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€
May 28th - 2pm
"A Manual For Cleaning Women'
By Lucia Berlin
A Manual for Cleaning Women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With the grit of Raymond Carver, the humor of Grace Paley, and a blend of wit and melancholy all her own, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday, uncovering moments of grace in the laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, among switchboard operators and struggling mothers, hitchhikers and bad Christians. Readers will revel in this remarkable collection from a master of the form and wonder how they'd ever overlooked her in the first place.
May 14th - 2pm
by Namina Forma
Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.
But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity--and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.
Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki--near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire's greatest threat.
Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she's ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be--not even Deka herself