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This year the Kirkwood Library has chosen the book Binti by Nnedi Okorafor as our book to get people reading and talking. We’ve purchased multiple copies of this book, so come in to the Cedar Rapids campus library and check out a copy for our normal 3-week checkout period.  

The Kirkwood student reading club, Reader’s Haven, will be meeting to discuss the book on Thursday, October 24 at 11:15. The club is open to all students so if you would like to join in this discussion please stop in!

Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian American author of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults and a professor at the University at Buffalo, New York. Her works include Who Fears Death, the Binti novella trilogy, the Book of Phoenix, the Akata books and Lagoon. She is the winner of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards and her debut novel Zahrah the Windseeker won the prestigious Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature.

About Binti Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself – but first she has to make it there, alive.

Let us know! Have you read this book? What did you think of it?