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July Book Club: Baking Cakes in Kigali

Hosted by the Consul of the Seattle Literature Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 28 Jul 13:00 - 15:00

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Join us as we gather in Lower Queen Anne at the Sugar Bakery & Coffeehouse this month to share impressions of Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin.

The year is Protected content , six years after the end of the Rwandan Civil War and Genocide, and Tanzanian grandmother Angel has moved to Kigali with her husband who accepted a position at a local institute of science & technology. Angel is both a baker and a confidante. Welcoming the world through her doors as they come ostensibly in search of a cake, Angel ends up sharing their joys, struggles and griefs. It is through Angel’s eyes that we are privileged with the opportunity to also glimpse a richly textured view of everyday life in Kigali during this period of reconstruction.

Baking Cakes in Kigali is based on Zambian author Gaile Parkin’s own experiences in post-war Rwanda, and vividly conveys the minutiae of daily life and culture there. We’ll be meeting at the Sugar Bakery & Coffeehouse just to the west of the Seattle Center so that we can discuss this book over a good cup of tea (or coffee) and some amazing cake – just like Angel would invite us to share if we were to visit her.

**Please plan on purchasing something in consideration of our using the cafe for our activity. Costs range from roughly $4.00 up to $10.00 or so for tea/coffee, baked goods, or a sandwich.**