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San Francisco

Crime Fiction Writers from West Africa

This program has been canceled.

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Two successful crime fiction writers with deep West African roots share their creative process of writing to include culture, customs and social issues in the context of creative and strong images within the genre of mystery fiction.

Ghana and Nigeria both have a rich literary tradition of great writers. Join us for this unique opportunity to meet two of them. Kwei Quartey is a bestselling crime fiction writer and physician born in Ghana and now based in Pasadena, California. He is author of two series—the Darko Dawson series and the Emma Djan series—writes from a perspective of Ghana. His latest novel is Last Seen in Lapaz. Stella Oni, from Nigeria, works as a technical writer in aviation by day and a crime fiction author by night. She took a powerful journey to write Deadly Sacrifice, which focuses on the Nigerian diaspora in the United Kingdom

These two writers have transformed their life experiences into crime fiction. Reading their novels is to become engaged with another country and culture while at the same time challenging your sleuthing skills. 

MLF Organizer
Frank Price

This program is in-person only. 

Safety Protocols for in-person attendance:

  • We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
  • We strongly recommend vaccination for guests, staff, and volunteers.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged while indoors (if you do not have one and would like one, inquire at our front desk for a complimentary mask).
  • We reserve the right to require different rules for specific events as necessary.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.

We welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our online programming.

An International Relations Member-led Forum program. Forums at the Club are organized and run by volunteer programmers who are members of The Commonwealth Club, and they cover a diverse range of topics. Learn more about our Forums.

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Bernard Osher Foundation

Africa image by Pfüderi/Pixabay.

Thu, Jun 22 / 3:00 pm PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Stella Oni

Author, Deadly Sacrifice (participating remotely)

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Kwei Quartey

Author, The Missing American; Sleep Well, My Lady; Last Seen in Lapaz; and The Whitewashed Tombs

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Frank Price

Vice Chair, International Relations Member-led Forum, The Commonwealth Club of California—Moderator


2:30 p.m. doors open & check-in
3–4 p.m. program
(all times PDT)