I met Saran and Sarata Kaba at Coffee Shop in Union Square. As I listened to these gorgeous girls spill their passion for literacy over drinks (with a side of plantains), I instantly knew I wanted to help their cause. They began Guinee Espoire, a non-profit based in Guinea that promotes development through education. Their current goal is to build a library in Guinea and they have, for several years now, been accepting donations of new and used books from all over the world to make this dream a reality. (FJC is their fiscal sponsor so follow either hyperlink to learn how you can help.) A collaboration seemed perfect because within this library, it would be ideal (and necessary) to include culturally-sensitive material. That night was in early 2012 and for a year after, the girls and I brainstormed over emails and phone calls about how One Moore Book could serve them.
Two years later and I am so proud to join Guinée Espoire in releasing Les Trois Petits Oiseaux (The Three Little Birds), written by Mariama Diabaté, Youssouf Diallo and Saran Kaba. The story follows three Guinean birds with hideous singing voices. It’s a special story and I am thrilled that Saran has given us her confidence in producing it.
On March 1st, join us in celebrating this important book at The Shrine World Music Venue in Harlem. The Shrine is definitely one of my favorite places in the city and I was a regular there when I lived in Harlem. Guzman, the venue’s co-owner and one of my favorite people, is also Francophone and The Shrine team has been amazing in helping to organize this event. $12 for entry will purchase a book for a child in Guinea. (You’ll also get all-you-can-eat plantains, music and drinks so come. Plantains. Seriously.) I hope to see you all there!
March 1st, 2014
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Shrine World Music Venue
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
NY, NY 10030