liberia”
Sept. 3: Carolyn E. Holmes, “The Black and White Rainbow: Reconciliation, Opposition, and Nation-Building in Democratic South Africa”
Sept. 10: Tabitha Kanogo, “Wangari Maathai”