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August 2, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online event
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Cover image from My Sister the Serial Killer: a knife reflected in a woman's sunglasses
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Melanated Reads: My Sister, the Serial Killer

Monday, August 2, 2021

Join us to discuss Oyinkan Braithwaite's "short, darkly funny, hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends."

Our newest book group gathers online to discuss a funny, fast-paced read!

The New York Times says of Oyinkan Braithwaite's My Sister the Serial Killer: 

“It’s Lagos noir—pulpy, peppery and sinister, served up in a comic deadpan…This book is, above all, built to move, to hurtle forward—and it does so, dizzyingly. There’s a seditious pleasure in its momentum. At a time when there are such wholesome and dull claims on fiction—on its duty to ennoble or train us in empathy—there’s a relief in encountering a novel faithful to art’s first imperative: to catch and keep our attention… This scorpion-tailed little thriller leaves a response, and a sting, you will remember.”

About the Melanated Reads Book Group
Melanated Reads is a virtual book group by and for African American women. Though we welcome anyone to join the group, our purpose and focus is on inspiring, uplifting, and providing a safe space for African American women to speak, vent and enjoy honest and open conversation. The book club meets monthly and chooses from books written by African American authors. Our goal for this community-based group is to introduce a variety of writers who will help build a love of reading in a positive environment while meeting new people and gaining new perspectives.

About Oyinkan Braithwaite
Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Kingston University in Creative Writing and Law. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo Limited, a Nigerian publishing house, and as a production manager at Ajapaworld, a children's educational and entertainment company. She now works as a freelance writer and editor. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top-ten spoken-word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam, and in 2016 she was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Menlo Park Melanated Reads Book Group meets the first Monday of each month.