On behalf of the township girls of Zimbabwe, Nyasha Katedza warmly invites you to the B.C. launch of Township Girls: The Crossover Generation. Nyasha, one of the contributing authors, will offer a reading from Township Girls as well as a passage from her novel, Bound, after which she'll answer questions from the audience.
Copies of Township Girls and Bound will be available to purchase at the event.
About the book
This collection comprises the stories of women who grew up in two countries, Rhodesia (prior to Independence) and Zimbabwe (post-1980). The contributors reflect on their childhoods with refreshing candor. Many of their memories retain the crystalline clarity of childhood and thus provide insights into worlds that have often remained unexplored.
Behind these women stood dedicated, hard-working parents - often teachers, nurses or businessmen and women - determined that their children succeed through education. The commitment of this emerging middle class provides us with a tragic reminder of the negative obduracy of the Smith regime which consistently denied such citizens the vote.
Nonetheless, we are repeatedly reminded not of the dark side of an essentially racist regime, but of the joys of a secure childhood when parents and communities were steadfast in their values, and families consistently offered stability and security.
About the author
N.P. Katedza was born into the Rhodesia of the '60s. She spent her formative years in Rhodesia, the United States and then the newly independent Zimbabwe. Her Bachelor of Science degree was attained at Emory University, and she studied towards her Juris Doctorate degree at Tulane University, although she never completed it.
A self-proclaimed wanderer, N.P. Katedza has lived in 4 out of the world’s six continents, and her storytelling reflects this global perspective. Her collection of short stories is entitled “Short Stories, Insignificant Lives” (Flame Lily Publishing 2014 $19.99). The stories speak to the commonality of our human experience. They range from a deceptive children's tale to a star-crossed love story, from a middle-class suburb, to the inner city; from Japan to mid-western America. 'Insignificant Lives', the title story, looks at the decisions we so often make, based on progress, that end up being not-so progressive. 978-0-9937238-0-3
In her novel “Bound” (2016), two cultures collide in the culmination of a journey from Apartheid South Africa. Her contribution "Another Land" appears in the anthology “In the Wake of the Moon” (Poetry Institute of Canada, 2016) and "Raging Silence" appears in the anthology "Township Girls, The Crossover Generation" (Weaver Press 2018). Her screenplay “The Girls” is in contention for a Page award.
A new book of short stories “Another Land” is scheduled to be published in 2019 (Flame Lily Publishing).
You can find N.P. Katedza's books at flamelilypublishing.com.