Lancement et dédicace :

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€ 

Bookclub

 

Dcember 11th - 2pm

 

"Silver Sparrow"

 by Tayari Jones

 

 

With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, “My father, James Witherspoon is a bigamist,” Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the teenage girls caught in the middle.

 

Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon’s families– the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. As Jones explores the backstories of her rich and flawed characters, she also reveals the joy, and the destruction, they brought to each other’s lives.

 

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Young Adult Bookclub

December 11th - 4.30 pm

 

"I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter"

by Erika L. Sanchez

 

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.

 

But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.

 

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

 

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?