A book about beauty, power, gender, globalisation, science and sexuality that is rooted in black and African feminism…
Does that sound like a book you would like to read?
Because I am so excited to share the news that I am writing precisely such a book! It is titled Sensuous Knowledge: A Radical Black Feminist Approach for Everyone, and will be simultaneously published by Harper Collins in the US/ Canada and Zed Books in the UK/ Commonwealth in Summer 2019. I am over the moon!
Sensuous Knowledge weaves together a number of disciplines such as personal narrative, feminist theory, pop culture, spirituality and African philosophy in order to encourage a new understanding of knowledge that is nevertheless rooted in historical truths. It will explore universal topics such as beauty, power, gender, globalisation, science and sexuality from a black feminist and Africa-centred perspective in contrast to the male and/or Eurocentric perspective we are inundated with.
My editor at Zed Books, Kim Walker, said, “At a time when our society is looking for answers everywhere but finding answers nowhere, Sensuous Knowledge offers a revolutionary way to approach the world, rooted in the ethos and politics of Black feminism, by which we can all become intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually wiser.”
My editor at Amistad/Harper Collins, Tracy Sherrod, said, “Amistad Harper is the proud publisher of great women thinkers such as bell hooks and Roxane Gay. I’m excited to help bring Minna’s fresh, global voice to the feminist discourse and to our list.”
I could not have dreamed of more fitting publishers than these. Harper Collins’s Amistad imprint is the publisher of such seminal authors as bell hooks, Martin Luther King and Zora Neale Hurston who have changed my life while Zed Books is the publisher of my heroines Nawal el Saadawi and Assata Shakur. I feel incredibly lucky that Sensuous Knowledge has found its home with publishers who champion radical and bold voices.
Last but certainly not least, I want to say that a great part of my excitement contains gratitude. Thank YOU. To my day one readers, I appreciate you with all my heart. To every single one of you that has engaged with MsAfropolitan, I thank you so much. I can barely contain my excitement to share this next branch of my journey with you.
Here’s a link to an official press statement with more information including contacts for my super incredible agent (shout out!), Maria Cardona, at Pontas Literary & Film Agency who can be contacted for any questions about rights.
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Woohoo! Black feminist knowledge paradigm rising!!!
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