Welcome to #Spotlight. If you are new to the blog, this is the interview series where you read about the most amazing humans who love books and all things bookish.
Today’s #Spotlight is on Aysha. I don’t remember how or when I connected with Aysha on social media but it doesn’t even matter anymore because we are a match in bibliophile heaven. She is a true book lover that I’m honoured to know and call a friend. She loves books so much she became a literary publicist.
She is the co-owner of Pages and Palette, a literary agency that promotes African creatives through appearance and engagements. The agency is also involved in the sales and distribution of books.
But we are not here to read about work stuff, you can always follow her on Instagram or Twitter for more information. Here, she talks about her love for books.
Where did your love of books /reading come from?
From childhood, I was a painfully shy child, and I found it very hard to make friends, I found reading as a way into other worlds.
Which genres do you especially enjoy reading?
I will read anything in print, though contemporary fiction, is a favourite, nowadays I find myself drawn to non- fiction.
What moves you most in a work of literature?
Prose, a sucker for easy readable prose
What’s the last great book you read?
I would say Manchester Happened by Jennifer Makumbi…awesome
Is there a classic book you never got around to reading until recently?
1984 By George Orwell
If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
French, romantic and Kiswahili I know you said one but can’t choose lol
Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
What is your policy on book lending?
Non-existent…buy ya own plix!
How do you like to read? Paper or electronic? One book at a time or simultaneously? Morning or night?
Paper all the way! simultaneous o! variety is the spice of life no? with two kids, and a startup, read whenever I get the opportunity, I have been known to set an alarm to wake up to catch a chapter or two
What book might people be surprised to find on your shelves?
The original version of The Arabian Nights.
What’s the best book you’ve ever received as a gift?
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
Nicole Dennis Benn
How do you decide what to read next? Is it reviews, word-of-mouth, books by friends, books for research? Does it depend on mood or do you plot in advance?
A bit of everything really, I have a TBR pile, I have in order of importance, hard to keep track, most of the time my mood determines my current read.
If you could be born into history as any famous person who would it be and why?
One of the suffragettes, those women changed the world!
What do you want your tombstone to say?
A quote from Arundathi Roy, “To love, and be loved, To never forget your own insignificance, To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you, To seek Joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair, To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”
You discover a beautiful island upon which you may build your own society. You make the rules. What is the first rule you put into place?
No weaponry, armed forces or prisons.
Would rather sweat mayonnaise or have cheese for saliva?
Cheese for saliva… def!
What is your guilty pleasure Disney movie?
If you were known as a strain of cannabis, what would your name be?
Errr lool … no comment
Is there anything you would like to add?
Just that I am a big fan of your work, you do a great deal in stimulating this industry, I stan.
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