Sometimes people ask me what I really do while I’m in the Gambia or Sierra Leone or wherever, since I don’t post much about my work on my blog.
Here’s what I really do: scour tiny bookshops for African literature which is out of print in the West. If you’re ever in Banjul, the Gambia, stop by the M&B Bookshop at 4 Clarkson St. It’s the best bookshop in a broom closet I’ve ever seen. What you can barely see in the photo is that Michael is emerging from a secret back room where he was looking for Gambian literature to satisfy my needs.
Okay, I also have a job. But more on that another day.