Africa: Web Bookshop Special, 5/20/98

Africa: Web Bookshop Special, 5/20/98

Africa: Web Bookshop Special

Date distributed (ymd): 980520

APIC Document

New Features at APIC's Africa Web Bookshop

To: Distribution List Subscribers

From: APIC

We are writing to let you know about several exciting new features at APIC's Africa Web Bookshop, and to appeal for your help in moving this on-line initiative from the experimental stage to become an even more useful tool.

Our new special feature at the bookshop is a listing of books to accompany our strategic action area on African Women's Rights. The first books to go in this special section are books we have received recently from publishers and a few suggested by APIC staff and friends. We are asking the readers of the Africa Policy Electronic Distribution List and visitors to the web site for additional suggestions (see below for a initial listing of books and the form for you to submit additional titles to be included).

As most of you know, with your help we launched the bookshop with suggestions for President Clinton's reading on his trip. In the two months since the shop was placed on our web site, there have been more than 1100 visits to the shop.Most visitors so far are just browsing, but a few have actually bought books through -- our "referral fees" for the first month came to a bit more than $30.

In order to make the bookshop a more useful tool for our web visitors, and a more substantial income source to support our work, we need to continue to add more books and get more visitors.We are now beginning this process.With your help--and a new feature just introduced by are convinced that there is significant potential for this venture.

Until last week, Amazon "associates" such as the APIC Web Bookshop received referral credits (ranging from 15% TO 5%) only for books actually listed on our site.Now, if you go to Amazon from any link on the Africa Policy Web Site, we will get a 5% referral credit for any book or music CD you buy from those they have in stock -- most of the 2.5 million listed in their catalog, and very many at discount prices.

So we are making an appeal to APIC's members and other supporters who get our services for free -- and particularly those living in North America where shipping costs are often less than the discount that Amazon offers.If you buy any books or CD's by mail order, and have access to the Web, please order them by going to the easy search link to Amazon at APIC's Web Bookshop (

You can buy books on any subject through us. If you are a teacher or student, consider buying your expensive science textbooks this way, as well as your African music or jazz CDs, and books for African politics or history courses. It's an easy and convenient way to support our work and get what you need at the same time.

We also want to continue to add references to books on key topics to the bookshop -- whether they are available at Amazon or not (as is still the case for many books published in Africa).The Africa Web Bookshop also has links to African publishers and their representatives.We are beginning to receive books from publishers to list on our site.And we are asking friends to suggest titles on priority topics.

Our busy staff does not have time to read as many books as we would like, nor do we have the capacity as yet to work simultaneously on developing listings on many topics. So our strategy is to give you access to do your own searches at Amazon, while concentrating on one topic at a time to build up more targeted lists -- with your help.

To make a suggestion to include in this special listing on African women, please fill out the form in full, and send it to rather than the general apic e-mail address. Please suggest books in print -- or if you do suggest an out-of-print classic or another hard-to-find book, please give details on how someone can get a copy.

Please interpret the topic broadly.We are particularly interested in books that would be useful to an activist or student seeking background and insight on the issues.Fiction as well as non-fiction is welcome -- preferably accessible to the general reader rather than just to academic specialists. Think of books that you would recommend if you were teaching a course to secondary or undergraduate students on the subject, or suggesting a book about African women to a women's rights activist elsewhere in the world who doesn't yet know Africa.

You may submit as many suggestions as you wish.To do so, please be sure to fill in the form completely for each one, including a one-or-two sentence description of the book and some identification of who you are.

Special note to authors: you may suggest your own book, but we will list author's suggestions in a separate file.To be included in the main file, it would be to your advantage to get someone else to recommend your book!

Special note to publishers: Any books received will be listed in a "Books Received" section in the Bookshop.Selected books will also be annotated and included in the special topical listings.


Books listed to date in the "African Women's Rights" special

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi and Algresia Akwi-Ogajor, editors. Taking the African Women's Movement into the 21st Century: Report of the First African Women's Leadership Institute, February 22nd to March 14th, 1997, Kampala, Uganda. London: Akina Mama wa Afrika, June 1997. Available from Africa Books Centre, London.

Amnesty International USA, It's About Time! Human Rights are Women's Right. New York: Amnesty International USA. February 1995. 152 pp. Paperback. $8.95 + $0.85 Special Surcharge. ISBN: 0939994984.

Barbara Callaway and Lucy Creevey. The Heritage of Islam: Women, Religion and Politics in West Africa. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1994. 222pp. Paperback. ISBN 1-55587-414-2.

Miriam Goheen, Men Own the Fields, Women Own the Crops: Gender and Power in the Cameroon Grassfields. Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1996.252 pp. Paperback. $24.95. ISBN: 029914674X.

Fauziya Kassindja and Layli Miller Bashir, Do They Hear You When You Cry. New York: Delacorte Press. April 1998. 518 pp. Hardcover. $17.47. ISBN: 0385318324.

Gwendolyn Mikell, ed., African Feminism: The Politics of Survival in Sub-Saharan Africa. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. June 1997. 392 pp. Paperback. $19.95. ISBN: 081221580X.

Henrietta L. Moore, Space, Text, and Gender: An Anthropological Study of the Marakwet of Kenya. New York: The Guilford Press, 1996. 234 pp. Paperback.$14.36. ISBN: 0898628253.

Susheila Nasta, ed., Motherlands: Black Women's Writing from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. April 1992. 366 pp. Hardcover. $45.00. ISBN: 0813517818.

Obioma Nnaemeka, ed., The Politics of (M)Othering: Womanhood, Identity, and Resistance in African Literature. New York: Routledge. June 1997. 233 pp. Paperback. $19.99. ISBN: 041513790X.

Mercy Amba Oduyoye, Daughters of Anowa: African Women & Patriarchy. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books. September 1995. 229 pp. Paperback. $14.40. ISBN: 0883449994.

Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi, Africa Wo/man Palava: The Nigerian Novel by Women. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. 353pp. Paperback. ISBN 0-226-62085-9. $17.95.

Meredeth Turshen, ed., Women and Health in Africa. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 1991. 250pp. Paperback. $14.95. ISBN 0-86543-181-7.


To make a book suggestion, just put this form in an e-mail to (cut and paste the form into a new message, or use your reply function and delete the text above to leave only this form) and fill in the blanks. Your answers can be more than one line, but please keep within the brackets and don't delete them.

1. <title of book>

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2. <author(s) of book>

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3. <place of publication>

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4. <publisher>

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4. <year of publication>

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6. <mailing address and other contact information for


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7. <URL of publishers' web site, if available>

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8. <your one- or two-sentence comment on the book>

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9. <your name>

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10. <your title and institutional affiliation, or other


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11. <your city and country of residence>

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Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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