Friends-Only Book Club Reads Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon

Please reserve early for this Friends-Only book club to be held in the Mia Library

What happens when a giant fist-shaped wave emerges out of the ocean off Lagos and swallows people up?  What complications ensue when the wave has been generated by aliens?

Answer these and other questions with other literary-minded Friends on Friday, October 12 at 10:30 AM at the Mia information desk. This fascinating docent tour will be followed by a wide-ranging discussion of Nnedi Okorafor’s imaginative novel Lagoon.

Okorafor employs multiple perspectives and the genre of science fiction to ensnare her reader.  A rapper, a fleeing soldier, and a marine biologist are among the human characters whose lives are profoundly affected by their encounter with an enigmatic alien ambassador.

As Amal El-Mohtar said in an NPR book review, “In structure it feels part oral tradition, part theater, part screenplay, part memoir; in content it bubbles over with characters from different species, ethnicities, classes, genders, sexualities, religions.  If ever a book set out to mirror the vibrant, brimming city for which it was almost titled, Lagoon has certainly done it….”

The Friends group will go on a docent-guided tour departing from the Mia  information desk (opposite The Store at Mia and Agra Culture Cafe) at 10:30 AM, followed by a moderator-led discussion in the Mia Art Research & Reference Library.  The library is a beautiful space and truly a wonderful place to have a meeting, however no treats or beverages are allowed.

There are spaces for 20 Friends.  Please call the Friends office at 612.870.3045 to make your reservation.

Additionally, mark Friday, November 16 on your calendar for a docent tour and moderator-led discussion of Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.

Please contact Jeanne Scheiderer,, with any questions.