Book Nook: Fisherman's Blues - a West African Community at Sea, by Anna Badkhen

May 2, 2018

Here in the United States we live our lives of astounding affluence. We take so many things for granted; fresh water, inexpensive fuels, hot showers, electricity, low crime rates, clean air, abundant food and shelter, heat, air conditioning, the internet; transportation, the list goes on and on. Our consumer society remains blissfully oblivious to how much of the rest of the world lives. Anna Badkhen opens literary windows for us so that we can learn about different cultures and comprehend some of the ways that less affluent people are living on this planet with a surging population and vanishing resources.

In her latest book "Fisherman's Blues - a West African Community at Sea" the author went to live in a fishing community on the west coast of Africa. Badkhen observed the ways that these people live and how climate change and massive factory fish trawling operations have decimated the ocean's fish stocks and made it increasingly difficult for this community to survive.

Anna Badkhen writes non-fiction that is lyrical and utterly marvelous. She is one of my favorite authors and is also one of my favorite people to interview. I admire her so much. She is currently working on her first novel. I cannot wait to read it!

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library,  Clark County Public LibraryDayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.