SOULar Powered Reading Group| An Unkindness of Ghosts by River Solomon
About the event
Started in 2014 by Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell, SOULar Powered Reading Group (SPRG), is a community that primarily consists of queer Black readers and readers of colour, genders, and sexualities from around the word that celebrate Afrofuturism, Africanfuturism, Afromystism, and science fiction featuring Black people written by Black people.
Conversations are as casual as meeting a dear friend for coffee, as intellectual as your PHd s thesis, and as intentional as your Buddha instructor in deep meditation (says Isisi Asare, a non-coffee drinking, non-PHd holding Buddhist ;-).)
Join the book club via zoom or in person ready to discuss the book, Black diasporan culture, and the intersection of scifi and politics.
Register online via eventbrite. Fees collected help SPRG pay author fees, admin costs (ie annual zoom subscription), and social media promotion.
About An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
Odd-mannered, obsessive, withdrawn, Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She's used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them. If she were truly a monster, as they accuse, she'd be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remained of her world, save for stories told around the cookfire.
Aster lives in the low-deck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, the Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship's leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster, who they consider to be less than human.
When the autopsy of Matilda's sovereign reveals a surprising link between his death and her mother's suicide some quarter-century before, Aster retraces her mother's footsteps. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer and sowing the seeds of civil war, Aster learns there may be a way off the ship if she's willing to fight for it.
Meet the SOULar Powered Leadership Team
Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell is a Toronto-based literary reviewer and booktuber focused on Afro-futurism who has interviewed authors such as Nalo Hopkinson, and Nisi Shawl, and Jewelle Gomez. You can find her youtube page here:
Chloe Rose is based in the Philadelphia area and recently launched her booktube channel Thistle & Verse. Her focus is on fantasy, scifi, and folklore/ fairytales. You can see more here:
Isis Asare is a cultural entrepreneur who served as the CEO fro Sistah Sinema until she sold it in 2014. In 2019, she launched Sistah Scifi, an online bookstore focused on literature written by Black women. You can learn more here: www.sistahscifi.com