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Confessions of an African Author Fan

July 11, 2013 By

Chuma and Elizabeth

The weather in London was glorious, but I was firmly ensconced in the overly air conditioned environment of the British Library for three days of the 2nd annual Africa Writes Festival. I’d come to speak at the Digital Publishing event but the real highlight – and the reason I missed Andy Murray making history – … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat with Hermés Piqué

June 7, 2012 By

Hermés Piqué

By Jennifer Baljko Kids love books. They love games, too. And they love books that feel like games, and games that feel like books. First-hand feedback from teachers and students in our programs in Africa prove that last statement true. Things like flash cards, spelling quizzes, world maps and anything else that complements the learning … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Leslie Bulion and Nicole Tadgell

April 2, 2012 By

Leslie Bulion

Worldreader values collaboration and partnership. So, when Elizabeth Wood, our director of digital publishing, asked me to talk with author Leslie Bulion and illustrator Nicole Tadgell for this column, it made perfect sense to feature them together. At the suggestion of their publisher, Moon Mountain Publishing, they broke tradition and worked together to create Fatuma’s … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Kofi Okyere

February 6, 2012 By

We started this series last spring to spotlight authors who believed in the same thing we do: Reading has the power to transform lives. Since then, we’ve been engaging with many authors and are happily surprised by their generosity and support. It’s great to see our author community expand, but often, too, we like to … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Chika Unigwe

January 13, 2012 By

Worldreader recently spoke with Chika Unigwe, a Nigerian-born author now living in Belgium. We talked about the books she read as a child, writers who influenced her life, her early attempts at getting published, and the gift reading gives all of us. Here are excerpts of our Skype chat. WR: What book made you fall in … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Ellen Banda-Aaku

October 21, 2011 By

Sometimes, the book that sticks with you isn’t the happy book with a storied ending of love and laughter conquering all. Sometimes, the toughest stories make you fall in love with the power of the written word. It happened that way for Ellen Banda-Aaku, author of children’s book Wandi’s Little Voice and a new novel … Continue Reading →

The Tale of Two E-Reader Pilots: Curating Content (Part 2)

October 5, 2011 By

About 18 months ago, before Worldreader even had office space, the team unpacked 20 Kindle 2s, and a handful of children’s books were uploaded onto the e-readers. With ambitious plans sketched out on paper and a lot hope in their suitcases, Worldreader’s Colin McElwee, David Risher, and Mike Sundermeyer flew from Barcelona to Ghana and started … Continue Reading →