20.11.17 | Book launch Queer Africa 2: New Stories at ZAM

Events / By ZAM Reporter
Image: Cover of the second volume of Queer Africa Image: Cover of the second volume of Queer Africa

With contributions by 26 authors from seven African countries and the US, Queer Africa 2: New Stories offers a refreshing antidote to the often one-dimensional depictions of African queer identities. The book, published by MaThoko's Books, an imprint of the Johannesburg based Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA), will be presented to a Dutch audience on Monday, 20 November 2017 at 5 PM.

The book brings together the historical and contemporary, the affirming and disquieting, the urban and rural. At its heart, the collection celebrates the diversity and fluidity of queer African identities, offering a sometimes radical re-imagining of life on the continent.

“The stories of Queer Africa 2 are representative of the range of human emotions and experiences that abound in the lives of Africans, including those in the diaspora, who identify variously along the sexuality and gender spectrums'', say editors Makhosazana Xaba and Karen Marten. “Central to these stories – and in their attendant relationships – is humanity. The writers showcase their artistry in delightful, thought-provoking ways. Themes that run through some of these stories range from disruption and dreams to longing, lust and love.”

Xaba will be present at the Amsterdam book launch together with Keval Harie, the recently appointed director of GALA. Join us for this event at the ZAM studio, Tussen de Bogen 66 in Amsterdam.

With the event ZAM aims to introduce African literary and poetic talent to international audiences whilst building solidarity with those who fight for equal rights for LGBTIQ people. We'll appreciate your RVSP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.