On July 6th, we're thrilled to invite you to the launch and signing of a unique book: 'Djeliya', a debut graphic novel, by Juni Ba, a Senegalese-French author based in Montpellier, published by TKO.
Inspired by West African folklore and stories handed over centuries, 'Djeliya' follows the adventures of Mansour Keita, last prince of a dying kingdom, and Awa Kouyaté, his loyal Djeli, or 'royal storyteller' as they journey to meet the great wizard who destroyed their world and then withdrew into his tower, never to be seen again.
On their journey they'll cross paths with friend and foe, from myth and legend alike, and revisit the traditions, tales, and stories that gave birth to their people and nurture them still. But what dark secret lies at the heart of these stories, and what purpose do their tellers truly serve?
After writting and drawing his graphic novel in the shop, Juni Ba is finally presenting it where it came to life.
'Djeliya' is a masterpiece that we had the pleasure to witness being built through the months when Juni Ba worked on it here at Le Bookshop. He's not only a close friend, he's also a part of the bookstore. You probably have spotted him for the past two years, working on his iPad or notebook, drinking orange juice, and spreading jokes all around the store.
We are beyond thrilled to finally be able to present you this magnificient piece of art that is 'Djeliya'. We are inviting you to get your copy signed and have a chat with the author on its publication day at Le Bookshop from 4PM to 7PM.
Djeliya – Juni Ba – TKO – 14,90€
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Every Monday and Friday we host exchanges of English-French conversation 5-7 p.m. Admission is free, but we ask you to have a drink at the bar.